The Fledgling--Week of September 18, 2020

From Mother Megan:

If you've been following the Daily Office lectionary, then you have completed the book of Job recently.  (And if you've been watching our Morning Prayer services online, then you've heard me expound at great length on my love of this book.)

The book of Job is part of the wisdom tradition in the Bible--but unlike the other parts (Proverbs, Sirach, Ecclesiastes, etc) it isn't as easy to quote.  Quotes from Proverbs are everywhere--on greeting cards, on mugs, on inspirational wall hangings.  Quotes from Job are....well, there's that Handel's Messiah aria, but I think that's it.

Personally, I would be in favor of a line of Job greeting cards, particularly for people going through a rough time with no end in sight.  ("Sorry your religious friends are bad at empathy! I'll sit on your ash heap with you!"  "God's creation is huge and ultimately unknowable but way to maintain an authentic relationship with God in the midst of so much mystery!")

I don't know that there's a clean takeaway from the book of Job (which is probably why there isn't a line of cards yet.)  We seem to be left with a depiction of an ultimately unknowable creation, but one where God wants honesty from us, even when that honesty is marked with severe criticism, and even rage.  Faith, as personified by Job, isn't depicted as subservient meekness, so much as a demand that God be present to God's creation, and a demand that God give back to creation the fairness that God demands from us.  That's not a depiction of faith that we see a lot, but it's one that I find particularly useful in times of suffering.  

The faith we have inherited in the scriptures is one of wrestling, after all.  The people of Israel wrestle with God (occasionally literally!).  They argue, they demand, they bicker, and they pout.  They give as good as they get, and generally let God know what they want and what they think.  

So, try praying to God with this lens.  Try addressing God as if God is your best friend, and you need to vent.  Try talking to God with all your frustration, sadness, and grief.  God, after all, loves us so much that God wants to share these emotions with 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

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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.  
Office Hours are Back!

The office will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2-5pm, and Tuesday and Thursdays from 10-2pm.  
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!

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.  

16th Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 

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

We need photos!  

Perhaps you have appreciated the lovely videos of music that Karen Hindenlang has been assembling for our worship on Sundays.  She would like to request that if you have any scenic pictures of local sites, to please send them her way--she would like to expand our visual horizons!  

Good Things:

Places for Spiritual refreshment:

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.  

CYBER SINGERS meet Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm to review music, organize our cyber choirs for fall services, learn about vocal technique, and have some fun! Contact our Director of Music through the church office to receive the Zoom link.  
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?:

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

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

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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