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At this months Men’s Breakfast, we read the third chapter of the Epistle of Saint James, wherein James warns us of the power of our words, and the need to master what we say, as it is a window into our soul.  Saint James proposes that our words have a tremendous power and we were challenged to examine the words we use and see whether or no the build others up or tear them down.  On the most simple level, if we were to say something about another person, would we say it to their face… and if not, are we being who Christ called us to be?
In the Book of the Profit Micah, it is revealed to us what a pure love of God looks like: “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic 6.8RSV)
The beautiful world God has created and given us is polluted by our being ugly to one another.  We use our tongues to judge and tear down, to be ugly to one another, and it is wrong… and it damages others, and it damages ourselves.  Being kind to others is one of the most basic and foundational showings of our love for God.
No one deserves kindness, no one deserves mercy, but our Lord Jesus Christ pours kindness and mercy upon us all… upon you and me.  I challenge you to think carefully about the words you use and the things you say… do they build others up or tear them down?  Are the words you use reflecting a kindness?  Or do they reflect bitterness and anger and ugliness?
The words we use are very telling of our maturity and of our faith and love for God and others.  Let us not tear others down… rather, let us employ kindness and build others up. For in doing so, we rejoice the heart of Jesus.
See you around the parish,
Jeff+

Children’s Sunday school will NOT meet Sunday, November 19th.

Ladies, don’t you need a night out? Let’s get together! Each third Thursday of the month theladies of the church are meeting to dine, fellowship, and perhaps learn something from each other.  We will meet Thursday November 16th at 6pm in the parish hall. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert and something you would like to sip on and let’s have some fun and fellowship together! See you there!



Keystone Society Forming

Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00am
We are excited to announce a new ministry!  For the last few years, we have focused much energy on the youngest generation in our parish.  It is time we shift some of the focus to the other generations, those who have given so much to make this parish a wonderful shining light in our community.  The Keystone Society (for members 60+) will have its first meeting on Tuesday, November 28th at 10:00am and will feature State Auditor Stacey Pickering sharing time with us discussing fraud and sharing information to help keep us financially safe and secure in the modern day.  Join us for fellowship, refreshments and enlightening discussion.  And as a bonus–EVERYONE attending will be eligible for a ‘delicious’ DOOR PRIZE!!!



Good Samaritan Christmas
ST. JOHN’S FAMILY CONNECTIONS
ADOPT-A-FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS 2017

Family Information cards will be in the nave after Thanksgiving Day!

The recipient families have been screened by The Good Samaritan,
a local non-profit agency that St. John’s has supported for many years.

Please choose a family to adopt and write down your name and a number where you can be contacted on the list.

You do not have to purchase every gift on the list and large families can be adopted by multiple people.

Gifts may be wrapped or unwrapped, but please
put the family # and the recipient’s first name on each gift.

The deadline to deliver the gifts to St. John’s or to Becky Jackson is Friday, December 15.

We have 20 families to adopt.
Let’s all participate and spread the joy of Christ’s birth
throughout our community

Good Samaritan staff will deliver to the families.

Contact Becky Jackson @ 601.466.7411 if you have questions.





Wednesday at St. John’s
Advent Concert Series

December 6 – Derrick Meador, organ

December 13 – Laurel High School Concert Choir – Katrina Cox, conductor
December 20 – Dr. Theresa Sanchez, piano (Jones County Junior College)


Visit From St. Nicholas

&
Home Nativity Figurine Blessing

St. Nicholas has scheduled his visit to St.  John’s!!  He will be arriving Sunday, December 10th during the 10:30 Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas and to hand out gifts to our children.  We are also starting a new tradition on that day!!!  After the Confession and before the Peace, bring your baby Jesus from your nativity scene up for a blessing.  Fr. Jeff will bless the baby Jesus and then you are encouraged to take your baby Jesus home and wrap the baby Jesus and place the wrapped gift under your Christmas tree.  When you open your presents on Christmas morning, unwrap your baby Jesus FIRST!  This helps us all to remember why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place.

