The Fledgling--Week of July 10, 2020

From Mother Megan:

Actual Fledgling News!
(Of the bird variety)
(Because we all need news that isn't soul-crushing)
Now that downtown isn't as bustling as it once was, we have noticed an increase of birds around the area.  Notably, Karen has reported lovely bird song appearing in her recordings of hymns when she comes to play our organ.

This week, AnnMarie came by to check on the mail, and discovered one of the windowpanes in our Cayuga St. entrance had been broken.  No rock or branch was in evidence, and the pane was too high to be the result of a break-in attempt.  

Our theory is that a bird flew into the window, broke it, and then flew off.  AnnMarie pointed out to me that at this time of year, baby birds are trying to learn to fly, so in all likelihood, an actual fledgling broke the window, then lived to tell the tale.  

I enjoy the idea that some bird, somewhere, was feeling confused, crashed through our door, and then got straightened out via our entryway.  It feels like a pretty good summary of life, really--sometimes we get turned around, make a big mess, but then God is there to redirect us and send us on our way.  

The door will recover--it's simple enough for Chuck to cut a new piece of glass.  It's a reminder that even when we smash things, in our confusion, our pain and our brokenness, God wants to turn us around, wrap us up, and help us fly right again.  We always have a change to turn around and try again.

Even in these strange and discombobulating times.

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 Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; 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)

Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:

  • 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!)

  • There is a Virtual Community Book Read of How to Be an Anti-racist coordinated by SURJ Tompkins County, Tompkins County Mutual Aid Society, and the Multi-cultural Resource Center
  • If you'd like to do more reading about anti-racism work, a brilliant person has compiled a reading list AND has made a spreadsheet of what our local Tompkins County Library has on hand! 
  • Bob the Tomato explains the racial wealth gap.  (yes, really.) The man who voiced Bob the Tomato for VeggieTales unpacks the creation of the racial wealth gap in the US.  

  • Bp. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows' letter on recent events around Indianapolis  here.

  • 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.) 

  • The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, and the Rev. Winnie Varghese wrote a letter to the Episcopal Church: Speaking of Freedom.  It can be found here: 

  • We will continue to post information on protests and ways to support in a timely fashion on the parish FB page.  

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.
Special Schedule this week:

Daily Morning Prayer: 9:30am on FB Live and YouTube Live

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30am FB Live and YouTube Live

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.  
6th Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 

Stewardship Corner

Geoff VanFleet provides our Stewardship Reflection for July.  It is here, and while there, catch up on the other Stewardship videos!



NEW: We would also 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.

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:

  • Cyber Choir @ St. John’s Church!  


Just how many singers can we gather in one week to sing We Gather Together

Join us in our first Congregational Cyber Hymn, and let's find out!

Record at your convenience to submit by July 9.  No video, just audio; open to all, not just “choir” voices.

Instructions and materials are HERE, and the submission deadline is noon-ish July 9.

Cyber Singing is not difficult, so bring your friends along and have some fun. 

  • Looking for something new to do with excited kids? Church Publishing is giving away Summer Activity Packs here.  Do some fun activities with the kids, and learn about faith (with Legos.  I understand there are Legos involved.) 

  • The bishop has started making videos each week to update folks on how the diocese is doing.  The first one is here.  Also, she has been holding Online Coffee Hour with the Bishop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Facebook at 7:30am.  Check it out!

  • 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?:

  • Women Swimmin' has moved online!  Find out more information here.  If you would like to join a St. John's team, contact Amber Massa or Gwen Freeman to sign up.  This is your chance to swim without getting wet!

  • 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!

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