St. John's News

A Call for Vestry Candidates

The Parish Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for this fall’s Vestry election. They are proposed for three-year terms beginning in January; five people are elected annually from slates of about eight to 10 people.

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New CYP Program Coordinator

The Community Youth Program is excited to announce that Grace Page has joined the organization. She is taking over the program coordinator position since Kenny Nguyen is pursuing his master’s degree at Radford University Carilion. Grace has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Roanoke College. She grew up in Roanoke and has been a part of CYP for several years as a volunteer and program assistant. She is so excited to continue her journey at CYP as program coordinator.

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Childcare Center at St. John's

We are excited to open up the Childcare Center again starting on Sunday June 6. It will be open during the 10 a.m. service. The following procedures will be in place to safeguard against COVID-19. They are subject to change.

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Worship Changes Beginning on June 6

In accordance with the new guidelines provided by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia, beginning Sunday, June 6, St. John’s will:

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National Cathedral Music Festival

St. John's Choir members Nancy Dixon, LeAta Jackson, and Belinda Clemens joined me in participating in the online Sacred Choral Music Festival at Washington National Cathedral the weekend of February 26-28.

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The Rev. Mary Mackin Announces Her Retirement

The Rev. Mary Mackin will retire on February 28, 2021

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Journey Through Lent

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Lent 2021

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January and February Offerings at St. John's

January and February Offerings at St. John's

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Join Me in Exploring Benedictine Spirituality and Yoga

By Melinda Emily Thomas I am delighted by the opportunity to spend time with you this January. On Sundays from 4-5 p.m. beginning on January 10, we will explore the balancing traditions of yoga and the Rule of St. Benedict over Zoom.

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Vestry Election Results

Below are the newly elected Vestry members from our December 8 Annual Parish Meeting: Ben Garden Lawrence McConnell Dawn Murray Nicole Terrill Lee Wilhelm We give God thanks for all our parish leaders! Please keep them in your prayers.

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God in the Garden

St. John's Episcopal Church Fall 2020

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Resources for Racial Reconciliation

The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is dedicated to confronting the sin of racism, understanding the nature of systemic racism, and working toward racial justice and healing in the name of Christ. The resources on this page are offered in support of clergy, lay leaders, and congregations. They are a starting place for the journey toward reconciliation.

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St. John's Regathering Guidelines

Starting June 21, St. John's will begin to offer in-person worship at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Sunday. These in-person services will be limited to no more than 70 people and require your advance registration. Congregants are asked to follow important guidelines detailed in the Regathering Guidelines below. Please read the guidelines carefully in order to ensure your safety and the safety of our whole congregation. Please note, our live-stream service will move to 9 a.m. and be without congregants. We encourage people to continue worship with us virtually from home, especially those who those in high-risk categories, including people over age 65.

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St. John's Summer 2020

Although it may look a little different this summer, there are still wonderful opportunities to be the church.

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Opportunities to Worship, Study, and Connect

Christ said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). There are many ways for the people of St. John's to gather during this Easter Season while we are physically apart. We can continue to be the church, celebrate the good news of Easter, and gather in Christ's name. Please consider these ways to intentionally grow together and in Christ's love. We invite you to participate in any of the following opportunities

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Morning Prayer, Rite II 10 a.m. YouTube Live Stream and Wednesday Prayer and Devotion Service

Join us for worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday and a Prayer and Devotion Service every Wednesday on our YouTube Channel.

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A Message from the Rector Regarding the Coronavirus

In response to Covid-19, I write to inform you how St. John’s is going to proceed in our life together at this time.

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Join the Kimoyo Ghana Mission Trip this Summer!

This is your opportunity to join members from St. John’s and Kingdom Life Ministries (both older youth and adults) as we travel to Ghana this summer.

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Journey Groups Return for the Spring!

Journey groups return for the spring. See the Winter/Spring Formation Booklet or contact the Rev. David Olson at dolson@stjohnsroanoke.org for more information or to sign up.

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St. John’s Welcomes Deb Neff as Financial Controller

Deb Neff, a native of Michigan, has joined the staff of St. John's Episcopal Church.

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New Vestry Members Announced for 2020

Every year, the vestry is tasked with reviewing issues of budget and facilities. In the coming year, we’ll be looking at solutions to fund facilities needs that we do not currently have resources for, so that we can maintain the church for decades to come, knowing that this building is vital not only to our own ministries and programs, but also to the community.

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Addressing the Financial Challenges of an Aging Facility

This article is the follow-up to last fall’s three-part series interview with David Tucker conducted by Carolyn H’Doubler about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.

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Addressing the Financial Challenges of an Aging Facility

This article is the third in a three-part series about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.

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Caring for Our Building, A Continuing Conversation

This article is the second in a three-part series about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.

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Stewardship: Community and Belonging

As I reflect on what St. John’s means to our family, two words come to mind: community and belonging.  ​​​​​​​When we moved to Roanoke almost eight years ago, finding a church was a top priority. Having previously attended very small churches, we were concerned that we may get lost in the crowd of a larger, more established congregation.

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Cara Modisett Farewell

This August, Cara Modisett began her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary as a postulant for priesthood in the Diocese of Southwest Virginia.

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About our service music this fall...

Some of you may have noticed a recent change in some of the service music at our 10 a.m. liturgy.

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Totally Baked Bread & Pastries

It has been an exciting time in Zebilla! On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Totally Baked Bread & Pastries made its first batch of bread. Thanks to a $12,500 grant, Kimoyo Ltd. (our ministry in Ghana) was able to help women in Zebilla open their very own bakery where they are offering three types of bread to start: white, wheat and tea.

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Community Youth Program Grants

The Community Youth Program (CYP) is proud to have recently received two grants to support our program. We were awarded $20,000 from the City of Roanoke- our largest donation yet from the City! CYP also received $9,697 in NAP credits (Neighborhood Assistance Program).

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Seeking Vestry Nominees for 2020

Every December, St. John's holds its annual meeting and votes new members to the vestry, nominated from the congregation.

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Welcoming a Robotic Guest: Pepper

Pepper the Robot took a break from his work with Roanoke County Public Library to visit St. John's in early May.

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Becoming Beloved Community: How You Can Help Rebuild

Members of a multiracial community group born out of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative and the Gainsboro Southwest Neighborhood Organization have begun a project to restore and rebuild in Roanoke's Gainsboro neighborhood.

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St. John’s Serving in the World

St. John's is practicing Epiphany - God in the world - this season in projects including our annual Rise Against Hunger pack and an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build.

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St. John's Music in Transition

David-Charles Campbell, minister of music for nearly 20 years, retired in February. Assistant Minister of Music Michael Milam has stepped in as interim while we move toward a national search.

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After 10 Years, the Raleigh Ringers Return

Practicing handbells at home between rehearsals isn’t quite the same as packing up a violin or a flute in its case. It more often requires substitutes – hairbrushes, spoons. Handbell ringers make music in ensemble, like an orchestra or a chorus, but in the case of handbells, the melody is built entirely note by note. Silence one bell, and you hear the gaps...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber: The Dodson Lecture Lowdown

Perhaps you’ve heard – the Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber is coming to St. John’s on Thursday, November 16! Seats will go fast, so here are the details...

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