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Weekly E-News – September 18, 2018

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Medical Leave for Cancer Treatment
Joining those of you who have battled cancer.

Dear Friends at Saint John’s

This past Summer, on July 25, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry (left), announced by letter that he would be undergoing prostate cancer surgery on July 31. He asked for prayers and suggested that he would be away from his duties for as much as six weeks, meaning he hoped to be back to work in September.

 

I was paying attention to Bishop Curry’s announcement because earlier in July, my PSA spiked and I had a prostate biopsy to see if there was cancer in the gland. One motivation was the fact that my Grandfather died of prostate cancer and family history is a strong predictor. So on the same day that Bishop Curry was undergoing surgery, I was hearing from my doctor that I did, indeed have a strong case of prostate cancer. Subsequent scans and imaging tests indicated that it had not spread beyond the gland.
 
Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 5.54.21 PMThere are two treatment options for the stage of prostate cancer
that I have, either two months of radiation therapy, or removal of the prostate, called a prostatectomy. After quite a bit of consulting with doctors, with friends who have undergone prostate treatment, and with family, I have elected to have the cancer removed. The procedure will take place at one of our best Philadelphia hospitals on October 2. I am hoping to be back to work the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

 

Fortunately, our pension fund has a generous short-term disability plan for active clergy. This will allow the parish to increase Rev. Jill’s work-days at Saint John’s, and to hire some guest preachers to serve with her, during the two months that I am on medical leave. The vestry has been working with me since August to be sure that this time goes well, that the church thrives during this important part of the program year and that the time away will be a healing journey for me.

 

In over thirty-three years of ministry since seminary, I have seen many parishioners be diagnosed with various cancers. I have seen many healed or cured. I have known some who have eventually died. Through it all, I have been seen their shock or bewilderment, their determination, their courage, their tenacity and their faith. I have seen them pulled between the need for intense privacy to concentrate on cure, balanced by the need for support and prayer from family, friends and church community. I have seen the mental and spiritual clarity that cancer brings. So now, its my turn to travel with them.

 

I’ll be with you at Saint John’s for two more Sundays, September 23 and 30. During the week, as many of you know, there will be lots of planning and preparation for surgery and for being out of work for 8 weeks for healing and recovery. I trust that during my absence you’ll support Rev. Jill and your fellow church leaders with your presence in our worshiping community, your encouragement and your prayers. The church has its mission and ministry to do.

 

Bishop Curry? Yes, he was back to work in mid-September, saying in a September 10 statement that he was “slowly but surely working my way back into the work I love to do.” He thanked everyone for their prayers. And I ask you for your prayers for me.
Blessings,

 

Fr. John

 

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Contact Information
Address:
 
576 Concord Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-459-2994

 

Rector:
The Rev. Dr. John T. Sorensen: 
Email
Cell Phone: 610-389-9278
Assistant Rector:
The Rev. Jill M. LaRoche Wikel:
Email
Music Ministry:
Jessica Villante
Email

Organist:

Greg Rettew

Sunday School Director:
Margaret Hatcher:
Email

Parish Secretary:

Jane Russell,
Email
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Brothers and Sisters at Saint John’s:

Welcome back!

The new program year begins this Sunday at Saint John’s! We are back to our Three-Service worship schedule. Sunday School registration is underway. Our Rally-Day ministry fair is being planned.

The new Program Year, which begins Sunday and continues to Memorial Day, 2019, has these features. Rev. Jill & I are back, leading worship together, taking turns preaching week over week. We have three worship services: The 8am service is quiet and the shortest, with traditional liturgy and no music. The 9:15 liturgy has easier-to-sing music, with parts of the liturgy shortened to be child-friendly and a special childrens’ chapel for young ones to go out during the sermon. It ends in time for dismissal to 10:15 Sunday school and Fellowship hour.

During the 10:15  fellowship hour, one or more of the following events happen simultaneously: Sunday School Classes, Youth Group, Coffee Hour, Adult Education & Choir Rehearsal for 11am.  11 o’clock service-goers often come early for fellowship, choir or adult ed, often joined by parents from 9:15 whose children are in Sunday School. On this Rally Sunday, all the action is in Coffee Fellowship Hour, when parents can sign up their children for Sunday School which starts next week, or learn about many of the ministries at Saint John’s who will have an information table in the Parish Hall.

