This Week (Sept. 20, 2015) at St. John’s

Draw nearer to God.Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)

Sometimes we feel that God has deserted us. We feel loneliness and isolation, wondering where God has gone. It is not, however, God who has distanced himself from us, but rather we who have distanced ourselves from God. James reminds us that if we draw closer to God that distance can be eliminated. What can you do this week to come closer to God?

News & Notes

Pastoral Needs: If a pastoral need arises, please call the church office at 606-528-1659 and leave a message. Voicemail messages will automatically be forwarded to a member of the vestry who can arrange pastoral care. You may also contact the senior warden, Bruce W. Cory, by phone at 440-227-0035 or by e-mail at

Next Sunday will be a service of Holy Eucharist.

Pot Luck Sunday: Next Sunday, September 27, is our monthly pot luck. Bring a dish or drink to share. And all are welcome! Plan to fellowship with each other. Our pot luck schedule shifts in October. The next pot luck will be October 18 when Bishop Doug Hahn visits.

Adult Forum: Each Sunday through July we continue a summer series on the Gospel of Mark.

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

Wednesday Fellowship: Gather at 6pm on Wednesday evenings for a service and fellowship.

Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmation – Bishop Doug Hahn will be visiting St. John’s on October 18. If you would like to be confirmed, received into full communion, or make a reaffirmation of your commitment, please see Bruce Cory. The next confirmation class will be Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm after the Wednesday evening prayer service. Topic: “What do Episcopalians believe?”

The vestry has voted to keep a supply of 5 $20.00 Kroger gift cards each month available to distribute to people who call for food or fuel assistance. If you would like to contribute toward this outreach, please mark your contribution as “Outreach”.

Serving Our Neighbors – See baskets in the parlor.

  • Everlasting Arms, 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.

God’s Pantry sponsors a senior food program through Corbin Presbyterian Church hat unloads, packs and distributes food to 312 low income seniors in our area. The truck load of food (about 10,000 pounds) arrives at the church on the 4th Monday (September 28) of each month about 10:00, and the cases of food are unloaded and stacked in the church fellowship hall. The next night (September 29) at 6:00 we get together and pack the food into 312 boxes. Then, Wednesday (September 30) from 9:00 to 12:30 is the great day when the seniors come to the church to pick up their food and we desperately need people who can carry the boxes to their cars. All of this is labor intensive, and requires some lifting on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday we pack the boxes in an assembly line. We are acutely aware that most people who can do this easily are working on Monday and Wednesday, but we would certainly welcome any help we can get!

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St. John’s Statement of Inclusion

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Corbin, KY, is a proudly inclusive Christian community. All members are encouraged to participate fully in the life and leadership of the church regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We believe all people are created by God to model the diversity in unity which is the Holy Trinity and we seek to live out that diversity in unity within the faith community.

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