The Fledgling--Week of July 12, 2019

From Mother Megan:

Mtr. Megan is taking a well deserved staycation to spend time with her extended family. She will be back July 22nd. In the meantime, if there is anything you need help with, please don't hesitate to call the office!

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 this Sunday

REMINDER- the 10:30 AM service has moved to 10 AM for July & August. 

  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:

This Sunday we welcome The Rev. Kit Tobin as our Celebrant and guest preacher.

ALTAR GUILD John Jackson
8:00 AM
GREETER: Linn Henry
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Judy Lutes, Matthew Sanaker

10:00 AM
GREETER Sign-up needed!
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Dan Graybeal, Marcia Baum, Jon Meigs
ACOLYTES Lisa Tatusko, Matthew Stedinger  

Please note there will be no Tuesday evening mid week service this week.

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)

IT'S COMING: LITURGY BY THE LAKE! (Also now known as Mass on the Grass.)  On August 25, we will have one service at 10am, at the Pavilion in Stewart Park to celebrate our life together as a community, and the summer.  The service will be followed by a potluck lunch, and fun for all!  Mark your calendars now!

JOIN US AT LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY – ITHACA: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps!
Friday, July 12 from 7-9:15 pm Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons
            On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps will bring thousands of people to locations nationally and worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets, and into their own front yards to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Across this country, we have witnessed acts against people fleeing persecution many of us thought we would never see in modern times. Nationally, we are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. 
            The Ithaca vigil features speakers, music, poetry, education and resources. It culminates at 9 pm in a candle lighting and moment of silence. 
CHANCEL CHOIR returns after Labor Day! The multi-generational group regularly sings 4-part choral music, a cappella  and accompanied, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. For more info, see Karen the Organist / Music Director after worship, or visit
MID YEAR CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS If you would like a mid year statement to see where you are in your pledge, and to make sure we entered all your contributions correctly, please contact AnnMarie in the office. We will mail one out to you. (we usually just mail them, but it would be nice to save the postage for those not needing or wanting one!)
DID YOU KNOW that if you are 70 1/2 or older and are required to take a required annual distribution from an IRA, you may be able to request a Qualified Charitable Distribution to be sent directly to St. John's? It reduces your taxable income, and can help fulfill your pledge to St. John's! Consult your financial professional for details.
            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:
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