St. John's eNews 
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year from the office staff at St. John's! 

Mother Tracy will return from vacation Saturday Jan. 5.
This Sunday: Epiphany (Jan. 6)
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I
  • 9:15 a.m. - Faith Leader class
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite III (alternative service). 
Bring a Symbol of Your Spiritual Gifts this Sunday
Mother Tracy

Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, falls on a Sunday this year, and the Alternative Worship Planning team has another fun, interactive service planned for you. All children will be with us in worship that day (no Sunday School).
EVERYONE (adults and children alike)
Please bring a symbol of your spiritual gift(s) with you to church. 
(You'll find out why we asked you to bring them during the service; for now, just hear this cryptic message and obey. :o)

  • If your spiritual gift is artistry, you might bring a paintbrush.
  • If it is prayer, you might bring a rosary.
  • If it is healing, you might bring a bottle of healing oil or a band-aid.

You may bring more than one symbol if you would like to represent more than one spiritual gift.
That's a Lot of Socks!
Jon Showalter

All told we collected 257 pair of socks for 257 happy feet for folks at the Winter Shelter, our own Tuesday folds and even some who get showers on Saturdays through Shower the People (chili cookoffs.)

Thanks so much! You are appreciated and as the cold weather continues, if you have any extra pairs of socks in your pocket on Sundays just drop 'em in the basket.
New Sign-up Charts
There are three brand new sign-ups for the New Year!
  • 2019 Flower Calendar
  • Coffee Hour Host Sign-up
  • Monthly Hospitality Coordinator Sign-up
If every family would sign up for one spot for flowers and/or coffee we could fill up the charts and have Sunday flowers, coffee and goodies well on the way to being arranged for the New Year!

Please consider putting your name on 1-2 or even 3 of these lists.
Beware! Do not respond to a phishing attack from (supposedly) Mother Tracy. 

If you receive an email from rector (dot) stjohnaptos (at) gmail (dot) com* asking that you do Mtr. Tracy a favor, it is a scam! This is a made-up email that should be reported to gmail.

* Substitute . for (dot) and @ for (at). I don't want to print something that might be accidentally used to contact Mtr. Tracy in the future. :-)

Phishing emails are a common online threat, so it is important to be aware of the tell-tale signs and know what to do when you encounter them. Here are five things to know about phishing attacks.
  • Never confirm personal or banking information by email.
When an authentic-looking email makes requests that you wouldn’t normally expect, it’s often a strong giveaway that it’s not from a trusted source after all. 
  • Don't respond to atypical requests.
A phishing email may appear to be genuine but if you get a request for "a favor" or other suspicious approaches for money or information, don't respond.  And before clicking on links, always hover over and inspect each one first to see where is is really taking you.
  • If it is poorly written it is probably a fake.
You can often spot a phishing email simply by the poor language used in the body of the message. Read the email and check for spelling and grammatical mistakes, as well as strange turns of phrase.
  • If there is a suspicious attachment beware.
Alarm bells should be ringing if you receive an email from a anyone out of the blue that contains an attachment, especially if it relates to something unexpected. The attachment could contain a malicious URL or trojan, leading to the installation of a virus or malware on your PC or network. Even if you think an attachment is genuine, it’s good practice to always scan it first using antivirus software.
  • If the message is designed to make you panic: Don't. 
When in doubt, throw it out. If you are really worried, check it out with friends and family.
Vestry Retreat
January 18-20
There will be no Vestry meeting on the second Tuesday of January (1/15) because the 2019 Vestry will instead attend the annual three day retreat in San Juan Bautista. This is an important time for orientation, bonding, and planning for the year to come.

Vestry meetings will continue as usual on the second Tuesday of February (2/12 @ 7 p.m.)
Helpful Shop News
246 A Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
Shop Telephone: 831-708-4238
​Shop Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Shop ended 2018 with a very successful $300 day! 

Diane Scofield our Interim Helpful Shop Manager, ( or 831-332-7711) says she could still use volunteers to cover some shifts, so give her a call to  participate in this outreach program of St. John's.

If your New Year's resolution is to de-clutter, keep those donations of gently used items coming in!
The shop looks forward to some improvements in the New Year. The landlord will be pouring a new, smaller cement patio to replace the old wooden deck which was torn out. It will be surrounded by a new fence.
WOW! We had 22 applications for Helpful Shop Grants which will be considered this month.  Grant recipients will be notified in mid-January. Helpful Shop Grants Luncheon will be Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
Year-End Matters
  • If you would like a donation or pledge payment to show up on your 2018 giving statement, please date it 12/31/18 (even if you’re writing the check after the first of the year). We will accept back-dated checks and allocate them to your 2018 statement until January 15.
  • If you still owe a balance on your 2018 pledge, you can pay that at any time – just note “2018 pledge” in the memo line. If you give it before January 15, it will be credited to your 2018 giving statement. If you give it after January 15, it will show up on your 2019 giving statement but will be credited to your 2018 pledge in our system.

Hear ye, hear ye!
Amica Women's Chorus Concert

January 13, 2 pm
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. 
2500 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz 95062

Come experience Amica's women's chorus debut concert. Our own Jane Daugherty is a member of this group so it should be wonderful. Donations accepted at the door. 

With Amazon Smile, All Your Purchases Could Be Generating Donations to St. John's!
Bart Coddington

I support St. John's through the Amazon Smile program. It appears that a few others do as well.

It is kind of a no-brainer. If one is going to shop on Amazon, why not generate a contribution to St. John's? It does not cost me anything extra to participate. 

How do I sign up?
1. Go to and sign in with your Amazon login and password.

2. When asked to select the charity you would like to support, use the search bar and search for "St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church" and you'll find several of them -- make sure you choose the one in Aptos CA! (Note that we are listed as "St John the Baptist Episcopal Church" and not "Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist.")

3. Make sure you always go to (replacing the usual "www" with the word "smile") when you shop at Amazon. (If you go to the regular Amazon site, no donations will be given to St. John's.)

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Jan. 6 - No Sunday School; all children in church for alternative service
Jan. 13 - Sunday School during 10:30 service
Jan. 20 - Sunday School during 10:30 service
Jan. 27 - Sunday School during 10:30 service
Feb. 3 - Sunday School during 10:30 service
Feb. 10 - No Sunday School; all children in church for alternative service
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
Chrys, Office Manager:
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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