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There’s a double meaning in this article’s title.  On one hand, I am thinking of the larger Christian Family,  the Church. Every year when Lent rolls around, the Church  makes a special point of coming together. This coming together  takes different froms in different parishes, but at  St. John’s it has been our tradition to gather for a common  meal and then walk the Stations of the Cross, an ancient  devotional practice that contemplates Jesus’ journey to  Calvary. Following the Stations, we have listened to a meditation,  usually given by a guest speaker lasting around fifteen  minutes. And then we have have capped off our program  singing the short service of Compline. For those who have  been regulars, coming together as the Church Family is an  indespensible part of the Lenten experience.

But I am also thinking of family in another sense—as in,  “those people you live with.” Lent is not only a time when  the parish comes together, it is also a time in which families,  households, create their own Christian cultures by keeping  Lent together. Sometimes this has to do with the meals they  eat throughout the forty days, especially if together they’re giving  up meat or abstaining from sweets. Sometimes this has to  do with a time the family sets aside to read the Bible together,  or to pray together, or to take on a special act of service. With  many families feeling stressed and scattered, pulled apart by  activities and commitments, Lent is a great time for deliberate  family time, where together husbands and wives, kids, and  sometimes grandparents, can “reintroduce” themselves one to  another and grow together in faith, hope, and love.

How do these two ideas of family—the Church and our individual  households—come together? Part of my concern is that they  don’t always come together very well at St. John’s. Our Lenten  program on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 has been a  very difficult time for families, especially those raising children,  to come together with the larger parish family. On one hand,  kids have commitments after school on Wednesdays that make  the 5:30 start time impossible. (I have also heard from more  than one working mother or father who says the same thing,  that they can’t get home from work and then to church by  5:30.) On the other hand, as much as we’ve tried to end the  night punctually by 7:30 so that kids can get home to study  for tests or complete assignments, I know that schoolwork is  a burden that has prevented kids and families from attending  our Lenten Wednesday program.

So this year we are trying something new. We are moving our  Lenten dinner and devotions to Friday nights. This is actually  a more common night for an Anglican/Episcopal parish  (or a Catholic parish) to have a Lenten program: just as the  Church observes every Sunday as a feast of the Resurrection,  as a “little Easter,” so has the Church seen every Friday as a  “little Good Friday,” a day on which Jesus’ sacrifice should be  commemorated, especially in the season of Lent. My thought  is that coming at the end of the week and starting a little  later, family schedules will be more clear of activities, homework,  and early bedtimes that have prevented their attendance  on Wednesdays. It will still require a kind of commitment—heading  to church on Friday night instead of taking in  a movie or eating out—but what a wonderful way for a family  to build in a devotional commitment for five weeks, one that  that is meaningful, memorable, and even fun.

So Friday it is. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m., and instead  of a potluck one of our parish ministry groups will be  providing a meal that both appeals to kids and is delicious  for adults.

For kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, Jeanne Webber  is putting together a program called “Portraits of the Passion.”  Each week the kids will hear about one of the people who has  a place in the Stations of the Cross—Pilate, Mary, Simon of  Cyrene, John, Joseph of Arimathea, and how their experience  of Jesus changed them forever—and after hearing from Scripture  the kids will paint their own portrait of the character.

For youth and adults, the Stations of the Cross will start  at 7:30 p.m. This year, we will be using some new forms of  the Stations that will add variety to the devotional experience.  Then, our great guests speakers will paint their own  “Portraits of the Passion,” offering a short meditation that  considers the characters surrounding Jesus along the Via  Dolorosa, witness to the way Jesus loved his disciples, and  loved us “to the end.”

It is my hope that this new night will see great attendance,  build great community, and make the Lenten season powerful  for a whole group of folks who have been prevented from  attending on Wednesday. Please make it a priority. See you  at our first Family Friday in Lent on February 27.

LIFE WEEKEND.
It’s time to rally the parish and call y’all
to another busy year of worship, discipleship,
and mission. This is an “all hands on deck”
moment as we jump into the fall and as
we each consider how God is calling us
to use our gifts in the ministry of our
parish.
But I know there is some anxiety out
there. We have lived through another
traumatic General Convention of the
Episcopal Church, and as I write our bishops
are being investigated to see whether the
complaints against them merit the charge of “misconduct.”
It is a time when many of us are uneasy about
the future.
“How can you rally us to mission when we don’t know
what the future holds?” some will ask. “Will there even be
a future?” some may fear in their heart of hearts.
The first thing I want to say is what I articulated in our three
Sunday School sessions after General Convention. I have
issued a “call for clarity” and I will be working throughout
the fall on how our diocese can best discern her probable
futures, so that we can clearly commit ourselves to whatever
it is we believe God’s course for us is, whether that means
faithfulness through Extinction, Exile, or Exodus. So it’s
not exactly “business as usual” and it certainly isn’t “Pay No
Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain.” We need to
face the future clearly, and bravely pray for God’s direction.
