This Week at St. John’s

Thanks to Liz and Arnie Klein, our COFFEE HOUR hosts Sunday (March 31). If you would like to participate in this ministry, please sign-up in the narthex.

SUNDAY MORNING’S FIRST TWO HYMNS were written by John Donne, the 17th century Anglican priest and Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Donne is considered the pre-eminent representative of the ‘metaphysical poets,’ and is perhaps most known for his line: “And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee.” His Feast Day is Sunday, March 31.

SUNDAY’S FORUM: OPERATION NIGHTWATCH, Paul Underwood, will discuss what the homeless need from us. Purity of heart has to do with action in the world. We will practice talking with the homeless, and we will make Care Kits. Each person will leave with a couple care kits to give to those in need. Meet in the Ladehoff Room following the 10:00AM service.

LENTEN QUIET DAY at St. John’s on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Hosted by St. Benedict’s Guild, this is a wonderful opportunity to take some time apart in the midst of the holy season of Lent and just before entering Holy Week to slow down and reflect. This year our Seminarian, Geoff Sasser, will provide the meditations, focusing on the use of the Labyrinth as a tool for reconciliation.  Please bring a bag lunch. A Continental breakfast will be provided

EXPLORING CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT a program based on the Catechism of the Church meeting every Wednesday through Lent. This will serve not only as a strong preparation for those seeking initiation into the faith, but also as our yearly Lenten Study Program. Take a deeper dive into your faith life for renewed commitment. The sessions will begin at 6:00 pm with a simple meal allowing the participants to socialize with one another. Instruction will commence at 6:45, ending promptly at 8:00 pm. Sign up in the Narthex.        March 27: Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be prayed every Friday during Lent through Good Friday in the church at 12:00 noon.  Booklets are available in the Narthex for use at any time.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION! SAVE the DATE: AUGUST 10. Let’s make this a fun, fantastic event! You are the STARs that will shine because of your time, talent and treasure! Monica 503-757-3385. Share your ideas!

PARISH RETREAT, Worship in Spirit & in Truth, runs Friday evening, July 19-July 20 at 5pm at Menucha Retreat Center. That Sunday, we conclude with an Outdoor Mass at St. John’s. Details of the retreat program, children’s activities and room assignments can be found in the March Forerunner. Until then, Save the Dates for fellowship and worship.

WILLIAM TEMPLE HOUSE – We collect food and hygiene products throughout the year for distribution at William Temple House’s Food Pantry. A collection bin is in the Narthex. William Temple House has asked if we could gear our food donations in April, May and June to Tuna, Mayonnaise and Cooking Oil.  A list of other needed items is available on WTH’s website.