A happy Wednesday to one and all!

I hope all who are traveling are safe and all who aren’t are happy.  Our youth group is at the mid-point of their summer mission trip, and they are having a great time!  If you want to keep up with them, go to the Facebook Fan page and take a look…you can follow them on our Twitter page.  Please keep them all in your prayers as they work as a group to come closer to God and one another.

Around the parish we are getting ready for the start of the Fall programming- the Liturgical Conference, Back to Church Sunday, and the start of many educational and formational opportunities.  Please be sure to check the save the date portion of Notes or your Sunday Bulletin.

Yesterday morning, Paul Lee, our Organist/Choirmaster tendered his resignation after accepting a call to a prestigious parish ‘out west’.  He has been with us for over ten years- providing the highest quality in music, leadership and lending a very creative spirit to our parish.  He will most certainly be missed, and we wish him the best.

On Sunday, August 14th, we will have a special evensong and reception to celebrate his time with us and send him off in true Saint John’s style.  Please mark your calendars and join us to bid an old friend good-bye.  Paul has asked me to include a note from him and so I will leave you with his words.
God bless

Mr. Paul Lee
Saint John’s Episcopal Church
Laurel, MS

Dear Parish Family,

After a lengthy discernment process I have accepted the call to become Director of Music Ministries at Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Scottsdale, Arizona. My last Sunday at St. John’s will be August 14, 2011.

Our eleven years together have been extremely fruitful and I will miss being with you on a weekly basis. Leaving you will create a great void in my life and I covet your prayers as I begin this new chapter.

Under the leadership of Fr. Reich, this is one of the healthiest times that I have seen in this parish. I know you will continue to build for the kingdom of God and minister to each other and the people of this community in a great way through the spoken word, liturgy and song.

This is home and I hope to drop in from time to time and I invite you to make a desert pilgrimage and experience our life in Scottsdale. I will hold each of you and this parish constantly in my prayers. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives especially sharing the gift of music.

Warmest regards,

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