Sing to the LORD a new song; *
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.Psalm 149:1
Confirmation classes have begun. Bruce Cory and I have worked on a 5-session course for those wanting to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church. In the first session, we tell our spiritual autobiography. We share how we’ve come to St. John’s.
The session is so powerful. It is powerful to think about your own life in these terms and it is powerful to share that with others. I learn new things about my own life, both from looking at my story and also by hearing others’ stories.
There were a couple of things I found exciting from our recent sessions. I was reminded how much of our spiritual journeys require others to support us and to teach us. In addition, I heard how our search and longing for God is something we are born with. I heard over and over how friendly, warm and welcoming St. John’s is and how much that means to people.
And with these new members, we will sing a new song. Their faith and who they are will shape the song we will sing to the Lord.
Blessings as you finish your week!
Rebecca’s Schedule: Rebecca will be at St. Agnes’ House this week, Monday through Thursday. Her Sabbath Day(s) will be Friday, September 12. You can get a message to her by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or email@example.com.
Adult Forum: The Adult Forum is reviewing and discussing the 39 Articles of Faith, pages 867-876 in the Book of Common Prayer through September 28.
Godly Play offered for children. All children are invited to participate in this special program of spiritual development.
St. Philip’s, Harrodsburg, requests our prayers and presence at the service of Celebration of a New Ministry for the Reverend Peter Doddema as Rector, Sunday, September 7, 4pm.
Godly Play Teachers needed. Godly Play teachers are needed. Training is provided. This is a wonderful program of spiritual development for children and we’d like to keep it going in the parish. Please let Rebecca know if you are willing to be trained and serve as a teacher for a period of approximately 1 month.
Daughters of the King meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm. The next meeting is September 17. If you have special prayer requests or would like to join this prayer ministry, please contact Shelia Phillips.
Some men of the parish are discussing forming a chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. To learn more about the Brotherhood, speak to Bruce Cory. You can also learn more from http://www.brotherhoodofstandrew.org/about.php
Interested in being a member of St. John’s? If you have been baptized in another faith tradition, and want to be a member of The Episcopal Church and St. John’s Church, plan to attend confirmation classes this fall. There will be 5 classes offered Wednesday evenings September 3, 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 6:30-7:30pm. If you are interested, please let Rebecca know. If you have already been confirmed in another faith tradition and would like to be a member of St. John’s, let Rebecca know, so you can be received into the church. If you are interested in baptism, also let her know. Baptisms, receptions, and confirmations will be done when the Bishop visits on October 19.
Confirmation classes are being held every Wednesday through October 1 from 6:30-8pm. All are invited. This week’s session will be theological tenets of the church.
Computer and Furnace Needed: The furnace located in the sacristy, which heats part of the social hall and hallways must be replaced prior to this winter. Cost is $2,250 for a furnace that will also be more energy efficient. We’ll also need to replace two more furnaces over the next two years: one that heats the parish hall and one that heats the rectory. Our computer also needs replaced and $600 will get us a new one plus the needed software. Donations for these two items can be put in the boxes back on the shelves in the parish hall.
Columbarium Niche: The Vestry has voted to donate a niche in the Columbarium to the family of Deacon Dane. A bronze plaque needs to be purchased to mark the niche. The cost is $208. If you would like to donate to the cost of this plaque, please let Gay Nell know.
Grow Appalachia! The Vestry has voted to move ahead to become a Grow Appalachia site for 2015. Please talk to the Vestry about your ideas, questions, and concerns. The Grow Appalachia website is http://www.berea.edu/grow-appalachia/
The Grow Appalachia Committee will meet after church on Sunday, September 7.
Flowers for the altar: Donations for flowers for the altar are accepted for any Sunday of the year. Please place your donation in the envelope, marking whether they are in honor of or in memory of someone.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Thank Offering. Remember to get your box for your thank offerings for this ministry of The Episcopal Church. The next collection will be in the fall.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or email@example.com.
We will celebrate Latino/Latina Heritage Month at our service on September 28. If you’d like to read one of the lessons, please see me. In preparation, you can practice the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish:
Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo,
santificado sea tu Nombre,
venga tu reino,
hágase tu voluntad,
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día.
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
como también nosotros perdonamos
a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en tentación
y líbranos del mal.
Porque tuyo es el reino,
tuyo es el poder,
y tuya es la gloria,
ahora y por siempre. Amén.
Serving Our Neighbors – See baskets in the parlor.
- Everlasting Arm, Corbin’s shelter for people who are homeless, is in need of men’s and women’s razors, gloves, deodorant and socks.
- The Food Pantry at Corbin Presbyterian Church is always in need of nonperishable food items. Vegetables are especially appreciated.