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Though our spring semester was highly disrupted, we give thanks for our many ministers in Adult Formation and Family Ministries this program year. We were blessed with inspired teaching and some creative series. Hearty thanksgiving for our teachers and planners:
Lynae Beresford                  Brock Dillard                         Charles Duvall
Victoria Fleischer                 Jonathan Fletcher                Craig Keeney
Jason Lockhart                    Lee Rambo                           Faxie Watt
Benton Williamson               Scott Fleischer                     Nicholas Beasley
Ashley Jaillette                     Kelli Turnipseed                   Caroline Tevepaugh
Kathy Thomas                      Victoria Fleischer                 Lolly Petroff
Elise Ince                              Nicole Stoudemire               Catherine Lockhart
Jason Lockhart                     Areli Keeney                        Craig Keeney
Mike McCauley                     Lauren McCauley                 Byron Davison
Emily Davison                      Chris Patrick                         Bobby Jones
Barbara Jones                      Cara Hedges                        Andrew Hedges
Michael Burkett                     Kelly Burkett                         Eileen Schell
Gordon Schell                       Erin Brosch
We look forward to resuming our ministry of formation in person, when the time is right. In the meantime, join our study of the Psalter with Fr. Beasley (Wednesday at 10:30 am) or the Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study with Fr. Scott (7 am), both offered via Zoom. We’ll offer other opportunities to learn online in the weeks ahead.
Online Worship at St. John's this Sunday
Suspension of In-Person Worship Extended 
Bishop Waldo has now directed congregations in Upper South Carolina to worship by live stream at least through May 31

The Sixth Sunday of Easter has a tone of anticipated grief, looking toward the Ascension, celebrated next Thursday. There came a point in the Resurrection when Jesus returned to the nearest presence of the Father, what we call “the right hand of God.” The disciples would have feared such a day and wondered how they would carry on. Christ promised not to leave them as orphans and to send a Spirit who would guide and sustain them. Today’s lessons offer us hope and divine presence in our season of loss and exile from the people, places, and activities we love. 

For the anthem this Sunday, Michael Brown will sing the hymn "Golden Harps are Sounding" from the 1940 Hymnal.  This tune is by Sir Arthur Sullivan, most famous for his late 19th century stage collaborations with W. S. Gilbert.  

Follow along with us using 
Sunday's Bulletin

Zoom Coffee Hours
Join your St. John’s family for a brief online social time, about 10 minutes after the conclusion of each of our Sunday services.

After the early service:
Join Zoom Meeting
After the 10:30 service:
Join Zoom Meeting
12 Days of Beautiful
We give thanks over the past 12 days for those who have nurtured our grounds and made them beautiful by weeding, pruning and planting flowers. If you want to mulch the grounds over the next few weeks, please email Gene Bell at

Family Ministries
If your child is graduating from high school this spring, please email Maggie at We are working on ways to recognize our seniors before they begin their next chapters, and we don't want to miss anyone! 

Check your inboxes for an email from Family Ministries about some upcoming projects and events! We will be celebrating our seniors through online videos. If you have memories with or of the seniors of St. John's, please join with our congregation in congratulating these young people on their next steps. Find that link in the Family Ministries e-mail. 

We will also be live on Facebook at 4 pm today for storytime with Ms. Maggie. Join us there, or use it later for a bedtime story!

Compline will be on Instagram on Sunday at 7 pm and Wednesday at 7:30 pm! Sunday will be led by youth; Wednesday will be led by Maggie. The Instagram account is

Conversation with Clergy

Your clergy remain available for pastoral care and conversation. Give them a call (799-4767), send an email ( If you would like to meet on the St. John's patio for socially distant conversation our benches and lovely spring weather offer the opportunity.

St. John's "Music Ministry Mondays" on Facebook is seeking to highlight musical offerings from our parish family.  A video is posted at 3 pm every Monday afternoon.  If you are interested in participating, contact Michael at

It’s the dinner/drink event you all know and love IN YOUR OWN HOME! Gather ingredients from your grocery store, grab a local beverage pairing from your favorite spot, watch helpful step-by-step video tutorials by Chef Brandon Velie, and enjoy an incredible dinner for the family or even date night. Register Here

50 Words of Easter

You are invited to offer thoughts, pictures, verses, poems as we post 50 Words of Easter each morning on Facebook.

Click HEREfor the church online Giving website page or use your ShelbyNext App on your phone(If you would like credentials or instructions for downloading the App, contact You can use the drop-down menu and select 2020 Pledge to continue your regular giving to the church. Or use General Giving in the drop down menu if you have not made a 2020 pledge commitment. Donating through our website is free to you but costs the church a fee per transaction.

Digital or online banking platforms are available at your own financial institution. Enrolling in Bill Pay with your bank will allow you to continue to give regularly to St. John’s. Using your bank is free of charge to both you and St. John’s.

Donating from a retirement or other investment account offers tax advantages to some givers. Please contact our financial administrator, Rhonda Gardner, at or 803.799.4767 for assistance making a transfer.

GIVE IN PERSON (practicing social distancing)
Drop off your envelope using our mailbox located at the main entrance of Heyward Hall.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
2827 Wheat Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29205

Rhonda Gardner, Finance Administrator:
Michelle Rabon, Director of Parish
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