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This Sunday (May 24, 2015) at St. Johns – Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday is Pentecost – Remember to wear red to church!

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect for PentecostBook of Common Prayer, p. 227

This Sunday is Pentecost, 50 days after Easter, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church.  I will wear my stole and chasuble that I wore when I was ordained to the priesthood in 2013. The symbol on these vestments is a Jerusalem Cross, which our Collect references –  ” Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth….”

The large cross represents Jerusalem, which is the center of our faith story.  In fact, when I visited England, I saw a Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral.  This map of the world was made in 1300 and Jerusalem was considered the center of the world.

My children vesting me at my ordination, July 27, 2013. Symbol is The Jerusalem Cross.

My children vesting me at my ordination, July 27, 2013. Symbol is The Jerusalem Cross.

The four smaller crosses represent the four corners of the world.

From Jerusalem, site of the Pentecost, to the four corners of the world, we are to spread the Gospel…the Good News…the love of Jesus Christ…the joy of following Jesus.

Blessings as you finish your week!

Love, Rebecca+

Schedule: Rebecca will be in Corbin Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday is a holiday and her Sabbath will be Tuesday and Friday. You may leave a message for Rebecca by calling the church office at 606-528- 1659 or at priest-in-charge@stjohnscorbin.org.

Adult Forum:This Sunday we begin a summer series on the Gospel of John.

Al-Anon Family Group: An Al-Anon Family Group will meet in St. John’s Parish Hall on Tuesdays from 7-8pm.

Work Day: A Parish work day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 30 starting at 9:00am. There are several areas of concern to be addressed, such as such as mulching, lattice-work around the amphitheater, and caulking the windows. Please let Billy Hibbitts know that you are available and willing to help. You may also come by and take your Prevention of Sexual Misconduct (POSM) training if needed.

Fun, fun, fun: The next Family Game Night is May 22nd, from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Parish Hall. Bring your favorite games, snacks, and drinks. Pizza will be provided.

United Thank Offering: The ingathering for United Thank Offering was May 17. Remember to bring your thank offering boxes AND pick up another one for the fall ingathering. A thank offering box is a great way to give thanks and gratitude each day. When combined with thousands of others, it supports wonderful projects in The Episcopal Church.

Grow Appalachia: The Grow Appalachia committee will meet Thursdays evenings at 6pm through the month of May.

Pot Luck Sunday: Sunday May 31 is our monthly pot luck. We will also be having the first stage of the celebration of the Rev. Rebecca Myers ministry at St. John’s.

Testament of a Naked Man: Good News According to Mark.  Monday, June 1, 6-8pm, A performance of the Gospel of Mark by The Rev. Dr. Angus Stewart. For more information, see  http://stjohnscorbin.org/?p=155433

The Good Goodbye: The Rev. Rebecca Myers’ last Sunday will be June 7. Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin will be present on behalf of the diocesan leadership to lead us in a Litany of Leave-taking.

2015 Goals: The Vestry has adopted the following goals for 2015, in line with our recently adopted Mission Statement; Proclaiming the Gospel, promoting justice, and preparing a diverse community of seekers to reflect the welcoming love of Christ:

  •  Support Al-Anon group meeting at the Church.
  •  List St. John’s Church on the Integrity and Believe Out Loud websites as an open and welcoming church, especially for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning.
  •  Remodel space for use as a sacristy.
  •  Repurpose the parlor.
  •  Serve as a site for the KCEOC Summer Lunch program for youth ages 18 and under.

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