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!

St. John’s to host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner

With great joy, community volunteers from many faiths will again prepare and host the Stamford Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28, 2019, hosted this year by St. John’s Church.

We welcome not only those without the financial means or physical capability to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner but also anyone who would like to celebrate this holiday with others. We only ask for a reservation as a guide for planning quantities. There is no charge. 

If you would like to donate your time or make a contribution to this event, we would be pleased to have your assistance. Please visit the website at fccstamford.org/thanksgiving for further details on how to donate. Please call 203-323-0200 for information about donations, or see Kathi Bacchi for any other questions.

Thank you for your help to extend this spirit of Thanksgiving to others in our Community. 

Vigil For School Safety and End to Gun Violence

The Vigil for School Safety and an End To Gun Violence sponsored by the Episcopal Churches of Stamford, was an inspirational event this past Sunday in Latham Park.  Many speakers from our interfaith community, including our own Fr. Sandy, Fr. Wilfredo, and Fr Mark Lingle gave important voice to the emotions we have all felt in the recent aftermath of violence in our country.  Senator Blumenthal, our Mayor, and other officials attended and spoke.  About 250 people from the community came out to hear words of comfort, inspiration and motivation. Among others, Moms Demand Action and CT Against Gun Violence supported and participated in this event. Thank you to all St John’s parishioners who supported this event, and the successful school supply collection for Domus.    

Kathi Bacchi

A Prayer from Bishop Steven Charleston

Dear Parish Family:
 
Some 80 lives were violently taken from us this past weekend, lives lost to racial hatred, and home grown terrorism. Most of us are numb and in disbelief that a poisonous cancer such as this has spread through-out the land. We grieve and mourn for lives taken. I ask that we join Bishop Steven Charleston, in the following prayer that comes to us from the Native American/Indigenous Ministries of the Episcopal Church:
 
“Come now Spirit of power, come now quickly and seize this moment. The conscience of our nation teeters on the edge of change. Old wounds between us have opened. Deep divisions have been revealed. We are stunned by the cost of our own behavior. Now is the time. Now is an historic opportunity for love. Pull prejudice from us like a poison. Draw out the fear that breeds our racism. Open our eyes to behold our common humanity. Silence the justifications and the denials before they begin and keep our eyes fixed firmly on the prize, not on the politics. Come Spirit from all four sacred directions, from every color and culture, come and use this sorrowful moment for good. Heal our racism now.” – The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
 
Healing and Grace to us in this dark hour,
 
The Rev. Wilfredo Benítez 
Priest In Charge (PPIC)

Community Thrift Shop coming to St. John’s

All are welcome to our new Community Thrift Shop located in St John’s International Room, across from the back parking lot. The grand opening is July 13th and will be open every Saturday from 10:00-3:00. Our Community Thrift Shop is an Interfaith Outreach of Stamford that welcomes members of the community to come by and explore our wide range of clothing, jewelry, and housewares available at low cost. Great shopping bargains abound! Proceeds from the Thrift Shop go to local, national, and international charities. Donations for the Thrift Shop are not needed at this time. Thank you and hope to see you there!