New Hymnals!

Our “Lift Every Voice & Sing” (LEVAS) hymnals were dedicated Oct. 1st. Which hymns would you like included in upcoming services? Click below for a table of contents, and look for your favorites!  Send your suggestions to

Full Table of Contents (with some music) – Here

The LEVAS hymnal is used widely by Episcopal congregations across the country. It contains 280 musical pieces from the African American, Folk, Evangelical, and Gospel traditions compiled under the supervision of the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

This new cultural resource supplements our Hymnal 1982 and enriches the ongoing worship life of St. John’s Episcopal Church, broadening the musical experience for all members, friends and visitors.

Fr. Margrave’s prayer over the hymnals: O Lord, before whose throne trumpets sound, and saints and angels sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb: Accept these Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnals for the worship of your temple, that with the voice of music, we may proclaim your praise and tell it abroad; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





Parish Administrator Needed

October 15, 2021

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca, NY seeks a Parish Administrator to be the public face of the church.  Under the general direction and supervision of the Rector and/or Wardens,  this person will provide the administrative scaffolding of day to day operation of the church while interacting with a wide variety of people through face to face contact and electronic communication.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a strong attention to detail, a high school diploma or equivalent, and 3 or more years of experience in an office environment, preferably as the sole provider of administrative support.  

This position requires a strong working knowledge of standard office software, including Microsoft Office, and willingness and ability to learn specialized church membership and accounting software.  The candidate must also be able to use and troubleshoot standard office equipment (telephones, computers, printers, copiers, etc), as well as keep detailed records and prepare correspondence.

The position requires some lifting of supplies up to 25 pounds as well as climbing and descending staircases.  This is a part-time, 20 hour per week position, with increased hours several times per year.  The preferred core hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm.

Read the complete job description.

St. John’s is a Tompkins County Living Wage employer

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to:

Outreach Opportunity With Ithaca Welcomes Refugees

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) organized last year to prepare for accepting refugees to Ithaca. Over the ensuing months IWR has learned that approximately 50 individuals will be targeted for Ithaca over the next twelve months by the national organization that controls refugee immigration. St. John’s Mission Committee contacted IWR several months ago to learn how we could participate in the process. IWR has four direct service committees; Volunteer recruitment, Housing, Employment and Basic Needs. We recently met with a representative from the Basic Needs Committee and learned that much of the required household set up items are being collected and stored in preparation for refugee arrival. Still needed are personal hygiene kits. We accepted the challenge to provide four such kits as St. John’s contribution to the need. Each kit will include standard size containers of deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste and either feminine hygiene products or razors. We are asked to provide two kits for men and two for women.
To accomplish this task the Mission Committee will provide a marked collection box at the entrance to the sanctuary each of the next three Sundays, 10/23, 10/30, and 11/6. There will also be a marked container for cash gifts as an alternative to the above listed products. It is suggested that, if you choose cash, to give $5.00 or $10.00. The committee will report the results of the initiative after the 11/6 collection. If you have questions please contact a member of the Mission Committee, Scott Russell, Susan Dunlop, Margaret Johnson, John Jackson or Florianna Blanton.
This outreach activity is in addition to the regularly scheduled biweekly requests for foodstuffs and personal hygiene products for the Kitchen Cupboard and Catholic Charities.