Medical Equipment Lending Program

Elliott Sloyer is working on starting a volunteer run “lending library” for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) called Wheel It Forward.  
DME includes things like wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches knee scooters etc… The average piece of DME has a lifespan of 5-10 years but is only used for 4 months. Also, out of pocket expenses for DME are very high assuming that insurance medicare or medicaid would even cover it, which they often do not.  
Elliott has secured some donated warehouse space for our launch in June (pandemic permitting) and he asks if any of the Interfaith Council churches, mosques, or synagogues might have space where he could run the day to day operations from. 
He would likely need between 1500 – 2500 square feet. The space does not to be “finished” but access to water and electricity would be necessary. Elliott’s contact number is below.  He has been running this out of his garage for roughly 5 months and the ability to make a significant impact in our community (and beyond) is compelling.  
Elliot Sloyer’s phone number is: 203-705-1600
Thank you! 

COVID-19 Letter from the Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare, City of Stamford​

Good Morning Everyone, With the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise here in Stamford we are asking for your assistance in ensuring that our messages and COVID-19 information is disseminated throughout the community.  There is a lot of COVID-19 information available on the City of Stamford Website   Please take the time to review the site as there is a lot of important information. As the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare is am asking that we work together on putting the proper messaging out to the community.  We need you to be in contact with your direct groups. Residents who want an appointment to get tested in Stamford – including those without health insurance or a primary care physician – can call the City’s dedicated COVID-19 Testing hotline at 833.508.8378. This hotline is operated seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no issues regarding immigration status and lack of insurance to access treatment. If you need non-emergency assistance related to COVID-19 or have questions residents can dial 203-977-4050. Please refer to the City of Stamford website and take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the services and information.  If there are any questions/or concerns please reach out to me through Kathy Ruther at who will bring issues to my attention. I am available 24/7 however, at this time this is the best way for timely contact. You can also call me in the office at 203-977-4151 or on my cell 203-424-4354.  Please again be aware that we are dealing with many issues and I may not be available to pick up immediately. However, I will follow up asap. Let’s keep working together as a community.  We cannot be everywhere or see everything.  We do rely on our community partners to identify issues that need to be addressed. Thank you for joining together in supporting the Stamford Community at large during this horrific health emergency. Thank you.Respectfully,Ted JankowskiDirector of Public Safety, Health & WelfareW 203-977-4151

Sunday Eucharist Is Canceled

Sunday Eucharist Is Canceled

St. John's Church
Dear Parish Family:
Given the ever changing landscape connected to the spread of the Coronavirus, and upon the recommendation of our Bishops in the ECCT, the Vestry and Clergy of Saint John’s Church have canceled all worship services until Sunday March 29th. In addition to this, the parish office will be closed for the foreseeable future, and most of our staff will be working from home. All group activity at Saint John’s Church is canceled until further notice; this also applies to outside groups and ministries using our facilities. Social distancing is being encouraged for everyone, in order to curb the spread of COVID -19. 
Fr. Sandy, and I will be available should anyone need urgent pastoral care, and support. I will be working with Fr. Sandy, and Sean Jackson, to explore media options to keep us all connected in prayer, and faithful service to our Lord. This is a new experience for all of us, but we are a people of faith, the Body of Christ, and during this time of Lent, we will make our desert journey with our eyes placed on the time of Resurrection to come. We will get through this worldwide pandemic sustained by our faith, and prudent choices. 
During this time of uncertainty, please check our FB page, website, and E-Blasts, for updates. E-Blasts will be forthcoming with updated news. For those who can only be reached by telephone, we ask that you make this known by calling Ms. Kathy McBride, our Parish Administrator, at the church. The parish telephone number is (203) 348-2619. If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message, we will get back to you. 
Let’s all keep ourselves in prayer. The following prayer is most appropriate:
Dear God:
In this time of uncertainty and fear, help us be love, mercy, and peace for ourselves and for others as we face coronavirus in the Unites States and around the world.
Help us hold close in our hearts those who have died, and their loved ones who mourn them.
Those who are sick or are trying to seek medical care.
Those who don’t have paid sick leave, benefits, or job security.
Those whose schools have closed and don’t have access to food, safe homes, or technology.
Those can’t travel to be with loved ones who are ill or dying.
Those who are facing discrimination and harassment because of their ethnicity.
Those who are struggling with loneliness during this time of social isolation.
Those who are frightened and losing hope.
Help us find joy, however small it seems.
Help us remain hopeful.
Help us remember that “All shall be well, for there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.” Amen.
In closing, I have every confidence that we as a parish family will get through this pandemic, reflecting the ever shining face of the Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be upon us, as we face this challenging time.
In the Love of our Lord,
The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez
The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez
Priest In Charge (PPIC)
Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford, CT.
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received–only what you have given.”
~ Francis of Assisi
“My life is but a fraction of a nanosecond in Eternity, and even that’s an illusion.”
~ Wilfredo Benitez

Raising Children of Faith – Guest Preacher and Workshop – February 23

Sunday, February 23 – 10:15 a.m. worship + workshop
St. John’s sanctuary and library

Tain Gregory was present in his third-grade classroom on the morning of the Sandy Hook shootings. As part of the healing process for the community after the tragedy Tain was asked, “What’s the most important thing in the world to you?” His mother expected an answer about a video game or Pokémon trading card. Tain thinks for a moment then answers with one word. “God.” Taking the events of that tragic day, but also the years preceding it, and the days of recovery and healing that followed, Sophfronia and Tain share stories, experiences, and ideas to help parents get to the heart of the question: How do you help a child have faith — real faith that they own — in the challenging world we live in today?

Tain will be preaching on the lectionary during worship. Afterwards, Tain and Sophfronia will lead a workshop in the library about raising children of faith. Make a plate at coffee hour and come join! Please let me know if you and your children will join us!

6th Annual Stephen Clapp Memorial Concert

Mark your calendars for St. John’s first concert of the new decade! The 6th Annual Stephen Clapp Memorial Concert!
The featured soloists for this beloved series are Jordan Hendy, violinist and former student of Stephen Clapp, and Sanae Kodaira, cellist, both Juilliard trained. They will be accompanied by Eduard Laurel on piano.
More information to follow in the new year but spread the word and we look forward to seeing you there!