The Fledgling--Week of October 16, 2020

From Mother Megan:

My oven has broken.  
I do not offer this for sympathy, but only as an observation.  It didn't seem major at first; the oven would shut itself off upon reaching temperature, and then it would turn back on if you hit it like Fonzie.  As this didn't seem to be a sustainable practice, we brought out a technician who confirmed that the oven's control panel had failed, and also that the oven was too old to be fixed.  Thus began the exciting adventure of trying to something replaced in the Year of Covid.

It would seem that ovens, like so many other things, are now scarce in the land.  Both because many people have decided to renovate their homes since we're all in them so much more, and because, well--ovens are complex.  In order to get an oven, you need to have steel, aluminum, plastic, etc manufactured.  Then you need to have someone cut it to the right shape.  Then you need to have someone assemble it.  Then someone to pack it.  Then someone to ship it.  Then someone to stock it.  So many someones.  What has happened these days is that the more someones work together to make something, the higher the chances are that the something will become hard to find.  The bloodless term for this offered by the hardware store is: "supply chain interruption."  

But our prayer book actually puts it in different terms.  We have a number of prayers that ask us to "always be mindful that our common life depends upon each other's toil".  It can be easy to forget, in a world made of virtual gatherings and meetings, that we do still depend upon one another in incredibly complex and yet concrete ways.  And when one person falters, inevitably, we all feel it, even if we don't fully realize the source.  

We are all bound together as humans, and we depend on each other in so many ways.  Today, why not be grateful for the countless unseen ways you have been helped by others? 

If you have a submission to the Fledgling, send it to the office by Thursday morning for inclusion on Friday.  Bulletin announcements should be into the office by Wednesday morning.
  • If you know of someone who would like to receive the Fledgling, please send their email to the office. 

Prayer for the week

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings for the week (Track 2)

Have you had coffee/tea/hot cider with Mtr Megan?  Send me an email and we'll set up Skype/Facetime and chat!  It's fun (I promise) and we can still meet while we're staying safe right now.
Wednesday Evening Eucharists are Back!
Our local caseload appears to be declining, so we're going to restart the Wednesday evening Eucharists at 6pm in the front yard of the church.  Please sign up here if you'd like to come.  
Laundry Love Returns!
We are working to re-open Laundry Love, in a pandemic-safe way.  If you would like to volunteer, and help our neighbors obtain clean clothes in these uncertain times, please send the office an email.  Because Loaves and Fishes is no longer serving in person, our hours for LL may change from when we were previously open, but by getting on the volunteer list now, you can ensure that you'll be the first to know!  
Office Hours are Back!

The office will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2-5pm, and Tuesday and Thursdays from 10-2pm.  
Schedule this week:

Daily Morning Prayer: 9:30am on FB Live and YouTube Live will return July 27th

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30am on FB and YouTube 

Wednesday Evening Eucharist: 6pm in the Churchyard (please sign up ahead of time.) 

Virtual Coffee hour Zoom at 11:30am (We have a new Zoom Link!  It's below!)
NEW Zoom link here.  

New Baby!!!

Jen and Jerome Fung wish to announce that they welcomed their son, Timothy James, into the world on October 9, at 5:11am.  At birth, he was 20 inches long, and 7lbs, 12 oz.  

Everyone is doing well.

O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little Child in the name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give you thanks for the blessing you have bestowed upon this family in giving them a child.  Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, exellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.
20th Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 
Sad news:  Janet (Nnakku) Nsibambi passed away last week after a series of health setbacks. Janet was a longtime member of St. John's, and her cheerful presence will be missed.  The funeral will be Saturday, October 24 at 10am, by sign up.  

May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercies of God rest in peace.
Have you sent into the office the names of those you wish to remember on All Saints' Day?  There's still time!



Loaves and Fishes News.


Loaves & Fishes has a pressing and ongoing need for community volunteers

Staff and volunteers are providing to-go meals for nearly 3 times more guests this year than last and this number is likely to stay high for the foreseeable future. L&F is strictly screening all volunteers to make sure that the workspace is safe for everyone. The minimum volunteer age for now is 25 with no upper age limit. For more info, click here  Or send an email to


Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:

Did you know about the Episcopal Public Policy Network? This is an office of the Episcopal Church in Washington DC that is responsible for conveying the values expressed by General Convention to federal lawmakers.  And you can help!  You can sign up to be informed about weekly actions they take here, and write your representatives with your concerns as a faithful member of the church. 

