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August 12, 2020

Dear friends in Christ,

I want to give you an update from the church offices.  We don’t get a chance to see each other as much as we might want, and with recent events, that time has become even more limited.

I wonder if all this points out how our lives have changed, and our moods as well.  Some of us have become more entrenched in our homes, and trips to the grocery store or visits to friends, or larger gatherings are met with trepidation.  Do you wonder, even as I do, if living in fear will be woven into our DNA?  On the other hand there are those who seem capable of dismissing the warnings and moving forward as if all will be fine.  These are not character flaws to be judged.  They simply reflect how we are wired differently.  It is what makes living together in community both challenging and joyful.

All this is to say that as a congregation, I hope we can follow a course that will offer a safe place where we celebrate God’s love among us.  That has meant being fluid to the events as they arise.  When a member of our congregation contracted COVID, we shut down our Sunday services.  We hope to resume on September 6 with another outdoor Eucharist.  We are monitoring how COVID is moving in the upper Midwest and the state of Wisconsin.  As the numbers change, the vestry and I, together with the diocese and health department, will respond accordingly.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for all to keep up by reading your mail, or electronic mail. 

Be it St John’s, or the many school districts, or other institutions in life, we all need to ask how we move forward.  As a Church, we do not have the option to simply close down until it is over.  We must continue to press on the Kingdom, we must continue to make Christ present for each other and the world.  Maybe the traditional vehicles for doing this are not available, and that includes the regular Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.  But we can and must pray together and find ways to open our arms to those who feel alone or lost in this time. 

With that in mind, I am asking the vestry to reflect on how we build upon what we have done thus far during the COVID season.  How do we use Zoom, Constant Contact, Websites, email, mailings through the Postal service to build a new culture for worshiping, fellowship, and stewardship of each other and our world?  How do we encourage and engage all people in this journey of life and love?  I ask you to consider this as well.

There is no map to all this.  But there is a vision – to restore all people to unity with God and each other.  To paraphrase Paul, nothing can keep us from doing this, not even COVID.  With faith in God, love for all, and the imagination to find new ways to live and walk with God and each other, we can do this.  Together!

In Christ,

Fr David

The YouTube link for the online Service is listed on this page and under ‘Sunday Prayer Service’ on the left side of this page. The Prayer Service is also now seen on channel 3 on Solarus and channel 985 on Charter at 10 p.m. Sundays.

We will be offering a Zoom Evening Prayer Service on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Please contact the office if you would like to join us. 715-423-2332 or via email: stjohnschurch@wctc.net All are welcome to join us.

For those of you who have been participating in coffee hour via Zoom, or would like to, coffee hour is now at 11 a.m.

Please click the link below for the Prayer Service for Pentecost 11, August 16th, 2020, from St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI., Fr. David Klutterman, Priest-in-Charge. Link will be available for viewing on Sunday Morning.

https://youtu.be/nWJubKBmIMQ

Please click the link below for the Prayer Service for Pentecost 10, August 9th, 2020, from St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI., Fr. David Klutterman, Priest-in-Charge.

https://youtu.be/vdRUQ1vONnk

With the resumption of in person Sunday Services, if you are not planning on attending, click on the link above or the Sunday Prayer Service link to the left to view a YouTube video of the Sunday Service, and the previous Sunday Service.

The Diocese of Fond du Lac: https://www.diofdl.org/ has two congregations who are also live streaming Sunday Eucharists, The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Fond du Lac: fdlcathedral.org and St Thomas in Menasha: stthomaswi.com  Please following their links if you wish to join their Service.

Annual Meeting Voting Results are listed under the heading ‘What’s Going on at St. John’s’ at the top of the Homepage.

Virtual History Class!!

Our Virtual History class on Zoom has ended. We are currently looking at options for another class in the near future. Please check back here for further updates.

If you would like more information about St. John’s, please call the office at: 715-423-2332 or email at stjohnschurch@wctc.net. If you would like to be included on our mailing list, either email or snail mail, please call the office at the above number. During this time of social distancing, please call the office rather than going to the office. If no one answers, please leave a detailed message. Thank you.

The Chapel will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for personal prayer. Please enter the Chapel from the door on Grand Avenue and please observe social distancing guidelines.

Join us for our virtual Sunday Coffee Hour on Zoom!

Bring your coffee, and follow the simple instructions (they really are simple), and join in a conversation with Fr David and others from St John’s on Sunday mornings. Please contact church office: stjohnschurch@wctc.net for instructions on how to join us.

Our Mission: Welcoming, Worshiping, Serving, and Growing Together in Christ Our Lord!

Office: 715.423.2332 Email: stjohnschurch@wctc.net

Last Updated: August 14th, 2020

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