c o n n e c t 01.05.23
 c o n n e c t GOD 

The Common Cup Beginning this Sunday, we will return to offering the common cup (the chalice) during communion at the 10am service. Prior to the pandemic, the common cup was a regular part of celebrating the eucharist. There is no evidence that you can contract COVID from consumption as it is a respiratory illness. It is considered safe, from a COVID perspective, to drink from the chalice. 

As we return to sharing the chalice, I want to offer some important points on this practice:

  • All may, none must. The church has always believed that receiving only the bread or only the wine is full communion. If you prefer to continue to only receive the bread that is fine. Everyone is welcome to drink from the chalice, and everyone is also free to receive only the bread. Do whatever feels right for your own experience of communion.
  • Intinction is no longer permitted. Intinction is the act of dipping the bread into the chalice and then consuming the bread with wine on it. It has been scientifically proven that drinking from the chalice is safer than intinction. This is because people’s fingers often touch the wine during intinction which is more likely to transfer germs to the chalice than drinking from the chalice. You won’t get covid from the chalice, but intinction increases your chance of getting something else. For this reason, you may only drink directly from the chalice. This is a big change for many who are used to intinction. If you don’t want to drink from the chalice, simply take the consecrated bread only.
  • If you do not wish to receive the consecrated wine from the chalice simply walk past the Eucharistic Minister with the chalice, or cross your arms over your chest in front the Eucharistic Minister and they will offer only the words for receiving the chalice. This is a way of spiritually receiving or acknowledging the chalice without drinking from it. It is a common practice for those who do not consume alcohol.
  • Help guide the chalice to your mouth
  • We have been sharing the chalice at the 9am service and it has gone well. More people drink from the chalice than I thought would and it is no problem for those who skip it.

I am excited to begin offering the common cup again in our worship at the 10am service. The common cup will return to the 8am service only if we get volunteer Eucharistic Ministers for that service. Again, only receive from the chalice if you want to. There is no judgement or preference here, only an option for those who wish to receive both the bread and the wine. Please let me know if you have any questions about our return to the common cup. 

The Rev. Chris Rankin-Williams, Rector
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Pastoral Note: The funeral for Mary Amonette is Saturday, January 28 at 2pm.

 c o n n e c t FAITH

Worship (inside)
9am: Family Worship (Held on the lawn, weather permitting, or in the Parish Hall.)

Worship (in-person & live stream)
Sunday School for children
Sunday School for youth 

Bible Study (Zoom)

7:30am: Christian Meditation (Zoom)
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One TUESDAY a Month
Dinner Church in the Parish Hall (1/17, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11)

2nd SATURDAYS of the Month
8am: Men's Group 
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Parish Annual Meetings: Sunday, January 29 After the 10am service all are invited to the Parish Hall for the annual meeting. This gathering is an opportunity to hear from the senior warden, reactor and review the financials and budget with the treasurer. A new vestry class is also elected by the congregation. All are invited to attend


 c o n n e c t GIVING

Annual Fund 2023 St. John’s is so grateful for your stewardship this year. This year we are asking for your support of our Annual Fund 2023 – ‘Connect to God through Stewardship.’  You can give online or make a commitment. Your contribution makes a great impact on the financial stability and security of our parish. Please consider increasing your commitment by 10% to help us pay for higher operational costs caused by inflation as well as support of our vibrant parish programs. You can also go beyond that amount if you are able, increasing your commitment to God through Stewardship.

Please give online or make a commitment. Your generous financial contributions will join with the other 295 pledging families making our one million dollar Annual Fund 2023 goal a reality.

Many blessings for a peaceful, prosperous and happy 2023! For assistance, please contact Lee Steward, Director of Stewardship via email or at 415.456.11023, x117.

 c o n n e c t COMMUNITY
Update: Marin Organizing Community On November 13th St. John's hosted the Marin Organizing Committee first Civic Academy on living wages for caregivers after the 10 am service. 32 attended the event with 8 from St John's. Kol Shofar, Rodef Shalom, St Anselm's, First Presbyterian San Anselmo, Hillside Church, the Marin Center for Independent Living, In Spirit Marin and others joined us too. We listened to stories from caregivers and families using caregivers, and learned the practical facts of the system on that Sunday. I am so grateful St. John's is part of this interfaith organization, sharing issues affecting our communities, and taking action around these issues.

