Welcome Rev. Noble Scheepers
Dear Parish Members,
I am very pleased to report that the Rev. Noble F. Scheepers has agreed to serve as our Interim Priest. Noble was recommended by the Bishop as a good fit for St. John’s during our transition process and the Vestry unanimously approved his appointment. Noble will serve as Interim Priest until St. John’s calls its next Rector. His first Sunday service at St. John’s will be on August 8 at 10:00am.
Noble was ordained in 1992 in the Anglican Church of South Africa, where he was the Rector for several parishes. Most recently, Noble was the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshfield. Prior to that he served as the Priest in Charge at Church of the Good Shepard in Dedham.
The interim period is a time for renewal and re-energizing the parish in its life and mission. Beyond maintaining effective ministry during this period, the Vestry and Noble will work together to prepare for the healthy transition for St. John’s next rectorship.
Noble and the Vestry will meet monthly (the regular vestry meeting) to clarify expectations and to evaluate successes and raise concerns from the congregation, staff, leadership, or the Interim Priest in order to ensure the effectiveness of our joint ministry.
Some of Noble’s duties as Interim Priest will include:
Heritage: Understanding the history of the congregation and its relationships with previous clergy.
Mission: Discovering the congregation's special identity and core values, what it dreams of being and doing, apart from previous clergy leadership.
Leadership: Dealing with shifts in leadership roles that naturally evolve in times of transition, allowing new leaders to come forward.
Connections: Renewing and reworking relationships with the Diocese and the community, so that each may be a more effective resource and support to the other.
Future: Building commitment to the leadership of the new rector in order to be prepared to move into the future with openness to new possibilities; developing Congregational and Pastoral Profiles.
I know that you will all give Noble a warm welcome. Please feel free to share your history at St. John’s and your hopes for our future.
Bob Murphy, Senior Warden
Thank you to all who donated School Supplies Drive for Epiphany Middle School!
Each early fall our tradition is to help provide school supplies for middle school kids at Epiphany School in Dorchester. Our Sunday School children made special cardboard buses to contain our donations. Elizabeth Macdonald and I delivered our supplies on September 7th. All these goodies were greatly appreciated!
This year we received a specific list of needs. We collected the following for the 5th graders @ Epiphany:
colored pencils; Crayola 24ct (20)
crayons; Crayola 24ct (20)
lots of erasers
Lots of loose leaf paper
markers; Crayola 10ct (20)
20 pencil pouches
many boxes of pre-sharpened pencils
spiral notebooks (60)
The Interfaith Mini-Walk for Hunger
With need greater than ever, join us for the 12th Interfaith Mini-Walk for Hunger. Let’s live our shared values to help those in need by supporting Project Bread, an organization which ensures our neighbors in our community have the food they need.
This year, we will walk together again in solidarity for this important cause. Ending hunger remains an ongoing battle we continue to fight. And we need your help now!
The Interfaith Mini-Walk for Hunger
Sunday, October 17th
This 3 mile, family-friendly, Walk that starts and ends at Temple Beth David in Westwood. You need not be a member of a house of faith to participate. All are welcome. You may register and collect sponsors through our Project Bread Interfaith Mini-Walk for Hunger website: http://support.projectbread.org/goto/interfaithmini or scan the QR code. Register individually or as an organization. This will generate a little healthy competition between organizations (just for fun!...oh and there will be prizes for those with the most pledges!) We will also collect non-perishable items for local food banks. Please bring them on Walk Day!
Come show the community that together, we are stronger; together, we can make a difference. This year, we need your help more than ever!
Interested? Have questions? Contact: Connie Rizoli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANKS TO OUR GOLD SPONSORS!
St. John's and Sacred Ground
A group of St. John’s parishioners recently completed the Sacred Ground program series, which is part of Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. We were joined in the discussion series by members of the Church of the Advent, Medfield and Epiphany Church, Walpole.
Beginning in October 2020, we met for ten months and used films and readings as the basis for our discussions. Race, racism and whiteness were the primary focus. We looked at family history/ identity, socioeconomic class, political views and regional identity. Sacred Ground is primarily intended for white people to address these themes in our lives and our country – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
Sacred Ground was developed by Katrina Browne, Producer and Director of the documentary film Traces of the Trade. Browne is a life-long Episcopalian who is dedicated to racial justice and healing. The series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
To conclude the series, parishioners from all three Churches met (for the first time in person) at St. John’s for a meal and liturgy service. Participants from
St. John’s were: Chris Beukman, MaryAnne Carty, Jackie Collier, Leslie Davie, Sanne Dinkel, Karen Fraioli, Jamie Harper, Lynne Kozlowski, Emily Sugg, Tom Viti and Maryann Wattendorf.
If you are interested in Sacred Ground please speak with any of us. Here’s the link for Sacred Ground https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
This series was especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
The Long-term Commitment
Becoming Beloved Community represents not so much a set of programs as a journey, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.