Vol. IV, May 2014
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The Monthly Newsletter of St. John's Episcopal Church
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Book Reading with Bishop and Author of "Crazy Christians"
At 7 p.m. May 5, Bishop Michael Curry reads and discusses his bestselling book “Crazy Christians,” based on a homily of his that went viral. In 2012, Curry delivered a sensational homily at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, in which he charged Christians to be crazy enough to love and forgive and dare to change the world. Holding honorary degrees from Yale and Sewanee, Curry is the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina and one of the Episcopal Church's most renowned speakers and preachers. Bishop Curry will also deliver the homily for Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments and conversation following Prayer and before the book reading. Book available at St. John's Gift Shop.
Meet the four nominees for the VIII Bishop of East Carolina! The nominees will conclude their tour of the diocese at St. John's Friday, May 2. This is your last chance to hear them speak before the election on May 17.
Honoring our graduating seniors – Mary Kate Morgan, James MacRae III, and Elizabeth Chandler – we will have the privilege to hear about their experiences growing up at St. John's and their plans for the future!
7 p.m. May 2
Salon Series Finale 7:30 p.m. May 8
Don't miss the final concert, A Brass Spectacular, featuring Baroque music for two trumpets, strings and harpsichord! Tickets available at the door or fayettevillesymphony.org.
It's an exciting time to be at St. John's and in the Diocese of East Carolina. This month, we launch into a rapid succession of highprofile events at St. John's, look expectantly toward the May 17 election day, and close out the program-year with the annual End-of-Year Picnic on May 28.
Parish Planning Meeting 12 p.m. May 4
Join us in Hauser Hall for lunch and help Vestry formulate plans for the next program-year: help discern what should be on our plate of programs and identify leadership and volunteer opportunities.
THE EPISTLE May 2014
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 302 Green St • Fayetteville, NC 28301
Founded in 1817 in Fayetteville, NC and today a worshipping community of more than 700 parishioners.
CLERGY, STAFF, & OFFICERS Rector The Rev. Robert M. Alves Sr. Warden John Holmes Jr. Warden Drew Young
Clerk of Vestry Lenora Chandler Treasurer Dohn Broadwell Jr
Choirmaster Patrick M. O'Briant Administrator Brant Brock
Communications Anthony Ramos Bookkeeper Sue Strickland
Preschool Director Donnie Winston Parish Cook Bob Jenkins
Sexton Donnell Simmons Sexton Lonnie Pipkin
Sexton James Henderson
THE VESTRY Jeff Baker • John Holmes • Judy Klinck • Patsy Politowicz • Glenn Chandler •
Ricky Evans • Jean Moore • Drew Young • Dick Kells • Deborah Greene • Christel Haworth • Robin Kelly
SUBMISSIONS AND DEADLINES We rely on our parishioners for
newsletter content. If you have news or events relevant to parish life, please contact the appropriate Vestry
representative or the parish office. The submission deadline for the Summer edition of The Epistle is May 15. 2
UPCOMING PROGRAMS ECW PICNIC 12 p.m. May 5
Come enjoy food and fellowship at the home of Bee Gee Caviness, 3489 Wilmington Highway. Call Sally Reardon, 910.485.2538, if you can come.
EASTER & PENTECOST FORUMS 6:45 p.m. May 7
Concluding the Exploring Worship at St. John’s forums, Fr. Alves will discuss the Easter and Pentecost seasons in addition to the Holy Baptism and the dismissal.
CONVERSATION WITH YOUR DELEGATES 6 p.m. May 14
Before they depart for the Electing Convention on May 17, have a conversation and prayer with your delegates at dinner.
The Rev. Robert Alves
May: the Month of Bishops
xx "It is an extraordinary blessing to welcome two of the Episcopal Church's most gifted bishops to John's."
