The Fledgling--Week of June 26, 2020

From Mother Megan:

Mother Megan is taking this week off to spend time with visiting family!  She'll return next week with a new reflection!

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 the week (Track 2)

Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:

  • From Slavery to Incarceration: Video narrated by Bryan Stevenson (who wrote Just Mercy--the movie the bishop has asked us to watch)  If you watch this video clip, we'd love to chat about it at Sunday's coffee hour!

  • 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.  

  • 26 ways to be in the struggle Beyond the Streets . If protests don't suit your abilities and needs , check out:

  • Read Bp. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows' reflection on racism and hope 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.) 

  • Episcopal Church's page on resources

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail (entire text--always worth a read.)

  • Anti-Racist Toolkit here

  • Lengthy reading list on anti-racism work 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 Adult Ed: 9:15am Zoom

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.  
4rd Sunday after Pentecost Resources

 Bulletin is here

Online BCP is here. 

Stewardship Corner

Watch a new video where Daniel Ripperton reflects on the true meaning of stewardship, especially during a crisis. (also, watch the other stewardship videos on our channel.)


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!

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!  


Singers from our Parish Family as well as our Chancel Choir 

have joined together to lead favorite hymns in online worship.


All are welcome to try this new thing!

Record yourself at your convenience with accompaniment provided.

E-mail your sound file to the Director of Music.

She will magically blend your voice with others!


Equipment needed: ear buds or head phones and two devices 

 (cell phone, ipad, tablet, laptop or PC), plus an adventurous spirit and joy in singing!


Please contact Karen Hindenlang 

through the church office for additional instructions.


  • 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!

  • 2020 Offering of Letters to Congress: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow

COVID-19 is a hunger issue. The economic consequence from the pandemic will cause more widespread hunger in the U.S. and abroad, hurting especially an increasing number of people who are already hungry and poor.  In our neck of the woods, Cora Yao reports that food distributions have doubled in (Area Congregations Together or ACT) pantries downtown and in Lansing.

The Bread for the World 2020 Offering of Letters focuses on advocacy for people experiencing hunger both domestically and internationally.  Let us join with other faith communities in writing personalized emails and lift them as an offering to God. 

Domestically, school closings due to the pandemic has cut off access to nutritious foods for millions of children.  Let us ask Congress to extend the Pandemic EBT program (P-EBT) during the summer so that food-insecure children can have food after the school year ends.

Internationally, COVID-19 has devastated the health and economies of almost every country, especially impacting greatest the poorest and most vulnerable communities.  Let us urge Congress to provide an additional $12 billion for a global COVID-19 relief response to support partners on the front lines of the pandemic.

Physical nourishment is a recurring theme in the Scriptures, and Jesus fed and healed people who came to him.  Our faith calls us to advocate to end hunger, especially for those hit hardest by the pandemic.  Together, let us write to Congress by clicking the links below.

Support $12 billion for a Global Response to COVID-19

Expand Child Nutrition Benefits during COVID-19


  • Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard needs donations of food and volunteers!  Contact Cora Yao for more information

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!


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