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APRIL 2018 Volume 32.4 St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of

APRIL 2018

Volume 32.4

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ is a diverse community forming a united congregation, seeking to grow our faith, share it with others, and serve God’s people wherever the need is present. We are living God’s love and all are invited!!!

An Open and Affirming Congregation

503 Stuart Circle

Richmond, Virginia 23220

Telephone:

804.358.9291

Rev. Linda Higgins

Pastor

Email:

office@stjohnsrichmond.org

23220 Telephone: 804.358.9291 Rev. Linda Higgins Pastor Email: office@stjohnsrichmond.org Web Site: stjohnsrichmond.org

Web Site:

stjohnsrichmond.org

23220 Telephone: 804.358.9291 Rev. Linda Higgins Pastor Email: office@stjohnsrichmond.org Web Site: stjohnsrichmond.org
Web Site: stjohnsrichmond.org It is Holy Week and Easter is this coming Sunday. I know we
Web Site: stjohnsrichmond.org It is Holy Week and Easter is this coming Sunday. I know we

It is Holy Week and Easter is this coming Sunday. I know we are all waiting to truly

feel like spring has come and that Easter has truly ushered in the growth and beauty

of new life that comes with spring.

This week as we practice dying and resurrection it is a good time to think about what

in you needs to die in order that you may have new life. Where in your life are you

looking for resurrection? What needs to die for you to experience that new life? Are you willing to experience that death in the hope of resurrection?

A second question for you to ponder is what are you willing to die for? Jesus clearly

knew what he was willing to lay down his life for are you as clear? Knowing what we are willing to die for makes us more able to truly stand up for what we believe in and for creating the beloved community where all are treated with love. When you identify what you would lay down your life for the next question is how do create resurrection?

This is a good time to ponder and remember Easter like Christmas is not a day but a season. We enter Easter on April first and the season ends with Pentecost on May 20 th so I challenge you to look and act resurrected, for not just Easter day but the whole season. What would that mean to you to act as one who lives in the world as a resurrected one?

I hope these questions help you to pray, ponder, journal and truly enter this holy time.

With Prayers and Love,

Pastor Linda Higgins

Easter Celebration This Sunday ~ April 1, 2018 At 7:00 am St. John ’ s

Easter Celebration This Sunday ~ April 1, 2018

At 7:00 am St. Johns will join the churches of the West End Clergy Association for an Easter Sunrise Service at Brookland United Methodist Church (2501 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230), in the grove behind the church. Our very own Pastor, The Rev. Linda Higgins will be preaching.

At 9:45 am St. Johns will participate in the Palm Sunday Parade.

At 11 am St. Johns will have a FESTIVAL COMMUNION to celebrate the RESURRECTION, followed by a Light Lunch, Easter Egg Hunt for the children and planting of the pinwheels for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Church Council The Congregation met on Sunday, March 11, 2018, and approved up to $30,000 for electrical repairs noted in the December 2017 Building Electrical Analysis by Dunlap & Partners. The money will come from the general fund. Church Council did not meet in March due to inclement weather and illness.

ACTS Dinner St. Johns table for the ACTS dinner is now full. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact ACTS directly at (804) 644-2401 to see if tickets are still available.

Monument Avenue 10K – Saturday, April 14th Our usual Welcome Leader is not available to be at church on the morning of the 10K. For several years, Don Warren has opened our doors and provided coffee, cocoa, water, and restrooms to race fans. Please let Elisabeth Burnette know if you are interested in stepping into this important community role for the race.

Yard Sale

Mark your calendars for St. Johns Basement/Yard Sale. The date is Saturday, June 2, 2018 so

start saving your stuff!

News From The FellowshipMinistry We are invited to join First English Lutheran Leisure Group on day trips this spring and fall. The first trip will be to Orange and Madison Counties. There will be a tour of Hebron Lutheran Church, lunch at the Bavarian Chef and a visit to Montpelier, home of James Madison. A flyer is posted on the bulletin board at our church with details. Reservations must be made by April 13th. The cost is $125.00 per person. For more information call Lynda Merry at 756-0270 or Dorothy Cook at 675-9269.

13th. The cost is $125.00 per person. For more information call Lynda Merry at 756 -
Adult Education for April 2018 Sunday Mornings @ 9:45 am ~ Guild Room Join us

Adult Education for April 2018

Sunday Mornings @ 9:45 am ~ Guild Room

Join us as we continue with the study of the Gospel of Mark. We meet Sundays at 9:45 in the pastors outer office.

