Worship Opportunities Update

This Sunday, May 16, morning prayer will be offered in-person and by Zoom video stream at 11:00 am. The service will be recorded and posted later in the day to Facebook.

Although the CDC has modified masking guidelines, the state of Kentucky still maintains a masking mandate. Additionally, masks are still mandated by the diocesan guidelines and our current local church guidelines. Even if the state were to relax masking guidance, we are still obligated to follow the instructions issued by Bishop Van Koevering. If and when Bishop Van Koevering issues revised guidance we at St. John’s will then re-evaluate our local COVID protection protocols.

Although we are making in-person worship available, every effort will be made also to make worship available by Zoom and by a posting later to Facebook of a recording of the worship service. This applies both to Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evenings.

This last weekend’s attempt to stream live to Facebook did not demonstrate satisfactory audio quality in either Facebook or Zoom, and for that I, Bruce, am sorry. For adequate audio at the moment, it is necessary to stream from a cell phone, but the cell phone Zoom application is not capable of streaming directly to Facebook. Please be patient as we experiment with ways to make worship opportunities available to everyone whether in person or at home.

Sunday, April 11, Morning Prayer in Person

This Sunday, April 11, the Morning Prayer service will be offered in-person outside. We will be gathering under the canopies again, but we will use the folding chairs from inside the church hall.

We will make the service available through the regular Zoom link available on the St. John’s website. However, we will not be making the service available on the Facebook feed. We plan to use music at the service and want to observe appropriate copyright restrictions on the music.

Flood Response Volunteers Needed

Flood Response Volunteers Needed

You give them something to eat.

The people of Estill, Lee, and Perry counties have been blessed by the financial outpouring of our faith communities throughout the Diocese of Lexington. Already several thousand dollars of cleaning supplies have been purchased and distributed, $1,500 donated by St. Raphael’s. We have also received significant donations from the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Diocesan ECW, and even the Newport Professional Firefighters, not to mention many of our other faith communities and individuals. By the end the month, $10,000 worth of $100 gift cards will have been purchased and distributed within these three counties, $5,000 of which will be provided by the U.S. Disaster program of Episcopal Relief and Development. Soon to follow will be more cleaning supplies and building materials for repairing damaged homes. We are working through local officials to ensure that what you have donated will go to those truly in need. St. Timothy’s has been able to provide pillows and bedding normally used for mission trips and the quilters guild of the Church of the Good Shepherd has donated several beautiful quilts for the people of Lee County. What is absolutely NOT needed is clothing. While individual items are welcome, please realize that when purchased in bulk, better prices can often be gotten and there is less labor for those having to sort and disburse aid. 

Recovery from disasters is a lengthy process which can in some cases take years. If you have been watching the news, you have probably seen the many churches and organizations who have come into these communities to help. Unlike some coming into the areas who have trailers proudly showing their names, many others come in quietly for a day or two, cleaning up and repairing what they can, and return to their homes unsung. While carpentry skills are helpful, any type of assistance can be used. When the tornados outbreak struck southeastern Kentucky back in 2012, a group of high school students, who had scheduled a visit months before at St. Timothy’s, arrived two days after the storms. A few of those teens might have helped a relative do a little renovation or repairs around their homes, but only a few. Monday found them in Salyersville demolishing what was left of a food and clothing pantry of the Catholic church and Thursday they were in West Liberty installing drywall in a warehouse being turned into the elementary school. The rest of the week they were replacing a roof. All were greatly needed and despite their inexperience they made a huge difference. While it may not have been giving food to the hungry, it was building walls for those children needing an education, it may not have been filling the stomachs of those who were empty, it was closing the hole in the roof. If you think you might be able to help our neighbors, regardless of ability or the day of the week you can help, please contact Bryant Kibler, bkibler@diolex.org, and we will find a way we can put you to work inside our own diocese where we can be the church, be the change. 

Reminder: Lenten Bead workshop

Please join us on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2 pm to learn how to make Anglican prayer beads and to work with others to make several sets for our church congregation. Please plan on bringing your mask. It will be a socially distanced workshop held at the church in the parish hall. Please reach out to Lisa at lmgarrison.ragsdale.67@gmail.com to let us know if you are planning on attending so we have enough supplies.

RESCHEDULED Lenten Prayer Bead Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2 pm to learn how to make Anglican prayer beads and to work with others to make several sets for our church congregation. Please plan on bringing your mask. It will be a socially distanced workshop held at the church in the parish hall. Please reach out to Lisa at lmgarrison.ragsdale.67@gmail.com to let us know if you are planning on attending so we have enough supplies.

Lenten Prayer Bead Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2 pm to learn how to make Anglican prayer beads and to work with others to make several sets for our church congregation. Please plan on bringing your mask. It will be a socially distanced workshop held at the church in the parish hall. Please reach out to Lisa at lmgarrison.ragsdale.67@gmail.com to let us know if you are planning on attending so we have enough supplies.

MLK Celebration opportunity

14th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

The Laurel County African American Heritage Center will host the 14th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

Our keynote speaker Chase Carson will share what is on his heart about MLK Day and his journey as a young black man.

Additionally, twelve Kentuckians will read the “I have a dream speech”.

Jan 18, 2021 06:00 PM EST

Zoom Registration