MOC decided to delve deeper into the issues of aging and disabilities because it was so often in the stories of Marin residents - both the receivers of care and the IHHS (in-home health services) workers. While people qualify to receive care, the caregiver is compensated at $16.85/hour, far below a living wage for Marin County or the bay area. The discrepancy keeps people out of the field in this area because they cannot provide for themselves or their family in this line of work despite the demand. Also a care receiver is often faced with boosting that wage out of their own pocket in order to employ the worker in our county. At this point MOC is simply getting the word out and advocating for the people to let their county officials know this issue is affecting an increasing number in our county. 

I take away from the event understanding this is a moral and also a practical issue. I attended the next civic academy at Kol Shofar and will attend the next one. Each is better than the last and I learn more. 
St Raphael's Catholic Church is hosting the next one on January 8th, 1:30 - 3pm. This will be a great opportunity to be part of a larger, diverse group. I hope to see you there!

Register for the January 8th event hereLearn more about Marin Organizing Committee here.

Karen Petterson, St. John's Vestry Member
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 c o n n e c t CHILDREN
Sunday School @ 10AM. We will resume our Sunday School class this coming Sunday after a holiday break.  We will have a combined class in the Fireside Room @ 10AM.  Kids from preschool to 5th grade are welcomed.

Download the Children’s Worship Bulletin for 3+ years old and 7+years old. Free online game included. Secret code to unlock the game: GGFW13. This Worship Bulletin is updated every week.
 c o n n e c t YOUTH
Click here for our Spring 2023 Youth Calendar

Sunday Morning Youth Group We meet at the 10 am service – 6th-12th grade in the Youth Room. Join us for doughnuts and good chats. 

Sunday Evening Youth Group We meet from 5:00-6:30 pm on Sunday evenings. Join us for games, chatting, crafts, service projects, and more! Dinner is provided.

Evening Youth Group Dinner Volunteers We need volunteers to provide dinner for Evening Youth Group as we enter Spring 2023 of our program year. Sign up here
Your help is always appreciated!

Confirm Not Conform Our next meeting is this Sunday, January 8th. In this class – titled “Believe It or Not” – we will be learning about the Nicene Creed and writing our own group creed.
 Our meetings are at 12 pm on Sunday mornings in the Youth Room and typically last around an hour.

Navajo Nation High School Youth Trip 2023 Join us for our next incredible High School Trip as we journey into the heart of Navajo Nation from June 11th to 17th. This trip is open to rising high school freshmen through 2023 high school graduates and costs around $1500 per person.*

For more information, please contact Maggie Doyle, Youth Minister or Sign Up here 
*Scholarships available 

Youth Group on Instagram Follow Youth Group St. John's at _y_g_s_j_ 
 c o n n e c t MUSIC
This Sunday's Music The anonymous words song "Down to the River" were first published in a collection from 1867 entitled Slave Songs of the United States. The published words were "Down in the Valley," and the tune was somewhat different than what is sung here today. In some traditions, the words "to the river" are sung as "in the river." The song became extremely popular a few years ago as it was featured in the film O, Brother, Where Art Thou?

Eugene Hancock attended the University of Detroit where he studied music, and then went on to the University of Michigan for a M. Mus. degree, and later earned the Doctorate in Sacred Music from Union Seminary in New York City. Hancock was a professor of music at Manhattan Community College and held positions in a number of churches in the city, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and St. Phillip's. From 1984-1990, Hancock was Director of Music at West End Presbyterian Church.

The text of “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” comes from the fifth century Greek Liturgy of St. James. It is known as a “Cherubic Hymn,” which would have been sung at the Presentation of Gifts (the Offertory). It was translated to English in the 19th Century and metricized by Gerald Moultrie for the second edition of Lyra Eucharistica, Hymns and Poems on the Holy Eucharist. The tune PICARDY comes from a book of French folksongs, Chansons Populaires des Provinces de France, published in 1860. The famous English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) paired it with this text for the English Hymnal (1906), and the text and tune have been inseparable since that time.

The St. John’s Choir sings weekly at the 10 AM Sunday service, as well as special services for the Christmas and Easter seasons. This warm and welcoming group sings repertoire from all periods and many different styles, from plainchant to polyphony, from Handel to Hairston. While there is no audition required to join, it is hoped that members are able to read music well enough to find their way around a musical score. Rehearsals take place Thursday evenings from 7:15 PM until 9 PM.

The St. John’s Choristers welcome all children ages 6 through 12 into the program. No prior musical experience is necessary and there is no audition to join. Currently, the Choristers rehearse on Sundays at 11:15 AM (or just after the 10 AM service) for about a half-hour to forty-five minutes. We learn the basics of reading music, as well as develop a Sunday morning repertoire through rote learning, which includes hymns, chants, and rounds.
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