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,
Gus Schreiber – Interim Organist / Choir Director
Tuesday, December 2
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SATURDAY 12/5 AT 5PM
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SUNDAY 12/6 AT 8AM
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SUNDAY 12/6 AT 10:30AM
**You may also call the church office to reserve your space for services.** 601-853-0205
RECTOR'S REFLECTION: ADVENT IS HERE!
Advent is upon us, and the church has begun a new year. Christians in every land are observing this season of preparation and anticipation as we await the coming of Christ. It is a time to increase our prayer and devotion, and a time to rediscover Jesus in our lives. One of the most popular devotions, of course, will be the Advent wreaths decorating family tables across the globe.
Light a candle for hope. The hope we have in Jesus is the promise of eternal life in love. Jesus taught us this hope as he spoke about God the Father’s desire to be with us in his Kingdom. He showed us the power and reality of eternal life in his resurrection from the dead. The hope we have in Jesus is greater than all the powers of this world, including death.
Light one candle for peace. Jesus’ first words after the resurrection to his disciples were “Peace be with you.” God intends for his people to live in harmony, without discord or division. That vision will be realized in the Kingdom of heaven, but until then it is our mission to share this peace on earth. There is deep peace in the knowledge and love of God.
Light one candle for joy. Jesus told us that he came to complete our joy. God does not just want us to live eternally, God also wants us to be fulfilled. This means that we would be our best selves and our lives would flourish. It means that every time you got goosebumps and felt the hair stand up on the back of your neck, it was God talking to you. As we prepare for Christmas, get ready to soak up all the joy you can. We need it, and God wants us to have it abundantly!
Light one candle for love. The Incarnation, our God’s becoming man in Jesus, show us the extent to which God loves us. This love is shown through the selfless act of God sending his Son “to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us.” That selfless love is the basis for God’s relationship with us, and the basis of the love we are called to bear for our neighbors.
FROM YOUR DEACON
Very cold weather along with snow has already begun in much of Navajoland. Where I lived most of the time is 7,000 ft. up. The most basic needs in the three main mission areas of Navajoland (Good Shepherd, All Saints, Farmington, NM, and St. Christopher's, Bluff, UT with a few smaller churches located out in rural areas) are, of course, food and water along with gas for transportation to get them to the area hospitals and clinics when needed. Groups travel several days a week to deliver wherever the need is. If it rains or snows and you live up in the mountains or miles from the towns, you can possibly get cut off from everyone. (Occasionally, a horse is seen loaded with bags traipsing up roads to hard-to-reach areas.) As you know, many are still without electricity and water.
To help support them in this difficult time, you can donate through PayPal on the website, Episcopal Church in Navajoland or send a check to All Saints Episcopal Mission, P.O. Box 720, Farmington, NM. 87499. That is the main office for the area missions. I wanted to go out and help but was told that I would have to quarantine for two weeks. So I'll have to wait a while longer. Thanks for all that you do.
REMEMBER OUR CANTON FAMILY!
We will again have our Angel Tree with our Youth Minister Andrew Alderman and the EYC in charge. Our precious Canton Family, mom and three daughters, will be the recipients of your generosity and possibly one more family. We will have the tree in the Narthex loaded with needs for this family including clothes, toys, and monetary donations. You can have your pick! If you're not able to come to church, let me know and I will help you out. I know we will continue to be the generous and loving community that we always are.
Many people who need to stay at home have someone who buys their groceries. However, once in a while that special someone is not able to help. If you are willing to go out and purchase needed items, please call the office or me so we can put your name on the list. Thank you. Cathy
Are you missing communion? We've got a new option for you. We're calling it "Curbside Communion." Each Wednesday the church will prepare 4 home communion kits and a brief liturgy that you can either pick up from the church or have delivered to your home by clergy. Rev. CJ will host a zoom training to introduce you to the liturgy which will also be available in The Cantor afterward.
ADVENT BAKE SALE
Please mark your calendars for the ECW Bake Sale, Saturday, December 12th from 10 am to 2 pm, with proceeds going to outreach. We hope the weather allows us to set up outside under the breezeway but will be making alternate plans for setting up inside.
Some of you have already responded with offers to bake and/or volunteer. Thank you!
We would like to have 2 to 3 volunteers in one-hour shifts, so please let me know if you would like to participate and the best time for you. Also, as part of our distance planning, we will have a “menu” type board available for grouping and listing items in order to help minimize any congestion around tables. Please let Melanie or me know what you plan to bring.
Reminder: all items must be pre-packaged. Kits in a jar such as hot chocolate, soups, and cookie/brownie/bread mixes are some suggestions. Of course, cakes, cookies, and brownies always make great gifts! What is your holiday speciality?
