News from the Centre Street Food Pantry:   We are preparing for summer already!  We’re starting to stock up for summer when families might need a bit of extra support with their children at home for 3 meals a day, plus snacks. Suggestions to donate: coffee, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, juice boxes and diapers.  Please leave your donations on the bench in the upper hall. Thank you!

Church School News:

There will be no Church School Classes this Sunday, May 24th due to the holiday weekend.

Parish Spring Clean Up:  This Saturday, May 23st  –  9 am – Noon:  We will continue with gardening projects outside that still need to be done. We appreciate any amount of time you can give of yourselves!   Thank you, and if you have any questions, please speak to Rose Yevich. 

Dear Fellow-Ministers of Saint John’s,

I know that many of you have been keeping Everett Gilpin in your prayers since his accident and surgery in April. It makes me very happy to be able to share the good news – Everett is scheduled to go home Wednesday, May 20th!  What wonderful news for Everett and his whole family!  Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as Everett continues his road to recovery at home!   ̶  Mark

Coffee Hour Sign-Up Sheet is posted on the Parish Office door.  Please take the time to sign up – the following Sundays are still available:  June 7, 21 and 28.  We will then have our more relaxed Coffee Hour of cookies and cold beverages for July and August. Thank you!

St. John’s Gift and Thrift ShopMark your calendar – the half-price sale at the shop will be Saturday, May 30th, 11am-4pm, and the final pay day will be June 6thCome in to shop and to say hello!

Summer Office HoursBeginning the week of June 1st, the Parish Office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through Labor Day.  As always, voicemail messages will continue to be retrieved daily!

Volunteer for B-Safe this summer!

B-Safe is an Episcopal summer program for “children in need” in Boston.

The program is designed to keep vulnerable children off the streets and in fun academic environments where they can feel safe and prosper.

This is an enormously popular & meaningful volunteer opportunity where numerous types of giving options exist:

July 26 and August 2nd – 1-4:30 PM

Meet and cook meals at St. John’s. Wine and cheese will be provided to enhance the camaraderie.

July 27-30 and August 3-5 – 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Serve meals at the Epiphany School in Dorchester & enjoy reading with the children.

July 31  & August 6 – 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Host field trip with games and activities. Picnic-style cooking/lunch @ Houghton’s Pond, Milton MA & Farm Naturel, Lincoln MA respectively.

This great experience will be shared by Newton’s St. Paul’s and Trinity Parish in July and 5 additional parishes in August.

More information will be available after 10AM service at Trinity Church this Sunday, May 24.

Please contact Libby Seaman ( or Glenn Vanaman ( if you are interested in volunteering.


Saturday, May 23 

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

         Gift & Thrift Shop Closed          

9:00 am – Noon Outdoor Parish Work Day

Sunday, May 24  

        No  8:00 am  Service     

10:00 am  Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist, Rite II (@ Trinity Church)

Celebrant: The Reverend Todd Miller

Preacher:  The Reverend Gretchen Grimshaw

Shared service with Trinity Church, Parish of the Messiah & St. Paul’s Church

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Tuesday, May 26 

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

Thursday, May 28

         7:30 pm  Choir Rehearsal (upper hall)

Friday, May 29

         6:00 pm  Bowen Picnic (Otis St. Lawn)

Saturday, May 30 

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

9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Gift & Thrift Shop (Half-Price Sale)

Sunday, May 31  

        8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)