It has been several years since our parish did the visioning work of thinking through who we are, what we do, and where God is calling us. Throughout Winter and Spring, we will engage in a process we are calling, Walking the Way with 2020 Vision. In Session 1 we considered who we are, what makes us unique, and what is essential to carry into the future. Session 2: Look at who God is calling us to be in the next five years. Session 3: Consider what it is that we will do to become the people God calls us to be. Session 4: Put all our visioning work into a mission statement and create concrete plans with timelines to get started. We hope you want to join in this important work. To be on the 2020 Vision Task Force, please speak with Father Art.
The 2020 stewardship letter has been mailed and has arrived in mailboxes. If you didn’t receive yours, we likely don’t have your address in the database! Please take (or download) a pledge card from any of the church nave windowsills, and contact Maureen to be added to the database via email or 651.429.5351 ext. 10. Thank you!
This Lent the people of St. John’s will be joining together with six other East Metro Episcopal congregations to explore what God might be calling us to do together to care for God’s creation more intentionally as we live into Jesus’ Way of love. Lent begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday services at St. John’s at noon and 7:00 pm.
The kickoff session for this series will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 7-8:30 pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville. It will be preceded by a soup supper from 6-7 pm. Professor Mark McInroy will lead the opening session. He teaches modern theology at St. Thomas University, with a focus on Balthasar’s aesthetic theology, which has a lot to say about our relationship to Christ and creation. For more information about Professor McInroy you may click on the following link: https://www.stthomas.edu/theology/faculty/mark-mcinroy.html.
The closing session will also be at St. Christopher’s on Thursday, April 2 from 7-8:30 pm, with a soup supper available from 6-7 pm. The final session will include a brief presentation, and members of all six participating churches will share their small group learnings and insights, including what they think the Holy Spirit might be calling us to do together in the days ahead to care for God’s creation and respond to global warming.
In addition to the opening and closing large group sessions, you have the opportunity to participate in three small group meetings to discuss Stephanie McDyre Johnson’s book How Can I care for Creation?, the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, scripture passages about God’s creation, and how some of the Way of Love practices can assist us as we seek to participate in the Holy Spirit’s work to heal and preserve the earth for future generations. Small groups will be offered on Wednesday evenings (March 4, 18, and 25 from 6-7:30 pm). Father Art will facilitate this group, and we will meet in the Parlor.
There will be a table set up in the Parish Hall after all Sunday services in February with copies of How Can I Care for Creation?. Copies may be purchased for $10, checks made out to St. John in the Wilderness. A daily devotional book, For the Beauty of the Earth by Leah Schade (not required for the small groups but a great Lent resource) is also available for $5. You may also sign up for the Lenten small group, pick up copies of the Episcopal Catechism of Creation, and pick up copies of the Episcopal Way of Love.
We hope you can join us for this very special Lenten offering! Please contact Father Art if you have any questions.
GOSPEL ON TUESDAY: Join Father Art each Tuesday morning at 8:45 am – 9:45 am as we look at the Bible readings for the following Sunday’s worship. We will walk through each reading and consider historical context, theological implications, and personal applications. If you’re an early riser, you can come for Morning Prayer in the Church Library prior to the study.
GOD AND THE MULTIVERSE. We live in an increasingly secular world, and “naturalism” — the view nothing exists except matter and the physical world — is growing. As Christians, we defend a far more optimistic and transcendent world view. In this series, we will review how discoveries in modern astronomy and cosmology are (1) compatible with a belief in a creator God, and (2) can be most rationally explained by a creator God who deliberately created a universe —- or multiverse —- that would become fruitful of life. Join us in the Parlor Sundays at 10 am, February 9, 16 and 23. David Monyak is leading the series
Have you found Bible Study confusing? inaccessible? Instead, discover how it is contemporary, personal, fascinating, and life changing. The group begins with dinner offered to all in the Parish Hall at 5:30pm, followed by a short worship service at 5:55 pm, and the Bible Study at 6:15 pm. Questions? Sylvia Lovett or Mark Sears.