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June / July 2018

Nimocks Challenge For Church Renovation

By Drew Young our contribution is needed if the Nimocks Challenge goal is to be met by the end of July 2018.

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On Sunday, July 29, the anniversary of Elisabeth Nimocks’ birthday, a plaque acknowledging David Nimocks’ matching support for all of our contributions to the Nimocks Challenge for Church Renovation will be revealed next to the stain glass window of St. Mary on the left side of the Church. That plaque will honor Elisabeth Nimocks for whom David Nimocks issued the original challenge in the summer of 2015. Everyone is invited to that unveiling and a reception that follows the 10:30 service. We have not yet reached the full challenge goal. David Nimocks pledged to match dollar for dollar each donation to the Nimocks Challenge for church renovation, up to $100,000 a year, for three years. That challenge has been met in each of the first two years. The decision to meet this last year’s goal, to meet the full Nimocks challenge goal of $300,000, and obtain the remainder of the funds pledged is ours, through our contributions. Please help us meet our goal by contributing to this great endeavor so we can complete the challenge ahead of the end of July and by the day of the plaque unveiling. As of June 1, 2018, 10 months, 83 percent, into this final Nimocks Challenge year, 65 percent of the funds needed to reach this year’s goal have been raised. Strong support over the past two years has ensured the full annual challenge matches by David Nimocks, allowing renovations to the Church façade, and to the inside, refinishing and painting of the walls and ceiling, cleaning and refinishing of the floors and pews, improvement to lighting, replacement of carpet, some new baseboards, and cleaning and tuning of the organ. Those renovations have provided a fresh clean look to our church and helped to prepare it for the next 200 years. For much of the last year and a half, less visible but equally important renovations have been made. All of these renovations require funds and everyone’s participation has allowed that work to continue. To make further needed renovations, including heating and air duct work, window frames, stain glass window

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repair and protection, electrical work, and pew cushions and kneelers to name some, additional funds are still needed. There is no faster way to raise the needed funds than for donations to be matched. Fortunately, there are still 2 months remaining in this challenge. At the time of this article $35,111 has to be raised before July 31st, 2018, for the Church to receive the full year’s match. For success, your participation is needed. Anyone who has not yet given or has already given and is able to contribute more is asked to help this year. Anyone wishing to check the level of giving for the current challenge year can do so by viewing the graph posted on the bulletin board outside St. John’s Gift Shop. The graph is updated weekly as there are changes. To contribute, a check made out to St. John’s Church may be directed to the Nimocks Challenge by simply annotating Nimocks Challenge in the memo portion of the check. Donations may be placed in the alms basin on Sunday or returned by mail or delivered to the church office. Thank you to all who have already made and who are making contributions to ensure we meet this year’s Nimocks Challenge goal before July 29. We look forward to your joining us for the plaque unveiling and the reception to celebrate meeting our goals.

Communication at St. John’s page 6

Episcopal Shoppe is on the Move page 8-9

Senior Sermons page 12-13


General Convention Informational Meeting & Dinner Program Report you are interested in learning Iandfmore about General Convention the resolutions that will be considered, please join Fr. Alves in Hauser Hall on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. Information on General Convention may also be found at www.generalconvention.org.

Then, on Wednesday, July 18th at 6 p.m. in Hauser Hall, we will have a dinner program and Fr. Alves will offer a brief report on General Convention.

Summer Parish Office Hours

THE EPISTLE ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 302 Green Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301 Founded in 1817 in Fayetteville, N.C., and today a worshipping community of more than 700 parishioners

The Parish Office hours are being reduced during the months of June, July and August, starting Friday, June 1. The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and by appointment.

Clergy, Staff, & Officers

Rector The Rev. Robert M. Alves Sr. Warden Richard Alligood Jr. Warden Dick Kells Clerk of Vestry Judy Brown Treasurer Dohn Broadwell, Jr. Interim Organist Diana Kirkpatrick Administrative Coordinator Trishia Medema Bookkeeper Sue Strickland Preschool Director Donnie Winston Parish Cook Bob Jenkins Sexton Lonnie Pipkin Sexton James Henderson

The Vestry

Richard Alligood • Rebecca Britton • Judy Brown • Lenora Chandler • Walker Haigh • Mary Flagg Haugh • Dick Kells • Kenneth C. Lancaster, Jr. • Jewel Prichard • Heath Privette • Sybil Sasaki • Ronald Schooler

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Parish Office Closures The office will be closed on the follwing dates: Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day) Monday, July 9

Parish Office Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to help in the church office Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Responsibilities include welcoming visitors, answering the phone, and simple clerical tasks. Volunteers are also needed for special projects throughout the year. If you’re available to volunteer, or if you’d like to volunteer as a substitute, please contact the church office at 910-483-7405, email communications@ stjohnsnc.org.


