Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Grace and peace to my parish family.  I hope and pray this finds you all well.  This Sunday the youth of our parish will be taking over for our annual youth Sunday.  They will be leading our Sunday School classes, and serving in the liturgy at the 10:30 mass as ushers, lectors, and Ms. Meredith Follis will be preaching at both masses.  It is also Mother’s Day and as is our custom, we will have roses on hand for all the women in the parish, and there will be a special prayer and hymn for Mother’s Day at the 10:30 liturgy. Our custom is to hand roses out to all the women in the parish, young & old, biological mother or not.  Why? Because, we celebrate the spirit of motherhood and contribution and lives of the women in our parish family and try to do something special for all the women and mothers in our midst.  We have some very talented youth in our parish and I hope you will come out and support them and thank them for their service, and help us celebrate a special day.
Next Tuesday night (May 16th @ 6pm) we will host the Saint John’s Day School sixth grade graduation.  Our other local school are beginning graduation rites and the academic year is quickly coming to an end.
It is a time of excitement and change, a time of endings and new beginnings. This time of year highlights the human condition- with some families looking forward to vacation and travel and camps and weeks of fun and relaxation.  While for others it is a time of anxiety and difficulty, as children go unsupervised due to work obligations, and a time when some children loose access to food and other provided services.  So, as we count our blessings and celebrate the end of another year, let us not forget those for whom the days of summer are difficult and trying.
God bless you all,
Jeff+

Vacation Bible School Supplies

Ms. Shelby Gatewood is coordinating our hosting the downtown Vacation Bible School this summer and we need your help.  She has left a list of items that we need on the back table in the Church proper, complete with handy reminder cards.  We only have three or four items left and would love it if you helped out.  So next time you are near the parish, stop by and help the parish family out!


Pictorial Directories Are IN!!!

If your family was photographed for our new Pictorial Directory, stop by the office and pick your copy up.  If you were not photographed and would like a copy, there are a limited number available for $20.

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.


Save the date

Vacation Bible School – This year’s ecumenical VBS will be hosted at St. John’s  July 10 – 14th from 9:00am to 11:45am.   Please let Shelby Gatewood or the church office know if you can help.



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.

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
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 106,534 $119,769 $ 13,235(90%)
Plate $15,344 $ 19,667 $  4,323(78%)
Other $34,312 $ 28,311 $ 6,001(121%)
Total $ 156,190 $167,747 $11,557(93%)
Expenses $175,148 $ 165,672 $  9,476(106%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 18,958 $ 2,075 $ 21,033(913%)
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 © 2017 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Good morning to the faithful:
Yesterday was an awesome day at the parish!  Special thanks to EVERYONE who helped make Empty Bowls the most successful event yet.  It was a really wonderful day.  The money will go a long way to help feed the hungry in our local community.  Huzzah and well done!
Tonight will continue with our Wednesday night Lenten series.  The evenings have been really nice, the liturgies have been lovely and meaningful and the dinners have been a wonderful time together.  If you haven’t’ tried it out, tonight will be a great time to start.
Finally, thanks to everyone who helped with Mrs. Joan West’s funeral.  It was a memorable day for her family and those who love her.  Memory eternal!
See you around the parish
Jeff+

Pictorial Directories Are IN!!!

If your family was photographed for our new Pictorial Directory, stop by the office and pick yours up.  If you were not photographed and would like a copy, there are a limited number available for $20.

Lenten Evensong with Sermon Series

Tonight, at 5:30pm, we will continue our Lenten Evensong with in the church and we would love to have you join us.  The service will be followed a parish Soup & Salad dinner prepared by Wendy Herring and Gina Gatewood in the parish hall beginning at 6:15.

Easter Sunday the church will be bursting to overflowing with the glories of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  As is our tradition, we place Easter lilies and other flowers in the Church as an offering to God in thanksgiving for our salvation.  To accomplish this, and to allow the faithful to give a gift to God as well, we offer the opportunity to donate Easter flowers for the altar on Easter morning.  To do so, click on the picture to our website where there is a place for you to tell us what you want to give the flowers in thanksgiving for/memory of. You may use your pay-pal or credit card to pay; mail a check to the office or place your check in the offering plate (please note on the memo line “Easter Flower Fund”.  The suggested donation is $15.00.


