Entries by Fr. Houk

The VOICE, Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Edition

Hot off the press… …it’s the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany addition of the VOICE newsletter, with stories about what God and his people are doing at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Articles include: The Jubilate Children’s Choir The REFLECT campaign makes a million dollar mileston Advent Wednesday program Lessons and Carols on Dec. 10 The Epiphany Pageant and Party […]

THRIVE, parishioner perspective: Mark McCaffrey

This past Sunday’s sermon was about pruning, and nobody knows the pain of pruning better than former senior warden Mark McCaffrey. His Parishioner Perspective shows how the parish has sought to thrive through prudent prioritizing of our resources, and how all of us are called to this kind of discernment when we dig deep into […]

THRIVE, parishioner perspective: Ann Ward

Ann Ward is a member of our Vestry and the finance committee and a past treasurer of the parish. In this Parishioner Perspective she deals with the nuts and bolts of what it takes for our parish to thrive in bearing fruit for Christ and his kingdom.  How clueless can you be? In my case, […]

THRIVE, parishioner perspective: Benjamin Thomas

Thrive is the theme for this year’s stewardship focus as we look at the ways our parish is growing and bearing fruit, and as we explore the way in which stewardship is a vital part of the way each of us grow in living out our faith. The following is a Parishioner Perspective from Benjamin […]

Generation Next at St. John’s

OUR COMMUNITY HERE at St. John’s is very much like a living organism. Like all living things, our community needs to continuously evolve. It’s a simple fact of life. Grow or die. At one time St. John’s parish was primarily made up of younger families, as was so evident in Bob Bowser’s photo reel at […]

Tasty Wine & Ugly Art

by David Farrell “I WAS REALLY motivated to act after hearing Fr. Houk encourage us to do our part for the growth of the church.” This was Jim Stacy’s opening salvo when he called me three months ago. Jim went on to describe his idea about a painting “fellowship” following the Faith@5:30 service. He believed […]

Vestry Voices: Kristin Todora

HELLO! My name is Kristin Todora, and I am currently serving my second year on the Vestry as your Senior Warden. I had some large shoes to fill in this position and will be forever grateful to Mark McCaffrey for his love of St. John’s and his dedication to this position. He’s made my job […]

St. John’s Eucharist Prayer Ministry

by Brita Bishop Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And his peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 PRAYER TAILORED just for your needs during Eucharist? Yes, we do that every week […]

The VOICE, 3rd Quarter

Extra, Extra! Check out the Late Pentecost edition of the VOICE newsletter, featuring stories of people and faith and what God is doing at St. John’s. Highlights include: “The Vision Journey” by Fr. Houk “Welcome to Rome,” a celebration of VBS by Avin Todora “Who is this New Guy on the Altar?” an introduction of […]

The Joy of Service: Reinhardt Elementary

As each of us has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10 YOU HEAR IT ALL THE TIME. People claiming that service work makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside, that they received more blessings than they gave. Well, […]

Vestry Voices: Christopher Tielens

FOR THOSE OF YOU who don’t know me, my name is Christopher Tielens, and yes, it’s okay to call me Chris. Even if you don’t know me, you’ve probably seen me from time to time assisting in the services at 8:00 or 10:30 Sunday mornings, either as an acolyte or thurifer. The extent that I’ve […]

The VOICE, 2nd Quarter

Generation Next The Early Pentecost edition of the VOICE newsletter highlights some newcomers to the parish, as well as great articles  John’s. Highlights include: “Sabbatical Shalom” by Fr. Houk “Religion at St. John’s Episcopal School” by Fr. Thorpe “The Joy of Service?” by Cindy Waits and Ruthann Funderburk. A Vestry Voices article by Christopher Tielens! Click here […]