Oct, Nov, Dec 2012 Newsletter


St. John’s Newsletter

October, November, December, 2012

”. . . Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Marlin, Texas

514 Carter Street

Marlin, TX 76661

(254) 803-3800



Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.

We are a church community rooted in Anglican traditions
and committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through faith,
prayer, compassion, and encouragement.

Words from Reverend Wendy Huber

Dearest Ones:
Happy New Year! Well, it is the New Year for the Church. Our Church year begins with Advent each year. The liturgical cycle divides the year into a series of seasons, each with their own mood, theological emphases, and modes of prayer, which is signified by different ways of decorating the church, colors of vestments for clergy, scriptural readings, themes for preaching and even different traditions and practices observed personally or in our homes. Consider your own traditions during this period. Or consider adopting new traditions.

Advent is from the Latin adventus, “arrival” or “coming”, the first season of the liturgical year begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Traditionally observed as a “fast”, its purpose focuses on preparation for the coming of Christ. Although often conceived as awaiting the coming of the Christ-child at Christmas, the modern Lectionary points the season more toward eschatological themes—awaiting the final coming of Christ, when “the wolf shall live with the lamb” (Isaiah 11:6) and when God will have “brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly” (The Magnificat, Luke 1:52)—particularly in the earlier half of the season. This period of waiting is marked by the Advent Wreath, sometimes a garland of evergreens with four candles. Although the main symbolism of the advent wreath is simply marking the progression of time, churches also attach themes to each candle, most often ‘hope’, ‘faith’, ‘joy’, and ‘love’.

It is fitting that we begin our new year preparing for the coming of the Lord. And then on Christmas Eve we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. This is a miraculous event in which God becomes incarnate as Man. And this Christmas Eve will be very special at St. John’s. Please join me as we celebrate the Eucharist together on Christmas Eve.

I am so blessed to be among all of you and appreciate your kindness and gentleness as I have completed my education and first of two important ordinations. If I am successful with the Board of Examining Chaplains AND the Standing Committee reports positively for my ordination to the priesthood AND the good Lord is willing—we may even see an ordination soon. Stay tuned and attend church for further details.

Love and Peace, RevWend

Brownie’s Barks

Dear Parish Family:

Many of you know me already. I am a very rare creature, a Bellville Hook-tailed Hound. I am so rare – I have not seen anyone quite like me. I have so enjoyed meeting so many of you and when I was given a chance to write my own column, I barked at the chance.

My routine when I attend church is to survey the property and make sure there are not any pesky squirrels near that need eradication (or at least a stern barking). I was recently interested to see if I could get some people from the neighborhood to join us for worship. I ran up to many front doors, even the Baptist preacher’s house. I did not have any information with me about services so I will have to work on that part. (Maybe I need a pouch or something.)

I particularly like the time in Parish Hall. I have trained most of you to share your treats with me by using the “starving dog” routine. So just keep on dropping crumbs, I love it.

So here is a bible fact for you to consider: there are 40 biblical references to dogs in the bible. So the revealed word of God even thought of the dogs!! AND coming up is my favorite service: Blessing of the Pets. More details are in this Newsletter.

Have a great few months and look for me around the Parish Hall.

Love, Brother Brownie

Web Site Updates

Thanks to Rob & Polly Brown’s talents, we have a beautiful website: www.stjohnsmarlin.org If you have not taken a look lately—check it out.


If you see anything concerning the church building and grounds that you feel needs attention please feel free to bring it to one of the vestry members. The Vestry meets at 11:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month. The next three vestry meetings are scheduled for October 7, November 4 and December 2.

St. John’s Choir

St. John’s Choir is a vital part of our services. Anyone who is interested in joining the choir is welcome. Rehearsal is held prior to services each Sunday. Extra practices are announced in Church.

We are blessed with a vibrant Music Ministry. If you are interested in sponsoring special music, please contact Sue for more information at 254-654-5182.

“Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.” Psalm 149:1

Special Music Fund

A perpetual music fund has been created by the Vestry for designated contributions. It is to be for special music and is in addition to the annual budget.


The DOK is an Order open to women of the Episcopal Church and denominations in communion with the Episcopal Church.  The mission of the Order is prayer for the work and members of the church.  DOK will meet on the second Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m.


The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Texas is the fellowship of ALL women of the Church and is organized to enable the women to serve our Lord through Service, Worship, Education, Evangelism and Pastoral Care. All women in the parishes and missions of the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Texas, are members. Our Purpose as the Women of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Texas is to empower each other to live the life for which Christ called us by sharing His love through outreach, fellowship and spiritual growth.

Come join us for the St. John’s ECW Fundraiser Luncheon on October 6, 2012.The lunch will consist of Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, and a Dessert.

Cash Contributions

If you want your cash contributions recorded on your pledge, please remember to place the money in an envelope and write your name on it. Envelopes are located on the back of the pews.