During Lent

During the season of Lent, we will have numerous opportunities for worship and devotion.  In addition to our regular Sunday Liturgies we will have:
•    Daily Morning Prayer (Matins) at 8:10am in the Chapel (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) starting on Thursday, March 2nd.  Since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have continually prayed the Divine Office, in which the services of Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline are said throughout the day as a means of sanctifying time to God and obeying the command to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17).  We gather every weekday morning to take part in this ancient and universal ritual.  The service lasts about 15 minutes and includes prayers, scripture readings, and spoken hymns from the ancient Church.  There is also time to offer private, personal prayers and thanksgivings to start your day off in a holy manner.
•    On Wednesday nights at 5:30pm we will gather for Evensong with brief homily, followed at 6:15pm by a soup and salad dinner and opportunity for fellowship.     (Nursery provided).
•    On Sunday evenings in Lent we will offer Stations of the Cross at 5:00pm followed immediately by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Introduction to Stations of the Cross
At  least as early as the fourth century, pilgrims to the Holy Land were conducted to the sites of various biblical events, especially events in the life of Jesus, and it was customary for readings and prayers appropriate to the place and the event to be offered. The official recognition of Christianity by the Emperor Constantine made public worship at these sites possible. We do not know when the devotion of Stations of the Cross began, but there can be no doubt that its roots are to be found in the flowering of commemorations associated with specific places in the life of  Jesus.
Furthermore, we know that pilgrims who were fortunate enough to visit the Holy Land, were anxious to keep alive the spirit of their pilgrimage after they returned home. Replicas of the Way of the Cross in Europe are first recorded in the fifteenth century.
Introduction to Benediction: 
Benediction is a beautiful word. It means a blessing, a greeting, an expression of kindness and love. Benediction is also a beautiful service of the church. It is a service that makes real to us in an impressive way the fact that God is always reaching out to us, to bless, to strengthen, to assure us of his loving kindness toward us.  The greatest blessing that God ever bestowed or could bestow upon mankind was the sending of his Son.  He is no longer present in the physical body that was his in Palestine many centuries ago, but we believe that he is really present among us in the Sacrament which he appointed. “This is my body,” he said over the bread at his Last Supper with his disciples. The same words are said over the bread at every Eucharist, that it may be to us the body of the Lord, so that he may come again among us today as he came at his first appearing in Palestine.   In the service of Benediction, we adore the presence of Jesus with us in the Sacrament, through prayer, praises and hymns and through adoration.

Lenten Devotions & Practices

1. Fasting – The weekdays of Lent are fast days, meaning that the amount of food is reduced. A good (if modern) rule is no snacks, no seconds, no desserts, and no alcohol. If you don’t normally eat snacks or drink, you may consider giving up some favorite food. The idea is to undertake something sacrificial, yet not overwhelming. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are strict fast days: one full meal in the evening, a very light one in the afternoon and generally nothing before 3pm. Those who are ill, elderly, pregnant or nursing are excused from this discipline. (Page 17, 1979 B.C.P.)
2. Abstinence – Abstaining from flesh meat on Fridays (as required by the Prayer Book) is a common discipline for Lent. The Ancient custom is to abstain from flesh meat on Wednesdays as well as Fridays. Flesh meat includes all meat except fish. Going vegetarian these days is also an option. (Page 17, 1979 B.C.P.)
3. Holy Communion – Lent is a good time to add an additional service to your usual Sunday attendance.
4. Daily Office – If you do not now read Morning and/or Evening Prayer from the Prayer Book, Lent is a good time to begin doing so. If you can attended the morning office in the chapel at the parish, that would be ideal, but if not many people certainly pray this alone or with their families.  It takes some effort and discipline to get the habit established, but once accomplished, it can bear great fruit in your spiritual life. Each Office takes 10-15 minutes a day. Fr. Jeff is available for help in the mechanics of the rubrics and lectionary.  There are also many websites that can help you with this- just google “The Daily Office”
5. Spiritual Reading – An ancient custom is to take a spiritual book for regular reading during Lent. This can be a book on the Scriptures, or one of the spiritual classics. Many are available in the parish library or you may see Fr. Jeff for suggestions.
6. Confession – A sacramental confession, in private to a priest, is not only an opportunity for a thorough self-examination, but also a powerful weapon against the temptations which come our way in Lent. Fr. Jeff is available for this sacrament, as are other priests in the area. Although the Anglican Church does not require Sacramental Confession, it is recommended, and helpful.
7. Self-Denial – You may want to give up some special pleasure or recreation for Lent (tobacco, sweets, television, the evening ‘toddy’), and perhaps give what you would have spent on it to charity. This can be done in conjunction with other practices: if, for example, you give up an hour of TV every day, you might use it to read Evening Prayer and some Scripture.
8. Service – As well as “giving up” something in Lent, some wish to “take on” some special service, such as visiting a shut-in parishioner, volunteering at the hospital or a  nursing home, running errands for an elderly neighbor, or some special project at the church.
9. Scripture Reading – Delving into the Word of God is never out of season. Lent is a good time to establish (or re-establish) the discipline of a daily time of Scripture reading.
10. Educational Opportunities- Take the opportunity in Lent to join the Adult Education Class on Sundays at 9:30am.
11. Corporate Special Devotions – There are numerous opportunities for your spiritual growth throughout Lent. In addition to the Sunday morning Liturgies, on Sunday’s at 5:00pm the parish will gather at the Church for Stations of the Cross and Benediction.  And on Wednesday nights, we will gather for Evensong at 5:30pm followed by a soup supper.
12. Evangelism – Lent is a good time to renew ones commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and neighbors, and to invite them to worship with us here at Saint John’s, Laurel.


