Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Father Zeb Treloar
Dear St. John’s Family,
It’s been quite a busy first month at St. John’s!
The week I moved to town, Sharon Hart stepped down as senior warden for health reasons, and Deacon Rose Bogal-Allbritten had emergency abdominal surgery that will take a while to heal. Both are healing well, praise be to God, and we continue to pray for their health. I owe a big debt of gratitude to both of them for the great work they have done, leading St. John’s in the midst of a pandemic and preparing for my arrival. They truly went above and beyond.
At our June vestry meeting, we elected Ed Cyzewski to be our new senior warden. I am excited to work with him. Ed’s eye for detail and his strong prayer life will be a great benefit as he lives into this role.
Janie Green also stepped down from vestry to focus on her mental health, and we are thankful for all that she has done in this role and continues to do as our parish administrator. We are truly lucky to have her at St. John’s.
This has left an opening on the vestry. If you are interested in filling out a term on vestry, please talk to me. I am also reaching out to a few people about the opening. If you like to get into the nitty gritties of life together, vestry may be a good fit for you.
During June, St. John’s has also: prayed Evening Prayer together 18 times, celebrated the Eucharist each Sunday, had 8 opportunities to meet new Murray State students at the United Campus Ministry Association table during new student orientation, enjoyed popsicles with the children, had a great discussion on Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman with the book group, had a table and made our presence known at Murray Pride, and spent numerous hours sharing life with and supporting one another as a community of faith. It has been an incredible and beautiful first month, and I look forward to so many more.
I encourage you also to read the pastoral letter included here about the changes that will take place in worship during July if you have not already done so.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Zeb Treloar
Q. What or who are the four animals pictured in the four large stained-glass windows in the nave?
A. Each of the four large stained-glass windows in the nave represents one of the four Gospels. The window nearest the back of the nave (in the chapel area) represents the Gospel of Matthew, and the one to the right of it, the Gospel of Mark. To the right of Mark is the window representing the Gospel of Luke, and to its right, nearest the altar, is the window representing the Gospel of John. Each of the windows includes a “beast” which symbolizes that particular Gospel and the way in which Christ was presented to the nation of Israel. The Gospel of Matthew is represented as the face of a man; Matthew’s Gospel begins by stating the genealogy of the ancestors of Christ. Mark’s Gospel is represented by the lion; early in his Gospel, Mark speaks about a voice crying in the wilderness. The Gospel of Luke is represented by the ox, the sacrificial animal of the Old Covenant. Luke’s Gospel opens with the sacrifice offered by Zechariah in the temple and describes the sacrifice of Christ. The Gospel of John is represented by the eagle. The eagle was thought to be the only creature that could gaze directly into the light of the sun. Like the eagle, John soars into the mystery of the Incarnation of God.
We are first introduced to these beasts in the Book of Ezekiel: “As I looked, a stormy wind came up out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. …As for the appearances of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle” (NSRV 1: 4-7, 10). The beasts are referred to again in The Revelation to John: “Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle” (NSRV 4: 6b-7).
The Ven. Rose Bogal-Allbritten
An Update from Deacon Rose
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I miss seeing all of you and look forward to the day that I can be with you again. It has been four weeks since my emergency surgery for diverticulitis. I am improving a bit each day, but this is going to be a fairly long process, and for those of you who know me well, patience is not one of my strengths. Please keep Bill in your prayers; he has been doing a wonderful job of taking care of me. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.
We have missed hosting you all at All Saints -it’s hard to believe it has been more than a year! While we have not been able to have guests at All Saints, we have been busy with all sorts of new projects. We have built a new state-of-the-art disc golf course that winds through the woods behind the lodge down to the lakefront. We have also been working on a new 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth that will be built this Fall on the upper campus behind the lodge accommodations. Great thanks to the Daughters of the King and other donors who are making this possible. Thanks to another donor, a wonderful new boathouse is being built near the shoreline to store kayaks, paddleboards & canoes! We have a long list of other improvements that we are planning for All Saints. We would appreciate your support to help make these happen. Beginning in July we invite you to visit the virtual fundraising site
here. There are wonderful items for sale that have been donated to support our beloved All Saints. Please note the site will not be accessible until July 1st." Chris Doyle, All Saints Board Chair
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 on July 15th!
Or for one of the following future drives that are available at St. John's
September 2nd September 30th November 18th December 2nd
St. John's Summer Book Club
Join us for a book discussion about Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. The back cover says this and more: "First published in 1949, Jesus and the Disinherited is a brilliant and compassionate look at God's work in our lives. As we struggle today with issues of poverty, racism, and spiritual disengagement, Howard Thurman's reading of the message of renewal through self-love as exemplified in the life of Jesus resonates powerfully once again."
We will meet again Wednesday, July 21st in the new parish hall from 6:00pm-7:30pm to continue our discussion of Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. The book is available online free or from Amazon. Contact Barbara Wysock if you have any questions.
A Night on the Town
I am representing St. John’s as a box dweller for A Night On The Town on July 24th. Please come visit me at my box to learn more about homelessness in Calloway County. I am also raising money for Hope Calloway. You can donate from this Face Book link https://www.facebook.com/162642463761283/posts/6128298360528967/?d=nor pick up a flyer with an envelope attached on the glass top table.
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So far this program has donated $74.70 this year to St. John's
Sign up for Kroger Rewards and donate a portion of your total to St. John's every time you use your Kroger card, at no extra cost to you. To sign up for this you can click the following link www.krogercommunityrewards.com and click enroll then search for St. John's Episcopal Church. Once you add us every purchase you use your Kroger card for will give a small portion back to St. John's at no extra cost to you.
How to support St. John's via Amazon Smile
So far this program has donated $241.82 to date to St. John's
Remember that you can donate to St. John's without spending any extra money. Amazon Smile is an Amazon program that gives a percentage of every purchase that you make back to St. John's at no extra cost to you. Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. To set this up rather than going to Amazon like normal, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ You can select your charity that you would like to support. This can be done by using the search option for this. Look up St. John's Episcopal Church, Murray, KY. Once you have selected your charity it will save this choice and any time you shop on Amazon Smile, you will make a free contribution to St. John's.
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 the Bishop's Discretionary Fund
During the month of July, our monthly special collection will be designated for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. The monies contributed to this fund are used by the Bishop to support the ministry and mission of the Episcopal Church in our Diocese and beyond. Specific examples of support include assisting seminarians with travel costs to seminary and Diocesan Convention (which they are required to attend), covering a portion of the cost for college student events at All Saints. Checks should be made ou to St. John’s with “Bishop’s Discretionary Fund” in the memo line. If you would like to donate online, St. John’s Easy Tithe will also have a Bishop’s Discretionary Fund option during the month of July.
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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.