We are fortunate to be away this week visiting with family on Cape Cod. There is plenty of beach time, card games, kayaking and relaxed conversations catching up with family we see only a few times a year. There is also a puzzle table where almost always a puzzle is in progress. I love this table. It symbolizes my family working together, usually not simultaneously, but in slivers of our time as each of us takes a moment out of our days to find a piece or two or someone else dedicates an afternoon to building out a section. As the puzzle begins to take shape and we are nearing its completion, more often there are two or three of us connecting the pieces. News spreads when the puzzle is complete and the family checks out their "masterpiece". Not a lot of fanfare, but a genuine sense of satisfaction and accomplishment is felt by all. A little bit of wonder is always there too that it actually did come together!
Sometimes even a discussion of what the next puzzle will be occurs. As I worked on the puzzle yesterday it reminded me of our St. John's family, working for the good of our community both inside and outside of our parish doors. At the beginning of a project you hear about it in bits at church or in the emails or newsletter. People steal time out of their busy schedules to tend to the requests of the organizers. There is a sense of things taking shape and as the event nears, our members come together in mass and enjoy the fruits of working together on something for the greater good. God has blessed each of us with a gift. Thank you for sharing your talents and helping St. John's to build many beautiful puzzles both past and present.
Blessings, Beth Coates Vestry
SUMMER AT SAINT JOHN'S
Parish Update Meeting - Sunday, August 6th following the 9am Eucharist. Please plan to join us! Peach Festival on the Green - August 26th - We will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausage patties and breakfast sandwiches on Saturday, August 26th from 10-4 pm. Volunteers needed. If you can help, please contact Lou & Lucie Martocchio. Acolyte Gathering - Sunday, September 10th at 11am.
St. John's Summer Service Schedule - The summer service schedule will be at 9:00 am starting June 18th through September 3rd. Coffee hour will be hosted by the 9:00am greeters. Our Little Free Pantry is available for those who in need of food for themselves and their family. Please consider donating non-perishable items to the pantry.
St. John's Summer Parish Project: Where Do You Find God? As you travel and enjoy the summer, please stop and capture a picture of where you have seen God at work in the world. Perhaps a garden, the shore, with family and friends, or at a summer chapel? Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org with a caption and title and we will share them in the glass walkway for all to enjoy!
St. John's Garden Scholarship Program - We are looking for interested high school students to take advantage of this opportunity to be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship upon graduation. Just 25 hours of garden volunteer work required. Time may be accumulated from year to year and student need not be a member of St. John's.Call Norma Pappalardo 860-944-5541 to sign up.
Spring Scrip Cards - Remember to order your St. John's Scrip Cards. See Sue Bremer for more information. Order forms are in the Narthex.
TREASURES N TRINKETS
TNT TREASURES N TRINKETS ST. JOHN'S TAG SALE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH (RAIN DATE SUNDAY - 10/1) Volunteers Needed!
Covenant to Care for Children Covenant to Care for Children Back to School Backpacks - Our parish social worker, Michelle Chase, has asked us to help provide backpacks and school supplies for children. Your generosity is appreciated. Please place your donations in the container in the narthex. Thanks!
For elementary school students: Age appropriate books, small packets of tissues, colored pencils, crayons, drawing pad, erasers, glue sticks, journal, non-permanent markers, notebooks, pencils, sharpener, ruler, blunt scissors, toy key chains, binder, tape, etc.
For middle school/high school students: Age appropriate books, colored pencils, drawing pad, erasers, glue sticks, journal, non-permanent markers, colorful spiral notebooks, geometric stencils & compass, colorful file folders, loose leaf three hole paper, #2 pencils, red pens, notebooks, binder, tape, small stapler & staples, etc.
Please return items no later than August 6th. See Lucie Martocchio, our Parish Liaison, for any further information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Open Door Soup Kitchen - join our team for August 19th at St. James in Winsted. (9:00am-1:00pm)
Bell Ringers - sign up to toll the tower bell for worship to begin our 9am worship.
Coffee Hour Volunteers - Show hospitality by hosting our social time together following worship. Co-hosting with another person or family is encouraged.
Participants for July 30, 2017 Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.
9:00 AM Chalice - Blake Hall
9:00 AM Acolytes - Matthew Moraski, Colin Coates & Lexi Arthur
9:00 AM Reader - Nancy Gibson
9:00 AM Greeters - Nancy Butler & Tom Chappell
Vestry Greeter - Ryan Patch
9:00 AM Bell Ringer - Ginny Hoffmann
Counters - Larry Espinet Ginny Hoffmann
Altar Guild (July) - Sue Hall Diane Hayes
Nursery Staff - Mary Healey
Lay Weeder (week of July 30th) - Anne Hall
Blessings & Peace,
The Rev. Sandra L. Cosman St. John's Church
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