Advent isn’t always the contemplative season we yearn for it to be. Bishop Mary is to be with us to lead a quiet day, a bit of retreat, a thoughtful time to help us rest in God’s grace before the busy-ness of the season gets a chance to set the tone. Get the jump on the season, and enter it through this doorway.
Please RSVP to church office, 831-708-2278 or email@example.com. Download a flyer for the event here. Click here for a map.
If you are going back to school, as a teacher or a student, we will be blessing you and your backpack, briefcase or other teaching-learning tools. We also want to make sure our neighbors know about this and feel free to join in and find out about the very Episcopal tradition of offering blessings. Please join us at either our 9:00am service or our 11:00am service.
The Helpful Shop, a ministry of St. John’s, Aptos, is celebrating its 60th anniversary June 20 with an open house. Read the whole article here.
By the grace of God and with the people consenting
The Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real
Robert Emmons Neville
to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Saturday August 3, 2013
at 2:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
125 Canterbury Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Your prayers and presence are requested
Remember to account for beach traffic
Reception to follow Clergy: Red Stoles
Video clip of the Blessing of the Bicycles from St. John’s, Aptos, on April 21, 2013.
The Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) replaces earlier documents that were known as living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care. The AHCD represents an important legal document that helps to resolve critical healthcare questions and facilitate decisions at a time when an individual no longer has the capacity to make his/her own decisions.
It is a critical document for people with dependents. Some examples might be getting knocked unconscious in a pick-up basketball game, at the gym or just slipping in the produce isle. As individuals possessing spiritual awareness and being socially and morally responsible to our families, we must embrace our right to control important decisions about our health, and possibly the last chapter of our life, by putting pen to paper. Any of us could be incapable of making our own healthcare decisions due to a temporary condition.
And to help us overcome the reluctance to undertake an advanced health care directive, we have scheduled the AHCD workshop for Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 3 pm. If you don’t have an AHCD, we urge you to attend.
The task of creating an Advance Directive and sharing it with family and physician is not an easy one. Doing this requires one to think about individual priorities concerning quality of life and the potential of death. Treatment options, and their possible influence on quality of life measures, need to be fully understood and considered. The implications of choosing or refusing specific forms of care must be evaluated. In designating an agent or proxy to make decisions for you at some critical future time, you must choose someone who knows you well, who cares about you, and who can make difficult decisions when called upon to do so.
St. John’s in Aptos is presenting a two hour workshop on how we can be more inviting and welcoming as congregations. It’s not enough just to open the doors and welcome all who come. How do we invite? How do we practice and proclaim who we are as a community of faith asking others to join us on our path. This two hour workshop will include discussion and practice in inviting friends and strangers and then how to welcome without overwhelming.