April 8

True Power

Mark 6 & 7

April 15

Who is this Guy

Mark 8

April 22

Pastor Away No Class

April 29

On the Way

Mark 9

Pastor Away No Class April 29 On the Way Mark 9 We are serving as the

We are serving as the intake center for the CARITAS womens

group from 5 pm to 7 pm through May 18. First English will be taking Monday and Tuesday nights and a group from the

Church of the Good Shepherd will handle the first Monday of

each month. You are welcome to assist our hosts Wednesday through Sunday nights. There should be at least two people signed up for each day. Feel free to sign up on a day that is already taken but touch base with to coordinate refreshments.

We serve approximately 40 women each night and want to greet them with an Extravagant Welcome. As they wont have supper until somewhere between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. and lunch was many hours earlier, we would like to serve a substantial snack– something sweet (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.), something savory/salty (chips with salsa or cheese and crackers), and something healthy (fruit, veggies, etc.).

There will be a list with the sign up sheets of nonperishable items that we will need. All donations can

be placed in the kitchen with a note indicating it is for CARITAS. If you have any questions, please see

Don or Elisabeth. Paper sign-up sheets are in the Parlor.

Don or Elisabeth. Paper sign - up sheets are in the Parlor. St. John's will have

St. John's will have a table at the Equality Virginia dinner on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Calling all Potential

Fellowship Hosts & Liturgist Volunteers:

We Need Your Help!

Hosts & Liturgist Volunteers: We Need Your Help! There are several Sundays in April open for

There are several Sundays in April open for both opportunities. Remember all you need bring for coffee house is a fruit (like grapes) or a vegetable (like carrot sticks): we have the coffee, lemonade mix, cups, plates, crackers, and cookies. Thanks in advance for your help! Call the church office or see Kate Schaefer for information.

"The Fellowship” will meet for lunch on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm. They
"The Fellowship” will meet for lunch on
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
They will have lunch at:
The Balkan Restaurant
8905 Patterson Avenue, Henrico, VA 23229
For information call Dorothy Cooke at 804-675-9269
St. John’s Congregational Life and Care
Ministry will meet on Tuesday, April 10,
2018 at 6 pm. Please plan to join us.
For information you may contact
Scott Siefert @ 804-350-0826.
The Women's Fellowship Group will
meet on Sunday, April 8th at
5:30 pm at Pastor Linda's home (2928
West Stony Hill Court). We will have
fellowship at 5:30 pm followed by a
meal. You can bring a food item,
but it is not necessary. If you plan to bring a dish, please let Pastor Linda know
prior to the event. Looking forward to having everyone together! For additional
information please see Helena DeLigt or you can call the church office at 358-9291.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CROP Walk Planning Meeting
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Our Mission of the Month for April is ACTS (Area
Churches Together in Service). This organization
which was founded by the Stuart Circle churches,
including St John’s, provides funds, support, and other
resources to people in danger of homelessness to
enable them to stay housed and to keep their lives and
families intact.
What’s Happening in Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community’s Childhood Trauma Initiative? (RISC) In 2016,
What’s Happening in Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community’s Childhood Trauma Initiative? (RISC) In 2016,

What’s Happening in Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community’s Childhood Trauma Initiative? (RISC)

In 2016, we started hearing stories of children devastated by the three suicides of their friends and classmates at James River HS and Robious MS. We learned that the rate of suicide attempts for youth in Chesterfield has doubled over the last 5 years.

At the same time, we learned that African- American students with disabilities are suspended from Chesterfield schools 4 times as often as any other student group. We heard the stories of children with disabilities who react emotionally when they are upset. They are accused of being aggressive against their teacher and suspended for months!

Both of these tragic and preventable problems facing Chesterfield kids have their root in unaddressed traumatic experiences – “incidents that cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm and make a child feel threatened, anxious, or frightened” (Healthline).

Local experts estimate that 5,000-6,000 children in our region have experienced multiple traumatic events. When adults interacting with these children, including their teachers and school staff, do not know how to respond appropriately, the problem is only made worse. In 2017, Chesterfield County Public Schools officials agreed that trauma is a serious problem facing their students and committed before 900 citizens to implement an evidence-based trauma training for their teachers and staff.

