Holy Week & Easter Schedule
March 20 – Palm/Passion Sunday
8:00 am: Traditional Rite I Holy Eucharist with Palms and St. Luke’s Passion Gospel 10:30 am: Contemporary Rite II Holy Eucharist with Procession of the Palms, Music St. Luke’s Passion Gospel
March 24 – Maundy Thursday
11:00 am: Weekday Communion and Healing Service
6:30 pm: Seder Meal and Holy Eucharist with Music and Stripping of the Altar
March 25 – Good Friday
12:Noon:Good Friday Liturgy with St. John’s Passion Gospel
7:30 pm: St. John’s Passion Play
March 27 – Easter Sunday
8:00 am: Traditional Rite I Holy Eucharist
10:30 am: Contemporary Rite II Holy Eucharist with Music
Search Committee News
Our Search Committee has been formed and meeting regularly for several months. The Committee Members are as follows:
Liz Healey-Chairperson, Paul Johnson, Helen Johnson, Michele Lozanski, Woodie Tingle.
Surveys and Open Parish Meetings
Thank you for returning your completed Surveys. And we had very good attendance at the three Open Parish Meetings this spring. We are now compiling your feed back and input and working on the Parish Computer Portfolio required by the Diocese of Maryland. Our completed Portfolio will be posted on the National Episcopal Church Search website.
We still want and need your input as we continue with this process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Liz Healey or any member of the committee. Timely updates will be given by Search Committee members at announcements during worship, in the Newsletters and online. Thank you.
At this time in its parish life, St. John’s Church is in an Interim Period between Settled Pastors. Our current priest, Fr. Dan Hinkle, is a trained specialist in Intentional Interim Ministry. He has specialized in Interim Ministry for thirteen years. In addition to serving as our pastor, Fr. Dan is guiding us through the Five Developmental Tasks unique to the Interim time of congregations. These tasks include the following:
1. Coming to Terms with our History
2. Discerning a New Identity and Mission for the future
3. Necessary Parish Leadership Rotations
4. Strengthening Greater Church Relationships
5. Preparing for New Ministry
Check this site for more information on our upcoming Parish History Project to take place during Lent.
We are now focussing on the Five developmental Tasks of the Interim Period. It will be several months before we begin to give energy to a Search Process. Regular updates and reports will be announced to the congregation and published here on the website and in future newsletters.
Five Developmental Tasks
Unique to the Interim Period
We are now in an Interim Period between Settled Rectors at St. John’s Church. Fr. Dan Hinkle is our Interim Rector and he began his ministry with us on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Fr. Dan is guiding us through the Five Developmental Tasks of the Interim Period. We will be starting our History Project soon after the New Year. More details on this important project will be posted after the holidays.
A summary of the Five developmental Tasks is listed below.
1. Coming to Terms with History
- Putting the tenure of former pastors in perspective
- Acknowledging the past and accepting both the good and the bad
- Deciding what is important and worthwhile to carry into the future
- Appropriate venting of feelings, grieving, accepting, & moving on
2. Discovering a New Identity
- Determining whether congregations self-image is realistic
- Seeing the interim time as an opportunity for renewal and growth
- Congregation sees itself as an entity without a pastor; separating the church’s identity from former pastors’ personalities and styles
3. Leadership (paid and volunteer) Changes during an Interim
- Power and control of decisions and direction of congregation
- Healthy, realistic, and open decision-making; wide ownership of decisions
- Managing conflicts to promote congregational unity
- Honoring past leaders and finding ways to keep them involved
- Burn-out and drop-out of leaders; leadership development & rotation
4. Renewing Denominational Linkages
- Healthy partnership with the denomination
- Authority, dependency, interdependency, counter-dependency
- Church’s tendency to see diocese through former priest’s eyes
- History of relationship, dollars, trust; share mission
5. Commitment to New Directions in Ministry
- Wide ownership of & excitement about shared vision for the future
- Getting a good match between a new pastor and the congregation
- Clear and shared expectations between clergy and congregation
- Clean & healthy exit of interim pastor; good closure of interim period
Christmas Eve, December 24th
5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve Worship
With Scottish Celtic Harp Music, Carols, Rite II Contemporary Language a Christmas Message for All Ages, and Holy Communion
10:30 PM A Service of Light and Special Music
Featuring Carols and Scottish Celtic Harp Music
11:00 PM Midnight Eucharist
With Carols, Choir, Rite II Contemporary Language, a Christmas Message for All Ages, and Holy Communion
Christmas Day, December 25th
11:00 AM The Christ Mass
With Rite I Traditional Language, a Christmas Message for All Ages and Holy Communion
1st Sunday in Christmas Season, December 28
10:30 AM A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
St. John’s Spring Fling is Coming!
Saturday, May 2nd, 9 am-2 pm. Vendors/Crafters, Food & Bake Table, Tours. ALL INDOORS!
Come and See Us. Bring your family and friends. A great time for all!
Contact our Office between 9:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 410-592-8570. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Warden, Mark Lobb.
Junior Warden, Anne Leland.
Registrar, Maxine Rising.
Treasurer, Anne Stevenson.
Vestry Members–Pat Carden, Eve Deinlein, Angeline Downs, Joe Garrett, Helen Johnson, Paul Johnson, Judy Jones, Sharon Kellogg, Michele Lozanski
Organist and Choir Director–
The Rev. Daniel W. Hinkle