Notes From Patmos

 


Hello all:
We have gotten off to a very good start this academic year.  Sunday school is going very well, and our first few offerings and events have been well attended and people seemed to have a very good time.  And we’ve got a lot more to come!  Read below to see what is on the horizon- something I’m very excited about is our Back to Church weekend… we have a special liturgy, Ice Cream Social, brunch and workshops that explore our worship and help folks better serve the parish.  We also have some new things, like the Men’s Breakfast.  So, take the time to read what is going on and sign up to take part!
On other fronts, we need to discuss finances and giving.  I write/speak about this quite a lot, but it is a constant thread in our common life.  The situation: the parish is getting closer to the point of not having the funds to pay our bills.  As of this week, we have spent about $40,000 more than we have collected.  If you look at the Report of the Treasurer toward the bottom of this email, you will find that we are very close to having spent what we budgeted to spend, but that pledged giving is around $32,000 behind what it is projected to be. Pledged giving is derived from the total amount of money that folks pledge by writing down what they think they will give in a year on a pledge card and turning it in towards the close of a financial year.  So, the majority of our issue stems from pledged giving.  If you have forgotten to give, or have been out of town, or for whatever reason have not been supporting the parish, would you consider doing so now?  I will remind all that we do not have any other sources of income… our ability to operate is entirely dependent on the common efforts of the people who call our parish home.  I will also remind you that the money we give is an offering to God- “All things come of Thee O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee”… giving is an act of faith, and a spiritual discipline.  Giving to your church and to your community by acts of charity with money, time and effort forms a very large part of the spiritual life, and if we are neglecting these things, it effects all other aspects of our life.
See you around the parish!
Jeff+

Click on the picture to sign up!!!

Our Newcomers Ice Cream Social is open to all who have recently begun attending St. John’s AND those who have been here for years who would like to welcome new faces to St. John’s.  Join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship.  Come meet new friends and re-connect with old ones.   R.S.V.P to the parish office or by signing up on the sheet in the sacristy hallway or by clicking on the above picture.  Hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 9th
Session I – 9:00 – 10:00
Session II – 10:00 – 11:00

Our Liturgical Exploration Workshop is fast approaching and NOW is the time to sign up.  Please read through the description of what is offered that weekend, sign up for those that interest you, and make your plans to attend now! 


2nd Tuesday Men’s Breakfast
MEN!! We have begun a new exciting Second Tuesday  Men’s breakfast. The men of St. Johns (and guests) will gather on the Second Tuesday of every month in the Parish Hall for about a 5 minute thought for the day, followed by breakfast. This is a great way to kick off your day and also a great time to invite some friends to come see why St Johns is such an exciting place to be. The FIRST day of our year will begin on Tuesday, September 12th and held from 7:00am-8:00am. We want this to be a great time for the men to get together and have a very relaxed time. Invite all your friends to come out. Sign up today on the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the sacristy hallway, call the parish office or click on the photo and sign up.  We will see you there!


Children’s Prayer Partner Program
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19.14)
With the coming of the new school year we want to continue to deepen and enrich our children’s lives.    One way we would like to continue in that outreach is with our our Children’s Prayer Partners program.  This program proved to be a huge success last year and was very meaningful to our children.   This is a ministry in which anyone and everyone can become involved.  The idea is a simple but important and meaningful one- we want to our adult parishioners to pray for the children of the parish. More specifically, we would like our adult members the opportunity to ‘adopt’ a child and let the child know they are being prayed for by writing letters encouraging and letting the child know that they are being prayed for (ideally at least once a month). While a simple act, it is one that reaps substantial rewards- and it is awesome and the kids and adults alike will love doing it!  So, we invite you to sign up to ‘adopt’ a child, either by using the sign up sheet on the bulletin board, http://stjohnslaurel.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Df5768cfac38f008e905d10f14%26id%3D8427df06cc%26e%3Da29378324b&source=gmail&ust=1500383934402000&usg=AFQjCNFFblTyjMfsVuG8y4U74ZC5VkqN9Q” href=”http://stjohnslaurel.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f5768cfac38f008e905d10f14&id=8427df06cc&e=a29378324b” target=”_blank” style=”mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #2BAADF;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;”>or electronically here.  Once there are adults for every child, the office will place and adult with a child and give them the name and mailing address of the child.  Once the children and adults are matched, let the prayers, encouragement and letters begin!  Other churches who have done this have seen that is rewarding and consequential and I know we will as well! 

