Read the latest church newsletter: The Epistle - Jan. 15, 2021
The St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the parking lot following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 6. At this meeting, five new Vestry members, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, one delegate and alternate delegates to the Diocesan Convention will be elected, and an amendment to the By-Laws will be considered. Lunch will not be served this year. All members, 16 years-of-age and older, are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Childcare will be provided. In the event of rain, the meeting will be postponed or moved into the church.
Nominees For Vestry
Senior Warden: Dan Fulton
Junior Warden: Mike McCauley
Convention Delegate: Janine Lewis
Convention Alternates: Katherine Templeton, Jackie Barker
Proposed Change to By-Laws
This year's Annual Meeting will consider amending St. John's by-laws to remove the requirement that members of the Vestry be confirmed in the Episcopal Church or another church of the Anglican Communion. Fr. Beasley and the Vestry recommend this change for the following reasons:
-To ensure our parish by-laws conform to the canon law of the diocese and the denomination, which do not require confirmation but that Vestry members be communicants in good standing, baptized persons who receive Holy Communion at least three times per year and who work, give, and pray for the spread of the Kingdom of Christ.
-Changing practice around confirmation by our bishops. Bishops formerly confirmed all Protestants joining our church, even those who have been confirmed in their churches of origin. Now bishops receive them, rather than confirm them again, which had suggested their first confirmation was insufficient. Reception is equivalent to confirmation but the situation is evolving and less than entirely clear.
-Fewer and fewer adults who join our church seek confirmation. We become part of institutions in different ways now.
-Our bishop has suspended the rite of confirmation until the pandemic is over.
-Our by-laws and other levels of church law all understand that baptism makes one a member of the church. To require confirmation for Vestry service can be seen to create two levels of membership in the church, for which there is no Biblical basis.
2020 Annual Meeting Agenda
Amendments to our by-laws require action by two successive meetings of the congregation. We will seek to pass this amendment in 2020 and 2021. If you would like to know more, please contact Fr. Beasley.
Worship, Scripture, and Conversation on great themes of Advent. See links for readings.
December 2 Repentance
Jesus’ ministry began with a call to repent, because the Kingdom of God was coming near. As days grow shorter, our attention is turned to the necessity of preparing ourselves to face God through intentional acts of repentance. In preparation, read Psalm 120 and Eugene Peterson’s essay on repentance in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.
December 9 Simplicity
The story of the Lord’s nativity is one of profound simplicity. New parents and a baby, in a stable, without any of the accessories we now think indispensible to bringing a child into the world. And yet the holy day remembering that birth has become one of the most complicated, overwrought times of our year. In preparation, read Matthew 6 and Richard J. Foster’s “Biblical Roots: The New Covenant,” in Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World.
December 16 Materiality
There is one good reason that Christmas became a great feast of materialism. The day marks the good news that God has taken human flesh to redeem the world. God loves the world he made and has entered into it, rather than demanding we become pure spirits, apart from the matter we are made of and enjoy. In preparation, read John 1 and Barbara Brown Taylor’s sermon, God’s Daring Plan.
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