St. John's eNews 
November 1, 2018

Daylight saving time ends:
Don't forget to "fall back" this weekend!!

You get an extra hour of sleep this weekend - it's the end of daylight saving time. Unless you want to be an hour early for church this Sunday, remember to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night (11/6). Daylight saving time officially goes into effect Sunday at 2 a.m.

(Most smartphones, computers, tablets, and other electronic devices with internet connections will automatically change the time without you having to do anything.)

This Week

  • Tomorrow, Fri, Nov. 2, 6/7-8 p.m., Dia de los Muertos at All Saints Cristo Rey in Watsonville.  Regional Youth Event but all ages welcome. See details below.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 - Daylight Savings Time ends.
  • Sunday, Nov. 4
    • 10:30, All Saints Service and a baptism- come as your favorite Saint!
    • Noon: Craft Fair workshop - wooden, Painted Christmas Trees- all welcome!
    • 2-5 p.m. Tent of Abraham interfaith event at St. John's
Coming Up
  • 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)
  • 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.

Faith Leader Assignment for Sunday, Nov. 4
9:15-10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary

Looking Closely at Spiritual Gifts:
Miracles, Music, Pastoring, Prophecy,
Service, Teaching, Tongues, Wisdom, Writing

(This is our last week on spiritual gift definitions and examples!)

  • On p. 31-40 of Book I, Read the Spiritual Gifts Definitions for Miracles, Music, Pastoring, Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Tongues, Wisdom, and Writing, and think of only biblical examples and congregational examples for each. (Leave out the historical examples and personal examples.) A “congregational example” is someone at St. John’s who exemplifies this gift. Also list some of what you think would be the strengths and challenges of having each gift.
AND if you haven't already done your Spiritual Gifts Inventory (p. 27-29, Book 1), you can still do that.  Make sure to use the corrected pinkish-colored paper to score your inventory. If you've lost it, then go to   to get one.    

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.

REVISED Faith Leader Schedule ("syllabus"):

TOMORROW: Dia de los Muertos at All Saints Cristo Rey!
437 Rogers Avenue, Watsonville

6 p.m. - preparation (face painting & snacks)
7-8 p.m. - worship, dinner, & sugar skull decorating

Join the people of All Saints Christo Rey and the youth of Santa Cruz County for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the Episcopal church in Watsonville!
All Saints Cristo Rey is hosting a Dia de los Muertos event tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 2) from 7-9 p.m.  Youth are invited to arrive early to paint faces and picar (snack) at 6 p.m.

The liturgy will begin at 7:00 p.m. Following the liturgy we will process into the columbarium to "meet" the departed, and adorn their graves. We will then process out of the columbarium back to the parish hall (el salón) for some tamales or other food provided by All Saints Cristo Rey.
Please bring a photo of a loved one and one item of recuerdo (remembering), preferably something the beloved departed really liked) to place on the altar during the liturgy.

NOTE: Even though this event was organized by the Regional Youth Ministry, this is a family event: all generations are welcome to participate in the liturgy.

For more information, contact Pam Stevens, Regional Youth Missioner, at
This Sunday (Nov. 4): All Saints Service
10:30 a.m.

Come dressed as your favorite saint!

This Sunday we will baptize Brody Lucchesi and celebrate all the saints in our lives - ancient, modern, and personal.

Everyone, please come dressed as your favorite saint! Wear an elaborate or simple costume or just put on a name tag with the name of a saint. (At coffee hour you can ask your friends about their saint and why he or she is their favorite saint!)

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 this weekend! And parents of young children - you aren't going to want to miss this service!
Tent of Abraham Workshop at St. John's

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, 2 - 5 p.m.

What would you want to ask someone of a different faith? The panelists will be:
  • Rabbi Eli Cohen, Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal
  • The Rev. Beverly Brook, Peace United Church of Christ
  • Erica Aisha Charves, Islamic Center of Santa Cruz  
Mother Tracy will emcee!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER if you plan to attend.

This event is Part 1 in the Tent of Abraham's 2018-19 Series: Growing Our Capacity to Understand and to Stand With One Another.

From St. John's, both Mother Tracy and Jane Dawson serve on the Tent of Abraham planning team. 
St. John's Gets an Interfaith Peace Olive Tree!
As part of this event, St. John's will be getting an olive tree, a symbol of peace between the Abrahamic traditions! The planting will take place at 2 p.m., at the beginning of the event, on the side of the building closest to the office trailer.

The Tent of Abraham has a tradition of planting an olive tree at all the congregations where Tent events have been hosted in Santa Cruz County. The olive tree is a symbol of peace and prevalent in the Holy Land that is sacred to all three of our faiths. 

(For those of you worried about mess, don't worry -- the grounds crew has made sure it will be a non-fruiting olive tree!)

Mission of the Tent of Abraham: 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. Go to for more information.
Winter Shelter for 2018-19
Loris Gielczyk (Showalter)

The Winter Shelter at VFW is opening on November 15 and Lisa, from AFC, has asked St. Johns to open up [staff the first week] due to our prior experience and enthusiasm. (AFC, the Association of Faith Communities, is a group of local religious communities who serve the homeless in our community.  The winter shelter, housed at the VFW in Live Oak, is open November through April and each of these churches take a week or two to serve the evening meal.)

