I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus…. I Corinthians 1:4
A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. On many Sunday afternoons, after everyone has gone home from church and the busyness of the day has subsided, I find myself in a state of gratitude. A blessed and joyous state of gratitude.
I think back over the morning and there are so many places of grace. There’s the rambling, but always interesting and challenging discussion at Adult Forum; the anticipation of seeing everyone show up, greet each other, and fellowship, even to the point where church doesn’t always start on time. There’s the sounds of the choir practicing. There’s the children telling me about their week and some new thing they’ve learned. There’s the blessing of our worship together. I look out and see your earnest faces. I look out and see the children, copying my motions during the Eucharistic prayer. And when you come forward, the way you hold out your hands for the bread of life is always a special moment.
So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to God for you, the parish of St. John’s, Corbin.
Blessings as you finish your week!
I am on vacation until Saturday. Next week, I will be in Corbin Tuesday and Wednesday. My sabbath days will be Monday, December 1, and Friday, December 5.
This Sunday we welcome Emily Cardwell to the pulpit. Emily is in the supervisory
part of discerning a call to ministry for the Diaconate. She has been supported in this process
by a discernment committee and her Vestry at St. John’s in Versailles, as well as by her husband,
Jeff and their three children – Leah, Quinn and Willa. She has been assigned to St. Agnes House
for her supervisory reflection, while also being given the opportunity to preach here in
Corbin. Emily is on the Pastoral Care team where her focus is prison ministry, and she finishes
up her third year as a Vestry member next month.
Advent Lessons and Carols, November 30, 4pm. Begin Advent with this special evening service of Scripture and hymns.
This week and during December, we’ll continue our discussion of The Thirty-Nine Articles,BCP 867-876. Come learn about this historic document, which guides our denomination. Are the Articles still relevant today? Join the discussion. There will be no Adult Forum on December 28.
In January through mid-February (Christmas and Epiphany), we will discuss the blessing of
same gender relationships. If you’d like to lead a session, please see Rebecca.
Wednesday Morning Eucharist
Weekday Morning Eucharist will be available Wednesday, December 3, 9am in the Sanctuary.
Chocolate Fest, Saturday, December 6, 9am – 3pm. Bring your donations to the church on Friday during the day. Also create an event on your Facebook page to invite your friends!
Two furnaces replaced, 1 more to go! The furnaces located in the sacristy and the parish hall have been replaced. Thanks so much to all who donated! Now we need to replace the furnace in the rectory. Cost is just under $1,700 for a furnace that will also be more energy efficient. Donations for the furnace can be put in the box on the table in the parlor.
The Vestry has voted to donate $25 each month to Everlasting Arm Homeless Shelter. If you’d like to contribute, put your donations in the collection box by the guest register or mark your donation and put it in the collection plate.
Rotary Club of Corbin is collecting 500 new winter coats, especially for boys and girls ages 3-9. Coats will be distributed at the Empty Stocking Fund party on December 22. If you’d like to donate a coat, bring it to church and give it to Rebecca.
You can also make a financial contribution to Empty Stocking Fund and give it to Rebecca.
A St. Nicholas Festival for children will be held on Saturday, December 6, 4:00pm, at Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington.
Join Rebecca at Mission House in Lexington for Eucharist and lunch on Tuesday, December 9, 11:30am. Break bread together and meet and visit with Diocesan Staff. A tour of St. Agnes’ House will also be held.
Donations for Christmas Flowers are being accepted until December 14. Donations can be made in Honor of, in Memory of or in Thanksgiving for a person or blessing. Envelopes are available in the parlor or put your offering in the plate marked, “Christmas Flowers.”
Decorate the church, Sunday, December 21, after church. Bring your lunch and stay after church on December 21 to help us decorate for Christmas.
You’ve heard about BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY. On DECEMBER 2, start your ADVENT with #GivingTuesday at http://bit.do/domain2014, a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving. From 12:00 am to 11:59 pm EDT, supporters of participating nonprofits like THE CATHEDRAL DOMAIN can go online to connect with causes they care about and make tax-deductible donations. All contributions from this campaign will be used to support the ministry of the Cathedral Domain. You can schedule your donation at any time and it will be processed on