Due to COVID-19 and the recommendations of our state government, we have moved most of our events online until further notice. The leadership of St. John’s Church is actively monitoring the COVID-19 developments as it relates to the safety and well-being of our staff, members, and local community. Your safety is our top priority. We will continuously monitor the counsel of our government officials and the Episcopal Church of Connecticut, and keep you informed of updates pertaining to any St. John’s events, live services and/or gatherings.
The health and safety of the most vulnerable in our congregation and community remains the highest concern to St. John’s. Remember that many in our communities are not vaccinated; all of those under 5 years old, those who are immuno-compromised, and those who have chosen not to be vaccinated for other reasons. While many are now vaccinated, remember that even a small percentage of those vaccinated can contract the corona virus, and while their symptoms may be milder, they can also spread the virus to loved ones and friends back home. We have not yet reached herd immunity as a nation. So please remain vigilant in safety protocols, mindful of the risk in our community, masked indoors, social distancing and getting vaccinated if possible.
This, and every Sunday, we invite you to join us in-person or online with your family and friends at 10am on Facebook. Please check back often for upcoming events that engage with our ministries online.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Annual Parish Meeting ~
Sunday, January 23, 2022
via ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.
The Annual Parish Meeting of St. John's, Washington, in accordance with its by-laws, is scheduled for the fourth Sunday in January. Because of the Omicron wave, the meeting will be held via ZOOM, as it was last year. Annual Parish Reports will be available at church on Sunday, January 16th. A complete digital link will be available the following Monday, once the Vestry has approved the end-of-year financials and 2022 budget at its regularly scheduled meeting on the afternoon of the 16th. The ZOOM link to the meeting will appear in the Friday e-blast on Friday, January 21.
STEWARDSHIP, Turn your pledge cards in our part of the Offertory or mail to the Church office.
READING GROUP is now reading Chaim Potok’s novel, “My Name Is Asher Lev”,
The Washington Refugee Resettlement Project (WRRP) is now officially a recognized IRIS Community Co-Sponsor!
WRRP finalizing a lease for a duplex in New Milford, and beginning to arrange for furnishings and clothes for our anticipated refugees! Check out their website for more information, at www.wrrp.net.
If you would like to VOLUNTEER for one of the many teams needed, please fill out the Application online, at https://www.wrrp.net/volunteer
COFFEE HOUR. Coffee Hours have been temporarily suspended because of Omicron.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
"The Acts of the Apostles", Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., Starting January
Starting delayed for several weeks because of the Omicron wave - a hybrid meeting of in-person in the Parish Library and ZOOM for others.
Fr. Geoff, our Priest-in-Charge, is leading a serious weekly study of the Acts of the Apostles. The class is open to all interested persons in the community. BYOB, bring your own Bible. Spread the word! Email the priest if you need a ZOOM link.
NEW BOOK SELECTION
David Lodge’s “Souls and Bodies” (published in the U.K. as “How Far Can You Go?”)
Start reading now!
Winner of the 1980 Whitbread Book of the Year, David Lodge’s “Souls and Bodies” follows a group of English Catholic university students as they make their way through the fifties and into the turbulent sixties and seventies, a satirical comedy in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh.
The St. John's Reading Club is open to the public and meets regularly via ZOOM to discuss a novel previously selected. It is assumed that all participants will have already read the book by the time of the meeting, at which all will be welcome to discuss their reactions to the work with all the others gathered.
"Living Well Through Lent"
Designed for use as an individual reflections or for group study, this daily devotional provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Easter.
A limited number of copies are available in the church and parish office.
Lenten Sermon Series
“Archetypes of the Spiritual Journey”
A sermon series for the ‘spiritual but not religious’ among us
Sunday, March 1st
from the Innocent to the Orphan
Sunday, March 8th
Sunday, March 15th
Sunday, March 22nd
Sunday, March 29th