St John’s Happenings

News from the Centre Street Food Pantry:   Headed to the Market?    A nice variety of soups and canned fruit is very much in demand!  Other ideas:  baking items and condiments to cook with.

Please continue to leave your donations on the right side bench in the long hall – along with vocally spreading the word about the Pantry!  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, this Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Child Care will be provided.

Please NoteThere will be no 8:00 a.m. service this Sunday, nor Easter Sunday, April 5th.

Church School News: This Sunday, March 29, the children will be baking desserts for the Cathedral Soup Kitchen on Monday.  The children will start in church for the 10AM service and be dismissed to Sunday School after the first hymn. Godly Play is offered for children 4 years old through 2nd grade. Older children (3rd – 6th grade) will assist with the younger children and participate 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

Coffee Hour Sign-Up Sheet for April – June is now posted on the Parish Office door.  Please take the time to sign up for an upcoming Sunday.  Participating in this fun part of fellowship at St. John’s is easier than you think!  If you are interested in hosting one, there are plenty of veteran coffee hour providers who could guide you and answer your questions. Thank you!

Easter Sunday Pot-Luck BrunchA sign-up sheet is posted on the parish office door.  Please enter what you can bring to share at the table.  All are welcome to join in fellowship following the service.

From the Altar Guild:

Easter LiliesTime is running out!  If you would like to contribute to the Church’s Easter Lilies, please send or bring your check to the Church Office along with your dedication by Tuesday, March 31stThank you 

Monday Lunch at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen: This Monday, March 30th is our next turn to serve lunch at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen.  Due to the construction at the Cathedral, the lunch program has been relocated to St. John the Evangelist Church, located at 35 Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill.  For those travelling from Newton, let’s meet at St. John’s Newtonville with a departure time of 11:00 a.m. for the trip downtown.   If you are coming from a downtown location, meet us at St. John the Evangelist at 11:45. And, for those who cannot attend but would like to contribute, please bring cookies or bars (homemade or store bought) to church this Sunday March 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Libby Seaman at, 617-251-5629.

Holy Week Observances in Episcopal Churches of Newton

Maundy Thursday, April 2

6:30 p.m.  Community Meal (at St. John’s)

7:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist and The Stripping of the Altar (at Trinity Church)

Good Friday, April 3

1:00 p.m. Liturgy of Good Friday with the Solemn Collects (at Parish of the Messiah)

7:30 p.m.  Voices from the foot of the Cross with Holy Communion

(at Saint Paul’s Church, Newton Highlands)

Holy Saturday, April 4

8:00 p.m.  The Great Vigil of Easter with Combined Choirs

(at St. John’s)



Saturday, March 28      

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

11:00 am – 4:00 pm  Gift & Thrift Shop (lower hall)

Sunday, March 29

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Monday, March 30

             Noon   Cathedral Soup Kitchen (See notice above)

Tuesday, March 31 

   2:00-5:00 pm  Trumpet Lessons (lower hall)

Thursday, April 2   Maundy Thursday (@ Trinity Church)

            (See schedule above)

Friday, April 3        Good Friday (@ The Parish of the Messiah)

            (See schedule above)

Saturday, April 4    Holy Saturday (@Saint John’s)

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

                                 Gift & Thrift Shop Closed

8:00 pm  The Great Vigil of Easter with Combined Choirs

Sunday, April 5   Easter Day

10:00 am  Festival Eucharist

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

Parish Pot-Luck Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, March 29, 2015  

Eucharistic Minister:  Tim Strayer –  Philippians 2:5-11

Lector:  Sarah Pease

Gospel Reading:

Acolyte:  Christian Goeselt

Altar Guild:  Cleo Messinger

Ushers:  Sarah Pease, Aram Raissi

Collection:  Kevin McGee, Aram Raissi

Coffee Hour:

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