St. John's eNews 
November 29, 2018

This Week

  • SATURDAY (12/1), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church:

Drop off your edible/perishable donations
tomorrow (Friday) or early Saturday morning. 

Contact Marta Strock, at or 247-9472,
with any last minute questions.

  • Saturday (12/1) - Architecture Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Office Study. Stained glass artist Susan Wagner will be with us to show us a new proposed design for the windows above the barn door. Any and all are welcome to attend the meeting.
  • Sunday (12/2) - HELPFUL SHOP RE-OPENS in new Aptos location! 1-4 p.m. Brief liturgy at 1:00 with blessing of the new space and ribbon-cutting (details below)
  • Monday (12/3) - Worship Committee, 1:30 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Tuesday (12/4) - Homeless Service Programs Meeting, 9-11:30 a.m., Cafe
  • Tuesday (12/4) - Finance Committee (2019 budget review/revision), 12 p.m., office study
  • Tuesday (12/4) - Dinner with AFC Shelter Guests, 6 p.m., Cafe (all welcome)
  • Wednesday (12/5) - Eucharist at Dominican Oaks, 11 a.m., Dominican Oaks Chapel
Coming Up
  • Dec. 8 (Sat.) - Funeral for The Rev. Stu Schlegel, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary. Please click here to let us know you're coming, to help the hospitality team get an idea of how many to expect.
Events of Organizations We Support
  • Fri., Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, No Room at the Inn. St. Phillips, Scotts Valley, Nativities display event to benefit benefit WINGS and the AFC. Details below.
  • Tues. Dec. 11th, Shadowbrook Fundraising Dinner for the Santa Cruz Choral. 30% of your bill will be donated to the Chorale. Just mention the Chorale when you arrive or make reservations.
  • Thursday, December 13, 6-8 p.m. Poor People’s Town Hall Aptos, Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr. (details below)

Faith Leader Assignment for Sunday, Dec. 2
9:15-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary

 Intro to Spiritual Practices - Session 6

To Do Before Dec. 2 Class:

  • Read Session 6 (p. 1-5, Book II).  
  • Skim the more detailed handouts on the six “streams” of Christianity
  • Complete the Spiritual Practice Profile (p. 6, Book II)
  • Pick the 2 streams in which you feel you need to grow the most (circle them) 

This is a great time to join us if you haven't before!
The 4 Sundays in Advent will be on spiritual practices
and writing or revising a Rule of Life.

Full Class Schedule:

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.

Many Thanks!
Loris Gielczyk (Showalter)
Thank you Laura Caldwell, Bill Kell,Vebeke Orsini, Brian & Barb Raney, Diane Scofield, Karen & Charles Greenleaf, Marianne Rebele, Pat Poulos, Mary Nona & Michael Hudson, Floyd Butler & Joan Valor, Nancy Shephard, Ray Wolfe and Anne Sherwood for serving the homeless a hot meal last week at the Winter Shelter.  

You were part of 20 faith communities who have come together for the next 5 months to provide a warm space to sleep and be served a hot meal during the winter months. Your compassion, human kindness and your gift of time is the true definition of what being a Christian is all about. On a personal note, I did not have to make one phone call – you all came to me and for that I thank you- what a gift!  I hope you received as much you gave.

The Helpful Shop Re-Opens
on Sunday!
246 A Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Join us as we process from the church to the new Helpful Shop at 1 p.m. for a brief liturgy blessing the new space and commissioning it for this ministry, and a ribbon cutting as we officially open the doors of our new location!

After coffee hour on Sunday, we'll walk in a procession down to the new Helpful Shop. (Listen for Mother Tracy to ring the gong to gather the crew together.)  If you are able, join us. If you're not able to walk the whole way, please share rides with one another to get there, since there is limited parking around the shop.

Please Volunteer at the Shop!
We need more volunteers! Please contact Diane Scofield, our Interim Helpful Shop Manager, ( or 831-332-7711) if you are willing to help.

We'll continue to accept DONATIONS for the shop in the church office.
2018 Grant Applications
You can pick one up in the office or download from our website by clicking here.
  • Deadline for applying is Dec. 10, 2018
  • Grant recipients will be notified in mid-January
  • Helpful Shop Grants Luncheon will be Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
Music & Flower Offerings
Envelopes to designate a gift for this purpose are in the pews!

Proceeds will be used to purchase flowers
and pay special musicians for the Christmas services.

A list of those in whose honor or memory the offerings were given
will be printed in all the Christmas bulletins.
This is a great way to remember or honor a loved one at this special time of year.
History of Our New Organ
information from Rick Becton 
Our Hook-Rosales pipe organ was originally purchased in 1869 for the Presbyterian congregation in Marysville with a worship space that seated 500 (!), so it is a powerful instrument.Hook-Rosales Organ
It served them for 50 years before it was modernized and converted to pneumatics in the 1920’s, and then served the same congregation for 30 more years before a final move to their new campus in the 1950's. This move was somewhat unsuccessful; pieces of the organ were lost or damaged. However, it continued to serve for 30 years, played, but disguised behind a screen as a shadow of its original form. By 1979, most members of the congregation considered the pipe organ not worth saving but a few rallied to the cause to save their beloved pipe organ.

