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Saint John’s

The Episcopal Church

in Pine Meadow, CT


APRIL 2019
From the Rector
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Holy Week and Easter approach, our

time of preparation can be enhanced by
participating in something larger than our-

Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, has

invited the Episcopal Church to try on a new
thing. In the words of Bishop Curry, “The
journey through Lent into Easter is a journey
with Jesus. We are baptized into his life,
self-giving and death; then we rise in hope
to life transformed. This Lent, faith commu-
nities are invited to walk with Jesus in his
Way of Love and into the experience of
transformed life.”

Our walk with Jesus does not end at Holy

Week or Easter. We are called to continue
this journey carrying God’s love out into the
world. The Way of Love—our intentional
practices that encourage and enable us to
carry God’s love into the world—will be our
focus as we journey into Holy Week and
Easter and look forward to Pentecost.

As we Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go,

Rest, Turn, and begin again we will be do-
ing God’s work in an intentional and devot-
ed way.

I invite you to contemplate these Practices

for a Jesus-Centered Life as you plan and
live your days. Consider praying with us us-
ing the emailed prayer list. Consider wor-
shipping with us on Thursday evenings for
our Healing Eucharist. Join us for Dwelling
in the Word on Thursday mornings or eve-
nings to learn from scripture. Rest and rec-
ollect yourselves for a quiet moment in the
church or the garden. Go out into the world
and share the blessings that God has
shared with you. Turn toward your neighbor
or your adversary and renew a relationship.

May this Lent and Easter be for you and

those you love a time for making your life
more Jesus-Centered Life.
St. John’s Monthly Donations Schedule
April – Hygiene, Snacks and Coffee Items – Distributed
to The Gathering Place, Torrington, CT.
The Rev. Sandra L. Cosman
May – St. John’s Little Free Pantry Supplies
An Invitation to a Holy Lent:
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and
resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fast-
ing. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It
was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the
whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our
Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite
you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repent-
ance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.

Ash Wednesday Services Wednesday, March 6th at Noon and 7:30 p.m. the Ash Wednesday liturgy with
the Imposition of Ashes and the start of the Lenten season.
Lent Madness Complete your bracket & learn more about Saints of the Church. Sign up online at or see Ryan Patch for details.
Praying in Color for Lent Daily intercessory prayers for Lent that get the creative juices flowing.
Dwelling in the Word Thursdays in Lent at 10:30 a.m. the Gospel reading for the following Sunday is
broken open and explored by a community of believers. Please join us!
Thursday Evening Healing Eucharist 6:30pm weekly.
Dwelling at Night! Select Thursdays in Lent – March 21st, April 4th and April 11th, at 7:00 p.m. the Gos-
pel reading for the following Sunday is broken open and explored by those not able to join us on Thursday
mornings. Please join us!