And, hey you men out there, we know that many of you are great bakers. We would love for you to contribute your "gifts".
Please bring all items to the kitchen by 6:00, Friday afternoon, December 11.
Thank you all for your support of ECW. I would love any ideas or feedback.
Melanie McKinley, ECW President
FEED THE FIREMEN
Almost back to normal!
As is customary, St. Columb’s Church fed the firefighters at Station # 2 on Ridgeland Avenue on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you.
They feasted on 2 Roast Chickens, rolls, butter, cranberry sauce from the Berry’s; Dressing and Gravy (thanks Emily and Paul George); Green Bean Casserole, Baked Potato Casserole, Caramel Cake (thanks Sarah Langston); Squash Casserole and Apple Pie (thanks Cathy Halford); 2 gallons tea (thanks Sabyna Mills); Asparagus Casserole (thanks Dick Largel); all paper goods provided by Vernon and Tad Magruder; and a massive bag of snacks from Glenda Fowler.
We will feed the Firemen again on Christmas Day again this year. The Berry’s found a beautiful Pork Roast over Thanksgiving weekend and Eugene is looking forward to preparing it in the style of our Mississippi Iron Chef Cat Cora. The firemen will need other accompaniments to this entree. Please join us as you usually do to thank our Fire Station #2 for their service.
Please email Bea Berry to sign up.
UPCOMING CHRISTMAS EVENTS:
Lessons and Carols - Wednesday Dec. 16th at 6PM
Blue Christmas - Saturday Dec. 19th at 5PM
Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist - Outdoor Eucharist 3PM
Midnight Mass 11PM
Christmas Day Holy Eucharist - 10:30AM
First and foremost, thank you for your generous donations and for the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Working together we served 244 families totaling 757 people for Thanksgiving. For the month of November (3 Friday distributions) we served 522 families totaling 1577 people. Our neighbors are truly in need!
We are now preparing for our Christmas distribution and need your help. Items needed are:
We are collecting coloring books and crayons for Christmas at Iona House. Please bring your crayons and coloring books to church and leave them on the back 2 tables in the parish hall, by Friday, December 11, 2020.
We need 24 count crayons and coloring books for boys and girls.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Margaret Woodrick.
CENTERING PRAYER will no longer be meeting on Saturdays. The new day will be on Tuesdays at noon in the Sulser chapel. Looking forward to our praying together again! Please note that masks are required. For more information, please contact Kris @ 769-216-9098
JOY club will be doing an advent series for the first three Tuesdays in December entitled 'New Beginnings'. They will meet at 10 AM on December 8th and 15th in the parish hall. If you haven’t already, please let Kris know if you will be coming.
And don’t forget, masks are required!
ONLINE SIGN UPS
We are moving some of our on-going sign ups online. If you would like to sign up to donate altar flowers with special intentions or if you have someone to add to the prayer list, please sign up online or contact the church office.
Altar Guild: Duckworth, King, Mansell, Mitchell, Townsend
Lay Eucharistic Visitation: Rebecca Grant
THE READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-15a
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Floyd King, Peggy Wilkinson, Floyd Sulser, Billy Boykin, Tom Hardy, Bill Walker, Anne Derryberry, Bernard Tucker, Jolyne Shirley, Dr. Karl Hatten Sr., Glynn & Eugenie Bradshaw, Cheryl Marbury, Robert Mahaffey, John Gourley
For our Family Members: Trisha Huddox, Edith Avenmarg, Jane Campbell, Burnice Jones & family, Sharon Duckworth,Jane Magee (Eilene Warwicks sister), Rhonda Earhart, Polly Killough,Patsy Little, Audrey Hardin, Paula Williams, Dan and Michelle Brady, Lonnie Edgar, Clay, Eva, and Eric Hatten, Mary Lou Jernigan, Alissa Lilly, Louise Sebren, Jon, Richard Largel
For our Friends and those in our Community: Heidi Smith, Eddie Monsour, Henry Lewis, Al Thomas,Terry Taylor, Gerald Carter, Betty Langley, Eddie Booty, Robbie Buckhalter, Pat, John Hardy, Annie Trotter, Laurie Smith, Floyd Van Deburgh Family, Bill Gresham, Bill Luckett, for all those affected by the wildfires out west, all first responders, and all those recovering from Hurricane's Laura,Sally,Delta, and Zeta
For the Faithfully Departed: Warren Strain, "Sunny" Wallace Worthy, Les Hammond, Mary Frances Ponder, Elizabeth McElroy, and all those who have died from COVID-19
The college students: Emma, Emily, Delaney, Lake, Grace, Caley, Haley, Charles, Luke, Noah, Alan, Zachary, Britain, Raegan, Connor, Miller, Maddie, Sydney, Gage, Georgia, Isaac
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: 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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