Rector’s Letter

79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

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uring the first two weeks of July, I have the honor and privilege of traveling to Austin, Texas to serve as a deputy to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church from the Diocese of East Carolina.

delegates to an annual Diocesan convention. The Presiding Bishop and General Convention provide governance and leadership on the greater church level. The General Convention, like the United States Congress, has two houses that meet in legislative sessions, hold As Episcopalians, we are members hearings on resolutions and pass of the Church on multiple levels. legislation. The House of Bishops Locally, we are members of St. includes all bishops in the church John’s parish. St. John’s is part of and the House of Deputies includes the Diocese of East Carolina. The four clergy deputies and four lay Diocese of East Carolina is part deputies from each diocese. of The Episcopal Church, which includes all Episcopal churches in The upcoming General Convention the United States and churches in will mark the third convention several other countries. where I have served as a deputy and the first where I have received We are also governed by a committee assignment. The representative bodies on the local, convention will consider over two regional and national/greater hundred resolutions and hearings church levels. The rector and will be held on each resolution vestry provide governance and in committee before reaching the leadership on the local level. The convention floor. I will serve on Bishop and Diocesan Convention the Governance and Structure provide leadership on the Committee. regional level. Each parish selects

The Rev. Robert Alves

General Convention is much more than a gathering to conduct church business. Deputies are grounded in worship and prayer. Exhibitors and vendors, including the Episcopal Shoppe from St. John’s, give participants a glimpse of the breadth and depth of ministry and resources in the greater church. Old friends reconnect, and new friendships are born in what has been called by some a great family reunion. If you are interested in learning more about General Convention and the resolutions that will be considered, please join me in Hauser Hall on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm. Information on General Convention may also be found at www.generalconvention.org. On Wednesday, July 18th at 6 PM in Hauser Hall, I will offer a brief report on General Convention. Please keep those General Convention prayers.

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I hope that this summer will provide opportunities for rest, renewal and re-creation.

Faithfully, The Rev. Robert M. Alves Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Father Robert Alves during General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 25-July 3, 2015.

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From the Senior Warden

A Busy Six Months By Richard Alligood Senior Warden

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y the time you read this article, half of this new year will be almost over.....hard to believe! However, this has been a busy six months at St. John’s. Prior to Lent, I had the honor of attending the CEEP (Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Churches) Conference in San Antonio, Texas, with Father Robert, Mary Flagg Haugh, and Ashton Fox. The conference is held annually, moving to different locations around the U.S. The Consortium offers a vast array of workshops for three days and the four of us were able to select areas of interest that might be useful here at St. John’s. Mary Flagg has already made use of new ideas with our every member canvass this year and is excited about others. I was impressed by the method used by a large Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA, St. Paul’s, that had a deep history with the Civil War and how they dealt with reconciliation and history in removing some forty plaques from their sanctuary. Others involved, “Unboxing the Gospel,” “A New Prayer Book?,” “Adult Education Formation Thru Stages of Life,” “Core Vocations,” “Communication Within The Parish,” etc. Dick Kells attended the CEEP conference when he was senior warden when it was held in Charlotte – it is a neat experience and we are fortunate to be included in the group that attends. In March, Lenora Chandler and I attended the Diocesan Leadership Conference at Trinity Center. This conference was led by our Diocesan leaders and the Saturday agenda was presented by Bishop Skirving. Those attending included Senior and Junior Wardens along with vestry members and others in leadership positions within their parish. We heard of the many concerns these parishes throughout the diocese were struggling through and many paralleled those here in our parish. Sadly, a number of parishes are unable to financially afford a full time priest; others, especially smaller parishes, will have little possibility for growth and, therefore, may have to consider a bleak future. Our Lenten study, The Joy of Reconciliation, was presented by Fathers Robert, John, and Jeff each Monday morning at St. John’s and Tuesday evenings at Holy Trinity. ECW members prepared lunch and the fellowship was enjoyed by all.

