Welcome to All-Parish eNews for
October 4, 2018

Please contact Loris Showalter at at 334-7978 if you can host this Sunday,
also need hosts for the other Sundays in Octoberplease sign up at bulletin board.) 

Sunday Worship Schedule

  • 8 a.m. - Traditional Service
  • 9:15 -10:15 a.m. - Faith Leader Program (Adult Education between services)
  • 10:30 a.m - Sung Service
  • 10:35 a.m. - Children's Sunday School (children start the service in church, then leave with their teachers for their classes during the singing of the Gloria)

Important Dates This Week

  • Sat., Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Safeguarding God's Children & People trainings at St. John's; more below. 
  • Sat. Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m., Calvary Parish Hall, Lincoln & Cedar, Santa Cruz, A presentation of the Pros & Cons of the November State Ballot Measures, by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County.
  • Sun., Oct. 7, 5 p.m. Special Blessing of the Animals at Seacliff Village Park - across the street- no supper this time. (No animals in a.m. please)
  • Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Helpful Shop to be honored by Capitola City Council.
Coming Up Quick
  • Sat., Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Honored Women’s Day, Diocesan ECW, St Stephen’s, Gilroy
  • Sat., Oct. 13, 4-8 p.m., “Bring Your Best to God” Stewardship Kick Off Potluck.
  • Sun., Oct. 14, @ 3 pm - Pianist Robyn Carmichael will play the first concert on our new Kawai piano for the intimate afternoon Keyboard Series hosted by Josef Sekon and St. John's.
  • Mon., Oct. 15, ECW Potluck Noon in the Cafe, a program on Christian Icon Appreciation: A history and Artistic Mysteries from Patricia Poulos with guest Kay Gilles.
Make Sure You Have These Dates
  • Mon. Oct. 22, Last day to register for Diocesan Convention, For registration documents click here
  • Fri. & Sat. Oct. 26-27, Diocesan Convention, Sherwood Hall, Salinas
  • Sun. Oct. 28 @ 3 p.m. Dedication of Our New Organ with a Recital by Bill Visscher.
  • Fri., Nov. 2, Evening of Wine and Roses, 6-9 p.m. Crosetti Hall at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Fund raiser for Community Health Trust (a past Helpful Shop grant recipient); more later
  • Sun., Nov. 4, 2-5 p.m., Tent of Abraham event at St John’s “Asking the Difficult Questions." See below.
  • Sat., Nov. 10, Outreach Ministries Fair and Potluck, 4 p.m. on - stay tuned.
  • Sat. & Sun., Dec. 1-2, 2018, Christmas Craft & Cookie Fair. Start planning by contacting Marta Strock, at or 247-9472. She has some great ideas!

Faith Leader Assignment for Sunday
9:15-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary
Mtr. Tracy

This week, we will look at some New Testament figures and the stories of how they were called by God. Even if you weren't assigned one of these figures to research, I would like everyone to at least look at these scriptures cited here before Sunday:
John the Baptist (our patron saint!) - Luke 3:1-20                    
Mary (the mother of Jesus) - Luke 1:26-56      
Peter - Matthew 4:18-22, 10:1-15, 16:13-23
Paul - Acts 9:1-19
Stephen. Acts 6:1-6

It's never too late to join the class. You will benefit from just being present and we will benefit from your presence. Childcare is available in the Nursery.

This Saturday

 Safeguarding God's Children- Last MInute Update

The fee: $15 for both sessions / $10 for one -is payable at the door. Cash is great and checks work too, make them out to "Kathleen Crowe" , as they are compensation to her for her costs. (Please don't make them out to St Johns.)

The fuel: While coffee and tea will be provided, please make your own arrangements for snacks or lunch. 

The "Children" training (9:30 a.m.-noon morning session) is required for all who work with or care for children in our church.
The "People" training (1-3 p.m. afternoon session) is required for all who work with "vulnerable adults" (pastoral visiting, lay Eucharistic ministers, etc).

If you are required to take either you should have been contacted by the office. All trainings can be taken by ANYONE. The online sessions will be the new norm for getting certificates. Come learn all about it from a real live human person!

This Sunday at 5 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals

Seacliff Village Park
  • Bring your pets (on leash, in a crate, or otherwise restrained) to the park across the street from the church
  • Service only; no potluck afterwards 
  • (No animals in a.m. please)

Help Spread the Word!

Part of the reason we're doing the service across the street in the park again this year is as an outreach to our neighbors. Invite your friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc, to join us with their pets. 

And if you're REALLY an extrovert, join Tina Grubbe in some "street outreach" at Seacliff State Park on Saturday afternoon and Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service. She'll be vesting in an alb (to stand out and be more visible, like we did for "Ashes to Go") and walking and talking to people inviting them to our service. Rumor has it that among the folks joining her for this on Saturday may be one adorable seven-year-old (pictured at left)... and who's going to be able to say no to him???

If you'd like to be part of the fun, call or text Tina at 831-227-4864 or email her at

New Policy for Verbal Announcements in Church
Mtr. Tracy

I know, I know: announcements go on too long in church. I know a lot of this is my fault; you all know me well enough now to know that brevity is not my strong suit. 

The Worship Committee and I discussed this this week and brainstormed some practical ways we might shorten the announcement time. I've decided to try a new policy for how announcements are made and who makes them. I will hold myself accountable to these rules as well!

1. Anyone who wants to make an announcement must tell me BEFORE the service (preferably by Saturday). I will no longer be asking "Does anyone have anything else?" or handing the mic to anyone who just raises their hand during announcements.

