2020 at St. John's - Yours, O Lord - Part III

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom,
and you are exalted as head over all.

By Maggie Mallette
Director of Family Ministries

An Episcopalian from birth, I come from a family of teachers and learners. My hometown of Oxford, Mississippi boasts just one sweet Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s, which is not too unlike St. John’s: it has a similar congregation size, a similar family atmosphere, and a similar outward focus. Like St. John’s, the people of St. Peter’s like to gather, both in formation and in fellowship. St. Peter’s cares about Christ, cares about its people, and cares about its community. Moving into my job as Director of Family Ministries here felt like coming home in many ways, and I am grateful that the good people of St. John’s were here to welcome me with open arms, words of encouragement, and willing service to the children and youth of the church.

Many of the memories that I now recall as formative in some way are from my experiences as a child or youth at St. Peter’s. I have memories of parades, Easter egg hunts, and other celebrations. I also remember “low Sunday” times of sitting on the butcher block island in the kitchen and singing church-y songs with church-y ladies. I’m sure many of the parishioners here at St. John’s have very similar memories in this parish. You may be the child in those memories, or you may be the church-y lady! In all of those times and spaces, I was learning. I was learning about expression, about community, and about compassion. Sometimes, my learning was more explicit - times spent at Vacation Bible Studies (VBS), in Sunday school classrooms, learning to acolyte, or learning to compose a sermon for Youth Sunday. I spent every Sunday morning at church with my family, every Sunday evening at EYC with my best friends, and many weekends a year at Camp Bratton-Green, the camp of the Diocese of Mississippi. In all of those contexts, I was learning.

I am learning here. I am learning from mothers of youth and children like Victoria Fleischer, Ashley Jaillette, and Catherine Lockhart, who have children’s ministry tricks up their sleeves from years of experience. I am learning from fathers of youth, like Brandon Templeton and Michael Burkett, who lead their families and their church family with servant hearts and spirits of thankfulness and humility. And I am also still learning from people who have graduated from the ranks of St. John’s youth and children’s ministries. We have former St. John’s youth who volunteer with EYC on Sunday nights, and one of my deepest college friendships was with a former St. John’s youth who was and is always teaching me something or other.

Mostly, though, I am learning from the youth and children at St. John’s. When they share their highs and lows of the week, I learn about vulnerability and trust. I learn about selflessness and endurance as we serve together in the brutal low country heat during Home Works at John’s Island. I learn about God through their openness about their experiences, and I learn about love for neighbor as I watch their friendships that have developed through the shared community they have in St. John’s. The children teach me openness, welcome, and faith. Their spirits of honesty and gratitude surprise and uplift me on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings, sharing a meal in the Barr Center, singing “This Little Light of Mine” in the Children’s Chapel, or playing tag on the playground.

St. John’s should be proud of the ways it is teaching its congregants. It is teaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, teaching from experience through servant ministries, and teaching through hands-on activities at Sunday School. It is teaching through good-spirited guilds who minister to one another in fellowship and community. We are learning in Bible studies, through Southern Literature, and as leaders navigating church in the complex twenty-first century

I’ve still got a lot to learn - more than I even realize, at this point, I’m sure. I feel blessed that I get to share that with the youth, children, and families at St. John’s. What I do know is that I am so grateful to be here, and grateful for your generosity that makes our ministry possible. I am grateful for the hope and love that animate and invigorate our community of faith. It is a blessing to be a part of a gathering of people who value learning, who value teaching, who value the growth and community that we have here together, working towards and for the kingdom.
 
Please sign and return your 2020 pledge card by placing it in the offering plate by Sunday, October 27 or mailing it to the parish office. You can change your pledge at any time. Thank you for your commitment.
 

Shrimp Sale November 7!

Don't forget to place your order for fresh Carolina shrimp! The cost is $12 per pound, and shrimp can be purcahsed in 10 pound increments. Pickup for all orders will be November 7 at the King's Grant clubhouse. To place your order, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This fundraiser is sponsored by the Men of St. John's.

Family Ministry Updates - 10/07/2019

EYC is finally back to our regularly scheduled programming this Sunday! Middle Schoolers meet in the courtyard by the gym at 5 - 6 pm. Dinner for all ages is 6 - 6:30 pm. High schoolers meet for dinner, and programming ends at 7:30 pm. We will be playing games and having small group discussions.

