Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.)

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Organizational records,
Creator: St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1874-current, and undated
Extent: 11 cubic feet (in 15 boxes, 2 Oversized folders)
Abstract:
The collection documents the history, committees, activities, building renovation, 125th anniversary, and people of the church in registers, meeting minutes, photographs, newsletters, bulletins, sermons, and other materials. The collection is ongoing.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# many

Access Restrictions:

St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) Organizational records are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has been transferred to the Clarke Historical Library.

Preferred Citation:

St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by topic, then chronological.


History

Organizational History:

Originally established as a mission in 1876, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the oldest still standing and active place of worship in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Construction of the building began in 1882. The church has a historic marker and is listed on the register of Michigan historical sites. The building underwent extensive restoration and renovations in 1990 through 1996.

The Center for Christian Spirituality was established at St. John’s in 2008 for the purpose of helping people develop a deeper relationship with God. Funding and support came from St. John’s vestry, the diocese, and other private sources. The center reached out to and worked with other faith groups in the Mount Pleasant community. Henry Fulton served as the first chair. Various workshops and presentations sponsored and arranged included quiet days for laity and clergy, Celtic Christianity, Aging and Spirituality, Native American spirituality, Spirituality and Work, and a study of Handel’s Messiah, among others.

In 2009 St. John’s celebrated its 125th anniversary with the establishment of an anniversary committee, various special events including religious celebrations, a visit from the bishop and a historical reenactment of the consecration of the church building, musical events, historical research and presentations, specially commissioned music, a cookbook, a new directory of members, and oral histories of members of the church and community, a special anniversary dinner, an ice cream social for the community, and other events.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The organizational records of the church are filed alphabetically and then chronologically in the following major series: The Evangel (the church’s monthly newsletter), 1966-1968, 1972-1985, 1987-current, and undated; Parish Registers, 1875-1958, which document the baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials of parishioners; Vestry meeting minutes, 1947-1957, 1984-current, which record the business of the church officers and committees; Registers of Services, 1913-1975, which list the day, time, and the number of attendees and communicants at each service; and the St. John’s, later called the Ladies’ or Women’s, Guild meeting minutes, which include bylaws, member lists, accounts, and related materials of the Guild, 1886-1974 and undated; and, lastly, a variety of blueprints, notes, meeting minutes, bids, photographs, and other materials documenting Renovations of the church building and grounds, 1978-1982, 1992-1996, and undated. Other records, such as programs for special services, Lenten Prayer Booklets, and materials documenting the Boy Choir are included in the collection.

Early records of the Rt. Rev. J. N. Rippey, who served as acting rector of several churches including St. John’s from 1887 through 1910, include: a journal and parish registry book with baptisms, confirmations, burials, and marriages, 1887-1911, and three scrapbooks, 1874-1935 and undated, which document Rippey’s life and work, as well as the news of other Episcopalian clergy and parishes in Michigan with newspaper clippings, service programs, and newsletters from various Episcopal churches. Two handwritten sermons of Rev. Rippey dated June 28 and July 29, 1908 are also included.

Materials related to the illness, death, contract, and sermons of Rev. John H. Goodrow, are also included. Goodrow served as rector at St. John’s from 1962 until his sudden death in 1985. The Goodrow Fund at St. John’s was established and named in his honor. Materials documenting the Goodrow Fund are also in the collection.

The older materials, particularly the scrapbooks are highly acidic and fragile and should be handled with care by researchers.

Numerous materials documenting the events of the 125th anniversary are included, as is documentation on the development and workshops of the Center for Christian Spirituality.