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.



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.  Simply send the Box Top to the parish office, there is a container labeled for your Box Tops on the table in the hallway.

Spring Youth Events
Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Sr. High DOY Retreat
9th – 12th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 24-26
Register for all events at www.diomsyouth.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

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Jane Hayes and Gina Gatewood for the delicious soup and salad dinner last Wednesday for our Lenten meal.
  • To EVERYONE that helped make Empty Bowls the incredible event that it was!!!
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 63,593 $74,742 $ 11,149(85%)
Plate $ 8,787 $ 12,275 $  3,488(72%)
Other $11,511 $ 17,672 $ 6,16165%)
Total $ 83,891 $104,689 $ 20,798(80%)
Expenses $106,062 $ 103,388 $ 2,674(102%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 22,171 $ 1,301 $ 23,472(1,704%)
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 © 2017 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

 

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!

Blessings and grace to one and all one this first day of Lent… on this Ash Wednesday.  Thanks to all who made last night a memorable and fun evening, and cheers to Jr. Warden Rand McLaughlin for taking home the Warden’s cup.
We have two services today to aide the faithful in making a good start to Lent- 12:05pm, and 6:00pm.  I hope you will try and make one of the services and get your Lent off to a proper and fitting start.  Please know of my prayers for this parish family as we begin our journey towards the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord.  May God bless you all.
Jeffrey+

Lent at St. John’s
Our Lenten journey begins on Wednesday, March 1st-commonly called Ash Wednesday.  This is a day of fasting and penance within the calendar of the Church.  We will have two opportunities for you to join us and offer prayers to God, receive ashes (the outward sign of our repentance and fasting) and communion on this somber day.  The first liturgy will be at 12:05pm and will last about 45 minutes.  The second service will be at 6:00pm, employing the choir and a nursery will be provided at both services.


During Lent
During the season of Lent, we will have numerous opportunities for worship and devotion.  In addition to our regular Sunday Liturgies we will have:
•    Daily Morning Prayer (Matins) at 8:10am in the Chapel (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) starting on Thursday, March 2nd.  Since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have continually prayed the Divine Office, in which the services of Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline are said throughout the day as a means of sanctifying time to God and obeying the command to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17).  We gather every weekday morning to take part in this ancient and universal ritual.  The service lasts about 15 minutes and includes prayers, scripture readings, and spoken hymns from the ancient Church.  There is also time to offer private, personal prayers and thanksgivings to start your day off in a holy manner.
•    On Wednesday nights at 5:30pm we will gather for Evensong with brief homily, followed at 6:15pm by a soup and salad dinner and opportunity for fellowship.     (Nursery provided).
•    On Sunday evenings in Lent we will offer Stations of the Cross at 5:00pm followed immediately by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Introduction to Stations of the Cross
At  least as early as the fourth century, pilgrims to the Holy Land were conducted to the sites of various biblical events, especially events in the life of Jesus, and it was customary for readings and prayers appropriate to the place and the event to be offered. The official recognition of Christianity by the Emperor Constantine made public worship at these sites possible. We do not know when the devotion of Stations of the Cross began, but there can be no doubt that its roots are to be found in the flowering of commemorations associated with specific places in the life of  Jesus.
Furthermore, we know that pilgrims who were fortunate enough to visit the Holy Land, were anxious to keep alive the spirit of their pilgrimage after they returned home. Replicas of the Way of the Cross in Europe are first recorded in the fifteenth century.
Introduction to Benediction: 
Benediction is a beautiful word. It means a blessing, a greeting, an expression of kindness and love. Benediction is also a beautiful service of the church. It is a service that makes real to us in an impressive way the fact that God is always reaching out to us, to bless, to strengthen, to assure us of his loving kindness toward us.  The greatest blessing that God ever bestowed or could bestow upon mankind was the sending of his Son.  He is no longer present in the physical body that was his in Palestine many centuries ago, but we believe that he is really present among us in the Sacrament which he appointed. “This is my body,” he said over the bread at his Last Supper with his disciples. The same words are said over the bread at every Eucharist, that it may be to us the body of the Lord, so that he may come again among us today as he came at his first appearing in Palestine.   In the service of Benediction, we adore the presence of Jesus with us in the Sacrament, through prayer, praises and hymns and through adoration.

