The Rt. Rev. Brian R Seage, Bishop
The Rev. C.J. Meaders, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Halford, Deacon
Wardens: Kris Mink - Sr. Warden, Matthew Guinn – Jr. Warden
Vestry: Mariella Doyle, Andre Ducote, Robin Gourley, Keith Grant, Kelly Inglebretsen, Bethany Culley McGehee, Chris McMillin, Cy Tandy, Kellye Whalen
David Jackson (Treasurer), Doris Carpenter (Clerk)
Staff: Andrea Tyre – Parish Administrator, Jominie Clay – Sexton,
Gus Schreiber – Organist, Chrissy Hrivnak – Choir Director
Caroline McMillin - Director of Christian Formation
March 29, 2022
SKIP AHEAD TO:
2022 WALK IN LOVE CHALLENGE
Walk In Love, St. Columb's!
Put on your new Walk In Love t-shirt (buy it TODAY) and send us a picture of you in action -- walking in love -- and you could win a $100 gift card from Fleet Feet!
ORDER SHIRTS HERE
Here are all the details:
1. Buy our new St. Columb's Walk In Love t-shirt from the parish office. We have ordered a shipment of shirts in several sizes and they should be available in a few weeks. Call or email to check on availability.
2. Wear it as you walk in love, either as you take a physical walk or as you walk in love as a servant.
3. Share the picture on social media or send it to us via email with the hashtag #walkinlovechallenge
4. Two winners will be selected. One for the most creative example of walking in love and the other for the largest number of people together walking in love.
5. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 15th. Winners announced on Easter Sunday.
6. So buy your t-shirt, walk in love, and invite others to walk with you and with us!
STATEMENT ON MASKS
The Rector, wardens, and vestry of St. Columb's voted to return to a mask optional policy for all indoor worship services, meetings, and events, including our upcoming Mardis Dras. In the meantime, we will continue our special offering of Eucharist with both bread and wine, and we are developing new COVID-19 guidelines which will reflect a continued commitment to public health measures in our common life. Thanks to everyone for helping us make St. Columb's a safer place to gather as God's people!
WATCH OUR 10:30 SERVICE OF HOLY EUCHARIST EVERY SUNDAY!
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Way of the Cross
Joy! and the Daughters of the King are offering an outdoor stations of the cross experience to help deepen the Lenten journey. Our hope is that our parish family and others in the community will participate in walking through the stations we’ve created outdoors. This will be a self-guided tour that all will be able to travel outdoors at St. Columb’s from March 5th until Easter Sunday.
That's right! Each Wednesday in Lent we will gather to enjoy a simple meal, watch a portion of a movie, and hold brief small group discussions on the Lenten messages in each movie. Adults, youth, and kids will each have their own choice of films to watch.
Please help us clean up the church before Easter! All hands on deck for our annual parish workday with projects around the church for people of all skill levels. We will begin with donuts at 9 AM and finish with lunch provided by the church. Please bring your tools and lend a helping hand!
HELP NEEDED FOR MAKING PALM CROSSES
A time honored tradition at St. Columb's each year is to gather to make palm crosses for our Palm Sunday celebration. We will gather at our work day on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 9am to make these beautiful crosses. Please join us!
EASTER POTLUCK ( HELP NEEDED )
Easter is around the corner and that means POTLUCK after the 10:30 service on April 17 in the Parish Hall. The ECW is providing the meat. Please bring your favorite sides or desserts. Volunteers are needed to set up and clean up. Please get in touch with Melanie McKinley -601-927-7216 or email@example.com if you can help.
March 30 – Lenten Dinner and Movie 5:30p.m.
April 9 – Parish Workday 9:00a.m.
April 10 – Palm Sunday 10:30a.m.
April 13 - Taize Service 6:00p.m.
April 14 – Maundy Thursday 6:00p.m.
April 15 – Good Friday 12:00p.m.
Stations of the Cross 6:00p.m.
April 16 – Easter Vigil 7:00p.m.
April 17 – Outdoor Service 9:00a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt 9:45a.m.