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We were fortunate that Father Robert had invited Bishop Skirving to join us at the Great Vigil of Easter including Baptism and Confirmation. What a great service and we had an opportunity to recognize and congratulate the newly baptized and confirmed May 6th along with recognizing our senior high schoolers with Youth Sunday. As you all know, we just celebrated Pentecost Sunday, which is known as the birthday of the Church. It was a happy, festive time, with the Gospel having been read in various languages, a children’s sermon and not to forget the many red balloons released in the church and the birthday cake for the church at the coffee hour afterward. We also took this opportunity the recognize and thank the many youth who serve as acolytes and we give thanks for their service to Christ and St. John’s. There are so many activities I haven’t captured in this small space not to mention our Parish Beach Weekend at Trinity Center. This and others allow you and me to come together to celebrate all that we are and all that we have in our beloved Church. Thank you for all you do and all the lives you touch that make St. John’s part of the Living Church! Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


In Reach and Welcoming Committee Flower Committee By Jewel Prichard

Julie MacRae, Flower Committee Chairperson

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he In-Reach Committee is happy to announce that Julie MacRae is the new chair person for “The Flower Committee” under Pastoral Care. She is married to Jim MacRae, Jr., and they have two children, Mary Katherine (23) and Jim III (21). Julie has been a member of St. John’s since 1992. She has enjoyed serving as a children’s Sunday School teacher, leader of Wednesday evening “Frogs” and Vacation Bible School. Presently, she is employed as a preschool director. Her favorite things to do are working in her yard, playing with their cats, dogs and spending time with her husband and children.

Flowers ready to be delivered.

Greeters By Jewel Prichard

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he Welcome Committee is happy to announce that Kim Johnson is the new chair person for the “Greeters.” Greeters is under the Welcoming Committee. Kim has strong ties to the military. She is a USAF veteran and is married to Ronald Johnson Sr., a retired businessman and USAF Veteran retiree. Kim retired in 2015 after 32 years of federal service. She and Ron have two adult children: Kelly, who lives in Carrboro, NC and Ronald Jr., a USAF officer stationed in Charleston, SC. Her favorite hobby is flower gardening. Kim is currently co-chair of the Second Sunday Altar Guild Committee and the new Scheduler for our Sunday morning Greeters program.

Kim Johnson, Greeter Chairperson

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Communication Communications at St. John’s By Rebecca Britton

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t St. John’s we use many tools to communicate with and among our church family; tools that are geared to include everyone – those who use computers and those who do not. The following is a list of just some of our communication tools, aside from this Epistle:

Bulletin Boards: As you walk from the sanctuary to Hauser Hall for coffee and warm cookies following our 10:30 service on Sundays, look at our bulletin boards along the hallway walls. They cover special events, as well as various ministry areas of the church with pictures, articles and other information.

Tuesday Headlines: A weekly newsletter, received by e-mail, that keeps you posted on upcoming events and opportunities to volunteer within the church and the community. E-mail list: You can be included in our e-mail list and receive notifications and our Tuesday Headlines newsletter. Directory: Yes – we now have an online directory, which is highlighted below. Did you know that you can still get a printed copy? All you need to do is contact the church office and we can have one printed for you. With our ONLINE directory, you can actually access your church family online through your computer, tablet or mobile device. It is simple and easy to use. You can go to http://www.stjohnsnc.org/access/ for instructions on how to sign up. If you need help logging in, please call or stop by the church office during normal office hours.

Website: St. John’s website is a wonderful resource for our church family and for anyone wanting to learn more about St. John’s. If you have not looked at our website recently, check it out at www.stjohnsnc. org. At the top of the home page, above pictures which flash by of our church and events, there are drop-down menus, which will take you to every area of ministry at St. John’s, as well as information about our services, our history, facilities and events. You can even access recorded services, the church Sunday Bulletin: Our Sunday Bulletin always calendar, Tuesday Headlines and past and current contains announcements and information about issues of the Epistle. upcoming events and opportunities. If you are interested in being part of the Social Media: If you participate on Facebook or Communications Committee at St. John’s, please Twitter, “like” and “follow” us! Our page on Facebook let us know. You can contact the church office or is the teal and white photo of the parish at facebook. email me at rjbmommylaw@gmail.com. We are com/stjohnsfaync and on Twitter @stjohnsfaync. always looking for ways to improve and enhance The Communications Committee posts regularly on communications at St. John’s and would love for you Facebook and Twitter with photos, information of to be a part of it if there is an area that interests you! interest and upcoming events. As a member of the St. John’s community online, you can search the church directory, you can update your family’s information, view the church calendar, schedule one-time or recurring gifts, view your giving history and obtain a tax statement for your contributions, and register for events. The mobile app is especially convenient – you just touch the “church life” icon on your mobile phone and it’s all there!

