"Many hands makes light work" -John Haywood "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller
Teamwork has been in my thoughts a lot as I completed my second year as Treasurer. I could not do this job without the help and support of many others.
Michelle Piekos is my partner. As bookkeeper, she pays our bills, maintains our financial records, addresses issues with bills, and finds ways for us to save money. Her hours of work each day makes me look good. Thank you Michelle.
Blake Hall maintains the donation records; a job that needs to be done every week of the year. It is his work that gives you your pledge status reports and tax reports. Thank you Blake.
We have a fantastic group of counters. They give their time each month after the 10:00 service ensuring that the offerings are logged and deposited. Thank you Paul Halladay, Guy Hayes, Chris Osborne, Joe Kenney, Norma Pappalardo, Candy Flaherty, Brian Jones, Jill Healey, Ginny Hoffmann, Barbara Hinman, Betty Castonguay, Jane Allyn, and Matthew Allyn.
Anne Hall writes the quarterly letter. As a numbers person I am amazed at her eloquence.Thank you Anne.
Larry Espinet has served as Assistant Treasurer these last two years. He is responsible for reviewing our bank reconciliation each month per audit requirements. Thank you Larry.
The thoughtful input and incite from our Rector, our Wardens, and our Vestry has ensured our financial stability. Thank you Mother Sandra, Stan Moraski, Anne Hall, Beth Coates, Jeff Linton, Kevin Case, Chris Olson, Ryan Patch and Ginny Hoffmann.
"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever." --Amy Poehler
I found the St. John's community and my life has been changed forever.
Thank You All! Diane Hayes
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS TO NOTE:
Dates to Note
Red Door Youth - Mark your calendars - February 28th, March 28th, April 25th, and May 23rd from 4:30pm to 6pm. Middle School students and up are invited.
Vestry Meeting - Our vestry next meets on Thursday, February 28th. Please hold us in your prayers.
Trinity Episcopal Church - Choral Evensong - February 24th at 7:30pm. For more information, see Halyna.
Fundraising Meeting: There will be a fundraising meeting on Sunday, February 24th at 9am in the classroom in the addition. We will brainstorm fundraising activities. We are looking for activities from the past that worked, as well as new ideas. Please contact Jeff Linton for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860)489-8506.
Lent Madness is coming soon to St. John's. See Ryan Patch for more information. Complete your saintly bracket now!
Gospel Sunday - March 3rd at our 10am Eucharist. Please join us!
Open Door Soup Kitchen -Next date: February 16th at St. James in Winsted. (9:00am-1:00pm).
Confirmation, Reception, and Re-affirmation of Baptismal Vows Classes - will begin after the Christmas. Please see Mother Cosman if you are interested to discuss dates and times.
ST. JOHN'S LITTLE FREE PANTRY -Cooler temperatures have arrived! While we continue to stock our inside Pantry with many food items, here are just a few suggestions for stocking our outside LFP during the cooler months: Hand Warmers, Chap Stick, Kleenex, Gloves, Hot Cocoa, Toothbrushes, Playing Cards (new or used), Cough Drops, Coloring Books, Vitamin C Drops, Hygiene Products.
St. John's Pet Memorial Garden - has been dedicated is available to receive the cremains for your beloved pets. You may lay your pets to rest privately or speak to Mother Cosman for help.
NWR7 Mardi Gras Concert - Tuesday, March 5th join us for an evening of jazz and ice cream!
Ash Wednesday Services - March 6th at noon and 7:30pm
Happening #3- A Ministry of ECCT for teens and by teens - March 8-10th.
Save The Date - 7th Annual Spring Training & Gathering - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9am-4pm, Lincoln Middle School, 164 Centennial Avenue, Meriden, CT
Safe Church Training - St. John's will be hosting a Safe Church Training Class on May 4th from 9am - 11:30AM. Registrants need to arrive at 8:30am. Please see Mother Sandra or Michelle with any questions.
Save the Date - Saturday, May 11, 2019. Come celebrate Linda Spier's legacy at Trinity Episcopal Church in Collinsville. A wonderful celebration is being planned for Linda. The event will take place from 4-7pm.
Celebration for 50th Wedding Anniversaries - Sunday, May 19; 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Christ Church Cathedral will host a Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration for couples married for fifty years (or more). Liturgy will include renewal of marriage vows and presentation of commemorative certificates to all couples. A reception will follow. Bishops Douglas and Ahrens will be present to celebrate with all the couples at this joyful service. Please contact the office if you are interested.
Bishop's Visitation - The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop Diocesan, will be with us on Sunday, June 23, 2019. During this time the bishop will meet with the vestry and parish leaders and lead worship, including Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
Coffee Hour at The Commons - An ECCT podcast Please subscribe to Coffee Hour at The Commons, where faith meets daily life in conversation, stories, and even some sermons. Available now on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play, or listen on the ECCT website at www.coffeehour.org.
Open Door Soup Kitchen -Join our team for February 16th at St. James in Winsted. (9:00am-1:00pm).
Volunteers Needed - Valley Thrift Shop is in need of volunteers as little as 3 hours. Please see Diane Hayes if interested.
Coffee Drinkers and Morning Snack Lovers Needed - If morning noshes are part of your way of being in the world, please consider signing up to host coffee hour!
GARDEN SCHOLARSHIP - Accepting candidates for the 2020 St. John's Garden Scholarship, see detailed info regarding the scholarship posted on the bulletin boards and call Norma Pappalardo 860-944-5541 or e-mail email@example.com to sign-up to become eligible.
TREASURER'S NOTE: Parish Finances YTD as of February 10, 2019 2019 Pledges $177,455 2019 Budget: $208,809
Pledges Received: $ 17,613 YTD Actuals:
Pledge Goal: $ 20,937 Operating Revenue: $39,963
Difference: $ -3,324 Operating Expense: $18,061
Thanks to everyone for their generous giving. If you have not pledged for 2019, it is not too late. Pledge sheets are in the narthex. Thank you. Diane Hayes, Treasurer
Participants for February 17, 2019:
Please let the office know of substitutions. Thanks.
8:00 AM Chalice - Nancy Butler 10:00AM Chalice - Donna Colavecchio
8:00AM Lector - Phil Prelli 10:00AM Lector - Anne Hall 10:00AM Intercessor - Chris Olson
8:00 AM Greeters - Nancy & Jeff Linton 10:00AM Greeters: Ginny Hoffmann & Joan Peresada
Vestry Greeter - Chris Olson
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Hinman's
Altar Guild (February) - Donna Colavecchio & Laura Frey
Nursery Staff - Mary Healey
Counters - Candy Flaherty & Brian Jones
Godly Play Storyteller: Linda Snyder Godly Play Doorkeeper: Sue Bremer