Lenten Devotions & Practices

1. Fasting – The weekdays of Lent are fast days, meaning that the amount of food is reduced. A good (if modern) rule is no snacks, no seconds, no desserts, and no alcohol. If you don’t normally eat snacks or drink, you may consider giving up some favorite food. The idea is to undertake something sacrificial, yet not overwhelming. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are strict fast days: one full meal in the evening, a very light one in the afternoon and generally nothing before 3pm. Those who are ill, elderly, pregnant or nursing are excused from this discipline. (Page 17, 1979 B.C.P.)
2. Abstinence – Abstaining from flesh meat on Fridays (as required by the Prayer Book) is a common discipline for Lent. The Ancient custom is to abstain from flesh meat on Wednesdays as well as Fridays. Flesh meat includes all meat except fish. Going vegetarian these days is also an option. (Page 17, 1979 B.C.P.)
3. Holy Communion – Lent is a good time to add an additional service to your usual Sunday attendance.
4. Daily Office – If you do not now read Morning and/or Evening Prayer from the Prayer Book, Lent is a good time to begin doing so. If you can attended the morning office in the chapel at the parish, that would be ideal, but if not many people certainly pray this alone or with their families.  It takes some effort and discipline to get the habit established, but once accomplished, it can bear great fruit in your spiritual life. Each Office takes 10-15 minutes a day. Fr. Jeff is available for help in the mechanics of the rubrics and lectionary.  There are also many websites that can help you with this- just google “The Daily Office”
5. Spiritual Reading – An ancient custom is to take a spiritual book for regular reading during Lent. This can be a book on the Scriptures, or one of the spiritual classics. Many are available in the parish library or you may see Fr. Jeff for suggestions.
6. Confession – A sacramental confession, in private to a priest, is not only an opportunity for a thorough self-examination, but also a powerful weapon against the temptations which come our way in Lent. Fr. Jeff is available for this sacrament, as are other priests in the area. Although the Anglican Church does not require Sacramental Confession, it is recommended, and helpful.
7. Self-Denial – You may want to give up some special pleasure or recreation for Lent (tobacco, sweets, television, the evening ‘toddy’), and perhaps give what you would have spent on it to charity. This can be done in conjunction with other practices: if, for example, you give up an hour of TV every day, you might use it to read Evening Prayer and some Scripture.
8. Service – As well as “giving up” something in Lent, some wish to “take on” some special service, such as visiting a shut-in parishioner, volunteering at the hospital or a  nursing home, running errands for an elderly neighbor, or some special project at the church.
9. Scripture Reading – Delving into the Word of God is never out of season. Lent is a good time to establish (or re-establish) the discipline of a daily time of Scripture reading.
10. Educational Opportunities- Take the opportunity in Lent to join the Adult Education Class on Sundays at 9:30am.
11. Corporate Special Devotions – There are numerous opportunities for your spiritual growth throughout Lent. In addition to the Sunday morning Liturgies, on Sunday’s at 5:00pm the parish will gather at the Church for Stations of the Cross and Benediction.  And on Wednesday nights, we will gather for Evensong at 5:30pm followed by a soup supper.
12. Evangelism – Lent is a good time to renew ones commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and neighbors, and to invite them to worship with us here at Saint John’s, Laurel.


Empty Bowls
Tuesday, March 21st
11:00am – 2:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other crafts people, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America, reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please find the time, make the commitment, get involved. Your single effort can have a profound impact.
Plans are in full swing for our fund raiser to feed the hungry from St. John’s Episcopal Church.   Local artists have donated 600 hand thrown, high fired bowls for the 2017 event.  All proceeds go to support the Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen and St. John’s Episcopal Church Outreach Ministries.  Our project depends on the support of our entire community.  Tell your friends and join us March 21st to help us fight hunger in our community.  Tickets are $15 and AVAILABLE NOW!  Call the parish office to purchase yours or contact Celeste Vial.


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.



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.  Simply send the Box Top to the parish office, there is a container labeled for your Box Tops on the table in the hallway.

Upcoming at St. John’s
Ash Wednesday
March 1st  at 12:05pm – Mass
6:00pm – Mass
Empty Bowls
Tuesday, March 21st 11:00 – 2:00 pm

Spring Youth Events
Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
Jr. High DOY Retreat
6-8th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 3-5
Sr. High DOY Retreat
9th – 12th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 24-26
Happening #85
10th – 12th grades at Nativity, Greenwood
March 10-12
Happening Reunion
St. Stephen’s, Indianola
March 10-12
Register for all events at www.diomsyouth.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