Instead of using a specific, proven training in schools that need it most, Chesterfield is working with a handful of schools who have volunteered for training and estimate it will take several years to provide training in all schools. There is no clear training plan and little evaluation of the training’s results – in- stead, each school gets different training based on the teachers’ interests.

We believe that Chesterfield kids and teachers deserve a well-designed training that has proven effective in another community, not an experimental, patchwork approach!

Through months of research, RISC leaders have identified effective training opportunities from Richmond child welfare agencies, Duke University, and the University of California, which have shown to reduce suspension rates and disruptive classroom behaviors.

At the 2018 Action on April 30, 2018, we will ask Chesterfield County Public Schools officials to

implement one of the proven trainings RISC has researched in schools that would otherwise be on the

waiting list for years!

Your presence at the Great Nehemiah Action on April 30, 2018, matters so that the school system sees the community’s expectation for effective tools that will help our students and teachers overcome trauma and be successful. Please save this date:

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., St Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road.

and be successful. Please save this date: Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., St Paul’s Baptist Church,
We pray for members of the St. John’s Family:
We pray for members of the St. John’s Family:

Prayer Concerns Remembering our Shut-Ins:

Judy Brown, Rev. Hank Harman, Iola Miller, Frieda Walsh Fritz Will, III, Anna Oxenham, David Townsend

Prayers for Healing:

Sympathy to Peggy Ford (In the loss of her brother, Carl Hassel, Jr.) John Michel (Jeff Michels Father) Joyce Stewart (friend of Dorothy Cook) Joe McGregor & Ann E. Osborn. If you would like to add loved ones to our prayer list please call 804-358-9291

Ministry April 1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 Team 4 Team 1
Ministry
April 1
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
Team 4
Team 1
Team 1
Team 2
Team 2
Welcome Team
Leader
Doug Waldrop
Richard Bighinatti
Richard Bighinatti
Lynn Snyder
Lynn Snyder
Sound
Jeff Michel
David Pittman
David Pittman
Will Atkinson
Will Atkinson
System
Tellers
Jeff Jacobs
Scott Siefert
Liturgist
Rev. Beverly Lindsey
Dreama Terrill
Marcie Agee
Facilities
Bud Higgins
Richard Bighinatti
Richard Bighinatti
Jeff Hetzer
Jeff Hetzer
Altar Guild
Erin Burnette
Georgianne Stinnette
Arthur Dewey
Johanna Gilbert
Dorothy Cook
Lynda Merry
Charlotte Quick
Helen Bunch
Fellowship
Hosts
Rev.
Altar
Beverly Lindsey
Flowers

Teller Coordinator:

Bud Higgins

804-301-5059

Fellowship Host Coordinator:

Kate Schaefer

804-239-2871

Fellowship Host Coordinator: Kate Schaefer 804-239-2871 Please find a substitute if you are unable to perform

Please find a substitute if you are unable to perform your ministry and contact your Team Coordinator AND the office to let them know who will be filling in for you. Thank you for making our church ministries run smoothly!

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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 11:00 am Easter Worship Egg Hunt, Easter 5:30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
11:00 am
Easter Worship
Egg Hunt, Easter
5:30 pm
6:30 pm
1:30 pm
Finance
Mission
Music/Worship
Meeting
Meeting
Committee
Pot Luck Lunch,
Planting of the
Pinwheels
Meeting
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
9:30 am Choir
Rehearsal
6:30 pm
1:00 pm
Church Council
6:00 pm
Congregational
Life & Care
6:00 pm
The Fellowship
CROP WALK
Equality Virginia
Lunch @
9:45 am Adult Ed.
Meeting
Planning
Dinner
The Balkan
11
am Worship
Meeting
Meeting
6:30 pm
Restaurant
5:30 pm Women’s
Fellowship
R.I.S.C. Rally
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
9:30 am Choir
Rehearsal
9:45 am Adult Ed.
11
am Worship
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
6:00 pm
9:30 am Choir
Rehearsal
Coming to the
A.C.T.S.
11
am Worship
Table Meeting @
St. John’s UCC
Dinner
29
30
31
9:30 am Choir
Rehearsal
9:45 am Adult Ed.
11
am Worship
2
Dale Totty
16
Desiree McNeice
20
Charlotte Ford
23
Hudlah Anderson
29
Anne Osborne
30
Betsy Bighinatti