St. John’s Happenings

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News from the Centre Street Food PantryHeaded to the Store?  The Pantry could use a whole lot of healthy, but fun breakfast cereals, granola bars and other healthy snacks for children who will soon be out of school. Please leave your donations on the bench in the upper hall.  As always, thank you for remembering the Pantry when you shop!

The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington is our Celebrant and Preacher at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Service, Rite II this Sunday, June 7, 2015.  Child Care will be provided.

Church School News: This Sunday, June 7, the children will be learning about Parable of the Deep Well.  The children will start in church for the 10AM service. 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

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!

Monday June 29 is St. John’s turn to serve lunch at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen (temporarily relocated to St. John the Evangelist, Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill).  We do not have a Newton driver for this trip.  If you can be a driver, please let Libby Seaman know (  Otherwise, please meet at St. John’s Bowdoin Street at 11:45, and bring cookies or bars as you are able.  You can also drop off cookies and bars – store bought or homemade – at St. John’s Newtonville on Sunday, June 21 (one week early) and they will be delivered down to the soup kitchen.  For future planning, our next turn to serve is Monday, August 31 – mark your calendar, and thank you!

Summer Office HoursThe 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 and emails 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.

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


Saturday, June 6 

8:00 am – Noon  St. John’s Yard Sale (on Otis St. lawn)

         9:00-11:00 am  Zen Group Meeting (in Church)

Sunday, June 7  

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II

8:30 am  Community Breakfast in Long Hall

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)

Tuesday, June 9

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

7:30 pm  Book Group Meeting (upper hall)

Saturday, June 13 

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

  2:30 –4:30 pm  Piano Recital (upper hall)

Sunday, June 14

         8:00 am  Contemplative Eucharist, Rite II (Last 8 am service)

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Parish Luncheon

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

5:00 pm  OA Group Meeting (upper hall)


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Eucharistic Minister:  Tim Strayer  –  2 Corinthians 4:13 ̶ 5:1

Lector:  Ronan Wolfsdorf  –  1 Samuel 8:4-11, [12-15], 16-20, [11:14-15]

Gospel Reading: Mark 3:20-35

Acolyte:  Abby Strayer

Altar Guild:  Bryn Wood

Ushers:  Gary Messinger, Tom Wood

Collection:  Laura Brewer, Kevin McGee

Coffee Hour:

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

( or Kristin Knudson-Groh (