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of St. John’s in Pine Meadow St. John’s purpose is to experience and share with others the good news of faith in Jesus Christ, because we believe Jesus Christ makes lives new. The Rev. Salin Low, Rector

March, 2010

Renewed by thy Word and Sacraments As I mentioned in a recent sermon, I read that people fundamentally come to church to be transformed — to become nicer, happier, more compassionate, less lonely. Unfortunately, many new arrivals expect these changes to come instantaneously and effortlessly. But just as unfortunate is the attitude of many in the church that such transformation only happens when one is new to the church or only because of the work of the priest. One of the Prefaces of Lent, those words spoken before the “Holy, Holy, Holy,” speaks of our being “renewed by Word and Sacraments,” and the “our” refers not just to the Priest. It refers to all of us. Renewal may seem like a less threatening concept than transformation. After all, we’re in the habit of renewing magazine subscriptions and driver’s licenses. We just continue to read and drive the same as we have in the past. We don’t have to change everything. But the sort of renewal — literally being made new — that is contemplated by those liturgical words does include the notion of change. We, all of us, change our habits and become “fervent in prayer and worship,” putting our best energies into those activities. Then the experience of hearing God’s word, learning more about Christ the Incarnate Word, and participating in the sacraments of communion and baptism, remind us and offer to us once again the new life presented to us by God’s great love and Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice of his life on the cross. We cannot fully accept that gift without being changed.

On March 28, Palm Sunday afternoon, we will officially break ground on the new addition to St. John’s building. For some the idea of this change has been as upsetting as the possibility of transformation — everything could change. For others the additional space offers the possibility of renewal — revitalizing our faith community and giving our ministry new opportunities as the building takes on a new shape. Certainly the addition will have a sacramental aspect. It will be an outward and visible sign of our desire to welcome new people — some with young children, some who may want to learn more about the faith themselves — into our midst. It will express our faith that the church can remain strong and even grow in the midst of a fearful time. Probably the best thing we can do during the period of construction and adjustment to the new space is to continue the pattern encouraged in Lent — to be especially “fervent in prayer and worship,” so that whether the addition brings renewal or transformation (and it will probably be a bit of both), we will be better able to respond and participate in the change in ways which will make God’s love better known in the parish and in the larger community. I hope to see you on March 28 — at worship and at the groundbreaking. Blessings and Peace,

Bits & Pieces HOW WE’RE DOING SO FAR JANUARY RESULTS Operating Income Operating Expenses

$ 11,654 $ 21,067

Please remember to stay current on your capital campaign pledge as well as your annual giving. If you want envelopes so that you can make weekly donations, please contact the office.

Diane Hayes, Treasurer

Prayer Requests— Requests are handled confidentially through the Rector. Prayers will continue for a month unless other time periods are specified. You may fill out a prayer request form or call the rector at 693-1851. Wednesday Evening Services—Please consider the 7:30 p.m. service on Wednesdays to be cancelled if other area activities are cancelled due to inclement weather. Hosted Coffee Hour Lately? — Take your turn— We need hosts for March 7 & 21, as well as dates in April in May. Contact the office or sign the list in the parish hall.

BEAN SOUP TO SHARE Buy from Amazon—Help St. John’s! Click the Amazon logo on our blog ( or in upcoming emails, and you will help St. John’s. We get a percentage of everything you buy, and the percentage increases with the number of items purchased each month.

Over the years we have made bean soup mix for gifts and for sale at fairs. This year we are asking members of the parish to take one bag with a packet of bean soup mix and share it with someone else as an act of hospitality. There are several ways to share:  Give the mix in the cute bag to a friend.  Make the soup for someone who needs help with a meal, maybe due to illness.  Invite someone to a soup dinner. Whatever you do, remember that God seeks to nurture all his children — physically and spiritually.

News from the Choir Rehearsals Now on Sunday Choir is busy preparing special music for Palm and Easter Sunday, an emotional time for us as we sing this powerful and moving music. It is our hope that the music will bring even more beauty to each service, embellish the spoken word, and touch each heart. We welcome anyone from the congregation who would like to join us in our endeavor and be part of this experience. Rehearsals, through Easter, are Sunday after the 10:00 Service (and quick coffee break).

Altar Guild Polish Brass & Silver

The Altar Guild will be polishing the silver and brass at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 27. We will follow with stripping of the palms at 10:00 AM. Remember, many hands make light work. Please let Donna Colavecchio know if you will be unable to attend (379-4643.)

PETER’S RETREAT Thanks to those who help.

Go with a group from St. John’s to take dinner to an HIV/AIDS residence in Hartford. Each month a group from St. John’s coordinates and serves a meal to approximately 25 residents at Peter’s Retreat. If you are a newcomer and would like to learn more about participating in this important outreach, please contact Larry Alibozek, our liaison with Peter’s Retreat, at 379-1889. Special thanks to Anne Marek and her sons for the February meal. Sign up in the narthex if you would like to help on the 4th Saturday of any month . You can also email Salin:



MARCH 7 — 11:00 — 1:30 Meeting and planning for concert. Lunch, etc. APRIL 24 — 3:00 — ?? Prepare & deliver meal to Peter’s Retreat. Fun afterwards.