Children’s Choir News
St. Cecilia
St. Gregory
And Youth Ensemble
Rehearsal Schedule
November – December 2017
St. Cecilia and St. Gregory                                 Youth Ensemble
Wednesday – 4:15-5:15 p.m.                   Sunday – 5:15-6:00 p.m.
November  29                                                   November 26
December 6                                              December 10, 13

Sunday, December 17 – Combined Rehearsal – 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – Combined Rehearsal – 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – Christmas Pageant and Dinner – Following Greening of the Parish


2017 Flower Chart
The Altar Flower Chart for 2018 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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Mark Tucker and Derrick Meador for their help with the 2nd Tuesday Men’s Breakfast and to all those who attended!
  • To Phyllis and Cleve Johnson for hosting the annual EYC hayride and bonfire.  We all had a wonderful time!
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 274,197 $ 291,263 $ 17,066
Plate $   34,949 $   47,820 $ 12,871
Total $ 358,052 $ 402,916 $ 44,864
Expenses $ 404,550 $ 401,738 $  2,812
Total  $ 46,498 $ 1,178 $ 47,676
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
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A blessed and holy All Saint Day to one and all!
This weekend will see our keeping the solemnity of All Saints and All Souls.  At the 10:30 liturgy, we will baptize Isabella Rose Brown and the children’s choirs will offer a sweet and lovely anthem.  Sunday evening at 6:00 we will gather for All Soul’s and offer prayers and remember our loved one who are gone but not forgotten, as well as offer a very meaningful and powerful mass setting in John Rutter’s Requiem setting.  Immediately following the All Soul’s liturgy, we are hosting a festive reception in the Chapel. So, all in all, we have a full weekend in store, but one that is both stirring and significant.
See you all around the parish,
Jeff+
PS…… Remember, this Sunday we “fall back”.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night!.



Names for the Book of the Dead

The Annual All Souls Mass is fast approaching, Sunday evening, November 5th, 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.


MEN!! We have begun a new exciting Second Tuesday Men’s breakfast. The men of St. John’s (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. John’s is such an exciting place to be. We will meet on November 14th from7:00am-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.  We will see you there!


Ladies, don’t you need a night out? Let’s get together! Each third Thursday of the month theladies of the church are meeting to dine, fellowship, and perhaps learn something from each other.  We will meet Thursday November 16th at 6pm in the parish hall. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert and something you would like to sip on and let’s have some fun and fellowship together! See you there!

Children’s Choir News

St. Cecilia
St. Gregory
And Youth Ensemble
Rehearsal Schedule
November – December 2017

St. Cecilia and St. Gregory                                 Youth Ensemble
Wednesday – 4:15-5:15 p.m.                   Sunday – 5:15-6:00 p.m.
November  1, 8, 15 , 29                            November   12, 19
December 6                                              December 10, 13

Sunday, December 17 – Combined Rehearsal – 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – Combined Rehearsal – 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – Christmas Pageant and Dinner – Following Greening of the Parish


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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 262,545 $ 279,166 $ 16,621
Plate $   33,515 $   45,834 $ 12,319
Total $ 344,638 $ 386,464 $ 41,826
Expenses $ 391,756 $ 385,449 $  6,307
Total  $ 47,118 $ 1,015 $ 48,133
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
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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,
Jeffrey+


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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

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
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
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To the good people of Saint John’s:
Grace and peace to you.  This weekend past was filled with lots of fun activities in the community, and a few unexpected twists and turns due to the threat of Hurricane Nate.  We had to cancel the Pet Blessing, the Children’s Choir, and Sunday School- but thanks be to God our community was spared any severe weather.  Thank you all for your support and willingness to work with and around the amended schedule.  The Gospel lesson from last Sunday was direct and difficult.  Jesus spoke of his vineyard being taking away from the Pharisee and given to a people who would produce fruit for the Kingdom.
I preached on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, but the words of our Lord stuck with me.  While we can do nothing to earn the love, grace, forgiveness, and salvation of God- they are free gifts, given freely- we are still expected to respond through the actions of our lives to these gifts.  We are commanded to reflect the love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of Christ our Lord to the world around us… we are expected to produce fruit.  The gospel is meant to prick at our consciences and demands we take an inventory of our lives and see if we are indeed bearing the fruit of God’s love for us.  So the reflection for the week is in what ways does your life bear fruit worthy of God’s Kingdom? In what ways do you reflect God’s love to the world around you?  We are the keepers of the vineyard of God’s Kingdom, and with that we have an obligation to tend that vineyard and share the bounty with the world.
See you all around the parish,
Jeff+