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Worship Worship News By Walker Haigh

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e had a blessed and busy Lent and Holy Week at St. John’s this past February 14th– April 1st. The Maundy Thursday service was moving and inspirational as the altar was stripped and prepared for the coming three days. Good Friday services were split between St. Joseph’s (12 noon) and St. John’s (6 p.m.). The Stations of the Cross service at St. Joseph’s is especially moving, as you move from one station to the next in that beautiful, historic church. If you have never been to a service there, you should make a point to do so. You will find many reminders of our historical connection, as well as beautiful Tiffany windows and the permanent Stations of the Cross on the walls. Easter Vigil saw a visit from Bishop Rob Skirving who baptized 2 and confirmed 12 members of the church, before celebrating the first Eucharist of Easter. Easter Sunday saw record attendance and all were uplifted by the service and the beautiful Easter music! If you missed any of these services, you can go to the Worship page on our website (stjohnsnc.org) and click on the Vimeo link under “sermons” to watch the services in their entirety (this excludes the St. Joseph’s service and the Easter Vigil which was too dark to film). This is a wonderful resource for catching up when you have to miss a service. This is also where you can submit a personal prayer request. Alternatively, you can listen to the audio of past sermons on the “Services” page under Worship. I encourage each of you to explore our website, especially

those pages devoted to Worship. As we begin to look forward to the coming months, it is time to consider additional services for the summer. In the past, we have had a Sunday evening service once a month with Holy Eucharist and praise music, led by our devoted church musician Fred Klinck. The original thought was that this would provide a service for those who were out of town for the regularly scheduled Sunday service. Unfortunately, these services have not been

particularly well attended. As the Vestry liaison for Worship, I ask you to prayerfully consider what kinds of services you would like to see in the future. There are many options, including Morning Prayer, Prayer for Noonday, Evening Prayer, Compline and Evensong. Days of the week are optional as well and can be led by laity. If you have ideas, thoughts or questions, please contact me at whaigh511@gmail.com or catch me in church on Sunday. I welcome your input!

Fr. Alves leads the children in a discussion/sermon about Pentecost on Penecost Sunday.

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The Episcopal Shope

Episcopal Shoppe is on the Move By Melene Hatcher

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t. John’s Gift Shop was founded in 2002 by Margaret Ann Player. The gift shop grew under Margaret Ann’s leadership for over 16 years. Parishioners knew that they could pick up a greeting card, the perfect baptismal gift, a prayer book, and their favorite local pecans.

Without advertising, Episcopal Shoppe filled 241 orders in 2014. In March, 2015, we had already filled 58 orders when we realized that we needed a new plan… somewhere to store boxes, packing paper, etc. Was an online shop the direction that St. John’s wanted to go? Did we prefer to stay small? We decided to halt the Following Margaret Ann, the shop was under the e-commerce while church leadership discussed our direction of Paige Naylor. Paige brought in jewelry, options. more books, local craftsman, and a new style. She also set up a new volunteer rotation. Paige also added some Of course, there was good news too. In May 2015, the of the fixtures that we still see in the shop today. shop made wonderful grants to Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry, Episcopal Relief and Development, Virginia The gift shop closed for about a year, when I was asked Theological Seminary, and St. John’s Ministry for the if I would be the new director. We officially reopened in Deployed. St. John’s Gift Shop also funded a Speaker August, 2013. Along with a team of dedicated volunteers, Series. Bishop Michael Curry, who is now the Presiding we staffed the shop on Sundays and Wednesday Bishop, kicked off the series on May 2, 2015 discussing his afternoons. The shop again underwent some changes recent book, Crazy Christians. We have been honored with new fixtures and new merchandise. The biggest to have Dean Ian Markham, Dean Kate Moorehead, The changes, however, were technology changes. The shop Rev. Lindsay Freeman, and The Rev. Lauren Winner began taking credit cards, installed a Square register, join us for the Series as well. opened a Facebook page, and got its very own email. St. John’s Gift Shop also participated as a vendor in its first Diocesan Convention in February, 2014. After attending an Episcopal Booksellers Association conference in October, 2013, Melene decided to pursue the possibility of a website with an e-commerce store. The name St. John’s Gift Shop was too widely used by hospitals, churches, etc., so we registered a new name, Episcopal Shoppe, for the online ventures.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry leads a discussion on his book, Crazy Christian.

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In early 2016, we decided to proceed with the online store. We moved the online operations upstairs and left brick and mortar” downstairs. The online store took off quickly again. Episcopal Shoppe filled 614 online orders in 2017. Episcopal Shoppe has been blessed. We are happy to be able to share those blessings by offering all churches and clergy a 20% discount on all items. We have donated books to an Episcopal school and church in the Dominican Republic, chaplains at Ft. Bragg, soldiers deployed oversees, Bibles for homeless men and women, and many other causes. We are also proud to be able to donate many items needed right here at St. John’s.


This year, we have decided to make another move. Instead of having inventory in two places, we are combining the operations. We are moving all of our inventory downstairs, which will give our parishioners and visitors an opportunity to peruse everything available for purchase. It will also make it much easier to pull stock for online orders. St. John’s is also combining the operations under one name, Episcopal Shoppe.