Also included are sermons of Rev. Wayne Nicholson, a beloved, gentle priest at St. John’s from 2007 to present, who was blessed with the gift of writing and presenting wonderful sermons. His coming to St. John’s encouraged the 125th anniversary events and made the establishment and success of the Center for Christian Spirituality possible.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Episcopal Church--Michigan.
    • Rippey, J. N., Rt. Rev., 1874-1935.
    • Goodrow, John H., Rev., d.1985.
    • Religion.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Church history.
    • St. John's Guild (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    St. John's Episcopal Church (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) Organizational records [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Annual Reports, 1962, 1967-1969
    Box   1 F   2
    Annual Reports, 1971-1974, 1976-1978
    Box   1 F   3
    Annual Reports, 1981-1989
    Box   1 F   4
    Annual Reports, 1990-1993
    Box   1 F   5
    Annual Reports, 1994-1998
    Box   1 F   6
    Annual Reports, 1999-2005
    Box   1 F   7
    Boy Choir, Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Brochures, Parish Packet, 1994-1996, 2007
    Box   1 F   9
    By-laws, 2004
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, 1914, 1999
    Box   1 F   11
    Emergency Food Program, Newsletters, 1984
    Box   1 F   12
    Endowment Fund, Operating Rules and Procedures, 1980
    Box   1 F   13
    Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Convention Materials, 2000
    Box   1 F   14
    Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Photographs, 1999-2000
    Box   1 F   15
    Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Photographs, 2001-2002=
    Box   1 F   16
    Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Photographs, 2003-2004
    Box   2 F   1
    Evangel (Newsletter), April 1966-September 1967, November 1967, April -May 1968
    Box   2 F   2
    Evangel (Newsletter), March 1972-December 1976
    Box   2 F   3
    Evangel (Newsletter), January 1977-December 1981
    Box   2 F   4
    Evangel (Newsletter), January 1982-December 1985, and Undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Evangel (Newsletter), March-December 1987
    Box   2 F   6
    Evangel (Newsletter), January 1988-June 1989
    Box   2 F   7
    Evangel (Newsletter), August 1989-December 1990
    Box   2 F   8
    Evangel (Newsletter), January 1991-June 1992
    Box   3 F   1
    Evangel (Newsletter), 1993
    Box   3 F   2
    Evangel (Newsletter), 1994-1998
    Box   3 F   3
    Evangel (Newsletter), 1999
    Box   3 F   4
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2000
    Box   3 F   5
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2001
    Box   3 F   6
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2002
    Box   3 F   7
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2003
    Box   3 F   8
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2004
    Box   3 F   9
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2005
    Box   3 F   10
    Evangel (Newsletter), 2006
    Box   4 F   1
    Financial Statements, 1989, 1995, 2001-2002
    Box   4 F   2
    Fr. Gordon Weller Farewell Party, Photographs, VHS video, Cassette Tape, September 12, 1999
    Box   4 F   3
    Goodrow, Fr. John (Articles, Contract, Illness, Funeral, Sermons), 1978-1985, and undated
    Box   4 F   4
    Goodrow Fund, Brochures, Reports, 1999-2001, 2003, 2005-2007, and undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Goodrow Fund, Designated as a Jubilee Center, Article and Photograph, 2003
    Box   4 F   6
    Guest Book, June 1965-April 1981
    Box   4 F   7
    Journal of the Rt. Rev. J. N. Rippey (Rector, St. Paul’s, Muskegon, Michigan), March 1887-July 31, 1891; notes of General Missionary, September 1, 1890-January 1, 1891; Baptisms, 1893-1911 (scattered); Confirmation, 1893-1907 (scattered); and Record of Sermons Preached, June 1894-October 1895; and notes. Also, Rippey’s sermons of June 28 and July 29, 1908, 1890-1911
    Box   4 F   8
    Lenten Prayer Booklets, Related Materials, 1982, 2000
    Box   4 F   9
    Lists of Parish Members/Officers, 2000
    Box   4 F   10
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies), 1947-2003 (Scattered)
    Box   4 F   11
    Parish Directories, 1993, 1996-1998
    Box   4 F   12
    Parish Registers, volume 1, 1875-1898
    Box   5 F   1
