Practicing handbells at home between rehearsals isn’t quite the same as packing up a violin or a flute in its case. It more often requires substitutes – hairbrushes, spoons. Handbell ringers make music in ensemble, like an orchestra or a chorus, but in the case of handbells, the melody is built entirely note by note.… Continue reading After 10 Years, the Raleigh Ringers Return
This morning, St. John’s parishioners reflected on their summer pilgrimages – a trip to the Holy Land, a youth mission trip into the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia, and a diocesan youth trip to England. Allison Cole read a poem she had written about her experience in the Holy Land: Three Households, Alike in Dignity… Continue reading The Weight of Two Short Weeks
We just realized today is National Read a Book Day, so we asked our staff, clergy and volunteers what they’re reading. Here’s the list… The Reverend David Olson, Associate Rector Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in… Continue reading What are we reading?
In a fairly recent sermon, I talked about the idea that we are created by God to want to be in community with others. We are hard wired, so to speak, with the need to be with others as we navigate the twists and turns of our lives. But it isn’t always easy to find… Continue reading Journey Groups: A New Series this Fall
Journey Groups and a superstar Lutheran pastor are among the new things at St. John’s this season, marking our 125th year on the corner of Jefferson and Elm. We launch the season on September 10, Celebration Sunday! From small group to big picture, this fall at St. John’s explores personal faith journeys, spiritual pilgrimages and… Continue reading Fall at St. John’s: New Classes, New Journeys
Nathan and I discovered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University just after our first daughter was born. I was a new stay-at-home mom, and we had some fears about our finances and questions about budgeting, saving and making sure that we were doing all of the right things for our family. The program completely changed how… Continue reading Financial Peace: A Spiritual Course About Money
by Helen Schmedtje Each year I go on the youth mission trip to Grace House, I come home with more than I left with. Whether it is knowledge of how to use a screwdriver, a deeper understanding of faith, or an abundance of bug bites, I return a different person each time. Going to a… Continue reading A Deeper Understanding of Faith