We are having an acolyte commissioning service on Sunday, October 13. All current acolytes and crucifers, please attend to receive a pin during this short extra piece of the service.

We are returning to Ecuador for a mission experience in 2020! Go ahead and mark your calendars for this ten-day mission in the last two weeks of June (likely June 15-25). Rising 9th graders and up are invited on this incredible opportunity for mission, fellowship, and faith formation. Reach out to Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you or your child is interested in this opportunity.

Maggie is still looking for volunteers for Wednesday night programming with children! We have a great time talking about our “spiritual monsters,” and will end with a viewing of Monsters, Inc. on Wednesday, October 30. Please let Maggie know if you are able to attend one of these Wednesday night offerings.

Mark your calendars for our Lock-In on the night of October 12! Episcopal churches from all over Columbia are invited, and we encourage our youth to bring friends to this Halloween-themed overnight. Please consider chaperoning, as well; we need one adult chaperone for every five youth, to follow Safeguarding guidelines.

Trunk or Treat is around the corner! Sunday, October 27 at 4 pm we will gather in the St. John’s parking lot for this tradition. St. Catherine’s Guild will be heading up this event. Tell Maggie if you would like to set up your trunk for the occasion, or if you have any other ideas about that day.

Maggie recently sent out an email to everyone on her list of volunteers for the nursery about signing up for November dates! Please respond to that email with dates you cannot be available so that she can get the schedule out soon. No need to respond if you are available  Right now, there are enough volunteers that, if everyone serves, each volunteer would be in the nursery or children's chapel eight times a year or fewer. If we bulk up that list, it'll be even fewer! People of all ages, moms, dads, grandparents, ANYBODY--please reach out to Maggie if you would be willing to serve the children of St. John's just a few times per year. If you're already a regular on the rotation, THANK YOU! Please encourage your friends and husbands to sign up to volunteer as well. Children's Ministries are a congregation-wide effort!

Wednesday Evenings October 9 - October 30

5:20 - 5:50 pm
St. John's Music Makers (Children 3k-5k and their parents)
& Tilted Halos (Grades 1-3)

Upper level of Heyward Hall


5:45 pm
Wednesday Night Supper
hosted by the Wednesday Night Kitchen Crew
Cuban pulled pork, with black beans, saffron rice, salad and dessert
Barr Center Gym (line starts in the Barr Center lobby)
$5: age 11 & up; $2: age 3 - 10; free: under age 2
Cash/check accepted; or pay for the WNS series online at stjohnscolumbia.org.


6:30 pm
Programs for Children & Adults
Adults will meet in the Barr Center Dining Room
Nursery and children leaders will meet parents and children in the gym after dinner
and then head out to their respective areas.

The Wednesday evening series for adults is Southern Literature and the Gospel. We’ll read short stories by Georgia’s Flannery O’Connor and Kentucky’s Wendell Berry to lead us into Christian doctrine and practical theology. Your clergy, USC faculty, and others will lead us in other sessions. Course work is available online or in the Heyward Hall Atrium.
A look ahead:

October 2: Belief/Practice: Grace; Story: Flannery O’Connor, Revelation; Presenter: Professor Larry Rhu
October 9: Belief/Practice: Stewardship; Story: Wendell Berry, It wasn't me;
Presenter: The Rev. Nicholas Beasley
October 16: Belief/Practice: The Cross; Story: Flannery O'Conner, The Artificial N*****;
Presenter: Professor Larry Rhu


7 pm
Chancel Choir
Music Room, Upper Level of Heyward Hall

2020 at St. John's, Yours, O Lord - Sweet Feet

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.
 

Sweet Feet
By Brandon Templeton


Browsing the St. John’s website, one of the first photos that greets you is of Father Beasley anointing a newly baptized baby with Holy oil. If you stare at the picture long enough you might focus on the little sockless feet of the newly baptized. A traditional southern baptism is celebrated at church with extended family and friends and then followed by a fancy brunch with little sandwiches, petit fours, and wonderful gifts for the newly baptized. This wonderful celebration is usually held at a family members’ nice home or a fancy restaurant.  