Foyer Groups are small groups of 8-10 persons sharing simple meals and fellowship.  The intention is to have fun and provide an opportunity for us to meet each other and/or become better acquainted.  Each group meets once a month for a simple meal and relaxed conversation in the homes of members.  Foyer Groups are not intended to “do” anything, but simply to “be” what Christians are:  groups of people who gather together and love one another.  Foyer Groups provide time to be with one another so that friendship may grow.  Each month, two of the members host a gathering.  They convene the group and welcome all into their home.  Foyer Groups are not a study or prayer group.  They have no agenda other than spending time with one another, which is important for the building of Christian community in our parish.
If you are interested in being part of our Foyer Group program, please sign up on the sheet in the sacristy hallway, follow this link, or contact Lori Burson.

Adult Sunday School
This Sunday Lectionary Class is a Christian Education offering for adults that meets every Sunday morning, year round, in the parish hall and is lead by Fr. Jeff.  The gathering features a presentation on selected texts from the scriptures appointed for the day’s liturgy, followed by lively discussion as the class wrestles with the readings to find meanings for today.  The presentations and discussions aim to be enlightening, nourishing, challenging and entertaining as well.  We would love to have you join us at 9:30 in the parish hall.  Coffee and dough-nuts are provided.

Children’s Ministry

We are collecting stuffed animals for local law enforcement officials to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”  We will distribute our stuffed animals to our officers during our Michaelmas celebration on Wednesday, September 27th.


2017 Flower Chart

The Altar Flower Chart for 2017 is on the board  in the Sacristy hallway and we need the faithful to sign up to take a Sunday in memory or thanksgiving of someone or an event.  If you are unable to come to the parish to sign up, you are more than welcome to call the parish office with a date you would like and we will try our best to accommodate you.  When a person takes a Sunday, they contact the parish to make known their thanksgiving/memorial wording for the Sunday bulletin. Mr. Randy Jackson of Flowertyme is a communicant, but you may choose which florist you would like to deal with, or you can make the arrangement yourself and place them in the sanctuary.

Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.
We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings.  Their meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.

An Easy Way to Help St. John’s Day School
Start clipping BOX TOPS for Education!  Hundreds of products participate in the program, and you probably already have several in your pantry, freezer and refrigerator.  For every Box Top you clip, St. John’s Day School will receive 10 cents!!!  That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up quickly. There are no limitations on the money’s use, so St. John’s can spend it as needed.
Grab your scissors and keep an eye out for the Box Tops for Education logo on the products you use every day.  Once you have finished the product, clip the Box Top before you throw it away.  Be sure to look over the whole box.  There is a container labeled for your Box Tops on the table in the hallway.

From the Diocese

There is a lot happening in  the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi:

* GEE’S BEND QUILTING RETREAT – November 1-5, 2017.  Information can be found at geesbendquiltingretreats.com
* CAMP ABLE WEEKEND at Camp Bratton-Green, November 15-17, 2017.  To register go to www.graycenter.org or call 601-859-1556
* EYC FRIGHT NIGHT at Camp Bratton-Green, October 6-8, 2017.    Information at www.graycenter.org or call 601-859-1556
* FALL FISHING AND FOOTBALL WEEKEND at the Big House at the Gray Center, October 6-8, 2017.  Information available at www.graycenter.org or by calling 601-859-1556


Connecting Ministry

We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037″ target=”_blank” style=”mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #2BAADF;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;”>  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037</span>

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Carolyn Ruth and Hugh Stancill for the beautiful floral arrangements and table decorations for our Marymas and Blessing of the Backpacks celebration. 
  • To the men of the parish for providing the delicious meal for our Marymas and Blessing of the Backpacks parish dinner.  You guys did an amazing job!
  • To Lori Burson for chairing our Foyer Group program again this year.

