January 16 service Zoom only

The January 16 Christian Formation gathering and service of Morning Prayer has been transitioned to Zoom only because of inclement weather. You may join the service with the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84383934476?pwd=bFAzNUpCSWY1c0dNakFCcEJWTUxyZz09

Christian Formation will begin at 10:00 am and the service of Morning Prayer will begin at 11:00 am.

Longest Night Worship Service

As we are all painfully aware, the Covid pandemic has claimed the lives of all too many of our members and the community at large.  In response, Baptist Health Corbin is inviting the families of those who have died at the hospital, the staff, and local congregations to join in worship. 

Longest Night Community Worship 

A service of light amid the darkness; where those who struggle this holiday season may find comfort and hope.

Hosted by Baptist Health Corbin with ecumenical partners in ministry, Tuesday, December 21st at 7:00 pm in the Hospital Cafeteria.

Some may prefer to join virtually on Zoom at https://bhsi.zoom.us/j/5042974414

Christmas Services

The Advent season is drawing to a close and the preparations for Christmas are in full swing. The following is the schedule of services for the Christmas holidays:

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist (Communion): 6:00 pm Friday, December 24

Christmas Day Morning Prayer: 9:00 am Saturday, December 25

First Sunday after Christmas: A Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist – 11:00 am Sunday, December 26

New Zoom Links!

We are transitioning from a personal Zoom account to a Zoom account purchased and owned by St. John’s. Therefore we need to update the Zoom link for Sundays and Wednesdays.

The new Zoom link for Sundays is https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84383934476?pwd=bFAzNUpCSWY1c0dNakFCcEJWTUxyZz09

The new Zoom link for Wednesdays is https://us05web.zoom.us/j/87375002847?pwd=QXNvZGtYV1VBeDV0ZytSaXQ5TzZyUT09

These have been updated on the St. John’s website.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday in-person or in the Zoom stream.

Updates on Covid, Church Leadership, and our Annual Meeting

Greetings everyone,

I hope this message finds you healthy, happy, and vaccinated.  I wanted to send a note to everyone concerning some Covid19 (Coronavirus) updates, church leadership openings, and our annual meeting.

COVID Recommendations

           Recently there has been a spike in the infection rates which has put our surrounding counties in the “Red Zone” for increased spread risk.  With this, the worship team has recommended, and I have agreed, that for the safety of everyone that we restart the requirement to wear masks at our in person services. The diocese has also issued a statement recommending this processes to happen at all churches within the diocese, if possible.  We will have masks available should you forget to bring one with you. 

Church Leadership

                Are you called to serve as a leader in our church? Our congregation invites you to consider this question. We are seeking faithful leaders to help guide our church as we follow God’s call to “Be the Church and Be the Change.” We seek nominees for the following officers:

Vestry: 2 positions open (3-year term). 
            The vestry position helps in deciding the strategic direction of the church along with furthering our mission statement.  We typically meet monthly or online depending on the need.

Deputy: 4 Positions open; 2 alternates
             This position is for representation of St John’s at the diocesan annual meeting and the alternate is in case a deputy can’t attend.  The diocesan annual meeting is a great place to help make a difference through voting of various measures presented. 

Annual Meeting

                I would like to call our annual meeting to happen on Sunday August 15th.  Our fabulous volunteer and hardworking treasurer, Jeff Davis, has everything together to report on how St. John’s is doing financially.  Also our fabulous and hardworking team leaders have a lot to report on what their teams are doing at St. John’s.  So we need to gather to elect new leadership and discuss our current and future positions.   Typically we have annual meeting during a “potluck Sunday” but as things are changing rapidly with Covid rates in our area this will be somewhat fluid.  I will update once we have a definitive agenda planned.

Have a wonderful week and should you have any questions please let me know.

God Bless,

Eric Greer
Sr. Warden  

July 4 service

The July 4 service will be a service of morning prayer offered in-person only at 11:00 am at St. John’s.

Due to the persons who support the video service being out of town for the weekend, the Zoom/recorded service will not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Bishop’s Visitation June 20th

Bishop Mark Van Koevering will be making his annual visitation to St. John’s this Sunday, June 20. This is a traditional aspect of his oversight and role as chief pastor of the diocese. He will be leading the celebration of Holy Communion, preaching, and then available to talk with members of the congregation after the service.

A light lunch will be available for all who are able to join the bishop after the service. As we are still functioning under some of the COVID prevention procedures, it will NOT be a potluck. The current plan is to have some sub trays from Subway.

Pentecost Sunday, May 23!

Pentecost Flames and Dove

Sunday, May 23, is Pentecost Sunday. This major celebration of the church, which occurs fifty days after Easter (hence the “pente-” in pentecost!) commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Christ (Acts 2), empowering them to go out and preach the Gospel of the Resurrection of Christ to the ends of the earth.

This Sunday will be a celebration of Holy Eucharist (Communion) outside under the canopies at 11:00 am.

All are encouraged to wear red, which is the liturgical color for this celebration, as a reminder of the tongues as of flame (Acts 2:3) which appeared and hovered above the heads of Jesus’ followers.

Everyone is also invited to bring a picnic/sack lunch for after the service. While we cannot yet return to a buffet-style potluck, we can still gather and celebrate individual and family meals as a church community.

Worship Opportunities Update

This Sunday, May 16, morning prayer will be offered in-person and by Zoom video stream at 11:00 am. The service will be recorded and posted later in the day to Facebook.

Although the CDC has modified masking guidelines, the state of Kentucky still maintains a masking mandate. Additionally, masks are still mandated by the diocesan guidelines and our current local church guidelines. Even if the state were to relax masking guidance, we are still obligated to follow the instructions issued by Bishop Van Koevering. If and when Bishop Van Koevering issues revised guidance we at St. John’s will then re-evaluate our local COVID protection protocols.

Although we are making in-person worship available, every effort will be made also to make worship available by Zoom and by a posting later to Facebook of a recording of the worship service. This applies both to Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evenings.

This last weekend’s attempt to stream live to Facebook did not demonstrate satisfactory audio quality in either Facebook or Zoom, and for that I, Bruce, am sorry. For adequate audio at the moment, it is necessary to stream from a cell phone, but the cell phone Zoom application is not capable of streaming directly to Facebook. Please be patient as we experiment with ways to make worship opportunities available to everyone whether in person or at home.

Sunday, April 11, Morning Prayer in Person

This Sunday, April 11, the Morning Prayer service will be offered in-person outside. We will be gathering under the canopies again, but we will use the folding chairs from inside the church hall.

We will make the service available through the regular Zoom link available on the St. John’s website. However, we will not be making the service available on the Facebook feed. We plan to use music at the service and want to observe appropriate copyright restrictions on the music.