Easter Service 10:30a.m.
Potluck Lunch 12:00p.m.
RECTOR'S REFLECTION: A POLLENATED REESE'S EGG
So I walked into Walgreen's the other day and I swear I heard the sound of a Reese's egg groaning.
"Is it Easter yet?" the egg asked.
I told the egg it was not Easter and it would have to wait like the rest of us. You see, the egg has been on the shelf longer this year. It's been waiting since the day after Valentine's, when American cultural Easter begins, for the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, when Easter really begins.
The cashier looked at me puzzled. I handed her enough antihistamines to stun a gorilla and the moment ended when she asked,
"Do you have your Walgreens card?"
St. Paul tells us in Romans that creation waits for Easter with us.
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God." (Romans 8: 18-19)
In the movement of creation, Paul sees our coming future glory. There is in the blossoming of a flower a stretching out toward life, joy, completion as creation itself reaches toward God. Then there is in the wilting and decay of a flower the remorseful hope that it will be eternal next year. In C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, the character Aslan expresses this hope in the promise of an endless summer. For now, creation waits for eternity with us and strives for completion along side us.
When I got back to my car in the Walgreen's parking lot, I noticed the pollen cake growing on my hood. Immediately, I became aware of every inch of my nasal cavity. I felt the sudden urge to blow off all my responsibilities and fall asleep while gently gliding through a car wash. Then I looked at the pollen on my hood again and I saw it.
Creation waiting. Striving.
I stared off into space, so amazed at the wonder of pollenated rebirth happening all across the land that almost forgot what I came out to get in the first place...
My Walgreen's card.
FROM YOUR DEACON
This is a link to Episcopal Relief & Development for donating to the Ukrainian Refugee cause. Thank you for your generosity.
HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION
Since St. Columb's is the sponsoring parish for the 2023-2024 Honduras Medical Mission, you will see this information in the Cantor for the next two years! Money for medication, support for Kinder Mississippi (PreK school) and more is needed. Fundraising will be held throughout the diocese with lots of information forthcoming. If you would like to donate: drop your check in the offering plate, bring it to the office, or mail it to:
Mrs. Rebecca Grant
St. Columb's Episcopal Church
550 Sunnybrook Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157
**Check should be made out to St. Columb's and please write Honduras Medical Mission on memo line.
Thank you for your interest in this wonderful part of our diocesan work. And please let me know of your ideas for fundraising and if you would like to take part.
If anyone is interested in being a part of the 2023 Honduras Medical Mission, please let me know. Among others, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or veterinarians are always needed.
Our Honduras Medical Mission team is in need of a slide projector. We’ve discovered slides from the early 1980s when we sponsored the mission in its infancy and would like to be able to view them. Please, let the church office or Cathy Halford know if you have one to donate or loan.
Fr. CJ will teach a class on communion for our kids (of all ages) on Sunday's at 9:15 AM. The class will be like the traditional practice of preparing for first communion, but with a fun twist. If you have any kids who would like to learn more about communion, please bring them to church this Sunday.
Every Wednesday at 11 o'clock CJ hosts a Christian Ed class. Please join us this week as we dive into Praying Shapes Believing, by Leonel Mitchell and explore theological roots of the Book of Common Prayer.
We will meet in the parish hall in person or via zoom.
Discipleship Lounge will be open to all at 9:15 this Sunday. CJ will have the communion class for children in another location, but I will be in the parish hall to visit. Come see me!
COLUMBA COFFEE GROUP
Columba's Coffee and Book Club will meet, Sunday, April 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the library. Our book will be Viktor Frankl's MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING.
For more information, please call Jim Woodrick at 601-720-5136. Hope to see you there!
We served 584 families totaling 1567 people in March. We need grocery shopping carts. If anyone has a source please contact the church office.
We have "Stephen Ministers" ready to walk along with you through a difficult time. If you would like to work with a Stephen minister, please contact Fr. CJ through the church office email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Stephen Ministry, visit this website.