 

A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.

Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 190,664 $223,332 $ 32,668
Plate $25,091 $ 36,668 $  11,577
Total $ 262,216 $310,526 $ 48,310
Expenses $302,981 $ 310,271 $ 7,290
Total $40,765 $ 255 $41,020

O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen. 
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Notes From Patmos

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19.14)

Dear people of Saint Johns:
The parish is excited to see the beginning of a new school year. With the coming of the new school year we want to continue to deepen and enrich our children’s lives.  To that end we have updated our curriculum and are starting several new programs.  One that we are thrilled about is our Children’s Prayer Partners.  This is a ministry in which anyone and everyone can become involved.  The idea is a simple but important and meaningful one- we want to our adult parishioners to pray for the children of the parish. More specifically, we would like our adult members the opportunity to ‘adopt’ a child and let the child know they are being prayed for by writing letters encouraging and letting the child know that they are being prayed for (ideally at least once a month). While a simple act, it is one that reaps substantial rewards- and it is awesome and the kids and adults alike will love doing it!  So, we invite you to sign up to ‘adopt’ a child, either by using the sign up sheet on the bulletin board, or electronically here.  Once there are adults for every child, the office will place and adult with a child and give them the name and mailing address of the child.  Once the children and adults are matched, let the prayers, encouragement and letters begin!  Other churches who have done this have seen that is rewarding and consequential and I know we will as well!  So let the prayers begin!
God bless you all!
Jeffrey+

  • At the mass we will bless the children’s backpacks & give children a backpack medallion
  • Bring a flower from home to adorn the Icon of the Virgin Mary
  • Kid friendly menu

When we remember the Saints of the Church and celebrate their Feast Days, we normally remember them on the day of their ‘Heavenly Birthday’- the day of their mortal death when they passed into eternal light and life.  The feast of Saint Mary illustrates this fact beautifully.  Pious Tradition holds that as Mary’s death grew near, the apostles drew near, coming into her home and gathering around her bed in the same room where they had shared the Last Supper and received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. As she lay dying, it is said that Peter read psalms and scripture to her while the others silently prayed by her side.  After her death she was laid to rest in a tomb in the garden of Gethsemane.  Sometime later, again according to pious tradition, it was discovered (probably when they went to bury another family member) that her tomb was empty.  From this discovery, it was said that she, like Enoch (Gen 5.24 & Heb 11.5), Elijah (II Kings 2.11) and Moses (Mat 17.3) was assumed bodily into heaven.  This, of course is an entirely different matter than the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Christian church does not claim that Mary was resurrected from the dead, but rather that she was taken directly into heaven.

The life and role of Mary has always been an area of interest and debate.  At the council of Ephesus in the year 431, Mary was given the tile ‘Theotokos’ or God bearer and Mother of God and she has been known as such ever since.  She has always been seen as an extremely important figure in our faith and much loved as well.

There are many traditions that accompany the Feast of Saint Mary, some places having huge processions and festivals and parties.  Others are a bit more reserved, only remembering her in the prayer offices of the day.

We at Saint John’s will have a mass in the evening, beginning at 5:30, and following we will gather for a parish dinner. The evening will be ‘child friendly’ with an abbreviated liturgy and foods that kids like.   To honor the beginning of the school year, at the evening mass we will bless their backpacks and offer a blessed backpack medallion. We will also have an icon stand of the Blessed Virgin Mary wherein children and families can bring a flower from home to offer and decorate the Icon of Mary.

