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Gratitude and Graduations! A Letter from the Rector
pring is finally in full bloom. Early warmth and this past week’s rains have got everything in sync for a time of planting and tilling and growing. Spring is the season in the church when gratitude emerges at every turn. The hard work of church is mostly done behind the scenes by steady, committed parishioners whose labors we now celebrate.
community for themselves, but they are also a community that leads the whole church. Give thanks for the Music Ministry of St. Johns.
On Sunday, June 10 we will give thanks for Formation Ministries of St. John’s.
The St. John’s Teachers, Doorkeepers, and Nursery Attendants will be honored on On Sunday, June 3 we will give thanks June 10. They have given their time at home and at church in preparation of lessons and for the Music Ministry of St. John’s. crafts. They have arrived early and stayed late Our leader this year, Priscilla Walter is to see that the church school offers everything that it can to nourish young minds. Our a tireless champion for God’s praise. She has led the choir this year and helped us celebrate teachers have their own special community as both the great festival days and the well. They substitute for each other and offer introspection of Advent and Lent. It’s good the kinds of care that small group interactions for us to give thanks for her hours of personal bring. We will have a great party on June 10 preparation, her work with the choir and after church to give thanks for our Ministry of Christian Formation. other musicians as well as her time on the Our Minister for Children, Youth and bench Sunday after Sunday. The St. John’s Choir is also to be Families, Lucia Moss, has brought a fresh acknowledged on June 3. Wednesday after perspective to the Church School. She has Wednesday, they gather for a couple of hours worked hard to learn the names of our of hard work in rehearsal. Sunday by Sunday, children and the ways that we form them at they arrive early and lead our hearts and St. John’s through story and snack and play. She has also been a leader in Sunday worship, minds to God. They have a chart in the choir room to mark their absences. It is amazing to preaching and offering kids the chance to see how few times a member of the choir pray together in the Chapel during the signs themselves out as absent. They are a sermon. We look forward to all that we can
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Tidings learn from each other. As noted elsewhere in this edition of Tidings, 17 young people have been presented for Confirmation this spring. Our thanks goes out to Glenn Blakney, Frank Candido, Lisbeth Hackler, and Dave Prentice who have helped prepare these amazing Eighth Graders to make their profession of faith.
Lastly, there are countless graduations that mark this season.
From the youngest preschooler to post graduate laureates, St. John’s is filled with those whose love of learning shines. We give thanks to God for David Prentice as he completes his Master of Divinity degree and we celebrate with every family who has someone walking to “Pomp and Circumstance” this month. In the Episcopal Church, every Sunday is a day of Gratitude and
Graduation. The Holy Eucharist takes its name from the Greek work for thanksgiving: “eucharisto”. Every week as we stand or kneel we return a portion of our thanks to God. And every week we are sent out at the end of the worship to take up our service, converting the learning and formation we have received in church into our Mission for God in the world. Thanks be to God, who gives us the desire to sing praise. Alleluia, alleluia! Thanks be to God, who forms us for life in community and sends us out in mission.
Prayer Shawls Ministry: Three Ways to Participate
wenty handmade prayer shawls have been blessed at St. John’s altar since this ministry began last fall, and fourteen of those shawls have been presented to appreciative parish‐ ioners and members of our extended parish family. We gather in community to knit and cro‐ chet the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. and the first and third Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the library, where our conversation frequently results in additions to our parish and weekly chapel prayer lists. There are three ways you can participate in this ministry. If you knit/crochet (or would like to learn) please join us—we are both beginners and experts alike. If you know someone in our extended St. John’s community who would be comforted by receiving a shawl, please let Mark or Lynda know the details. Lastly, several people have asked how they can contribute financially to this ministry for the purchasing of yarn for others to knit/crochet. Yarn for a standard prayer shawl pattern runs about $25.00 (some of our makers choose more costly yarns). If you are interested in making a financial contribution to this ministry, please see Lynda or contact the parish office (978‐927‐0229). Checks may be written to St. John’s Episco‐ pal Church with “prayer shawls” written on the memo line. St. John’s Episcopal Church
Tidings Welcoming our New Minister of Music
e are excited to announce the calling of Brink Bush as Minister of Music for St. John’s Church. Brink comes to us from Providence, Rhode Island where he has served the last six years as Organ‐ ist and Director of Music for the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John. A native of Georgia, Brink studied organ at the Peabody Institute, the Juilliard School, and the East‐ man School of Music. Over 35 years, he has served as Church Organist in a variety of settings and has di‐ rected Adult, Children’s, and Intergenerational Choirs, Folk Groups, and Cantors. As a Concert Organist, Brink specializes in the German Romantic repertoire, especially the works of Felix Mendelssohn, Wilhelm Middelschulte, Max Re‐ ger, and Ludwig Thiele. He has been sponsored by the Middelschulte family for three consecutive trips to Germany for his research on Wilhelm Middelschulte. His first CD, Volume 1 of the Complete Works of Wilhelm Middelschulte was released in October of 1999. Brink was a big hit with the choir when he came for his audition. Written comments included: “Excellent, sensitive approach to music”; “outstanding accompanist, precise conduc‐ tor, pleasant personality, excellent musicianship”; “easy to work with”; and “I would love to work with Brink – it would be a joy.” Members of the Search Team were wowed both by his prepared piece and his abilities in improvisation with hymns. Brink will be moving to the area soon and begins work with St. John’s on June 1. His first Sunday on the Bench will be June 17.