But in the meantime we do indeed have work to do. We
have a gospel to share. We have people to reach and to
serve. And frankly, God won’t be able to do a darned thing
I WOULD PLANT A TREE
with us in the future if we are not faithfully engaged in
serving him in the present.
Martin Luther was once asked, “If you knew that
the world would end tomorrow, what would
you do?” “I would plant a tree,” he said.
What Luther expressed, and what I want
to convey to you, dear parishioners of
St. John’s, is that no act, no service, no
gesture of goodwill done in the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ—done in
faith, hope, and love—will ever be lost.
Jesus taught his disciple that it is present
faithfulness that matters most, that
matters in the end. On the Last Day, what
do we want to hear the Master say? “Well
done, good and faithful servant. You have been
faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter
into the joy of your master.” (Mt. 25:21)
So, even through “many dangers, toils, and snares,” let’s get
to work. Let’s be about the Father’s business. Come out to
the Ministry Fair on Parish Life Weekend on the evening
of September 8 at 5:00 p.m. We will have our ministries on
exhibition in the Parish Hall with games for the kids and
drawings for adults. And yes, there will be fair food—all the
stuff your mother says is bad for you: corn dogs, popcorn,
cotton candy. Please come out to find out where you fit in
the worship, discipleship, and mission enterprise of St. John’s.
Then, we’ll be back on Parish Life Sunday, September 9, for
a preview of our Christian Education year at 9:00 a.m. and a
commissioning of our lay ministries at the 10:30 Eucharist.
Get involved! Yes, pray about the future, but be faithful in
little things. And what we’ll find is that the Lord himself is
the most faithful of all.
Yours in Christ,
S
The Quarterly Newsletter of St John’s Episcopal Church: Late Pentecost Season, 2012
ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
848 Harter Road , Dallas , Texas 75218-2791
T 214-321-6451 F 214-321-3535
www.stjohnsepiscopal .org
THE CLERGY
The Rev’d David Stangebye Houk Rector, x421
The Rev’d Herbert R. DeWees Assistant Priest for Pastoral Care, x419
The Rev’d Canon Emmett M. Waits Assistant Priest
THE PARISH STAFF
Melissa Newsome Parish Administrator, x411
Jeanne Webber Director of Christian Education, x444
Mary Preston Organist and Choirmaster, x416
Michael Mills Youth Minister and School Chaplain, x106
Meghan Houk Communications Coordinator, x400
Paul Perrone Custodian
Jennifer Graham Director of Child Care
Grace Choi Child Care Assistant
Deborah Scott Child Care Assistant
Veronica Webber Child Care Assistant
Amanda Woolverton Child Care Assistant
THE VESTRY
Through January 2014
Garry Brown (Sr. Warden)
Robert Shannon
Jennifer Schmieder
Through January 2015
Tim Gibson
Gwen McAllen
Jay Patterson (Clerk)
Amy Wooten
Through January 2013
Forrest Boaz (Jr. Warden)
John Bovard
Lea France
Steve Wilensky
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eVOICE
The eVOICE is our weekly email newsletter.
Events, reminders, and a word
from Fr. Houk accompany each Friday’s
edition. Contact Meg Houk at the
parish office to get on the list: mhouk@
stjohnsepiscopal.org.
Prayer Requests
Prayer requests can be called in or
emailed to Melissa Newsome at the
parish office. Phone 214-321-6451 x411.
Mnewsome@stjohnsepiscopal.org is her
email address.
Requests are placed on the list for 30
days and need to be renewed by notifying
Melissa. If you have travel plans,
you may call or email the office as well,
and you will be added to the prayer list
for safe travel.
Baptisms
The next opportunity for Holy Baptism
is All Saints Day on Sunday, November
4. The deadline for signing up for
baptism is October 8. Please contact
Melissa Newsome in the Parish Office
to register for Baptism preparation.
Calendar at a glance
Sunday Schedule
8:00 a.m. Said Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Christian Education (June 10 through July 15)
10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist
Weekday Schedule in the Chapel
Monday 9:30 a.m. Eucharist
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. Eucharist – Followed by Breakfast
Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:00 p.m. Eucharist with Unction
Thursday 9:30 a.m. Eucharist
Friday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist with St. John’s School
Office Holiday for Thanksgiving – November 22-23
at a glance
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FOR NEWCOMERS
Membership 1-2-3 is St. John’s program
for newcomers, providing them with an
overview of life at the parish. It is designed
for those coming from Episcopal/Anglican
churches who wish to transfer their
membership, as well as those from other
traditions (or no tradition) who want to
explore membership at St. John’s.
Dates: Sunday, September 23, 30 and
October 7 at noon
in the Parish Hall Library.
Light lunch and childcare provided.
RSVP to Jeanne Webber.
jwebber@stjohnsespiscopal.org All Saints Sunday
November 6
The first Sunday after November 1 is celebrated as All
Saints Sunday. This year, All Saints Sunday is November
4, and all children of the parish are invited to participate
in our annual All Saints procession at the 10:30 a.m.
Eucharist that day.
We will gather after Sunday School in the undercroft (the
basement of the church) near the children’s chapel cross
and pass out the banners and organize ourselves for the
procession. After the procession, children will join their
families in church.