It should be a fun evening, a fitting beginning to the school year and a time to pause and give thanks for Saint Mary so please mark your calendars and plan to attend.



Adult Pilgrimage
The Way of Saint James
El Camino de Santiago

Twice in my eight years here at Saint John’s we have taken our EYC group on a walking pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain. Both trips have been extremely rewarding for those involved and will have a lifelong impact on their lives.  There have been several adults who have desired for the parish to offer an adult pilgrimage as well.  So, we are putting feelers out to see who among us might be interested in walking the way of Saint James.  This trip would be a religious pilgrimage, with the pilgrims having intentions and a desire to offer their walk to the glory of God. It is not what I would classify as a vacation as such.  Although we see beautiful things and places, the main focus of the trip is walking to the Cathedral of Saint James… around 20km a day for four or five days.  The time we would look to do this would be the end of May/beginning of June 2017 and would be gone for 10 days. If enough people show an interest, we would meet through the year to discuss the spiritual aspects of the pilgrimage and receive guidance so that the trip would be as meaningful as possible. The cost of the trip this past summer was $2900 per person (airfare + guided trip with most meals included).  You can watch the first youth pilgrimage on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/84339063 to get an idea of what we did, and email me at fr.reich@gmail.com to express interest, and if we have enough folks, we will meet and discuss this further.


Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.

We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.


Liturgical Workshops at St. John’s
Saint John’s is excited to announce our upcoming Liturgical Workshops. If you have ever wanted to get more involved in the worshiping life of the parish, this is an event that is not to be missed! During the Wednesday evening sessions, we will provide training for those who are new to these ministries while at the same time honing the skills of those who already serve. Take the time to look through our offerings and make plans to attend!

Wednesday evening, August 24th

  • Session I: 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • Junior Acolyte Training (meets in Nave)
      • Junior acolyte training is for children who want to serve as acolytes but are not yet confirmed. In this training, Mrs. Pat Bailey will teach proper behavior and give instruction in bearing torches. This class is designed for new acolytes as well as for those who are already serving. If you have children ready to serve or who are already serving, this is the class to attend!
    • Junior Choir (St. Cecelia) introduction for Parents (Ages Pre K – 3rd Grade- meets in Chapel)
      • We are excited to extend an invitation to children in Kindergarten – 3rd grade to join the St. Cecelia Choir, which will meet each Sunday from 10:00-10:20 a.m. The St. Cecelia Choir singers will learn music fundamentals, explore the music of our liturgical traditions, and prepare for special presentations throughout the year. Plan to join Derrick Meador as we discuss the benefits of participating in a children’s choir for both the parish and your child. Growth and success start here!
    • Usher Training (meets in Parish Hall)
      • Mr. Geof Galaher will lead this workshop that will train new ushers, bring attention to some of the usher responsibilities for those who serve already and hopefully bring all of those whose serve into a more uniform pattern of service.  As our Sunday services evolve and change, it is important that we meet as a group to discuss the changes in the duties and expectations.
  • Session II: 7:00pm-8:00pm
    • Senior Acolyte Training (meets in Nave)
      • This class is designed for youth who have been confirmed and those adults who serve the altar, such as Lay Readers.         Mrs. Pat Baily and Fr. Jeff will lay a foundation for service while honing skills and helping standardize practices.
    • Senior Choir Introduction for Parents (Ages 4th- 6th Grade- meets in Chapel)
      • The St. Gregory Choir, rehearsal time TBA, will provide a strong musical foundation and give our young parishioners an opportunity to serve their parish through musical leadership. During this informative session, we will discuss musical goals and benefits, The St. John’s Children’s Christmas Pageant, and potential touring opportunities with other church choirs. The St. Gregory Choir will be a rewarding experience and provide valuable life skills that will benefit each chorister in their daily life.
    • Usher Training for those not able to be at the 6:00pm session. (meets in Parish Hall)

