St. John's eNews 
November 15, 2018

This Week

  • Sunday (11/18) - Gala Stewardship Party, 5 p.m., Café & Sanctuary
    Join us to celebrate a successful stewardship campaign with an Egyptian dinner prepared by Chef Chris Rowen and family. Details below.
  • Sunday (11/18) - Deadline to nominate someone to serve on vestry. Forms on the ushers' table; give to Nancy Shephard, clerk of the vestry (or put in her mailbox.)
  • Monday at noon (11/19) - ECW Potluck Luncheon, Café (bring a pen for a writing exercise.)
Next Week
The office will be closed for Thanksgiving and there will be no eNews.
Coming Up
  • CHRISTMAS FAIR - Sat, Dec. 1, Café & Sanctuary
  • GRAND RE-OPENING of Helpful Shop in new Aptos location - Sun, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
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.

Faith Leader Assignment for Sunday, Nov. 18
9:15-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary

  • Read Session 5 (p. 47-50, Book I).
  • Complete the Spirituality Wheel questionnaire – once marking the answers that resonate with you as an individual, and once marking the answers that you think reflect St. John’s as a whole. Links here: Personal Spiritual Type Survey
    St. John's Spiritual Type Survey. Bring these completed surveys to class.

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.

Let's Celebrate!!!
November 18 at 5 p.m.

Join us for a festive Egyptian dinner prepared by Chris Rowen and friends this Sunday at 5 p.m. in the café as we celebrate the end of our yearly pledge campaign. 

You don’t need  to bring any food but please, if you can, stay after coffee hour to help set up for the dinner OR show up early afternoon for a little extra help in the kitchen OR stay after the dinner to assist in the clean-up. Thank you.
News from the Vestry Meeting
Mother Tracy
On Tuesday night, the vestry approved the job description and salary range for the Community Youth Coordinator position, funded by the Rebele gift. The Community Youth Committee will begin talking about the timing of posting the position and receiving applications at their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at 3:15 p.m. in the Cafe.

We also discussed a proposal to tithe 10% of all un-designated gifts to St. John's to outreach. I will send a separate email about this shortly. Please give feedback to vestry members before the December meeting, when that proposal will be voted on.

We tabled the discussion of the new copier, since we're still waiting on some figures based on additional information asked of the company.

We also did not take a vote on the stained glass windows, since the Architecture Committee has not yet approved a design for the window above the barn doors. (They have approved a design for the window above the front doors, but the pricing is tied to both windows being done together, so the final price will not be set until the second window design is approved.) The artist will present a revised design for the window above the barn doors to the Architecture Committee at their next meeting on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the office study (anyone is welcome to attend and offer feedback on the design), and we hope to have a proposal for vote at the December vestry meeting.

The vestry approved the purchase of 150 new chairs for the church, at a cost of just under $12,000. The funding for this purchase comes from the building fund - funds designated specifically for improvements to the building and new construction.

The new chairs will stay in the current space after the new sanctuary is built, so they are being bought with the understanding that they are parish hall chairs, not worship chairs. As such, they do not have kneelers on them, but we will work with those for whom kneeling is important to their worship by providing kneelers to use with these chairs if so desired.

The chairs are metal and fabric-covered. They are much lighter than our current chairs and are stackable. They are able to be hooked together, but unlike our current chairs, when they are unhooked, the mechanism by which they are hooked can be tucked away under the chair rather than sticking out from the sides as the metal bars on the current chairs do, making them both more sightly and safer.

We do not expect the new chairs to arrive until after the first of the year. The current chairs will need to be removed from the church before the new chairs arrive. The vestry is considering offering them to another church, but since one of the reasons the Architecture Committee began looking at getting new chairs in the first place is that some of our current chairs have been breaking, there is a concern about offering potentially unsafe chairs to another church. (The current chairs are old and are already secondhand; we got them from another church when there wasn't enough money to purchase chairs during the first phase of the building project. We now have the funds to undertake that purchase that was planned from the beginning of the construction of the new church.) Another possibility would be breaking them down for disposal. If you have ideas or input on the disposal or donation of the current chairs, please contact Jon Showalter, chair of the Architecture Committee.

The vestry also began to discuss the 2019 budget, but this process was difficult given that (despite my impassioned plea in the eNews recently) we still do not have all pledge cards in. The hypothetical situations drawn up by our treasurer show that even if our pledge income winds up being 115% of last year's, we'd still be around $7,000 over budget. Between now and December's meeting, the vestry will be looking carefully at what line items can be reduced or cut to balance the budget. The vestry will approve a budget for 2019 at the December meeting, which will be revised and finalized at the vestry retreat in January.
Columbarium Committee Forming
Mother Tracy
Did you know St. John's has plans for a columbarium outside behind the church, beneath the trees beside the grassy patch? (The wooden cabinet to the left of the ushers' table in the sanctuary is now serving this purpose.)

There is money in the columbarium fund to move this project forward, and Floyd Butler has agreed to head a sub-committee of the Architecture Committee to research the next steps.