For the procession, costume suggestions and on-line
resources will be available in the narthex and the
children’s Sunday School classrooms beginning October
1. For more information about the All Saints procession,
please contact Jeanne Webber at the church office.
All Souls Day
Friday, November 2
Requiem Mass at 12:00 p.m.
The day that follows All Saints Day, November 1, is All
Souls Day, November 2. While All Saints is a day focused
on celebrating the heroes and heroines of our faith, All
Souls Day is a day of remembrance for all the faithful
departed, all who have died in Christ. According to our
tradition, we pray that God would grant the departed
continual growth in his love and service (bcp 330) and
that they might go from strength to strength in the life of
perfect service in God’s heavenly kingdom. (bcp 481)
This year, All Souls Day falls on a Friday and we are offering
a special Requiem Mass for the faithful departed at
our 12:00 p.m. that day in the chapel. Please try to attend
this liturgy. You are also invited to submit the names of
loved ones you would like remembered at the altar on
All Souls. Please email the parish office by October 31 or
place a note in the alms basin, noting the names of those
you would like remembered.
SUNDAY Christian Education
Sunday Morning Christian Education for all ages begins September 16
At 9:00 a.m. our Sunday School begins with our all-ages Gathering Time in the Parish Hall for 15 minutes of prayer, song,
and announcements, with breakfast fare on hand. Our gathering time this year will complete our “A Walk Thru the Bible”.
Each week, Meg Houk and other lay leaders will lead us through the books of the Bible to give us a powerful big-picture view
of God’s Word. We’ll learn about the major themes of each book, chronology of scripture and purpose that connects the
books of the Bible.
From 9:15–10:15 a.m. we go to our separate classes with adult classes meeting in the Parish Hall area and children/youth
classes in the Undercroft. This fall we offer four classes for adults.
Growing as a Faith-Full Family
“Will my child remain a Christian after he has grown up
and left home?” Many a conscientious parent has asked
this question. Many have scratched their heads about
how to best raise their kids to be life-long Christians, who
not only attend church but are passionately committed
to Christ throughout their lives. Unfortunately, the odds
are not on our side. Princeton professor Kenda Dean’s
provocative book Almost Christian, concludes that the faith
of most American teenagers is “not durable enough to
survive long after they graduate from high school.” She
also concludes that parents are responsible for this, since
surveys show that young people’s faith mirrors the faith
of their mothers and fathers. In other words, neither the
Church nor the family has been doing its job.
Join Michael Mills and Fr. Houk in this class presented
for parents, grandparents, and high-schoolers about
growing in Christian faith as a family. Together, we will
explore and struggle towards creating a family culture that
includes prayer, Biblical study, real conversation, and service
to others. The main resource we will be using is Think
Orange, a recent book that helps families and churches
synchronize their efforts and work synergistically. It will
be a very practical, hands-on class for everyone who
attends; both young adults and adults. This class meets in
the Parish Hall.
Mere Christianity
Ok, so you’re a Christian, or at least you think you are.
Just what does that mean, exactly? For that matter what
is Christianity? Is it simply going to Church, reading your
Bible and praying? Is it following a bunch of rules and
regulations created by a cosmic killjoy intent on spoiling
our fun and turning us into a bunch of guilt-ridden,
self-flagellating mourners? Who was this Christ? Was
Jesus a teacher, a philosopher, just a good man, or was
he the Son of God? Is there any real difference between
Christianity and other religions? Don’t they all say the
same thing? Are any of these questions even worth asking
let alone answering?
These are only a few of the many questions posed and
answered by C.S. Lewis in his magnificent book Mere
Christianity. Join us this fall as together we explore the
flawless reason and beautiful prose of Lewis’ exposition
of the specific doctrines and beliefs that form the core
of Christianity. These are the essentials of the faith, the
things that all Christians espouse no matter what their
denomination or tradition. Please bring a copy of the
book, your Bible, a pencil, highlighter, paper, and most
important, your own questions while we delve into one of
the greatest apologetic works of the 20th century.
PS: Max McLean’s stage adaptation of Lewis’ Screwtape
Letters will be on tour this fall and stopping by Dallas
November 2-11. As a special treat, we will be planning a
trip to the theater as an accompaniment to the class.
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SUNDAY Christian Education
What is happening
in the world of
Christian Ed?
Contact Jeanne Webber, our Christian
Education Director, to register for classes or to find out
more information. Phone her at the church office or
email her at jwebber@stjohnsepiscopal.org.
Evangelism as a Way of Life
Does the word “evangelism” scare you? If so, join Mike
Harrell and members of the Evangelism Committee as
they look at evangelism as a way of life. Using Rebecca
Manley Pippert’s book, Out of the Salt Shaker and Into
the World as a guide, we will cultivate a view of what
effective, engaging evangelism looks like for individuals
and churches. You will learn about Becky’s approach to
sharing the Gospel through being ourselves and bringing
God’s message of love and salvation to our family, friends,
co-workers and neighbors. Join us as we take the fear out
of sharing our personal stories of faith and become living
witnesses of our Risen Lord.
