Worship Ministries

Worship Ministries

Want to give of you time and talent? St. Johns offers a wide variety of ministries and we are constantly in need of volunteers. You can choose to volunteer for an hour or become an active member of one of our ministries. Below you’ll find a brief description of each, along with contact information for the committee chair. Please contact him or her directly if you wish to learn more! Thank you!

 

11 and Woodward Concert Series

The 11 and Woodward Concert Series brings professional musicians from a wide range of genres (jazz, blues, classical, bluegrass, etc.) and offers concerts to the public at a low cost. It allows St. John’s to be a welcome space at a major crossroads for the region. Many volunteers are needed to make these events happen. The revenue from this project is designated to a special building fund (i.e. saving for a new roof). If you are interested in volunteering four or five times throughout the year, please contact Claudia Osborn  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Acolytes

The acolyte ministry is a team of youth (6th grade and older) and adults who assist clergy during our worship services. Duties of the acolytes include leading the procession while carrying the cross, carrying torches, assisting clergy in preparation for the Eucharist and assorted other duties. We are always looking for new acolytes so if you are interested in serving please contact Dan Martin   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adult Formation Ministry

The Adult Education Committee identifies and develops programs of educational interest to all St. John’s adults. We alternate formats, times and topics in order to cover as many areas of interest as possible and to make adult education available to everyone’s schedule. Programs are generally offered on Sunday mornings at 9:15am and on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm.

Contact: Pam Wilkins    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Altar Flower Delivery – Recruiting one person for the fourth Sunday of the month
Every Sunday after the 10:15 service, the flowers on the altar need someone to wrap them up and distribute them. We hand out flowers to a host of different people: we give them to people in church that Sunday who placed altar memorials and tributes, or to visitors. We especially like to give flowers to those who can visit someone in the community who is homebound, in the hospital, hospice, or rehab. This ministry allows you the opportunity to give flowers to anyone to brighten their day, and thus yours as well. It is a terrific ministry for the volunteer who has little free time. Volunteers are scheduled once every month. If you would like to join our team, or if you would like to try it once to see if you would enjoy it, please contact Jennifer Bartleman.

Contact: Jennifer Bartleman        248-541-5697 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild assists in worship services by setting up for Eucharist, baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services. They ensure the bread and wine and chalices, etc. are in place and ready for each worship event. Duties include caring for the altar hangings, linens, candles, and communion supplies. Most members are assigned one weekend a month (Saturday morning and Sunday after church).  

Contact: Maryann Le Comb   248-649-1229   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joyce Morey   248-765-9747   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Altar Memorials and Thanksgivings Messages (Flowers on the Altar)

This ministry provides an opportunity to honor your family and friends by arranging for a memorial, tribute or thank you message. Your message is published in the Sunday bulletin with your memorial, tribute, or thanksgiving message on your requested date. There is a suggested minimum donation of $25.00, but any donation is appreciated. Donations cover the cost of the altar flowers each Sunday. Donations are payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church (flower memorials listed on the memo line) and can be dropped in the offering plate, or mailed to the church office.

Contact: Barbara or Chris Moran   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beekeepers

The bee ministry nurtures and cares for the St. John’s hives in the Bride’s Garden. Our bee ministry is an outward sign of our parish commitment to be stewards of God’s creation. Our bees pollinate our plants and flowers (including the St. John’s food garden), as well as those of our nearby neighbors. We also offer educational displays near the observation windows. This is a developing ministry that we hope to grow as we become more proficient. We will be offering training over the winter for supervised workdays with the hives (starting next season) and we will be asking for help to design and maintain the wildflower garden within the courtyard.

Contact: Kris Beckett, chair   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   517-402-7035

 

Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10am to read and share our perspectives on the upcoming Sunday lectionary readings. We explore the historical and contextual aspects of the text, but the emphasis is more on inviting those gathered to share what arises in their minds and hearts after reading and reflecting on the passages. Our discussions are lively and engaging. All are welcome!!!

Contact: The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham   248-546-1255  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Blessing Bags – NEW!

Blessing Bags are created for our homeless friends and each bag contains soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, and blessings from St. John’s. They are available in the narthex or west transept; please take one or two to offer to people in need. People who are homeless often use public restrooms to clean up and the items in these bags make that task a bit easier. If you would like to donate items or help make bags, please contact Pastor Elizabeth.

Contact: The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham   248-546-1255  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bread Baking Ministry
We offer gluten-free bread so that all may share one bread. Take a moment to look in the bulletin on a Sunday, see who made the bread, and thank him or her. We always welcome new bakers. If you need help the first time you bake, or aren’t sure whether you can bake the bread, call me and I will be glad to help. It is not a yeast bread recipe, so if you can bake anything, you can make St. John’s bread.
Contact: The Rev. Tim Spannaus, Deacon     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Book Club

This program meets occasionally (watch for announcements and flyers) to discuss a book. Sometimes the group meets in conjunction with Adult Forum, and sometimes it stands alone. If you have a Book Club idea or would like to host a discussion, contact the Adult Formation chair, Pam Wilkins   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Card Ministry                                                                                                                                 

The card ministry writes and sends birthday, anniversary, get well and sympathy cards with a blessing to members of our parish each month. In 2017, we sent over 684 cards to members of the parish as signs and symbols of our care for them. This ministry meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00am (for about an hour) in the church Library to write, address and stamp the cards. All are welcome; you may also donate cards and stamps.

 

 

Children and Youth Formation                       

Godly Play is a Montessori program for children ages 4-ish through 7-ish (PreK thru 2nd grade). The curriculum is based on the worship format for the Episcopal Church. The children typically meet in the Narthex at 10:10am, participate in the procession, and then walk together up to the classroom where class begins at 10:15am. Children are brought back into the sanctuary to join their families for the celebration of the Eucharist. The class is biblically and liturgically based and allows the children to learn the stories of the Bible, to see themselves in the stories and to ‘wonder’ about what God could be saying to us through them.  

Contact: Anjela Freeman    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Connect is the Sunday School class for our third to fifth grade children. The Sunday morning classes begin at 10:15 am service and end with the children joining their families for Eucharist. Each child receives a Bible; using scripture, the children explore connections with the stories each week. It also gives the children time to focus on building relationships with their friends, to talk about the things that matter in their lives and connect their experiences to God through creative activities.

Contact: Timi Wittig      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Group –

We have two groups, one for Middle School and one for High School. The youth are the first to receive communion and then join their leaders on the 3rd floor for Youth Group, which ends at 12:15pm. 

Ages 12ish and up (6th – 12th Grade/Two Groups):

§     Group 1 – ages 12 – 14 or (roughly 6th – 8th grade)

§     Group 2 – ages 14 and up (roughly 9th – 12th grade)

Contact: The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham   248-546-1255  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Christmas Legacy Tea – Recruiting Chair

In December, members of the parish are invited to a tea to see old friends, to make new friends, and to reminisce about the gifts of parishioners in years gone by that allow for our ministries and programs today. This program was sponsored by the Planned Giving Program, a subcommittee of the Finance Committee. If you are interested in helping with this event in 2017, please contact the office.

 

Church History and Archive

Church history is a ministry that collects, stores, and occasionally displays historical material concerning St. John's.  There is quite a bit of material already in our archives. We are currently looking for people to re-form this committee. If you have an interest in history, archives, and display, please call Mary Fairman.

Contact: Mary Fairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Closers (and Openers Too)

An elite cadre of ninja-like individuals who, following intensive drills and training, hold the mission of every 6 weeks or so, taking roughly 40 minutes of their time after the second Sunday service (and occasionally other parish events) to assure the building is locked and secured. But wait....  There's more! Some from this group will arrive on Sundays before the first service to unlock and open doors and switch on little things like lights, coffee machine or heat. Come join us!
Contact: H. Michael Falconer   248-217-4670  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Coffee with a Cause
This is a new ministry, formed to support non-profits and the wider community at St. John's.  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month,  10:30am in the Library.  Volunteers work for 1/2 hour on an identified need then share coffee and fellowship for 1/2 hour.  This year our efforts have supported Open Hands, New to You, and the Oakland Literacy Council.  All are welcome -- no standing or heavy lifting required.  Please join us or suggest a task that would support your ministry or upcoming event.

Contact: Bob Davis  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Watkins  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Communications Committee

While many of the day to day operations of producing flyers, bulletin announcements and website updates are coordinated by office staff, the Communications Committee continues to assist with projects from time to time relating to the website, Facebook page, brochures and other communications. All of the IT support for the church is done on a volunteer basis by Keith Freeman and Dayton Brown. Members of this committee are appointed by the rector. Current members: Dayton Brown, Anjela Freeman, Keith Freeman, Kristen Swan, Jennifer Taub

 

Congregational Care Meals

This group of volunteers works with a coordinator to provide a few meals to people at essential times – following a surgery, a birth in the family, a death in the family, or as needed. We are actively recruiting for this ministry and would like to have fifty or more people in the parish who would take a meal at least once a year to another member in need. Please let Jennifer Wofford know if you are willing to help with this important Pastoral Care ministry.

Contact: Jennifer Wofford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Corporate Mission Committee (a subcommittee of New To You)

The purpose of the Corporate Mission Committee is to provide assistance for various types of outreach programs. Funds for the work of this Committee come from profits of the New to You Resale Shop.  Due to budget issues in 2017, there were no funds made available by the New to You Shop for distribution by the Corporate Mission Committee. We look forward to a better fiscal year in 2018 and hope to distribute funds to a number of worthy organizations. Members of this committee are appointed by the rector, and we meet annually to make grant allocations.

Contact: Rosemary Spatafora   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Craft Night

This program meets occasionally (watch for announcements and flyers) to craft together. Sometimes the craft is selected ahead of time and directed by an experienced artist. Other times, participants bring the craft of their choice and simply spend time together as we work with our hands. If you have a Craft Night idea or would like to host a craft night, please contact Pastor Beth. 248-546-1255  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Daytrippers

This group organizes outings for adults (example: Tour of the Fisher Building, lunch at the White Horse Inn in Metamora). Participants generally meet at the church on a designated day/time for an outing, carpool, share an educational or social experience, share lunch (Dutch treat), and then travel back to the church. Watch bulletins and e-newsletter for announcements. If you have a suggestion for an outing, please let us know. 

Contact: Linda Tucker   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity (D.R.I.V.E.)

D.R.I.V.E. comes together as a coalition of Interfaith clergy, congregations and allies advocating for an equitable community. It begins by having conversations with each other, sharing our stories, interests and passions, forming relationships in a deeper way. We’ve seen people come together at St. John’s with such passions at the Community Garden, Open Hands Food Pantry, South Oakland Shelter and the New to You Resale Shop. D.R.I.V.E. 's tri-county lay-leaders meetings happen on the third Thursday of each month at St. John's (third floor) from 7-8:30pm. We are moving to meeting once-quarterly instead of once-monthly.  In between meetings, we will send monthly emails with planning information, updates, and event information.  We propose meeting on the second Sunday of the following months, immediately following the 10:15am service.  Mark your calendars for: February 11, May 13, August 12, and November 11.

Contact Lynne Muth  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nicole Stewart  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eucharistic Ministries
Eucharistic Visitors and Ministers are appointed by the clergy trained by the deacon.  The ministry of Eucharistic Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers is a pastoral and sacramental expression of the church that is the Body of Christ. Our Eucharistic Visitors are licensed to take communion after worship to members who are homebound or hospitalized. This is a vital ministry, and we need more EV’s. If you feel called to this ministry, please discuss it with any member of the clergy. The Eucharistic Ministers are trained to administer the sacrament (the bread or wine) to persons during the Holy Eucharist. All Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors participate in refresher training on a regular basis. Watch the bulletin for training dates.
Contact: The Rev. Dcn. Tim Spannaus      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finance Committee

Serving in an advisory capacity to the Rector and Vestry, the finance committee works to ensure the long term financial health and stability of St. John’s and take on ad hoc finance related assignments as requested by the Rector and/or Vestry from time to time.   

Contact: Kelly Mankin, Chair      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

First Sunday Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club plans, prepares and serves breakfast on the first Sunday of most months for St. John's parishioners. This is one of the major fellowship gatherings of the parish. If you have never come, please join us. Free will offerings are collected to off-set our food and kitchen supply costs, and our goal is always to be financially self-sustaining. Volunteers are always needed to assist with food prep (for an hour or so on a Saturday), set up, and clean up/dish washing (about an hour on a Sunday).

Contact: Scott Bruns     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Keith Freeman    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee works one Saturday a month to keep the gardens weeded, soil, compost and mulch added, annuals and donated perennials planted, arborvitaes treated, storm damaged limbs removed, window wells cleaned, weeded and pea gravel added, bus stop walls cleaned, concrete swept, and trash emptied every month, sidewalks and parking lot, weeded and swept. Please consider volunteering to keep our grounds beautiful.

 

Greeters
The role of the greeters is to welcome people to St. John's and help them connect to people and spaces in the church.  We are those friendly, helpful faces when you enter and help you feel welcome and comfortable at St. John's.  We follow up with new visitors at coffee hour and later for conversation if they desire to connect further.  Last year the team welcomed 21 new families to St. John's.  Please join us.
Contact:  Lynne Muth    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Healing Ministry

Healers anoint people with oil and pray for healing at the Eucharist on Sunday mornings, at the Thursday Healing Service, and for special services. If you discern a call to this ministry, please speak to one of the clergy. We also offer a Service of Healing with Eucharist on Thursdays at 11:00am in the Chapel. All are welcome. This year, we have added an Intercessory station in the West Transept. Worshippers on Sunday morning are invited to write their prayers of intercession and place them in a prayer bowl. These prayers are read aloud in the Healing Service on Thursdays. If you feel called to serve as a healing minister, please contact one of the clergy.

 

HoneyDoers – NEW!

Do sparkling windows make you swoon? Does vacuuming bring you joy? Then the HoneyDoers is the group for you! We will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:30am to do the odd jobs that sometimes don’t always get done. This will help our St. John’s staff and give us some time to socialize as well. Everyone welcome!!

Contact: Linda Tucker   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Kitchen Cleaning Team

The Kitchen Committee helps keep the kitchen in good working condition and supports the efforts of the many groups who use it. Parishioners are welcome to use the kitchen. Because we have many vendors who now lease the kitchen (several each week), we ask that all who use the kitchen leave everything as you found it clean and organized neatly.  The only items to be tossed are leftovers. Kitchen clean up days (deep clean) are scheduled a few times each year, and all are welcome to join us. Watch for dates and sign-up sheets.

Contact: Bette Ann Wright    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LGBTQ Social Group

The LGBTQ Group is designed for members of the church to get to know each other.  We meet occasionally for dinners at various restaurants in the area for fellowship. We invite ALL parishioners to any gathering. Watch the bulletins and newsletters for upcoming events.  Questions or suggestions may be forwarded to Melanie Hill. 

Contact: Melanie Hill    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lectors

Lectors (lay readers) read assigned passages from the Hebrew scripture and the New Testament from the Bible each Sunday and at special services. A lector also leads the congregation in the reciting Psalms and in the Prayers of the People. Teen-agers and adults who feel called to this ministry are welcome to participate. Typically, each lector reads one time each month. If you are interested in being trained to be a lector, please contact the deacon.

Contact: The Rev. Dcn. Tim Spannaus    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Liturgical Arts Team

If you are interested in creating altar decorations, vestments, banners and other textiles for use in enhancing our worship, please let us know. 

Contact: Collette Pariseau     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Liturgy Planning Team          

The Liturgy Committee works with the clergy in planning and evaluating worship services. The goal of the committee is to create liturgical expressions that are outwardly focused (draw our hearts to the needs of the wider community and welcome the newest participants into our worship), dynamic (a combination of tradition and innovation), participatory (inviting and accessible to seasoned and new Episcopalians, meeting people from the widest range of backgrounds and ages).  We draw our prayers and music from a variety of resources within our Anglican tradition. Members of this committee are appointed by the rector.

Contact: Rev. Beth Taylor   248-546-1255   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Maintenance Committee

The Maintenance Committee is responsible for light/medium maintenance in and around the Church, as well as managing contract maintenance. 2017 was a very busy year for the Committee. Our team continued to fix sinks/toilets, paint, tended the parking lot, and light repairs in many areas. Additionally, we completed our typical seasonal tasks such as cleaning gutters/downspouts, replaced boiler filters, replaced light bulbs/ballasts, supported SOS set-up/tear-down and pre-/post-greened the church for the Holiday season. The Maintenance Committee is made up completely of volunteers, so if you are interested in helping to serve please contact us.

Contact: Tim Morgan    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Memorial Gifts

The Memorial Committee is a group who meet on request to review and authorize items to be purchased from restricted funds donated to the church in memory of a loved one. This group is appointed by the rector.

