This Sunday (June 29) at St. John’s

How long, O LORD?
will you forget me for ever? *
how long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1

The Psalms are wonderful because they express the range of human emotions, especially in our faith life.  In addition, they are old…over 2,000 years old.  They are ancient writings, yet still so accessible to us today…so universally understood.

Do you have those days or times in your life when God seems absent?  The times when you just can’t seem to find God?  They are tough times, aren’t they?  And they can seem to go on forever.  What do we do?

Well, even when your faith is low, remember there is a community praying for you and thinking of you.  Rely on the church community.  Others’ faith can carry you through.  Also, keep doing those things you have been taught good Christians do.  Continue to follow Jesus’ teaching.  Continue to pray however you can.  Continue to be with the community of Christ.

The end of the Psalm contains words of hope.  Even in our despair.  Even when we feel God has abandoned us, we keep acting in faith on the promises of God’s love.

Blessings as you finish your week!

Love, Rebecca+

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Rebecca’s Schedule: Next week, I will be in Corbin on Thursday, July 3, and my Sabbath day will be Saturday, July 5.  You can get a message to me by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or

This Sunday we commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month: The altar frontal and candles are in the rainbow colors of LGBT pride – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.  June is Pride month.  The month was chosen because of the June 28, 1969 historic Stonewall uprising in New York City.  Our liturgy today reminds us of the diversity within our Episcopal Church.

The parking lot was sealed and repainted last week.  Did you notice?  Thanks to Donna Goff for paying for this to be done and to Michael Goff who did the work!

Thanks to everyone who assisted with Wednesdays in the Park, especially hot dog griller, Elmer Parlier!  We had a variety of programs thanks to Knox County Extension, Doug Thelen, and Ken Phillips.

Lunch for kids this summer.  The church park is a feeding site for KCEOC’s summer child lunch program.  A truck distributes lunch from 11:20-11:35am, Monday through Friday to children 18 and under.  Thanks to all of the church members who distributed door flyers last Sunday and to Anne Day Davis for creating and printing them.  We’ve had 4-5 young people each day our first week.  Continue to get the word out.  KCEOC would like 10-15 children each day.

Pot Luck Sunday: This Sunday is our monthly pot luck.  All are welcome.  Stay and enjoy the food and fellowship.

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 – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.

United Thank Offering (UTO): is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Our ingathering of your UTO offerings will be today.  The UTO Boxes will be gathered and brought forward with the offering.

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 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.
  • KCEOC’s Women’s Emergency Shelter is in need of donated baby items, including baby clothing (sizes 6/9 months), diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.  Donations can be dropped off at KCEOC Community Action Partnership main office at Gray, KY.
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