Our booth at General Convention is ideally situated beside Church Publishing Inc. and University of the South (Sewanee). We are also near Virginia Theological Seminary. We have many authors who have agreed to do book signings during the lunch hours. We will also be representing several of our gift vendors at Convention. It will be an exciting adventure for the shop. We hope this will be a welcome change for all. Episcopal Shoppe has access to order any book that is published. If you do not see what you are looking for, please let us know, and we will be happy to order it for you. We also try to carry many items that help other Episcopal missions, such as Thistle Farms, a line of bath and body lotions. All proceeds from these lotions benefit Thistle Farms, a community that heals, empowers, and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Please stop by as we get moved in and see the many items that we have to offer. All proceeds from the Episcopal Shoppe benefit Episcopal ministries. And don’t forget…. we gift wrap too!

Episcopal Shoppe will be located in the Welcome Center (current space) and the Dawson Library. Our intention is to cut a pass through for the two spaces later in the year. We also hope to get air conditioning for the two spaces also. The library is being moved upstairs. The books are already located on the shelves and will be available for checkout as usual. We hope the new space will offer Episcopal Shoppe some new opportunities. One new opportunity has already presented itself as Episcopal Shoppe will be the representing bookstore and gift shop for Church Publishing at General Convention in July. It is a great opportunity for exposure for the shop, and we excited about the opportunity to meet so many Episcopalians from all over the country. Concession Stand Jerus alem

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EYC: Episcopal Youth in the Church EYC Year in Review By Lenora Chandler, Vestry Liaison for the Youth he EYC had an eventful Fall, Winter and Spring. First, the EYC Christian Formation program started back up on Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the Fall. The EYC will be taking a break from Christian Formation June-August and will start back up in September. My thanks to Joel Christian for taking on the Christian Formation leadership role, as well as our facilitators, Joel and Robyn Christian; Sybil Sasaki and Jaclyn Baucom; Amanda Klinck and Lamar Williams; and Glenn and Lenora Chandler.

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The EYC year in review can also be seen by checking out the EYC bulletin board that includes all updated events. Events this past year included the Corn Maze, cook-out, church lock-in, and a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. just to name a few. Outreach/inreach activities included participating in the Blessing of the Animals service, making Christmas and Valentine Day cards for the shut-ins, singing Christmas carols at The Carolina Inn, cooking and serving the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, preparing Easter eggs for our younger youth and serving the homeless during the EYC Pilgrimage. The EYC participated in the Guardian Angel ministry during Lent. Robyn Christian chaired this wonderful ministry that culminated with the Guardian Angel dinner

in March. Thank you to all Guardian Angels and Robyn Christian for making it such a wonderful experience for our youth. The Pre-Cadet and Cadet basketball teams worked hard, and the Cadet team won the championship. They were undefeated all season! Many thanks to David Hedgecoe for coaching the Cadet team, and thank you to Walker Worth for coaching the Pre-Cadet team. A special thank you to all who attended the games and cheered on our teams. May 6, during Senior/Youth Sunday, our youth served as acolytes, greeters and ushers. Our Seniors, Carlyle Helms and John Sandler read the lessons and appointed Psalm; Seniors, Darby Christian, Christian Haworth and Connor Haworth delivered the sermons at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. We wish all our Seniors the very best on their future endeavors. Our acolytes, a very important part of our youth participation, were recognized May 20. The EYC will take a break from evening activities over the summer months. We look forward to planning for the upcoming church year. Many thanks to Hal Broadfoot for leading our EYC during the evening activities. Thank you to everyone for showing our youth love and support.

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Helen Steffan provides a musical offering for Youth Sunday.

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Carlyle Helms reads a lesson and the Psalm.

John Sandler reads the second lesson.


The D.C. Pilgrimage

Diocesan Youth Events: Participation in Diocesan Youth Events is a fantastic way to meet other youth in the Diocese and build leadership skills while growing and deepening faith. Below is a list of upcoming Diocesan Youth Events and a brief description of each one. Contact Lenora Chandler at lchandler@ nc.rr.com or 910-482-0253 if you are interested in any of these events: • Camp Trinity Summer Camp 2018.Space is still available. Rising 7-9 grades, June 10-16; rising 10-12 grades, June 18-23 (boy spaces only); rising 7-9 grades, June 25-July 2 (boy spaces only); rising grades 7-9, July 20-26 (boy spaces only). For further information about this program, call the Camp Registrar at Trinity Center (1-888-874-6287).

