St. John's eNews 
December 6, 2018

This Week

  • Saturday (12/8) - 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. Plan to carpool; attendance will be large.
  • Sunday (12/9) - Vestry Election
  • Monday (12/10) - DEADLINE for Helpful Shop Grant Applications!
  • Tuesday (12/11) - Vestry Meeting, 7 p.m., Cafe
Coming Up
  • Dec. 19 (Wed.) 7 p.m. - Blue Christmas Service (details below)
Events of Organizations We Support
  • 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 this Sunday, Dec. 9

9:15-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary
Childcare is available in the Nursery.

Spiritual Practices, Week 1
(Session of your choice)

To Do Before Class:

Read the chapter for the Spiritual Practice you have chosen for this week (Book II, Session 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12) and come prepared to talk about your experience trying out a spiritual practice in that tradition.

Full Class Schedule:

Finger Foods Still Needed for Stu Schlegel's Funeral
THIS Saturday at 10:30 a.m.!

Finger foods are still needed for the reception. Please contact Janet at 688-1383 if you haven't already signed up.  Food items may be brought to the church Friday afternoon, or early Saturday morning. We're expecting a large crowd, so whatever you can bring will be deeply appreciated.

Also, if possible, please carpool on the day as a large turnout is expected.
Thanks to All for a Successful Craft Fair
Mtr. Tracy 
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made the 2018 craft fair a success:
  • our tireless organizer, Marta Strock (*cheers*)
  • those who helped with the group craft projects
  • those who donated crafts made on your own or other items
  • those who donated baked goods
  • those who SHOPPED at the fair!
Initial figures show we raised around $3,000. GREAT JOB!
Friday Noontime Prayer
Alliee DeArmond
Beginning in Advent, Friday’s Evening Prayer will change to Noontime Prayer at... Noon. (!)

On the first two Fridays we will have a contemplative service, with ten minutes of quiet music leading up to 12:00, and a shorter period of silence after the single reading. The Third Friday of the month will focus on healing, the Fourth Friday on Books. 
Noontime prayer is a brief service with a psalm, one reading and a few prayers. The scripture and collect will generally be taken from saints' feast days.

Join us this Friday for our First Friday Contemplative Service. Come ten minutes early and prepare your heart, resting in quiet music.
ECW Luncheon
December 17

Anne Sherwood

The ECW invites you to a no-host luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Paradise Grill in Capitola on Monday, December 17th. We will be honoring Nancy Shephard who has graciously served for many years as Clerk to the Vestry!
There is a clipboard to sign up in the Café.
  • Please check to see if you’re signed up or let me know if you cannot attend. 
  • Please bring some small bills to pay for your lunch. 
  • Parking is free in Capitola during the holidays, but you might wish to carpool for fellowship.
Contact me with questions at 688-9753 or
Please RSVP for Christmas Dinner (with Communion!)
Mother Tracy

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 12 p.m.
(after 11 a.m. Morning Prayer)

St. John's Cafe

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.
Click here to sign up:

Loris Showalter
  • The ornament you choose includes the name, requested gift and family number
  • Let me know what ornament you chose so I can document/track it
  • Gifts should be new and WRAPPED
  • Gift certificates should be in labeled envelope or Christmas card
  • Gift certificates should be given for shoes
  • No Red or Blue
  • Bring gifts to church office by December 14
Questions please call Loris at 334-7978
"It's the most wonderful time of the year".... except when it's not.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, Dec. 19
7 p.m.

If Christmas feels particularly difficult for you this year, for whatever reason -- loss of a loved one, health issues, financial troubles -- please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

The "Blue Christmas" service will include time for laying on of hands and prayer for healing, candle-lighting, and Holy Eucharist, and we'll gather afterwards for fellowship and support for those who would like to stay.

Please share this information with others you think might appreciate such a service.
- Mother Tracy
Hospitality Report: regarding Coffee Hour
Hospitality Team
The Hospitality Team met and one of the topics discussed was coffee hour. There are Sundays where no one has signed up to bring refreshments and then we are calling around asking or the person who is the Team Member for the month might end up providing refreshments 2 or more times in the same month. We agreed and want to share that if no one signs up, it is OK to just have coffee and gathering.

Please check and sign up if you want to bring refreshments and understand there may be some Sundays with just coffee and fellowship and that is OK.

Please note that there is $25 available toward this ministry should you decide to host a coffee hour.  Contact Janet Duncan for details.
Upper Windows Left Open
By Bart Coddington
This past Sunday I arrived at church on a fairly brisk morning. The church was not as warm as it should have been. Somebody had opened the upper (motorized) windows all the way. We had been pumping our heat (money!) into the air all night long. If you open the upper windows, YOU are responsible for closing them before you leave – there is no magic fairy who will correct your mistake.

If you do remember that you had left the windows open, you may want to consider putting something extra in the plate the following Sunday to help defray our energy costs (penance?). Apologies to the rest of the congregation for this harsh message; however, we can all be vigilant when involved in closing up our church building.
The Helpful is Open
-come check us out!
246 A Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
Shop Telephone: 831-708-4238
​Shop Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

DONATIONS for the shop can be dropped off at the shop or 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.
2018 Christmas Service Schedule at St. John’s
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Blue Christmas Service with Holy Eucharist, 7 p.m.
  • 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)

*No Incense at Any of the Christmas Services This Year*


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 a jazz quartet.

10 p.m. – Traditional Service (Rite II)
Although earlier than a “Midnight Mass,” this service will be in that style, with chant, handbell music, organ, choir, and violin.

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. As part of our sharing a meal, we will receive communion around the tables in an informal setting.
Sounds of the Season!
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.
Socks in a Box
Jon Showalter
It’s cold, sometimes wet, and our 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.
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.

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  • Dec. 9 & 16: Sunday school as usual at 10:30 a.m. Rehearsal for Christmas pageant; all ages together in the Youth Center.
Dec. 9
  • Vestry Person of the Day: TBD
  • Tellers: Nancy, TBD
Dec. 16
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Anne Baker
  • Tellers: Nancy, Jan, Anne
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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