The Rt. Rev. Brian R Seage, Bishop
The Rev. C.J. Meaders, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Halford, Deacon
Wardens: Kris Mink - Sr. Warden, Arrington Widemire – Jr. Warden
Vestry: Andre Ducote, Robin Gourley, Keith Grant, Matthew Guinn, Kelly Inglebretsen
Tim McIntyre,Chris McMillin, Donna Nigro, Sharon Stewart,
David Jackson (Treasurer), Sarah Shelby Ginn (Clerk)
Staff: Andrea Tyre – Parish Administrator, Jominie Clay – Sexton,
Gus Schreiber – Organist, Chrissy Hrivnak – Choir Director
Caroline McMillin - Director of Christian Formation
December 7, 2021
St. Columb's is now fully mask optional for indoor and outdoor events on campus.
(guidelines approved by the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry)
WATCH OUR 10:30 SERVICE OF HOLY EUCHARIST EVERY SUNDAY!
The Second Sunday of Advent
Thanks for a great St. Nick Sunday!!!
ADVENT WEEKLY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM Sundays - Rite I
10:30 AM Sundays- Rite II
ADVENT SPECIAL EVENTS
Blue Christmas - Saturday Dec. 11
Lessons and Carols - Sunday Dec. 19
This Advent we will go "back to the book" and read our service from our beloved Book of Common Prayer. For many, this will be a move back to the traditional way of going through the service. For our newer members, it will be a chance to get familiar with the books that sit in front of you in the pew each Sunday. We will use the BCP for the Rite I and the Rite II services.
“Blue Christmas” is a liturgy offered by St. Columb’s for those who sometimes struggle through the holiday season, especially those who have recently lost a loved one. This service remind us the holiday season can be a time of deep remembrance, when the heart is filled with memories of holidays past. Therefore, they can produce a mixture of joy and sorrow. Please join us as we remember them, and acknowledge our continued struggle with their loss through worship, word, and song. Blue Christmas is hosted by our group “Talking about Grief” and by our Stephen Ministers. Because it will be dark, there will be volunteers present to assist anyone in need of help getting to their car. Please pass the word and invite others you may know who could need holiday healing.
**Light Refreshments will be available in the Narthex following the service.
Lessons and Carols is a traditional service of preparation for Christmas day. During this service we hear a number of readings from scripture which prepare the way for the coming messiah. Each scripture reading is expounded upon by supplemental carols in response. We hope you enjoy this special offering from St. Columb's choir.
OTHER CLUB - CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
Jane Brooks is graciously hosting our return for this adults only social event. December 19th, 6-8 pm…. Pot luck & BYOB! The green frog will move on. Wonder who will be the lucky family?
We are all so excited and will be looking for monthly hosts for the following months —— 3rd Sunday of each month from 6-8 pm. Sign up sheet will be available.
If you have any questions please contact Joy May.
RECTOR'S REFLECTION: COME TOGETHER
This morning I had the pleasure of attending the 20th Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast hosted by Gene McGee, mayor of Ridgeland. Ministers and other professionals from all across the city gathered together to pray for our city, hear readings from Scripture, and do a little holy networking.
Cathy and I had our seats at the ministers' table and Cathy quickly got to talking with everyone at the table. We met a pastor who had been present at all 20 prayer breakfasts, the president of a local seminary, and one of the pastors from a local Methodist church.
I was asked to do the benediction, or blessing, at the close of the service. As I walked up the stairs and turned around to the podium, I saw a very large crowd in front of me. I collected myself for a moment and then God's spirit was with me as I looked around and saw so many people from so many different walks of life. It was a holy moment to see God at work beyond the walls of the Episcopal church. My prayer was in the hope that we would come together as God's people to work his mission in the city of Ridgeland.
Cathy and I... mostly Cathy... planted some seeds this morning. Our hope is that we can form a ministerial alliance and do more ecumenical work with other churches in Ridgeland. From my conversations with the people of this parish, I know that many of you share the hope for us to partner with others in ministry.
So, this morning I hear God calling us to come together. May we be bold enough to respond in love and service beyond our walls.
Peace in Christ,
FROM YOUR DEACON
If you are planning to give a Christmas gift to the Canton family, please have it wrapped and in the office by December 20 so I can deliver it on the 21st. I will be glad to take donations and go shopping for you. The younger two girls (ages 8 and 10) wear a 8/10; the older girl wears a Junior 7 in pants and small shirt. It will be easier to let them buy their shoes. They already have underwear, socks, and coats. Of course, a game or two would be fun to receive. If you have questions, please give me a call.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT DISCIPLESHIP LOUNGE
On Sunday Dec. 19 at 9:15 AM the Men's Club will treat us to a Pancake breakfast at Discipleship Lounge. Bring the whole family to get your day started right with breakfast at church!
