The Fledgling--Week of May 17, 2019

From Mother Megan:

Ben and I closed on our new house on Tuesday.  (It was a bit of a week around here.)  
On Monday, we had the final walkthrough, which I quickly learned is dedicated to turning on light-switches, and making sure all the outlets work.  
We also discovered that the previous owners had left us numerous "gifts", strategically located around the house, each marked with a printed note that explained what each item was for.  
I took great delight in reading each one:  "Here is a ladder which is tall enough to reach from the driveway to the top of the roof.  It is good for fixing gutters."  "This cement is for fixing the holes in the retaining wall.  Critters like to come and dig holes in it.  Mix one part cement with two parts water and fill them in during the winter."  It was all the sort of knowledge that you gather after a lifetime lived in a place, that a newcomer won't know to ask about.  It was invaluable.  

When we met the previous owners at the closing, the woman asked me if I saw the notes, and if I thought she was crazy, writing so many.  "Absolutely not," I said.  "They were perfect."

Lots of books get published about how to make for a welcoming church.  I think welcome comes down largely a particular sort of knowledge-sharing.  Greet the newcomer with enthusiasm, of course, learn their name, and then, tell them the mundane secrets.

Not the painful ones--the little ones.  Where the light switches are, why Jesus plays a tuba in the stained glass window, all the funny stories everyone who's been here for years know. Trust them with the details of how to make the coffee so the fuses don't blow.  

There's no better way to feel at home then to learn the tiny details of a community.  So, next time you see someone you don't recognize, try sharing a few!


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Prayer for the week

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings for this week

Have you had coffee/tea/hot cider with Mtr Megan?  Send me an email and come by to chat!  It's fun (I promise) and helps me get to know everyone better! 
THIRD SUNDAY BREAKFAST IS ALMOST HERE!  This week, the Third Sunday Breakfast returns after its Easter Break.  We still need cooks and setup/cleanup helpers--no skill required!  If this is something you can do, email the office, or look for the signup sheet at Coffee Hour this Sunday.  Thanks!

  Do you ever have a nagging question about God, theology, or the nature of the world?   If you send it to the office, Mtr. Megan might answer it during Announcements at the 8am service!  

(Particularly suitable for kids.)
Scheduled This Week:

8:00 AM GREETER Brett Oakes
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Mary Arlin, Jennifer Johnson 
10:30 AM
GREETER Gwen Freeman, Dani Wassink
LITURGICAL MINISTERS  Michael Griggs, Pam Talbott, Susie Backstrom
ACOLYTES Amber Massa Crowley, Matthew Stedinger


The funeral service for Rusty Bourne will be May 21 at 10am.

The funeral service for Peter Hedrick will be June 8, at 11:30am 
Free Time?  Want to Volunteer? Here's how!
  • There are many ways to volunteer here at St. John's!  Many of our signup sheets are now online, but all these ministries need volunteers!

    Open Doors (sitting in the sanctuary to welcome all comers)

    Laundry Love (welcoming people to our laundry service)

    Greeters for 10:30 service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

Ongoing Concerns:

RESCHEDULED BLESSINGS:  Due to a conflict, the Blessing of the Air Conditioning/Laundry is being rescheduled for June 12.  Stay tuned!

CHANCEL CHOIR has a Youtube channel!  We're famous!  :) Check them out here

CHANCEL CHOIR sings through Trinity Sunday, June 16. Any singers interested in giving choir a try this spring are invited to speak with the Director Of Music / Organist after any service!

St. John's Ithaca is participating in our diocese's Learning Communities Initiative (LCI). The goal of the LCI is to help congregations discern what gifts they've been given and what future God is calling them to build. As part of this project, St. John's Ithaca's Learning Communities Guiding Team would like to learn how St. John's parishioners experience God in their everyday lives. A Guiding Team member might ask to have a conversation with YOU where they will ask these or similar questions about your spiritual life:
- Please reflect on a time when you would say you grew spiritually in a significant way.
- What was it about this time of your life that you think caused you to grow spiritually?
- Was there something during this time of your life that you think God was trying to teach or show you?
- Where do you experience God’s presence most often now?
This is a listening exercise; you can say as much or as little as you choose. The Guiding Team member may take notes, but you won't be identified in them and your answers will not be publicized. At the end of the conversation, you'll get a copy of the questions for yourself, and we encourage you to find someone else in the parish and listen while they answer the same questions.
If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, contact a member of the Guiding Team
(Peg Coleman, Michael Roman, Pam Talbott, Lisa Tatusko and Sara Van Looy).
If you're interested in learning more about the Learning Communities Initiative, see:
LOAVES & FISHES NEED Loaves & Fishes has need of unisex unprinted plain t-shirts for the summer volunteers. They go through quite a few, as sometimes the volunteers forget to leave the t-shirts behind. White, can be lightly used, M/ L. No printing please- even if it doesn't seem potentially offensive.
PRAYER REQUEST FOR MAY The Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Ithaca Area requests prayers in the month of May for prisoners in our penal systems as well as those incarcerated around the worldly, justly or unjustly.  We remember that redemption is an aspect of our faith.  We pray that NYS government will act to make our prisons humane and rehabilitative.  We pray with our brothers and sisters of St. Thomas, Slaterville, and Epiphany, Trumansburg.


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