Godly Play
Godly Play is an approach to Christian formation that
enables children to experience the presence of a loving
God and discover how to speak the language of their
biblical faith. The goal is to teach children the art of using
religious language; parable, sacred story, silence, and
liturgical action to help them become more fully aware of
the mystery of God’s presence around them and in
their lives.
• Three-year-olds through Kindergarten in the Blue Room
• First Grade through Third Grade in the Purple Room
Bible Basics
Our Upper Elementary (Fourth and Fifth Grades) and
Middle School (Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades) focus
on Bible study basics. This year in Sunday School, these
two classes will use David C. Cook’s most widely used
curriculum, Bible-in-Life. Bible-in-Life provides our youth
with a Sunday school experience that deepens their Bible
study skills and Scripture knowledge. Expanding on students’
foundation of faith gained in childhood, this class
will offer real-life application and supports our youth’s
perspective of the world and how they fit in. No matter
where students are in their walk with Jesus, Bible-in-Life
communicates the gospel with life-changing clarity and
motivates them toward life application. When the Bible is
in your life, God’s Word transforms your heart and mind.
• Fourth and Fifth Grades in the Green Room
• Middle School (Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades) in the
Red Room
First Communion
First Communion for baptized children will be offered on
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the church.
We will hear two Godly Play Stories: the Circle of the
Holy Eucharist and Good Shepherd/World Communion.
We will also take a tour of the church and sacristy. Please
contact Jeanne Webber at the church office (214-321-
6451 x444) or by email at jwebber@stjohnsepiscopal.org
for more information or to let us know your family will
attend.
YOUTH
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EYC: A New Look , A Familiar Spirit
EYC will look a little different this fall here at St. John’s,
but, Lord willing, the spirit will remain the same. In
the past we have combined all grades (6th-12th) every
Sunday night. While this has fostered a lot of group
spirit, it has also prevented us from tackling some issues
that our older youth need to discuss. So, beginning this
September, we will have EYC three times per month. We
will meet the first three Sunday evenings of the month,
from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Youth Room, leaving the
fourth week as a time for families to have their own faith
discussions at home, do their own service projects, or
simply enjoy hanging out together.
The first Sunday evening will be our Middle School EYC
(grades 6-8) and will be specifically tailored to their age
group and will include simple snacks (e.g., chips, veggies,
and drinks), Bible study and discussion, and some time
to hang out and play games together. The second Sunday
evening will be the Senior High EYC (grades 9-12), which
will follow the same format as the Middle School EYC,
only on a deeper level and may include an occasional
movie that lends itself to a discussion about our own
Christian theology and worldview.
The third Sunday evening we will all gather together for
a communal meal provided by parents, parishioners, and
various guilds in the church community. We will gather
to eat, sing, and pray and then either play games together
or head out into our community for various service
projects for both parishioners and non-profit agencies in
our area.
In all of these changes, we are trying to ensure that EYC
continues to be a place where it is safe to ask hard questions
about God, Jesus, the Bible, life and death, how
the Christian faith compares to other faiths, and why
we do the things we do as Christians. But yet we want
it to a place where our young adults can have fun, but
also a place that is intellectually challenging so as not to
demean their desire to ask hard questions. Through these
changes, we hope to help train our youth in the basics
of Christianity, and then enforcing those beliefs through
acts of service whereby we can be both the arms and feet
of Jesus in our world. I would ask you to pray that as the
Lord equips our youth that He would also raise up a few
adult parishioners who would be willing to come once a
month and be a mentor to our youth. I truly believe that
the best is yet to come!
~ Michael Mills
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An Interview with
Jamie Jacobs
&
Jay Patterson
Since November of 2011, Jay Patterson and Jamie Jacobs
have been interviewing St. John’s parishioners who have lived
through World War II, videotaping their stories and preserving
their memories. This Veteran’s Day, November 11, St. John’s is
offering a parish-wide viewing of their interview highlights as a
way for our people to recognize and honor “the greatest generation,”
with thanks for their sacrificial service to our country. The
VOICE sat down with Jay and Jamie to hear about how the
project came together.
WHO WAS THE MASTER MIND OF THIS
PROJECT?
JAY: I got the idea in the beginning. And do you know
what prompted it? The obituary of Harry McCaffrey. I
hadn’t a clue that he was a war hero: three Purple Hearts,
five Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars. And it was too late for
me to say anything to him. I thought to myself, “I don’t
want that to happen again,” so I got the idea and put the
word out. Mark Kraemer volunteered to help, Jamie volunteered
to help. Craig Schmieder and John Bovard have
helped, as well.
JAMIE, HOW DID YOU, PARTICULARLY,
GET INVOLVED?
JAMIE: I saw Jay’s notice in the eVOICE. He wrote about
this interviewing project that was about to begin. I’ve
always enjoyed video work; I’ve done it for years, now. So
I contacted Jay and said, “Hey, do you need some help?”
And he said, “Absolutely. Can you run a camera? The first
interview is in two weeks.”