ADULT CHRISTIAN ED
Columba's Coffee & Book Club will be reading Truman Capote's beautiful book A CHRISTMAS MEMORY in December! The schedule is as follows: December 12 "One Christmas" and December 19 "A Christmas Memory." See you there at 9:00 a.m.!
Rector's Bible Study - Each Wednesday at 11 Fr. CJ will host a bible study open to all. This Wednesday, we will choose our next book of the Bible or spiritual writing to explore!
Join Zoom Meeting: Rector's Bible Study
Meeting ID: 886 7154 2071
Two weeks ago, we served 174 families totaling 509 people for our Thanksgiving celebration. Thanks to all that donated so generously.
For the month of November we served 443 families totaling 1268 people.
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 email@example.com. 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, January 4th at noon in the Sulser Chapel.
The next DOK will be on Tuesday, December 14 at 11:30 am.
The next Joy meeting will be Tuesday, January 4 at 10am.
PFLAG MEETING DECEMBER 9TH
What is PFLAG, you ask? Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. Safe Harbor Family Church, which meets at The Church of the Creator in Clinton, hosts a PFLAG meeting every second Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For more information go to http://www.safeharborfamilychurch.org
St. Columb's would like to give a birthday shout out to the following folks who will be celebrating their special day this week:
Ceci Whitehurst - December 7
Keith Grant - December 10
Cheryl Marbury - December 11
Have a blessed day!
SMOKED TURKEYS & BOSTON BUTTS
The Men's Club is selling delicious smoked turkeys & Boston butts for Christmas. Order yours by Sunday, Dec. 19th by contacting the church office or Gordon Stewart.
The cost for each turkey is $70.00 & $40.00 for the Boston butt. Orders may be picked up at the church between 2-4pm on Friday, Dec. 24th.
Feed the Firemen Christmas Day, 2021 (Saturday, December 25, 2021)
SIGN UP SHEETS AVAILABLE IN NARTHEX AND EDUCATION WING LOBBY OR TEXT BEA BERRY
2021 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.
**BE SURE TO STAY UPDATED ON ALL THE EVENTS HAPPENING AT ST. COLUMB'S! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS MONTHS CHURCH CALENDAR. IF YOU NEED SOMETHING ADDED, JUST CALL OR EMAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE. **
ORDER YOUR BRICKS TO REMEMBER YOUR PETS WITH A NEW WAY TO PAY AND NO DEADLINE!
1. Enter your brick engraving information at the St. Columb’s Church website under “Worship”, choosing the 10th entry from the dropdown list (St. Francis Garden). If you choose to use the Realm/Giving credit card option, use ‘today’s date’ as 6 numbers in the place of a check number requested on the form. Pay $55.00 online or by check with memo St. Francis Garden brick.
2. You can give online by going to the same “Worship” dropdown list, choosing the 7th entry (Realm/Giving) and entering your information.
To pay for your brick, enter $55.00 and choose from the fund list, Pet Memorial Garden- 7th on the dropdown list in Realm/Giving.
If you have any questions about online giving, please email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to send a check, please send to the church address:
St. Columb's Episcopal Church
550 Sunnybrook Rd.
Ridgeland, MS 39157
SIGN UP FOR PRAYER LIST
Please use the link below to submit a prayer request.
Sunday December 12:
Acolytes: Amelia McKinley, Elizabeth Woodward, Owen Woodward
Altar Guild: Brady, Doyle, Hawkins, Minninger
Children’s Chapel: Ashlee Thomas
Greeters: Lauren Benner, Vickie Bennett
LEM: Gordon Stewart
LEV: Gus and Sherri Schreiber
Live Stream: Chris Brady
Epistle Reader: Vickie Bennett
Ushers: Kelly Ingebretsen, Rob Mink
Vestry: Robin Gourley, Arrington Widemire
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, Mary Eileen Passons, Emily George
For our Family Members: Marty Miller,Jane Guinn, Diane Horton, Rae Evelyn and Jerry Ginn, Peggy Whalen, Karen Parker, Derrick Johnson, Reed Doyle, Keith Lutz, Larry Franklin
For our Friends and those in our Community: Jackie Stedman, Dale Bridges, Bobby Harrison, Lynne Jenkins, Jeff Nutt, Linda Reynolds, Kathy Hays, George Taquino, Joe and Patty Donovan, Brandi Ashley, Ray Wilson, Kathleen Burton, John and Kathy
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: Donna R. Blair, Peggy Borromeo, The Rt. Rev. Alex D. Dickson
The vestry, officers, and wardens of St. Columb’s: Kris, Andre, Matthew, Robin, David, Arrington, Keith, Donna, Elise, Chris, Tim, Sharon, Kelly, 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, Carter, Jack
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.