Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Letter from the Senior Warden
January 1, 2021
The St. John’s Search Committee is in the initial stages of reviewing information from candidates for our Rector/Campus Minister position. The search committee recently met and discussed the information we have received so far.
Confidentiality is crucial to the hiring process because it preserves the integrity of the search and helps build trust between St. John’s members and the candidates. The search committee has the responsibility to protect each candidates’ information. Members of the congregation may be eager to learn the names of candidates or information about them such as age, gender, location, experience, and interests. However, this is all confidential information that cannot be shared outside the committee. Please don’t put search committee members in a difficult position by asking them about the candidates.
I will continue to provide updates as we move forward!
What is the Epiphany Season?
The Epiphany, January 6th, is the climax of the Christmas season and the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25th-January 5th) and celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the people of the earth. The term epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning “appearance” or “manifestation,” and it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to the Christ child. These wise men or magi were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as “King” and were the first to “reveal” Jesus to the wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the magi, which corresponded to Simeon’s blessing that this child Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, all nations, all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.
The Epiphany season begins on the Feast of the Epiphany and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (which is on February 17th this year). The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter—this year we have a six week-long Epiphany season since Easter is on April 4th (the earliest date that Easter can fall on is March 22nd and the latest date is April 25th). The gospel stories that we hear during this season describe a variety of events that manifest the divinity of Jesus. On the Sunday after the Epiphany (January 10th this year), we observe the Baptism of Our Lord. The gospels for the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the calling of the disciples and some of Jesus’ miracles and teachings. On the last Sunday after the Epiphany, the Transfiguration gospel, describing Jesus’ radical change of appearance while in the presence of Peter, James and John on a high mountain, and revealing Christ’s glory prior to his crucifixion and anticipating his resurrection and ascension, is used. During the Epiphany Season, we are called to respond in faith to Christ through the revelation of his divinity as recorded in the gospels.
White vestments and altar hangings are used on the Feast of the Epiphany, and the Baptism of Our Lord. Green vestments and altar hangings are used during the remainder of the Season of Epiphany.
The Ven. Rose Bogal-Allbritten, Deacon Worship Committee
Effective January 4th,2021
Church Office Hours are Changing
The Parish Administrator's office hours will be changing on January 4th, 2021 going forward. They will be as follows:
Monday & Wednesday: 11:30-3:00 & 4:30-6:00
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00-3:30
Invitation to Attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24th
Each Episcopal Congregation is required, by Canon, to hold an annual meeting which will include an address by the Rector (when the Parish does not have a Rector, the Senior Warden gives a report), a report by the Treasurer and reports by various Parish representatives (e.g., outreach, pastoral care, Christian Formation, etc.). At the meeting, each Parish shall elect members of the Vestry and deputies to Diocesan Convention.
The following individuals shall be allowed to vote at the meeting: Communicants in good standing, of the age of 16 years old or older who have, in some way, contributed to the support of the Parish.
Normally, we would hold this meeting in person after the Sunday service. Since this is not possible this year, the meeting will be held on Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on January 24th. Please remember that you do not need to have a computer to participate. You can use a phone, including a land line. Directions for “attending” the meeting on Zoom can be found in each Sunday’s bulletin (under coffee hour). An invitation will be sent to the Google group the day before the meeting.
Since we won’t be meeting in person, voting will be different from previous years where we gave paper ballots to every eligible person in attendance at the meeting. This year, voting will be done by a show of hands or verbally (for those individuals on a phone). Since this will not work for the election of individuals, all eligible persons attending the Zoom meeting will be sent a paper ballot which will need to be marked and mailed back to St. John’s.
If you are interested in running for a position (e.g., deputy to Diocesan Convention), please let Janie know by January 23rd at the latest. “A lay deputy to Diocesan Convention shall be an adult member communicant in good standing. Individuals 16 years of age and older are to be considered adult members.” St. John’s is entitled to have 2 deputies and 2 alternates (alternates will attend the Convention but do not vote unless they have been certified to replace a deputy who is unable to serve). Each congregation may also elect a youth representative, not less than 14 nor more than18 years of age at the time of the election. All youth representatives will have seat and voice, but no vote. The youth representatives present at Convention shall elect from among their number, 5 individuals who will serve as lay deputies and will have the right to vote.
