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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,
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:

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
601.428.7252 Office
601.422.7388 Mobile
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