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Deacon’s Page – So you want to help?

How can I help?

We often get phone calls and email inquiries from folks that are looking for ways to assist the less fortunate of our town. We are grateful for your heart to serve, so please read on.

St. John’s Norristown is the Episcopal church located at 23 E. Airy St.We are the oldest church in town, and if you know Norristown then it is obvious that we are in the heart of it, situated near the Courthouse and the Library.

For decades, St.John’s has served and provided a place for a luncheon meal to those with food insecurity. Currently this is in excess of 160 meals, four days per week.

The Hospitality Center is located on St. John’s campus. This is an independently run place where folks can gather in from seven a.m. to three p.m., six days per week. About ninety people per day benefit from daily devotional time, case management, breakfast, showers and a safe place to rest. They also can utilize the computer bank to complete day-to-day needs.

The clergy and staff are constantly in the midst of this community. We come together for prayer time, and the church is available to them. Because we know them, we are aware of their needs, their struggles and their concerns.

The lists below have been put together from our awareness of those needs. If you choose to contribute, please know that your gifts will be distributed with great care and love, and on as-needed basis.

Although these lists were thoughtfully prepared to be as comprehensive as possible, we don’t want to exclude your inspired ideas. So, feel free to contact us to discuss.

Here is some contact information:

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Deacon: Dennis Coleman
610-999-2926
dennisecoleman@gmail.com

This would be a great big help…
We are trying to improve the gap on two much needed items. 
Will you have a clothes drive at your church or with your coworkers? But our need is specific, in two areas.
-Organize a BlueJeans Drive.
Ask everyone to donate one pair of jeans in whatever size they wear. Either send us a gently used pair, or buy a new pair in your size. Alternatively, donate those jeans in the back of your closet that you know that you’re never really going to fit in again.
-Donate a winter coat, a nice one from your closet.

We also suggest putting together “Blessing Bags,” identified as for Men or Women, with items from the following lists. Alternatively, you might just want to provide a bunch of a few items, to be given out as needed. 

We highly recommend that you consider coming to a Saturday breakfast, to meet the folks that you are serving. 

For Men For Women
Baby Wipes or Face Wipes Baby Wipes or Face Wipes
Toothpaste Toothpaste
Small First Aid Kit or Band-Aids Small First Aid Kit or Band-Aids
Tissues Tissues
Toilet Paper Toilet Paper
Chapstick Chapstick
Toothbrush Toothbrush
Toothpaste Toothpaste
Comb Comb and brush
Socks Socks
Wool cap in winter Lotion
Triple Antibiotic cream Menstrual Pads or Tampons
Disposable Razors Triple Antibiotic cream
Shaving Gel Nail Clippers
Nail Clippers  
Ibuprofen Ibuprofen
Note of encouragement, signed Note of encouragement, signed
Work Gloves  

Snack bags.                                                      We always need

Granola bars

Fruit Rollups

Mens and women’s socks.
Mens and women’s underwear, assorted sizes.
Tuna Blankets
Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers Diapers – All sizes!
Bottled water Sleeping Bags
Cough drops

Beef Jerky
Raisins


Septa Tokens
Local Grocery Store Gift Cards
 

An Easter Message

You cleft the earth
and streams broke forth….
You went forth to redeem your people,
to rescue your anointed one.
You tore the roof from the house of the wicked
and laid bare their foundation.   [Habakuk 3:9,13]

Dear Friends,

In the middle of the night the Word arose and signs occurred which became the message of unlikely prophets and the testimony of transformed witnesses.

The biblical story is a twice told tale – two testaments that say two principle things – that Christ is Lord and that God raised him from he dead. Every word has been passed on, so that it will be passed on by living witnesses, for the sole purpose that we will in turn bear its testimony through our lives. Many words, many stories, but one message in stereo, turning what we believe into the obedience of our daily lives.

Indeed, every Sunday we proclaim in the Nicene Creed that:

For our sake [Jesus] was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures.

That all these things happened “according to the scriptures” is worth pondering. It has long been noted that Jesus death and resurrection do not take place in response to some straightforward prophecy or simple reading of the Old Testament plot line.  It is true that the early Christians noticed many striking verses of scripture that illumined the manner and meaning of Jesus’ death.  The passion story is filled with these allusions.  But it is also true that these references do not paint by numbers what we see on Easter morning or predict, as in hindsight, what we see. 

Our earliest brothers and sisters had made a discovery. They starting telling others what happened and inviting them to come and see. They started to tell the story “one more time with a difference” — and a sense of fulfillment and confirmation overtook them. 

Jesus settled the contest between the Exodus and the Exile for possession of Israel’s soul, the perennial plight of Israel’s bondage and struggle for freedom.  Where is God? Is God with us?

Every child of Abraham was aware that Israel had failed in fulfilling its destiny. After all this time, after year after year celebrating a Passover liberation – even after returning and rebuilding the temple – they were not free. Are we condemned to ever sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Jesus rode into Jerusalem and forced the question between his body and God’s house. Where will God make his home? How?

Jesus, himself, would seem to be broken by the twice told tale of attempted liberation, being left for humiliated and crushed. The stubborn mystery this side of the grave? As long as death reigns, so will sin, and everything that divides us one from another.  If forgiveness is real, and follows us into eternity, then would we not truly be free?  

It would be Jesus who would say that all important third time:  Shalom.  You are forgiven.  Let my people go! The new Israel began to realize that Jesus has not just mindlessly walked in the footsteps of the prophets and sages of old, but that he has understood Israel’s story in a way no one else had.  Moreover, he has forgiven them and set them free.  

The prophet Habakuk glimpsed a vision of a new Moses. Even more, he looked for someone who would lay bare the foundation. He longed for someone who would write the law on their hearts and truly lead them to the Promised Land.

In the parting of the waters, in the darkest moment at the end of a Holy Week, long after the cruel tale of the victim’s passion has been sung, when the vigil has run its course, after we have gone over the stories one more time — it is precisely here we see what God was aiming at all along.

Not surprisingly, the final Return from final Exile (O Death!) would be the root pattern of the early church’s experience, enshrined in its liturgies — in the ancient baptismal service in particular — that Christ’s death and resurrection is the Golden thread connecting with the elements of how God has always been trying to tell this story. 

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us! Righteousness and Peace kiss. Exodus and Exile meet. Israel lives! We live!

What a discovery indeed. May you and yours hear this twice told tale one more time — with a difference.  May you come to a living faith, a wider love, and a greater praise of God’s eternal purposes.  May you know real forgiveness and a lasting freedom.  May you know that you belong to Jesus’ people and thus to God.  And may it be no small thing that you understand that all this is done “in accordance with the scriptures.”  That, after all, means that God has made you an everlasting part of that story as well…

Therefore, let us keep the Feast!

Happy Easter!
Andy+

Contact

St. John’s Episcopal Church

23 E. Airy Street

Norristown, PA 19401

Main – 610-272-4092

Email – office@stjohnsnorristown.org

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