On Wednesday evening, August 31st

  • Session I: 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • Altar Guild Training part 1 (meets in parish hall)
      • Fr. Jeff Reich will provide an introduction into life and spirituality of serving the Altar Guild.  During the session he will talk about what it means to care for the Altar and items used in worship, as well as give tips and advice on service.  Whether you are thinking about serving on the Altar Guild and wanting to know more, or you are a seasoned veteran, Fr. Jeff’s class will help to make service on the Altar Guild a rewarding and meaningful experience.
    • Lector Training- first offering (meets in Nave)
      • Shelly Garlotte, D.M.A. will take lectors, new and seasoned, through a presentation on how to effectively prepare to read both by understanding more fully what you are reading and tips for preparing the lesson to effectively read.  There will also be a laboratory on diction and effective public speaking.  Her aim will be to coach the lectors to help them have a commanding presence and an effective and captivating delivery.  Her coaching will not only help with public reading in Church, but in your day-to-day life.
    • Adult Choir first offering (meets in Chapel)
      • Do you enjoy singing? Are you willing to share your musical talents with the Parish? You are invited to join Derrick Meador and members of the St. John’s choir for an evening of singing and fellowship. Come learn about life in the choir stalls as we explore anthems, psalms, and hymns for the 2015-2016 choral season. We welcome high school and adult singers of all ages who have a desire to serve our parish in this very important ministry.
  • Session II: 7:00pm-8:00pm
    • Altar Guild Training continued
    • Lector Training- second offering (meets in Church)
    • Adult Choir- Second Offering (meets in Chapel)

                         Fall Youth Events

Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Connecting Ministry

We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Sunday School Update
This Sunday, July 31st, Fr. Jeff’s Adult Sunday School class will NOT meet – we WILL offer Children’s Sunday School beginning at 9:30.  Coffee, dough-nuts and fellowship will be offered for the adults while your children are downstairs for their class.  Please join us – we would love to have you.  A nursery will be provided for those needing childcare for children under 3 years of age.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.
We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 172,272 $ 190,917 $  18,645(90%)
Plate $ 19,791 $ 19,668  $    123(100%)
Other $ 42,845 $ 35,115 $ 7,730(122%)
Total $ 234,908 $245,700 $ 10,792(89%)
Expenses $257,837 $ 256,516 $  1,321(100%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 22,929 $ 10,816 $  12,113(212%)
O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
Copyright © 2016 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.
Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Sunday School Update
This Sunday, July 31st, Fr. Jeff’s Adult Sunday School class will NOT meet – we WILL offer Children’s Sunday School beginning at 9:30.  Coffee, dough-nuts and fellowship will be offered for the adults while your children are downstairs for their class.  Please join us – we would love to have you.  A nursery will be provided for those needing childcare for children under 3 years of age.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.
We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 172,272 $ 190,917 $  18,645(90%)
Plate $ 19,791 $ 19,668  $    123(100%)
Other $ 42,845 $ 35,115 $ 7,730(122%)
Total $ 234,908 $245,700 $ 10,792(89%)
Expenses $257,837 $ 256,516 $  1,321(100%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 22,929 $ 10,816 $  12,113(212%)
O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
Copyright © 2016 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.
Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Sunday School Update
This Sunday, July 31st, Fr. Jeff’s Adult Sunday School class will NOT meet – we WILL offer Children’s Sunday School beginning at 9:30.  Coffee, dough-nuts and fellowship will be offered for the adults while your children are downstairs for their class.  Please join us – we would love to have you.  A nursery will be provided for those needing childcare for children under 3 years of age.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.
We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 172,272 $ 190,917 $  18,645(90%)
Plate $ 19,791 $ 19,668  $    123(100%)
Other $ 42,845 $ 35,115 $ 7,730(122%)
Total $ 234,908 $245,700 $ 10,792(89%)
Expenses $257,837 $ 256,516 $  1,321(100%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 22,929 $ 10,816 $  12,113(212%)
O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
Copyright © 2016 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