MEN’S NIGHT OUT – TOMORROW EVENING


Ladies of St. John’s,

Don’t you need a night out? Let’s get together! Each third Thursday of the month the ladies of the church are meeting to dine, fellowship, and perhaps learn something from each other. The first one will be Thursday October 19th at 6pm in the parish hall. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert and something you would like to sip on and let’s have some fun and fellowship together! See you there!



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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To all the men who attended the 2nd Tuesday Men’s Breakfast.  See you next month!
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 237,513 $ 259,354 $ 21,841
Plate $   31,668 $  42,582 $ 10,914
Total $ 316,845 $ 359,519 $ 42,674
Expenses $ 365,167 $ 358,773 $  6,394
Total  $ 48,322 $ 746 $ 49,068
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
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“But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.”(Jonah 3.8)
In the book of the Prophet Jonah, a strange thing occurs- The King of Nineveh proclaims a fast that unto which even the animals must adhere… he goes farther and clothes them all with sackcloth and ashes.  Many people often chuckle at the thought of covering the cats and dogs and sheep and cows with ashes and sackcloth… it seems ridiculous and illogical.  But for the King of Nineveh, it was the greatest sign he could show to the Almighty that he was serious, and so he commanded a fast and signs of repentance be shown to all living things within his command.
There are numerus stories… too many to number in the record of Holy Scripture where folks take action to show God they are serious… Abraham gives tithes of the spoils of war in Thanksgiving… offers up Isaac, and on and on and on.
I often wonder if in our own time, the idea of showing God our thanks… showing God we are serious, is a lost art.  I wonder because perusing through the history of Christian commentary, it is only in the last generation that anyone thought to laugh at the King of Nineveh… it is arguable that only recently, the actions of that king became fodder for humor.  Time and history have viewed his actions as one of the greatest acts of repentance the world has ever known, and our generation views him as laughable.
The faith we have shows through in our actions.  The thanksgiving and awe we hold in our hearts for Jesus show through in the actions of our lives… in things like works of mercy, living lives of virtue, our love and care for others… and specifically in worship and alms giving.
While many folks believe the worship of the Church exist for the benefit of the worshiper, it is in truth the other way around… the worship of the Church exists as an act of faith from the faithful offering praise and gifts to God.  When we come to worship, it is an act of faith and belief in God… and in worship we offer God our love, thanksgiving, and the fruit of our labours in the same way the king of Nineveh did… albeit to a much lesser extent.
Do not be fooled by the laughter of the world… or by the voices that proclaim the king of Nineveh a fool… if we do not make the efforts to show God we are serious, and that we are thankful in tangible ways, our faith will suffer and wilt away- if you think I am off base or wrong, try doing nothing to show your family and friends you love them and see what the lack of action and effort yields.
On other fronts, our Children’s Prayer Partner program is a very long way from having enough adults to begin, so please consider you involvement and take an interest in the children of the parish.
And as always, please pray for the victims and families of those effected by the shooting in Las Vegas, and by the natural disasters around the world, not forgetting the souls of the departed.  May they Rest in Peace.
See you all around the parish,
Jeffrey+


Blessing of the Pets Sunday, !
Sunday, October 8th at 4:00pm

Sunday, October 8, at 2:00pm. we will once again celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi by hosting the annual Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn of the parish grounds.  The Blessing of the Animals is a wonderful rite that acknowledges the love we have for our animals and the love God has for all His creation.  During the service Fr. Jeff will lead us in prayer and then offer each animal present an individual blessing.  One of St. John’s outreach ministries is helping to support the Animal Rescue League; we will take up offerings of pet food and also monetary donations to support the spay and neuter efforts of the ARL.



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!

HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION
NEEDS YOUR HELP
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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To Lori Burson, Wendy Herring and Gina Gatewood for their help with the parish dinner.
  • To everyone who brought stuffed animals to give to the Laurel Police Department for children involved in traumatic situations.  The Officers were thrilled with our donation!
A remembrance of our EYC pilgrimage to Santiago.
Report of the Treasurer
Actual Budget Diff
Pledges $ 230,826 $ 253,050 $ 22,224
Plate $   30,516 $  41,547 $ 11,031
Total $ 308,782 $ 350,945 $ 42,163
Expenses $ 358,014 $ 350,285 $  7,729
Total  $ 49,232 $ 660 $ 49,892
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
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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!
Jeffrey+



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 celestevial@comcast.net 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.


HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION
NEEDS YOUR HELP
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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

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
office@stjohnslaurel.com
http://stjohnslaurel.com
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
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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. 
Saint Johns Episcopal Church
541 North 5th Ave./ P.O. Box 1766
Laurel, MS 39441
office@stjohnslaurel.com
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Liturgical Exploration Workshop

Sign up for the Liturgical Workshop!!
Greetings people of Saint John’s!  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!
The weekend will kick off with an Evensong celebration with Organ Concert at 6:00 on Friday, September 8th followed by a Newcomers Ice Cream Social.  Our Newcomers Ice Cream Social is open to all who have recently begun attending St. John’s ANDthose 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 right here!Saturday, September 9th Liturgical Exploration Workshops
Lector Training (Reading in the Church Service) – Katrina Cox 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.Usher Training – 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.  We will discuss timeliness, greeting visitors and protocols of shutting down the church as well as security of the church proper.  As our Sunday services evolve and change, it is important that we meet as a group to discuss the changes in the duties and expectation.  We are always looking for new volunteers who can serve our parish on Sunday mornings and for special services.

Altar Guild – The Altar Guild is delighted to offer two sessions. In the first session, current altar guild members have the opportunity to glean from Father Jeff any and all questions that may be looming regarding the procedures, items, history and/or theory behind the altar guild and its current position and responsibility in our church.
In the second hour, the current altar guild warmly invites anyone who may be interested in serving or simply learning more about what we do and how we serve in the church, and give a complete and thorough run through of all the roles we play from setting up the Eucharist for services, to weddings and funerals and baptisms. The altar guild hopes that our youth will be interested in helping out as well!

Writing the Church’s Song:  An introduction to Hymn-writing – Do you enjoy writing poetry?  Have you ever wondered how a hymn is conceived and then paired with the appropriate tune?  Join Organist-Choirmaster Derrick Meador at the 10 o’clock hour on Saturday, September 9th to take a closer look at The Hymnal 1982 and learn to compose your own hymns.  We will have a tremendous amount of fun selecting hymn tunes and singing your new hymns.  Anyone can do it!

An Introduction to the Anglican Musical Tradition – Please consider joining Organist-Choirmaster Derrick Meador for a historical overview of musical traditions associated with the Anglican Church worldwide.  We will discuss British traditions from the time of the Reformation through modern times in United Kingdom and America.  We will also take a closer look at different service types found in The Book of Common Prayer and The Book of Occasional Services.

Acolyte Training
Junior Acolyte Training – 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 on 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!
Senior Acolyte Training – This class is designed for youth who have been confirmed.  Mrs. Pat Baily and Fr. Jeff will lay a foundation for service while honing skills and helping standardize practices.
Back to Church Brunch
You are invited to join us Sunday morning, September 10th as we continue Back to Church weekend with a Brunch in the parish hall beginning at 9:00am.  The idea behind the brunch is to give us all an opportunity to share a meal as a parish family… and to make it that much easier to give Sunday school a try if you haven’t.  We are blessed with tremendous talent in our Sunday school teachers!  In our modern world, there are very few places to learn, shape and practice the Christian faith, so things like Sunday School are becoming ever more important.
Invite and encourage those who have fallen out of the habit to come back to Church… invite those who may not have a church home to come and see what we have to offer as a family of faith.  We have meaningful Liturgies, outstanding education, and warm and welcoming fellowship in a shared meal and conversation.