• Trek, June 11-18, 2018. Are you a high school student interested in spending 12 days in June camping outside on a great adventure? How can you connect what you know about God to with how you live your life right now? What challenges and practices might help you strengthen your relationship with God and neighbors? Come TREK around North Carolina and find out. This program is being offered by St. Andrew’s on the Sound, Wilmington. There are a limited number of spaces available. Please contact The Rev’d Sarah Smith for more information at sarah@saots.org or 910-256-3034, or Lenora Chandler for an application and scholarship information. • Kanuga Youth Week (Key Conferences.). Nationwide fellowship that fosters connection and leadership within the Church and the world. THE EPISTLE

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Senior Sermons By Darby Christian he turns around and says “and his commandments are not burdensome,”. He makes it sound like the choice between obeying his commands and not doing them has no pressure. But John spells it out more intimately in the Gospel of John where he seems, through the words of Christ, to explain it pretty clearly. It says “I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

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e’re all children of God. Through our faith, and recently for a few people and myself, confirmation, we see these symbols that show us that we are children of God. But we are not the people who started this idea of church. In the reading from Acts, Peter recognizes that the church is going to be built on more that just the original Jews of the Old Testament, but build on those who received the Holy Spirit. John says, in 1 John 5, that children of God are identified by obedience to the commandments of God. If we do what God asks, we too can be children of God. But then

Gods commandments come down to love. I have always loved that first line we heard in the gospel reading, it goes “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” When I was young, my mom taught the children’s program at the church we attended and she would ask us, when we were called to do and we would say “love each other because God loved us first.” It has stuck with me since. Obedience comes through loving God and loving each other as Christ loved us. My family and I have only been here for a short time, but in that time have felt to much love from this amazing church through programs like Guardian Angel and EYC, all the way to being greeted in Sunday mornings with a smile. It’s this love that I will be holding and bringing to where God is calling me at school and summer camp. That’s what we celebrate in our common cup of Eucharist, that we all are one in love. Let’s continue to honor and celebrate who we are as a church of love. Amen.

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ell, it seems the day has finally come for me to stand up have and deliver a sermon. Thankfully, I came prepared with one public speaking course under my belt so if this doesn’t go as planned, I know who to blame. St. Johns has been one of the centers of my life for as long as I can remember, from being in preschool, asking for the key to the ball room in the gym, and to 12

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running all over the place. I would like to say thank you to each one for helping in my upbringing, from the handful I was at 10 to what I’ve heard is an outstanding young man. I went from “oh do we have to go to church this week” to wanting to go and wanting to listen to the readings and interpret them to fit into my own life and allow them to leave permanent impressions on me. With today’s readings l view them to be relatable to the love and kindness each and everyone of you have shown me over the last 13 years. Love one another as I have loved you. This, for me, goes back to one of my favorite sayings: Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself an offering and sacrifice to God. This, to me, is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. By sharing the love that God has given us we impower those around us and this allows us to serve him as he hoped we would. I can proudly say that the kindness of this congregation has always been present and always draws me back. I am sad that I have to leave but it is my tum to go out and spread the love that I have received. l am no longer a servant, but a friend, and now I can go forth and spread the knowledge that l know wherever I may go. I plan to find a new community in Florida and continue in the teachings that I have come to know. Thank you.


By Connor Haworth

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ood morning, my name is Connor Haworth. It is my pleasure to be here today and have this opportunity to come and speak before all of you. So, today is youth day, and we have had a tradition here at St. John’s where the seniors give a sermon before the congregation. Now let us start by looking at the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We see that Peter says, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” Peter is saying how can we deny others the glory of baptism once they have welcomed the Holy Spirit into their lives? Peter then shows that we cannot keep the Gentiles from being baptized, because Peter and his followers were in the same situation before where they had taken in the Holy Spirit. Nowadays, we usually baptize new members of the church from an early stage such as infancy. So, when we read the passage from the first letter of John, we see how we are supposed to love the children of God. And, we can show that we love the children of God by loving God and by obeying his commandments. Then, the two readings tie into each other from the baptizing of youth and then by our duty to show love to the children of God. I started out at St. John’s from early on. I attended the preschool here at the church, and that was my first step into becoming who I am today. So, 14 years ago, while you all were right here singing, praying, and taking communion, I was downstairs finger painting. I know my mom was anxiously wondering what color I would decide to make my new white shirt. But hey, in the mind of a young artist, everything looks like a canvas just awaiting color. So then, I joined the congregation and would start the mornings with my Sunday school classes. There, I would work on learning about the message of Christ and how we can see that message in everyday life. Back when I was 9, I had the opportunity to get a more hands on approach in the service when Mr. Chandler asked if I would be a torchbearer. This sparked a newfound love for me with my ability to participate in the service. These past nine years since, I have been either been acolyting, serving, greeting, ushering, an,d even just recently, I have been

