A texting scam recently targeted at least two St. John's parishioners with texts representing that they were from Father John. This very recent article from a tech website warns that these kinds of attacks are on the rise and offers steps we can take to protect ourselves. The best advice is, if it looks suspicious, do not respond. Instead, contact the person it purports to be from by another means to check its authenticity. The church will never send you a text or email asking you to provide personal or financial information or, as was the case in the recent incidents, to buy gift cards.
As more people are receiving the COVID vaccine, new cases have continued to trend down nationwide, including in Hardin County. In consultation with health experts, the diocese has concluded that we can safely restore the cup; that is, we can resume receiving communion in both kinds. For now, this will be confined to intinction (dipping the host into the wine). We can also resume congregational singing, so long as we continue masking. While these are very welcome developments, we will continue to take precautions, including distancing, masks, temperature checks and sanitizing surfaces, door handles, etc. We will also continue live streaming our services for those who aren’t yet able to return to in-person worship.
If you are not able to join us in person, we invite you to join us in our worship online. We gather on Zoom beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for a virtual coffee hour and check-in time. We will livestream the worship on Zoom and Facebook Live at 11 a.m. If you would like instructions for joining us on Zoom, please contact us HERE. If you would like to join us on Facebook, we invite you to visit the St. John's Facebook group HERE.
Jesus asked, "Who was the man's neighbor?" We want to answer that question, "We are the neighbor." Whether you live next door or across town, we understand ourselves to be neighbors, and we seek to live into the pledge we make in our baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself. It's how we understand our identity as Christians. We welcome you to join us in this holy work.
We believe God knows our every prayer before we pray it, but we also know the power of prayer. Prayer is foundational to our common life, and we pray every day, for those in need, those who are sick or suffering, for the church, the nation and the world. We also pray every day for those living in our neighborhood. How can we pray for you? email@example.com or 409-385-4371.