Sooooo... I am looking for 4 volunteers each night starting Thursday, November 15 thru Tuesday November 20.  Food is already there - so all we have to do is make salad, warm the food up and serve to our homeless guests.

I am hoping that for those of you who have done this in past, your experience was so rewarding that you will sign up again and for those of you who have not, that you might consider it this year. It really is all about Thanks & Giving (Thanksgiving). The commitment  is about 2 hours and the reward is !!!

Please call me [Loris] for your gift of time at 334-7978

PS - You can make it a "double date" for 2 couples wanting to give together.
Thank you for your thoughtful response.

The Episcopal Church Year calendars
for 2019 have arrived!
Contact Eileen Fernald (688-6239 / to purchase one for $2.00.
2019 Stewardship Thanks & Reminder
Suzanne Krakover-Nickel

Huge thanks to those who have completed
& returned your pledge cards.
For the rest of us, please REMEMBER to do so. If you’ve misplaced yours, extras will be available Sunday at the usher’s table. Just write your name and address below the space that reads “Name & Address Label Here."
Hear ye!  Hear ye!  
Ushers, Chalice Bearers, Readers & Intercessors!

Next Schedule - Nov. 25 - Mar. 3    

Thanks to all who have emailed your "away" and "available" dates for the upcoming server schedule by sending to, RE: server schedule.   

Sherrie is working with Nelson Crandall, who has volunteered to take over. Remember, being new to the parish, Nelson may not know you and he certainly does not know your idiosyncrasies as Sherrie does, so be especially communicative and helpful. You may contact him directly at Please pay particular attention to the holiday schedule when letting them know your availability.

Christmas Schedule 
  • Mon. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve4 p.m. Family Service, (no incense)
  • Mon. Dec. 24- Christmas Eve,10 p.m. Candlelight Service, (no incense)
  • Tues. Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer - no Eucharist (Readers, Acolyte & Usher only)
  • Sun. Dec. 30, 9:15 a.mService of Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist (nine readers)
Alternative Services (10:30 a.m. family-friendly, interactive service) will have only one scripture reading in addition to the Gospel. These are the dates through February:

  • Nov. 4-All Saints
  • Dec 2 - 1st Advent
  • Dec 24- 4 p.m. Christmas Eve
  • Jan 6- Epiphany
  • Jan. 27- 3rd Epiphany
  • Feb. 17 (Helpful Shop Grants Luncheon)
  • Feb. 24- 7th Epiphany

246 A Center Ave, Aptos, CA 95003

"Soft Opening" - Nov. 15
Grand Re-Opening Celebration - Dec. 2

Please bring DONATIONS to the office!
(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.) 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). She is currently preparing the volunteer schedule for November and December.

We hope all our experienced volunteers will return, and if you've never tried working at the shop, now is a grea time to do so. The new location is close to the church and has much more convenient parking than the old location in Capitola.
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:
  • Michael Hudson
  • Diane Scofield
  • Loris Gielczyk (Showalter)
We recieved this message yesterday from the diocesan office:

Don't be tricked by "masked" emails
Mary Beth Powell, Diocesan Administrator

Dear friends,

Our diocesan staff is receiving multiple reports of emails that claim to be sent from Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves. So far the emails have requested "a task", or iTunes gift cards, and ask the recipient to reply. Please do not reply and block the sender of the message. These phishing emails are easy to spot as they are from "Rev. Mary Gray Reeves" and the actual email address is "seniorrev.pastor9910(a)gmail".

Don't be tricked by these "masked" emails on Halloween! We apologize for the inconvenience. For any questions, please email Mary Beth Powell at Thank you.
Jovany Needs a Tutor
Jovany Medina, one of our Godly Play Sunday School class members and son of our Nursery Coordinator Maritza Medina, is in need of a volunteer tutor to help him with reading, writing, and math.

If you would be willing to help, please contact Martiza at
Do you wear a hearing aid?

Does your hearing aid have a telecoil (T coil)? This device allows you to pick up direct sound input from sound systems. We're considering installing a "hearing loop" at St. John's to further assist those with hearing difficulties to be able to hear more clearly.

Don't know whether yours has this feature? 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 vestry facilities liaison Jon Showalter at or call at 226-4788 . Once we have some idea of how many would be helped, we can weigh it against the cost to install (which would be thousands of dollars). 
2018 Vestry Election
Mother Tracy

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.

Next Items on the Election Calendar:
  • 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
I have reviewed the records and prepared a preliminary list of those eligible to vote and not elligible, which is found on the Usher's Table. Please check these lists and let me [Mother Tracy] know if something seems amiss!!! If I can't find any membership paperwork for you, you'll be listed as inelligible to vote. If that is incorrect, it is easily correctable. Please forgive your new rector's ignorance of your membership history and help me 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.

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

Regular News- eNews & or Bulletin announcements, send to:
Nov. 4
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Suzanne K-N
  • Tellers: Wilma, Suzanne
Nov. 11
  • Vestry Person of the Day: Suzanne K-N
  • Tellers: Nancy, Suzanne
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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