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A few weeks ago I was asked why we say (pray) ‘Lord have mercy’ so many times throughout the Liturgy of the Church. And while it is a given that we are all sinful and need to ask for mercy, they repetition of “Lord have Mercy” extends far beyond asking for mercy for our sins. Everything is an act of Mercy from the Almighty God- the creation we are a part of, the food we eat, our health and relationships, everything- even the air we breathe.  We would do well to remember that the mercy of God gives and sustains our very existence and permeates every facet of our lives.  Even in the darkest depths of our lives, the mercy and grace of God abound.  Ponder these things.  And while it is good and right to remember the mercy of God, it is even better to constantly return thanks and praise for that mercy. For we are all benefactors of overwhelming outpourings of God’s mercy.
See you around the parish,

Names for the Book of the Dead

The Annual All Souls Mass is fast approaching, Sunday evening, November 6th, at 6:00pm.  At the mass, prayers will be offered for the parish dead, and those names that are written in the book of the dead.  If you wish to have a loved one remembered, please click here, or sign the book in the back of the Nave.

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 Lori Burson and Carolyn Ruth Stancill for their help with Ladies Night Out.
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 258,566 $ 271,962 $ 13,396
Plate $   32,477 $   44,651 $ 12,174
Total $ 339,580 $ 376,666 $ 37,086
Expenses $ 378,098 $ 375,749 $  2,349
Total  $ 38,518 $ 917 $ 39,435
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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