Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgement. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give the, hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy's sake. Amen.
Father Zeb Treloar
I’m so excited for all that this fall has in store for us. One thing we find ourselves consistently asking is: Who can help out with this? As we are able to do many more things in-person, we find ourselves in need of re-awakening many of our ministries that went into hibernation over the past year and a half. We are going to share opportunities for service in a variety of ways: through emails, Facebook, and a new Volunteering to Serve survey, through an opportunity table that will be set up after worship, and through good old-fashioned conversation at our upcoming social hours after service in the garden. Social hours will begin on August 15th, the week after our backpack blessing and barbeque. You are invited to bring your own snacks and beverages as we share fellowship in the shade of the garden. There are so many things we are going to be able to do this fall, and there’s so many ways we can share Christ with each other and the world!
We are also in the midst of a special sermon series: The Bread of Life. We are exploring the sixth chapter of John with different preachers helping us dig deeper into this Gospel. Brian Clardy will be preaching on August 8th, Ed Cyzewski will be preaching on the 15th
and (if all continues to heal well) The Ven. Rose Bogal-Allbritten will preach on the 22nd. I’m excited to hear these different perspectives and I hope you will join us either in-person or online.
Speaking of In-person worship, there have been some questions about recent changes regarding reservations and communion.
Reservations: Reservations are no longer required to attend in-person services, though it is still helpful to call, as we need to make a list of those present for potential contact tracing. However, if you forget to call or decide to come at the last moment, we will be excited to see you!
Communion: We are having communion in both kinds, the bread and the wine. You are not required to partake of the wine if you do not feel comfortable. You may cross your arms over your heart if you do not desire wine. If you consume the wine, you may either sip from the cup or dip the bread in the cup. One option is not “safer” or “cleaner” than the other, it is simply a matter of personal preference.
If you are in the garden or parish hall, there will be one pair of Eucharistic Ministers that will come out to the garden to serve you. In the nave, we are using the altar rail. Ushers will dismiss each row and spacing between households is encouraged at the rail. Rows will come forward using the center aisle and return to their seats using the outer aisle. Masks may be removed for communion, then replaced. There is hand sanitizer at each rail post.
There are also a lot of things happening with formation! I encourage you to read Angie Mill’s piece in the newsletter on all that is going on, including our outdoor backpack blessing and barbeque on August 8th, Family Day at the Lake on August 21st, and Wednesday night formation for all ages, which will begin September 8th.
Finally, we have a special service coming up that I’d love for you to mark on your calendars. Wednesday, September 29th at 6:00 pm, we will have my official installation as the rector of St. John’s. The bishop will be here along with clergy from across the diocese (and even one or two from Iowa). It will be a very special night, celebrating who we are as a St. John’s family, and the ministry that we will do together with me as your rector.
Your sibling in Christ,
Fr. Zeb Treloar
Church Office Update
The church office hours for Janie, Parish Admin will change beginning in August for her upcoming semester at Murray State. The office hours will be as follows:
Monday: 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. School will be back in session soon so we are planning for Christian Formation to begin in September. Classes for all ages will begin on Wednesday September 8th. We will have indoor, outdoor and virtual options to keep everyone safe. More details will be available by the end of July. Contact Angie Mills or Father Zeb with any questions. Please also note the information on the Back Pack Blessing/cookout and Family Day at the Lake below. Be sure to register for Family Day so we have enough supplies.
Your family is invited to a day at Kentucky Lake, where we will have an impromptu skit, sing songs, and play some messy games. Click here to register.
Video and Discussion Night
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 18 at 6:00 pm for a video and discussion. More details to come in the bulletin, on our Facebook, and via email. This is the last of our summer programming for adults, as we will begin Wednesday night formation classes on September 8th. (See Angie Mill's article for details about Wednesday nights!) If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to set up the screen and projector, please contact Barbara Wysock at email@example.com.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
There is an 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
September 2nd September 30th November 18th December 2nd
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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.
Gratitude for Search Committee
The vestry thanks Chris Taylor, Ed Cyzewski, Susan Brown, Betsey Sumners, Sharon Hart, Andrew Green, and Angie Mills for their dedication to select our rector Father Zeb quickly for the amount of work involved. Please tale the time to express your gratitude to them when you see them. We are truly blessed to welcome Father Zeb and to be celebrating Eucharist again!
Barbara Cobb's Thank You to St. John's
From Barbara Cobb, Sunday, June 13, 2021
Almost 19 years ago, Austin – then John Austin – and I arrived at St. John’s, ironically during an earlier priest change. Here we are again, as Father Zeb begins his ministry here with us, and this time we are here to say thank you. For 19 years St. John’s has been our home. St. John’s has nurtured us. The one God, Parent, Child, Spirit, is here. Our St. John’s family has been our parents and grandparents, our children, our siblings, and we could not have done any of the things we have done without you. We would not be the people we are if it were not for St. John’s.
Austin and I have seen and been a part of wondrous changes at St. John’s, through the ministries of – now – three priests and the many ministries of our congregation, truly the hands of Christ to the community and the world, through big changes in our church campus, our community, and our congregation itself. We are exceptionally excited for St. John’s future, for the ministry of Father Zeb, for the outreach and social justice initiatives that St. John’s is embracing, for your being together again as we work into living in community again in our COVID-changed world.
To say that we will miss St. John’s does not begin to express our love and gratitude for this church, for our siblings in Christ here at this church, and it does not begin to express our thanks for everything you have given us, for all of your care, concern, nurture, acceptance.
Please keep us in your prayers, as we get Austin settled in Oxford, Ohio, for his teaching fellowship for his master’s degree in English, and as I transition to a fully retired person on the SC coast. St. John’s will forever be in our hearts and in our prayers.
And take care of each other. Hold each other up and encourage each other. And call each other out if need be. We have to learn and grow in our love somewhere, and this is the place where we can help our family members to grow and become the followers of Jesus that we need to be. I am proud to have been part of this congregation that has lived into its message that God loves us, no exceptions.
And if you are ever on the SC coast, between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, on Highway 17, you are a mile from me – let me know and come see me!
Austin Cobb's Thank You to St. John's will be included in an upcoming newsletter.
A Night on the Town Update
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Hope Calloway for a Night on the Town. With your help I was able to raise $2,223.00! This contributed to the grand total of over $43,000.00 raised for the event. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity.
August, September, October Edition
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 Janie at the office and she will make sure a copy gets to you.
Special Collection for Episcopal Relief and Development
During the month of August, our monthly special collection will be designated for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). ERD is an international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church. It was established in 1940 as the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief and was renamed ERD in 2000. It works in collaboration with church partners and local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty and disease. It also works around the world and in the United States responding to rebuilding after disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornados.
Checks should be made out to St. John's with "Episcopal Relief and Development" in the memo line. If you would like to donate online, St. John's Easy Tithe will also have an Episcopal Relief and Development option during the month of August.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and she will include it in the next month's newsletter if appropriate. Please contact Janie with any questions.