St. John's Episcopal Church in Medina, New York is the oldest church congregation in Orleans County.
Built of Medina Sandstone, the first service was held in the current building on Christmas Eve 1838, prior to completion of the structure in 1841. The interior of the building has been carefully restored, an ongoing process and work continues to maintain the fine stained glass windows commissioned by families as memorials over the years. In addition, there are two mosaic memorials by Jacob Holzer.
Rite II Sunday Services are held at 10:30 each week, the Reverend Nancy Guenther officiating.
Study classes led by Nancy Guenther are ongoing, with books and materials selected for the appropriate liturgical season. The Advent selection is Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann and is intended for individual study. Children's religious education and nursery care are also available.
Collection for the annual MAAC Christmas boxes has begun. The mitten tree is in the sanctuary and ready to be hung with mittens, gloves, scarves, socks and hats. The red barrel for present donations will be placed by the sanctuary entryway. We thank everyone in advance for their generosity.
The delegates of the Diocese of Western New York have elected Sean Rowe as Provisional Bishop on October 26 at the annual convention. Bishop Rowe will be shared with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and will begin serving the diocese when our current bishop retires. Bishop William Franklin will retire in April, 2019.
Many thanks to Trio Campana: Diane Dick, Paul Schlossman and Tim Socha for a delightful concert at St. John's on September 30.