 

Notes From Patmos

Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
A very happy Wednesday to one and all!

In the blink of an eye, summer is over, and the parish is ramping back up for a new academic year.  Last Sunday, the choir returned, and we were joined by special guest and friend of the parish, Mr. James Carr, of the Staatsoper Berlin- whose Offertory anthem brought several to tears and made us all want to stand up and cheer.  It is a special and rare treat to have such a talented, dynamic and lovely choir, and the best part is that they are back for the Fall!!! Yay!!!!
This Sunday, August 13th we begin Sunday School for all ages.  Our teachers are ready and excited, the classrooms prepared to welcome the kids back, and we are really excited and ready to see all of the young and smiling faces once again!  We have new lesson plans for the younger students, and for our Jr./Sr. high class Melanie Follis has an exciting and timely study entitled “#Stuggles” which examines the struggles of a faithful life in a social-media drenched world.  The tagline from the study “following Jesus in a selfie-Centered world.”  Parents, get your children out of bed and down to the parish this Sunday morning!
My adult Sunday School continues on without fail. Each and every Sunday we present and discuss the lessons that are read in Church.  I’ve been at that for over nine years now, and while people come and go, and there is always something new to be learned, I think it might be helpful to branch out a bit as well.  Some topics that folks have asked for are things like navigating social media, relationships, and personal spirituality.  Let me know if there is something you would like to explore in the adult class and we can try and make it happen!
Finally, we have started a new endeavor on social media.  Saint John’s Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/stjohnslaurel/
and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saintjohnslaurel
are going to be updated throughout each week with bits of information and the symbols found on our building and unique things to our parish.  So, keep your eyes peeled.
See you all this Sunday for the start of Sunday School!!!
Jeff+
Wednesday after the Feast of the Transfiguration MMXVII



Marymas & Blessing of Backpacks

The Feast of Saint Mary (Marymas),  Wednesday evening, August 16th at 5:30pm. This is our annual ‘back to school mass’ wherein we bless the children, their backpacks ALL teachers, (including our Sunday School teachers), local schools and bless medallions for the children to affix to their backpacks   After the mass we will gather for a parish dinner in which the men of the parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and all the ‘fixings’.  This evening is a great way to begin a new school year and to ‘catch up’ with friends old and new after our summer adventures and travels.  (Nursery will be provided).


The Chronicles of the EYC Pilgrims 

The EYC has released their latest video which chronicles their pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain and the tomb of Saint James.  Check it out here 



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 Groups are Forming NOW
Sign up here!

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 Sunday School News
This Sunday our regular programming begins!  We are excited to welcome Elizabeth Toche, Joanna Kairdolf, Allison Albritton and Daphne Johnson to our group of teachers!  These ladies will be team teaching the K/3 – K/5 class.  Welcome aboard ladies!!  Sunday School begins at 9:30 and you are invited to join us early for coffee and doughnuts.


Delegates Needed for Annual Council
Each year the Vestry of Saint John’s has to elect folks to represent our parish, and nominations are now open for next year’s council- so if you would like to represent our parish, please contact the parish office or let a vestryman know you would like to be considered.  Next year’s council will be held at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS, beginning on Friday, January 26, 2018 and concluding on Sunday, January 28th.

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:  http://stjohnslaurel.com/?page_id=2037

A Tip O’ The Biretta
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 180,009 $201,719 $ 21,710(89%)
Plate $24,544 $ 33,120 $  8,576(74%)
Other $43,934 $ 46,292 $ 2,358(100%)
Total $ 248,487 $281,131 $ 32,644(88%)
Expenses $290,302 $ 281,170 $  9,132(102%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 41,815 $ 39 $ 41,776
(10,721%)
Liturgical Links
Ministry Schedule
This Sunday’s Readings
Add/remove to prayerlist
Get Connected
Signup for Text Messages
Add/edit Contact Info

What donation is for
Pledge Payment Seasonal Flowers Flowers for Altar EYC Choir Rector’s Discretionary Fund Building Fund other

  
     

