Posts by Joe Maiocco

Posts by Joe Maiocco

Celebrate Freedom!

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in what would be Independence Hall, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection…

Parable of the Loving Father

I give thanks for all dads and men as we celebrate Father’s Day 2019 in June. Fathers play a key role in our life journey and the parable of the prodigal son is a perfect illustration of that. For this article, I’m renaming that story “The Parable of the Loving Father” since it rings true to the heart of the parable. The younger son asked for his inheritance, insulting his father by basically saying ‘I wish you were dead.’ In…

Vestry Approves Outreach Grants

The St. John’s Vestry has approved $50,000 in grants for this year’s Outreach for national/ international giving: CCO – Coalition for Christian Outreach Nationwide organization working through local charities in making witnesses out of college students to create discoples who follow Jesus Christ in every area of their lives. Emmanuel Community Aleppo Provide seed money for new business ventures in Aleppo to aid in rebuilding this Christian community along with ongoing donations for the sustenance of the poor in this…

New Member Welcome

St. John’s celebrated welcoming 47 new members over the past year. 19 were present at the March 10th service where we heard their story, shared a gift, special song, prayer and reception. THANK YOU to everyone who wel­comed new members over the past year. THANK YOU Vestry for staying in touch with them. THANK YOU Sue Boujoukos for greeting them in the Narthex, cof­fee hour and sanctuary Welcoming new members is important because People looking for a church home are…

God’s Promises

The resurrection of Jesus is a God Promise, something so grand and miraculous only God can ful­fill. Old Testament prophets and Jesus foretold it. The Bible is full of promises God has made to his people and there is a book we give to St. John’s visitors on weekends entitled “199 Promises of God.” Enjoy this Easter season by affirming God Promises for you! • “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him…

40 Days of Decrease

One of the blessings of my position is people are constantly giving me books to read or review. I don’t remember the last time I was at the library because of the stack I’m already reading. I’m so grateful for this, and one of the recent books suggested to me by Senior Warden Donna Beecher is “40 Days of Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole. The subtitle reads a different kind of hunger and fast that triggers the heart. This devotional…