The word of the Lord
was rare in those days;
Visions were not widespread.
Now the Lord came and stood there,
calling as before,
And Samuel said,
'Speak, for your servant is listening.'
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s,
One of the Scriptures used during Reverend Rachael Gardner Purdy’s ordination service last Saturday was 1 Samuel 3:1-10, quoted above. St. John’s was well-represented on Rachael’s special day: May Schwarz played the historic organ at First Congregational Church (Rachael’s home church), and John Mitchell played trombone. Amber Nicole sang gloriously, and David Butler played the piano, with Walter Kolhoff on saxophone. Dan Clark, Mary Torok, and I were privileged to participate in the service with many other UCC clergy. St. John’s members Marla Flewellen (an ordination candidate), Michelle Miller, Amy Canini, and Rachael’s wife Judy Purdy, also participated in the liturgy. Many more St. John’s members attended in support of Rachael and our wider church, and we invite you to visit Facebook to see additional photos of this extra-ordinary event in the life of our clergy and our church. https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsChurchColumbus
On Wednesday, our clergy team participated in an interfaith media event hosted at St. John’s called “Seek the Peace of the City.” Our own Dan Clark, in his other role as the Ohio Director for Faith in Public Life, organized faith leaders in Columbus to respond to Mayor Ginther’s “Call to Pray for a Safer 2018.” As Rev. Rachael learned during her training, ordained clergy are called to serve our communities prophetically as well aspastorally, including actions for justice. This event was covered by all of the major media outlets, and below is a link to the news story on Channel 10TV:
In addition, THIS Sunday after worship we will again offer the very popular "Network" Spiritual Gifts class led by our Director of Faith Formation Mary Torok. The three session class starts at 12:30pm this Sunday, and on January 21 and 28. Do you wonder why you are here, or what your purpose is? Come and discover your God-given gifts! Below is Mary’s personal invitation to join us Sunday, filmed in front of the mural in our newly renovated multi-purpose room:
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Seeger, a life long member of St. John’s who faithfully served God, and her church, for many years. Below is Barbara’s obituary, where her wishes were honored that legacy contributions could be made to her church in her honor to continue her church’s ministries. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=187747594
We are grateful for dedicated church members like Barbara Seeger, who continue to give to St. John’s, even after their earthly life and work is completed.
Ways to Financially Give to St. John’s
There are multiple ways to give to St. John’s as we continue the remarkable transformation we undertook last year to grow our church into a new generation of faith and practice. In addition to legacy gifts, a time honored giving tradition is the “check/cash and envelope” method for paying your donation to the church either by mail or in the worship offering plate, and donation envelopes are available in the church office. We also have new, convenient ways to give to St. John’s. These include:
1) Automatic, recurring donations through direct deposit (contact the church office or your bank for details);
2) Recurring or one time donations through our church website:
3) Our new online giving “kiosk” at the back of the Welcome Center.
Thank you for giving to St. John’s to support our continued transformation, growth, and ministry to our city!
In abundant hope for our shared future,