Solas-Feb2015

Solas - February 1

February 1 at 6 pm is a special evening for Solas and for those who love Celtic stories and music. For over 1500 years the Celtic peoples have been celebrating Brigid, the patroness of Ireland. Her Feast day begins the ancient Celtic season of Imbolc, the day that marks the coming of light after the dark days of winter. While winter may not be spring-like yet, we begin to see snowdrops and crocuses to remind us that spring is coming.

Brigid is honored for her generous compassion for the poor and giving away of food and goods, her remarkable gifts of healing, and her leadership of establishing the only known "double monastery" where monks and nuns served together in Ireland. Our gathering brings together Brigid and lament. Lament gives us a time and place to express our sorrows while Brigid embraces us through her healing gifts. Lament ("caoineadh") is an ancient tradition and brings with it songs both beautiful and wrenching that open our hearts. Healing through the faith of Brigid invites us to health and growth in our spirit.

All are welcome.    Click here to see a flyer for this event.

  • come to hear stories
  • come to chant together
  • come to light candles
  • come to seek healing
  • come to be in silence
  • come to receive communion
  • come to share a meal
  • come

Our musicians include: Jessie Burns (fiddle), Margot Krimmel (harp), Marcy Baruch (vocal), Stephen Bross (percussion), Kristin Fuhrmann Clark (chant), and Janet Strickler (harmonium).  Listen to two Celtic songs:
Gabhaim Molta Bride, by Margot Krimmel

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Lullaby, by Beth Gadbow

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 PolarBearA Call to Climate Action

St John's has always taught us that reaching out to the suffering and marginalized members of our community is central to the church's mission to engage Christ's love in service to the world. And, the "new" Social Action Ministry at St John's continues to serve as a significant platform for this important mission.

Starting in January, 2015, we're introducing a new initiative: St John's Call to Climate Action. We are inviting you to join us through Learning, Prayer, and Action, on behalf of our Planet...working in every way that you are able, to help preserve, as our Book of Common Prayer says, "this fragile earth, our island home" We will offer specific ideas...some simple, and some not so simple actions ...where you can make a difference.

Click here to read a more detailed description of this program.


Adult Forum:   February 1 - Recognizing God's Voice: Developing the Ears to Hear

Presented by: Reynold Feldman
Background: Ren is a retired university dean and author of numerous books. He led this forum at diocesan convention.
Attend if you: Pray for God's guidance and wish to recognize the Divine voice when God answers
Location: Sanctuary

 Click here for the complete list of upcoming Adult Education Forums.


 BookOfRembranceSt. John's Remembrance Book

St. John's has begun the process of compiling a remembrance book that will contain the names and history of members of our congregation buried in the columbarium. If you have information, an obituary and/ or pictures of a family member(s) or anyone buried in the columbarium, please provide a copy of that information to Tom Brewster through the St. John's office. Tom would be happy to visit with you and document your remembrances.