 

Notes from Patmos July 20th

The Throes of Summer…
Many of the times when the word ‘throes’ is used, it implies a poor or difficult end.  People who use the word many times don’t mean to imply difficulty or trouble but merely that a thing is nearing its end.  As we have been planning and going about the business of Church, the ‘throes of summer’ has been on my mind.  Many of our families are away on vacation, others are engaged in the activities of the season.  Things are quiet around here during the week and finding a seat on Sunday morning is not a problem.
But while everyone is away doing fun and happy family things… it hard not to think about the poor and difficult end to summer as well.  The country bitterly divided and screaming at one another… pointless deaths… political and other unrest around our world.  It is a scary time with anxiety running high and nerves on edge. With that being said, and whether we think of the word ‘throes’ as being positive or negative, it is worth remembering habits and the things of God.  It is in the Church that we are able to offer our anxieties and nervousness and fears to God… it is in the Church that we receive the balm of grace to heal our wounds and cure what ails us.  But the Church is much more than a balm to sooth the pains and injuries… it is also a place that give a sure foundation for our family life… a place that gives strength and hope to us and to our relationships.
During the ‘throes of summer’, it is very easy to slip out of the habit of churchgoing, and little by little, bit by bit, we fall away from the grace of God and the very thing that gives us life and light and true happiness.
So, as we go about this world, don’t forget what gives you strength for your soul and food for your journey… don’t fall out of the habit of committing yourselves to he place where Grace abounds and firm foundations are made.
Please know of my love and prayers for this parish family, may God bless us all.
In Christ,
Jeffrey+

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Sign up to feed our E.Y.C.
We need your help feeding our E.Y.C. members on Sunday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the parish.  There is a sign up sheet located on the board in the sacristy hallway with dates that are available.  For more information, contact the Parish Office.


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Wendy Herring for washing all the acolyte robes.  They look wonderful!
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 169,850 $ 183,713 $  13,863(93%)
Plate $ 19,720 $ 19,002  $    718(104%)
Other $ 42,634 $ 34,358 $ 8,276(124%)
Total $ 232,204 $237,073 $  4,869(98%)
Expenses $246,348 $ 246,813 $   465(99%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 14,144 $ 9,740 $  4,404

Notes From Patmos 6.29.2016

 

Today the Church remembers the martyrdoms of SS. Peter & Paul.  According to pious legend they were martyred in Rome under the emperor Nero in the year 64AD (although accounts vary).  Paul, being a Roman citizen, was beheaded with a sword, which was seen as more merciful.  Peter, not a citizen, was crucified.  It is of note that he is said to have been asked to be crucified upside down so that he could gaze into Heaven and place his eyes on his Lord as he die.  So, in many churches where Peter is remembered, there can be found an upside down cross, remembering the manner of his crucifixion.
Most probably these two Apostles died on different days, but yet the faithful remember them on the same day, adding emphasis to the mission of Christian unity.  Peter being the primary shepherd (bishop) who was bidden by our Lord with the words- ‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.’  And also to ‘feed His sheep.’  At the end of Peter’s days, he was shepherd of the Church in Rome.
Paul on the other hand, was arguably the greatest preacher and teacher.  The goodly portion of the New Testament contains his letters and teaching.  And much of Christian doctrine and ethics comes out of his legacy.  These two are giants upon whose shoulders the Church stands.
It is also of note that they were not always of one accord, and had to overcome differences and difficulties.  But overcome they did, solidifying the Church and leading its spread across cultures and peoples.  So, for that reason they are remembered as having a unifying effect as well.
In our own time, the Christian Church is bitterly divided, infighting, and losing credible witness in our world.  In my opinion, our divisions and fighting are at the heart of this lose of credible witness.  So, it is ever important to pause and remember SS Peter and Paul, and pray for Christian unity, remembering that one of the last prayers of Jesus was ‘that they all may be one.’
My prayer on these feast day is that we all do what we can to heal divisions, and those hurt by them, and that we remember the life and witness of these two giants of our faith.