January 11th @ 6pm
Join Game Night
Please join us for Game Night on Monday January 11th at 6 PM via Zoom. We have been having a lot of fun playing trivia but we are going to try a new game this month, Scattergories! You don't need anything extra to play and we will make this fun for all ages. Here are the meeting details:
Please call or text Bill Mills at 270-350-2822 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join the Sunday Coffee Hour or Adult Forum Without Internet
Do you know you can join us for the virtual St. John gatherings even if you do not have internet at home? There are phone numbers for Zoom meetings in addition to the internet links. You can join by calling in and you will just be missing the video feed. We hope to hear you on the next coffee hour gathering!
For calling please follow these instructions:
1) Call the phone number for the meeting you want to join (listed below)
2) Enter the Meeting ID when prompted
3) No participant ID is needed so enter # when prompted
Blood drives at St. John's in the New Parish Hall from 11am-4pm on the following dates: You can pre-register for your appointment to donate here.
January: 14th & 27th
Begins on January 13th from 7pm-8pm
Barbara Wysock will lead a discussion of the scripture for the Sunday following each Wednesday. We will use Bible studies developed by Episcopal Church seminarians. (https://episcopalchurch.org/bible-study/year-b) Everyone is welcome, even if you do not study the material beforehand.
Click on the dates below for links to material we will discuss during January. If you need a paper copy of the studies, please contact Janie at the church office 270-753-6908 or email@example.com
Heavyn and I are very excited to start another phase of Rite 13 studies in 2021! We will be continuing our lessons on Spirituality and beginning lessons on our Prayer Life. We hope that all of us learn more about prayer and maybe even take it home to our families!
Classes will continue to be via Zoom, beginning Wednesday, January 13th, at 7:00 PM. Each class will be approximately one hour, each week through May 5th.
The new semester is beginning this month and we are excited to return to meeting. We will begin the semester out by meeting Thursdays at 6pm via Zoom and will adjust this time as needed to accommodate everyone's schedules.
We will be listening to and discussing a podcast this semester called The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry. Each week a link to the podcast will be made available to everyone via our Facebook page and at our weekly Zoom meeting we will discuss what we thought and learned from it as a group.
As we move forward in the semester we will continue to evaluate the status of the pandemic in our area, keeping the safety of our members as a very important factor in our decision making. If safe to do so, we will try to incorporate some socially distanced in person activities throughout the semester.
We will have our first meeting on January 21st, 2021 as a welcome back check in. The podcast discussions will begin the following week. All Murray State Students are welcome!
Zoom meeting information for the Spring 2021 semester
Each month, the vestry chooses a charity/special cause that will receive our special collection. During the month of January, our special collection will go to Need Line. Checks should be made out to St. John’s with “Need Line” in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to St. John’s. If you choose to donate electronically, please choose the “Need Line” option on East Tithe (found on St. John’s website).
The items on the list below are the most frequently requested items, but all non-perishable foods are accepted. If you prefer not to shop and would rather donate to the blessing box fund, you can do so via Easy Tithe at the below button and the Parish Admin will do the grocery shopping for you with the donated funds. Thank you in advance, for the generosity that is one of the hallmarks of St. John's. If you have questions please contact Janie.
For several logistical reasons, the blessing box will be returning to single/loose items rather than meal kits for the time being.
Mac & Cheese; Mashed Potatoes with brown gravy packet mix
Peanut butter & jelly with saltine crackers
Jar baby food- variety of ages and flavors
Hamburger helper meals that can use chicken as the meat option
Canned spaghetti o's type products
Sponsor Altar Flowers Today!
Don't forget about Sponsoring Altar Flowers!
If you would like to “sponsor” altar flowers for one Sunday or more, there is a sign-up sheet on the glass-top cabinet. The cost for flowers is $25 per Sunday. Flowers can be dedicated in someone’s honor or memory. Checks can be written to St. John’s with “flowers” in the memo line; cash can be placed in one of the marked envelopes next to the sign-up sheet. Please place your checks or cash in the offering plate.
November 2020-January 2021
Forward Day by Day Devotionals are Available
The new Forward Day by Day devotionals for November, December and January, can be picked up from the glass top table in the old parish hall. Large and small print are available. If you are unable to pick up a copy but would like one, please let Janie, the parish administrator know and she will get one in the mail to you. You can call into the office at 270-753-6908 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you curious about how to submit information for the newsletter?
If you want to submit information to be included in the newsletter, please send your submission to Janie the parish administrator at email@example.com and she will include it in the next month's newsletter if appropriate. Please contact Janie with any questions.