ARE YOU SAYING THAT JAY HAD THE
INSPIRATION BUT WAS OTHERWISE
IGNORANT ABOUT HOW TO RECORD
THESE INTERVIEWS?
JAMIE: That’s your word not mine!
JAY: I could have done it alone, and what we would have
had was one, parked video camera, and a talking head for
the interview. But what we’ve wound up with are these
wonderful DVD’s with historic photographs, graphics
added, different camera shots of the interview. It’s like a
60 Minutes interview. it’s not boring. Jamie made a world
of difference, and he gets credit for the editing. He does
all of that. The easy part is mine and the hard part is his.
EVERYONE WHO HAS SEEN THE DVD’S
COMMENTS ON THE GRAPHICS THAT
ARE ROLLED IN AND THE PICTURES
FROM THE PERIOD. TELL US ABOUT THE
PROCESS OF FINDING THOSE IMAGES.
JAMIE: Well, the process is rather intensive. It takes
hours. Some of these interviews have taken thirty or
forty hours to finish, to go out on the Internet, to find
photographs that are symbolic of whatever it is that we’re
talking about. Fortunately, a lot of the people we interview
brought in shoeboxes full of items they kept, memorabilia
and photographs of the time. Jay mentioned Harry
McCaffrey: Mark, his son, walked in with boxes and boxes
of things Harry had kept, photographs, medals. I tell you
what, Harry was a record keeper.
JAY: One of my favorite moments was when we were
showing the finished video to Jim Leighton and his family.
Jamie had gone on the Internet and found a photograph
of the New Zealand missionary who rescued Jim and the
other 160 sailors from an island that was controlled by the
Japanese. And Jim, seeing the missionary’s picture in the
video, turned around in the middle of the showing and
said, “Where did you get that photograph!?” I thought,
“That’s classic.”
YOU’VE MENTIONED JIM. YOU’VE
MENTIONED HARRY. WHO ARE THE
OTHER VETS YOU’VE INTERVIEWED?
JAMIE: We started with Jim Reagan, and then we had Jim
Layton. We had Art Swanburg and Charles Powers. And
Bob Bowser.
JAY: And it wasn’t just veterans. We interviewed survivors
and family as well: Lee Streehorn, Betty Hill.
JAMIE: There was Milton Bludworth, Cliff McCamey,
Mark and Paul McCaffrey for Harry. There was also Jim
Cook, Davis Weaver, John Rothermel, Jim Menefee, Dave
Hawley, Charlie Carneal, Hazel Wilensky, and Philip
Myers. Eighteen in all.
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Weaver
Layton
Hawley
Rothermill
Swanberg
McCaffrey
Myers
Strehorn
Hill Carneal Wilensky
Menefee
McCamey
Bludworth
Bowser
Cook
Powers
WORLD
WAR II
VETERANS
of ST JOHN’S
TELL ME ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING ON
NOVEMBER 11TH THIS YEAR.
JAMIE: Well, November 11th is show-time! We have a
final DVD to produce which will be a highlight reel of all
interviews. You can’t call it a “best of” DVD, because each
interview tells an important story, all of these people are
heroes.
JAY: That’s part of why we undertook this, to preserve
their stories, because at the end of the day they are all
heroes. Even those who didn’t leave the states but had a
mundane job, even those people made sacrifices. They
were separated from their families. They had to do things
for the services of their country that they might not have
wanted to do. Plus, one of the things that I think is a
side benefit of this project is providing each family with a
video record, a history of that World War II vet. And that
has been like “psychic income” for Jamie and me, how
delighted people are to have that.
JAMIE: I’ll give you a quote. There was one veteran who
came in to watch his video. And he called me later that
afternoon, when it was all over, and said, “I just want you
to know that for the first time in fifty years I feel important
again.” Now that just hit me right in the heart.
Wow. What do you think the
present generation can learn
from the generation that lived
through World War II?
JAY: They are very educational. Jamie and I are both
learned a lot. I am a Vietnam Veteran, and for me it is
inspiring to hear some of these folks say, when we ask
them why they joined the military, “Well, we all did. We
needed to. It was important.” It wasn’t like that with
Vietnam. It is nice to be reminded that sometimes things
are so important that everyone has to pitch in and help.
I hope we have a lot of young
people in attendance on
November 11.
JAY: Yes, and I think what they will learn is that each
person has a story and each person made sacrifices. These
aren’t like movies. These are stories of real lives and real
sacrifices.
JAMIE: One of the things I have learned in this process is
how the whole country pulled together. I mean, today we
are so divided: politically, religiously; whatever it is there
are so many factions. Not during World War II. You talk
to these guys and you hear, “We were all together. We
were all saving rubber, planting victory gardens, we were
all rationing gasoline.” It was all for the benefit of saving
this country from the tyranny of Hitler and Mussolini. I
think that is what the kids could learn. They might think,
“Wow. It would be cool to live in an era where people
actually got along.”