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To George and Becky Jackson for the delicious pancakes for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner.
  • To Elaine Ethridge for her help for our pancake dinner.
  • To Duane Mitchell for his sausage cooking skills for Shrove Tuesday.
  • To EVERYONE who helped decorate the parish hall for Shrove Tuesday.  It has never looked more festive!!
  • To Jennifer Myrick for emceeing our Pancake race.
  • To Pete Hayes for burning the palms for our Ash Wednesday services.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 46,733 $54,833 $ 8,100 (85%)
Plate $ 7,326 $ 9,006 $  1,680 (81%)
Other $7,164 $ 12,968 $ 5,804(55%)
Total $ 61,223 $76,807 $ 15,584(80%)
Expenses $ 72,233 $ 75,850 $ 3,617(95%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 11,010 $ 957 $ 11,967 (1,150%)
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 © 2017 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Hattiesburg/Petal Tornado Relief

Once again, our neighbors to the south have been impacted by disaster and we are stepping up our efforts to reach out and support them in their time of need.  Below is an itemized list of supplies we have been asked to provide in assistance.  You may bring your donations to the chapel at St. John’s and we will see that the items are delivered to those in need late next week.  Thank you in advance.

Items requested:

* Paper towels
* Toilet tissue
* Baby wipes and diapers (all sizes)
* Cleaning supplies:  Lysol, trash bags, buckets, mops, brooms
* Manuel can-openers
* Plastic food containers
* Large zip-lock bags
* Baby formula
* Toothbrushes/toothpaste, brushes, combs, deodorant, shampoo, soap
* Feminine personal care items
* Bottled water/Gatorade
* Pet food and supplies
* Work gloves
* Laundry detergent
* Individually wrapped snacks
* Clorox
* Dawn Dish Liquid
* Hand sanitizer
* Disinfectant wipes
* Tarps
* Plastic totes with lids
* Flashlights with batteries
* Duct tape
* Blankets, sheets, pillows, towels
* First-aid kits
* Hand tools:  hammers, pliers, screwdrivers


Daughters of the King
New Member Meeting
Wednesday, February 8th
6:00 pm

The Daughters of the King of St. John’s is a prayer order. In the words of Lawrence, “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of conversation with God.” The DOK group is comprised of ladies who care enough about their parish and the community at large to offer up prayers, not only for their needs, but for the need of others– requested by those in this congregation and prayers for the leadership in our parish. There is only one meeting a month  and it is brief. At that meeting, a list of names is given to the members. The expectation is that each member will pray for those on that list each day during the coming month. It is not full of accolade but full of relationship.  Your presence is needed. Your prayers are needed.  Please contact Pat Bailey with your interest.
The Daughters of the King invites all interested ladies of the parish to join us on Wednesday evening, February 8th at 6:00pm for an informational meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Children’s Sunday School
Mark Your Calendars

Valentine Project – Our children enjoyed their last visit to Comfort Care Nursing Center so much last time we went and many have asked that we visit again.  On Sunday, February 12, we will meet at the parish at 3:00 for refreshments then travel together to Comfort Care and hand out Valentine’s Day cards we have been making, visit and play games with the residents.   Parents are invited and encouraged to join us in this meaningful outreach project.  We will return to the parish at 4:30pm.

The Feast of Candlemas

& The Blessing of Throats
Wednesday evening, February 1st at 5:30pm
Join us for an evening mass as we gather to celebrate and remember Jesus’ presentation at the Temple in Jerusalem.  This is a major feast day and one that helps us understand better the demands of our faith to be lights in this world.  This is one of the more lovely liturgies- we start in a dark church, the only lights being our hand candles.  From this moving and tender beginning we bless all of the candles to be used in our liturgies throughout the year.  During the liturgy we also offer an ancient healing rite known as the blessing of the throats, which is really a prayer for health of body and soul.  The evening ends with a lovely reception of dessert crepes.

Empty Bowls
Tuesday, March 21st
11:00am – 2:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other crafts people, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America, reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please find the time, make the commitment, get involved. Your single effort can have a profound impact.
Plans are in full swing for our fund raiser to feed the hungry from St. John’s Episcopal Church.   Local artists have donated 600 hand thrown, high fired bowls for the 2017 event.  All proceeds go to support the Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen and St. John’s Episcopal Church Outreach Ministries.  Our project depends on the support of our entire community.  Tell your friends and join us March 21st to help us fight hunger in our community.  Tickets are $15 and will be on sale soon!


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.


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.  Simply send the Box Top to the parish office, there is a container labeled for your Box Tops on the table in the hallway.

