It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and school has begun. With the onset of September, our preparations for the Food Festival accelerate into high gear. Baking schedules are posted in the weekly bulletin and baking days usually begin at 9:00am. Please give whatever time you can to help and don’t forget to sign up and volunteer during the festival itself. It takes a lot of manpower and hard work to make the festival the success we know it will be. Also, don’t forget to make your reservations for Taverna Night, which will be on Thursday, October 11th. Gather your friends together and reserve a table of eight. Taverna Night is a wonderful start to the festival and always a time to celebrate fellowship and good food.
Every Sunday, I see more new faces in church. Take a moment after liturgy and greet any newcomers to St. John’s. Extend an invitation to them to join us at our coffee hour. St. John’s has always been known as the “friendly” church and I would like for us to live up to our reputation.
Along with the opening of our beautiful new church comes an added increase to the monthly operating expenses. Our insurance has more than doubled as has electricity and other utilities. Your parish council is keeping a close watch on these increased expenses and along with the presentation of the budget in November at our fall General Assembly, we are preparing an overview of all our additional expenses to advise the community of the need of every parishioner to fulfill their 2012 stewardship commitment and to do their part and submit a stewardship card for 2013. Our Stewardship Chairs, Hope File and Nina Sullivan are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Parish Council President