The Fledgling--Week of November 27, 2020

From Mother Megan:

Online, wherever hardcore Episcopalians gather, we engage in the same rigid debate each year:  when is it appropriate to decorate for Christmas?  What color shall we use for Advent?  These arguments are fierce, the combatants confident in their stances.  If the wider world claims an ongoing war on Christmas, the internet world has a War to Preserve Advent. 

This year, I have noticed that the strife has yet to break out.  People have been much more willing to embrace the coming of Christmas decorations, Christmas carols as early as we can get them.  I think it's partly that Christmas signals the end of 2020 approaching, and partly that the brightness of Christmas offers to offset the gloom we've been struggling with so much this year.

In many ways, this year has been an exercise in creating and celebrating light in darkness.  Over and over, we have had to find the light in the chaos that surrounds us--the small reminders that God is with us even as life transforms into something confounding.  The light has appeared at times in the support of friends and family, in the comfort of prayer, in the way we have rallied around each other, in the glimpses of a better future that God holds around the corner.  

As Advent approaches, let us open wide our doors to the coming of the light in our midst, and celebrate that God always supplies us with hope even in our dimmest 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.
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Prayer for the week

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the week (Track 2)

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.
Re-Gathering at St. John's

Good News: Starting on Advent 1 (November 29), we will be live-streaming the Sunday morning services from our sanctuary, with a small team (<5) of worship leaders.  

Less-Than-Good News: Due to rising caseloads around the diocese, the bishop has decided to cease in-person, indoors worship until at least January 1, so our Wednesday Eucharists are on pause. 

Thankful News (part 2): Thanks to our on-the-spot videographers, Cindy Gration and Sally Clayton, for their inventive and brave camera work, as we tried to get the Thanksgiving service to the internet.  

Incarnational News: We will have Christmas Eve services at 5pm and 7pm, and a Christmas Day service at 10:30am.  Details forthcoming. 

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
Important Announcement:
Our parishioner, formerly known as Daniel Ripperton, has over the past year, gone through a process of discovery with regard to gender identity, and has now come to understand herself as a transgender woman, Daniella Ripperton. Daniella’s pronouns are She/Her, her favorite hymn in the Hymnal 1982 is #314 (“Humbly I adore thee, verity unseen”), her favorite LEVAS hymn is #139 (“Pass me not, O gentle Savior”) and her attitude is excited as she continues to work toward God’s vision of beloved community with her fellow members of St. John’s!
Advent 1 Resources

Bulletin is here
Online Prayerbook is here

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:

If you have some spare time, wander over to our diocesan website and catch up on the fun we had at diocesan convention.  You can listen to the bishop's address, read the resolutions we passed, and watch the video reports.  (Also, be sure to congratulate Mary Arlin and Susie Backstrom who were elected to serve on the Disciplinary Board for the diocese.  Hooray!)

Given that Christmas this year is going to look different than it has in the past, Mtr Megan would like to try something fun, new, and different:  an all-ages distanced Christmas pageant!  If you'd like to participate (utterly no experience or talent is required) please email Mtr. Megan.

The Diocese of Jerusalem has put together an online Advent calendar featuring photos of its many ministries.  If you're in search of an Advent devotional, this might be right for you!  Check it out here.  

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?:

Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance and the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition are supporting two families locally, one from Haiti and one from Guatemala. They will be cooking traditional meals from their countries, for our enjoyment.

Pre-order delicious meals online and pick them up at the First Congregational Church of Ithaca on December 5, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

We will have COVID-safe practices in place - you won't even need to get out of your car!

Pre-orders due by Monday, November 30, 2020.

Loaves & Fishes Requests Donations for Holiday Gifts
Loaves & Fishes will continue its tradition of providing special foods and gifts during the December holiday season, despite having to serve meals to-go only due to COVID.  They are asking for help with donations of new adult hats, new adult gloves and homemade cookies.  
Starting December 1st, unwrapped new adult hats and gloves may be dropped off (contact free) at Loaves kitchen entrance, accessed through St. John’s parking lot.  Hours are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 am-1:30 pm and Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 pm-7:00 pm.  Beginning December 17, cookie donations may be dropped off at the kitchen during the same hours.
For additional information or questions, email or call Katy Noonan.
To date, Loaves & Fishes has served 38,000 meals since the onset of the pandemic, 100% more than last year.

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!

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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!


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