News & Notes

Clergy Out of Office

Mother Samuel will out of the office from Sunday, November 24th – Saturday, November 30th. In the event of an event of an emergency, please contact the wardens, Pat Hamlet and Sharon Hunter.

Christmas Poinsettias

If you would like donate to the Christmas poinsettias, please use the Altar Memorials Form located on the Ushers’ Desk or in the weekly bulletin and submit the completed form to either Sharon Hunter or Barbara Taylor no later than Wednesday, December 18th.

2019 Committee/Organization & Ministry Reports

Brief summary reports of committees/organizations and ministries for 2019 to be included in the Annual Parish Meeting journal must be submitted to the church office no later than January 5th. The journal will be distributed on January 19th, a week prior to the annual meeting. Please email all reports in Word format to:

Handwritten reports will not be accepted.

Holy Baptism

Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast.  Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (The First Sunday after the Epiphany). Please see Mother Samuel to make arrangements for baptism.

OUTREACH—Please remember the babies at St. John ‘s Episcopal Hospital. Newborn baby items are needed: pampers, wipes, lotion, onesies, bibs, socks, etc.

Campus Care Package Ministry

“It takes a village to raise a child”. We currently have 10 students who are either in a trade program or college at home and abroad.  It’s part of our responsibility as a loving church family to pray for and encourage our children. Each semester we will send care packages to our students during mid-terms and finals containing snacks and other goodies to let them that they are thought of and loved by their church family. To make a donation towards the Campus Care Package Ministry please see Roxann Samuel.



2020 Calendar of Events

The church's 2020 Calendar of Events is currently being coordinated. All organizations and/or ministries that are planning to host events in 2020 are asked to please email Mother Samuel your event dates and times by December 1st via the church email address: The completed calendar of events will be distributed in both print and email by December 31st.

Epiphany Pageant of Lessons & Carols

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with a special intergenerational Pageant of Lessons and Carols during the 9:00am service. Both adults and children are needed for various parts and costumes.  If you're shy about acting, have no fear, there are only four speaking parts! If you would like to participate in this special service, please see Mother Samuel. There will be at least one rehearsal day prior to Epiphany Sunday.



St. John’s has adopted a family from St. John’s Hospital for Christmas; a mother and 2 children ages 3&1. Please see Barbara Taylor to choose a gift to purchase. Please wrap gifts in holiday paper and label with the recipient’s name.

Please purchase and bring in the gift as soon as possible.


The Path Bible Study sessions will be on hiatus for the Advent and Christmas seasons from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, January 1st. All groups will resume on Wednesday, January 8th.



In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Mother Samuel at 718-525-8900 (rectory) or 516-341-2233 (mobile).



We invite you to join us on the second Sunday of every month except July & August (summer months/holiday) @ 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall.  Every woman who belongs to the Episcopal Church is a member of the ECW Ministry. Get to know us more at


Your Co-Chairs: Sharon Hunter & Edolla Prince

Next Meeting:

November 24 special day

Pastoral Area Groups (PAG)

Today 11/17: Group 3

 11/24 - Group 4

12/04 - Group 1

St. John's Episcopal Church - Established:1926

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE: The Rev. Pauline A. Samuel



137-67 Belknap Street

Springfield Gardens

New York, 11413-2619


Office: (718) 525-1444

Rectory: (718) 525-8900


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