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Pews looking for a new home

We have five wood pews and three front row panels with removable kneelers that were taken out of the sanctuary two years ago when we did the remodel of the altar area. They are currently in the Parish Hall and we need them moved out of there so we can start the next part of the remodeling of that area.

Would you like to have one of these FREE items in your house, basement, patio, business or garden?  All items vary in length from 8 ft to 10 ft.

Contact the Church Office before Fri. Dec. 4 if you’re interested.  She can also help with arranging a truck to move them.

Five Wood Pews:
 

Three Front Row Panels (removable kneelers):

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Video Tour Update of St. John’s Building Project Fall 2020

In this video parishioner and Building Committee member, John Gray, takes us on a tour of the most recent updates in our building project.

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As good or better than you found it – Stewardship Message from John First

 When I was a kid growing up in 1960’s Ohio, I was fortunate to always live close to the woods. I liked to explore those semi wild places with my older brother or friends and climb trees and turn over rocks looking for crayfish and salamanders. At other times we found tadpoles and frogs, a turtle, a bunny (for a day until it died of fright), a skunk, guppies to breed, a series of hamsters and a stuffed squirrel. I collected pond water to see what I could see through a magnifying lens and a microscope. I checked out the Little Golden Books on mammals, birds, fishes, pond life, trees, insects. I wanted to learn all about the world around me.
I liked to explore the woods and imagine what it must have been like when the Indians lived here and then the white pioneers. They had to be self-sufficient.  Making what they needed and living off the land. To survive you needed to learn the best type of wood for its intended purpose, which plants you use for food, or medicine, and which are poisonous. I wondered what the land must have looked like; the mixed hardwood forests that a squirrel could travel from the east coast to the Mississippi River without ever leaving the tree canopy, the prairie lands in parts of the state where buffalo grazed. Where the fish were thick enough in places in Lake Erie you could dip a net in the water and bring it up full of fish.
I became a Boy Scout because I wanted to be out in nature, to camp, to learn survival skills. I longed to be in those places where it felt special, where I was awed by the land. God’s country. There was no wilderness, no wildness left in Ohio, all us people had already gone and messed it all up. Scouting taught me an ethos of respect and gentleness and caring for the earth that was at odds with messages of exploitation and consumption I was also receiving from media and on the land. They used up all the best parts of the land and then just dumped what they had no more use for everywhere. That was just wrong! I think I understood then that I had a responsibility to be a steward of this world, of God’s world and his people, to care for God’s creation with loving kindness.
I make it a practice in my life to try to minimize my negative impact to the environment by using its resources wisely, living locally, growing our own food. I understand that I can’t really own the land I sleep on. I’m merely borrowing it. It’s a simple as my father taught me; ‘When you borrow something return it as good or better as you found it, and if you break it, fix it or replace it.’ That’s what Stewardship means to me. Trying to leave it better than when I found it, and fix what’s broken.
In St. John’s and the Episcopal Church, I have found a place where I can more fully realize that call. To care for the physically and spiritually needy, to speak out against injustice and work for change, to show God’s love and kindness in the world. I know what it means to be a good steward of St. John’s. It means our pledge keeps the lights and water on, pays the insurance, the cleaners, the nursery help, office staff. It pays the rector’s salary and housing. It means we can gather to worship in a special place and maintain and build new connections to our St. John’s community. It allows us to maintain a presence in Snohomish to fulfill our mission to act out God’s love in the world. It means we are charged with upholding a 2000-year-old faith tradition during our brief tenure as stewards of all that is God’s.
These things are the tangible result of our tithe. The lesson is in the giving. It is a lesson I never stop learning and relearning.

Blessings,

John First
Vestry Member

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon from Holding out for Hope 11/1/2020

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Faith-Filled Generosity: Looking into our Hearts


Dear St Johns Family and Friends,

I am hoping you are in a positive spirit and are healthy and happy. I would like to thank you ALL for your continued support of St Johns both financially and spiritually during this last year under such challenging times. Your generosity has helped to maintain our operations. Even though we have not been able to attend services in our beautiful building, we have still needed to maintain our regular expenses. Your continued support has helped us to maintain our goal of sharing the Gospel within and without our community. Your continued support of St John’s leadership and guidance is greatly appreciated.

This is the time we look in our hearts and respond to what our next year of stewardship means to each of us. How are we going to support the mission of God as expressed within St John’s and without?  As you drive by our beautiful church, you can see we are still moving ahead, continually improving the facility where we will gather. Even though we cannot gather within just yet. I hope and pray we will be able to gather within soon, as I miss seeing my friends and family.

Please look in your heart and please pledge to support St John going forward. If you support our mission, our leadership, please know your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Blessings,

Jane Berard
Vestry Member

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Faith-Filled Generosity: What do we mean by Stewardship?

Recently Father Eliacin asked me to write a few paragraphs relating to “Stewardship”; a simple enough task as I had performed this task before. But as I started to think about it I realized so many things had changed and so much was different than when, many years ago I produced my Stewardship Presentation for St Johns congregation. Also I had experienced a subdural hematoma which required a craniotomy which impacted my brain causing me initially to be unable to find words with meanings I wished to express in sentences and also a loss of the meanings for some words. Most of these problems have receded as a medical team have worked on my rehabilitation but nevertheless I felt a need to ask myself the question “what does Stewardship mean” in the context of St Johns?

Such a question took me back many years to my Professor of Philosophy, Dwayn Richens. He started our first class after he introduced himself with the question, “What do you mean by…” (and here insert a word). What ensued was absolute silence. And so he tried again with another word, still silence and then followed another word, and another. Finally I thought he must be seeking a reply from the class and so I responded, probably with a synonym. At this there was a little curl upwards in his lips as a smile formed. He had obtained his objective, and he walked up to my desk and with twinkling blue eyes said, “You sir are in a state of intellectual chaos.”

