Enjoy a good read? How about a good discussion about what you've read? You can find both at meetings of the St. John's Book Group!
The group will meet next on September 13 at 4:30 pm; location TBA. The book for discussion: Carol Anderson's White Rage:
From the end of the Civil War to our combustible present, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.
Need more details? Keep an eye on the St. John's Eblast newsletter (which you can subscribe to below) as we get closer to the date, or reach out to group organizer Christine Watts.
Ready to get back inside the church for in-person worship? We discovered from our recent survey that most of you want to know what the plan is first. You're not the only ones: as we shared back in May, the Diocese also required us to put together a plan for returning to worship in our sanctuary. With your input, and the hard work of the Worship committee, and all of our clergy, wardens, and vestry, we've created that plan.
Keep in mind that, at this point, this is only a plan: the Bishop has put in-person worship back on hold until September 1st because of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area. Once we start to see hopeful signs that the coronavirus is in check, we'll be in touch about putting this plan into action.
Read through the document below; if you have questions, feel free to bring them up during coffee hour, or by emailing or calling members of the clergy and/or vestry. We're all happy to discuss it with you. If you have trouble downloading or opening the document, email Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also has a photo collection from our event: take a look!
Earlier this afternoon, members of the St. John's congregation and clergy gathered with neighbors, other priests and deacons, and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson, to pray and reflect together about the use of St. John's - Lafayette Square (Washington, DC), as a political backdrop earlier in the week. Both Bishop-elect Johnson, and the Revered Mike Angell of the Church of the Holy Communion (University City) spoke passionately about not only the events of the week, but also the larger cultural context framing the current unrest.
Thank you to all who attended. We hope this is the beginning of a long, hard, productive discussion.
Various members of the St. John's congregation contribute to this blog. For editorial suggestions, contact Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at email@example.com