    Parish Registers, volume 3 (Note: volume 2 is legal-size and in Box 13), 1921-1958
    Box   5 F   2
    Parish Registry Book of the Rt. Rev. J. N. Rippey (Rector, St. Paul’s, Elk Rapids, Michigan), October–November 1893, with church photograph, notification letter, Baptisms, December 1909-March 1910; Burials, July-August year?; Marriages, undated (Note: Partial Book-only pp.1-2 and 199-200 used), 1893-1910, and undated
    Box   5 F   3
    Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Materials, 1993
    Box   5 F   4
    Photographs, Acolytes, circa 2002
    Box   5 F   5
    Photographs, Advent and Christmas (Fr. Richard Shinn, substitute priest), 1999
    Box   5 F   6
    Photographs, Boys Choir, 1940, and undated
    Box   5 F   7
    Photographs, Boys Choir reunion, circa 1994
    Box   5 F   8
    Photographs, Buildings and Grounds (Clean-up), 2004
    Box   5 F   9
    Photographs, (Adult) Choir Picnic, 1990
    Box   5 F   10
    Photographs, Chanters (Children's Choir), circa 2000-2002
    Box   5 F   11
    Photographs, Christmas Pagent and Caroling, 1989
    Box   5 F   12
    Photographs, Christmas Pagents, circa 2000-2002
    Box   5 F   13
    Photographs, Church Interior/ Exterior Views [Pre-renovation], and Negatives, 1989
    Box   5 F   14
    Photographs, Coffee Hour, 2001
    Box   5 F   15
    Photographs, Gathering with Members of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, and Negatives, June 18, 1994
    Box   5 F   16
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), 1988
    Box   5 F   17
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), 1989
    Box   5 F   18
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), 1990
    Box   5 F   19
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), 1999-2000
    Box   5 F   20
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), 2001-2007
    Box   5 F   21
    Photographs, Parish Life (General), Undated
    Box   5 F   22
    Photographs, Rummage Sales, 2000, 2004
    Box   5 F   23
    Photographs, Stained-glass Windows, and Negatives, circa 1995-1996
    Box   5 F   24
    Photographs, Sunday School, circa 2002-2003
    Box   5 F   24
    Photographs, Sunday School, circa 2002-2003
    Box   6 F   1
    Photographs, Vacation Bible School, 1988
    Box   6 F   2
    Photographs, Vacation Bible School (in Cooperation with First Presbyterian Church), 1990
    Box   6 F   3
    Photograph Albums, circa 1996-2001
    Box   6 F   4
    Priests, a Timeline of Names and Dates, 2000
    Box   6 F   5
    Receipts, 1898
    Box   6 F   6
    Registers of Services, 1913-1916
    Box   6 F   7
    Registers of Services (Note: volume 1938-1961 is legal-size and in Box 13), 1962-1967
    Box   6 F   8
    Photographs, Registers of Services, 1968-1975
    Box   6 F   9
    Renovations, Additions and Renovations to St. John's Episcopal Church, Project No. 93981, Wigen, Tincknell, Meyer and Associates, Inc., August 1, 1995
    Box   6 F   10
    Renovations, Bids, 1978-1982
    Box   6 F   11
    Renovations, Bids, 1995-1996
    Box   6 F   12
    Renovations, Building Committee and Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1995-1996, and undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Renovations, Chancel Plans, circa 1995
    Box   7 F   2
    Renovations, Church Correspondence, 1994-1996
    Box   7 F   3
    Renovations, Correspondence to/from the Architects, 1995
    Box   7 F   4
    Renovations, Garden/ Grounds Plan, By David Shirley, 1996
    Box   7 F   5
    Renovations, Long Range Planning Committee, Materials, Meeting Minutes, 1993-1994
    Box   7 F   6
    Renovations, Notes, Notebook Pages, 1995
    Box   7 F   7
    Renovations, Photographs, 1989, 1991
    Box   7 F   8
    Renovations, Photographs (4 folders), 1995-1996
    Box   7 F   9
    Renovations, Photographs, Negatives, and Newspaper Clippings (Copies), circa 1995
    Box   8 F   1
    Renovations, (A) Plan for the Future, with smaller copies of Blueprints, 1995
    Box   8 F   2
    Renovations, (A) VHS video, a Cassette tape, 1995
    Box   8 F   3
    (A) Revelation to John (A Chancel Play), by Thomas Robert Jones, 1999
    Box   8 F   4
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), 1886-1894
    Box   8 F   5
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), April 7, 1910-May 23, 1912
    Box   8 F   6
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), April 11, 1912-April 9, 1914