Upcoming at St. John’s
Candlemas and Blessing of the Throats
    Wednesday, February 1, @ 5:30pm followed by a Crepe Reception
Children’s Ministries Visit to Comfort Care Nursing Center
Sunday, February 12th at 3:00pm  (meet at the parish)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Warden’s Race
February 28th at 5:30pm
Ash Wednesday
March 1st  at 12:05pm – Mass
6:00pm – Mass
Empty Bowls
Tuesday, March 21st 11:00 – 2:00 pm

Spring Youth Events
Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
Youth Lock-In at Annual Council
     9-12 grades @ Chapel of the Cross, Madison
February 3-5
Jr. High DOY Retreat
6-8th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 3-5
Sr. High DOY Retreat
9th – 12th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 24-26
Happening #85
10th – 12th grades at Nativity, Greenwood
March 10-12
Happening Reunion
St. Stephen’s, Indianola
March 10-12
Register for all events at www.diomsyouth.org


From the Diocese
Happy 2017 to all of our Camp Bratton-Green families! We wanted to let all of you know that registration is open for the 2017 Camp Bratton-Green summer! It is never to early to begin family plans and we want to make sure that Bratton-Green is available for all of our previous campers!  Registration is available at www.graycenter.org.
Please remember that you will register your camper for a session that reflects the grade they are in currently. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Ezell at ezell@graycenter.org. We will also be available at Annual Council in Jackson if you would like to stop by and see us!

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 Gina Gatewood and Wendy Herring for their help in the kitchen for our Annual Meeting.
  • To everyone that attended the 123rd Annual Parish Meeting and brought the delicious pot-luck food.
  • To Adam Sauls, Wendy Herring, Rand McLaughlin and Trent Mulloy for their service on the Vestry of St. John’s.
  • To Christopher Albritton, George Jackson and Jan Harlow for accepting the nomination to serve on the Vestry for the next 3 years and to Rand McLaughlin for accepting the nomination for Jr. Warden.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 24,233 $20,710 $ 3,523 (117%)
Plate $ 4,956 $ 3,403 $ 1,553(146%)
Other $1,352 $ 3,446 $ 2,094 (39%)
Total $ 30,541 $27,559 $ 2,982 (118%)
Expenses $ 21,784 $ 27,423 $ 5,639 (79%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 8,757 $  136 $  8,621 (644%)
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 © 2017 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, All rights reserved.

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
A blessed and happy Feast of Saint Andrew to one and all!  I hope and pray that everyone is having a great Wednesday.  To aide us in our Advent devotions, we will host the first of our Wednesday concert series today with Stephen Redfield, violinist of note, from 12:05-12:30.  The concerts are meant to give of a respite from our day and allow us to enjoy art and beauty for a moment… I hope you will take full advantage.
This weekend is a one of the greatest… besides all of the activities in and around town, on Sunday morning at the 10:30 mass Saint Nicholas will make his annual visitation and give gifts to all the children present.  It is a wonderful tradition here at Saint John’s and one that is not to be missed!  Later that afternoon, at 3:00pm, our Sunday School children and their families will have an opportunity to gather for our Advent Family Project, making Advent Murals and learning about the history and meaning of Advent- this is a great opportunity to do something meaningful together and prepare for the birth of our Lord.  Then at 6pm, the parish will offer her Service of Advent Lessons & Carols. This service is meant to help us learn, recall and deepen our understanding of the story of our Salvation and is also meant to be a prayerful time of reflection and an offering to our Lord.
It going to be a rich and full weekend and I look forward to seeing you around the parish!




A Visit From Saint Nicholas

As has become an annual tradition at St. John’s on the Sunday closest to December 6th, St. Nicholas – the Bishop of Myra, will visit the parish to tell the children about different Christmas traditions and will be giving gifts to the young children.  Please join us at the 10:30 Mass Sunday, December 4th and help us welcome St. Nicholas!

Children’s Ministries
Family Advent Activity


Family Advent Activity – Will be held Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm.  We are asking families with children ages K/3-6th grade to gather in the parish hall for an Advent activity to be done as a FAMILY. Each family will make an Advent mosaic, which promises to be an exciting time, with snacks, fellowship and art activity.  All material needed will be supplied, all we need is YOUR family, if you have young children.  Please mark your calendar!!  And plan to stay for Advent Lessons and Carols following our Advent Family Activity, you’ll be glad you did!

Saint John’s has a long-standing tradition of creating poinsettia trees at the altar for Christmastide, as well as making liberal use of festive flowers throughout the Nave.  The poinsettias are donated by the faithful in thanksgiving or memory of a person(s) or an event.  During Christmastide the parish includes a listing of these memorials/thanksgivings in the bulletin.   If you wish to offer a poinsettia for Christmas, please record your memorial/thanksgiving on the bulletin board in the Sacristy hallway, on-line through the link in Notes From Patmos, or call the parish office. Then mail, stop by the parish office, or place an earmarked check or cash in the offering plate.  You may donate a poinsettia by using Paypal (no account needed) and your credit card by clicking on the Paypal button below the form and following the instructions (if you do not have an account, look in the bottom left-hand quarter of the screen for instructions on using your credit card). Suggested donation is $15.


The EYC is selling 26″ Noble Fir Christmas Wreaths at a cost of $35/wreath.  The Wreaths will be delivered and available for pick-up during the first week of December. Click on the picture to place your order!



