Called Forth at FallFest

September 1, 2022

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John’s,

A new way to engage at FallFest…

Be part of the FallFest Field Team  “The harvest is plenty but the laborers are few.” ~ Matthew 9:37

Last year FallFest was Restored to Life! It’s an event that builds community within our parish family as well as welcomes many new people, neighbors, friends and even some strangers. It was a huge success in many ways, more people engaging in the weekend, a lot of volunteers giving their time, and additional money in the budget to cover the amazing work we do as a parish. I don’t expect this year to be much different! Can you tell, I love this weekend!

The most significant victories last year were the hidden successes that only a few were privileged to witness. The power of a simple introduction, a relaxed conversation, and an intentional invitation. Many were invited into the “more” St. John’s has to offer. Two people were asked if they had ever considered becoming Catholic and with some gentle encouragement, they went through RCIA at St. John’s and became Catholic this past year. Look at what the Lord can do with the opportunities he places in front of us and when we listen to the Holy Spirits’ promptings.

This year we want more people to be prepared to make simple introductions, have relaxed conversations, and be more intentional with inviting others into our life in Christ at St. John’s. Many of us personally know the impact St. John’s has had on our personal lives. We have found a deeper connection to God and our spiritual home, we have built community life and found lifelong friends, and we have found a deeper and richer relationship with the Christ and learned to be his disciple. This is the best news and that news wants to bubble over and be shared with others. But, let’s be honest, we get stuck. We aren’t sure what to say, what to do, or when to do it. 

Become part of the FallFest Field Team! You won’t find this volunteer position on the Signup Genius. We don’t want to take away from all of the other places we need volunteers for FallFest! We do want a team of parishioners ready, to be more intentional at FallFest. 

Find out more about this new opportunity, check out the incentives, and gain some skills! 

Join Jessica Balzarini for the FallFest Field Trainings on:

Sunday, September 11 from 9:30-10:30 am or Thursday, September 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm

Like St. Paul in our second reading today, we are Called Forth to “welcome him as you would me.” ~ Philemon 1:19

In Christ,

Jessica Balzarini
Director of Parish Life