The Rt. Rev. Brian R Seage, Bishop
The Rev. C.J. Meaders, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Halford, Deacon
Wardens: Tom Williams - Sr. Warden, Arrington Widemire – Jr. Warden
Vestry: Andre Ducote, Matthew Guinn, Debbie Hartzog, Tim McIntyre,
Bruce McKinley, Donna Nigro, Elise Stewart, Sharon Stewart, Holly Widemire,
David Jackson (Treasurer), Sarah Shelby (Clerk)
Staff: Andrea Tyre – Parish Administrator, Carleen Hicks – Sexton,
Edward Dacus – Organist / Choir Director
Tuesday, June 23
ANNOUNCEMENT: In-person services are scheduled to continue this weekend. Please see information below.
RSVP FOR SERVICES HERE
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 5:00 PM SATURDAY
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 8:00 AM SUNDAY
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 10:30 AM SUNDAY
RSVP FOR EVENING PRAYER AT 6:00 PM SUNDAY
**You may also call the church office to reserve your space for services.** 601-853-0205
Welcome to Ordinary Time! Doesn't ordinary time sound exciting? Actually it sounds quite nice considering how unordinary things have been lately. Ordinary Time, of course, refers to all the time in the liturgical calendar outside seasons like Advent, Christmas, Lent, etc. Ordinary Time also means a whole lot of green. In fact, green will be the liturgical color from now until December, with a couple of exceptions.
In my opinion, one of the best things about Ordinary Time is the chance to engage scripture in the lectionary. In the Episcopal Church, we follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a three year cycle which gives us our readings each Sunday from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels. You can find the lectionary in the back of the Book of Common Prayer or online at this wonderfully organized website which I rely upon heavily. Over the course of three years, the RCL will take you through the vast majority of scripture. All you have to do is come to church every Sunday for 3 years! Are you ready?
We are currently in Year A of the three year cycle, which takes us through the beginnings of the Old Testament and New. Perhaps God is calling us to a deeper engagement with Scripture as we restart this three year cycle. Maybe now is the time to take the Bible off the shelf or pay closer attention to the readings during worship, that our attentiveness might help us find a path through the trials we now face together.
May God continue to be with us in Word and Sacrament all the way through Ordinary Time!
FROM YOUR DEACON:
First, let me thank all of you who have supported the Navajo Nation with your donations and prayers. As you have probably read, the numbers have again begun to climb in many states including Arizona. I read recently where one man living in that area has lost five members of his family. In addition to money being used to get water and food to so many who live in isolated areas on the Reservation, feed for cattle and sheep is also needed. Unless you take care of cattle, sheep, goats, perhaps own a kennel or a small zoo, that need might not enter your mind. I certainly didn’t think about it. Also, even though the weather is hot, some of those donations will be put aside to help buy wood and coal to be used for the cold weather which usually begins in October.Many masks have been shipped but more can always been used. So……….
1) If any of you are making masks, would you consider giving them to our Navajo brothers and sisters? If so, let me know and I can meet you at the church office. I will send them out to Good Shepherd which, as you know, is on the Reservation.
2) If you would like to make a donation (any amount goes a long way), the address is Good Shepherd Mission, P. O. 618, Ft. Defiance, AZ 86504. Make check to Episcopal Church in Navajoland with Donation on memo line.
Thank you again for your generosity. It was good to see so many of you at church this past weekend. Let’s continue to take care of ourselves and to share with those who are in need.
Many blessings, Cathy
IONA HOUSE: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The IONA House continues to see an unbelievable spike each week in the number of families needing our help. This past Friday, we served 120 more people than we did the seven days before. This harsh reality has caused us to review our procedures. We have to be able to sustain our ministry, and to do so, we must make some changes while we evaluate how to proceed during Covid. These are hard decisions to make, and the work we are doing is becoming harder each week.
Our work has doubled over the past months and we have limited our workers out of safety concerns. We will continue to follow our protocols, but we must ask for others to join us. We especially need help on Friday mornings.
We need people to assist us in the bagging and distribution of our groceries. We need some of our younger parishioners to help us. We need canned vegetables. We need you to make sure you are signed up with Kroger and Amazon Smile (if you don’t have another organization you contribute to currently). We need you to like and follow our Facebook (The Iona House) page and follow our Instagram (the_iona_house) page. Please share our mission and needs through social media. You cannot imagine the contacts we have made and the contributions we have received by just getting the word out this way.
St. Columb’s primary ministry is doing great work in a community that really needs us. God asks us to love and take care of each other - we are doing that every week. Our needs will continue. Thank you for helping us navigate through these difficult times with your generosity and grace. And if there is any way you can help us on Friday mornings, please call Cy Tandy at (240) 320-4324.
