For everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.
By Michelle Rabon
Director of Parish Operations
There’s a twinkle in Sid Smith’s eye when he’s tending to the grounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays as the leader of the Lay-weeders. “It’s a labor of love,” he said cheerfully, straightening his work gloves. While Sid can be seen outside the parish office working in the gardens, he can also be heard. He’s singing while taking care of God’s creation; no doubt, it’s a joyous hymn from Wednesday’s Chancel Choir rehearsal.
Along with Sid’s voice, there are many others on the property ministry team who nurture our grounds, make repairs, and safeguard St. John’s beautiful buildings. Gene Bell, architect and chairperson of property, is drawing site plans to improve the back entrance of the church. The project will provide for a more functional and safe entry to the vesting room and sacristy from the parking lot, complete with hand railings, lighting, landscaping and a cellar-type door to cover the 107-year-old boiler room. “This is property’s signature project for next year,” said Gene with a bright smile, grateful for the opportunity to put his professional experience to work at his own church, and caring for the safety of the parish, the buildings and grounds.
Inside the renovated kitchen in the Barr Center, there’s a sparkle all about Ann Ruderman as she carefully measures ingredients for the dessert she’s preparing. Ann finds joy in cooking for events at St. John’s and in the relationships she’s made over the years with others preparing for Wednesday night suppers. Her favorite treat is not the dessert, though. It’s laying eyes on those young and old who come through the serving line. “I find value in those relationships at this church,” she said. “We are still small enough that I know who most people are, or at least which family they belong to.” And if she doesn’t know someone, Ann will get to know them sooner than later. That’s just who she is - and what she does at St. John’s - all the while continuing to be a good steward of God’s resources.
Lauren McCauley is like that too. Her work glows as the chair of the Good News ministry team, welcoming newcomers with the creation of the church’s new website and promotional video. Her team is researching new ways to connect with the parish as well as the community beyond St. John’s. A new logo, quarterly publications, and church signage are being considered for 2020. “We want to be ready to welcome all whom the Spirit draws to our church,” said Lauren.
As a part of all God’s creation, there is much to be in thanksgiving for at St. John’s. Our future is bright as we are open to lay down our gifts, like Sid, Gene, Ann and Lauren, and be led to accomplish together holy things that we could not do on our own. Join us in taking care of God’s creation, find your place among us at St John’s.