This Sunday (January 12) at St. John’s

Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made.  The Collect for the Baptism of our Lord, pg 219, Book of Common Prayer

This Sunday we remember the baptism of Jesus and reaffirm our own baptismal vows.  The Collect for the Day asks God that we keep our baptismal covenant.  How many of us remember that covenant?  We hear the covenant a couple of times each year, but do we remember all that we have promised or all that we have obligated ourselves to?  Our baptismal covenant is found on pages 304-305 of the Book of Common Prayer.  In addition to the Apostles’ Creed, we are asked to do the following:

1.  Continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
2.  Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
3.  Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
4.  Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
5.  Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

How are you doing in living up to this covenant?  What can you do to build upon your efforts and strengthen them?

Looking forward to Sunday when we renew our covenant and remind ourselves of the life we’ve been called to live in our baptism.

Love, Rebecca

Next week, I will be in Corbin on Thursday, January 16 and my Sabbath day will be
Wednesday, January 15. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859 -429-1659 or

Annual Meeting Results
Congratulations to new Vestry members, Steve Gilbert and Doug Thelen.  Congratulations to convention delegates, Gay Nell Conley, Bruce Cory, John Harris and Billy Hibbitts.  Thank you for agreeing to serve.

Thanks and gratitude for outgoing Vestry members Donna Goff and Sue Weedman.

The parish passed the 2014 budget of $47,471.  Revenue will come from $6,500.00 plate; $37,800 pledges; and $3,171 special events.  The special events is a new category reflecting the Belk Charity Sale and the Chocolate Fest proceeds, as well as any other events we might decide to have over the year.  You can see a copy of the budget and Annual Meeting documents here:

Adult Forum – 10:00am
Lazarus at the Gate, a series on economic discipleship continues.  This week, John Harris leads us in a discussion on wealth as a blessing. Next week, Mary Swinford will lead us in a session on Wealth Must be Justly Distributed.

Godly Play – 10:00am:
There will be Godly Play classes this Sunday. If you are interested in assisting with these classes on an occasional basis, please let Anne Day Davis or Dura Anne Price know. You will observe the classes for 4 sessions and once you have received this training,you may be called upon to assist as you are available. Let the children deepen your faith!

Pot Luck Sunday, January 26. Bring a dish or drink to share. And all are welcome! Plan to fellowship with each other. The guests at Everlasting Arms will be joining us for worship and pot luck so bring lots of your favorite dish to share.

Southeast Kentucky Ministerial Alliance (SEKMA) unity service, February 2, 3pm, Parkway Church of God.  Plan to attend this service to celebrate the unity of the Christian church in our region.  The Williamsburg and Corbin associations have joined together and are celebrating with this service.

Confirmation Classes continue on Wednesdays at 4:30pm through February 12 (except for January 29). Classes are open to everyone. On January 15, we will look at the basic theological tenets of the Episcopal Church:  The Trinity and the Creeds.  Pages 845-853 of the Book of Common Prayer:  Outline of the Faith form the basis for the discussion.  See

2014 Church Calendars are available on the shelf in the parish hall. A donation of $2.00 is

Sunday, January 12
10:00am – Adult Forum and Godly Play
11:00am – Eucharist – Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ
12:30pm – Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, January 15
4:30pm – Daughters of the King
4:30pm – Confirmation Class
6:00pm – Worship

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.

Flowers for the altar: 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.

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