St. John’s Happenings

Great News from the Centre Street Food Pantry! They are moving – but not too far!  The pantry will continue to be housed at Trinity Church, but will be in a bigger, ground floor space.  Stay tuned for details on this move!

Groceries needed: Cereal, beans, tuna, soups and pasta. Your donations can be left at the St. John’s Giving Tree. Thank you!

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Preacher at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I Service, April 6, 2014.  Child Care will be provided.

Mark’s office hours at Saint John’s will be Sunday afternoon 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  If you have any pastoral concerns, you can reach Mark at 617.645.4691 or email him at

Sunday School News:

The Church School will be having class this Sunday, April 6th.  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 Coordinator, at

The Deadline for the April edition of The Eagle is Monday, April 7.  If you have an article or notice you would like to be in the St. John’s Newsletter, please send it to John Evans at  Early submissions are appreciated.  Thank you

There will be a screening of Chocolate Country, a 30-minute documentary, at coffee hour on Palm 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

The Next Book Group Meeting will be 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!

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 next Sunday, April 13th.  Thank you

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

8:00 a.m. and 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

Holy Week Services will be Shared together with Trinity Church,

Church of the Messiah and Saint Paul’s


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

Saint John’s Calendar

Sat. Apr.  5         11:00 am – 4:00 pm Gift & Thrift Shop

Sun.          6           8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

                             10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (lower hall)

3-6:00 pm  Boston New Music Initiative Rehearsal (upper hall)

Tues.        8            7:30 pm  Vestry Meeting (Loring Rm.)

Wed.        9            7:00 pm  Bowen’s Annual Board Meeting (lower hall)

Thurs.    10            7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal  (upper hall)

Sat.         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        

                                8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

                              10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I

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

  5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, April 6, 2014  

Eucharistic Minister:   Tim Strayer  –  Romans 8:6-11

Lector:  Abby Strayer  –  Ezekiel 37:1-14

Gospel Reading:  John 11:1-45

Acolyte:  Abby Strayer

Altar Guild:  Jane Huston

Ushers:  Tom Wood, Alastair Battson

Coffee Hour:  Laura Brewer

Collection:  Libby Seaman, Tom Wood

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

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