Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Adult Forum: 9:00 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel. Apocalyptic Literature. Isaiah 24-27, 56-66, Zechariah 9-14, Daniel 7-12. Apocalyptic literature is a combination of a variety of other literatures.  From the prophets it takes the idea of the concern to inculcate moral values and that God is active in history.  From wisdom literature it takes speculation on the universe.  It raises questions of theodicy.  From novels it pulls from characters that somehow come to terms with their existence. 

High Seas Expedition VBS Starts Today: Come sail with us through Acts!  VBS will be held this week beginning today from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. through Wednesday, July 18th. We will have a light supper, storytelling, and various activities for children ages 3-13, and an adult forum for parents/other interested adults. 

Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park: The City of Hagerstown is building the Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park including a statue to him on East Baltimore Street near the synagogue.  The park is a memorial to Thomas Kennedy, (1776-1832), a Hagerstown-Washington County legislator who sponsored the so-called “Jew Bill,” which extended to Jews the same rights and privileges enjoyed by all Christians in the State of Maryland.  Kennedy, a Presbyterian himself, actually did not even know any Jews at the time he sponsored the bill, but he was offended that the constitution of Maryland required that individuals must be Christian to hold public office. It took an eight-year fight before the bill was passed in the state legislature, but Kennedy persisted, insisting that religion was "a question which rests, or ought to rest, between man and his Creator alone."

The Service and Outreach Commission has recommended that Saint John's participate in a sponsorship drive, helping to build the tribute to religious freedom.  Depending on our collection level, Saint John's will be recognized in paver bricks, a marker or possibly a plaque.  If you are interested in donating, please provide a check to Saint John's with 'Kennedy Park' in the memo line.  Checks must be placed in the collection plate today.  Questions may be directed to Karla Davis or Bruce Massey. 

Food For The Poor: Please join us next Sunday, July 22nd, to hear The Reverend Bruce N. Torrey speak at both services about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  Father Torry will share personal witness about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another.  Father Torrey was ordained in 1981 for the Diocese of Connecticut.  Prior to preaching on behalf of Food For The Poor, Father Bruce servced as Rector for many parishes, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.  Please join us in welcoming Father Torrey.

AmazonSmile: Amazon's fourth-annual Prime Day is coming up on Tuesday, July 17 and will feature one-of-a-kind deals exclusively for Prime members. This is a great time to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate $.05% of the purchase price from eligible purchases to St Johns Parish Episcopal.  You must first visit smile.amazon.com, and select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping (please use the above bold title). Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to Saint John’s. You can change your charity any time. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.” Thank you for supporting Saint John’s.

Help Wanted:  Someone enthusiastic, fun, and patient who enjoys working with pre-teens and teens to train and surpervise the youth involved in the acolyte program. Would start in the fall with training happily provided during the transition. Please speak with Chad and Kristy Gross or Father Todd for more information.

Would You Like to Usher: Saint John’s is looking for two or three people who would be willing to be on an usher team. If interested see Mike Mummert or contact him at mmummert66@gmail.com.

Van Driver and/or Supervisor: We are in need van drivers and/or a Supervisor. This ministry provides transportation to who cannot get to Saint John’s without assistance. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.

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