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, October 27
RSVP FOR BACKYARD HOLY EUCHARIST AT HALFORD HOME
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 5:00PM SATURDAY
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 8:00AM SUNDAY
RSVP FOR HOLY EUCHARIST AT 10:30AM SUNDAY
**You may also call the church office to reserve your space for services.** 601-853-0205
WATCH LAST SUNDAY'S SERVICE HERE
Please submit names by Thursday, Oct. 29
RECTOR'S REFLECTION: ONE NATION UNDER GOD
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As of today, there's a week until Election Day in America. I know many of us are ready to see it in the rearview mirror and to have our desired outcome. I also know that there's a possibility the results of the election could be contentious in an already bitterly divided American political and cultural landscape. Whatever the outcome may be, I ask you to join me in prayer that this nation will remain "One nation, under God."
As a priest in the church, it's not my job to tell you who to vote for in the election. My job, and I believe the job of all Christians, is to remind us of a higher calling of unity to one another in Christ. This means overcoming the temptation to spew anger, committing to the pursuit of truth, and pledging to remain in dialogue where it is possible. Our Prayer Book says that "the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ." In times like these, when that goal feels especially difficult, it is most important for the church to be the voice of unity and for the people of the church to practice grace, compassion, and justice.
Then the question becomes, how can I stay true to my values and still be committed to the mission of the Church and the work of reconciliation?
Seeking unity does not mean sacrificing our values . There's a lot of that "don't give an inch" attitude out there for fears that our values will be watered down or, at worst, taken away. When we go to our corners and won't budge, when we refuse to acknowledge that those who differ from us have anything good to say, when we won't allow for any kind of compromise... the situation becomes more and more tense and more likely to escalate into violence and injustice. That sounds more like the sacrificing of values to me.
We have to stop claiming that if my opponent gets their way, the world will end. Not only is that inflammatory and hyperbolic, it also denies God's role in shaping our times. When the disciples asked when the world will end, Jesus said, only the Father knows. It seems like we need a daily reminder of this.
I believe we are called to create spaces where we can share our values in truth and love and work through those issues which are the most important to us. I believe the church can be one such space. Imagine a church meeting whose only agenda was to facilitate a civil dialogue about the future of our society and the moral path forward. We could anticipate that things would get heated, but we could also pledge mutual respect and a fair listen to all. Finally, we could commit ourselves to practices which allow for that discernment to continue in our speech, social media presence, and daily actions.
We can do that work today and in the coming days as our nation holds an election, remembering our values and remember the Church's sacred ministry of unity and restoration.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FROM YOUR DEACON
Hurricanes Laura, Sally, and Delta Fund and Work Crews:
For those of you who would like to donate to the disaster fund, the addresses are below. Also, work crews will continue for a while helping with cleanup in the Dioceses of Western Louisiana and the Central Gulf Coast. If you are interested in getting involved, please let me know.
Mother Nature is still not finished! With Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta approaching the MS Gulf Coast, there will probably be a new list of things to do to help your brother and sisters. Please pray for those in the path of the storm. Blessings, Cathy
Diocese of West Louisiana
P. O. Box 4330
Pineville, LA. 71361
Diocese of Texas
1225 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX. 77002
Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
P. O. Box 13330
Pensacola, FL 32591
Family in Canton:
School continues for the three girls in the Canton family. Cold weather and Christmas approach. Since they are growing girls (ages 7, 9, and 11) clothes are always needed. For this reason, financial donations are very welcome since it is easier for them to buy. I will include a list for Christmas in a week or two. I, along with the family, appreciate more than you know your kindness and generosity in helping with their needs. Please call me if you have any questions. Cathy
Looking for a way to show off all that yard work you've been doing since this all began? We are announcing a new way to do Eucharist together, in your backyard! We will bring the setup to your house and invite others to gather in your outdoor space for Holy Communion. Backyard Eucharists will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be limited to no more than 20 people or less depending on the size of your space.
Our next Backyard Eucharist is Wednesday, hosted by Rev. Cathy Halford. She asks that we bring our own chairs or picnic blankets.
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.
SAVE THE DATE:
Feed the Firemen Thanksgiving Day, 2020.
Food needed by Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in St. Columb’s kitchen. More details later.
Mens Club vs ECW Thanksgiving Food Drive:
We need the following items:
15-16oz cans of corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
The 3rd annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for IONA House ends Saturday, November 14th. This year’s food drive will be judged on the number of eligible items donated and total dollars donated by each group. If you choose to donate financially please make checks out to IONA House and enter Mens Club or ECW on the For line. Drop checks off at the church office or mail them to the church. Donated food items can be placed on the back wall of the Parish Hall, under the Mens Club or ECW signs. If you leave donations outside of the Parish Hall please label them Mens Club or ECW. The winning team will be announced Sunday, November 15th. Please contact the church office if you have questions.
The Iona House Team
CENTERING PRAYER will continue this October 31 at 10:00 am in the church. Looking forward to our praying together again! Please note that masks are required. For more information, please contact Kris @ 769-216-9098
The next JOY meeting will be Tuesday November 3 at 10AM 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.
ST. COLUMB'S KID'S CORNER
THIS SUNDAY!!! Join us for a Sunday school lesson from Mr. Tim on Adam & Eve which will air at 9AM!
Altar Guild: Duckworth, King, Mansell, Mitchell, Townsend
Lay Eucharistic Visitation: Norma King & Barbara Moore
THE READINGS FOR ALL SAINTS DAY
First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Epistle: 1 John 3:1-3
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Floyd King, Megan Mink, Peggy Wilkinson, Floyd Sulser, Billy Boykin, Tom Hardy, Bill Walker, Anne Derryberry,Bernard Tucker, Jolyne Shirley, Dr. Karl Hatten Sr.
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, Rayferd Woodrick, Norman Woodrick, Audrey Hardin, Paula Williams, Dan and Michelle Brady, Lonnie Edgar, Clay, Eva, and Eric Hatten
For our Friends and those in our Community: Warren Strain, Heidi Smith, Eddie Monsour, Henry Lewis, Al Thomas,Terry Taylor, Gerald Carter, Betty Langley, Eddie Booty, Robbie Buckhalter, Pat, Courtney Taylor, John Hardy, Annie Trotter, Laurie Smith, Floyd Van Deburgh Family, for all those affected by the wildfires out west, all first responders, and all those recovering from Hurricane's Laura,Sally, and Delta
For the Faithfully Departed: Matthew Van Deburgh, Austin Hatten 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.
Please contact the church email at email@example.com for any announcements to be included in the Cantor
by Tuesday no later than 10:00 am.