Centering Prayer will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. The next Centering Prayer will be on Tuesday, April 5 at noon in the Sulser Chapel.
The next DOK will be on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The next Joy meeting will be Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
St. Columb's would like to give a birthday shout out to the following folks who will be celebrating their special day this week:
Karl Hatten - March 31
Philip Merideth - April 2
Makenna Morris - April 3
Irene Underwood - April 4
Have a blessed day!
SIGN UP FOR CAMP BRATTON GREEN!
Camp Bratton-Green is a safe place where all are welcome. Our mission is to foster and nurture disciples of Christ through a Christian camp experience. A variety of activities, like arts and crafts, nature, canoeing, swimming, music, skits, and much more, are a part of a unique theme at each session. Clergy are partnered with lay leaders to serve as the volunteer session directors for each session. Sessions are available for young people who have completed 1st through 12th grade. There are also two Special Sessions for adult campers 18 years+ with intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. All of our sessions seek to provide an experience of living in a Christian community, working, learning, and playing together in a setting where the beauty and mystery of God's creation can be savored and enjoyed. The relationships established and nurtured over the years in this place and the learning and growth that so many people have experienced have made Camp Bratton-Green the very heart of the Diocese of Mississippi. Session details can be found at graycenter.org
Come by the church office and get a new yard sign and bumper sticker! Walk in Love! Walk with Us!
2022 REALM UPDATE
If you have a monthly auto draft through REALM and need to update it for the new year, please log in to your account and make the appropriate changes under the GIVING tab on your profile. If you have any questions please email or call the office.
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Sunday April 3
Acolytes: Julia Harless, Elizabeth Woodward, Owen Woodward
Altar Guild: Ezell, Mahaffey, Stewart, Woodrick
Children’s Chapel: Kris Mink
Greeters: Leanne Brady, Kristen Guinn
LEM: Andy Young
LEV: Cathy Halford
Live Stream: Chris Brady
Epistle Reader: Sherri Schreiber
Ushers: Scott Johnson, Chris McMillin
Vestry: Andre Ducote, Bethany Culley
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Floyd King, Peggy Wilkinson, Floyd Sulser, Billy Boykin, Anne Derryberry, Dr. Karl Hatten Sr.,Marian Alexander, Gwyan Covington, Virginia Earnest, Janice Jordan, Dick Largel, Judy Glenn, Tom Hardy, Eddie Hales, Emily George, Eugenie Bradshaw, Jo Anne McLeod, Bob May, Baby Minninger, Linda Slawson, Becca Meaders
For our Family Members: Marty Miller, Diane Horton, Rae Evelyn and Jerry Ginn, Peggy Whalen, Karen Parker, Derrick Johnson, Reed Doyle, Keith Lutz, Larry Franklin, Gina Bradshaw Woods, Juanita Henderson, John David Hardy, Meri Lee Halford, Joe Whalen, Eugene, Don Pringle, Angie Lyons, Dan Bures, Elba Park, Jeanne Price
For our Friends and those in our Community: Jackie Stedman, Dale Bridges, Bobby Harrison, Lynne Jenkins, Jeff Nutt, Linda Reynolds, Ethel Claire Taquino, Ray Wilson, Kathleen Burton, John and Kathy,Tom Maloney, Catherine Hester, Janet Potts, Amanda Camp, Kyle Morris, Carl Rogel, Lake Wilkinson, Bill Olson, Maggie Tyner, and all those in Ukraine who are in the path of violence
The college students: Emma, Grace, Caley, Charles, Zachary, Britain, Raegan, Connor, Miller, Maddie, Sydney, Gage, Georgia, Isaac, Phoebe, Audrie, Culley, Maren, Holden
For the Faithfully Departed: Charles Reed Sr., George Taquino
The vestry, officers, and wardens of St. Columb’s: Kris, Matthew, Mariella, Andre, Robin, Keith, Kelly, Bethany, Chris, Cy, Kellye, David, and Doris.
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, Carter, Jack, Robert
For those expecting a baby: Adam and Stephanie Minninger
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
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