2. Everyone making an announcement will come up to the front of the church at announcement time (like the way everyone with birthdays and anniversaries comes forward all at once). This way we can pass the mic between people more quickly and ensure that everyone can see the person making the announcement.

3. Please write out your announcement and keep it to THREE SENTENCES maximum. (And no, you can't use super-long, run-on sentences as a way to get around this rule ;o)

4. If your announcement is printed in the announcement sheet and has been in the eNews, you get ONE SENTENCE to draw people's attention to it.  An example might be,

"Remember that the Safeguarding God's Children and God's People training is coming up this Saturday; the details are in your announcement sheet."

(I'm not going to say that if it's printed it can't be announced verbally at all, because I get it -- saying something verbally in front of the group works much better to draw people's attention to it than putting it in writing, no matter how many different places or times you do so.)

Helpful Shop to be Honored by Capitola City Council

The City of Capitola will recognize the Helpful Shop for its 65 years of service in the Village with a proclamation presented at a City Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.  (The proclamations happen right at the start of the meetings, shortly after 7 p.m.) All are welcome to attend! 

WHERE: City Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Capitola Ave. The Chambers are on the first floor, near the Police Department.

PARKING: There’s some parking right in front, but most is in the two large “beach and village” lots behind City Hall.
Come, gather under the Tent of Abraham, in which, through education and dialogue, we aim to help create a world where people of different faiths, or no faith, can live in harmony and peace.
2018-19 Series:
Growing Our Capacity to Understand
and to Stand With One Another

All events are on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 - hosted here at St. John's!
What would you want to ask someone of a different faith?
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 - hosted by Chadeish Yameinu
at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz
What do our Sacred Texts say to us about conflict?

Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019 - hosted by Islamic Center of Santa Cruz at the Center For Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt Street, Santa Cruz
How To Resolve Conflict Bystander Training by CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

St. John's Honored Woman 2018:
Diane Scofield!

Please congratulate Diane and thank her for going above and beyond in her ministry for St. John's this year, especially at the Helpful Shop. We will honor Diane at the annual diocesan Honored Women's Day: Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30-2:00 at St. Stephen's in Gilroy

To All Book Lovers & Collectors!
Come by the Word Shop
10-3, Mon., Weds, & Fri., 12-6 Tues. & Thurs.
246A Center St., Aptos (
across & down from Manuel's)

Read Alliee's article In the Spirit: The Word Shop’s swan song from the Sept. 14, 2018 issue of the SC Sentinel.

Alliee DeArmond's Word Shop  is closing and she invites you to come by. She especially would like people who can make them available to others through their ministries or groups. Like maybe jail ministries, little libraries, or discussion groups, senior centers, children's groups - you get the picture. She has books covering just about all subjects; Christian topics and writers but also mysteries, general fiction, children's books, history - and more!  This is also an opportunity for you to see a possible site for the future Helpful Shop.  

Do you sew?

A generous volunteer purchased some yardage of this gorgeous fabric to make a cover for the new Kawai piano. We are hoping someone will take up the project of binding the fabric into a finished cover. Currently the piano is covered with black felt - maybe lining the decorative fabric with the felt? If this is your area of expertise please let the office know.
Volunteers Needed at the Diocesan Convention
Mary Beth Powell, Diocesan Administrator

As we approach our 38th Annual Diocesan Convention, we invite your aid in helping us find volunteers to help out with Hospitality and Registration.

For Registration, we need a total of 14 people for the 2 days. Please contact Registration Guru Joe Chouinard to sign up. You can reach him via email at:

Delegates and Alternates, please consider asking your spouses and partners who may be attending convention with you if they may wish to help out with this well-orchestrated job. If you know of a friend who would like to help, please give them Joe’s email to contact him to volunteer. We will need registration volunteers Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, exact times still to be decided.

For Hospitality, we will need help with:
  • Friday Night: Banquet set up and clean up.
  • Saturday: Late morning shift to help set up for lunch. We have bag lunches delivered and we need people to help set up the tables for the lunches as well as monitor the name badges for the correct dots indicating the vegetarian or regular sandwiches. Then we will need a crew after lunch to help keep the coffee flowing and the snack tables filled, then help will breakdown. Please contact me at to volunteer.
Thank you for your help encouraging people to volunteer!

Mary Beth Powell

for "Director of Music Ministries" 

Mtr. Tracy

The full job posting and job description can be found on the Music Ministries page of our website. (We have also posted the job on the Episcopal News Service's jobs page and the American Guild of Organists (AGO)'s job postings.)
Application deadline is 10/20/18, then the search team will begin conducting interviews. I'm hopeful we can have someone in place by November.

A policy note: I do not hire parishioners for paid staff positions. I choose not to do so because of the dual role status it creates for me - to be their priest and their boss - two very different roles. If you know talented musicians from outside the parish who might be interested, please encourage them to apply.

eNews Submissions
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Regular News- eNews & or Bulletin announcements, send to:
  • Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28: Sunday school as usual at 10:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 4: no Sunday School. All children will be in church at 10:30 a.m. for a special All Saints Day service and a baptism!
  • Nov. 11, 18 & 25: Sunday school as usual at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 2: no Sunday School. All children in church for special service.
  • Dec. 9 & 16: Sunday school as usual at 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 7
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Jon Showalter
  • Tellers: Jan, Andrea
Oct. 14
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Barb Raney
  • Tellers: Nancy, Barbara
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos 95003
Mailing Address :  PO Box 188, Aptos, CA  95001
Office Telephone: 831-708-2278 * website
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Usual Office Hours: T, W & Th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mtr. Tracy’s Direct line: 831-531-7190 and email:
Pastoral Emergency Line (To reach a priest 24/7): 831-531-7187
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