Notes from Patmos…Hot off the press!
Last Sunday’s youth, baccalaureate and mother’s day celebrations was a thing to behold!  Josh Flowers did a suburb job preaching, our youth showed their leadership skills and talents leading the congregation and Mother’s Day was lovely, as always.  A tip of the Biretta to all those who took part to make the day very special indeed.
This Sunday sees our annual parish picnic, which will take place on the parish lawn and feature a Jazz ensemble and choir providing the sacred music. The Men’s Guild are cooking for us, and several of the faithful are bringing side dishes.  There are a few things to be aware of:

  1. The 8:00am mass remains unaltered and will be said as normal.  The Jazz mass starts at 10:00am.
  2. If you are able, please bring a lawn chair- we are going to set out chairs for those who cannot or do not have chairs, but we are expecting the faithful to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the day.
  3. In case of rain we will move into the Church for the mass and then to the parish hall for our picnic lunch.
  4. At the service, we will honour our Sunday School teachers- please be sure to thank them for their efforts.

I leave you all with a tip O’ the Birretta- this past week we had to replace the air conditioners in the nursery and have some major work done on the HVAC unit that cools the kitchen area of the parish house. And for the first time in my ten years here, we did not have to beg, borrow and steal to have the work done!!!  You all have been doing a tremendous job in your giving to the parish this year!!!!  I cannot tell you what it means to me not to have to be daily worried about where money will come from to handle items in our budget.  So know that your faith and efforts have not gone unnoticed by your vestry, priest and treasurer.  Chapeau!
I’m very much looking forward to this Sunday!  And I hope you are too.
In Christ our Lord,

Buy a Saint John’s tumbler!
The Altar Guild is comprised of a group of individual who are in the service of the Altar and who serve at the pleasure of the priest.  The “normal” care and replacement of altar items are included in our annual budget each year.   Yet, there are special “extras” that may not be in the budget and as a group the Altar Guild would love to be able to provide for the church in special ways.
With this in mind, The Altar Guild is selling stainless steel tumblers as a fund-raiser.  These high quality mugs are perfect for outdoor activities and travel.  Color engraved with Saint John’s Episcopal Church, the Episcopal flag and Laurel, Mississippi they are selling for $25.00 each.   Contact any of the Altar Guild members or the church office while supplies last.  Supply is limited.
Make checks payable to:    SAINT JOHN’S ALTAR GUILD

Lauren Rogers Museum Offering Art in the Annex
The museum is offering Art in the Annex on the first and third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and it’s free and just for the fun of it. A still life set up is provided to draw or paint, without instruction, using materials brought from home. High school age students and adults from St. John’s Church are welcome. Participants need to call Elizabeth Patterson at the museum, 601-649-6374, to register before attending.

Upcoming at St. John’s
Pentecost Jazz Mass – Sunday, May 20th at 10:00am
Downtown Church’s Vacation Bible School @ First Methodist – June 18 – 22


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.

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.

A Tip O’ The Biretta
  • To our high school graduates:  Mary-Abigail Elizabeth Bankson, Joshua Christian Flowers and Garrett Conner Herring as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
  • To the Youth of St. John’s for the tremendous job they did leading all aspects of worship and Christian Education on Youth Sunday.
Last week’s Collection- $ 5,109

For Year Actual Budget Diff
Received  $ 168,740  $ 175,688  $ 6,948
Spent $ 168,320  $  171,510 $    3,190
Net  $   420  $   4,178 $   3,758
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
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601.422.7388 Mobile
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