The Collect for the Feast of SS. Peter & Paul:

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that thy Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by thy Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
See you all around the parish-
Jeff+


Children’s Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School will NOT be held this Sunday, July 3rd.  Fr. Jeff’s Adult class will be held as usual in the parish hall with a nursery provided for those needing child care.


Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry


We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To everyone who helped with Vacation Bible School.
  • To everyone who has given a stuffed animal for our Teddy Bear Program.  We will be wrapping this ministry up in August so you still have time to get your stuffed animal to the parish if you wish.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 146,351 $ 164,712 $  18,361(89%)
Plate $ 17,091 $ 27,044  $ 9,953(63%)
Other $ 42,086 $ 32,362 $ 9,724(130%)
Total $ 205,528 $224,118 $  18,590(93%)
Expenses $221,222 $ 218,011 $ 3,211(101%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 15,694 $ 6,107 $ 21,801
O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
Copyright © 2016 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

Hello everybody!
I hope summer is going well for one and all.  The E.Y.C. is back safe and sound from their pilgrimage to the Apostle James’ tomb in Santiago de Compostela.  We had a meaningful, fun, and edifying adventure- with blisters and laughter, tears and joy.  A huge thank you to all who made the trip possible, for the support of the faithful, and for your patience while I was away.
This past Monday we laid Donna Buchanan to rest, and as goes with funerals in the South, it takes a small army of folks showing hospitality to make the day a bit less bitter.  A tip of the biretta to all who gave of time and effort to support Tucker and his family.  Please remember Donna, Tucker, and her family in your prayers and may her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in peace.
On the horizon we have the downtown church’s Vacation Bible School beginning Monday.  We are still in need of folks to help out, so let us know if you can give a morning or two to the effort.  Registration forms are also available at the parish for any children that have yet to sign up.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and being away from the parish for ten days and returning to hugs and happy faces made me realize again how fortunate I am to serve you all and how deep my love runs for the parish family.  God bless you all!
Jeffrey+


Vacation Bible School
This year’s ecumenical VBS will be hosted at First Trinity Presbyterian Church on June 27th – June 30th from 9:00am to 11:30am.  The theme this year is An Illustrated Earth: Celebrating God’s Creation.  Each day we will look at a variety of Bible stories that celebrate different aspects of God’s creation:
* Day 1:  Light
* Day 2:  Water
* Day 3:  Plants and Food
* Day 4:  Animals
Registration forms are available on the back table in the Nave and in the parish office.  VBS is always a wonderful way for you and your children to spend time with the youth of our downtown churches so register now. We feel certain that it will be a meaningful time for us all.  This year St. John’s is responsible for games.  Please let the church office know if you can help the week of VBS.  We need YOU!

Saint John’s Episcopal Church

Children’s Ministry

We are collecting stuffed animals for local paramedics to use to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. You can participate by bringing new, cuddly stuffed animals (WITH THE TAGS ON THEM) and help us fill our “Teddy Bear Cave.”


Fall Youth Events
Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
August 20 – FALL AWWY GATHERING
(Adults Working With Youth) at Gray Center
September 23-25 – Sr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 9th – 12th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
October 21-23 – Happening #84 Staff Training at All Saints’ Tupelo
October 28-30 – Jr. High DOY Retreat
(Division of Youth) 6th – 8th Grades at Camp Bratten-Green
November 11-13 – Happening #84
10th-12th Grades at All Saints’ Tupelo
Registration forms and more information is available at diomsyouth.org or contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Whitney Robinson, at wrobinson@dioms.org.