SATURDAY, MAY 15 4:00 — 6:00 P.M.

Special thanks to Diane Hayes for helping to organize the Mardi Gras Concert and Ice Cream Social and to the following helpers: Lydia Harden, Gina Russo, Kathy Jakubowski, Paul Patch, Maggie & Peter Stull, Barbara Henri, Donna Colavecchio, Sue Bremer & Caroline Bremer. The net proceeds will go into our outreach fund for Haiti. Many thanks to Guy Hayes for preparing the pretzel dough for February 21. Thanks to Louis Martocchio and Darrell Hoag for helping with snow removal during the winter. Thanks to all who helped assemble and organize the bean soup bags given out at the Mardi Gras concert and to parishioners.

PARISH REGISTER (Broadly Defined)


Flowers — Easter & Beyond An envelope is included with this newsletter (also available in the narthex) to donate for Easter flowers and include a memorial or thanksgiving in the Easter program. Remember that your generosity also supports the work of the altar guild through the remainder of the year. The chart for altar flowers and greens is posted in the narthex. Flowers that you arrange and deliver can also be donated with notice to the office Please sign the chart if you would like to reserve a particular Sunday in memory of a loved one. The cost is $50 for two containers of flowers or greens. should be mailed to the office or placed in the offering plate. Please notify the office how you’d like your memorial donation to read at least one week prior to that Sunday.

The register is broadly defined, because there are often events in the lives of parishioners and their families which are not recorded in St. John’s register. It is good, however, to hear about these things. We will include baptisms, marriages, deaths, hospitalizations, graduations, and other events as we are notified. Be sure to let the office know about happenings in your own life and in the lives of other parishioners. We will try to include all such momentous events as we hear about them. Baptisms Addison Lily Keefe (Daughter of Jason & Marie Prelli Keefe) (Granddaughter of Maureen & Phil Prelli)

Tenebrae & Eucharist at 10 a.m. We will have the readings and special music of the passion as the first part of the 10 a.m. service (The passion will be read in parts at the 8 a.m. service.) Moving from the palm procession to Jesus’ death is one of the most emotional services of the year. Come and remember what God has sacrificed for us.

Groundbreaking at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Curry is coming! Construction on the addition is about to begin! Festivities including children and youth are being planned. This is a good event to include guests from the larger community. There will be a brief ceremony and reception following.

P. O. Box 27P. O. Box 27 Pine Meadow, Pine CTMeadow, 06061 CT 06061 Phone: 379-3062 Phone: 860 379-3062

Address Correction Requested

The Episcopal Church We’re Here For You Flower Envelope Enclosed Return to Office by March 29

Sunday Worship 8 & 10 a.m. Nursery at 10 a.m. Wednesday 7:30 pm

news from

church school

Sunday, March 14th—Bring a Friend Day. Show a friend how welcoming your church is. Saturday, March 27th at 11:00 a.m.—Make palm crosses for the parish (open to adults and children). Sunday, April 4th—No classes on Easter Sunday Please return your Mite Box.

MITE BOXES FOR ALL OF US Each year we give the children in the church school some form of container to make a regular contribution to outreach during Lent. This year we are using simple boxes and asking children and adults to take the boxes. The offering we collect in this way will go to help the people of Haiti so horribly affected by the recent earthquake. The average resident of Haiti lives on less than $2.00 a day in “good” times. Maybe we need to remember that even in what seems bad times to us we have more than enough to share.

March 2010 St. John’s Church—Calendar of Events Birthdays & Anniversaries


Mon 1

Tue 2

Wed 3

Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Building Ctte 7:00 PM







Susan & Brian Jones

Billie Jo & Russell Martocchio















Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM

Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM


Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM


Vestry 6:00 PM

Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM



Holy Eucharist 7:30 PM

Maureen & Phil Prelli




Altar Guild 9: 00 AM Palm Crosses 11:00 AM Peter’s Retreat


Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 AM




No Service

Palm Sunday Groundbreaking 4PM

March Birthdays 3/3 Stephen Jakubowski 3/5 Anne Buttrick 3/6 Kathy Riberdy 3/6 Emily Atwood

3/9 3/12 3/12 3/14 3/16

Lawrence Alibozek Suzanne Moraski Donald O'Neill Barbara Patch Gordon Ross

3/17 3/19 3/26 3/26 3/27

Alexander Johnson Barbara Krohner Diana Roy Colleen Doyle Murray Gibson

Please notify the office if your birthday has been omitted.

On Feb. 7 we recognized young people who have turned 13 in the past year and their parents who help them be part of the church.

From upper left: dough, shape, assemble, steam, done, enjoy. Yum!

The jazz concert and ice cream social was great fun. Thanks to Diane Hayes and a group of volunteers, as well as the bands from Regional 7.