Manuel Rosales, whose company rebuilt what is now our organ in 1981, said in a Facebook post: "At the time our team of craftsmen included Steuart Goodwin who designed the case and painted the facade pipes, William Visscher whose knowledge of 19th style actions and amazing woodworking skills were paramount to re-creation and preserving the instrument's historical style, and a very gifted English-trained pipemaker Richard Goldstein who made the new pipes and restored the extant material sometimes saving pipes that are often just melted down due to their poor condition. The driving force and financial leadership of the project to save the organ were two determined ladies who were not going to see the instrument replaced. Tunia Van den Bout and Joanne Smith, both sadly deceased, unrelentingly kept the spirit of the project alive with the congregation receiving regular updates on our progress. The first public audition was at the 1981 AGO Regional Convention with Swiss organist and romantic music specialist Guy Bovet. David Rothe, professor of organ at Chico State University served as consultant. I'm glad to see Opus 7 find a new home where it will be appreciated."
The excellent installation at St. John's in 2018 was done by Bill Visscher (currently representing the company Hupalo & Repasky) who was one of the team instrumental in its 1981 restoration. This new incarnation of our organ is not yet 40-years old.  Bill says the instrument has approximately 80 percent of the original pipes, with more added in the year 1980 to make about 1200 pipes today.

Our Hook-Rosales organ is a robust instrument that will serve St. John's for decades; it is in excellent rebuilt condition. We were blessed to purchase the organ for only $1 and to have had the installation financed by a generous donation. Let us pray that it will live on and be loved at St. John's for many years as it did at its original congregation.
2018 Christmas Service Schedule at St. John’s
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) – 4 p.m. & 10 p.m. Holy Eucharist
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25) – 11 a.m. Morning Prayer (no Eucharist)
  • Sunday, Dec. 30 – ONE SERVICE at 9:15 a.m. – Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist
  • Sunday, Jan. 6 – Feast of the Epiphany, regular service times (8:00 and 10:30)

4 p.m. – Family Service (Rite “III”)
This service will be an “alternative” service designed to be family-friendly and interactive, with a Christmas Pageant instead of a sermon. Music will be provided by Jane Daugherty and a jazz quartet.

10 p.m. – Traditional Service (Rite II)
Although earlier than a “Midnight Mass,” this service will be in that style. We'll have organ music and handbells. The choir will sing, special musicians will play, and the priest will chant the entire Eucharistic prayer. (There will NOT be incense this year at the late service.) 

11 a.m. – Morning Prayer (Rite II)
This is the “quieter” Christmas service, a simple Morning Prayer service with Christmas carols on the day of our Lord’s birth.

12 p.m. - Christmas Dinner with Holy Communion, hosted by Mtr. Tracy
Potluck; please bring a dish to share. (Making one dish is a lot easier than cooking the whole traditional meal!) As part of our sharing a meal together, we will also receive communion together around the tables in an informal setting.
Christmas Services Update:
There WILL be Communion on Christmas Day

Mother Tracy

After several people expressed disappointment to me that there would not be Eucharist on Christmas Day this year, I've made a slight modification to our Christmas service schedule.

We will now include an informal sharing of communion as part of the Christmas Dinner following the Morning Prayer service on Christmas Day... in the tradition of the "Eucharistic Feast" being an actual meal, as it was in its origins.

The Christmas Day experience will be much more informal than the events of the previous night. I hope there will be a family-like atmosphere as we gather together on Christmas morning and share a meal. We'll re-evaluate the whole thing after this year when we begin planning for next Christmas.

I'd be happy to talk to any of you in person about the reason for this decision. It's driven by my need for sleep and rest after the late Christmas Eve service the night before... limitations that I have due to my mental health needs, not just "oh, poor me, I'm tired and I don't want to work."
Please RSVP for Christmas Day Dinner!
Mother Tracy

Speaking of the Christmas Day Dinner, it's time to start signing up. Please let me know if you'll be coming, what you'll be bringing, and if you can help with set up or clean up.

I've created an event in Realm, our new church management program, where you can "register" for this event. Each of the types of food are a "registration type"... so you could "register" for "side dish" to indicate that you're coming and bringing a side dish. 