The Way of Love in Lent 40 daily acts of love to help us travel the Way of Love during Lent. Pick up
your copy in the rear of the church and join us in this simple act of devotion.
Seder Experience with Rabbi Berman Join us on April 15th for an exploration of the Seder, a Jewish rit-
ual service & ceremonial dinner for Passover. Please sign up in advance.
Being Christian Four sessions on Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer, for Lenten study or in preparation
for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception in the Episcopal Church. Four Sunday afternoons starting at noon
for one hour.
The Way of the Cross A devotion to the Passion of Christ which recalls a series of events at the end of Je-
sus' life from his condemnation to his burial. The Stations and Stations of the Cross supporting materials are
in the connector.
Holy Week Services Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday Services.
Dates to Note
Mardi Gras Concert Celebration for 50th Wedding Anniver-
saries – Sunday, May 19; 3:00 PM –
Red Door Youth - Mark your calen- 5:30 PM, Christ Church Cathedral will
dars - April 25th, and May 23rd host a Golden Wedding Anniversary
from 4:30pm to 6pm. Middle School Celebration for couples married for
students and up are invited. fifty years (or more). Liturgy will in-
clude renewal of marriage vows and
Vestry Meeting – Our vestry next commemorative certificates for all
meets on Thursday, April 25th. Please
couples. A reception will follow. Bish-
hold us in your prayers.
ops Douglas and Ahrens will preside
at this joyful service. Please contact
April 27, 2019 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Berlin the office if you are interested.
High School - Join other Episcopalians
from across Connecticut for a day of
temperatures have arrived! While we
fellowship, learning, prayer, and fun.
continue to stock our inside Pantry
All are welcome – from people in the
with many food items, here are just a
pews and vestry members to parish
few suggestions for stocking our out-
leaders and staff. More than 30 work-
side LFP during the cooler months:
shops are offered this year.
Hand Warmers, Chap Stick, Kleenex,
Gloves, Hot Cocoa, Toothbrushes,
Confirmation, Reception, and Re-
Playing Cards (new or used), Cough
affirmation of Baptismal Vows Classes
Drops, Coloring Books, Vitamin C
– will begin after the Christmas.
Drops, Hygiene Products.
Please see Mother Cosman if you are
interested to discuss dates and times.
Coffee Drinkers and Morning Snack
Lovers Needed - If morning noshes
Safe Church Training – St. John’s will
are part of your way of being in the
be hosting a Safe Church Training
world, please consider signing up to
Class on May 4th from 9am – 11:30AM.
host coffee hour!
Registrants need to arrive at 8:30am.
Please see Mother Sandra or Michelle
Easter Flowers – In your pledge enve-
with any questions.
lope boxes there is a special enve-
lope for Easter flowers, if you do not
ECW Annual Meeting – May 4th at The
have pledge envelopes, there are
Mardi Gras Ice Cream Social Aquaturf in Southington. More infor-
flower envelopes available in the nar-
mation is available in the parish hall.
thex. Please let us know those you
Please sign up if you would like to join
wish to honor no later than April 15th.

Lego Christian Education – Do you or

your kids love Lego blocks? See
Mother Cosman about an opportuni-
ty to join building with Legos and
Christian Formation.
Fundraising Team
Bishop’s Visitation – The Rt. Rev. Ian
Douglas, Bishop Diocesan, will be with
us on Sunday, June 23, 2019. During
this time the bishop will meet with the
vestry and parish leaders and lead
worship, including Confirmation, Re-
ception, and Reaffirmation.


SAINT JOHN’S – The Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow
Palm Sunday – April 14th
8am - Holy Eucharist, Rite I with the Blessing of the Palms
and Passion Narrative from the Gospel of Luke
10am - Holy Eucharist
with Choral Passion and Blessing of the Palms
Holy Monday – April 15th
7:30pm Seder Experience with Rabbi Donna Berman
Maundy Thursday – April 18th
7:30pm - Holy Eucharist with the Stripping of the Altar
9pm Maundy Thursday Overnight Vigil begins
and continues through the night until the Liturgy for Good Friday
Good Friday – April 19th
Noon –The Liturgy of Good Friday
7:30pm - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
with the Reading of the Passion Gospel
and the Solemn Collects and Anthems
Holy Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter – April 20th
10:00am – The Liturgy for Holy Saturday
Details about an evening ECCT Region Great Vigil of Easter Service may follow.

Easter Day – The Feast of the Resurrection – April 21st

8am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Music
10:00am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Music & Choir


Open Door
Join our team for Thank you to Cynthia Welch and the members of the Altar
April 20th at St. Guild for prepping for Holy Week services and caring for our
Lenten greens.
James in Winsted. Thanks to Ron Caine, Tom Chappell, Bruce Wearne,
9:00am–1:00pm Bob Osborne, Jeff Linton, Nancy Butler and Rick
Smith for cleaning the church.
COFFEE HOUR FOLLOWING SUNDAY Thank you to our Soup Kitchen Crew for their hard work.
Thank you to Halyna Petronchak & The Choir for all their
SERVICES – hard work preparing the music for Holy Week.
A sign up sheet is posted in the parish hall. All parish- Thank you to Anne Hall for providing the weekly Prayer List.
ioners who attend the 10AM service are requested to Thanks to Pat Sepples for taking care of our snow removal
host at least once this fall/winter. Coffee supplies other and sanding of the walks.
than cream are available in the kitchen. Thank you to Ginny Hoffmann, Betty Castonguay, Win-
nie Pratt, Howie Martin, Nancy Butler, Nancy Gibson,
PARISH REGISTER – Contact Information, Joanne Ritchie and Mary Fiorillo, our office volunteers.