On Feb. 7 Addison Lily Keefe, daughter of Marie and Jason and sister of Mollie, was baptized. Addy is also the granddaughter of Maureen and Phil Prelli.

First orders taken:

Sunday, March 7th

Cards will be distributed: Sunday, March 14th What is Scrip? Have you noticed that many stores sell gift card for other stores? Providers of the gift cards are willing to pay these other stores to sell their brand. A scrip program enables charities to become gift card retailers. Instead of a retail seller getting a commission, St. John’s gets a donation.

How will it work?

 Orders for cards can be taken twice a month.  Orders, with payment, will be due the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.  Cards will be distributed the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

How do I make an order?

 Order forms and envelopes are in the little room off of Sheffield Hall downstairs.  The forms and a lock box to put your order in are on a shelf to the left of the doors.  There will be someone at both the 8:00 and 10:00 services to assist anyone who wants to place an order.

What if I am not at church to make my order or pick up my cards?

 If you are not going to be in church on the Sunday orders are taken, drop by the church anytime before that Sunday, complete an order form, and place your order and check in the lock box downstairs.  When you place your order, you will be asked to identify an alternate pick up location. These alternate pick-ups are parish member homes in locations spread around the community. You will need to arrange a time to pick up your cards.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact: Sue Bremer


Donna Colavecchio


Diane Hayes


St. John’s Episcopal Church Gift Card Order Form Column A Vendor (percentage earned)

Value (circle your choice)

GROCERIES ShopRite (4%) Stop and Shop (4%)

$25 or $100 $25 or $100

PHARMACIES CVS (6%) Rite Aid (4%) Walgreens (6%)

$25 or $100 $25 $25 or $100

GASOLINE Gulf (2%) Exxon (2.5%) Mobil (2.5%)

$25 $50 or $250 $50 or $250

RESTAURANTS 99 Restaurant (13%) Applebee’s (8%) Bertucci’s (10%) Burger King (4%) Boston Market (12%) Chili’s Grill & Bar (11%) Cold Stone Creamery (8%) Cracker Barrel (9%) Dunkin’ Donuts (4%) Olive Garden (9%) P.F. Chang”s (8%) Panera Bread (9%) Pizza Hut (8%) Rainforest Café (9%) Ruby Tuesday’s (8%)

$25 $25 or $50 $25 $10 $10 $25 $10 $10 $10 $25 $25 $10 or $25 $10 $25 or $100 $25

Ruth’s Chris Steak Hse (10%) Starbucks (7%) TGI Friday’s (9%) Wendy’s (4%)

$50 $10 or $25 $25 $10

BOOK STORES Barnes & Noble (9%) Borders (9%) Waldenbooks (9%)

$25 or $100 $10 or $25 $10 or $25

CLOTHING & SHOES Aeropostale (7%) American Eagle (9%) Ban Rep/GAP/Old Navy (9%)

$25 $25 $25


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Column B Vendor (percentage earned) Value (circle your choice) Brooks Brothers (16%) Gymboree (13%) J. Crew (13%) J. Jill (11%) Talbots (13%) The Children’s Place (12%)

$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25

DEPARTMENT STORES JC Penney (6%) K Mart (4%) Kohl’s (4%) Lord & Taylor (8%) Macy’s (10%) Marshall’s (7%)

$25 or $100 $25 or $50 $25 or $100 $25 $25 or $100 $25 or $100

T.J. Maxx (7%) Wal-Mart (2%)

$25 or $100 $25 or $100

HARDWARE Ace Hardware (4%) Home Depot (4%) Lowe's Home Impr. (4%)

$25 or $100 $25 or $100 $25 or $100

MAIL ORDER Harry & David (10%) L.L. Bean (15%) Lands’ End (17%) Shutterfly (9%) (8%)

$25 $25 or $100 $25 or $100 $25 $25

SPECIALTY STORES Bed, Bath & Beyond (7%) $25 Best Buy (4%) $25 or $100 Blockbuster (7%) $10 Cabela’s (11%) $25 or $100 Claire’s (9%) $10 Dick’s Sporting Goods (8%) $25 Game Stop (3%) $25 iTunes (4%) $15 Michael’s Crafts (4%) $25 Office Depot (4%) $25 or $100 Pier 1 Imports (9%) $25 Radio Shack (4%) $25 Staples (5%) $25 or $100 Williams Sonoma (8%) $25 Subtotal Column B:

Subtotal Column A: Subtotal from Column A: Name: ________________________________________________ Total: Phone Number: ________________________________________ (Please include payment with your order form – checks made payable to St. John’s Scrip Account ) Where would you prefer to pick up your order?

_____ 8:00 Service _____ 10:00 Service _____Donna Colavecchio, 53 Maillet Lane, New Hartford, 379-4643 _____Krista Warren, 64 Wickett Street, Pine Meadow, 738-4857 _____Sue Bremer, 668 Colebrook Road, Colebrook, 738-4238 (


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