JAY: Well, and women played an important role as well
as the men. We went into this mainly focusing on the
men who were the soldiers and the sailors. But Harry
McCaffrey’s sisters were similar to “Rosy the Riveter”
working on aircraft in the Mid-cities area. Betty Hill was in
the Civil Air Patrol, being trained as a pilot. I was clueless
to all of that. And this will be an inspiration for people to
see that it was not just those who were out there shooting
the rifles, but as Jamie just said, everyone was pitching in
and helping.
You had a format of questions,
right? What were you trying to
capture in each interview?
JAMIE: There were three parts. There was a background
section where we asked, “Hey, tell us about your life before
you signed up. Who were your parents? Where did you
live?” We were trying to provide that human element.
Then we went into the second section, which was the War
years. That is where we got into the blood and the mud
and the crud, as Jay would say. And that was fascinating
because some of these guys have circumnavigated the
globe. They went to so many places. And then the last
part was about faith and St. John’s. We thought this was
important since it was a church project. Jay would ask,
“How did your time in the military affect your faith,” and
then further from there, “Tell us about your involvement
at St. John’s.”
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JAY: I would ask, “What are your hopes or visions
for St. John’s in the future? What have you learned
in your life that you could share with us?” And
then we would ask some follow-up questions.
JAMIE: Jay got better as we went along. This guy
was like Larry King, there, at the end!
JAY: We learned a lot through this process.
JAMIE: And the quality got better as we went
along. When we started we had no lights, just a
microphone hanging down from the ceiling. Then
we thought, “We need to figure this thing out.”
That’s when John Bovard came in with his lights
to help us. Jay and Craig Schmieder went out and
bought an audio system.
What did Mark Kraemer do?
JAMIE: Mark’s job is to produce the maps. I would contact
Mark with the maps we needed and he would email
them back.
The map graphics are like the
scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark
where the red line crosses the
globe.
JAMIE: Exactly. That’s what Mark does for us and it
makes a big difference. For example, most people have
never heard of the Mariana Islands. Once you get out of
Texas, you need a map to know what we are talking about.
What about the editing process?
How much did you shoot compared
to what you ended up using?
JAMIE: I would say we used 70% of what we shot.
JAY: Jamie is amazing. One of the best parts of this for
me has been getting to know Jamie better. I always admire
a person who does more than he has to do, who sets a
standard of excellence for himself. He did a masterful job
editing these videos.
What are some other “best parts” of
this project?
JAY: It’s hard to say one part was better than another.
Each veteran had a story, their story. In one case a veteran
had this exciting tale to tell—his ship is torpedoed, it sinks,
there are sharks in the water, he’s in the water for seventy
two hours before he is rescued. On the other hand, you
have veteran who is a clerk, typing orders on Treasure
Island in San Francisco. And I asked him, “Well, you got
married at that time, and you’re in the San Francisco area.
Wasn’t that fun?” “Well, no,” he said, “I had to work fifteen
hours a day! I didn’t have time for fun!” But the story
was the story, and that we learned that all made sacrifices.
JAMIE: For me, an interview that stands out was the one
with Davis Weaver. Davis is a wonderful story teller. He
can tell a story that makes you laugh and then makes you
tear up. He enjoyed that camera because it gave him the
chance to tell his stories about his time in the military.
And then Bob Bowser did a great job on the topic “faith
and St. John’s.” He spoke eloquently about the future,
not only of this place but of Anglicanism in general—very
profound stuff that he was sharing with us.
So the plan is: November 11, get the
whole parish family together to
watch the interviews.
JAMIE: There will be food and lots of it. I am going
to keep the highlight reel to two hours, total run time.
Hopefully the entire parish will be there, and at the end of
the night we can stand up and give these folks a round of
applause and appreciate them for what they’ve done.
JAY: This will be meaningful for them. Hopefully, our
parishioners will recognize this is a great opportunity to
show our appreciation and honor these veterans and their
families.
Thank you so much. You have done
a great service to these folks,
their families, and our parish.
JAMIE: Thank you. It has been a pleasure.
JAY: It’s like so many things, we are two of the primary
beneficiaries of all this this. Thank you.
VESTRY VOICES
y name is Jennifer Schmieder and I’ve
been serving as your representative in
the SJEC Vestry since September of 2010
where I currently serve as the Fellowship
and Events Chair (my favorite!). My husband Craig and I
have two sons, Logan (17) and Jacob (13), and have been
blessed to be a part of the SJEC family since 2002. It is
through God’s grace that this Southern Baptist married
a Roman Catholic and landed at St. John’s Episcopal
Church where we’ve felt at home since day one. Our
son Logan attended St. John’s school through 5th grade
and now attends Bishop Lynch High School where he
is a Senior. Our son Jacob attended St. John’s school
through 3rd grade a now attends St. Alcuin Montessori
School where he is an eighth grader. Our family cherishes
our place in this church and feels truly blessed that
our children are growing up in this place, in His light,
in this family of Christians who’ve provided fellowship
and leadership to us and our growing sons every step of
the way. SJEC comforts me and brings me ever closer to
Christ with each and every experience there and I carry
that with me always. The comfort I feel that Craig and
I chose the right place for us and it stuck is priceless and
SJEC has my heartfelt gratitude for always having been
there for us through good times and bad. My hobby is
taking care of my family and my interests are volunteering
at St. John’s; however, I do love a good book every now
and then, skiing with my family annually, an occasional
visit to the beach and fellowship with my girlfriends and
their families (well, and maybe a little shopping!). I aspire
to garden more, raise some chickens and spend more
time on the photo albums but only after I’ve found more
time to spend with friends and family. Jacob once said
to me that his favorite time to be around me was at
Church because I am nicest when I am there and after I
have been there. Coming from a teenager (whose mom
is not always “nice!” I guess), I considered that a
confirmation…a confirmation that this place heals me
and inspires me to be a better mom, a better wife, a better
friend and most importantly a better Christian.
