Farewells and Greetings…What’s Ahead
For those who will be here in West Seattle for Pentecost on Sunday, May 24th and not out of town for Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to join us after the10:15 service to honor JD Godwin’s ministry with us and to wish him well as he begins a much-deserved and long-sought-after retirement! Although JD will continue at St John’s through the week of May 25th, this will be the last Sunday that he will celebrate services here as our Priest-in-Charge. Lunch will be served. The meal will be catered, though if you would like to help with the meal, please contact Anne Rogers or fill in the contact form.
And for those who will be out of town on that Sunday, we have another opportunity to gather to bid our farewells to JD and his husband, David Stinson. Please join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 for a potluck dinner gathering, to be followed by a Compline service. At JD’s request, this is an informal, relaxed time for us to spend together, especially for those who have to miss Pentecost. Carol Long and Sharon Parker are the potluck organizers. There is a potluck sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.
Trinity Sunday, May 31st, will be Michael Carroccino’s first Sundaycelebrating the Eucharist with us. He comes to St. John’s with his wife, Kristin, and his two children, Caedmon (age 9) and Mirella (age 7 ½). We want to give them a proper welcome, so please join us for a luncheon of pulled pork, vegetarian options, salads, etc. Ken Duvall, Hal Snyder, and Rick Bautista (the three musketeers, i.e. pork magicians) will be working their magic. For anyone interested in helping with this meal, please contact Carol Eaton, Sandy Hanson, or Mary Heuschele, or fill in the contact form. There is a sign-up sheet for the potluck portion of this meal available in the Welcome Center.
Rather than collecting a ‘purse’ to present to JD upon his departure, he has requested that donations be made to a Mission Fund set up in his honor by his previous parish, the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, in Dallas.
The original monies for this fund came from his friends at Transfiguration in response to his suggestion when asked what they could do to show support for his ministry when he left them to come to St. John’s. Monies were given for his discretionary use to help agencies and people of his choice in need, both locally and globally. He is the only person who can request checks from this fund, which has been set up through the Diocese of Olympia. All requests are made through the Diocesan Treasurer to assure that the request meets the standard of mission-related ministries. There are no administration fees, and it does not get taxed, so every penny given eventually goes to help those in need.
So far, JD has made donations from this fund to the Mission to Seafarers, Books and Bricks, the Diverse Harmony choir, Integrity Puget Sound, and Bishop Rickel’s Episcopal Emergency Relief and Development Super Bowl Challenge. Contributions to the Mission Fund and his requests to make contributions to various mission-related ministries will continue after his retirement for as long as funds are available.
If you would like to make a donation to JD’s Mission Fund, please make out a check to The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, and note in the lower left-hand corner that it is for “JD’s Mission Fund.”
Layne Bautista, Senior Warden
Letters for JD
In the Cursillo movement within the Church, letters are written to new participants and among team members at retreats called palanca. I may be giving away a Cursillo secret and the Cursillo police may come after me, but these are notes/letters of love and affirmation and are intended to lift each other up. Here at St. John’s, I would like to invite any of you who feel so moved to write palanca letters to JD. This is your chance to talk to him about how your lives have touched each other, what our ministry together has meant to you, wish him well on his retirement, or whatever else you would like to write. On PentecostSunday, I would love to present him with a big basket of palanca! Please send letters to 10803 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98146 or hand them to me when you see me around church. Questions? Call Layne Bautista or fill in the Contact form— Layne Bautista