Welcome to All-Parish eNews for
October 18, 2018

Coming Up

  • Mon., Oct. 22, Last day to register for Diocesan Convention (which is Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27, Sherwood Hall, Salinas.) The diocese needs a total of 14 volunteers for the 2 days. Please contact Joe Chouinard from St. James Paso Robles to sign up. You can reach him via email at: For registration documents click here
  • Fri. & Sat. Oct. 26-27, Diocesan Convention, Sherwood Hall, Salinas
  • Sun. Oct. 28 @ 5 p.m. Dedication of Our New Organ with a Recital by Bill Visscher. NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 5 p.m. so you can go to the Symphony & still hear the organ!
All Saints Day
Alliee DeArmond

Rumor has it that a plethora of Saints will be visiting us on All Saints Day; 
A great Cloud of Witnesses.
You will even be able to see a Saint in the Making.
Will you be prepared?

See below for details.
Save the Date
  • NEW!!! Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m, St John's, Gala Party to celebrate a successful stewardship campaign, prepared by Chef Chris Rowen and family. Details coming soon and you don't have to bring anything!!
Events of Organizations We Support
  • 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." Mother Tracy will emcee the event! See below for details.

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

The Faith Leader Schedule ("syllabus") has been revised. You can see and get an updated one at
For October 21: Looking Closely at Spiritual Gifts Part 1 -- Administration, Artistry, Apostleship, Assistance, Compassion, Craftsmanship, Discernment, Encouragement, Evangelism

  • Using the Spiritual Gifts Definitions (p. 31-40 of Book 1), list biblical examples and then examples of someone from our congregation who has each of the above gifts. (Omit "historical" and "personal" examples of each gift.) List what you consider the strengths and challenges of having that gift. It is hoped everyone will do this for all 9 of the gifts we will look at this week. 
  • If you have not completed the Faith Leader Spiritual Gifts Inventory (p. 27-29, Book 1) please do so now. Click here to download a copy.
  • Use the corrected pinkish-colored paper to score your inventory. (If you use the scoring sheet in the book, you will get inaccurate results!)
  • Email Mtr. Tracy ( your 3-5 highest-ranking spiritual gifts from that inventory. She is creating a spreadsheet of all the gifts and who has them in order to begin to see a picture of where our strengths as a congregation lie.

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.

A Word of Thanks from Awilda Leonard

Dear Parish Family,

My heart is full of gratitude for you, my St. John’s friends and family who hosted the beautiful reception after the lovely memorial service for my beloved Richard. I especially appreciate Mother Tracy, Mary Jane Chambers, and Eileen Fernald for all they did to help me during this difficult time. Your caring and comfort means so much.

I look forward to returning to Sunday services and my Christian family.  Thank you all.

Peace and love be with you,
Awilda Leonard

(Richard Leonard died on August 17, and his memorial service was held at St. John's on Sept. 29.)
First "Alternative Service" at 10:30 on Nov. 4
Come dressed as your favorite saint!

November 4 is All Saints' Sunday, and the 10:30 service is going to be a little different that day. 

Since we ended Feast @ 5 because we realized the timing didn't work very well for our young families, we will now have an occasional "alternative service" at 10:30 that is designed to be more participatory and engaging than our usual traditional service. The children will all stay in worship for these services rather than going out to their Sunday School classes.

The first of these "alternative services" will be November 4.

On that day, we will baptize Brody Luchessi (7-year-old Godly Play class member) and celebrate all the saints in our lives -- ancient ones, modern ones, and personal ones.

We're asking that everyone come dressed as their favorite saint on that day. We encourage elaborate costumes, but simple is ok, too -- just one prop or something small that is a nod to your saint. The saints can be traditional saints of the church or a saint you've known in your own life (i.e. Grandma or Aunt Maude). 

Even if you're not wearing a costume, you'll be invited to put on a name tag with the name of your saint -- so be thinking ahead as to who that will be!

Need some help to get your creative juices flowing? Check out these great saint costume suggestions for boys and girls -- intended for children, but could be easily modified for adult use as well:

All Saints Day Costume Ideas for Boys / Men
All Saints Day Costume Ideas for Girls / Women
(Disclaimer: There is one rather tokenizing "Native American" costume suggestion in the girls list. I'd stay away from depictions of other cultures that could be perceived as disrespectful or racist.)

All children and the most elaborately dressed adult "saints" in costume will be invited to join the procession in to the church, which will circle around the church several times singing, "O When the Saints Go Marching In."

Come ready to have some FUN on 10:30! And parents of young children -- you aren't going to want to miss this service!
Group Craft Projects to 
Make Items to Sell at the
Christmas Craft & Cookie Fair! 