Food Donations

Please bring macaroni and cheese, rice, beans, pasta, spaghetti sauce, Ramen noodles, fruit cups, pudding cups, and canned goods for our food outreach ministry. Smaller packages are preferred. The food will go to Faith, Hope & Charity in the months of October and December. For the month of November the food will go to The Samaritan House. These are vital outreach programs for the community of Marlin. Please help support them.

“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat . . .” Matthew 25:35

Birthdays & Anniversaries

October 5 – Mike Ferda Sr.

October 29 – Bobby Peterson

November 11 – Cathy Estes

November 14 – Sam Bosnack

December 1 – Carol Crum

December 8 – Polly Brown

December 22 – Mark Patterson

December 26 – Sherri Patterson

“Grant, O Lord, that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen

Newsletter Deadline

 If you have a preference in how you will receive your newsletter, either by mail, e-mail, or to pick it up at the church, please inform one of the vestry members. The deadline for the newsletter is the 15th of the month prior to the next newsletter. The next deadline will be December 15th.

Advent Bible Study( Note: Starts Early)

Join St. Johns for this year’s Advent Bible Study. We meet for lunch at the church in the parish hall. We enjoy fellowship and food and enjoy a Bible Study together. Hopefully we can bring in lunch and have a free will offering to defray costs. (Some years we even have “secret hosts” who sponsor a lunch or two – let me know if you would like to be such a person).

This year we will be studying “While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent”. This study considers biblical figures we do not often think about during this season – Tamar, Ruth, Zechariah, Elizabeth and the Magi.

This study will help us as we journey together during Advent. We will also learn some new spiritual practices like: breath prayer and journaling.

Our classes will be held: November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17.

Books will be distributed November 18 during church so you can read before we meet. Join us – it should be fun.

–Pastor Wendy

All Saints Memories

Do you have a photo of your loved ones who have died? Do you have a special book or symbol that reminds you of your loved one?

Bring it to church on November 4, 2012 to share the memories and celebrate the Saint of God. Bring pictures and memorabilia of your loved ones to be placed in the parish hall on display. We will share our memories of our loved ones to commemorate All Saints Day.

Mini Retreat

On December 1, 2012, a FIND friend, Jo Ann Grandjean and Weezie, will be hosting a mini-retreat at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Calvert.

The speaker will be the Rev. Carol Blaine. The subject will be “The Transforming Healing Love of God”. The time is from 10am to 2pm. A light lunch will be served.

I hope that you E.C.W.-ers will mark your calendars and join us for a spirit filled day.

Prayer List

Information about the prayer list: Members may add people to the prayer list by calling the church,

E-mailing the church, or by filling out the information cards located in the basket in the parish hall and leaving the card in the basket on the desk in the office. Names are kept on the list for about 2 months. If the person needs to remain on the list longer than 2 months please indicate that on the information card.

Please pray for our country, our leaders and the men and women who bravely serve in our Armed Forces especially Gabby Isfeld & Russell Mitscherling.

Apana, Rachel Leeth, Nina
Apana, Walter McFarland, Altynay
Dolen, Diane McFarland, Heather
Durbin, Kathy Null, Ray
Evans, Kay Null, Willie
Ferda, Colt Patterson, Sherri
Ferda, Mike Jr. Pirkle, Sandy
Ferda, Mike IV Pletzke, Pattie
Filer, Wes Pletzke, Steve
Fischer, Lola Price, Steve
Goodrich, Horace Schumann, Iris
Grant, Eleanor Schumann, Merritt
Henry, Kathlene Simien, Michael
Janes, Ron Sims, Kyle
Kalmbach, JoeAnn Smith, Andrew
Keeling, Edgar Smith, Kyla
Kleckner, Sandy Supak, Casey
Kleckner, Tina Worthey, Nicki

Blessing of the Pets

The annual Blessing of the Pets will be held on October 20, 2012 at 10:00am. Please join us and celebrate this joyous occasion with or without your pet. If your pet doesn’t like to socialize bring a picture. Every pet blessed will get a blessing certificate.


You are invited To

St. John’s Episcopal Church Christmas Party

At the Home Of Polly & Rob Brown

December 23, 2012

At 5:00 pm

RSVP at Church—in Parish Hall

Coffee Hostess

October 7 – Pat Smith

October 14 – Sherri Patterson

October 21 – Molly Walker

October 28 – Louise Burton

November 4 – Polly Brown

November 11 – Cindy Cox

November 18 – Cathy Estes

November 25 – JoeAnn Kalmbach

December 2 – Diana Miles

December 9 – Sherri Patterson

December 16 – Sue Patterson

December 23 – Pattie Pletzke

December 30 – Margie Schumann


October 7 – Mike Ferda III IMO Alice Ferda

October 14 – Margie Schumann IMO Leland Schumann

October 21 – Ray & Willie Null ICO Maddie’s Birthday

October 28 – Mark & Sherri Patterson Anniversary

November 4 – JR Taylor IMO Mae & Percy Goddard

November 11 – Diana Miles IMO Paul Williams

November 18 – Rev. Wendy Huber IMO Penelope Pearson

November 25 – Candy Hill IMO Herman O. Hill

December 2 – Advent

December 9 – Advent

December 23 – Advent

December 24 – Christmas Eve Poinsettias

December 30 – Poinsettias


Anyone wishing to make a memorial should contact Jean Trice, chairperson in charge of memorials, 883-2611.