Contrast the previously described picture from the St. John’s website with a similar picture found on the website for Family Promise of the Midlands.  Clicking on the Success Stories tab, the first photo that greets you is of another set of sweet little feet. The story that accompanies the photo is where the stark differences begin. Those sweet little feet belong to a baby whose early months of life were spent living in a car. This sweet child went to bed in between his parents in the backseat of a car instead of an ornate wooden crib in a beautifully themed nursery.  

As a dad of two teenagers, I recall Emma and Smith’s little feet and how cute it was when, as infants, they discovered their feet for the first time. Fast forward a few years and I remember rushing them both multiple times to a doctor for broken toes and growth plates or badly sprained ankles. Their feet have been through a lot in their limited years – learning to crawl and then walk, kicking a soccer ball for the first time, jumping on the blob at Camp Gravatt, walking endless miles at Disney World or all-around Europe, climbing a ladder on a mission trip, or parading in at St. John’s as acolytes.

What a blessing it is when those same feet bring them in our backdoor every afternoon after a long day of school and sports practice. Much to Katherine’s dismay, often those feet are still wrapped in smelly and muddy football or soccer cleats as they come storming in ready for dinner.

Before the Last Supper, Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist and poured water in a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet. The lesson Jesus was teaching his disciples was not just about humble service to others.  Jesus was reinforcing that unless our sins are washed away, we can not have any part of him and ultimately not inherit the kingdom of God. The same kingdom that is mentioned in our stewardship theme for 2019 – Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom. The same kingdom that is mentioned 162 times in the New Testament. The same kingdom that we reverently end our Lord’s prayer with – For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

1 Chronicles 29:11 and the doxology of the Lord’s Prayer reminds us that the kingdom is not ours, the power is not ours, and the glory is not ours. God’s ownership is all inclusive. All things in creation belong to God. All living things belong to God. All human beings belong to God. God has authority over all of it. God created us to be stewards of His creation. We don’t own what is entrusted into our care; we simply manage it for God and are required to act on his behalf.

Through your faithful gifts of stewardship, St. John’s supports wonderful programs like Family Promise of the Midlands. As a follow-up to the second set of sweet feet; thanks to the hard work of the parents, Family Promise staff, and support of congregations like St. John’s, there is wonderful news. The beautiful child who spent his early months living in a car recently took his first steps in the family's new home. What a blessing it must have been for his parents to wash his sweet feet in the bathtub of their new home.
 
Please join Katherine and me in striving to be better stewards of our blessings. Join us in making a pledge to St. John’s and the many wonderful programs and ministries that we support. 

Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. 

Part I - Introduction

Guilds and Social Gatherings

Guilds and Social Gatherings

Join us this month for social events, gatherings and meetings

Connections
Connections is a social group for married and singles in their late 20s, 30s and early 40s. Members host meetings and gatherings, generally in their homes,
from September through May. Their next gathering is on September 26 at the Lovelace’s home at 3119 Amherst Avenue beginning at 7 pm. BYOB and an appetizer to share. For more information, contact Ashley Jaillette atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tweenagers
Women of all ages are invited for fellowship the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, September through May.
Meetings are hosted by members and a short program is provided. The next meeting is at the home of Mackie O’Keefe on October 17.
For more information, contact Cathy Bourne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Catherine’s Guild
Young women in their 20s are planning their next event at a gathering at Miyo’s on Forest Drive, Monday, September 23 at 7 pm.
They are re-energizing the Blessing of the Animals happening at St. John’s on October 6 beginning at 4 pm outside on the church patio.
For more information, contact Charlotte Hodge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Anne’s Guild
St. Anne's provides spiritual and social support to its members, the parish, and the local community.
If you are age 30 - 40 years old, come participate in a guild designed with purpose, fulfilling devotions, and fellowship at St. John's.
For more information, contact Reeve Ballew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Clare’s Guild
St. Clare's gathers for fellowship and to assist in parish life events at St. John’s. Most members are in their late 30s & 40s.
The guild’s next meeting is at 5 pm on Sunday, September 29 at Allison Gallagher’s home. For more information, contact
Sarah Meacham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Teresa’s Guild
St. Teresa's welcomes women in their late 50s, 60s and older who enjoy service to the church. The guild is an active group that volunteers freely and
gathers often for field trips and service projects. Some members are working and some are retired, but each gives her time and talent as available.
We do not have a set meeting time, but gather for projects and adventures. For more information, contact Mackie O’Keefe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Monica’s Guild
Meetings are held from September-May on the second Thursday of the month at 1 pm in the parlor of Heyward Hall. Light refreshments are served.
Typically, there are socials in May and December. A visit with refreshments to shut-ins occurs in December. Most members are active in the Love In Action Ministry.
St. Monica’s next meeting is at St. John’s on October 10. For more information, contact Rhett Hardy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Veronica’s Guild
St. Veronica's Guild is charged with the care and maintenance of St. John's Biblical Garden, the small walled area in front of the church on the Wheat Street side. 
The guild is organized into four teams, one for each week of the month.  During their assigned week, team members care for the garden by participating in hands on gardening: planting,
weeding, pruning, and watering.  Group work days are planned when major work needs to be done, usually around Christmas, Easter, and when the seasonal plantings need to be changed.
For more information, contact Kaye Knight at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Music Ministry Updates - 09/21/2019

