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, November 12
Only two weeks until Advent?!? It is hard to believe we are only a couple of weeks away from a new season in the church year, and even on the precipice of a new decade entirely! Time doesn’t slow down for anyone, not enough at least. As we approach the end of this church year and so too the end of our three year lectionary cycle, I want to offer a quick reflection on where we’ve been.
We’ve got two Sundays left in the Gospel of Luke. We began our time in Luke on the Sunday after Pentecost, and this Sunday will be the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. That means we will have spent 25 Sundays hearing Luke’s account of our salvation in Christ. That’s a pretty good run! Of course, we will return to Luke in Advent and Christmas to hear his beautiful narration of Mary’s annunciation and the birth of Jesus. It will be another three years, however, before we take a dive this deep into the third Gospel.
Luke’s Gospel is a treasure, and a heavenly one at that. Each Gospel has its own power and emphasis, and it is in Luke we find a Savior who is primarily concerned with a Kingdom of God prepared for the poor and outcast. He makes this clear at the beginning of his ministry while reading a passage from Isaiah to a crowd gathered in a synagogue in Nazareth. The passage reads:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Then, