Please join us online for worship!
Sunday, January 10th
First Sunday after Epiphany
Sunday Eucharist starts at 9:00 am, join us!
Click to view this week's Sunday Eucharist YouTube stream in full HD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wub7mUr8u4c. This will be excellent video and sound quality.
You can also call-in via Zoom for an audio-only service: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89483774294 or call +1 669 900 9128 followed by the Meeting ID: 894 8377 4294. This will be good sound quality but will allow for call in access for those who desire.
Click here for the worship booklet for this Sunday.
You can watch videos of our recorded Eucharist in our archive.
For information about prayers and services on other days of the week, please click here.
Sunday Online Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour (well kinda...)
Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am
An Online Zoom Coffee Hour will gather each Sunday at 10:30 am.
To attend, click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84112288558, or call 669-900-9128 or use the app with Meeting ID: 841 1228 8558.
When you are done with Coffee Hour, you can click Leave to end your participation.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Godly Play - Sunday online for children
Available Sunday mornings, please see here.
Each week our children's minister has a video story and activities.
St. John's continues to bless all those who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary each week. Please let the office know the dates of your birthday or anniversary by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to more information about this Sunday's email:
As we continue to gradually perceive the illumination of God in this season of Advent I am humbled by the kind-heartedness of our Parish. Your donations to The Mission to Seafarer’s has exceeded one of the storage bins set out on the porch by the main entrance and a second one is filling up nicely. Donations accepted through January 3rd.
The generous contribution by our partner in ministry for the Community Dinner, the IMAN Center, along with funds from the St. John’s Outreach funds will allow us to provide a $25 food gift card for every family in the Providence John Gabriel Senior Housing complex. Many of our Community Dinner guests live there so several volunteers are writing a personal letter in which to tuck the gift card so we can foster relationships. If you wish help with the cost of this endeavor please send a check to St. John’s with the word Outreach in the memo line, or give online through Vanco.
After Christmas, many food banks have had their supplies diminished. Renewal Food Bank in Redmond, part of Northwest Harvest, will appreciate our donations to restock their shelves. To participate please drop off food donations in the collection box located at the patio entrance to St. John’s. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF AT THE OFFICE.
Needed items include:
tomato and pasta sauce
mac & cheese or noodle-roni
There will be an opportunity during the 12 days of Christmas to help separate and deliver donated items. The last day to donate is January 3rd. For more information, please contact Deacon Missy by email: email@example.com, or call or text: 206-910-7321.
Peace of the Lord! -Deacon Missy
St John's Book Club
The St. John’s Book Club continues to meet, though via Zoom. All are welcome to join us on Zoom to discuss the book. Please email us if you are new to our group and want to attend. We will need to include you in our online Zoom group. The books we select are available through the King County Library System. We select them 3-4 months in advance to allow plenty of time of you to be able to receive them through the library. It might take a little longer during these COVID-19 times.
Sunday, Jan. 3rd at 3pm
The Night Watchman by Louis Erdrich
Based on the extraordinary life of Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
Sunday, Feb. 7th at 3pm
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Sunday March 7th at 3pm
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Men's Bible Group
The Men's Bible Group meets online Tuesday mornings at 8am. Please email us for more information.
"Starts and Beginnings" was offered November through December 2020.
Canon John Fergueson concluded this class series with the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Liturgical Season of Christmastide. Please see the class page for more information as well as videos and PDFs for each session.
Advent Meditation Devotionals 2020
Thank you to all who have contributed to our Advent Devotionals! We published them each day via email as well as posting them on the website here.
Links to more information about previous emails:
Pre-recorded Christmas Day service. Please note there are 30 minutes of Christmas carols in the beginning of the video followed by an hour long service.
Opening in Kirkland on October 20, the Say Their Names Memorial features the faces and names of Black victims of racial injustice. The memorial will be hosted by Saint John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland, along with other area places of worship.
A group of individuals, congregations and local businesses will gather at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2020, to install the Say Their Names Memorial on the grounds of several places of worship, beginning at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 105 State Street S., Kirkland, Washington.
The memorial will be open to the public through November 30, 2020.
The Say Their Names Memorial features more than 240 portraits of Black victims whose lives were lost since the mid-nineteenth century to systemic racism and racial injustice - mothers, fathers, children, activists, community members. Each portrait will be accompanied by a floral tribute contributed by local gardeners, flower farmers and florists.
The Say Their Names Memorial is a nationwide grassroots initiative and memorial that originated in Portland, Oregon, on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020). Since then, organizers have shared photographs and information with individuals and committees who want to create memorials in their own neighborhoods and communities. Volunteers have mounted the memorial in over 25 locations across the United States since June.
"Our hope is that when people experience the memorial and look into the eyes of those no longer with us, they have a chance to reflect," says Joy Proctor, founder of the Say Their Names Memorial. "We want this to spur dialogue and even action across the nation in the communities where these memorials have been displayed."
Karen Thornton, a Woodinville-based event planner, is spearheading the Kirkland memorial, working in partnership with The Rev. Michael Ryan of Saint John's Episcopal Church and other congregations and volunteers, with the support of Kirkland's City Manager Kurt Triplett.
On October 6th, Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet issued this statement: "Three years ago, we passed Resolution 5240 which states that 'Kirkland believes in the dignity, equality and constitutional and civil rights of all people, and will not tolerate hate, intolerance, discrimination, harassment or any behavior that creates fear, isolation or intimidation.
We stand by that resolution and have expanded upon it. Kirkland is stronger because of our differences, not despite them. In a time of uncertainty and struggle, it is more critical than ever that we honor every person’s humanity, respect diverse views, and give each other grace.'"
Together, the City of Kirkland's recent statements of support for anti-racism, and the willingness of several places of worship to host the Memorial create an sense of community, Thornton says. "Our goal is to offer a chance for introspection and to encourage community members to better understand the role each of us plays in ongoing, systematic racism, while honoring those lives taken by it."
Saint John's Episcopal Church was the first congregation to volunteer its grounds for Say Their Names Memorial. "We are a community that remembers," says The Rev. Michael Ryan, Rector. "By hosting the Say Their Names Memorial, our congregation hopes to make the lives of those lost to racial injustice matter even more while bringing us to our senses about changing our present and our future."
The event is open to the public during daylight hours. Social distancing measures will be practiced and masks are required.
Signage will be on display to guide visitors to all of the Memorial Locations, including:
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Kirkland Congregational United Church of Christ, 106 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
Lake Washington Christian Church, 343 15th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland, WA 98033
Saint John's Episcopal Church, 105 State St., Kirkland, WA 98033
Volunteers are invited to participate
Seattle area volunteers are invited to participate. There are openings for approximately 50-75 people to take 2-3 hour shifts on October 20 to help install photographs and make/attach flower bouquets at several locations in Kirkland. To volunteer, arrive anytime after 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland. Masks required. Physical distancing expected. All supplies provided. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Karen Thornton [firstname.lastname@example.org] to sign up for a shift and location.
A Go Fund Me page is accepting cash donations to cover the cost of materials and supplies, including fresh flowers and tools. The use of donated funds will be transparent and shared through updates on the Go Fund Me page. Remaining funds will be donated to a non-profit organization with a social justice mission.
For more information about the memorial, to submit a name to be included, or to find out how you can create a memorial in your community, visit the website and social pages:
Links to more information about outreach from previous Sunday bulletins:
National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside
NAMI Eastside is offering several classes and resources for people living with or supporting others with mental health issues. Please click here for information.
If you need assistance, the NAMI website is https://nami-eastside.org/.
NAMI Online Meetings:
NAMI Eastside - Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, please see NAMI website for schedule.
All are welcome to this online family support group meeting from 7pm to 8:30pm
Please click here for information and to register for the meeting.
New Bethlehem Center
The Kirkland Place for Families & Women had its grand opening in August 2020. There is now a safe and permanent place to help families experiencing homeless on the Eastside. For more information, go to http://www.nbpshelter.org/ where you can learn about services, volunteer, or donate to this wonderful community resource.
Knitting Hats for our Seafarers
If you are looking for an at-home way to make a difference in the lives of essential workers, the Seattle Seafarers' Center can use your help! They are running low on our signature hand-knit hats to distribute to ship workers that come to the port of Seattle. Though cruise season has been interrupted due to the pandemic, cargo ships are still sailing, and the Seattle Seafarers' Center is working to meet as many as possible in a safe manner. To download the hat pattern, please visit https://www.mts-seattle.org/knit-or-sew-for-ditty-bags. Questions can be sent to email@example.com.