The Rt. Rev. Brian R Seage, Bishop
The Rev. C.J. Meaders, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Halford, Deacon
Wardens: Tom Williams - Sr. Warden, Dick Largel – Jr. Warden
Vestry: Elizabeth Ducote, Alicia Ferguson, Debbie Hartzog, Tim McIntyre,
Bruce McKinley, Donna Nigro, Sherri Schreiber, Sharon Stewart, Holly Widemire,
David Jackson (Treasurer), Donna Nigro (Clerk)
Staff: Laurie Smith – Parish Administrator, Carleen Hicks – Sexton,
Edward Dacus – Organist / Choir Director
Tuesday, January 14
Eureka! I thought of it!
I was searching the cavernous spaces of my mind, struggling to find an idea for today's reflection. I was looking for something inspirational, something captivating, something with energy that can't be denied. It took some time, and after being distracted multiple times by thoughts of much less significance, eureka!
When I first came to it, it was so overwhelmingly bright I couldn't make it out. It was like a flame bursting forth from a dried up Christmas tree, so powerful it made me step back and open my eyes wide. But as my eyes adjusted to the light, I began to see it more clearly. It is a thought that filled my heart with joy and made me pumped about the future.
For through the light I saw... you... I saw you St. Columb's! I saw a church with a sure foundation of loving people who are ready to follow Jesus Christ as his disciples! I saw people praying for and caring for one another each and every day! I saw young and old knelt beside one another at the altar of our Lord, waiting to receive our shared sacred meal! And when I saw it, I said...
Eureka! I thought of it! It was you!
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING & POTLUCK, SUNDAY JAN. 26
Our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 26 will take place during the service with a potluck lunch to follow. We are please to report 7 nominees for vestry and two nominees for Junior Warden. At the meeting, we will elect our Junior Warden and three persons to vestry. The Annual Parish Meeting is your opportunity to select church leadership according to the Canons of the Episcopal Church. Your participation is important as we work with the Holy Spirit to shape the future of St. Columb's!
NOMINEES FOR JUNIOR WARDEN
NOMINEES FOR VESTRY
CLICK HERE TO READ A PROFILE FOR EACH NOMINEE
MARDI DRAS 2020 UPDATE
It’s getting about that time to laissez les bon temps roulet St. Columb’s style. On February 22, 2020 we will celebrate the first St. Columb’s Mardi Dras. Great food, great entertainment, great fun and a chance to win $5,000 all for a great cause - the ministries of St. Columb’s! Other Club on Sunday, January 18th, will be held in the Parish Hall and will be a Mardi Dras kick off. Please plan to attend and learn more about the event and how you can participate.
We have information to share that can’t wait until Sunday. The Crew is excited to announce that we have secured pianist and entertainer Ms. Babs Woods to play at Mardi Dras 2020! Babs performed for years at the world famous Pat O’Brien’s Piano Bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter as well as the dual piano stage at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Babs has worked with Polygram Records, AMI Records, Tough Guy Publishing and with many recording artists. Throughout her career, she has entertained thousands of people from all over the world. We are thrilled to have her perform at Mardi Dras 2020!
See you Sunday!
The Crew of Mardi Dras
Other Club will be Sunday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00 in the Parish Hall. Other Club is a fun evening of food and fellowship for adults 21 and over. Bring a dish to share and your choice of beverage. Childcare will be available from 5:30-8:30.
TALKING ABOUT GRIEF MEETING
The "Talking About Grief" group will meet at noon, January 16th and 30th in the church library. We invite you to join us!
Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 9:00 - 10:00 stocking shelves, preparing bags of food, cleaning and on Fridays from 8:30 - 12:00 for food distribution. For more information contact Cy Tandy at 240-320-4324. You can support IONA House by registering for the KROGER Community Rewards program at Kroger.com. Earn money for IONA House when you use your Kroger loyalty card. Additionally, you can use Amazonsmile. When registering go to smile.amazon.com and enter Isle of Outreach for Neighborhood Assistance Inc.
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Deanie Mills, Floyd King, Megan Mink, Heidi Smith, Anne Michael
For our Family Members: David Triggs, Dina Boucher, Trisha Huddox, Edith Avenmarg, Jane Campbell
For our Friends and those in our Community: Warren Strain, Maggie, Jean & Bob Walters, Nelda Wood
For the Faithfully Departed: Happy Deas, Shirley, Charles, Myrd Smith, David McIntyre, Jupe
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, Elizabeth, Alicia, Debbie, David, Dick, Bruce, Donna, Sherri, 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.
For our clergy: our presiding bishop, Michael, our bishop, Brian, our rector, CJ, our deacon, Cathy.
The loose collection plate offerings this week are dedicated to the General Fund.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
(click the link to be taken right to the passage)
THE FIRST READING - Isaiah 49:1-7
THE SECOND READING - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
GOSPEL - John 1:29-42
PSALM - Psalm 40:1-12
LEM – G. Grant., A. Widemire
LR – A. Aldermann
Epistle – R. Grant
Crucifer - Presley
Gospel - Landry
Torch - Julia
Torch - Emily
Altar Guild – M. Woodrick, S. Stewart, B. Mahaffey
Greeters – D. Nigro
Ushers – B. Baker, K. Ingebretsen, S. Johnson, G. Stewart
Vestry on Duty – S. Schreiber, S. Stewart
Lay Eucharistic Visitor – S. Mills, C. Loper
Children's Chapel – K. Whalen