CREATE A FACE MASK SHIELD FOR OUR HEROES IN THE HOSPITALS
One of our parishioners has been in contact with medical professionals who are interested in receiving face mask shields made from home. She wanted to share her ministry with us so that we can join in as a parish to supply this vital need. Here are her simple instructions:
- 2 liter soda bottle
- Tape (electrical, duct)
- T-shirt cut into strips, shoe laces, etc
- Cut around the top of the bottle and the bottom of the bottle so that you have a
7 inch long mid section (you can throw the top and bottom away)
- Make a vertical cut up the mid section
- Cut the mid section so that it is 11" wide (around) by 7" long
- Cover the edges of the face guard with tape so that it will not cut or scratch
- At the top corners attach Tshirt strips or shoe laces or something to tie the
guard onto the head - use the stapler
- At the bottom corners I cut the corners off at a slight angle, re-taped the edge
so the guard would fit better
Please email the church at if you would like help and want more information.
We are happy to report that a biotech company has invested in the research program to develop gene replacement therapy for SURF1 Leigh syndrome. With this corporate investment, the grass roots fundraising phase of our journey has been placed on hold. We wish to thank everyone who has made a contribution, attended and contributed to the Chili cook off for CURESURF1, as well as all who purchased a cookbook, a pork butt, jewelry or a meal at one of our events. We especially want to thank Dennie Grubbs and Debbie Hartzog for their idea and efforts to publish the CURESURF1 cookbook and all who provided recipes. We also want to thank the St Columb’s Men’s for their efforts in the Pork Butt sale and the ladies of the ECW for the Chili Cookoff. St. Columb’s is the definition of a church family.
The research to find a viable treatment for SURF1 Leigh syndrome is progressing as planned. We are optimistic that a follow up meeting between the research team and the FDA will occur this fall followed by a clinical trial in the first quarter of 2021. A successful gene replacement therapy for Leigh syndrome will improve the lives of many children as well as open the door for additional research to provide gene replacement therapy for other diseases.
When we went to Dallas last summer to meet the head of the research team, Dr. Steven Gray, Caroline asked him if she would be making history by being a clinical trial participant - a thought to which he agreed. It is clear that without your contributions, the research would not be in a position to garner corporate support and we would not be as close as we are to reaching our goal. You, too, are part of history.
Again, thank you for your prayers and support.
With much love,
Andre & Elizabeth Ducote
ST. COLUMB'S KID'S CORNER
Parents! Check out this pinterest board created by Forma, an Episcopal network of Christian Formation which shares all kinds of resources. The board has some ideas for summer games you might try with your kids. There are dozens of other boards on their pinterest page that might interest you as well. Have fun playing!
MESSAGE OF THANKS: " I wish to thank my St. Columb's family for their prayer and support over the past five months" - Dr. Bob May
THE READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 13
Epistle: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
We are calling on those who are ready to come back to church to help us with our volunteer efforts. As of today, we know we will need more volunteers for our Altar Guild, our Ushers, and Cleaning Teams which will clean after every service. Please sign up through the church office or when you RSVP for a service. Thanks!
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Deanie Mills, Floyd King, Megan Mink, Heidi Smith, Peggy Wilkinson
For our Family Members: Dina Boucher, Trisha Huddox, Edith Avenmarg, Jane Campbell, Meri Lee Halford
For our Friends and those in our Community: Warren Strain, Eddie Monsour, Henry Lewis, Al Thomas, Emile Craig, Terry Taylor, Gerald Carter, Betty Langley, Eddie Booty, Milla Sachs
For the Faithfully Departed: John C. Hardy, Virginia Brown, Brad Mcfadden, George Floyd and all who have died from COVID-19.
The college students: Emma, Emily, Delaney, Lake, Grace, Caley, Haley, Charles, Luke, Noah, Alan, Zachary, Britain, Raegan, Connor
The vestry, officers, and wardens of St. Columb’s: Tom, Andre, Matthew, Debbie, David, Arrington, Bruce, Donna, Elise, Holly, Tim, Sharon and Sarah.
Those serving in our armed forces: Suzanne, Nicholas, Preston, David, Matthew Paul, Andrew, Chase, Beau, Casey, Matthew, Marc, Sarah, Patrick, Gus, James, Josh, Justin, Tad
Expecting Parents: Matt and Alyssa Sikora, Deenie (Katie) Hartzog-Mislock and Tim Mislock
For our clergy: our presiding bishop, Michael, our bishop, Brian, our rector, CJ, our deacon, Cathy.
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