A Cool Yule Concert – Sunday, December 17

On Sunday, December 17 at 4:00pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church is pleased to present parishioner-pianists Steve and Rosemary Minkler (and wife/mom Karen!) and their musical guests for the 14th edition of A Cool Yule — an Annual Holiday Jazz Concert featuring light, contemporary, and jazzy arrangements of Christmas and holiday music.  It’s a great time to take a break from this most hectic season, and to recapture the warmth and heart of the holiday spirit.

Joining Steve and Rosemary are the St. John’s Choir and St. John’s Jazz Ensemble, featuring Larry Davis, Samantha Feliciano, Andre Foote, Tim Lewis, and Michael Louchen, Jr.

Free admission — tickets not required.

We kindly ask that you bring a non-perishable item to benefit the Food Bank of the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries.

Waterbury Chorale Christmas Concert – Sunday, December 10

Waterbury Chorale Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 10th 4:00pm

at St. John’s On The Green, Waterbury. The Waterbury Chorale (90 singers) with The Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra (21 musicians), will be performing Rutter’s Magnificat, and many holiday favorites such as Carol To The King, Festival Gloria, Sing Noel, Personent Hodie, Winter’s Heart, Ring Those Bells, and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

Tickets at $25 in advance or $30 at the door, purchase online at Waterburychorale.org or call 860-945-6890.

Sunday School Continues

Children’s Sunday school and craft meets at 9:30 in the auditorium until the Sign of Peace, and will continue as needed during the social hour after the 9:30 service.  For more information, please contact certified Sunday School teachers Janice and Ken Baranoski either after church or by calling the office at 203-754-3116.

Choir Rehearsal – Tues., Nov. 28 at 7:00pm

If you — or others you know — are interested in joining the new Choir at St. John’s, please come to our next rehearsal: Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm, in the Church.  You will hear us gathering and singing in the church, while the upstairs Choir Room is undergoing repairs and renovations.  We will be preparing hymns, songs, and a choral anthem for the next Choir Sunday on December 10.

Our intention is to make the new choir fun, with accessible music in a variety of styles appropriate for our worship services.  You don’t have to come to every rehearsal — just come if you enjoy singing and making music!

Please spread the word!

Samantha Feliciano, Choir Director
Steve Minkler, Accompanist

Fall 2017 Schedule – all times are in the Church
Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00pm — Rehearsal
Sunday, December 10 — 8:15am Warm-Up; 9:30am Worship Service

Possible Winter Performance:
Sunday, December 17 — 4:00pm, as part of “A Cool Yule” annual concert

November’s collection for Safe Haven

Safe Haven assists in providing services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Please consider donating one new pack of twin sheets or women’s or children’s winter hat or one bar of soap. Items may be dropped off at the church anytime.

Confirmation Conversations – 2nd Sundays

“Confirmation Conversations” will take place the 2nd Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Carroll. Juice, coffee, tea, bagels and munchkins will be provided. Confirmation age in our Diocese is 16 or older. Children entering high school in 2017 are eligible to participate. If you would like to participate, please speak with the church office or Mike (203-754-3116).

Halloween Party – October 28

Halloween Party Saturday, October 28 6pm-10pm
DJ Music — Snacks — Beverages

Organized by the Spanish Ministry of St. John’s.  Adults and Children are welcome.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd costumes.  Donations for the Spanish Ministry of St. John’s will be accepted. Questions and sign up – please call Efrain, through the Church Office at 203-754-3116.

Knit 1 Purl 2 – Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit 1 Purl 2 is St. John’s prayer shawl ministry group meets on the second Saturday of each month at Doris Hollenstein’s house. If you would like to join us in our ministry but prefer to knit at home, you can bring your shawls to the church or we can arrange for a pick up at your home. Please contact the Church office for more information — 203-754-3116.

Labyrinth finds renewed life at city church

BY MIKE PATRICK
WATERBURY REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

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.