December 16th, 6:00pm

The Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas has become a holiday tradition in Laurel. Kids, families and music lovers flock to this concert every year to hear the mastery of Vince Guaraldi’s classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The cameo appearance of Snoopy and Woodstock brings joy to those of all ages. The 8th annual show will feature the Joe Cool Trio with John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (piano) and Chris Severin (bass), followed by sets including New Orleans’s own Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown on Trumpet and Clarence Johnson on Sax who both played with Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing their favorite Christmas tunes. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to help the Good Samaritan Soup Kitchen. Tickets are available at Southern Antiques in Downtown Laurel and also online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716944



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.  Simply send the Box Top to the parish office, there is a container labeled for your Box Tops on the table in the hallway.

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH & GOOD SAMARITAN’S
8th ANNUAL FAMILY CONNECTIONS
CHRISTMAS PROJECT 2016

A great BIG ‘Thank You!’ to the 9 families and groups who have already adopted a family for Christmas. You will truly be doing God’s work during a happy but hectic season.  There are 10 more families who would love to have a share of the happiness that is Christmas. If you have not taken part in this action of loving one another in the past, please prayerfully consider this opportunity.
The deadline to bring gifts to St. John’s or to Becky Jackson will be Monday, December 12.  Pam Oglesby, Jane Hayes and Becky Jackson will deliver the gifts to Good Samaritan for distribution to the families before Christmas.  Thank you in advance for providing a joyful Christmas for a family that would otherwise be without gifts.
If you have questions call, Becky Jackson, at 601-466-7411


Upcoming at St. John’s

Visit From Saint Nicholas
Sunday, December 4th at the 10:30 Mass
Family Advent Activity (families with children ages K-6th grade)
Sunday, December 4th at 3:00
Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm
Ladies Christmas Luncheon
Monday,  December 5
     Holy Eucharist at 11:00am
Luncheon at 12:00pm at the home of Susan Vincent
758 North 4th Avenue, Laurel
Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation
Sunday, December 11th
     Brunch Beginning at 9:00am
Holy Eucharist at 10:30am

Children’s Christmas Caroling to Parish sick & shut-in
Sunday, December 18 at 2:00pm

Spring Youth Events
Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
Youth Lock-In at Annual Council
     9-12 grades @ Chapel of the Cross, Madison
February 3-5
Jr. High DOY Retreat
6-8th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 3-5
Sr. High DOY Retreat
9th – 12th grades at Camp Bratton-Green
March 24-26
Happening #85
10th – 12th grades at Nativity, Greenwood
March 10-12
Happening Reunion
St. Stephen’s, Indianola
March 10-12
Register for all events at www.diomsyouth.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
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 277,451 $ 306,153 $  28,702(91%)
Plate $ 29,295 $ 35,264  $   5,969(83%)
Other $ 66,182 $ 49,437 $ 16,745(134%)
Total $ 372,928 $390,854 $  17,926(95%)
Expenses $409,087 $ 410,559 $  1,472(100%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 36,159 $ 19,705 $  16,454 (183%)
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

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Good morning to the good people of Saint Johns!
I have some great stuff and some not so great stuff to talk about- so first the great stuff.
The past Wednesday evening saw our Michaelmas celebration with the blessing of law enforcement officers and presentation of stuffed animals for them to have for children in distress.  The evening was spectacular!  Lots of folks came out and we had a very solid representation of officers.  Dinner and conversations were really nice, and everyone found it to be meaningful and healing.  So a huge thank you to all who took the time to make the event a priority.
Mrs. Maranda McLaughlin has launched a very popular event in our parish life- our Running on Faith 5k and fun run.  Full details are below, with electronic signup sheet and all the information you might need.  We are looking for volunteers to help, corporate sponsors and of course folks to run in the race.  So, if you would like to lend a hand in any way, please get in touch with her or call the parish, and of course, do your best to spread the word and help us make the event great!
These past few weeks have seen our Sunday attendance at about half of what it normally is and attendance at Sunday School even less.  This has had several effects on the parish family.  It is discouraging for those who give of their time to teach… it is almost impossible for severe declines in attendance not to affect the spirits of those who give of their time and effort to serve others.  And, financially, we are spread very thin… if people don’t come to church and pay their pledges, we can’t pay our bills.  All that being said, we need to step up our game and reset our priorities.  Is attendance at Church the thing we cut out of our schedules first?  If so, what does that say about us?  It is within the Church and her liturgies that we find forgiveness, strength and nourishment to see the rest of the daily course of our lives through.  If the obligations and things of God are the first to go, we are not doing ourselves any favors and making life even harder.  So let us not fall farther out of the habits we worked so hard to develop… let us not neglect the things of God and our parish family… rather, let us grow and strength and witness and love together.  May this parish continue as a light and beacon of hope for our community and may we help make it great!
God bless you all!
Jeff+


5K and 1 mile Fun Run

Saturday October 22nd, 2016
starting at Saint John’s Episcopal Church
7:15 a.m. Check In, 8:30 a.m. Start
Fun Run starts immediately following 5K completion

1st2nd  and 3rd place prizes in following

age groups: 0-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

The first 60 entrants will be guaranteed a dri-fit Running On Faith Tshirt

Entry Fee $25 for 5K & $15 for Fun Run
Add $5 day of race

We are looking for volunteers for pre-race preparations!