able to be chalice bearer in a few services. Now, earlier this year, I took a college level public speaking class, but I feel safe to say that I have had much more practice at church. I started out being a narrator for the Christmas pageant, then doing the readings for the service. I guess I must have been improving if I was asked to give a sermon two years in a row. During a baptism, the celebrant will ask the congregation, “Will you who Witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?” and the congregation has the powerful reply of “We will”. While I was not baptized here at St. John’s, the congregation here at St. John’s has shown their unconditional support while I have been on my journey to adulthood. As members of the congregation, that is something you should take pride in. I’m thankful for the opportunity to get to know all of you these past few years. Your support has given the youth here the amazing ability to bond in fellowship. We’ve taken several meaningful trips from our recent trip to Washington D.C. to my pilgrimage to New Orleans. The past two years, we have had many adults volunteer to lead our EYC program. This new youth formation has brought the youth closer together as we go and explore Christ together. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to get to know members of the congregation better when we have our annual beach retreat down at Emerald Isle where we explore some of God’s coastal creations. I would also like to thank the congregation and the vestry for choosing me to be the youth lay delegate at convention last February. At convention, I was able to see how all the churches have come together and can make decisions as a whole. The passage from John’s letter asks the question, “Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” St. John’s has made me a believer. Some people say that seeing is believing, and that God is only real if you can see him. Then I prompt the question, “how can you go out and see all of God’s works and all of God’s people and still not be convinced?” When I come to church, I see those people and the works that they do. I take pride in being able to call you all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Now, I will be leaving St. John’s to further my education. So, after the summer, I won’t be around too often, but I will have to come back and visit. I thank all of you for teaching me what it means to be a Christian and the many ways in which I can serve. This fall when I am attending Sewanee, I hope to take these skills and my passion up there with me to continue what all of you all have done for me. Thank you.

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Outreach Thank you from Connections of Cumberland County

School Supplies for Foster Children

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hank you so much for providing a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and agency. We truly appreciate the support you and St. John’s provides to our clients. We would not be able to complete our mission without the dedication from our community partners. We had 4 mothers and 9 children attend the guided reading event. The children’s ages ranged from 4 years old to 17 years old. We had 9 volunteers sign the log and work as reading partners. The pairs worked on reading or homework and completed an Egg-cellent Ways to Show Love activity where they listed on eggs ways to show others they love/care for them.

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We look forward to working with St. John’s again and want to confirm our next scheduled time on Tuesday, September 4th.

ummer is starting soon in Cumberland County, and the Department of Social Services is collecting school supplies for children in foster care. They have plenty of supplies to fill the bags, but are still in need of backpacks for children of any age, either gender. We will collect backpacks through Wednesday, August 8, and will then deliver everything to DSS. Please do your part to help foster children feel the love of their community. We need to help these children feel confident and special! Questions may be forwarded to Ken Lancaster at 910-624-1164 or kenlanacaster10@nc.rr.com.

Again, thank you for allowing us to share this experience with you and St. John’s volunteers.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 8.

While the volunteers worked with the children, the mothers met in a support group, led by Ms. Judy Brown. She discussed proper care and first aid to provide clients with understanding of how to care for a sick or injured child. The mothers then joined their children prior to them presenting, so that they could be a part of the sharing experience with the children.

Thank you very much!

Our success is a team effort!

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ue to PWC work behind the church and other competing demands this summer, we are not going to have VBS at St. John’s this year; we hope to continue our VBS tradition next summer. If you are interested in coordinating VBS next summer, contact Heath Privette at 913-702-6464 or hprivette@ hotmail.com. 14

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Calendar Roundup - June/ July 2018 Parish Office Hours

Parish Beach Weekend

The Parish Office hours are being reduced during the months of June, July and August, starting Friday, June 1. The office will be staffed from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and by appointment.

Members of our congregation will be away at Trinity Center, enjoying community, prayer, and lots of fun! Please keep our whole community in our prayers as we rest and transition into summer.

Starting June 1

Church Office Closure The office will be closed on the follwing dates: Wednesday, July 4 Monday, July 9

General Convention Informational Meeting Wednesday, June 13, 6 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about General Convention and the resolutions that will be considered please join Fr. Alves in Hauser Hall on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. Information on General Convention may also be found at www.generalconvention.org.

Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10

General Convention July 5 - 13

Austin, Texas Information on General Convention may also be found at www.generalconvention.org.

Operation Inasmuch Thursday, July 5, 7 - 9 a.m.

Join St. John’s volunteers and serve breakfast to our homeless neighbors at 531 Hillsboro St. We serve from 7-9 a.m., but feel free to jump in for any amount of time. Contact Judy Klinck at (910) 527-2275 or email jbklinck@ aol.com.

