I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1
At St. John’s, we LOVE our Hallelujahs. Yes, we do stop saying them during Lent, but we love saying them at the end of the service as we go out into the world.
Psalm 111, reminds us to praise God at all times and everywhere we go. Yes, our Sunday worship must have times where we joyfully and heartily praise God. What a blessing to be together with each other and to catch up. What a blessing to be worshiping God together and getting our “fuel” for the coming week. One of you has told me time and time again that when you don’t get to church, your week just doesn’t go right. So we praise God together.
And then we take that joy and praise out into the world. This doesn’t mean that everything will be a “bed of roses” and go smoothly, It just means that whatever we face, we know there’s a community of people loving us and sustaining us. It means that we are never alone and that we can help others through their joys and challenges.
Blessings as you finish your week!
Rebecca will be in Lexington this week, Monday through Thursday. Her Sabbath Day will be Friday, February 6. You can get a message to her by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, we are discussing the blessing of same gender relationships. This week, Rebecca will present some history and information on theology. Next week, Mary Swinford will lead a discussion on Civil and Canon Law.
On February 22, we begin a series on Appalachia. Professor Joseph Pearson, who teaches history at Union College, will speak about the race riots in Corbin.
We will observe African-American History month on Sunday, February 8. Our observance reminds us of the many ways the church worships each Sunday all around the world.
Grow Appalachia! We’ve received a grant for $4,530 for our community garden through Grow Appalachia. The Grow Appalachia website is http://www.berea.edu/grow-appalachia/ The Grow Appalachia Committee will meet Sunday, February 15, after church.
The Annual International Dinner will be held February 28, 7pm, London Community Center. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of London and Corbin, the proceeds of the dinner support the eradication of polio. Tickets are $25 each. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide of match of $100 for a purchase of 2 tickets. Tables of 8 are also available for $250. If you’d like to attend this fun event or if you’d like to provide food for it, please see Rebecca.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 17, 6:00 – 7:30pm. Come for this truly Episcopal tradition to end Epiphany and prepare for the start of Lent. Free Will donation.
Ash Wednesday Services will be held on February 18, at 9am and 7pm. Eucharist and imposition of ashes will occur at both services.
The Vestry is considering how best to use the space that is now our Parlor. Various ideas have included using the space as a welcome and information place, where information is available about St. John’s, our various ministries, and our members. Another idea is to have a prayer space with candles that can be lit for specific prayer intentions. If you have comments or other ideas, please see a member of Vestry or Rebecca.
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.
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.
Provide Flowers for the altar in honor or in memory of a loved one: Donations for flowers for the altar are accepted for any Sunday of the year. Please place your donation in the envelope, marking whether they are in honor of or in memory of someone.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email email@example.com.
United Thank Offering. Remember to get your box for your thank offerings for this ministry of The Episcopal Church. The next collection will be in the spring.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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