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The Fledgling--Week of August 28, 2020

From Mother Megan:

One of the more recent innovations in church is the Blessing of the Backpacks.  The Sunday before school starts, everyone lugs their backpack to church, and the priest blesses the backpacks, thus securing a productive and safe school year for all.

Given the circumstances around the beginning of our academic year this year, I thought this would be a really great time to introduce this to our community.  However, we can't quite gather and hoist our backpacks aloft.  (Also, quite a few of us aren't using backpacks, so much as Zoom for the time being.)

So, instead, I'd like to offer a prayer on Sunday, for those returning to teaching and learning, those returning to helping and counseling, and those returning to all of our academic communities in all capacities.  Even in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty that is swirling around us right now, God is still with us, helping us to bring love and peace into the world.  

As an added bonus--we have a gift for you!  We have a graphic that you can print out and color, or print and attach to your bag, or make into a sticker.  Just something to remind you that wherever this new year takes you, God's peace and the love of this community goes with you.   (Just email me and I'll send it to you.)  

 

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

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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)

Thank you so much!
Thank you everyone for coming out to our in-person worship services and especially to Peg and Ed for hosting us out in Groton.  
We will continue to hold small, distanced Eucharists in the front yard of St. John's on Wednesday evenings at 6pm, as long as our case load stays low, and the weather holds.  You will still need to sign up through the link we sent out earlier. 
Sundays will return to being online experiences.

God willing, we can find a way to all be together in worship, in person soon!

Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:
 

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.  

VOTING PART 2: Because of the pandemic, there is a shortage of poll workers.  Is this an area where you could help?  Find out how to volunteer here. 

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has a Faith-Based cohort, and they have a new podcast!  So if you'd like to tune in while your hands are otherwise busy, you can listen to it here. 


Want to learn more about how systemic racism has affected our lives in Tompkins County? There's a website for that! SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has created a local website dedicated to compiling local statistics and history about race relations in Tompkins County.  So far, the site is in the early stages, but stay tuned! 


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.

Scaffolding Anti-Racism Resources, taking you on a journey are here.  (The resources on this list are sorted by what specific trope they respond to, and how accessible they might be for a person just beginning this journey.) 


 
 

 
We have recently learned that Clare Hardesty, our former Sexton, has entered a nursing home in Upstate NY. I'm sure he'd be happy to hear from members of St. John's who remember his years with us, as he always considered St. John's "his church". Thanks Pat Clark for the heads up!
Clare Hardesty
St. Joseph’s Home 
950 Linden St. 
Ogdensburg, NY  13669
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.
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

For Zoom log-in information, go to the Event listing on our Facebook page, or email Mtr Megan.  
 
13th Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 
 

Stewardship Corner

We have a new Stewardship video for August!  Jerome Fung, our new Stewardship chair, speculates on what to do with a million dollars here. 

 

 

Education for Ministry (EfM)

It is time to begin planning for the new year of EfM (Education for Ministry). We will continue meeting online on Tuesday evenings until we are given clearance to begin meeting in-person later in the year. Note that this is the program that is sponsored through St John’s and is not the same as the Diocesan sponsored EfM online program mentored by Peg Colman. 


The St John’s EfM program will resume early in September, and will need at least six participants in order to move forward so I encourage you to consider joining us. Please feel free to contact Lloyd Hall, dalehall217@hotmail.com or 607.229.2900, with any questions you may have. Note that we do not yet know if there will be an opportunity to get help with the $385 cost for participants but we will explore that option for those who might need it.

This has been a life-giving experience for the group and we look forward to inviting new members!


We would like to take this time to formulate a picture directory with our newfangled cloud database!  To do this, send the office a photo of you and your family and we will compile them!  


 

Zoom Coffee Hour!


After the 10:30 service, stick around for a Zoom coffee hour! 
Click here at 11:30 am right after the 10:30 service.
https://zoom.us/j/94583970408

You can also call in via a telephone: 
Meeting ID: 945 8397 0408
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,94583970408# US (New York)
+13126266799,,94583970408# US (Chicago)


 
 It will be lovely to see everyone's face again!

Good Things:

Places for Spiritual refreshment:
 
Forward Day by Day booklets of daily prayer for August September & October have arrived! Please email the office if you would like one mailed to you! office@stjohnsithaca.org.

Join in singing w/ Cyber Choirs @ St. John’s Church! 
Contribute to our online services. Record at your convenience; no video, just audio. Instructions and materials are HERE
 
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. 
 
Habits of Grace:Our Presiding Bishop is putting out weekly reflections during this time.  They are here.


 

 

How can I help?:
 
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

LOAVES & FISHES needs volunteers! Click here to find out more or to sign up. 
 
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 office@stjohnsithaca.org 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 Tithe.ly to offer the option of online giving for St. John's. Go to the website at stjohnsithaca.org, and look for the donate button in the upper right corner. It's safe, secure, and VERY convenient!

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You can also download the Tithe.ly 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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