Summer Scholar Program Beginning
at St. John in the Wilderness
St. John is thrilled to announce that we are beginning an exciting new program for this July: the St. John in the Wilderness Summer Scholar Program. The Program was the result of our Vestry Retreat on Zoom earlier this year when we were thinking about the need for quality formation offerings. The idea was intriguing because it also seems to come to us from our past. For nearly 150 years, St. John was a summer parish that welcomed a priest in the warmer months to share the sacraments and proclaim the Gospel. Each summer, we hope to welcome a priest-scholar among us to teach and preach for a time so that we might be shaped more fully into the Body of Christ as we learn and pray with one another.
Our inaugural Summer Scholar will be The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Brosend, PhD, who will be preaching each Sunday from July 4 to August 1. Dr. Brosend is the current Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee, where he has been serving in various capacities since 2006. He has especially enjoyed equipping Episcopal seminarians to become better readers of Scripture and more engaging preachers. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.
In addition to preaching at both services on Sunday, Dr. Brosend will be offering formation classes open to all ages on the Parables of Jesus. He will offer a session between services (10:05-10:45) each Sunday in the Wilderness Room and on Thursday evenings with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and class from 6:00-7:00 p.m. So that we can be sure to have enough food, please sign up for Thursday, July 29, here. Jesus offers us many parables, so each class will be unique. Join me in welcoming Dr. Brosend this July!
Friends of Music
Accent on Youth III
Alex Harrelson, Tenor
Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director at St. John
The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness and Friends of Music will present tenor Alexander Harrelson in the third in a series of concerts entitled "Accent on Youth" on Sunday, August 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
The Tryon native will sing a varied program of music from Scarlatti, Samuel Barber, Beethoven, Lehar, as well as songs from musical theater. He will be accompanied by Music Director Dewitt Tipton.
Harrelson is a graduate of Davidson College and studied at the Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and at the International Vocal Artists Academy in Payerback, Austria. He competed at the national level of the Classical Singers Convention and has won prizes in the YoungArts competition.
Alex Harrelson has performed with the Hendersonville Youth Symphony Orchestra (in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne), attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Choral Music, and attended Cannon Music Camp after receiving a generous scholarship from Laurel Lake Music Society.
The concert is free and open to the public. The Parish Hall is located at 1905 Greenville Highway across Rutledge Drive from the church. Donations will be accepted, all of which will go to the concert artist.
Tuesday Summer Enrichment Gathering
The Summer Gathering has returned on Tuesdays in the Wilderness Room. This summer, because of the changes in routine we encountered in 2020, we will be exploring the “Years that Changed History: 1215” led by Dr. Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University. It gives a brief history of the world a little more than 800 years ago, a world we wouldn’t recognize today.
Each session will begin at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments brought by those attending. At about 6 p.m. we will view a short video followed by a discussion of what we had seen. The gathering will conclude at about 7 p.m. For more information about this program, contact the Church Office.