Connecting with One Another

"When I am with the people of St. John’s, I feel connected – connected to the community, to generations, to my values, to humanity and love."
- congregation member

This past Sunday, we reflected on our connections to one another.  As followers of Christ and citizens of the kin-dom of God, we are invited to love and be loved, to bear one another's burdens, and to develop deep, supportive relationships with one another.  Peter Hauser offered tesimony on his connection to the church, which you can watch/re-watch below.  During the offertory, we wrote reflections on colorful slips of paper, which were then collected by the children and linked together into a paper chain.  Below you can find a selection of those reflections.

The difference the community of St. John's has made in my life:
  • St. John’s is a second family to me. A family that shares my joy and shares my sorrows.
  • The people I have met at St. John’s have become friends and bring joy and purpose to my life. Serving the church strengthens these friendships.
  • I am thankful for support given to me and my family during treatment.
  • Being at church gives me comfort in difficult times.
  • St. John’s keeps me grounded and centered on what’s important and helps me remind my children of that! 
  • St. John’s is a steadfast place that reminds me of God’s constant love for me and my family and friends.
  • This is a place where I find people to love, to pray for, to be thankful for. It is a place where I can practice giving.
  • St. John’s has given our family a place to experience together. With so much happening in life, this is one of the few times during the week when we can be together.
  • What St. John’s has given me is a community of kindness, tolerance, and love.
  • St. John’s is a place you can come and simply be accepted by all for being yourself.
A time I felt especially connected:
  • During this very prolonged stay in the hospital of my dear husband, Richard, members have been so supporting and caring about me and my needs.
  • During discernment when we gathered at peoples’ houses for small-group conversations.
  • Making food for Family Promise.
  • One special memory is having a lovely, intentional and joyful connection when conversing with someone new. Pastor Allison suggested I speak with her and am thankful for that prompt.
  • We felt connected to St. John’s when our son was baptized. We felt instantly welcomed by all.
  • So many memories – chasing Finny as a toddler through the parish hall with the Wilson’s, helping Cindi with lunch, watching Larry play harmonica with Finny and Robert after church, going to a special retreat with Christi and Pastor Allison, helping Peter with Oktoberfest, sharing Aidan’s pageant & acolyte and confirmation adventures.
  • At. St. John’s Sunday School with Mr. Hauser I had a lot of fun and I connected with lots of people and learned to have real conversations. I would always laugh and have fun during lessons. It made every Sunday the best day of the week.
Testimony by Peter Hauser

On Sunday, Peter Hauser offered a reflection on his sense of connection to the St. John's community.  His 3-minute talk begins at the 37:25 minute mark below.
Peter Hauser's Testimony
37:25 - 40:30
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