The Fledgling--Week of September 11, 2020

From Mother Megan:

Let's talk about blessings.

In Judaism, one of the practices is to pray constantly.  In addition to the daily set litany of prayers, there are prayers for every action or experience throughout the day.  You pray when you enter the house, you pray when you eat bread, you say a different prayer when you drink water, you pray when you drive a car, or when you arrive safely.  Every action throughout your day is hemmed in by prayer.   

But the prayers aren't supplication--they're prayers of gratitude.  The traditional form is something like "Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe, for you have given us [insert thing here]".  

I'm not suggesting we start chanting in Hebrew (even in a pandemic, cultural appropriation makes the baby Jesus cry), but the ritual of constantly noticing our blessings is one we might adopt.  

How would it feel to try, for one day, to quietly keep up a dialogue with God of giving thanks for everything we do?  "Thank you, God, for this new day."  "Thank you, God, for the work I have to do."  "Thank you God, for the children who are making a lot of noise right now."  "Thank you God, for the cat who is literally trying to scale the wall."  "Thank you God for the food I have to eat."  Just try it--everything you experience or undertake, take a moment to thank God for it, entirely independent of whether you feel grateful or not.  

Particularly when we are surrounded by so much bad news, it might be helpful to focus our minds on the constant provision God gives to us.  

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

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the week (Track 2)

One More Ride! Robin Steuteville rides 102 miles in the 22nd Annual Ride for Life, raising funds for the Southern Tier AIDS Program.  Now in its 38th year, STAP has expanded to offer opiod overdose prevention along with HIV testing, needle exchange, and home health management.  Click HERE to support Robin’s full circuit ride around Cayuga Lake before she returns to college!

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:

Cornell Racism Seminar: As calls to address institutionalized and systemic racism reverberate around the country, the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is launching a yearlong wCornell will begin a series of online seminars on systemic racism in all facets of American society on September 16.  As calls to addrebinar series, “Racism in America.” The series kicks off with “Policing and Incarceration,” Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
The event, in partnership with Cornell Law School, will be moderated by Marc Lacey, national editor for The New York Times and the inaugural A&SDistinguished Visiting Journalist.
All webinars in the series are free and the public is invited; registration is required.

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.  

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. 

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 (We have a new Zoom Link!  It's below!)
NEW Zoom link here.  

15th 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. 



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.
New Link!  

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!

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?:

Calling all sewists! Our local Ithaca Area School District needs reusable cloth masks for every child in the district that wants one!  

They have secured a generous donation of fabric and elastic from JoAnn Fabric, but lack the ability/resources to make these masks. The PTA Council is hoping that our community would be willing to share in this opportunity to work together to provide these masks for our students. 
Can you sew 1 mask? or 5? or 10? 
150 people or groups sewing 10 masks will hit the district's goal of 1500 masks ready for students on Oct 5. 
If you have some energy to spare and can show your support for our students, fill out the form found at the following link and a member of the PTA Council will be in touch about getting supplies and plans to you.  
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 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!


Help support St. John's while you shop! If you are shopping on Amazon, use our unique link and Amazon will return 0.05% of your purchase price to St. John's.


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