Marta Strock, at or 247-9472, is in charge of the Christmas Fair this year, to be held on Dec. 1. She'll be hosting a few group craft projects at church, Sunday afternoons 12- 4 p.m. in the Youth Center, to make some items to sell at the fair:
  • Oct. 28  - driftwood holiday candles
  • Nov.  4 - painted wooden trees with stars
  • Nov. 18 - wood block nativity scene
See images of these crafts below. You DO NOT HAVE TO BE "artistic" or "crafty" to do these projects -- they are super-easy. Come enjoy some fellowship and fun together in the Youth Center after church these afternoons.

2018 Grant Applications Now Available
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.
The grants committee for 2018 is:
  • Sherrie DeWitt
  • Michael Hudson
  • Diane Scofield
  • Loris Gielczyk (Showalter)
(CORRECTION: Last week we reported that Andy Pudan was also on the committee, but it turns out he did not want to serve this year.)
Helpful Shop to re-open NOV. 15:
Mother Tracy
I am in the process of finalizing the formal agreement with Western Associates, the property management company, and have met with the Helpful Shop Task Force and Management Team. We will have access to the space at 246-A Center Ave (pictured at right) on Nov. 5 to begin setting up the shop, and we will re-open to the public on November 15.

Now is the time to begin bringing in those donations you've been holding on to during our hiatus. Drop them off with Chrys in the office (same spot as before).

The Management Team is particularly asking for high-quality items so we will have lots of desirable and sophisticated merchandise for our Grand Re-Opening, when new customers from this area will be coming to check us out. (If you know the value of the item you are donating it, please attach something to it indicating its value, so we will know how to price it accurately.)
Diane Scofield appointed Interim Helpful Shop Manager
Mother Tracy
Despite what I said in the eNews last week, after talking with members of the task force and our former volunteer management team for the Helpful Shop over the past week, I am now convinced that hiring an entirely new person as Helpful Shop manager BEFORE we get up and running in the new location wouldn't be the best idea after all.

The task force believes -- and has convinced me as well -- that it is more important to get the shop up and running in the new location as soon as possible to see how it does through the holiday shopping season, and that institutional memory and continuity with the past are going to be important during this transition.

For that reason, I have agreed to appoint Diane Scofield as our Interim Helpful Shop Manager, and to pay her for her work in that capacity. She will be assisted by the volunteer management team in getting the shop re-opened. (The management team will be the same as before the shop closed, with the addition of Joanna Phillips to the management team as well.) Diane will manage the shop until a permanent manager is hired, hopefully sometime after the first of the year. She will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Effective immediately, please contact Diane ( or 831-332-7711) with all matters Helpful Shop-related, including your willingness and availability to volunteer in the new location. She and I will be in regular contact as plans develop. I am grateful to Diane for being willing to serve in this role for this time.
The Helpful Shop Management Team is:
Diane Scofield, Interim Manager
Bill Kell
Joanna Phillips
Andy Pudan
Vicky Wilson
Tracy Wells Miller, Rector

Coffee Hours
Last Sunday we had wonderful desserts left from potluck on Saturday. This week we might have - horrors! - just coffee. Want to volunteer? Or perhaps you would be willing to make the coffee? Call Loris at 334-7978
Last Day to Register to Vote is Oct. 22
Sherrie DeWitt

A non-partisan presentation by the League of Women Voters on the measures on the ballot is offered at the Downtown Library meeting room on Saturday Oct. 27 at 10 am.
Other non-partisan sources for information on line are plus the online League of Women Voters at, and Easy Voter Guide (prepared by League of Women Voters. also gives a good overview of sources.
Do you wear a hearing aid?
Our facilities folks are looking at a building-wide hearing “loop” system to better accommodate members with hearing aids. This would send what is said into the microphone directly to your hearing aid. You would be picking up a radio signal on your hearing aid telecoil (T coil).

We are asking you to find out if your hearing aid is equipped to pick up such a loop. Don't know? Call where you bought your hearing aid and ask: "Does my hearing aid have a telecoil that can pick up a hearing loop?

Email the answer to or call at 226-4788 . Once we have some idea of how many would be helped, we can weigh it against the cost (which would be thousands of dollars to install). 
Vestry Election is Coming Up

There are seven (7) positions open on the Vestry in January:
  • 4 regular three-year terms (serving through Dec. 2021)
  • 2 unexpired two-year terms (serving through Dec. 2020)
  • 1 unexpired one-year term (serving through Dec. 2019)
The 2018 Nominating Committee is:
  • Bill Kell, Suzanne Krakover-Nickel, Andrea Seitz, & Jon Showalter (vestry members rotating off in 2019)
  • Brian Raney & Bob White (non-vestry members at-large)
If you would like to nominate someone for vestry (including yourself), you may use one of the petition forms found on the Usher's Table.