Honduras Medical Mission Information

Applications are available for the 2017 Honduras Medical Mission and can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website:     http://www.dioms.org/Ministries/honduras.html
There are a few important dates to remember:
·         The dates for the 2017 mission will be Saturday, February 18- Saturday 25, 2017.
·         Deadline for filing the application is July 15, 2016.
·         The team will be chosen and applicants notified in August 2016.
·         There is a mandatory overnight team retreat at Gray Center Friday evening January 13, 2017, until Saturday after lunch January 14, 2017.
Individuals must pay their own team fees of $1400.  The first $700 must be paid bySeptember 15, 2016, with the remainder due December 31, 2016.
Anyone may apply – we always have a need for medical professionals including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists; however, no medical experience is required!  There are also openings for general support for which no prior training is necessary!  We always need Spanish-speaking applicants, but there are translators present for those who don’t speak Spanish.
If anyone does not wish to travel, but wants to support the mission, there are two ways for you to so:
1.       Word of Mouth!  Almost everyone knows a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a dentist, a dental hygienist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, or someone who loves to travel!  Please, ask them to get the word out!
2.       Donations!  While team members pay for their own expenses, the mission does fund raising to raise money to purchase medicines, supplies, and tools needed to serve the team.  We also offer small grants to the community for infrastructure, economic, and educational improvements.  Any support of these activities – either by individuals, vestries, or servant ministry groups is welcome.  Donations may be sent to the Honduras Medical Mission c/o St. Andrews Cathedral, PO Box 1366, Jackson, MS 39215.

UPCOMING AT ST. JOHN’S
June 27 – 30 – Vacation Bible School at First Trinity Presbyterian Church

Connecting Ministry
We here at Saint John’s love reaching out to others and letting them know that they are loved by God, held in prayer and remembered.  Our Pastoral Care Committee, E.Y.C. and Daughters of the King society would love to write notes of encouragement, send small care packages and simply let others know that they are prayed for and remembered.  If you have a loved one who is shut-in, a college student or in the military, follow this link to fill out the form and let us stay in touch with them!  The form is here:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Pat Myers, Pam Oglesby, Celeste Vial, Susan Vincent, Gina Gatewood, Becky Jackson, Laura Palmer, Jane Hayes for providing food to the Buchanan family following Donna’s burial.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 143,143 $ 159,129 $  15,986(90%)
Plate $ 16,892 $ 26,127  $ 9,235(65%)
Other $ 42,047 $ 31,775 $10,272(132%)
Total $ 202,082 $217,031 $  14,949(93%)
Expenses $215,214 $ 209,267 $ 5,947(103%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 13,132 $ 7,764 $ 20,896
O God, our heavenly Father, make the door of this Church wide enough that all who need human love and fellowship and a Fathers care may find it, and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.  Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowing receive comfort.  Here may the careless be awakened to repentance, and the penitent be assured of your mercy.  And here may all your children renew their strength in You, and go on their way rejoicing.  Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
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Schedule for Easter Day

1394353_10152137997756748_3820063286029936011_nAlleluia Christ is Risen!!! A happy and blessed Easter morning to one and all!! Our schedule today is as follows:

8:00am Low Mass
9:45am Flowering of the Cross and Easter Tea in Parish Hall and Easter Egg hunt beginning in Parish Hall and taking place in the Sunday School wing of the parish.
10:30am High Solemn Mass of the day.

O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Holy Week at St. John’s

  Holy Week

Dear friends in Christ: During this most holy week, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.

HOLY THURSDAY – March 24
6:00 p.m.  Solemn Liturgy
(nursery provided)

GOOD FRIDAY – March 25
12:05 p.m.  Solemn Liturgy with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
(nursery provided)

HOLY SATURDAY – March 26
7:15 p.m.   The Great & Holy Vigil of Easter with Baptism
(nursery provided)

EASTER SUNDAY – march 27
8:00 a.m.  Low Mass
9:45 a.m.   Easter Egg Hunt, Flowering of the Cross & Reception
10:30 a.m.   High Solemn Mass
(nursery provided throughout the morning)