I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 2 Tim. 1:5
When I read this verse, originally written to Timothy, I remember all of the women who taught me the faith. I remember all of the women in my family life, mother, aunts, and grandmothers. I remember Mrs. Hessenberger, who never had any children, but who was always enthusiastic about the youth in the church. When she died, she left money to support church youth activities so her love of young people lived on for many years.
I remember Elaine from Kansas, who greeted every newcomer in the church and invited them out for lunch. When I was in a difficult spot and needed a place to live, Elaine opened her home without hesitation. Even after I moved away from Kansas, Elaine always kept in touch with me and welcomed me joyfully whenever I visited and re-occupied my room in her home.
Tell me the stories about the women who have been living Gospels in your life….
Blessings and peace as you finish you work week. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Next week, I will be in Corbin on Thursday. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859 -429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week’s Bulletin: Bulletin 10-06-2013
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 October 6 through November 17. Steve Gilbert will lead the next session on the Biblical roots of radical welcome.
Classes are available for children. If you can assist, please let Anne Day and Dura Anne know. Anne Day cannot be here October 6 and 13, but Dura Anne will have something for the children. Godly Play will begin October 20 and be held every Sunday.
Blessing of the Animals, this afternoon, 3:00-5:00pm, St. John’s Park
Bring your furry and feathered friends to the St. John’s Park, College Street on Sunday, October 6, 3-5pm for a special blessing. Cats, dogs, birds, other domestic pets or farm animals, and all God’s creatures are welcome. Animals must be leashed or caged and under control of a caretaker at all times. Co-sponsored by: St. John’s Episcopal Church, and The Presbyterian Church of Corbin.
Fellowship cookout and games for the kids, Sunday October 13, 6pm at Corbin Presbyterian Church. First Baptist Church will also be there. Bring a side dish if you’d like.
Daughters of the King meeting, Wednesday, October 16, 4-5pm at the church.
Would you like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church?
Bishop Hahn will make his annual visit to St. John’s on Sunday, October 20. If you would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, please let me know so we can schedule the appropriate classes.
ECW Diocesan-wide meeting, November 2, 10:30am, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 1891 Parker’s Mill Road, Lexington. Come learn about Women of Vision, a scriptural-based leadership development program of the Episcopal Church Women by Jenny Ladefoged, Diocese of Tennessee. ALL women of the diocese are invited and encouraged to attend this time of worship, fellowship, networking and learning. Opening Eucharist followed by a short business meeting and lunch and concluding with this energizing workshop. United Thankoffering Sunday is November 3.
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.
Let’s plan to attend the Diocesan Ministry Fair, Saturday, November 9, 9:30am – 3:00pm at Emmanuel Church, Winchester – Registration and workshop information available: http://diolex.org/blog/news/ministry-fair-november-9/
Bishop Hahn is inviting all of us to the First Annual Ministry Fair – Toward a More Excellent Way.
A great gathering of music, fellowship and keynote address will be followed by three workshop sessions and a shared lunch. Workshops topics, include Christian Education in Small Parishes, Leadership For Vestries, Lay Ministry Updates, An Overview of the Gospel of Mark (for Our Liturgical Year A), and What’s New at Reading Camp. There will be six workshop choices for each session – something to help every parish and every participant find a more excellent way of ministry.
The Reverend Barbara Blodgett will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Blodgett teaches Pastoral Leadership at Lexington Theological Seminary. Prior to this she was head of Supervised Ministry for Yale Divinity School. Her fields of expertise are leadership, ethics, and excellence. Dr. Blodgett will offer a workshop in addition to her keynote address.
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 email@example.com.
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