The Election Calendar is as follows:
  • Oct. 10 – Notice to Parish of Vestry Election
  • Nov. 18 – Nominations for Vestry Candidates Close
  • Nov. 24 – Parish Notified of Nominees for Vestry, Parish Register Open for Inspection By Candidates
  • Dec. 9Annual Parish Meeting, Part 1: Election of Vestry Members
  • Feb. 3 (2019) – Annual Parish Meeting, Part 2: Election of Delegates to Diocesan Convention
Mother Tracy has reviewed the records and prepared a preliminary list of those eligible to vote and not elligible, whch is found on the Usher's Table. Please check these lists and let Mother Tracy know if something seems amiss!!! If she can't find any membership paperwork for you, you'd be listed as inelligible to vote. If that is incorrect, it is easily correctable. Don't take it personally; forgive your new rector's ignorance of your membership history and help get the records corrected and updated.

For a complete description of what the eligibility requirements are, what the vestry is responsible for, and the election process, refer to the email Mtr Tracy sent out on Oct. 10, "Notice of 2018 Vestry Election" or go to the website and click on CONNECT>News & Events> Special Announcements.
Sherrie DeWitt

Thanks to Alliee DeArmond's commitment to spreading books around, we have a bunch of "new" - well, different, books on the book cart, which benefits Ease PD. ALSO, there will be available Sunday a hand picked selection of books by some of your favorite writers. Maybe you'll find something you haven't read yet; maybe you'll find a book you've read but don't own, yet. If you find something, maybe you will put a dollar or 2 in the book cart cash box.
THANKSGIVING, Thursday, November 22.
Sherrie DeWitt

Alanon meets in the Cafe that morning and there is no plan for a service.

There is a long standing tradition of a St. John's Family Thanksgiving Dinner at church, hosted completely by volunteers. If you are interested in helping to plan and organize such a dinner, let Chrys know and she will put y'all in touch with each other. Unfortunately our Thanksgiving Angel from last year, Eileen Fernald, will not be available to help this year.

(NOTE: Mtr. Tracy appreciates being able to spend Thanksgiving with family or friends since she cannot do so on church-related holidays, so she does not plan to be in town on Thanksgiving now or in the future. However, she does plan to host a Christmas Day dinner (in the Southern sense, meaning at midday, not in the evening) at the church this year for people who, like her, have no family in the area and are not traveling... and looks forward to sharing fellowship with you then.)
Do You Know A Phish When You See One?
ChurchWest Insurance
There's been a recent increase in widespread email phishing attacks – these emails claim to be from someone who has hacked your email account. The emails are making outrageous claims of having all of your personal files, photos, videos, browsing history,  and so forth. 

Click here to see a sample of a phishing email. (This looks scary but is a page on our church insurance webpage. It is easy to see how people are bullied into responding.There are some resources here about staying safe online.)

Here’s the scoop: They didn’t hack your email. They’ve masked their actual email with yours and are hoping that you’ll pay a ransom (usually in Bitcoin). Some of these emails also offer to send you "proof." That proof is actually a REAL Trojan horse virus that WILL give the hacker access to your computer. It’s a scam and yes, people  are falling for it!

What to Do:

  • DO NOT pay the ransom. It only encourages and funds these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that your data is secure.
  • DO NOT respond to the email. If they respond, the person who sent the email will likely send an attachment that, if opened, WILL release a virus on your network.
  • If you aren’t 100% sure, check your sent items. You’ll see that there wasn’t an email sent to your email from your email.

New Policy for Verbal Announcements in Church

  1. Anyone who wants to make an announcement must tell Mtr. Tracy BEFORE the service, preferably by Saturday.
  2. Anyone making an announcement is asked to COME TO THE FRONT to pass the mic more efficiently and let everyone see. As a courtesy, please state your name if it has not been announced.
  3. Please write out your announcement and keep it to 3 SENTENCES maximum.
  4. If your announcement is printed in bulletin sheet, and has been in the E-news, you get 1 SENTENCE.
Volunteers Needed at the Diocesan Convention
Oct. 26-27, Friday afternoon & evening, Saturday til 3, Sherwood Hall, Salinas
Mary Beth Powell, Diocesan Administrator

Charles Greenleaf is doing some recruitment for these and would love your help. Plus it's a great way to see what the Convention is all about.

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: (A good way for spouses of delegates to keep busy.)

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.
You can also contact Mary Beth Powell at to volunteer.
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.
Go to for more information and to register.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 - hosted here at St. John's! Mother Tracy will emcee!
What would you want to ask someone of a different faith?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER if you plan to attend.
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)
Last Call for "Director of Music Ministries" Applications
Mtr. Tracy

The deadline to apply for this position is this Saturday, Oct. 20. Next week the search committee and I will begin reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews. I'm hopeful we can have someone in place by the beginning of December.

The full job posting and job description can be found on the Music Ministries page of our website.

eNews Submissions
Pastoral Notes- sharing sympathies or congratulations, send to:

Regular News- eNews & or Bulletin announcements, send to:
  • Oct. 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. 21
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Andrea Seitz
  • Tellers: Andrea Seitz, Jan Beebe
Oct. 28
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Jon Showalter
  • Tellers: Andrew Pudan, Jon Showalter
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos 95003
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Office Telephone: 831-708-2278 * website
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