 

 

Music Ministry
The St. John’s Music Ministry is primarily concentrated on providing music leadership for our services of worship, working closely with the Clergy to help provide a cohesive understanding of the scriptural readings appropriate to the day. With the Chancel Choir at its center, it presents or leads service music, hymns and organ/piano/instrumental/vocal and choral music as needed. In addition to the volunteer Chancel Choir—a group of approximately eighteen adult singers—instrumental soloists and ensembles within the parish, as well as hired musicians, help provide music for the variety of services, weddings, funerals and feast days throughout the year. The Chancel Choir meets for rehearsal on Thursdays from 7:30-9pm and briefly before services on Sunday, at 9:45am for the regular 10:15am liturgy.
Rob Styberski, Dir. Of Music/Organist

 

Newcomer/Welcoming Committee

The Newcomer Committee seeks to welcome and incorporate new members to St. John's. In small groups, events and connections, our goal is to help members form friendships with others. This past year we hosted two Newcomer Brunches, continued the Dinner Groups, and reached out to connect with new members and old. Last year we welcomed twenty-one new families to St. John's.  We are grateful for our dedicated group. Please join us!
Contacts:  Bruce Donigan    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lynne Muth    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Nursery/Cry Room                            

The St. John’s Nursery is located on the lower level, across from the entrance to Jatho Hall (at the bottom of the stair closest to the chapel), and is open to children aged three years and younger. (Children aged 4 and above are welcome to join in our Sunday School programs.) The nursery is open beginning at 9:15 (so that adults may participate in Adult Education classes) until the end of the 10:15am service. The children are cared for by Nursery Attendants, Wiltrice Rogers and Nicole Smith.

A ‘Cry Room’ is located on the second floor, next to the Choir Room, across from the Library. While we love and welcome babies and children in church (including their sounds and wiggles), you are welcome to bring babies and small children up to the soundproof cry room. There you will find toys and books for the child while you will still be able to hear and see the service. Please call the office with any questions about these programs or spaces.

 

Oblation Presenters

Oblation presenters bring forward the bread and wine for communion on behalf of the congregation. To present oblations, you carry the bread and wine down the aisle to the altar to the waiting acolyte. Our youngest members particularly enjoy this responsibility.  Sunday school teachers and ushers may ask you to present the oblations on any given Sunday. All are welcome to participate.

 

Open Hands Food Pantry

Open Hands Food Pantry, which operates on the lower level of St. John’s, has operated in St. John’s since 1982. It is the largest food pantry in Oakland County, serving about 15,000 people annually. The food pantry is open to serve those in need most Mondays from 10:30am to 1:00pm and most Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:45am. Open Hands not only provides food items to our guests, but also distributes toothpaste, shampoo, soap and toilet paper – items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Open Hands is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is funded by individuals and community organizations. The pantry is always looking for donors and volunteers! Contact us at (248) 546-1255 or visit www.openhandspantry.org.

Contact: Bruce Donigan    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Board chairperson

or Jan Warren      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Program coordinator

or Timi Wittig    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Volunteer coordinator

 

Prayer and Meditation Group
We meet on Mondays at 6:45pm library. We read from a book called Jesus calling, then meditate for 20-30 minutes. We listen to music or a guided meditation during this time and focus on our breathing with the intent to meet God. I like to call it resting in God or holding hands with God, don't be surprised if you fall asleep. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. The results have changed many of our lives, helping us be more tolerant of others and more willing to let God handle our concerns. Some of us have developed our own practice at home as well. All are welcome and if you haven't meditated before we will help make you feel comfortable doing so. I send an e-mail out usually on Sunday to those who have joined our group before. It’s a drop-in group so there is no pressure, come when you able. I must say something special happens when two or more a gathered in Jesus name.

Contact: Lee Ann Morgan    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

St. John’s Dinner Groups

The St John's Dinner Groups provide opportunities for St. John's parishioners to forge new friendships and strengthen existing ones. The groups mix together new members with long timers as well as those who attend different services — all to enhance the connections within our community. The Dinner Groups meet as often as the group decides but at least four to five times in year. The goal is social, so the "dinner" can be appetizers, desserts, pot luck, or even pizza. Hosting is voluntary, and each group comes up with dates that work for all.   

Contact: Mary Beth Weigel    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. John’s Garden

St. John's Garden was renamed Open Hands Garden in 2017 and joined the food pantry under its independent 501c3, non-profit organization designation. In its third year of operation, the garden was again very successful in providing fresh produce to the Open Hands guests for nearly six months.  

The garden continues to have the addition of a hoop house in its long-range plan. However, the steering committee recognized a need to greatly increase volunteer capacity in order to engage in garden activity nearly year-round. To that end, efforts to draw the surrounding community were launched using a variety of social media outlets. The results were outstanding, with numerous volunteers lending a hand for all scheduled times. A special planning committee is now in place to work through the steps with the City of Royal Oak for a hoop house installation adjacent to the Mon Ami playground.