He then proceeded to teach the class the importance of how the real meanings of each word should be defined with clear boundaries so that in their use the meaning was unambiguous and communication was absolutely clear. To be sure my brain with it’s impairments needed a clear and unambiguous definition. I turned to what I had been taught, that was finding root of the word and proceeding from there. From the dictionary I obtained only an old word from which “steward” is derived. By explanation a number of persons with different specific responsibilities were described, none associated with the church and none expressly spiritual. My professor was right about ambiguity and no clear communication. How to proceed?

The old, not ancient, word for steward was “stiweard”, which when the derivation is broken down is a melding of “stig” a word for house or hall, and “weard”, a word for ward. That word for ward, what is its meaning. Referring again to the dictionary “ward” is defined as “Have in Keeping, to protect, (chiefly now of GOD).”

So now let us see what Stewardship has come to mean from researching the root of the word. It means to “Have in keeping, and to protect the house of God.” So what does that mean?

These words make me think in a way I have not thought of Stewardship before. I looked at the work being done by my fellow Parishioners. Those working on the fabric of the building were certainly working on the secular House of God and doing more than their fair share. Those working on Finance also contributed more than their fair share considering the amount of time they contributed struggling to keep inadequate sums funding the many needy projects. Then there are many others that go unrecognized. These are the Good Stewards who are committed to “selfless service”, in the words of Jay Morris, and who are a model upon whom we each need to model and measure ourselves.

But when we talk of the House of God what do we mean? Here we are trying to understand Stewardship in the spiritual world. The House of God in keeping and protection. This conjures up for me the vision of what I must do to keep the vision, the values and the commandments that Jesus taught and that causes me to return to the words he uttered in the Sermon on the Mount. For those he blessed in Matthew 5, verses 3 to 10, surely we can find ways to help them.

The problem is in this modern world that everyone is often too busy for those with families to care for and to contribute much of their time. For many of those who are retired the cost of living and medications weighs heavily on their finances and savings. To preserve the House of God it seems to me that we must ask those who do not have the time to contribute of their treasure and for those with little or no treasure to contribute of their time.

This is happening in St Johns with the Good Stewards but we must all be Good Stewards. The question is can we all measure ourselves against them and become their equals in how they contribute so that Gods House as well our St Johns building becomes safer and stronger as they grow into the future.

David Hannaford
Vestry Member

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5.3-10
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Diocese of Olympia Annual Convention 2020 
 October 23 & 24
The following folks are representing you and all of St. John’s next week at the annual diocesan convention. Like so much of our world these days, the convention will be online in a virtual platform. Will you please pray for them throughout the next 8 days?

DELEGATES: Dave Baldwin, Candace McKenna, Nancy McConnell & John First
ALTERNATES:  Carol Bassett
CLERGY: Eliacín Rosario-Cruz, Liz Van Dyke 

And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more in real knowledge and in practical insight, so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent, and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ; filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  (Philippians 1:9-11, Amplified Bible)

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Do you knit or sew? Opportunity for Service

Looking for a way to help others this month?
Do you KNIT or SEW?  Or know someone who does?
Every year, the Seattle Seafarers Center gives out Ditty Bags to the seafarers on merchant vessels calling at the Port of Seattle. These are filled with practical items that convey the love, concern, and compassion of our local churches to the seafarers working to bring us the items we use and wear on a daily basis. Making and filling these ditty bags provides church congregations an opportunity to take part in an international and ecumenical outreach ministry. To read more about the Seattle Seafarers Center,  CLICK HERE

To see patterns…

for knitting a hat 
or sewing a ditty bag    CLICK HERE
Bags & hats for 2020 are needed by mid-November. However, you can work on this project all year long. Bring them to St. John’s and SSC will come pick them up! Easy peezy!
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2020 COLD WEATHER SHELTER AT FAIRGROUNDS

2020 COLD WEATHER SHELTER AT FAIRGROUNDS

Are you interested in volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter in our area? This year, there will not be a CW Shelter at the Snohomish Evangelical Free Church, nor at the New Hope Fellowship, Monroe. However there are plans to open a shelter at the Evergreen Fairgrounds that will be large enough to serve guests who came to both shelters. Additionally, plans are in place for there to be 2 paid staff people at the shelter throughout the night when it is open.

Volunteers will be needed to assist in opening the shelter in the evening and to close it in the morning. Currently the schedule would be to open the shelter about 8:30 pm or 9 pm. Lights out would be at 10 pm. Guests will be wakened at 6 am and the shelter will close at 7 am. If this schedule is adopted, we will need about 2 volunteers for 2 shifts: 8 pm-10:30 pm and 5:30 am – 8 am. The schedule might adjust a little but it would still be 3 or less hours in length.

We plan to have a start date of November 1 and will go through March 15. As you may recall we open the shelter when the temperature is forecasted to be 34 or lower. We will use sign up genius and will schedule volunteers by email. There is a recorded shelter training to view .

If you are interested in working at this shelter, the Sky Valley Shelter, please email Therese Quinn, Emergency Management Specialist | Emergency Preparedness at Snohomish Health Districttquinn@snohd.org

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SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR PET!!

On Sunday, October 4th
St. John’s will Celebrate St. Francis’ Day

in our virtual Sunday Morning Prayer service

SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR PET!!
office@stjohnsnohomish.org
We’ll share these photos at the service.

Photo Jamie Street_Unsplash.com