unnamed-2A Thank You Note from the Pantry:  

Dear Parishioners at St. John’s: On behalf of the Centre Street Food Pantry and the many individuals and families from Newton and surrounding communities who depend on us, I would like to thank you for your recent donations. 

All the contributions will help us provide our ever-growing number of families with one of life’s most basic needs. In the four years we have been open our roster has grown tremendously; more than 180 families now come each month to shop for food and toiletries.

Your great donations play a vital role in giving these men, women, and children access to a wide variety of food, which we hope will help reduce the stress in their households. We are humbled by the impact our pantry has had on the lives of so many and are very grateful to have you partner with us in this effort. Thank you.             

St. John’s Happenings

A Community Breakfast will be offered between the 8:00 o’clock and 10:00 o’clock services this Sunday! All are welcome, and welcome to bring friends along. Thanks to Laura Brewer, Laura Crain, Libby Seaman, and Tim Strayer for hosting breakfast this month!

The rector is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he is attending the ordination to the priesthood of The Reverend Robert H. Schoeck.

We Welcome The Reverend Richard Simeone as our Guest Celebrant and Preacher at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, this Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Child Care will be provided.

Church School News:

This Sunday, February 1, the children will continue with the section on Prophets and will learn about Jonah, the Backward Prophet. The children will start in church for the 10AM service and be dismissed to Sunday School. Godly Play is offered for children 4 years old through 2nd grade. Older children (3rd – 6th grade) will be assisting with the younger children and participating in the activities. Child care is available for younger children. If you are interested in having your child(ren) attend Sunday School, willing to volunteer or have ideas about the program, please contact Jennifer Morgan at jmmorgan321@aol.com.

The 2015 Parish Directory is now available!  Please pick up your copy – they can be found on the small table in the Loring Room.  Thank you to Alastair and all who helped to get this produced!

Recipes and Memories, the new St. John’s cookbook, is out! We will be selling these wonderful gifts for $15. This cookbook contains recipes from our members now and from previous cookbooks made at St. John’s. Make sure to get your copy – there are available in the Parish Office!  Kate McKey-Dunar

A Big Thank You to all who have signed on for Coffee Hour!  There are only three more dates to be filled:  March 15, 22, and 29.  Please take the time to sign up for one of these dates – the list is posted on the Parish Office door.  Thank you!

St. John’s Gift and Thrift Shop:  Mark your calendar – the half- price winter sale at the shop will be this Saturday, January 31, 11am-4pm.  Come in to shop and to say hello!

This Week at Saint John’s

Saturday, January 31       

9:00-11:00 am  Zen Group Meeting (upper hall)

11:00 am  Gift & Thrift Shop [half-price sale] (lower hall)

Sunday, February 1      

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

8:45 am  Open Community Breakfast (upper hall)

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Guest Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend Richard Simeone

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Tuesday, February 3

   2:00-6:00 pm  Trumpet Lessons (lower hall)

Thursday, February 5

         7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, February 7       

9:00-11:00 am  Zen Group Meeting (upper hall)

11:00 am  Gift & Thrift Shop  (lower hall)

Sunday, February 8      

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend Richard Simeone

5:00 pm  Confirmation Class (@St. Paul’s)

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, February 1, 2015   

Eucharistic Minister: Laura Brewer  –  1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Lector:  Kristin Knudson-Groh  –  Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:21-28

Acolyte:  Abby Strayer

Altar Guild:  Libby Seaman

Ushers:  Gary Messinger, Tom Wood

Collection:  Rose Yevich, Laura Brewer

Coffee Hour: Rose Yevich

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

(stjohnnew@rcn.com) or Kristin Knudson-Groh (klkgroh@verizon.net).