Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Exodus 33:13
I love the story of Exodus. Written thousands of years ago, I still see that human nature has not changed all that much. God delivers the people from bondage and they just want to go back to being enslaved. God shows up to Moses in a burning bush that does not burn up and all Moses can do is question God’s judgment.
And in the passage we’ll hear this Sunday, Moses is still trying to figure out who is the God. Isn’t that so true of all of us. We have some experiences that convince us that God exists and is present in our lives. At other times, we have our doubts. And here is one of the most faithful leaders chosen by God asking questions.
At least in the Episcopal Church, asking questions and expressing our doubts is considered a necessary part of our faith and our tradition. Adult Forum is lots of fun, because we get to discuss these issues and hearing from fellow members is helpful.
So, come in your doubts and in your questioning for that is often the best path toward God.
Blessings as you finish your week!
Bishop Hahn visits this Sunday. Join us for baptism, confirmation, reception and pot luck!
Bishop Hahn will be with us at Adult Forum. He’ll preach at the service, as well as baptize, confirm, and receive new members. After church, we’ll have our monthly pot luck. Join us for this special day as we receive new members:
Annaliese Herzer – Baptism
Jason Beams-Jackson – confirmation
TJ Beams-Jackson – confirmation
Amber Hibbitts – Confirmation
James Partin – Reception
Tracey Herzer – Transfer
Camille Ruddick – Transfer
I will be at St. John’s Monday, October 20, and in Lexington on Tuesday, October 21. My Sabbath Days will be Wednesday, October 22 – Friday, October 25, when I will be out of town. You can get a message to me by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or email@example.com.
Godly Play offered for children. All children are invited to participate in this special program of spiritual development.
Adult Forum – The Adult Forum focus is Living with Money. Next Sunday’s session will focus on Making Peace with Money.
The furnace located in the sacristy was replaced this week at a cost of just under $1,700. About $1,200 was received so far. We’ll need to replace two more furnaces over the next two years: one that heats the parish hall and one that heats the rectory. 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.
Pot Luck Sunday: This Sunday is our monthly pot luck. Bring a dish or drink to share. And all are welcome! Plan to fellowship with each other. Our pot luck schedule shifts in November to November 16, when we have our Annual Meeting.
Grow Appalachia! The Vestry has voted to move ahead to become a Grow Appalachia site for 2015. Please talk to the Vestry about your ideas, questions, and concerns. The Grow Appalachia website is http://www.berea.edu/grow-appalachia/
The Diocesan Budget Committee will be at St. John’s on Wednesday, November 5, 7-8:30pm to talk about the 2015 Diocesan Budget. Come meet the Committee, ask questions and learn where our collective dollars go.
Join Rebecca (next Sunday afternoon/this afternoon) as she celebrates Eucharist at Christian Care Communities. Elmer Parlier will be playing the guitar. The service begins at 2:30pm and is 30-45 minutes and the residents would appreciate your attendance.
Please prayerfully consider the gifts God has given you that you will give back to St. John’s for Christ’s ministry and mission during 2015. Pledge cards should be returned by October 26 to prepare for our November 16 Annual Meeting and adoption of the 2015 budget.
Prayer of St Ignatius
God, Take and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will – all that I have and call my own.
You have given it all to me;
To you, God, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 31. We will be distributing candy from the church on Halloween evening.
All Saints Sunday, November 2. We observe All Saints Day and will read the names of those saints close to us who have died. To have the name of your loved one read at the service, please place it in the offering plate or leave a message on the church phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 26.
The Diocesan Budget Committee will be at St. John’s Corbin, Wednesday evening, November 5, 7:00pm to talk about the 2015 Diocesan Budget. Come learn how our joint contributions further God’s mission in the region.
Belk Charity Sales Day, Saturday, November 8, 6-10am. We are selling tickets for $5.00 for this special event. The church keeps the $5.00 and for each ticket, you receive $5.00 off an item. We will also sell tickets on Thursday, October 2, 10am – 2pm. If you can help, please contact June.
On November 9, we will honor our members who are veterans of the Armed Forces. To have a name read at the service, please place it in the offering plate or leave a message on the church phone or email email@example.com by November 2.
Youth grades 10-12 are invited to Happening at Cathedral Domain from 6:30pm Friday, November 14 until Sunday, 5:00pm. See Rebecca for more information.
The Second Diocesan Ministry Fair will be held Saturday, November 15 at Emmanuel Church, Winchester, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Keynote speaker is The Rev. Stuart Hoke, Th.D. He will speak on the church’s role in addiction recovery. Cost is $20. Forms are on the bulletin board and online registration is at www.diolex.org.
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.
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.
United Thank Offering. Remember to get your box for your thank offerings for this ministry of The Episcopal Church. The next collection will be November 16.
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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