Bystander Training:  Have you ever witnessed someone being harassed because of their gender/ethnicity/language/orientation and wished you could do something about it?  There's actually a lot you can do!  Sign up for a free Bystander Training with Hollaback--a non-profit dedicated to teaching people how to intervene in situations where other people are being harmed.  Learn how to use your privilege for good!

VOTING: Gov. Cuomo recently signed an executive order allowing worry about the corona virus to be an acceptable reason for receiving an absentee ballot.  The application for such a ballot is here. Early voting will start soon, if you'd like to vote in person.  Find out where to vote near you here.  

Sunday afternoon protests/rallies continue on the Ithaca Commons to call attention to the epidemic of police brutality and systemic racism in our country.  Every Sunday at 2pm at Bernie Milton Pavilion (bring water and wear a mask!)
We will continue to post information on protests and ways to support in a timely fashion on the parish FB page.



Help those affected by Hurricane Laura in the Gulf.  

As if 2020 wasn't enough in itself, a huge hurricane hit the Gulf of Mexico recently and wrecked communities along the coast.  We have an opportunity to send aid through local Episcopal churches in an effort organized by Christ Episcopal in Bowling Green, KY.  They will be filling several trucks with non-perishable food and other basic supplies, and sending them down.  Donations can be made via check mailed to Christ Episcopal Church 1215 State St  Bowling Green, KY  42101 or through this website, 

Good Things:

Places for Spiritual refreshment:

Sing in Cyber Choir!  You need not be a member of our Chancel Choir to participate. Make independent sound files of anthems and/or hymns at your convenience to be blended with other singers. Contact the Director of Music through the church office for more info and a Zoom Link to our instructional meetings on Thursdays @ 7pm. 

October 1st marked the 3rd anniversary of the dedication of our new congregational hymnals, Lift Every Voice and Sing II.  Throughout the month of October, our Sunday Livestream services will include hymns from this collection.  Please join us in song!

Do you need a prayer book or hymnal at home to follow along with the Sunday service?  Come adopt one! We're starting an 'adoption' program so parishioners can sign out BCPs and hymnals for home use.  Email AnnMarie for more information.  (Important: please don't feed or water the prayer books/hymnals.  They do enjoy regular human interaction, however. :) )
Been getting into the Daily Office recently?  There's an app for that! (No, really!) It's called Venite, and it's free.  Tell it what day it is, which rite you prefer, and it will pop out a bulletin, a prayer service, and even provide meditative music for you.  
The diocese has compiled a comprehensive list of formation and worship opportunities from around our diocese here.  There's something for everyone, in nearly every time imaginable!
Have you checked out Grow Christians recently?  It's a fantastic blog about parenting faithful kids and teens, and is updated daily.  It's here
Faith@Home is a resource put together by Forward Movement and Forma.  They send you an email every day with prayers, reflections, and activities designed for different age groups, and they have stepped up their work in this time.  Check it out here. 

How can I help?:

LOAVES & FISHES needs volunteers! Click here to find out more or to sign up. 

Mutual Aid Tompkins County has been meeting immediate needs for our neighbors, and keeping the little blue boxes stocked with food around town.  They are in need of donations so if you have something extra to give, now's the time.  They can be found here.

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard needs volunteers! Contact Cora Yao for more information. You can sign up here

Dignity Pantry Personal Care Items Needed Although Laundry Love remains closed for now, the Dignity Pantry is getting a lot of use. We currently need deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, any kind of cleaning/ sanitizing wipe, mouthwash and sunscreen. Shampoos and lotions are always welcome as well. We are currently more than stocked on toilet paper, bar soap, paper towels and socks (Bombas just sent us 3,000. pairs of socks!)  When you are at the store, remember to look for buy one/ get one deals! 
E-mail AnnMarie at and we will arrange a convenient time for items to be dropped off. Thank you!

Lots of ways to support St. John's!

We've partnered with to offer the option of online giving for St. John's. Go to the website at, and look for the donate button in the upper right corner. It's safe, secure, and VERY convenient!


You can also download the app on the iTunes store or Google Play store to your smartphone, and search for St. John's Episcopal Church, and give that way.  It will even set up automatic payments so you never have to remember your checkbook again!


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