LENT MADNESS begins February 15
This online devotion pits 32 saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season. You’ll be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.
To participate, follow the St. John’s Facebook page to read about each matchup and cast your votes. View the updated bracket each Sunday at coffee hour, or pick up a personal scorecard in the Gathering Space to play along at home.
For more information, contact coordinators Keith Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ailsa Schmidt at email@example.com.
LENT READ: Godric by Frederick Buechner
At St. John’s this Lent we are focusing on Listening Deeply to the stories of our fellow parishioners—the saints among us—just as we are also focusing in on the stories of the Saints of our great tradition.
This Pulitzer Prize–nominated novel tells the story of the twelfth-century English holy man seeking to purify his life of pride and vanity. We hope you will read along and find inspiration in this beautiful tale of an ordinary and saintly life.
Copies are available to pick up at the back of the church. A free-will offering to offset the cost is appreciated, but not required.
LENT MOVIE SERIES: Superheroes and Saints | Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm, February 21—March 21
Youth and adults are all invited to come together for dinner and discussion. Have you ever wondered what Iron Man has in common with Augustine and St. Francis? Or why Wonder Woman has a lot in common with Joan of Arc and Lydia (of the purple cloth in Acts 16:12-15)? Well, even if you haven’t pondered these great mysteries that connect our Christian tradition of the communion of saints to our modern day superheroes, come have some fun, watch some great movies, learn a bit, eat together, and share some stories at the Lenten movie series, where we will discuss these connections. By the way, pondering these great mysteries is how Julie Luna spends a great deal of her time…come and find out why this is so much fun!
For more information, contact Julie Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jean Hansen at email@example.com.
LENT FAITH FORMATION HOUR: Sundays at 9am in the Fireside Room
February 18 & 25: The Nicene Creed
March 4, 11, 18, & 25: Listening to the Saints
By popular demand, the first 2 Sundays in Lent will extend the class on the Nicene Creed. The final 4 Sundays will offer a primer on the theology of sainthood in the Episcopal Church, followed by in-depth stories of Saints, both historic and contemporary (such as Martin Luther King, Jr.), exploring their inspiring but also deeply human experiences. Youth and adults welcome.
BASICS CLASSES | Sundays, March 4—April 29 at 11:30am
New members, those preparing for a sacrament, and anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge, join us for this 8-week series about Christianity, Anglicanism, the Bible, and discipleship. Lunch is served. The Basics Classes are anything but “basic” and will engage both the heart and the mind so that we might deepen our faith and draw closer to the One who is its source. To participate, RSVP to Lea Anne Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SERVE AT FIRST NATIONS KITCHEN | Sunday, March 4 with shifts available between 1:30-7:30pm
We are called to be in relationship with others by sharing our stories and listening deeply. Serving at First Nations Kitchen gives us an opportunity to fulfill this call. To participate, contact Margaret Thor at email@example.com.