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Hello all!  We had awesome Back to Church weekend!!!!  Evensong was magnificent, The Ice Cream social was loads of fun, the lector training was enlightening and very well done, Sunday’s Brunch was delicious and lots of fun, and we ended it all be celebrating our acolytes and having a great Sunday Liturgy.  Thanks one and all for making the weekend so very special!!! Chapeau!!!!!
This Sunday we will begin two new things.  First, the adult Sunday School Class will be looking at the effects of Social Media and the soul.  We will be watching a DVD entitled #Struggles and then having a discussion about relevant issues. It is something that many of you have asked for… so come to Sunday School!
The other new ministry is the Youth Choir for grades 7-12.  They will be meeting at 5pm and ending right at the beginning of EYC. This is a great opportunity!
See you all around the parish!

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, 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 Group News
Foyer Group news – If you signed up to participate in our Foyer Group ministry, we will have our Kick-Off dinner at the home of Fred and Celeste Vial on Sunday, September 24th at 6:00pm.  Lori Burson will be in touch regarding what items she needs you to provide for the dinner.  Please R.S.V.P to Celeste at and let her know you will be attending.

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.

Small sizes of the following products are needed for this year’s Honduras Medical Mission.  Please bring your donations to the parish office:
Ibuprofen 200mg tablets, acetaminophen 325mg tablets, diphenhydramine 25mg capsules (Benadryl), topical antifungal cream, topical antibiotic cream/ointment, hydrocortisone cream, dry eye drops, antacid (Tums), bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol), guaifenesin/dextromethorphan (Q-Tussin DM) or guaifenesin (Q-Tussin), children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen suspension), children’s Benadryl (diphenhydramine suspension), diaper rash cream/ointment.

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.

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:

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Kim Dobbs, Daphne Johnson, Diane Tucker, Lisa Bennett, Sara Sensenig, and Celeste Vial for providing the delicious homemade ice cream and all the toppings for our Ice Cream Social and to Jan Harlow for leading them.
  • To Katrina Cox for her expert leadership for our Lector Training workshop.
  • To Gina Gatewood for organizing the Back To Church Brunch and Laura Palmer, Becky Jackson, Jillian Taylor, Pam Ward, Germania Rushig, Katie Sulllivan, Lisa Chancellor, Gordona Kiparizoska, Bette Green and Wendy Herring for helping provide the meal.
  • To Pat Bailey for her leadership with the acolytes of St. John’s and to our acolytes for their Sunday service.
  • To Mark Tucker for leading our Men’s 2nd Tuesday Breakfast.  Look for it again next month!
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 208,234 $ 233,568 $ 25,334
Plate $   32,285 $  38,348 $   6,063
Total $ 287,504 $ 324,447 $ 36,943
Expenses $ 329,523 $ 324,054 $  5,469
Total  $ 42,019 $ 393 $ 42,412
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
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
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