February 12, 2021

Dear St. John's Parishioner,

This is my annual letter to the parish which is certainly the most unusual of my tenure. 2020 could not have ended soon enough for me and I think for St. John's. However, while we made the best of our situation with the help of our visiting priests, and with the help of Peter Sims and Ric Pierpont in presenting virtual services, somehow it was not the same.

In looking forward, the path is far from clear. Michigan Episcopal Dioceses are acting in consort and remain at stage 1.5 in a 4.0 re-entry protocol. What this means is that we remain about where we were last summer. St. John's does not have the staff or facilities to hold in-person services and comply with required distancing and tracing requirements. We will hope for positive developments between now and June, 2021.

In spite of existing uncertainties, we have a full complement of visiting priests planning to come and be resident
at the Vicarage, whether for in-person or virtual services.

The dates and individuals are listed below:

  • The Reverend Alvin Johnson -June 20, 27, and July 4, 2021
  • The Reverend John Rick - July 11, 2021
  • The Reverend Paul Jeanes - July 18, 25, and August 1, 2021
  • The Reverend and Doctor Timothy Mitchell - August 8, 15, and 22, 2021
  • The Reverend John Rick - August 29 and September 5, 2021

Without a doubt the highlight of the 2020 St. John's Summer Season was the performance of the St. John's Community Fund. The remainder of this paragraph was authored by Mopsy Crawford and the effort her committee put forward was spectacular! "In spite of the dark overshadowing of the Covid-19 virus last summer, the St. John's 2020 Community Fund had an outstanding year, awarding $88,000.00 to local nonprofits on behalf of our small parish. Fifteen qualifying agencies received money to provide such critically needed services as weekend food for Harbor Springs Middle School children, the purchasing of much needed Covid-19 supplies and the delivery of meals-on-wheels to the elderly, to name a few. For the first time, St. John's helped the Harbor Springs Schools system with scholarships to Blackbird Child Care Center to help parents searching for jobs lost because of Covid-19. For a complete list of the 2020 grant recipients, you may look up the September 9th, 2020 copy of the Harbor Light. It is with great pride that I commend all parishioners for your great generosity during a difficult time".

J. Hord Armstrong, Ill, Senior Warden

St. John's Episcopal Church

​June 16, 2021
Dear St. John's Parishioners,

It is my great pleasure to inform you that on Friday, June 11, 2021, the four Episcopalian Dioceses of Michigan authorized the entry of Phase 3 of The Plan for Re-Entry for Great Lakes Episcopalians, effective July 1, 2021. The sum and substance of Phase 3 is that there will no longer be capacity limitations and social distancing benchmarks which previously made in person services not possible in a small seasonal parish like St. John's.

Accordingly, we will provide virtual services on June 20, June 27, and July 4, 2021, accessible through the St. John's website, www.stjohnshs.com, and through YouTube, as we provided in 2020.

Effective July 11, 2021, we will begin customary in person services at the church at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. consistent with past practices and will continue for nine weeks through September 5, 2021.

The past year has been an enormously difficult time for all, and St. John's greatly welcomes a return to worship services that we have enjoyed for more than a century in Harbor Springs.

As a reminder for in person services, anyone who would like to provide altar flowers in memory of loved ones, please call Sarah Kuckelman at (231) 242-4264 (Home) or (240) 449-6523 (Cell).

Best wishes, and we look forward to seeing the Parish at large on July 11!

With kind regards,
Hord Armstrong, Senior Warden