This Week’s St. John’s Happenings

Centre Street Food Pantry:  If you are making a trip to the market, please consider picking up a few items for the Pantry.  Items needed are: cereal, beans, tuna, soups and pasta.  Your contributions are so appreciated, and can be left at the Saint John’s Giving Tree.  Thank you!

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Preacher at 10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite I Service, April 13, 2014.  Child Care will be provided.

Please Note:  There will be no 8:00 a.m. service this Sunday, nor Easter Sunday, April 20th.

Mark’s office hours at Saint John’s will be Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  If you have any pastoral concerns, you can reach Mark at 617.645.4691 or email him at

Sunday School News:

There will not be Church School this Sunday or on Easter. The nursery will be open, though. On Easter there will be an Easter Egg hunt after the service. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Kate McKey-Dunar at

Church School classes are for children aged 3 through grade 6 are held from 10-10:40 a.m., with children joining the service at the Offertory to be with their families for Holy Communion. Our youngest children will be using Godly Play as their curriculum which is a montessori based program. Our older children will be using Feasting On The Word which is a lectionary based curriculum. Questions? Contact Kate McKey-Dunar, Christian Formation

There will be a screening of Chocolate Country, a 30-minute documentary, at coffee hour this Sunday, April 13th.  Chocolate Country is about the lives and work of the Loma Guaconejo Cooperative, a group of cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic.  For Easter, we will enjoy samples from Taza Chocolate in Somerville.  This chocolate factory buys some of its free trade supply from Loma Guaconejo.  Please come and watch!  Jennifer Nolan

Upcoming Choral Event with Joe Fort:

This weekend, the Joyful Noise Chorus and Alice Parker will be in residence here at Harvard. Joyful Noise is an acclaimed chorus comprised of adults with neurological and/or physical disabilities, based in New Jersey. Choral luminary Alice Parker will be conducting some of her own famous spiritual arrangements.

Concert:  Friday 11th April, at 8pm in Sanders Theatre, Joe will be conducting Harvard’s Collegium Musicum in a performance of Handel’s O Praise the Lord with One Consent (a mini-oratorio for chorus, soloists and orchestra), and Alice Parker will conduct three of her spiritual arrangements. Joyful Noise will perform and talk about what they do, and the evening will end with the massed singing of both groups together, possibly with some audience participation!

Tickets are available at or by calling 617-496-2222.

Symposium: Saturday 12th April, there will be a symposium exploring the neurological, therapeutic and social benefits of community singing with leading experts in these various fields. Sessions run 9am-4pm, and it will be held in Lowell Lecture Hall at 3 Kirkland Street.

Further information can be found on both events here:

From the Altar Guild:

Easter Lilies:  It has been an Eastertime tradition at St. John’s to give donations toward the lilies that adorn our church windows and altar as a way of remembering those who are special to us.  The Altar Guild invites all parishioners to contribute to the Church’s Easter Lilies either “in memory of” or “in thanksgiving for” their loved ones.  Please send or bring your check to the Church Office along with your dedication by this Sunday, April 13th.  Thank you

The Next Book Group Meeting will be next Tuesday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing “The Monuments Men” and author Robert M. Edsel.    We will also discuss and confirm our book for the May/June meeting.  We welcome newcomers – please come and join us!

Easter Sunday Pot-Luck Brunch:  A sign-up sheet is posted on the parish office door.  All are welcome to join in fellowship following the service.

Coffee Hour Sign-Up   Would you consider sharing your time and talent and smile with the parish and host a coffee hour?  It is easier than you think, and a veteran host would be glad to help with any questions you may have.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the Parish Office door for the months of May and June.  Thank you!

Meditations for your Lenten Journey
The Charles River Deanery Lenten Meditations are now online. They cover the last 3 weeks of Lent and Holy Week with reflections from parishioners all over the Deanery.

Upcoming Lenten Offerings from Bethany House of Prayer:

Wednesday, April 16 – 7:00 pm ~ Contemplative Evening Eucharist   Join the quiet stillness, pray, listen, sing and share Eucharist.  All are welcome!

For more information on the above events and much more, please see the print out on the bulletin board in the upper hall.

Holy Week Observances

The Sunday of the Passion ~ Palm Sunday, April 13

10:00 a.m.  The Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Maundy Thursday, April 17

6:30 p.m.  Simple Supper

Honoring the ministry of the Altar Guild

7:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist and The Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, April 18

7:30 p.m.  Liturgy of Good Friday

at Saint Paul’s Church, Newton Highlands

Holy Saturday, April 19

8:00 p.m.  The Great Vigil of Easter

at Trinity Church, Newton Centre

Easter Sunday at Saint John’s, April 20, 10:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist,  followed by Parish Pot-Luck Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt

Saint John’s Calendar

Sat. Apr. 12  11:00 am – 4:00 pm Gift & Thrift Shop

      1:30-4:30 pm  Bowen Parent B-Day Party (upper hall)

Sun.         13   The Sunday of the Passion ~ Palm Sunday        

                       10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Celebrant and Preacher:  The Rev. Mark D. W. Edington

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Tues.        15    7:30 pm  Book Group Meeting (Loring Rm.)

Thurs.      17  Maundy Thursday

                         6:30 pm  Simple Supper in the Long Hall

7:30 pm  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

             and The Stripping of the Altar

Fri.           18   Good Friday

                         7:30 pm  The Liturgy of Good Friday

             at Saint Paul’s Church, Newton Highlands

Sat.          19    Holy Saturday  

                         8:00 pm   The Great Vigil of Easter

             at Trinity Church, Newton Centre             

                                          Gift & Thrift Shop Closed

Sun.         20    Easter Day        

                       10:00 am  Festival Eucharist

Celebrant and Preacher:  The Rev. Mark D. W. Edington

Parish Pot-Luck Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, April 13, 2014  

Eucharistic Minister:   Laura Brewer  –  Philippians 2:5-11

Lector:  Alec Schoeck  –  Isaiah 50:4-9a

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 26:14 ̶ 27:66

Acolyte:  Ian Groh

Altar Guild:  Cleo Messinger

Ushers:  Candy Jones, Alec Schoeck

Coffee Hour: Candy Jones, Jeff Barrell

Collection:  Patty Schoeck, Christopher Carter

If you have any announcements for this bulletin, please contact Paula DiMauro

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