A Look Ahead
Music Appreciation, Sunday, June 3
Teacher Appreciation, Sunday, June 10
Brink Bush’s first Sunday and Service Time Change, June 17 3
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Tidings From the Church School THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Growing God’s Garden, Summer Children’s Worship
To all who helped with the Middle School Youth Group Bash, Friday, May 18. Your assistance baking cookies, playing bas‐ ketball and Wii, and just being there for the youth is vital and helps to show our youth that the parish supports and loves them.
Starting Sunday, June 17 when we start our summer schedule with worship at 9:30 a.m. St. John’s children are welcome to join their families in worship and then come to Growing God’s Garden between the Gospel and the Peace. The Church School Garden has High School Youth Group already been constructed in the back play‐ Adventure, Saturday, ground and seedlings are growing. While chil‐ June 2, 9:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m dren water, weed, and harvest, different All high school youth ‐ including cur‐ church “Gardeners of the Week” will reflect rent 8th grade students who will be freshmen with the children about how gardening con‐ nects them to God. Lucia, Lynda, or Mark will in the fall ‐ are invited to bring their friends for a day of challenge, fellowship, and fun at also accompany the children to the garden to facilitate. Gordon Collegeʹs Adventure Course. Weʹll have a guided session at the La Vida Center Gardeners Wanted for Adventure Course from 9:00 a.m. ‐ noon and Growing God’s Garden! then eat lunch on the Gordon College Quad. Cost is $10 per teen, scholarships available, The church school has planted a small garden just ask. Please contact Lucia that summer Church School and Vacation Bi‐ if you plan to attend. ble School children will tend and harvest this summer. If youʹre a gardener, we invite you to Teacher Appreciation Sunday, sign‐up as a “Gardener of the Week” to help June 10, 2012 the children tend their garden and share your relationship with Godʹs creation. Volunteers Please come and participate in the showing of our deep appreciation for all of the will need to be CORI checked Sign‐up in Celebration Hall during Coffee Hour or con‐ volunteer teachers and assistants who have been the backbone of our Church School this tact Lucia. past year. We’ll have teacher gifts and ac‐ B‐SAFE and Vacation Bible School knowledgements during the 10 a.m. service, Save These Dates: followed by a parish potluck cookout. Bur‐ Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3: gers, hot dogs, and fixin’s will be provided.
Please bring a simple salad, side dish or des‐ sert to share. The Chowdah Fest Cook‐Off will offer tastings as well. If you are a present or former Church School teacher, student, par‐ ent or a grateful member of the St. John’s fam‐ ily, this is a Sunday you won’t want to miss! St. John’s Episcopal Church
If youʹd like to help with our B‐SAFE partnership please contact Leslie Leathersich, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to help with Vacation Bible School, please contact Lucia, email@example.com.
Tidings planned for elementary, middle, and high Vacation Bible School, “The Abundant Life Gardening Project,” school students. Brochures are available at the back of the church, in the office, and as you July 30 ‐ August 3
Using a curriculum from Episcopal Relief and Development, children will connect biblical stories and garden tending to the lives of peo‐ ple in need around the globe, helping children love God’s creation and learn more about how God’s creation nurtures every living thing on the Earth. Each day will also include helping to prepare lunch for the B‐SAFE children in Chelsea. Hopefully, we’ll be able to send some of the harvest from our garden with our B‐ SAFE friends.
Letʹs Go to the Camp!
exit by the office doors.
