“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:27-31
Are you as exasperated as I am when you read this passage of Luke? Do you want to sit down and tell Jesus how wrong he is? Love your enemies! Seriously, Jesus, don’t you know what they’ve done and what they could do? Give to everyone who begs from you! I know I’ve lived in cities where I get very tired of people who come up asking me for money.
Yes, following Jesus challenges so many ideas about how to live life. Jesus continually reverses much of what we believe about life. Riches can be problematic and keep us from our relationship from God. Jesus is saying when we follow him, we have a relationship and sense of living that provides a power, focus and purpose that no one can take away. We can be generous and peaceful. We can do good to those who hate us. We can bless those who curse us. We can offer the other cheek when we are struck.
Blessings as you finish your week!
Standard Time Begins Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night.
All Saints’ Day – This Sunday, November 3, we celebrate All Saints’ Day. We remember all of the faithful of the church…those of us living now and all of those who have died. During the Prayers of the People, we will read the names of those who have died.
Here is a link to the bulletin: Bulletin 11-03-2013
Adult Forum – Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation by The Rev. Stephanie Spellers is the focus of our Adult Forum through November 24. John Ira Harris will lead our session this Sunday on “How Radical is Your Welcome?”
Godly Play classes are available for children. If you can assist, please let Anne Day and Dura Anne know.
Please prayerfully consider how you will financially contribute to the work of St. John’s Church in 2014. Complete a pledge card today and place it in the offering plate. Receiving pledges by this Sunday, November 3 will assist with our planning for 2014.
This Week at St. John’s:
- Wednesday, November 6: 6pm Wednesday worship
- Saturday, November 9:
- 6-10am – Belk Charity Sale
- 9:30am – 3:00pm – Ministry Fair – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Winchester
- Sunday, November 10: 10am – Adult Forum and Godly Play; 11am – Worship – Guest Preacher and Honoring our Veterans
We will honor our Veterans next Sunday, November 10. We’d like to list our Veterans in the bulletin and read their names at this service. Please submit the name, branch of service and the beginning and ending years of service by November 3 to be included. You can place a note in the offering plate, or call the church or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Belk Charity Sale – Saturday November 9, 6am – 10am. Tickets are on sale now for this special event. All ticket sales benefit the church. Tickets are $5.00 each, which provides admittance to this special sale as well as $5.00 off your purchase. Buy more than one ticket! They may be used at any Belk store. Also plan to buy an extra clothing item to donate to the residents of the homeless shelter. Information is at the kitchen window of the church. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the store on the day of the event. A sign-up sheet is available at the kitchen window.
A number of us are planning to attend the Diocesan Ministry Fair, Saturday, November 9, 9:30am – 3:00pm at Emmanuel Church, Winchester. Bruce Cory will be part of the workshop on the Vestry. If you are interested in attending and would like to carpool from Corbin, contact Rebecca at email@example.com.
For more information and to register, go to http://diolex.org/blog/news/ministry-fair-november-9/
The Rev. Brandt Leonard Montgomery, Curate and Assistant Chaplain, University of Alabama to preach and teach on Sunday, November 10
I went to seminary with Father Montgomery. He is excited to visit Corbin. He will teach during the Adult Forum regarding the civil rights movement 50 years later. Below is information about Father Montgomery.
Brandt currently serves as the Curate at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel & Student Center at the University of Alabama. After graduating from Talladega High School in Talladega, Alabama in 2003, Brandt enrolled at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, specializing in Trumpet Studies, in 2007. On May 16, 2012, Brandt graduated cum laude from The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church in New York, New York, receiving the Master of Divinity degree and being named his class’s recipient of the George Cabot Ward Prize for Biblical Reading and Service to the Church. In addition to Canterbury Chapel, his ministry, thus far, has included service to 6 Episcopal parishes in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York. Brandt was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, Bishop of Alabama, on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012 and was ordained by the same as a priest on December 2, 2012 at Canterbury Chapel.
Communitywide Thanksgiving Service, Monday, November 18, 7pm, Corbin Presbyterian Church. This ecumenical service is sponsored by the Ministerium. The Rev. Myers will be participating in the service.
Thanksgiving Dinner, November 28, at the Barn, 2-4pm. A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Barn. Turkey, Ham, rolls, drinks, pied, mashed potatoes and corn will be provided. If you’d like to bring a side dish, that would be terrific. See June Sullivan for additional information.
ECW Chocolate Fest, Saturday, December 7. Plan now to attend this annual holiday event. Planning meetings and chocolate making and craft making will begin soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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