Worship Sundays at 8.15 am and at 10.30 am during the school year, starting again on September 17. Sunday School is at 9.10 am during the school year and will start again on September 17.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
September 20: 9th grade confirmation begins
September 23: Blood Drive
September 24: Reformation 500 Celebration: Organ Concert
September 28: Bible Study begins
October 7: Blessing of the Animals
October 11: 7th/8th grade confirmation begins
October 13: Midnight Run
October 22: Reformation 500 Celebration: Brandenburg Concert
October 29: 9th grade Confirmation & Special Reformation Service
Give Blood at St. John’s On September 23
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and new donors are needed. Your donation can save up to three lives! To schedule an appointment to donate, go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: St. Johns. Walk-ins are also welcome!
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the Life of Martin Luther September 24, October 22 and October 29
Please join us on September 24 at 4 pm for the first of two special concerts celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; featuring solo organ and piano music, played by our Music Director, Matthew O. Thomas, choral selections sung by St. John’s Choir, and chamber music. The program will also include the Hallelujah chorus from Händel’s Messiah.
In our continuing celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we will sponsor the Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach on October 22 at 4 pm. Our own Kurt Coble is producing this performance that requires a small orchestra. This music is revered as one of the finest works of J.S. Bach. It is a must-see, let alone hear.
A third part of our celebration will be on Reformation Sunday, October 29, when we will lift up reformer Martin Luther in a very special way. There will be great music for this occasion, a special liturgy emphasizing the themes in Luther’s life, and there will be an actual visit to our church by Luther himself. You will not want to miss this Sunday.
Blessing of the Animals Saturday, October 7 @ 11am
We will have the New Rochelle Humane Society joining us with a few of their furry friends as well as Pet Rescue. We are asking all attendees to please bring any of the following to donate to the Society: old towels, blankets, dog/cat beds, leashes, canned/dry cat food & dog food, toys or a monetary contribution. After the blessing enjoy cookies, cake and a beverage. We look forward to seeing everyone participate in this very fun event – with or without an animal friend. Kids and adults love it! Contact Dorothea Ferri at email@example.com for more info.
Midnight Run Friday, October 13
- Lots of cleaned and washed clothing – mostly men’s, but also women’s, no children’s – suitable for the colder months. Please bring the clothes in plastic bags.
- Men’s underwear
- Men’s socks
- People and vehicles for the Run
- Personal care items such as small bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, etc.
- Boxes for storing sorted clothing
- Large pot of hearty soup or chili
- Volunteers to sort clothing and pack all items
- Lunches on the day of the Run – sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, fresh whole fruit, juice boxes and a treat as well as a snack
Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission. Without volunteers the Midnight Run would never happen. We always look for volunteers of our own community of faith to help with the Run, be it by giving supplies, helping sort clothes and toiletries before the Run, or going on the Run. Please contact Marc Schlueter at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions and let him know how you can help.
St. John’s Is Having a Reformation 500 Bookstore! October 8 and 15
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles.
Stop by the Fellowship Hall on October 8 and 15 during coffee hour to get fascinating books on the Reformation for you and your family.
Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA and Sparkhouse. The books will include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a graphic novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.
Book Club Tuesday, October 17 @ 7 pm
Our book is the non-fiction The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This book tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine… (from Amazon)
This promises to be a very interesting read. Check it out and join us on the 17th!
Synod-wide Reformation 500 Service November 1 – doors open 5.30 pm Cathedral of St. John the Divine
If you want to go, you need to sign up at MNYS.org/November1. You can also participate in the mass choir, which includes a rehearsal on October 13 at 7:30pm and arrival on November 1 at 2pm. Deadline for sign-up is October 1. See details at registration. We need drivers for shared rides.