Abundant signs of new life abound as a spectacular spring unfolds before our eyes following a harsh winter in Eastern North Carolina. This spring, we are presented with rich opportunities to rekindle our spirits and to focus on new growth in our parish and in the Diocese of East Carolina. It is an extraordinary blessing to welcome two of The Episcopal Church’s most gifted bishops to St. John’s this month! Bishop Michael Curry will be with us on Monday, May 5 and our own Bishop Provisional Peter Lee will join us on the evening of Wednesday, May 21. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, St. John’s will host a Q-and-A session with our four nominees for the VIII Bishop of East Carolina. On Sunday, May 4, all members of the parish are encouraged to attend a luncheon to help Vestry cast a vision for the future of St. John’s. This sounds like a lofty goal! The practical reality is that we are asking you to help your Vestry plan the activities that will embody our ministry next year. We need your ideas, thoughts, and support as we prepare for a new year. On Monday, May 5, Bishop Michael Curry will preach at a service of Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m., and he will lead a discussion of his book "Crazy Christians" beginning at 7 p.m. It is with great pleasure that I welcome Bishop Michael Curry to St. John’s. I served as Chair of the Transition Committee when he was elected Bishop of North Carolina. Bishop Curry is known throughout the Episcopal Church for his excellence in preaching. I encourage you to invite your friends to join you at 5:30 p.m. to hear the sermon and to stay for the book discussion at 7 p.m.. On Wednesday, May 21, Bishop Peter Lee, our Bishop Provisional, will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 5:15 p.m. We will welcome Bishop Lee with one of his favorite meals: North Carolina barbecue. After dinner, Bishop Lee will help lead a discussion of a liturgy called The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant. In the Warden’s Letter, John Holmes elaborates on the process of discussion and discernment which the Vestry and I have begun, regarding the blessing of same-sex unions. This discussion does not take place in a vacuum. The conversation has been going on for decades in the greater church and people of deep faith strongly disagree with one another. As we engage in the conversation at St. John’s, I hope that we do so with an attitude of deep respect for one another and with the hope that God will lead our community in conversation. We are blessed to have Bishop Lee with us to offer his wisdom and insights. I believe that the Holy Spirit is moving in the life of our parish and our diocese. This year has been a year marked by discernment and preparation for the future. As we approach Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit set our hearts on fire and guide us to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to life in the world.
Salvation Army Love Lunch 11:30 a.m. May 19
Join our Love Lunch team this month and help our local Salvation Army (220 East Russell St.) provide hot meals to over 100 homeless citizens.
Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to noon Jun 23-26
We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help us make this wonderful week a success for the children. There are a multitude of opportunities to volunteer with VBS that will fit your schedule and talents. Sign up on the bulletin boards or contact Claire Hedgecoe if you are willing to be a part of this ministry: email@example.com.
NCMOM Dental Clinic Jul 31 to Aug 2
Dental and non-dental volunteers needed! North Carolina Missions of Mercy is preparing for this year's adult dental clinic at the Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center. Help them provide dental services to adults in need. To sign up oor for more information, go to ncmom.info. Select "Volunteer" from the top of the page and choose your volunteer category from the drop down menu.
Meet the Nominees!