The 11 o’clock liturgy is more formal than the 9:15 and includes a choir and more traditional music and hymns. It lasts just over an hour

Among the groups and ministries you can learn about on Rally Sunday are youth group, Sunday adult education, Sunday School, the Music Program, the Ladies Literary Fellowship (which starts this Sunday afternoon, the Women’s Spiritual Fulfillment Group (Monday Evenings, Monthly) annual Auction Committee team (Saturday, November 3) the Property Committee, the Capital Campaign construction project,  the Pastoral Care Committee, Altar Guild, Men’s Breakfast and Thursday Women’s supper group. All these groups — and more — have been preparing for a blessed new fall program year at Saint John’s! All of these ministries have room for more members, and most have meetings scheduled for the next few weeks.

If you ever wonder when an event is happening at Saint John’s, just visit our Google Calendar at our web page,  www.saintjohnsconcord.com.   Its as up to date as we can be, and Jane is constantly updating it as events are added or changed in the church. And speaking of the web site, we have resumed work on it and will be finishing it off this fall. Karen Donnelly will be our content manager, keeping the site up to date.

Rev. Jill, who has been off for much of the Summer, is preaching this Sunday. I will be leading worship. Both of us will be around to welcome you back on Rally Sunday!

The lessons for this Sunday continue themes from the summer. The Letter of James, full of practical advice for church-going Christians, today addresses the blessings and curses that come from our tongues! James writes, “but no one can tame the tongue– a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.” If we add our communication from texts, emails, facebook and Tweets, we can guess that not much has changed over 2,000 years!  And in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples that Christian living has its sacrifices and challenges, writing, “”If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me!”

I hope you’ll be there with Rev. Jill and me to explore these stories at 8, 9:15 or 11am this Sunday, September 16. And join us for Rally Sunday at Coffee Hour!

Rev. John

Fall Programming has begun! 
Pastoral Care and WSFG began  Monday, September 10! 
 

The Women’s Literary Fellowship group begins Sunday, September 16 reading the book,
“A Hundred Small Lessons” by Ashley Hay. This Month’s meeting is at 3pm at the Young home, 7 James Hayward Rd Glen Mills.

 
Remember The Three-Service Worship schedule has begun, at 8, 9:15 & 11am this 
Sunday, September 16!
See the details on our Google Calendar (Click Here!)
Parish Hall Courtyard Construction Update:
Come see our construction progress!
Come see the progress of our ministry space construction!
 
Update: The Courtyard addition has a high peaked roof, so that rain will properly shed onto the existing roofs below. This means that there is a large attic space (photo above) which will make an excellent second floor space for classrooms or meeting rooms. At this time, there is not the funding to complete the finishes of the attic space, so it will be used for storage for the time being.

 

On the first floor of the courtyard construction, the ceiling is under construction, which is also the floor of the large second floor area (photo left). A stairway is under construction in the photo at left, allowing easy access to the second floor. A second stairwell will be constructed as well to meet code requirements for “egress”  in public buildings.
There is not the funding available to complete this whole project, so the plan has been to complete the project in phases, stopping when the cash runs out, and restarting when more giving is available from parishioners. With your help, we will have the new bathrooms, and the multi-purpose room, complete by November.
Outreach and Mission
Guatemala Volcano Relief  
The Diocese of Pennsylvania, through its churches like Saint John’s, raised over $5,000 for volcano relief. A check was sent to the Diocese of Guatemala. Thank you for your part in supporting this effort!.  You may also give online by clicking here.  
 
Guatemala Mission Trip veterans Fr. John, Burt and Mary Pay Lynam joined Bishop Gutierrez at annual Guatemala Mission Committee potluck dinner held Monday, June 4th at 6:00 at St. David’s, Radnor.
St. Mary’s Food Cupboard
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Chester hosts a weekly food distribution. Saint John’s is one of several Episcopal Parishes that donates food, and joins in the distribution each Thursday. There’s a collection bin in the church entryway, you are encouraged to place food items there!

 

Please double bag your donations.   
Contact John Keenan if you wish to join the delivery group, on the 1st or 3rd Thursday of any month.

 

Contact Information
Address:
 
576 Concord Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-459-2994

 

Rector:
The Rev. Dr. John T. Sorensen: 
Email
Cell Phone: 610-389-9278
Assistant Rector:
The Rev. Jill M. LaRoche Wikel:
Email
Music Ministry:
Jessica Villante
Email

Organist:

Greg Rettew

Sunday School Director:
Margaret Hatcher:
Email

Parish Secretary:

Jane Russell,
Email

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