In the memo line of your registration, please list what you'll be bringing (i.e., mashed potatoes) and also note whether you can help with set up or clean up. (Just put "set up" or "clean up" after the item you're bringing.)
Click here to sign up and try our new system:
Sounds of the Season!
Cabrillo Chamber Ensembles,  Samper Music Hall, Cabrillo College, Leslie Baker is helping to coach these ensembles.
  • Thurs. Nov. 29 at 12:30 pm
Music for the Feast of Christmas, Cabrillo Chorus- Holy Cross Church, 123 High St. Santa Cruz (Sherrie DeWitt and Chrys Sparks will be performing) Featuring Haydn's Lord Nelson's Mass, a variety of other pieces & sing-a-long carols. (Tickets go fast for the Sunday afternoon performance.)
  • Fri. Nov. 30, 8 p.m
  • Sat. Dec. 1, 8 p.m
  • Sun. Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
Cabrillo College Orchestra, Sibelius, Sibelius, Sibelius- Cabrillo College, Samper Recital Hall (Janet & Johns Duncan & Audie Henry play with them.) 
  • Thurs. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
UCSC Concert Choir Performance, UCSC Music Hall, performing Stravinsky and other Russian composers, Anne Baker sings with this group. Tickets click here
  • Fri., Dec 7, 7:30 pm
Christmas with the Chorale, Holy Cross Church, 123 High St. (Eliza Linley sings with them.) Featuring Monterverdi's Magnificat for orchestra & chorus. Tickets click here.  
  • Sat. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
A Winter Celebration with the Cabrillo College Symphonic Winds, Crocker Theater, Cabrillo College, (John Duncan and Leslie Baker) An afternoon of seasonal music by Wind Bands in honor of Lile Cruse.
  • Sun. Dec 9 at 3 p.m.
Fiat Musica - Free Concert, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Dr. - (Mary Jane Chambers sings with them.)
  • Mon. Dec 10 at 7 p.m.
Messiah Sing-a-long, Peace United Church of Christ, a chance to sing along with Cabrillo choral groups and a real orchestra; scores available to borrow at the door.
  • Thurs. Dec 18, 7 p.m.
Poor People’s 4th meeting

Thursday, December 13, 6-8 p.m.
Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr.

A Poor People’s Town Hall takes place each month in a different city within Santa Cruz County. So far, Town Halls have been in SC, Watsonville and Davenport. These events are an opportunity for people to come and connect with the movement. We will sing together, struggle together, and hear about the work that is being done in different areas to address poverty. We will hear testimonies from poor people in each area about their experiences and the need for change.

Community members can ask questions, make comments and share their own testimonies of being poor in Santa Cruz County. This is an effort to engage all communities that fight poverty in a county-wide movement that is tied in with the national Poor People's Campaign, and that addresses local issues of economic inequality, racism and militarism.

Learn more about the fundamental principles of the Poor People’s Campaign: Here is a link to the national website.

Check out an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Register your personal or organizational email on the Santa Cruz County Poor People’s Campaign mailing list by clicking this link.

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, Palo Alto
March 18 @ 8:30 a.m. to March 22 @ 4 p.m.

Canon Brian Nordwick

Please click on this link for the details about an advanced mediation skills training which is suitable for ECR clergy and lay leadership who may wish to pursue further training in this important ministry of church life.

From the website: "The Mediation Skills Training Institute is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.

Although focused primarily on the church setting, the skills learned are directly transferable to other settings. Thus, managers in business, attorneys, experienced mediators, and others in leadership will be enriched by the training as well."

Cost: $695.00

Walking in Welcome: Advent webinars addresses refugee and immigrant ministry

Reprinted from Nov. 28 issue of
"Along the King's Highway," the diocesan eNews

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are hosting a series of three one-hour webinars, Walking in Welcome: An Advent Series with Episcopal Migration Ministries on December 5 at 1 pm, December 13 at 1 pm, and December 18 at 9 am.
December 5: Mapping the Way: Tools for the Journey will provide the current state of play in refugee resettlement, a brief exploration of how to assess community gifts and assets, guidance on communicating the message of welcome, and next advocacy steps.
December 13: One Community’s Journey to Welcome: The Story of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry will offer listeners the opportunity to hear how one interfaith group of local leaders have come together to educate, advocate, and provide welcome to refugees and immigrants.

December 18: Partners in Welcome: Join Us on the Way will include an overview of the Partners in Welcome program that Episcopal Migration Ministries is actively involved in developing, building, and recruiting.
Registration is required. Request registration links here. The webinar will be available on-demand following the event. Read the full announcement.
Socks in a Box
Jon Showalter
It’s cold, sometimes wet, and our November Sock Drive box is showing socks! But more are’s simple! Buy some new socks, bring them on Sunday and put’em in the box. Then AFC gives them to those living outside.
Give the gift of happy feet!
Children's Christmas Bicycle Program from Leonard Foreman
We collect and distribute small children’s bicycles to needy children. The bicycles should be complete and in good mechanical condition. We donate the bicycles to needy children throughout Santa Cruz County. Donors can call us at 462-5772 or email us at ( . Donations will be gladly received through December 13th. Please call us if you have a bicycle donation; pick-up service available.

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church
5271 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

St. Phillips in Scotts Valley hosts an annual display of some amazing Nativities with a real nice reception 6-8:30 Friday night (also a silent auction.)  Saturday events include kids stuff and a luncheon 11a.m.-1 p.m.Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door.  Proceeds benefit WINGS and the AFC.  Click to link  to On-line ticket ordering with PayPal or print a ticket order form.

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  • Dec. 2: no Sunday School. All children in church for special service.
  • Dec. 9 & 16: Sunday school as usual at 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 2
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Bill Kell 
  • Tellers: Wilma, Bill
Dec. 9
  • Vestry Person of the Day: TBD
  • Tellers: Nancy, TBD
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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