St. John’s Drum circle will meet this Sunday from 2:30 - 3:30 in the music room.  Newcomers are welcome, no experience is necessary.

St. John’s Singers will rehearse this Sunday from 3:30 - 4:15 in the music room.

The Handbell choir had a nice first meeting this past Sunday.  They will meet again in early October; contact Monica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Wednesday Evenings - St. John's Music Makers (Children 3k - 5k and their parents) and Tilted Halos (Grades 1 - 3) will meet from 5:20 - 5:50 pm upper level of Heyward Hall. 

Family Ministry Updates - 9/21/2019

For EYC this Sunday, we will be helping out at the Harvest Dinner. Students should arrive at 5:30 and head to the kitchen. Pick up will be at Baked Bear in 5 Points, after we have finished with our duties! That should be around 7:45, but we will keep y’all posted. Let Maggie know if you would like to be added to the GroupMe for those updates! You can shoot her a text at 662-801-4341. Next Sunday, September 29, our EYC schedule will return to normal.

Next Sunday, September 29, Acolyte Master Brian McCants will hold a training for acolytes in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. Training sessions will be from 12 pm to 1p.m. or 4 pm to 5 pm (right before EYC); acolytes only need to attend one. High schoolers who would like to be trained as crucifers should email Brian directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t.

Maggie is still looking for volunteers for Wednesday night programming with children! We have a great time talking about our “spiritual monsters,” and will end with a viewing of Monsters, Inc. on Wednesday, October 30. Please let Maggie know if you are able to attend one of these Wednesday night offerings.

Mark your calendars for our Lock-In on the night of October 12! Episcopal churches from all over Columbia are invited, and we encourage our youth to bring friends to this Halloween-themed overnight. Please consider chaperoning, as well; we need one adult chaperone for every five youth, to follow Safeguarding guidelines.

Trunk or Treat is around the corner! Sunday, October 27 at 4 pm we will gather in the St. John’s parking lot for this tradition. St. Catherine’s Guild will be heading up this event. Tell Maggie if you would like to set up your trunk for the occasion, or if you have any other ideas about that day.

2020 at St. John's - Yours, O Lord.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.
 
By The Rev. Nicholas Beasley
 
We must know this, that God is a creator, that God is the one who made all things. Two accounts of the act of creation fill the first two chapters of the Bible. One is the familiar story of a creation in six days, God majestically, rhythmically speaking forth the diverse wonder of the world into being and blessing each day of his creating work with an affirmation that what he had made was good. The second creation story in Genesis 2 shows God improvising a bit, molding the Adam (the one made of earth) from dirt like a potter and filling him with divine breath. God then plants a garden, giving the human food to eat. God makes a series of possible partners for Adam before creating a woman as his companion, in whom Adam exults. Both stories teach us about the nature of God. God creates, God blesses, God wishes for us to have companions, God nourishes and sustains. God also sets limits for humanity in the two stories, including the Sabbath as a day of rest and a restriction on the knowledge of good and evil. God is a creator, who made all things to flourish together, within the healthy limits of their creatureliness.

Our stewardship theme for 2019 is Yours, O Lord. King David had this foundational theology in mind as he prayed near the end of his life in those words, entrusting his life’s work to his son Solomon with a reminder that it was all God’s, actually. The well-lived human life will remember that God is the creator, that we are God’s creatures, and that the right use of the created order is a chief means by which we live faithfully before God. Naming God as creator is theology that leads to something called theological anthropology, to a doctrine of humanity. We understand what a human is and how one should live when we confess the creating power of God.