M
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GALILEE • PETRA • MASADA
BETHLEHEM • JERUSALEM
CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Email changes
Terry Bonet – terry.bonet@gmail.com
Forrest Boaz – forrest2020@rocketmail.com
Addresses and Phone
Will and Cynthia Nielsen
141 Summit Terrace
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-1321
Same phone number
Marjorie Kirk
12610 Jupiter Rd. #1024
Dallas TX, 75238
Kathy Britt-Price
Disconnected land line, cell phone is 469-644-2262
Register
Dear St. John’s Family,
John and I appreciate all the prayers, calls, cards, food,
love and hugs during this devastating time for us. May
God bless each of you and keep you in His care.
Ann & John Wassel Family
Requiem
Martha Ann Whitworth 90 years old departed life on
June 30th.
John David Wassel son of Ann and John Wassel departed
this life on July 8.
Parishioner Muriel Fletcher departed this life on July 30.
Rest eternal grant the departed, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
appreciation
FALL CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE
September 8-9 Parish Life Weekend
September 29 “Be Still and Know that I am God”
Quiet Day sponsored by the Altar Guild
October 6 Blessing of the Animals
October 19 VOICE Deadline
October 20 Chili Cook-Off
October 24-29 Men’s Camping Trip
November 1 All Saints Day
November 2 All Souls Day: Requiem at 12:00 p.m.
November 4 All Souls Sunday
November 9-10 Stanton Lecture Series
November 22 Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
9:30 a.m. in the Chapel
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ANNIVERSARIES
SEPTEMBER
1 None
2 Birthday Zachary Farrell, Betty McGowan
Marriage Robert & Carolyn Bowling
Death Grace Cook
3 Birthday Frances Franklin, Jennifer
Schmieder, Emma Goff
Death Vashti Delabano, Don Sterling,
Eleanor Bartlett, Jack Rush
4 Birthday Mac Range
Death John Mathis
5 Marriage Bill & Katherine Hall
Death W. Frank Gilders, Irene Bishop,
Leon Wilensky
6 Birthday Nancy Powers, Charles Eyre
Marriage Craig & Jennifer Schmieder
Death Phyllis Lobianco, Marjorie Burdette
7 Birthday Tom Mayo, Alexa Rawdah
Death Donald Gary Jones, John Mahaffey
8 Birthday Vaughan Williams
Death March Coover
9 Birthday Andrea Cavanagh, Brent Phemister
Marriage Hugh & Polly Jefferson
Death Jim Leonard, Hope Stanford
10 Birthday Melissa Newsome
Death Christine Derrick
11 Birthday Dorothy Layton, Michael France
Death Sally Worrall, Sidney Collum
12 Birthday Freda Diz, Cliff Goff
Death Lady Anne Breed
13 Birthday John Bovard
14 Birthday Elaine Crittenden
Marriage Guy & Sally Keeling
Death Charles Briggs, Arlie Franklin, Sr.