Parish Meeting Notice: Vestry Election

The Parish will hold the Annual Vestry Election October 21, 2012 immediately following the morning service.

The Nominating Committee of the Vestry has nominated the following two candidates:

Steve Faulkner

JoeAnn Kalmbach

If there are nominations from the floor please ensure they meet the Canonical & Bylaw requirements for Vestry membership.

New Vestry members will take office after our Annual Meeting in January.

Christmas Poinsettias

If you would like to participate in the decoration of the church for the Christmas season, please complete the form located on the front of the enclosed envelope and return it to the church office with a check for the appropriate amount. The cost per poinsettia is $10.00.

What Every Episcopalian Should Know

A Short Chronology of The Episcopal Church

  • 1607 Founding of Jamestown colony in Virginia. Robert Hunt, priest, celebrates Holy Eucharist and leads daily Morning and Evening Prayer.
  • 1624 Virginia becomes a royal colony, required to conform to Church of England (without a bishop, confirmations, ordinations, etc.).
  • 1701 Thomas Bray, priest, put in charge of church work in Maryland, founds Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, which sponsors over 300 missionaries in the colonies over the next century.
  • 1738 John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, all Anglican priests, have religious experiences in Georgia. Evangelicalism gains popularity.
  • 1776 Declaration of Independence by American Colonies. Two – thirds of the signers are nominal members of the Church of England, but they do not want the colonies to be governed by bishops. Many Anglicans flee to Canada or remain as Tories.
  • 1779 Charles Simeon, a scrupulous college student, becomes a priest and noted Anglican evangelical leader.
  • 1784 Samuel Seabury consecrated first American bishop by Scottish bishops.
  • 1789 First General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in Philadelphia. House of Bishops and House of Deputies established. The Book of Common Prayer is revised and adopted.
  • 1794 St. Thomas’ African Episcopal Church admitted to the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
  • 1804 Absalom Jones, the Episcopal Church’s first black priest, ordained.
  • 1833 John Keble, Edward Pusey, and John Henry Newman founded the Oxford Movement.
  • 1835 Jackson Kemper ordained bishop and is first missionary bishop to American frontier.
  • 1871 Order of deaconesses revived.
  • 1888 Chicago – Lambeth Quadrilateral on church unity adopted. William Reed Huntingdon, priest, is author.
  • 1889 United Thank Offering is founded.
  • 1948 World Council of Churches convenes in Amsterdam as a “fellowship of churches which confess Jesus Christ as God and Savior.” Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher presides.
  • 1974 Eleven women ordained as priests in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1976 Episcopal Church General Convention approves ordination of women to all three orders: bishops, priests, and deacon.
  • 1989 Barbara Harris consecrated bishop suffragan of Massachusetts: first women bishop in the Anglican Communion.
  • 2003 Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest consecrated as bishop of New Hampshire.
  • 2006 Katharine Jefferts Schori elected and consecrated first female Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and first female primate in the Anglican Communion

Taken from The Episcopal Handbook – Morehouse Publishing

Office Hours

The office will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00. The Reverend Wendy Huber will be in the office on Mondays during Advent. Other days vary so if you would like to schedule a meeting—call her at 713-291-7195.

St. John’s Leadership

  • Deacon/ Pastoral Leader: The Reverend Wendy Huber
  • Supply Priests: Rev. Bob Tarbet, Rev. Dorothy Gremillion
  • Spiritual Director: Louise Burton
  • Usher Guild Chair: Mike Ferda
  • Lay Leader Guild Chair: Jean Trice
  • Sexton: Kate Hall
  • Crucifer: Dub Wagner
  • Vestry: Senior Warden: Mike Meyer (2014)
  • Junior Warden: Mike Ferda (2015)
  • Treasurer: Polly Brown (2014)
  • Clerk: Sherri Patterson (2013)
  • Members: Diana Miles (2015) & Bobby Peterson (2013)
  • Prison Ministries: Louise Burton
  • Minister of Music: Sue Patterson
  • Altar Guild Chair: Kate Hall
  • Altar Flowers Chair: Kate Hall
  • Memorial Chair: Jean Trice
  • DOK President: Diana Miles
  • ECW President: Pat Smith
  • Awesome Cooking Guild Chair: John Hall
  • Office Volunteer Guild: Pattie Pletzke, Jean Trice, Weezie Burton