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!
Attitude is everything…

We all have chores and responsibilities in our lives.  One of my weekly choirs is mowing my lawn. My lawn is not a large palatial greensward that takes hours of maintenance, in fact, I can mow, blow and weed eat in about an hour.  I say all of this to point out the fact that it is not overwhelming or particularly arduous, but yet, it is a thing that I wrestle with from time to time.  There are some weeks in which the completion of the chore finds me very angry, and others find me with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.  That is to say, that by the end of the lawn mowing, there are times that I am mad at the world, and other times it is well with my soul.
And that difference has everything to do with attitude… with my state of being.  After so many years, you would think this would not surprise me, but yet it does time and time again.  Our attitudes have a tremendous amount of influence over us. Our attitude towards things can make them feel rewarding and life-giving, or crush us with bitterness, anger and jealousy.  For the Christian, our attitudes have everything to do with virtue.  Virtues are things like humility, charity, patience, kindness, persistence and the like.  When I get out of sorts with an activity such as mowing the lawn, it is a good bet that I am lacking in virtue.  The most tried and true manner to reclaim virtue is prayer, prayer and then prayer through our actions.  The most fitting prayer is one of thanksgiving- taking an inventory of your blessing and things for which you are thankful, and then offering that to God.  Or taking inventory of your kindness to others- how have you been charitable, or kind to others, and how have you not… in what ways have others shown you kindness and charity?  It’s always a good idea to go through this exercise and it is essential to our health, well-being and spiritual life.  When you find the everyday things making you angry, bitter or jealous, maybe its not those everyday things… maybe it is you.  The grass is there week after week, my attitude determines how green it appears.
See you around the parish,
Jeffrey+



Marymas & Blessing of Backpacks

The Feast of Saint Mary (Marymas),  Wednesday evening, August 16th at 5:30pm. This is our annual ‘back to school mass’ wherein we bless the children, their backpacks ALL teachers, (including our Sunday School teachers), local schools and bless medallions for the children to affix to their backpacks   After the mass we will gather for a parish dinner in which the men of the parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and all the ‘fixings’.  This evening is a great way to begin a new school year and to ‘catch up’ with friends old and new after our summer adventures and travels.  (Nursery will be provided).


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 Groups are Forming NOW
Sign up here!

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 Sunday School News
This Sunday our One Classroom Children’s Sunday School programming continues with exciting lessons planned with stories, activities and crafts and we would love your children to be a part!  Sunday School begins at 9:30 and you are invited to join us early for coffee and doughnuts.


Delegates Needed for Annual Council
Each year the Vestry of Saint John’s has to elect folks to represent our parish, and nominations are now open for next year’s council- so if you would like to represent our parish, please contact the parish office or let a vestryman know you would like to be considered.  Next year’s council will be held at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS, beginning on Friday, January 26, 2018 and concluding on Sunday, January 28th.

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.

Liturgical Arts Conference
Gray Center
November 10 – 15, 2017

Come away to relax and renew while taking classes in Iconography, Vestment Making, Praying the Rosary, Mandalas, Walking the Labyrinth, Needlepoint, Congregational Song, Flowers, Children in Worship, Prayer Shawls, and Stations of the Cross. More information can be found at www.liturgicalartsconference.com.



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
  • To Maranda McLaughlin, Heath Ginn and Pam Oglesby for teaching our One Classroom Children’s Sunday School during the summer.
For the Year Actual Budget Over/Under
Income
Pledges $ 168,141 $190,012 $ 21,871(88%)
Plate $27,515 $ 31,198 $  3,683(89%)
Other $43,708 $ 43,998 $  290(99%)
Total $ 239,364 $265,208 $ 25,844(90%)
Expenses $271,607 $ 265,407 $  6,200(102%)
BUDGET TOTALS $ 32,243 $ 199 $ 32,044
(16,202%)
Liturgical Links
Ministry Schedule
This Sunday’s Readings
Add/remove to prayerlist
Get Connected
Signup for Text Messages
Add/edit Contact Info

What donation is for
Pledge Payment Seasonal Flowers Flowers for Altar EYC Choir Rector’s Discretionary Fund Building Fund other

  
     

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.