15 Death Patricia Elder
16 Birthday Rebekah Scott
Marriage David+ & Meg Houk
17 NONE
18 Birthday James Jacobs
Marriage Mike & Toni Garrett, Charles &
Laura Eyre
19 NONE
Death Exa Gunn, James Garner
20 Birthday Sandra Fitzgerald
Death Mary Catherine Wise
21 Birthday Milton Bludworth, John Tindall
Death Theodore Stueber, Bill Mulheron
22 Birthday Barbara Barrow, Emily Cassady
Death The Rt. Rev. Theodore H. McCrea,
First Rector of St. John’s
23 NONE
24 Birthday Rain Valente
25 Birthday John Wassel, Laura Eyre, Katherine
Britt-Price
26 Birthday Liza Powers, Roger Durham
27 Birthday Flo Brogoitti, Cary Ann Norton
Death Royse Smith, Roy Hodges, Lucille
Hasler
28 Birthday Hazel Wilensky, Bailey Brecht,
Marjorie Kirk, Natalie Luckey,
Alexandra Bovard
Death Lacey Bird, Robert Wilson, Thomas
Butler, Jean Whistler, Joan Carruthers
29 NONE
30 Birthday Christina Bovard, Amelia Brown
OCTOBER
1 Birthday Dick Barrow
Marriage David & Michelle Reed
Death Peggye McConnell, The Rev’d
Canon J. Robert Maceo, St. John’s
Rector Emeritus
2 Birthday Courtney Lindley, John Mills
Death Mildred Gregory, Hazel Roddy,
Mollie Smith, Farid Rawdah,
Virginia Williams
3 Birthday Mark Kraemer
Death Alfred Karsten, Lena Kickirillo
4 Birthday Jennifer Powers
Death Taylor Delabano, Charlotte Ross
5 Birthday Amy Wooten, Elizabeth Burns,
Robert Burns, Ellie Bird
Death Lloyd E. Elliott, Gordon Bell, Bill
Leonard, Shawn Stuekerjuergen,
Joan Carruthers
6 Death Rubie Barnard Heidel, Harry Tunis
Moore (Second Bishop of Dallas),
Emmett Moore Waits, Marie Williams
Waits, Josephine Schenewerk
7 Marriage Robert & Robin Shannon
Death Herman Hasler
8 Birthday Terry France
Death Charles Heidel
9 Death Charles Douglas Skelton
10 Birthday Sheilah Unger
Death Ann Tucker, Jerry Gardner
11 Birthday Nathan Stotts
Death Bernice Phelps, Margaret Gleber
12 Death Virginia Bowser, Anne Albritton
13 Birthday Christina Brown, Karen Burns
Death Sophie Stuekerjuergen,
Frieda McMahon
14 Birthday Bill Gunn
Death Fred Barlett, Carolyn Aldrich,
Elizabeth Swindel, Richard Hill
15 Birthday Ryan Cavanagh, David Stotts,
Charles Bonet
16 Birthday Mike Connelly, Shelley Switser,
Michael Brown, Halen Wilson
17 Birthday Martin Delabano, Bob Crawford
18 Birthday Clayton McCamey
Death Lloyd B. field, Judith Hopkins
19 Marriage Steve & Kay Sykes
Death Pauline Brown
20 Birthday Robert Bowling, Kay Van de Rostyne
Death Tiny Jones, David Keeling
21 Birthday Thomas Gibson
Marriage Arthur & Sylvia Moore
Death Loretta Hamlett, Emajo Cherry
22 Birthday Susan Walker, Jennifer Kraemer
Marriage Jim & Ann Berthold
Death Maureen Huber, Albert J. Marshall,
Paul Holmes
23 Death Ken Gray, Merigo Cronin
24 Birthday Don Jones
Death Gertrude Roberts, Duard McFaul,
Delia McCaffrey
25 Marriage Cliff & Chris Goff
Death Lorraine Driensky
26 Birthday Brenda Rawdah
Death Alvin Rush
27 Death Ruby Elkins, Lenore Rallis
28 Birthday Anne MacMillan, Addison Lindley
Marriage Ed & Jean Clark
Death Wilford Moore
29 Death Alma Hall
30 Birthday Arthur Moore, Jack Reed
Death Paul Cassady
31 Birthday Leah Stuekerjuergen
NOVEMBER
1 Birthday Brock Beach
Death Aline Robertson, Travis Chalmers
2 Birthday Meridith Kiraly, James Menefee
Death Taylor Parker
3 Birthday Janet Walker, Betty Franzl
Death Gloria Burkhart
4 Birthday Patsy Chalmers, Charlotte Wiles
Death Pearl Otis Davidson, Jerry Peeples
5 Birthday Rosemary Rayburn, John Kirk
6 None
7 Birthday Jeff Holland
Death Geraldine Adams, Edward Waits,
Sydney Mott, Coleen Sewell
8 Birthday Charlotte Wiles
Marriage Allen & Lisa Talkington Rogan
9 Birthday Jan Drake
Death Ed Moore, Marlene Kudlaty
10 None
11 Birthday Betty Morris, Philip Eyre,
Jacqueline Bovard
Death Helen Read, Sam Abedin
12 Death Lucile Wonder, Phyllis McCamey,
Jack Ross
13 Birthday Adrienne Jones, Olivia Beasley
14 Birthday Camille Blankenship
Marriage Lon & Judy Williams
Death Jeannette Evans, Eric Neilson
15 Birthday Dawn Kinard
Death Ellen Strehorn, Mary Farnham,
James Coleman, Pat Patterson
16 Birthday John Rothermel, Taylor Beach,
Aidan Houk, Lewis Kinard
Death Lee T. Nelson, Katherine Chianelli,
June Coover
17 Birthday Sarah Duniho
Death Leonard Fitzgerald
18 Birthday Paul Rutherford, Ann Phillips
19 Birthday John Miller, John Hardy,
Lee Strehorn
20 None
21 Death Barbara Bond
22 Birthday Edna Hooker
Death C.S. Lewis, Thomas Sharp, Nan
Moore
23 Death Eleanora Moore
24 Birthday Toni Garrett
Death Wesley Becker
25 Birthday Ed Clark, Hugh Jefferson
Death David Miller, Frank Hopkins,
Harold Skinner
26 Birthday Steve Sykes
Death Mark Mathews, Lewis Allen
27 Birthday Arthur Swanberg
Death Chuck Brown
28 Birthday Mike Stroud, Regan Beasley
Death Martha Terrill
29 Birthday Nancy Beach
30 Birthday Jerry Kramer
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