Want to help sponsor the race and get your name on the T-shirt?  Let us know!

Want to sponsor a runner to help with outreach?  Great!

For more information contact Maranda McLaughlin at marandamcl@comcast.net or 601-498-1138
Download Entry Form here:
Follow this link to sign-up online


Foyer Group Update
Foyer Groups have been formed!  If you signed up to participate, please check your email for a mailing from Lori Burson, for your group assignment.

Upcoming at St. John’s

The Feast of St. Luke – Wednesday, October 19th
     Holy Eucharist 5:30pm
Parish Dinner 6:15pm
Running on Faith – 5K and 1 mile Fun Run
Saturday, October 22nd
The Solemnity of All Saints – Sunday, November 6th
     During the 10:30 Mass
All Souls Mass – Sunday, November 6th at 6:00pm
Harvest Mass – Wednesday, November 16th
     Holy Eucharist at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6:15pm
Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm
Ladies Christmas Luncheon
Monday,  December 5
     Holy Eucharist at 11:00am
Luncheon at 12:00pm
Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation
Sunday, December 11th
     Brunch Beginning at 9:00am
Holy Eucharist at 10:30am


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
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

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Gina Gatewood and Wendy Herring for their help in the kitchen for the Blessing of Law Enforcement parish dinner.
  • To Carolyn Ruth Stancill and Laura Palmer for the beautiful floral decorations in the Nave and Parish Hall for the Blessing of Law Enforcement Evensong and Parish dinner.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 224,892 $ 254,854 $  29,962(88%)
Plate $ 24,021 $ 27,713  $   3,692(87%)
Other $ 47,804 $ 44,047 $ 3,757(109%)
Total $ 296,717 $326,614 $  29,897(91%)
Expenses $342,319 $ 342,373 $   54(100%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 45,602 $ 15,759 $   29,843
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

Notes 9.28.2016

As I sit writing yet another article for Notes on stewardship I open my Amazon Music App hoping to find inspiration as to what to place on the empty page in front of me.  My brilliant plan was to draw inspiration from the first song that played…now… My music taste is quite eclectic.  My play list runs from The Doors, Jim Hendrix, Crosby, Still, & Nash (before Young), anything 70’s, anything Motown, some Country, Christian, even a few Electronica…and who doesn’t like a good Broadway tune, all the way to Gregorian Chants…all on shuffle…I thought this will be interesting to say the least.
I hit shuffle and cross my fingers, say a quick prayer, close my eyes and just listen.  My thoughts drifted to our beloved Church…what She has seen, what She has been through throughout time, what She has done for the community and those in Her Care AND…what have or haven’t WE done for Her.
I hear Her saying She does not just want to “get by”, She does not want to do just “enough”.  SHE WANTS TO THRIVE, SHE WANTS US TO THRIVE, SHE WANTS OUR COMMUNITY TO THRIVE.

While you enjoy this video, please think of our church, Her needs, Her peoples needs and give thanks for all She has given us ALL.  Let’s help Her Thrive the way Christ had intended because HE has placed upon us Her care. Lets all stop doing just enough to service, let’s all thrive TOGETHER.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Myrick



Foyer Group Update
Foyer Groups have been formed!  If you signed up to participate, please check your email for a mailing from Lori Burson, for your group assignment.

Upcoming at St. John’s

Michaelmas Evensong with Blessings for Law Enforcement Officials
Wednesday, September 28th
     Evensong 6:000pm
Parish Dinner 6:30pm
The Feast of St. Luke – Wednesday, October 19th
     Holy Eucharist 5:30pm
Parish Dinner 6:15pm
The Solemnity of All Saints – Sunday, November 6th
     During the 10:30 Mass
All Souls Mass – Sunday, November 6th at 6:00pm
Harvest Mass – Wednesday, November 16th
     Holy Eucharist at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6:15pm
Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm
Ladies Christmas Luncheon
Monday,  December 5
     Holy Eucharist at 11:00am
Luncheon at 12:00pm
Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation
Sunday, December 11th
     Brunch Beginning at 9:00am
Holy Eucharist at 10:30am


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
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

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Lori Burson for chairing our Foyer Group program.  Groups have been assigned and are ready to meet.