A major accomplishment this past summer was the installation of a fully automated, moisture sensing irrigation system utilizing harvested rain water (550 gallon reservoir capacity) and a solar powered pumping system. This was made possible through a partnership with the Oakland University engineering department. Senior engineers, as part of their capstone project, donated time and talent to fully design, develop, and install the system ensuring that the garden plants are always well watered and producing regardless of weather conditions and volunteer availability.

Contact:  Dennis Spatafora    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Security Team            
This team oversees and makes recommendations regarding security, safety and accessibility of the building. Once the building is secured at closing, an alarm system monitors for any motion within the building and notifies Guardian Alarm Company if motion is detected or entrances are breached.  This team also monitors keys and alarm codes for building entrance among staff, renters and volunteers.

Contact: Claudia Osborn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Committee Chair) or

Chris Moran     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Alarm and Codes)

 

South Oakland Shelter (SOS)          

St. John’s hosts this traveling homeless shelter for one week each year. St. John’s volunteers cook, drive, supply meals and snacks, spend the nights, and do the laundry. Volunteers also read books to the children, play the guitar and led sing-along’s, share movies on DVD, or provide a listening ear. The leadership at SOS tells that it is great to work with St. John’s as well. It takes many hands to provide all the work for SOS. We are in discernment about our role with SOS in 2018.  

 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers provide pastoral care to those who are chronically ill, in mourning, having family difficulties, or many other situations requiring pastoral care. Stephen Ministers assist the clergy by meeting with their care receivers on a long-term basis, in complete confidence, offering a listening ear and loving support. Our Stephen Ministers study topics including active listening, assertive speaking, small group supervision, telecare, knowing when to refer care receivers to professional resources, and many others. Stephen Leaders Janet Craft, Kathy Stricker and Tim Spannaus work with the Stephen Ministers providing continuing education and small group supervision.

Contacts: The Rev. Tim Spannaus    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee promotes stewardship of the parish in terms of financial pledges and ministry. We want to say thank you. The commitments you made to the ministries of St. John’s and our service to God and our communities allowed us to expand our ministries, to supplement our choir with 2 section leaders, to advertise, to add lighting to the front of the church, and to add an associate rector in mid-2016! Our pledges in 2017 will allow us to move closer toward self-sufficiency in supporting our Associate Priest. The Stewardship Committee has a representative from the Finance Committee and the Vestry, and is appointed by the rector.

Contact: Amy Valesano    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Take a Bag, Share a Bag

On the third Friday of most months, the Youth Group meets at the Church (Open Hands) to pack groceries in bags. These bags are placed in the Chapel and on the stairs of the Narthex entry of the Church. If you or a neighbor or a friend can use the food, you are encouraged to take these bags of food. There is no restriction on this food. You may take as many bags as you need/want. The Youth gather after packaging the food at one or their homes for a potluck meal and fellowship.

Contact: The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham   248-546-1255  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Teller Ministry

The goal of the ministry is to count the weekly offering, deposit the money in the bank and create detailed information that the Lay Administrator’s office uses for record keeping. The Tellers perform this service while working in pairs every Sunday. Tellers are appointed by the rector.

Contact: Chuck Tucker  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Ushers

The role of the ushers at St John's is to greet and welcome people coming to church, make sure everyone feels comfortable (especially visitors), and to provide security for those attending the service. 

Contact: Collette Pariseau    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vacation Bible School
Each summer an energetic group of volunteers turn the church into a wonderful adventure to explore and enjoy God’s love. Vacation Bible School is a fun-filled week where children 4 years old through 5th grade learn about Jesus and His love for us. This year, the children will learn the story of Moses and will bring that story to life, through theater set and design. Many adults volunteer teach, and older teens serve as group leaders for our campers. 2018 Chairs are Christy Scott and Jelane Richardson, and they will need dozens of adult and youth volunteers. New volunteers are invited to join us!
Contact: Christy Scott  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jelane Richardson    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vestry

The Vestry, made of fifteen members of the parish, are the elected leaders of the St. John’s community. They meet monthly to discern and set the vision and priorities of the congregation. They are stewards of their congregation’s property and lay spiritual leaders of its mission and ministry. Five new members of the Vestry are elected each year to serve a three-year term. From within the group, a Senior Warden and a Junior Warden are elected by the Vestry as leaders. Members of the parish may attend Vestry meetings as guests on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

 

 

 

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