THANK YOU FROM MO. SARAH: Thank you for the beautiful send-off for my family and me on Sunday, August 13, organized by Durbin Goodwin, the Vestry, Staff and many others! And thank you for your many generous parting gifts. You are truly a wonderful parish full of wonderful, loving people; and it has been a privilege to share this past year with you. I am excited for your future, and will be praying for you. In keeping with our diocesan guidelines for the "leave-taking of a Rector," I will no longer be able to function as your pastor or priest or to officiate at any baptisms, wedding or funerals; and I also must refrain from interaction with you via social media for at least a year. This gives you and your new Rector a chance to develop a solid relationship without any distractions. When the time is appropriate, I'll look forward to coming for a visit to see how you've grown and flourished! Until then, I'll be praying God's blessings on you and your ministry! This comes with Love, Mo. Sarah+
THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH, ST. JOHN'S FAMILIES PICNIC IN THE PARK: Families with young children and all families of St. John's are invited to picnic together on Sunday August 20th from 5:30-7pm at Holding Park in Wake Forest. Bring a picnic for your family and we'll have popsicles for the kids - wear your St. John's green t-shirts - see Joy Shillingsburg if you need one! Lauren Manfreda at email@example.com with any questions. We'll look for you there!
SUPPER CLUB: Fall is coming FAST; that means Supper Club will be starting up. It is a small group meeting that occurs in the home. We have 7-8 people in each group. The host is responsible for the main dish, everyone else will bring a dish. It does not have to be fancy, just for fun and fellowship. It helps to get to know each other better. We are hoping to see all of you from last Spring and hopefully many new people. Please contact Edna Toney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 919-496-6860 if you would like to join or need more information.
CHOIR RETREAT: The Annual Choir Retreat will be held Saturday, September 9th, 8:30am starting in the Sanctuary for Eucharist and followed by breakfast in the Parish Hall. Bring a box lunch if you stay for the afternoon session when we run through our entire Cantata. All those who love to sing are welcome. If you have any questions feel free to talk to me Sundays after the service or call me at 919-302-3900 or email email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you. In His Name, Helen Sopris.
ADULT EDUCATION: Please complete the attached Adult Education Survey. This survey will let your wishes be known for Adult Education opportunities through St. John's. Your feedback will help our Adult Education leaders and new Rector plan for 2018 and beyond. A box will be available in the Narthex at the church for completed surveys. If you need a hard copy of the survey to complete, there will be some left for you to take on the table in the Narthex. Thank you for your input. David Bland.
SAFE CHURCH: It has been discovered that we are out of compliance with the Diocese's Safe Church guidelines. To be in compliance, those of us who volunteer with children, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations need to take one of two levels of training. Tori Bennett, St. John's Safe Church Administrator, has contacted everyone who regularly works with these groups and have let them know what level training they need to take. If you regularly volunteer in the nursery or with the EYC, or you are a Sunday School teacher (or plan to be) and have not received an email from me, please let me know and I will send you all of the information. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on the Diocese's policy, please use this link:http://www.dionc.org/Diocese/
Summer Book Study for Parents and Parishioners: Please join us for a part two of our discussion on the book Sticky Faith by Kara Powell on how to nurture lasting faith in our young people (church kids and our own kids). This is a book that Bishop Curry has endorsed and one that I have tried to build our EYC program around. It will be great to bring many folks to the table to discuss this book. Plan to read chapters 6-the end by August 20 and we will meet at 7pm to discuss the first half of the book and enjoy wine and snacks. If you missed the first discussion, you can still join us in August!
EYC Meetings: 6th-12th grade students are welcome to attend our EYC meetings in the lower level of the Education Building for a time of Christian formation, fellowship, and outreach projects. Our next meetings are 8/27 and 9/10.
Attention High School EYC and parents: The Diocese program Happening #64, a retreat and from what I have learned a long running powerful experience for teens who wish to connect to other Episcopal youth and grow in their faith, is "happening" October 13-15 at Camp Walter Denton. Registration is not open yet, but if we want to send a team, I would like to start planning. Please indicate on the sign up genius if your teen would like to attend. Thank you for supporting the Summer Nutrition Program with all of your hard work on Wednesday nights this summer and thank you for supporting our EYC Mission Days with prayers, funds and time!
SOPHIA SISTERS: Please mark your calendar for our mini-retreat on Saturday, September 16th from10:00-2:00. Laura Santos has graciously offered to have this retreat at her farm in Granville County. More information will follow. Also, we decided at our last meeting to change our regular meeting date from the third Saturday to the second Saturday in the month. All women at St. John's are invited to join the Sophia Sisters. If you are new to St. John's and would like more information, please contact Jane at email@example.com.
CROP WALK: On Sunday, Sept. 24, walkers and donors from multiple Wake Forest churches will come together to support the annual Wake Forest CROP Walk, now in its 38th year. Last year, the community effort raised more than $8,000 to fight hunger, with 25 percent of that total donated locally to Tri-Area Ministry. This year, the CROP planning committee hopes to raise at least $10,000 and attract more than 200 walkers, though anyone can make a donation to support another walker or a particular church team. Last year, St. John's won the coveted "Golden Sneaker" award for the most money raised (more than $2,600), the most walkers (45), and the highest individual fund-raiser, Ariel Garner. St. John's goal: $3,000 and 50 walkers....at least! Plan to join the fun of walking the short but lovely 1.6 miles through historic Wake Forest, beginning 2pm at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest. Children, strollers and dogs all welcome! Any age can participate. For more information, please contact Helen Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will begin registering walkers on Sunday, Aug. 20, following the10am service. Walkers or donors can also register and donate online https://www.crophungerwalk.
SAINT JOHN'S WOMEN'S RETREAT: The women's retreat will be held on March 16-18 at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center. We have space for 22 women. The cost, sign up and further details on this retreat to follow. SAVE THE DATE!
JOBS FOR LIFE: Friendship Chapel Baptist Church is hosting another Jobs for Life class beginning is early September. If you or someone you know would benefit from learning how to create a vocational plan, prepare for a job interview, creating a resume as well as understanding God's plan for you, please visit their website www.jobsforlife.org to download an application. You can also visit the bulletin board in the Parish hall to pick up a flyer or to learn more about how you can help support Jobs for Life.