BY MIKE PATRICK
A contemplative labyrinth installed seven years ago at St. John’s Church on the Green was rededicated Sunday, October 1, after a major overhaul led by a parishioner and carried out by people in recovery.
The Rev. Michael Carroll said the labyrinth was originally established in the churchyard in 2010, but had become overgrown over the years.
Parishioner Robert Baranoski led a team of volunteers from Renaissance West, a recovery center, “who have made St. John’s their spiritual home during their treatment,” Carroll said.
Labyrinths as a meditative device date back to the ancient Near East. One is meant, Carroll said, to walk it slowly, contemplating each step in and out.
“It’s a quieting, reflective, walking meditation where you simply become aware of your breathing, that life is dynamic,” he said. “It’s not a maze. A maze is set up so you get lost. This is set up in a pattern where you will arrive at a self-awareness. It brings you to a center.”
Non-denominational, the labyrinth is free to use by anyone of any or no religious affiliation, Carroll said, adding he and other church members will be visiting offices and homes in the downtown area, inviting people to use it.
Join us at the 9:30 service on Sunday, October 8, for the premiere of the new St. John’s Choir! Director Samantha Feliciano and accompanist Steve Minkler will be joined by Brian Ladden (ukelele and djembe) and about a dozen St. John’s members of all ages for this month’s music program:
Opening Song: “Funga Alafia” (African Welcome Song)
Sequence Hymn: 439, “What Wondrous Love is This”
Offertory Anthem: “Antiphonal Sanctus” (music by Cristi Cary Miller, © 2015)
Communion Hymn: WLP 831, “Ubi Caritas”
Recessional Hymn: LEVAS 106, “Precious Lord, Take my Hand”
Our selections include ancient Latin texts (one set to music composed only two years ago), an African-American spiritual, a traditional American folk hymn, and a joyous “welcome song” from West Africa.
The Choir is returning after a three-year absence to be part of our musical rotation on a monthly basis. This fall’s dates are October 8, November 12, and December 10.
If you — or others you know — are interested in joining the new Choir, please come to our rehearsals as noted below. You will hear us gathering and singing in the church, while the upstairs Choir Room is undergoing repairs and renovations.
Please spread the word!
Fall 2017 Schedule – all times are in the Church
Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, November 12 — 8:45am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service
Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, December 10 — 8:45am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service
Possible Winter Performance:
Sunday, December 17 — 4:00pm, as part of “A Cool Yule” annual concert
St. John’s is delighted to share the news that after an absence of almost three years, we are bringing back the Choir for the 9:30 Sunday services! We will have monthly “Choir Sundays” as part of our music rotation this fall. They are: October 8, November 12, and December 10. These are Sundays when Music Coordinator Steve Minkler is scheduled to serve as the primary musician.
We are equally delighted to announce that Samantha Feliciano will join us as Choir Director. You may know Samantha as the vocalist for our Sunday Jazz Ensemble. Samantha is a senior at Western Connecticut State University, where she is majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. She is a member of several vocal ensembles at the University, and is a voice and piano teacher at several private studios in the area. She has studied classical and jazz voice with Laura Washburn and Alta DeChamplain. This summer, she was a finalist in Hartford Jazz Society’s Emerging Artist Competition. Read More
On Sunday, September 10, 2017, please welcome Brett Figlewski to the St. John’s family!
Brett is postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. He grew up in Harwinton, Conn., and now lives in New York City during the week and Sharon, Conn., on weekends. After studying political science in college, Brett spent a year as a VISTA volunteer in Puerto Rico. Afterwards, he went to law school and now works as a lawyer on cases of gender violence, family law, and LGBT rights. Brett’s recent field placements as a postulant have been with congregations in the towns of Cornwall, Watertown, and Kent, where he assisted in liturgical duties, Bible study, pastoral care, and preaching. He is also a member of the Northwest Region Leadership Team and helped start a ministry network to care for the local environment. Brett enjoys spending time with his family, watching historical dramas, and stumbling upon stone walls when walking in the Connecticut woods.
Fellowship and Food Tasting with Silent Auction and Live Jazz Music
Hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Waterbury
Sunday, November 12, 2017 •2:00-5:00pm
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
937 CHASE PARKWAY, WATERBURY
Tickets are $25.00 each – Buy Tickets Now
Join us for an afternoon of friendship and fellowship, with a variety of refreshments and selections to please every palate; additionally, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be available. The event will feature a silent auction.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Outreach Ministry of St. John’s, which helps various community groups in and around Waterbury.