The Fledgling--Week of January 1, 2021

From Mother Megan:

We have a shortened Fledgling today in light of the holidays.  Our usual reflection will return next week!

Happy 2021!

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, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings for the week 

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.
Envelopes are here! If you regularly use stewardship envelopes, it is likely we ordered them for you for 2021. Please contact the office to arrange how we can get them to you.

We are wrapping up our Annual Stewardship Campaign over the next few weeks.  If you haven't returned your Pledge card, please drop it by the Office, or put it in the mail.  If you need another pledge card, email AnnMarie and she will send you one.  

Most of all, thank you to everyone for your prayers, your faithfulness, and your support of the work we do at St. John's.
Laundry Love Returns!
We are working to re-open Laundry Love, in a pandemic-safe way.  If you would like to volunteer, and help our neighbors obtain clean clothes in these uncertain times, please send the office an email.  Because Loaves and Fishes is no longer serving in person, our hours for LL may change from when we were previously open, but by getting on the volunteer list now, you can ensure that you'll be the first to know!  
Schedule this week:

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

Adult Education:  9am: Reclaiming the Book of Revelation:  Zoom link here

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 on Facebook Live or YouTube Live

Wednesday Evening Eucharist: On Pause due to bishop's directive

Virtual Coffee hour Zoom at 11:30am (We have a new Zoom Link!  It's below!)
NEW Zoom link here.  

Adult Forum is unpacking the book of Revelation!  Ever wonder about the apocalypse?  Worried 2020 might be it?  Come ask any and all questions as we dive deep into the scariest/most misunderstood book of the Bible!  The book we will be reading alongside is Barbara Rossing's Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation   Everyone is welcome!  Zoom link is here
Christmas II Resources

Bulletin for Sunday Worship is here
Online Prayerbook is here
Important Announcement:
IN PREPARATION FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING IN JANUARY 2021 please take note that qualified voters are defined by NYS law and the canons of the Diocese as follows: persons of full age belonging to the parish, who have been baptized and are in regular attendance at its worship and contributors to its support for at least twelve months prior (i.e., since January 2020).
            If you have any question about your membership at St. John's, please contact AnnMarie in the office for clarification.  If you are new to St John's since February 2020, and have not yet transferred your membership in writing, please contact the office so that you will be eligible to vote in 2021.  If you have not been a regular contributor  (i.e. made and fulfilled a pledge or been a regular contributor of record), please contact the Treasurer (Mary Arlin) to rectify this before December 31.
            Anyone standing for election as a vestry member must meet these same qualifications.  Wardens and delegates must also be confirmed members of The Episcopal Church.

Annual Meeting will be held immediately following the service on January 21 via Zoom. 

Resources for Anti-Racism/Solidarity Work:

Are you in need of a new faith based podcast to listen to? Why not choose one from a voice from someone different than you?  There's this one, called Prophetic Resistance.  Give it a shot!

We're about to hit the new liturgical year, and that means resolutions.  If you want to do more intentional anti-racist work, but don't know where to start, check out My Work To Do: an online group for white folks who want to talk about race, but don't know how, or where to start.  (Bonus: it's pay what you want, too!)

Did you know about the Episcopal Public Policy Network? This is an office of the Episcopal Church in Washington DC that is responsible for conveying the values expressed by General Convention to federal lawmakers.  And you can help!  You can sign up to be informed about weekly actions they take here, and write your representatives with your concerns as a faithful member of the church. 


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



Good Things:

Places for Spiritual refreshment:

PHOTOS are needed to accompany some of the music in our online services. If you’ve shot some scenes in and around Ithaca that Karen could use with your permission, please send them to the church office; thank you!

SING with our Cyber Choirs and refine your vocal, musical, and technical skills while you serve our parish in worship.  Have a look here for more information!


How can I help?:

Are you good at computers and whatnot?  We need Digital Vergers! 
The new AV system in our sanctuary needs folks to work it during services!  It is not too hard (Mtr Megan promises--if she can do it, anyone can!) and it's a great ministry for behind-the-scenes type folks.  If you're interested, email Mtr. Megan! 

Loaves & Fishes has a pressing and ongoing need for community volunteers

Staff and volunteers are providing to-go meals for nearly 3 times more guests this year than last and this number is likely to stay high for the foreseeable future. L&F is strictly screening all volunteers to make sure that the workspace is safe for everyone. The minimum volunteer age for now is 25 with no upper age limit. For more info, click here  Or send an email to


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!


Help support St. John's while you shop! If you are shopping on Amazon, use our unique link and Amazon will return 0.05% of your purchase price to St. John's.


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