Q-and-A 7 p.m. May 2 St. John's 4
A Matter for Prayerful Discussion BY JOHN HOLMES
Following the General Convention of 2012, in accordance with Resolution 2012-A049, Bishop Daniel Clifton began to permit the use of liturgies for the blessing of same-sex relationships in the Diocese of East Carolina. His approval to permit this ministry came with one stipulation: both the priest and vestry must be in agreement before proceeding. Bishop Peter Lee has continued this policy in his tenure as Bishop Provisional. All four of the candidates for the VIII Bishop of the Diocese have indicated in their written responses that they would continue with this policy if elected. Several churches in East Carolina have already embarked on this ministry. It should be emphasized that
under the current policy no priest or vestry will be mandated to undertake the Blessing of a Convenanted Union within their parish. â€œAll may, some should, none must.â€? At our annual retreat this year, the vestry discussed the current policy and agreed that it would be prudent to enter into a dialogue to familiarize ourselves with the current positions of The Episcopal Church and our own Diocese. In order to facilitate this discussion, we have invited Bishop Lee to help us guide a discussion on this topic on Wednesday, May 21. Bishop Lee will help celebrate Eucharist with us at 5:15 p.m. followed by a special dinner and conversation on the ministry of blessing covenanted unions. We hope to
EVENT RUNDOWN A Matter for Prayerful Discussion
5:15 p.m. May 21 at St. John's The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee Celebrates Eucharist with us Followed by dinner and conversation to help develop a broader understanding of the resolution and liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships
have a good turnout for this event as we all seek a broader understanding of this topic. Your vestry feels that the timing is right to collectively and prayerfully begin a process of discussion and discernment. There is no hidden agenda or predetermined course of action by either your priest or your vestry on this matter. All voices shall be heard and respected. Bishop Lee is well-qualified to help lead us in this discussion. We look forward to welcoming him on May 21 and invite everyone to participate in the service, the dinner and the discussion to follow.
There are two documents available to help you become conversant about the resolution and liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships
RESOURCES THE RESOLUTION
stjohnsnc.org/s/A049.pdf THE LITURGY
2 Wendy & John Nikolassy 6 Carolyn & Ken Lancaster Jr. 12 Carol & Bill Orr 14 Lenora & Glenn Chandler 26 Mary & John Holmes 27 Dee Dee & Dick Kells 28 Margaret Ann & Richard Alligood • Shannon Bailey & Robert Bloodworth Sweetie & Hank Stewart Karen & Tony Rand Edwina & Jim Kyle III • Martha & David Bock Sr.
Sally Reardon • Joyce Chandler • Kate Naylor Sandy Edge • Jim Kyle III • Sarah Britton • Simon Dahlman Mindy Vickers • Laura Hatcher Logan
9 11 12 13 15 18
Dooley Ramon Yarborough III Frank Stout Don Uffinger Sr • Dick Kells Jane Schaefer Gert Eyman • Walker Haigh • Marian Morgan Lena Privette • Courtney Smedick • Jack Davidson Fred Klinck • Hillary McKeown John Dickson Claire Hedgecoe Bill Jones III Etta Thetford Mary Wright • Kate dePrater Bill Byrd Jr • Molly Haigh • Stephen Privette Mary Flagg Haugh • De De Zellner Kensley Edge Madison Gradnigo Bob Wilson Mac McHenry • Barbara Richardson • Owen Shearer David Vroom Tom Brown • Spencer Harris • Charles Moorman George Chandler • Carolyn Stout • Elizabeth Chandler Walter Moorman • Elizabeth Wooten • Mary Holmes Mary Angelicchio • Don Koonce • David Stewart • Terry Dawson • Cameron Flowers
Lib Wilson, Sally Reardon, and Marilyn Ellerbe attended the 126th Annual ECW Meeting on the Diocese of East Carolina on April 24 at St. James in Wilmington.
hold the date
4 p.m. Jun 1 Fayetteville Cantate performs
ACOLYTE RECOGNITION 10:30 a.m. Jun 1 Thank our acolytes for their service
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Parish planning 12p SENIOR SUNDAY
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J2A Urban Adventure
Evening Prayer 5:30p Book signing 7p
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Acolyte Recognition Celtic Cantante 4p
ECW Picnic 12p
Love Lunch 11:30a
Office Closed MEMORIAL DAY
VBS planning 5:30p
Finance meeting 5:30p
Vestry meeting 6:30p
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Salon Series 7:30p
See Wednesday services Delegates Prayer 6p
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I 8:15 a.m. Parish Family Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Christian Formation 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30 a.m. Children's Chapel
Walkabout QandA 7p
J2A Urban Adventure
See Wednesday services Eucharist w/ Bp. Lee 5:15p Dinner & Discussion 6p
Worship 5:15p EndofYear Picnic 6p
5:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Children's Choir Worship Handbells practice Bible Adventures Parish Dinner