The Fledgling--Week of May 31, 2019

From Mother Megan:

When I was in college, I had a dear friend who had cerebral palsy, and used a motorized wheelchair.  She wanted to attend church with the rest of us college students in the colonial buildings that made up Williamsburg, but—of course—colonial buildings, lovely as they are, were not built with an eye towards accessibility.  Ramps, when they existed, were hard to find.  One was so steep she had to get a running start out in the road to get all the way up.  Elevators were old, and not functional much of the time.  More than once, the assembly of Episcopal college students got Claire into church through a relay system of hoisting her up the stairs bodily and carrying her into the chapel.  


It was not ideal.


For Claire, what she wanted was simple: she wanted to go to church.  The community also wanted her to come to church.  But frequently, what I learned was that there were obstacles in the way that the church didn’t realize until someone pointed them out.  


Here at St. John’s, we try very hard to be welcoming.  We want to make sure that all people know that here, we are happy to see them, and thankful that God has sent them to us.  What can be harder to notice, however, are the subtle ways that our building makes it difficult for people to feel welcome.  


To that end, the vestry and I have been talking to some accessibility folks about making our building easier to navigate—making sure people who don’t do stairs can get in easily and then up to the Chancel.  There are some simple changes we can make to enable all people to navigate our space.


Ultimately, addressing these things isn’t about laws or liability—it’s about making sure all people, all children of God, regardless of mobility level, have access to this place.


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, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Readings for this week

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! 
THIRD SUNDAY BREAKFAST IN JUNE!  The June Third Sunday Breakfast will be the last one before summer.  We still need cooks and setup/cleanup helpers--no skill required!  If this is something you can do, email the office, or look for the signup sheet at Coffee Hour this Sunday.  Thanks!

REMINDER- the 10:30 AM service wi;; move 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.)
Scheduled This Week:

Altar Guild Susie Backstrom

8 AM
GREETER Mary Arlin
10:30 AM
GREETERS Margaret Johnson
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Dan Graybeal, Sara Van Looy, Matthew Stedinger
ACOLYTES Michael Roman, Amber Massa Crowley


The funeral service for Peter Hedrick will be June 8, at 11:00am 

If you would like to bring sandwiches, fruit, or cookies for the reception to follow, please email the office.  
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 10:30 service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

Ongoing Concerns:

RESCHEDULED BLESSINGS:  Due to a conflict, the Blessing of the Air Conditioning/Laundry is being rescheduled for June 12 at 5pm.  Come one, come all to the Blessing of our new facility!  If you'd like to bring light finger foods for the reception following, please email Sara VanLooy or the office. 

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:

There will be a Safe Church training at St. Mark's Church at 17 Main St. in Candor, Saturday June 15th, 3–6 pm, taught by Deacon Pat. If your training has lapsed (training is effective for 5 years), you're welcome to attend this. If you are curious if you need this training, or where you are in the 5-year cycle from previous training, please contact the office. St. Marks promises dinner after the training!

BREAD FOR THE WORLD’S 2019 Offering Of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow
Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters aims to realize a world in which all of God’s children are fed. We will urge our policy makers to support global nutrition programs that will improve the lives of millions of children and mothers worldwide.  Join us on June 9, during the fellowship hour, in the parish hall as we turn our faith into action by writing letters to members of Congress.  Questions and information?  Ask or contact John Jackson at 607-279-6819
            “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.” ― Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile
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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