Birthdays & Anniversaries Needed Please email Thanks to everyone who participates in the mission and
Michelle, our Parish Administrator at the Parish Office at ministry of St. John’s. with updates of your email and CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE TO ADD YOUR THANKS TO
phone contact information. Also, we love to honor folks THE NEXT EDITION OF THE PORTAL.
on their birthdays and anniversaries. Please let us know
the month and day, so that we can celebrate with you! GODLY PLAY
Our series of stories about Jesus’s life will culminate on April
St. John’s Community 7th as we tell the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Palm Sunday (4/14) will have a special program telling the
shares our prayer requests story of Holy Week. Easter Morning we will join our families
via our weekly email. in great celebration of our Risen Lord. Our traditional “flow-
Please contact Anne Hall ering of the cross” will again take place on our front lawn. If
at or the you have any flowers (real or artificial) please bring them to
add to our collection. Remember the story continues after
Parish Office to be added Christ’s Resurrection! The balance of our Sundays in April
to the list. and May will be spent in our stories of Jesus after his resur-
rection called “Knowing Jesus in a New Way”.
PASTORAL We are looking for adults who might be interested in learning
VISITS AND HOME more about the Godly Play program and if the interest con-
COMMUNIONS tinues to become doorkeepers and possibly storyteller for
next year. If you might be interested please speak with Lin-
Please email the office at of- da Snyder , 860-485-2545, as training is available. if you -
also contact Mother Cosman if Linda Snyder
Christian Formation Specialist
you enter the hospital.
Al-Anon Meetings – Are you bothered by some-
one’s drinking? Al-Anon can help. Please join us on
Friday mornings at St. John’s Parish Hall at 10:00am. TREASURER’S NOTE:
Parish Finances YTD as of March 31, 2019
2019 Pledges $177,455 2019 Budget: $208,809
Pledges Received: $ 41,301 YTD Actuals:*
HEALING EUCHARIST – Thursday Pledge Goal: $ 41,431 Operating Revenue: $53,496
evenings at 6:30pm. Please join us! Difference: -$130 Operating Expense: $35,432
Difference: $18,064
*includes all prepaid pledges
Thanks to everyone for their generous giving. If you have not
Parking Information - Please be aware that the fine pledged for 2019, it is not too late. Pledge sheets are in the nar-
for parking the wrong way on Church Street is $92.00. thex. Thank you. Diane Hayes, Treasurer
Saint. John’s
The Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow
51 Church Street – P.O. Box 27
Pine Meadow, Connecticut 06061

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my
prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. Phil. 1


Saint John’s Saint John’s 2018 Vestry Publication Deadline:
The Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow Sr. Warden: Month Noon, Friday
51 Church Street – P.O. Box 27 Stanley Moraski
Pine Meadow, CT 06061 Jr. Warden:
May April 24
Ph: 860-379-3062 Anne Hall
June/July May 29
Office Hours: Diane Hayes
Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Clerk of the Vestry:
After Hours Emergency Only: Beth Coates August July 24
Priest in Charge 860-227-6991
Seminarian Intern: Darryl Burke - darrylburke Sept/October September 4
The Rev. Sandra Lee Cosman, M.Div. November October 23
E-Mail: Members:
Ryan Patch (2020) December/January November 27
Secretary: Virginia Hoffmann(2020)
Michelle Piekos Jeff Linton(2021)
E-Mail: Christopher Olson(2021)
Mary Fiorillo (2022)
Music Director: Susie Horn (2022)
Halyna Petronchak
E-mail: ECCT Delegates:
Robert Osborne
Christian Education Specialist: Anne Hall
Linda L. Snyder
Email: Mission & Outreach Ministries:
Laura & Bruce Wearne Deadline for
Web sites: the May
Altar Guild:
St. John’s: www Cynthia Welch
Portal is noon, April 24th Word limit is 250.
ECCT: Intercessory Prayer List Requests: Send information to
Anne Hall