Children Aboard Rainbow Express (CARE, Inc.) Summer Programs
Pre‐school children are invited to take advan‐ tage of summer programs offered by CARE, Inc., the pre‐school that operates out of St. John’s children’s wing. Summer programs start the week of July 9. Weekly themes in‐ clude Disney, Pirates, Mexico, Olympics, Lob‐ sters and the Ocean, and Mad Science. Contact CARE Director Cindy Parker at 978‐927‐
The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center of the Diocese of Massachusetts has many exciting weeks of summer camp fun
Congratulaions to the 2012 Confirmation Class Julia Marie Bonaccorso Erin Dillon Carlson John Augustine Carlson Eliza Appleton Eddy Sarah Elizabeth Janowicz Isabel Thorpe Manuel Abigail Elizabeth Mosse Susan Bradlee Polese Henry Tourison Rohner
Hannah Koren Roy James Michael Segar Matthew Joseph Stache Benjamin Coleman Strong Julia Bailey Wainwright Madeline Morley Werner Aidan Henry Clinton Wood Leorah Marie Wood
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Tidings Following my last day with you on Sunday, May 13th, I will return to St. John’s of Gloucester for a time until I learn of my next ebruary 2011 I arrived at St. John’s with only a vague notion of what “field educa‐ assignment. I am excited for my journey for‐ tion” constituted as part of a seminary educa‐ ward towards ordination and ask for your tion. I left my home church knowing this was prayers as I continue on this path. I will in‐ an assignment that needed to be done, but felt clude you in my prayers as the journey un‐ folds. somewhat out of sorts leaving MY church. I came to realize over time that leaving MY Richard Bach once wrote – church was teaching me to see THE church better than I had before, and I thank you all Don’t be for that shift in perspective! dismayed at goodbyes. There were many adventures that en‐ A farewell is necessary before sued over the year, ranging from the Thursday You can meet again. service with the “furry congregation,” (ask And meeting again, someone who attends the service!) to winter After moments or “tubing” with the youth group. (Let me as‐ lifetimes, is certain for sure you that traveling backwards down a those who are snow‐covered slope at a high speed on an in‐ friends. ner tube does increase your prayer life a great deal!) Helping with the confirmation class was a great honor and pleasure as I acquired a better sense of youth in church and what they needed to nurture and challenge their relation‐ ship with God. We discussed everything from God to Monty Python, played and laughed together, ate well and prayed well and learned about our relationship with God along the way. It wasn’t just the kids who learned, though – I think the adults walked away with the gift of a new perspective on our relation‐ ship with God, too. I want to particularly thank you all for sharing your stories with me. Much like the confirmation classes, we have worshipped to‐ gether, broken bread together, (and eaten chili), laughed and learned together. Your willingness to share your stories of your rela‐ tionship with God, the highs and the lows, helped me to see better who we all are in God’s eyes, all part of the body of Christ shar‐ ing our journey together.
From David Prentice
On June 17th
we switch to our
Summer Schedule. Service Times 8:00 a.m. and
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Tidings our first batch of dinners. Future cooking dates will be announced as the initial inven‐ ur choir will be singing through June 3 tory is depleted. There are two ways you can partici‐ and then taking a break for the summer. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as pate. If you are interested in signing up for future cooking dates, or if you know someone their director for nine months. And it has in our extended parish community who may been my joy to take part as a “singing” mem‐ have family in the hospital, just had a child, or ber for many years. Thank you for all the good words and is having trouble getting around and would appreciate a meal, please contact Cathy by encouragement along the way. We literally sing and play our hearts out every Sunday. email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to Mary Fiske who has played the organ for the early service and Chowdah Fest Cookoff is done so with a total investment of her spirit, Sunday, June 10th! time, and talent. She has also assisted me as a Mortals will eat of the chowdah of angels; librarian and a friend. there will be flavor in abundance. I’d say we are primed and ready to welcome Brink Bush as our Director of Music. Remember St. John’s now‐famous February A fine tradition will continue. Chili Cookoff? Well, it has a new look, taste, and aroma for spring, as the new St. John’s Soli Deo Gloria! Chowdah Fest Cookoff! If you or someone
From Priscilla Walter
A New Ministry Heats Up: Caring with Casseroles
ay 22nd begins the St. John’s Caring with Casseroles ministry of preparing, freezing, and delivering homemade entrées to parishioners and neighbors who need a little TLC. We are grateful to Cathy Vouwie for taking on the leadership of this initiative. Car‐ ing with Casseroles is a win‐win ministry that works two ways. In addition to giving the gift of good and healthy food to someone who can’t easily prepare it for themselves, parish‐ ioners cooking together will be working as a community of disciples, Gospel‐style. Cathy and six parishioners who signed up at last September’s Ministry Fair will gather this coming week in the parish kitchen to prepare
you know has a knock‐out chowder recipe of any variety (clam, fish, corn, veggie, or other), this is your chance: enter to win. Judges will name their First Place and Honorable Mention winners, and The People’s Choice winner will be voted by you. Here’s how it works. Entry forms are available on Sunday mornings and in the par‐ ish office during the week. Each competitor’s entrance fee is $20, and all the particulars are spelled out in the official Chowdah Fest Cook‐ off rules, available with your entry form. Sun‐ day, June 10th following the 10 a.m. service all chowdah fans are invited to purchase an offi‐ cial St. John’s tasting mug and spoon for $10 to sample the chowdah entries. All proceeds will benefit St. John’s. There will also be a cook‐out with bur‐ gers, hotdogs, and sides for Teacher Apprecia‐ tion Sunday to thank all of our Church School teachers and volunteers. Come hungry!
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