Dinner Program: Report on the General Daughters of the King Convention Admission Service Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.

The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. Reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long Rule of Life of prayer, service and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like minded women. A three month period of study and discernment prepares women for admission to the Order. On Sunday, June 17, at the 10:30 service, five new women will be admitted to the Order of the Daughters of the King. We will welcome Lenora Chandler and Susan MacRae to the Lydia Chapter at St. John’s. For more information about the Order, go to doknational.org or contact Judy Klinck, 527-2275.

Join us for dinner and Fr. Alves will offer a brief report on General Convention in Hauaer Hall. Information on General Convention may also be found at www.generalconvention.org.

August Preview 21 - Manteo/Virginia Dare Celebration

June Birthdays

2 Walker Worth IV 3 Mike Fiocca 4 Hank Stewart 5 Andy Hall 6 Jo’Leita Evans 7 Karin Slaughter • Rob Britton 9 Weyher Dawson, Jr. Billy Richardson 10 Robert Gates • Drew Hedgecoe 12 Sherry Privette • Anne Evans 13 Barry Neff 15 Tyler Sutherland 16 Michael Dooley • Earl Horan IV 17 Walker Worth, Jr. Tommy Wooten, Jr. 18 Bill Shinault, Jr. 19 Sarah Nikolassy 20 Katie Schaefer 21 Liz Vasser • Brian Kastner Carly Walker 22 LaMar Williams, Jr. • Nash Durkin William Schaefer, Jr. 23 Lydia Short • Cutler Baker 27 Thorpe Whitehead • June Kohlhepp Christine Kastner Emma Caroline Edge 28 Luana Phillips • Jane Dawson 29 Katelyn Dowell 30 Lisa Moore

June Anniversaries

2 Judy & Tom Brown 11 Debbie & LaMar Williams, Jr. 12 Emily & Dickson Schaefer Ellen & LTC (R) Carl Jordan 14 Linda & Larry Farmer 20 Paula & Eric Zellner Renee & Ruben Reyes 21 Ellen & Kim Hensley 24 Mary & Sam Zahran 26 Janet & Henry Holt 28 Betty Neill & Larry Parsons

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July Birthdays

4 John Stewart 6 Stanley Sandler 7 Mary Alves 8 Ali Saldana 10 Katie Martinson • Stacey Elliott 11 Caroline Dosher • Margaret Durkin 12 Carlyle Helms • Jan Anderson 13 James Dawson 16 Curran Haworth 17 Sue Worth • Jean Hermann Ruben Reyes 18 Phil Brent • Mary Kate Morgan 19 Mickey Vickers • Julie MacRae 20 Linda Farmer • Betsy Dixon James Varela • Jim MacRae III Heather Privette R. G. Heckerman 21 Liz Zellner 22 Kristina Metz 23 Jeanne Player • Kate Lindsay Julie Gates • Peggy Elliott Heavenly Alleyne 24 Louis Metz, Jr. 26 Odinakachukwu Igwilo 27 Andrew Hopkins 28 Scott Walker 30 Tami Nettles • Andrew Bock, Jr. 31 Gerald Horne • Ashton Fox

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Christel & Charles Haworth Lucy & Gary Smith Parker & Kemp Lindsay Mindy & Mickey Vickers Angela & Gregory Haynes Cathryn & David Helms Lib & Bob Wilson Lynne & David Nimocks III Laura & Lee Mulkey

Parish Cookout 2018

Parish Beach Weekend June 7-9, 2019 Trinity Center: Pine Knolls Shore, NC

Save the date!

This awesome event is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, 2019. Invite family and friends to enjoy a weekend of fun, food, and fellowship with fellow parishioners at this lovely beach setting. This is a time of reflection, renewal, and appreciation of God’s blessings as we surround ourselves with his lovely creations. Contact Sybil Sasaki at sybilsasaki@hotmail.com or 910-286-1514 for additional information. Volunteer Needed: We are looking for someone who would like to help plan the Parish Beach Weekend and provide guidance for participants (sending out directions and a welcome letter, etc.) If you would like to volunteer, contact Sybil Sasaki at sybilsasaki@hotmail.com or 910286-1514. Costs $82.00 per person per night (double) $102.00 per person per night (single) $29.00 per person per night (ages 5-17 yrs.) $12.00 per person per night (ages 1-4 yrs.) Meals are included with these prices. The first meal is dinner on Friday evening, June 7. The last meal is lunch on Sunday, June 9. Plan to arrive on Friday, June 7, for check-in at 4 p.m. and depart on Sunday, June 9 by 1 p.m. Check-out is at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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