Newsletter: Sunday, June 14, 2014
June 12, 2020, 3:55 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church 

 

FROM FR. RAY+

In Ephesians 4:1-3 the Apostle Paul says,”… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

My forty plus years as a minister, and several years as a customer service manager in the airline industry, has taught me that stressful times in society often results in stress within families, businesses and even churches. To say the least, we are living in stressful and uncertain times. Between Covid-19, small businesses struggling to stay afloat and a renewed call for racial and economic justice in our land, our current moment in time is stressful. It is in times such as these that it can be helpful for those of us in the Body of Christ to remember something my grandmother told me every time I left her house after a visit. She would always say, “Now, Walter Ray, you remember who you are!” In Ephesians 4 the Apostle Paul admonishes us to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” He is telling the Ephesians, “Remember who you are!” There are going to be times when folks in the church see things differently. It goes with being human. For example, some folks would like to open the church for worship tomorrow with no regard for physical distancing. Others would like to wait to open until there is little to no presence of Covid-19 in our community, no matter how long it takes. Others, myself included, take a middle of the road approach. Regardless of differences, we are “remembering who we are” when we agree to disagree in love, being humble and gentle with one another.  I am always available to listen to your concerns.  If you disagree with me you are welcome to let me know. I won’t love you any less or serve you any differently. The main thing is that we follow the old apostle’s call to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” When all is said and done it is just a matter of remembering who we are and whose we are. I’m going to keep trying to do that and I hope you will, too.

Through the grace of God and our love for one another we will get through this stressful time. I have no doubt that we will come through this moment in history with renewed strength and a fresh commitment to love God, love each other and love our community.

 I hope as I do so my grandmother is smiling down from heaven and saying, “Well, at least he got that right!”

Blessings,  Fr. Ray+


You will receive an email with the link to the pre-recorded video of the service for Sunday, June 14, in a newsletter by Saturday, June 13.

PASTORAL NEWS:

Please keep the following in your prayers:   Debra Richardson, David Henderson, Kathy Sullivan, Larry Bryant, Lynn Jordan, Ray Worley, Jim Howe, Nancy Howe, Parker Pace, Heather Treat,  Courtney Turner,  Rita Merritt, Jo Boone Wild,  Gloria Higginbotham,  Vivian Wright, Al Martin, William Brandon, Cedric Franks, Jr, Jeannie McCabe, Karen Foster, Kathleen Gibson, Jeffery Mink, Cole Jefferies,  Pat Wheeler, Carol Spencer, Pat Jeffries,  Tommy & Carrie Galloway, Bonnie & Charles Rowland, Joe Tom Cunningham,  Pat Delk, Duncan Highet, Lee McCarty Boyd, Jo Liddy, Riley Kate Haas, Danny Hutchens, Carla Myers, Katrina Justice, Joan Henderson, and Bob Wright.


OUTREACH NEWS:

Angels of Grace and Anchor Mission ministries: Choose any items from their wish list which includes:  paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, laundry detergent, bleach, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.

Humane Society of the Delta:  Donations needed include puppy, dog, cat, & kitten food

Please place all of these donations in the red wagon in the chapel to be blessed.

Grace Food Pantry: plastic bags go in the labeled container in the narthex.

Thank you for your donations.  They are all greatly appreciated and needed.


CHURCH OFFICE NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Readers this week:  Allison Biederman and Susan Carter

MAINTAINING GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCE:

At least SIX FEET is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone please take care and follow the guidelines for this virus.  DISTANCING when you have to get out, WEARING YOUR MASK and WASHING YOUR HANDS when available or USING HAND SANITIZER.