The Fledgling--Week of June 28, 2019

From Mother Megan:

You may have seen on the news that the knitting site Ravelry has made waves by banning vocal support of the president's policies on their website.  Ravelry, although you may not have heard of it before, has over 8 million users, and is basically the Facebook/Twitter of the fiber arts world.  The heads of Ravelry explain in their policy that their goal is to make the site safe for all people, especially people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, and others who are directly negatively affected by the president's actions, and so while everyone is welcome to support whoever and whatever they wish off the site, on the site, these rules are in force.  This is how we wish to behave as a community.

This got me to pondering what sort of User Agreement policy would make sense here at the church.  On the diocesan visioning team, we are in the process of talking about a Rule of Life--which is basically just that: a guide for how we will live together as a community.  

Rules of life are helpful, because as welcoming as we want to be, and as welcoming as we believe we are, we still will fall short.  We will still drift into unconscious behaviors and patterns that counteract what we say we are trying to be, and when this happens, a rule of life can draw us back to our better selves.  

The diocesan rule of life---which is very much a draft--is below:
1. Pray: We are in a constant conversation with God.
2. Listen: We listen and learn, with special attention to the voices of silenced and marginalized people.
3. Collaborate: We partner within, and beyond, our congregations.
4. Speak: We tell the truth with courage and integrity.
5. Share: We boldly share the stories of our lives of faith.  

The visioning team is still working on this--again, it is a draft.  But I invite you to ponder what your own rule of life would be.  How do you structure your life so you are following Christ to the best of your ability in every way, and making the world a truer reflection of God's love?  How might the diocese, and St. John's, do the same?

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 God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday

REMINDER- the 10:30 AM service will move to 10 AM for July & August.  This starts NEXT SUNDAY. 

  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.)
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! 
Scheduled This Week:

Altar Guild Kathleen O'Neill

8 AM
GREETER Mary Arlin
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Dale and Jennifer Johnson
10:30 AM
GREETERS Margaret Johnson
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Jane Peck, Peg Coleman, Susie Backstrom
ACOLYTES Amber Massa Crowley, Michael Roman

Ongoing Concerns:

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 10am service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

WHERE IS THE ORGAN? The organ is temporarily out of commission this Sunday, as we undertake some deferred maintenance.  The static  reservoir, which holds the air to power the pipes, is being rebuilt by Parsons.  It will be reinstalled this coming week, and the organ will be back!  In the meantime, we thank George Damp for offering his musical skills on the piano. 

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:

JUNE PRAYER The Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Ithaca Area requests prayers in the month of June about the impacts of climate change.  We pray with our brothers and sisters of St. Thomas, Slaterville, and Epiphany, Trumansburg.


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