This Sunday (July 13) at St. John’s

Thus Esau despised his birthright.  Genesis 25:34

I’ve talked before about my grandmother being raised by a stepmother, who we called Cia.  Every afternoon, Cia made the girls in the family crochet with the small hooks and white crochet thread.  They made doilies and fine crochet work.  My grandmother’s sister, Mary, told me she would kick the thread under the couch because she hated to crochet.  My grandmother stuck with it and I have many beautiful things she made, including an amazing bedspread with a bird pattern on it.

My grandmother said it wasn’t always easy growing up with their stepmother.  About her brother and sisters’ behavior towards their stepmother, she said, “Our heads were little.  We didn’t understand.”

And Esau does not understand about his birthright.  He despises it and hold it of little value.  He sells it for a bowl of stew.  How many times in life do we take something or someone for granted?  How many times do we cast something aside of great value, because in the moment, it appears something else is more important?

My grandmother and her siblings took care of Cia throughout her life.  While times were rough early on, they eventually understood how fortunate they were to have their stepmother in their lives.

Blessings as you finish your week!

Love, Rebecca+

My grandmother's stepmother made her crochet every afternoon.  My grandmother made this bedspread prior to getting married!

My grandmother’s stepmother made her crochet every afternoon. My grandmother made this bedspread prior to getting married!


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Rebecca’s Schedule: Next week, I will be in Corbin on Thursday, July 17, and my Sabbath day will be Friday, July 18.  You can get a message to me by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or

Adult Forum: This summer and early fall, we will discuss a portion of the Gospel of Matthew.   We will follow our Gospel lectionary, discussing the following week’s Gospel.  This week, we’ll discuss Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.  Next week, we’ll discuss Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.

KCEOC Lunch Program:  The KCEOC Summer Youth Lunch Program is distributing lunch Monday through Friday, 11:20-11:35am in our parking lot.  Youth 18 and under are eligible for this free lunch.  Youth are enjoying sitting in our park eating their lunch.  Monday through Thursday is a cold lunch of sandwich, fruit or vegetable, juice, and milk.  Friday is a hot lunch.  Please continue to get the word out.

Corbin Alumni Concert: The Corbin Alumni Band will be performing in the park on Saturday, July 12th.  Bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of fellowship and music.

Gospel Jamboree 7th Birthday and Pig Roast:  Saturday, July 19, in the park 3pm – 9pm.  Come enjoy the music and the food!

DOK: Daughters of the King:meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm.  The next meeting is July 16.  Anne Day Davis will conclude her presentation on oils of the Bible

Diocese of Lexington Stewardship event: “Life as a Steward” is the theme of a daylong event designed to assist parish leaders enhance our ministry of stewardship. National stewardship leaders Keith Stroud of the Diocese of Virginia and Gene Musser of Kirby Smith Associates will be our guest leaders, and will guide us in presentations of theology of stewardship as well as practical aids for your parish stewardship program. This event will take place Saturday, August 2, from 9am to 3 pm at Ascension Frankfort.  For more information, including a flyer and registration form, click on the highlighted title of this paragraph.

Grow Appalachia:  The Vestry voted to move ahead with this project.  As we continue to work on this project, let the members of Vestry know your questions.  Their website is

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.


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