    Box   8 F   7
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), April 16, 1914-April 4, 1918
    Box   8 F   8
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts) volume 2, 1918-1927
    Box   8 F   9
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts) volume 3, 1927-1942
    Box   9 F   1
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), January 5, 1943-May 2, 1959
    Box   9 F   2
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), October 27, 1948-May 17, 1951
    Box   9 F   3
    St. John’s (Ladies’/ Women’s) Guild, Meeting Minutes (May include lists of members and officers, by laws, and accounts), (Includes Treasurer's Report, June 8, 1959) 1959-1974
    Box   9 F   4
    St. John’s Guild, Miscellaneous (Notes, Reports, Newspaper Clippings), undated
    Box   9 F   5
    Scrapbooks of the Rt. Rev. J. H. Rippey (Includes Newspaper Clippings, Letters, Orders of service, and Newsletters from various Episcopal churches), 1874-1890, 1935, and undated
    Box   10 F   1
    Scrapbooks of the Rt. Rev. J. H. Rippey (Includes Newspaper Clippings, Letters, Orders of service, and Newsletters from various Episcopal churches), (VERY ACIDIC AND FRAGILE), December 1893-July 1894, 1900, 1911, and undated
    Box   10 F   2
    Scrapbooks of the Rt. Rev. J. H. Rippey (Includes Newspaper Clippings, Letters, Orders of service, and Newsletters from various Episcopal churches. Includes copies of The Reminder (a Newsletter, from St. Paul's, Elk Rapids, Michigan), 1893-1894.), 1893-1894, 1911, and undated
    Box   10 F   3
    Service Bulletins and Leaflets, 1945, 1980-2006, and undated
    Box   10 F   4
    Sketch of St. John's before Renovations, by Rose Lefferts, [pre-1995]
    Box   10 F   5
    Vestry, Handbook, Goodrow Fund, Endowment Fund, Sexual Misconduct Policy, 1998
    Box   10 F   6
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1947-1957
    Box   10 F   7
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1984-1985 (Scattered)
    Box   10 F   8
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1986-1987
    Box   10 F   9
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1988
    Box   11 F   1
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1989
    Box   11 F   2
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1990-1992
    Box   11 F   3
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1993-1994
    Box   11 F   4
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes, 1995-1997
    Box   11 F   5
    Vestry, Meeting Minutes (Includes Annual Meeting), 1998-1999, 2001-2006
    Box   11 F   6
    Where the Saints Have Trod...St. John's...by [Fr.] John H. Goodrow, [1981]
    Box   11 F   7
    Worship Booklet, 1985-2000
    Box   11 F   8
    Evangel, 2007
    Box   11 F   9
    Evangel, 2008
    Box   12 F   1
    Annual Meeting Reports, 2009
    Box   12 F   2
    Center for Christian Spirituality, 2008-2009
    Box   12 F   3
    Evangel, 2008
    Box   12 F   4
    Evangel, 2009
    Box   12 F   5
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies), 2009-
    Box   12 F   6
    125th Anniversary Materials, 2009
    Box   12 F   7
    Sermons by Fr. Wayne Nicholson, 2008-2009
    Box   12 F   8
    Service Bulletins, 2007
    Box   12 F   9
    Service Bulletins (2 folders), 2008
    Box   12 F   10
    Service Bulletins, Leaflets, Special Occasions, 2009-
    Box   12 F   11
    Vestry Minutes (and Annual Reports), 2007-2009
    Box   13 F   1
    (Legal-size Materials), Operating Rules and Procedures, 1980
    Box   13 F   2
    (Legal-size Materials), Parish Register, 1898-1930
    Box   13 F   3
    (Legal-size Materials), Register of Services, 1938-1961
    Box   14 F   1
    Center for Christian Spirituality, 2010-2013
    Box   14 F   2
    Evangel, 2010-2012
    Box   14 F   3
    Music Survey, 2010
    Box   14 F   4
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 2010-2013
    Box   14 F   5
    Sermons by Fr. Wayne Nicholson, 2010-2012
    Box   14 F   6
    Service Bulletins, 2010-2013
    Box   14 F   7
    Website/ E-Newsletter, 2010-2013
    Box   15 F   1
    Annual Meeting for the year, 2011-
    Box   15 F   2
    Bulletins, Special, 2013-
    Box   15 F   3
    Evangel, 2013-
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, St. John's Church, Drawing of, by J. M. Taber, 1981
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #2, Renovations, Blueprints by Wigen, Tincknell, Meyer and Associates, Inc., 1994-1995