At Sunday's meeting, the Architecture Committee discussed concerns about the loudness of the planned location, near the parking lot that is frequented by bicycles, skateboards, and dog walkers. They suggested looking at other churches' columbariums to see what other options might be possible to either make the outside columbarium a more sacred, quiet, and respected place, or to consider a location for the columbarium inside the eventual sanctuary.

The Columbarium Committee will consider these items and bring a report back to the Architecture Committee with recommendations for moving forward, which the Architecture Committee will then take to the vestry. If you are interested in being part of the process, please contact Floyd Butler at or 408-888-4609 (cell).
Dec. 1st, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Marta Strock, at or 247-9472, is in charge of the Christmas Fair this year, so contact her with questions about participating.
ECW Potluck
Bring your pens!

November 19, noon at St. John's

Karen Greenleaf and Dee Roe will lead, guiding the group in a writing exercise to honor our lives and get to know each other a little better.
Children's Christmas Bicycle Program
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.

December 2nd - Advent Starts
Get Ready for Wreath Making!

Materials to make Advent Wreaths, including wreath base and candles for $5 (at cost) as well as free greenery will be available in the Café soon.
Free Photo Restoration:
A Gift to St. John's this Christmas

Ann Henry
Don’t give up on a photo just because it is damaged.  If it means a lot to you, get it restored. I’m offering my photo restoration services as a Christmas gift to members of the St. John’s community (defined as individuals listed in the current church directory) again this year.

I am offering 20 photo restorations, on a first come, first served basis. (One photo per household.)

If you're interested in having a photo restored, please submit the photo to me for a professional assessment. Not all photos can be fixed, but most can, even if it seems impossible. However, I will not guarantee I can work on any photo until I have formally assessed it.
  • I only work on photos for the purpose of restoring the original integrity of the picture (not adding digital effects or other alterations to the photo).
  • Pre-digital (print) photos are what I work on most.  It is good to have the original print with me as I work so that I can reference it when working on the digital image. 
  • Digital photos will be accepted for color correction, cropping, etc.
  • I will give you a digital copy of your photo that you can take to Bay Photo, Costco, or print at home or elsewhere. (I do not have a photo quality printer, so I cannot print the restored photos for you.)
Please do not offer compensation for services!  This is a gift, and your delight in the result is appreciated and fulfilling.

I am accepting pictures immediately.  Please contact me with any questions or to schedule a consultation, at (831) 854-8363, or

I look forward to working on your photos!
Socks in a Box
Jon Showalter
It’s cold, sometimes wet, and our November Sock Drive has begun. It’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!

The "New" Helpful Shop
246 A Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003

Grand Re-Opening - Dec. 2, 1 p.m.

NEWS: The shop is NOT opening today as originally planned. We've hit some delays due to phone installation hold-ups and other issues. Instead of having a "soft opening" in November, we now plan to re-open for the first time at our Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.
Please bring DONATIONS to the office!
Office Hours Tues-Thurs 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
(If you know the value of the item you are donating, please attach something to it indicating its value, so we will know how to price it accurately.) Drop donations off with Chrys in the office (same spot as before).

Want to Volunteer at the Shop?
Contact Diane Scofield, our Interim Helpful Shop Manager, ( or 831-332-7711). The new location is close to the church and has much more convenient parking than the old location in Capitola.
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.
Final, Final Call for Pledge Cards
If you haven't returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.  St. John's is 100% dependent on financial support from our members for our mission and ministries.  We rely on your generosity and gratitude to sustain and enlarge our worship and service to the larger community. Thank you!
Also Last Call to Check the REVISED Voting Lists
for the Vestry Election on Dec. 9

Please check the lists and let Mother Tracy know if something seems amiss!!!

Reminder of Voting Criteria:
According to our parish by-laws, in order to be eligible to vote in parish meetings, you must be an adult (older than 16) confirmed communicant in good standing, which means you must have:
  • received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another Christian Church
  • made a mature public affirmation of Christian faith (in other words, having chosen the faith for yourself, either through being baptized as an adult or being confirmed if baptized as an infant or young child who did not make that decision for yourself) 
  • received the laying on of hands by a Bishop of the Episcopal Church (in baptism, confirmation, or reception)
And for the previous year, have been:
  • faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented
  • faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God
    • "giving" = having made an identifiable financial donation (of any amount and for any purpose) to the parish in the past 12 months (since the last vestry election, which was on 12/10/17.)
If you are listed as ineligible to vote, it's because according to the church's records, you do not meet at least one of the above criteria. But, OUR RECORDS CAN BE WRONG! Please let me know if you believe you are on the "non-voting" list in error.

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.
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. – Jazz Service (Rite “III”)
This service will be an “alternative” service designed to be family-friendly and interactive. Music will be provided by Jane Daugherty and friends.

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 maybe 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. Alliee DeArmond will officiate and Jane Daugherty will play carols on the piano. (No Eucharist at this service.)

12 p.m. - Christmas Dinner with the St. John's Parish Family, hosted by Mtr. Tracy
Potluck; please bring a dish to share. (Making one dish is a lot easier than cooking the whole traditional meal!)


eNews Submissions
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  • Nov. 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.
Nov. 18
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Jon Showalter
  • Tellers: Jan, Jon
Nov. 25
  • TBD
  • Tellers: Andy, 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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