Dear St. John’s,
We’ve experienced many losses in our church community this year. Parishioners and relatives have died. Our music director left. Some have faced health crises.
In recent years, St. John’s also said goodbye to beloved clergy members. The COVID pandemic changed how we work, attend school, vote and participate in church. We’ve seen ongoing gun violence and political strife in our country. And we’ve witnessed unrest and warfare across the world, including the current war in the Holy Land.
All of these can provoke grief within us. I don’t write this to depress you, but to acknowledge that we have reasons to mourn and that grief is a natural response to sad and traumatic events.
But grief is a journey, not a destination, and we do not have to travel it alone. Starting this Sunday, I invite you to join with others on this journey as we explore what the Bible and faith say about grief and how they can help us heal. We’ll meet at 11:45 a.m. in the parish hall after our 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Our discussion topics will be:
Nov. 19: What am I grieving? How do I express my sadness?
Dec. 3: I feel so angry. Is that normal? How do I handle it?
Dec. 17: How can I heal? Where does God fit into all of this?
All are welcome. Come to coffee hour and join us for the discussions, and invite others to join us as well.
A note from The Rev. Michael Muller, Rector
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Our 2nd "Got Faith" series of talks ended last night with a celebration of Holy Eucharist. We now will go back to the rhythm of a weekly celebration of the Word of God (Bible Study in a liturgical setting) and a monthly Eucharist. The pattern we will follow is:
In my previous call there was a stained glass depicting the Resurrection and it always struck me that it had some message about the future. Perhaps something can be seen in the depiction of the three figures - The Saviour, St. John & St. Peter.
#SaturdayLuncheonSocial #SLS #MovingForward #Thriving #StJohnsBoonton
St. John's is excited to again offer meals through our Saturday Luncheon Social program. The meals are provided by Faith and Community groups in the area.
We gather around a table or two and share a meal and fellowship with others.
If you or someone you know is in need of a decent meal join us on Saturdays from noon to 1:00 P.M.
Moving forward, we need volunteers to pick up Saturday bread donations, guide volunteers from other churches, and provide food for our scheduled weeks. If you can help, please let Sharon Liparini know at Sharon.Liparini(at)gmail.com.
Sunday, September 18th is a busy Sunday.
Immediately following the Sunday Service, we will have a healing service and laying on of hands. Bring your concerns for yourself or others.
Boonton Food Pantry Sunday. These continue to be challenging times for many, so if you’re able, please grab a few extra shelf-stable items, cans with pull-tops (powered mild, pasta, rice, peanut butter, cereal, etc.) also diapers, feminine products on your next trip to the grocery store and remember the pets; dog and cat food (litter too) are requested items at the food pantries.
Welcome Back Picnic Join us after the service for our Welcome Back Picnic. There will be food, fun, a skit and birthday cake - Happy Birthday Kevin Bidwell.
Lenten Evening Prayer- Friday, 7 P.M. One of the most valued benefits is the opportunity to quiet the mind and settle the soul after a busy week. Finding a way to center one’s awareness and transition from the bustle of the world to the calm of resting in God can be life-changing. Please join us as part of your Lenten practice, and stay for the fellowship of our Virtual Coffee Hour right after.
Announcements To all who are worshipping with us today, or watching this on-demand, thank you for being with us in prayer—you are most welcome, always!
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