O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Zeb Treloar
May is an exciting month. Not only are we continuing our celebration of Christ rising from the dead as we move through Easter season, we are celebrating graduations, the end of a school year, and beautiful weather. We have so many opportunities to come together and enjoy each other’s company during this season and I hope you will find something to link in with.
We will be celebrating our graduates during worship on May 15th. We want to pray our blessings over our graduates and rejoice with them. If you want to set up photos or memorabilia in our parish hall during coffee hour, just contact our office and we’ll get the tables arranged for everyone.
We also look forward to celebrating our church family at our parish retreat June 3-5 at All Saints’ Retreat Center. This weekend is mostly unstructured, with the only scheduled events being nightly prayer and Sunday morning Eucharist. We desire to come together and just do fun things. There’s all sorts of water activities, with canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a swimming pool, as well as archery, disc golf, and hiking trails. We are asking everyone to sign up by May 15th. We hope you’re able to share this special weekend away with us. The registration link is in this newsletter.
It’s a true joy to celebrate Christ with you, to share fellowship with one another and see Christ present in and among each other.
Q. What does the Paschal Candle symbolize and why is it still lit?
A. At the Easter Vigil, the service begins in darkness, symbolizing the darkness of the sepulcher that held the crucified Christ. A new fire is kindled and the Paschal candle, a very large white candle symbolizing the risen Christ, is lit from the new fire. The candle is inscribed with a cross, the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, and the current year. This inscription reinforces the point that Christ is present among us now and through eternity. As the candle is inscribed, or the inscription is traced with a stylus, the following words traditionally accompany the inscribing: “Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end. His times are all times and ages; to Christ be glory and dominion through endless ages. Amen.” Five grains of incense are inserted into the cross with wax nails, representing the five wounds of Christ. As the candle is carried in procession into the dark nave, so Christ lights our way out of darkness. The candle is carried by the deacon, who pauses three times and sings or says, The light of Christ,” and the people respond, “Thanks be to God.” We are not merely recalling an ancient time, but rather sharing the message that the Risen Christ is present here today, with us and for us. After the candle is carried into the nave, its flame is used to light the rest of the candles including those held by members of the congregation. This action symbolizes the spreading of the light of Christ throughout the congregation and the world. The Exsultet is sung by the deacon after the Paschal candle is placed in its stand near the ambo. The Paschal candle is lit for all services during the Great Fifty Days of Easter, from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost (June 5th this year).
After the Day of Pentecost, the Paschal candle is placed in its stand near the Baptismal font as a visual reminder that in our baptism, we are crucified and resurrected with Christ. The candle is lighted at each celebration of Baptism, at which time small baptismal candles are lit from the Paschal candle and presented to the newly baptized. For funerals, the Paschal candle is lighted and placed in its stand at the head of the casket or near the container holding the cremains during the funeral rite. In a visual manner, the Paschal candle symbolizes our death and resurrection with Christ.
The Ven. Rose Bogal-Allbritten,
Our last meeting for the school year is May 18th.
Children's Formation: 5:00 pm Simple supper in the parish hall - all are welcome 5:30 Toddler Time and Godly Play 1 7:00 Godly Play 2
Adult Forum: Class meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm in a hybrid format, both on Zoom (click here for a link) and in person in Classroom #3 in the Parish Hall.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
There are upcoming blood drives at St. John's in the New Parish Hall from 11am-4pm. You can pre-register for your donation appointment here.
Schedule Yourself and a Friend a time to donate.
Future drives that are available at St. John's
May 12 May 26 June 23 July 14
Parish Retreat at All Saints' Episcopal Center
The parish retreat is June 3-5 at All Saints' Episcopal Center in Leitchfield. Please take a moment to fill out this form if you plan on attending: https://forms.gle/TSNW81VrSxnP...
The base price for the retreat is $125/person based on double occupancy of rooms. There is flexibility with pricing with children based on ages and where they want to stay. Families will be contacted with the final total. If you have any question please contact Angie Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org,270-350-2833.
Game Night is Back!
When: May 12th
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: St. John's Parish Hall
You can bring a game to share or use one from the St. John's game closet. Bring your own snack. Coffee and Lemonade will be provided. Hopefully, we will be able to have game night every second Thursday of the month.
Easter Day Flowering Cross caption: With Lynn Pratt looking on, Emily Snellen adds some blooms to the new flowering cross we had Easter Sunday, a gift from Father Zeb’s own father, who brought it from his workshop in Iowa. Thank you to the Treloars! - Janice Morgan
More great photos taken by Bill Allbritten and Angie Mills.
Memorial Garden News
We had a good work day in the garden on Saturday, April 2nd. It was definitely time to clean things up after a long winter season. In photos, you’ll see Colleen Anderson sprucing up the pathway borders so they look more defined. Sharon Hart got right down into her work by sitting next to the spreading ground covers, taking out dead foliage and making room for the new. Of course, our fearless garden safari leader, David Mikulcik, gave us our orders and also made many trips to our compost pile while cleaning out fallen leaves from the garden streambed so the abundant rain water will be able to flow through properly.
Colleen Anderson sprucing up the pathway borders.
Sharon Hart gets face to face with spreading ground covers.
Our fearless garden safari leader, David Mikulcik, cleaning out the streambed to keep the rain water flowing through.
Also on April 2nd, while we were working, Erin Horton led another Tinkergarten session for kids in another part of the garden. On this Saturday morning, kids were learning and having fun by making spring potions from various plant materials and water.
Big sister helps little sister measure water and concoct a potion. (Emersyn & Avery)
The garden galaxy makes a great place for parents and kids to gather.
Good news—we have two new benches on our memorial mound! On the day before Maundy Thursday, David and Martin Mikulcik along with friend, Eric, worked to install two benches where before there had only been abandoned posts. The benches are longer than the previous two short ones and were designed and poured at the Mikulcik nursery. So now we have two sturdy, brown-tinted concrete benches where folks can sit for a spell and take in the view. We are so fortunate to have these local artisans helping us maintain our garden in a natural, low-impact way.
Stop by when you have the chance, maybe bring a book, and spend some time in the garden. Along with bird songs, you’ll especially enjoy hearing the water basin flowing again for the new growing season. A big thank you to John and Susan Hart for taking care of our wonderful fountain!
Stay tuned for more garden events coming up in May! We’ll have another work day and plan an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the school year.
Janice Morgan, Memorial Garden Committee
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Forward Day By Day's Now Available
Copies of Forward Day by Day's Daily Devotionals are available in the old parish hall for pick up. If you would rather have a copy mailed to you please contact Ann at the office and she will make sure a copy gets to you.
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It's Time to Update the Directory
Whether you want to be added to the church directory, or you are already in it and would like to update your information then this is for you.
Either scan the QR code or click here to fill out the quick and easy Google Form with your contact information. The Parish Admin will update the directory regularly as updates come in.
During the month of May, our monthly special collection will be designated for Laundry Love, the ministry that provides laundry assistance in the form of help with the cost of using the laundromat as well as detergent and fabric softener. We serve people in two locations: Murray-Calloway County and Cadiz-Trigg County. We share this ministry with First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church in Murray as well as several congregations in Cadiz, but the this ministry is costly (approximately $1,800 per year) and our only funding comes from your generous donations. If you wish to help with this ministry, checks should be made out to St. John’s with “Laundry Love” in the memo line. If you would like to donate online, St. John’s Easy Tithe will also have a Laundry Love option during the month of May.
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