St. John’s is the community in which we are re-minded of these things. This is the place, and we are the people, among whom the good news of our creaturliness is proclaimed, as a pillar of the Gospel. Here, we know that we are creatures who have bucked the healthy limits God gave us, that we are creatures in need of the healing power of the one who made us. Here we also proclaim the good news of the lengths to which our creator has gone to win back the creatures who have misused their freedom so badly.

Knowing our place as creatures in God’s creation, we may then see what the good things of life are meant for. Those aspects of the created order that we call “ours” are really God’s. I think of the difficulty of getting children of a certain age to play together and share toys. In a moment of self-assertion, one yanks a toy away from another, holds it high and close and announces: Mine! We may be like that sometimes, but we are more fundamentally like children who can’t sign contracts or hold title to property. Nothing is mine. We are not owners; we are really creatures who care for the created things that God has given us to care for, for our flourishing and that of our neighbors. At the end of our lives, we give them back again.
Each fall, I ask you to think on these things and make a decision about giving money away next year, particularly to support our growing ministry at St. John’s. Those pledges and gifts are testimonies, that you have remembered who God is, who you are, and what the right use of the created order, including money is. We are flourishing as God’s beloved creatures at St. John’s. I hope that you will find the month ahead spiritually stimulating and be led to make a gift that testifies to your thankful place in the creation God has made.

Make Your 2020 Pledge Today!

Opportunities for Outreach and Ministry Spotlight

WHO: Every Member at St. John’s!

WHAT: SOS - Saturday of Service!

Join us for doughnuts and coffee the morning of October 5 and then go out and serve our city – volunteering with Harvest Hope, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, Home Works, Cooperative Ministry, The Friendship, Family Promise, Kairos, etc… There will be something for everyone! Help for a few hours or all day! Every Little Bit Helps!
After we have served our city, we will all gather back here at SJE for a Family Style Tailgate Party – we will watch a football game on the big screen and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the Men of St. John’s. Bring your favorite tailgate food to share, lawn chairs, your cornhole sets and let’s celebrate our day of service!

WHEN: Saturday October 5 – Volunteer during the day and Family Tailgate Party at Night!

WHY: Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. - Margaret Mead

HOW: Final list of volunteer opportunities and registration link available next week.
 
ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY. MICAH 6:8

Save the Date(s)!

Harvest Dinner
Sunday, September 22
Reception beginning at 6 pm on the Patio

Did you receive your invitation? RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by September 9

 
Men of St. John's Shrimp Sale and Steak Supper
Thursday, November 7
King's Grant Clubhouse

Family Ministry Updates - 9/8/2019

Maggie needs volunteers for Wednesday Night programming for fall! Come enjoy programming with our youngest parishioners from September 19 - October 30. If you can help with any or all of those days, reach out to Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Family Promise is coming back to St. John’s in October, during Halloween week. Do you have any Halloween costumes lying around that don’t fit anymore? Maggie would like to gather options for the children who will be staying with us. Contact Maggie for more details, or if you would like to get involved in a Halloween costume swap shop during the week of Family Promise.

One of the goals for family ministries at St. John’s is to have everyone who interacts closely with our youth and children complete the Safe Church Training course offered by the diocese. Are you a Sunday School teacher, nursery volunteer, or EYC helper? Please consider attending the upcoming training being held at Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday, September 10, at 12:30 pm, if you are able. You will be contributing to the safekeeping of our youngest members!

EYC kickoff is SUNDAY!! 6th-12th graders, join us at 5:00 pm for a nerf battle, dinner, and compline. We will discuss the upcoming program year as well. Pick-up at 7:00.

Training for Acolytes  6th - 12th graders who want to get involved, or need a refresher please join Acolyte Master Brian McCants on Sunday, September 8, from 12 pm to 1 pm. Brian will train Crucifers (9th-12th grades) on Sunday, September 29, from 12 pm - 2 pm. Additionally, we will have an acolyte commissioning service on Sunday, October 13. If you are an active acolyte, you are invited to be commissioned at this service and receive an acolyte pin. We appreciate the youth of St. John’s who are involved in this way!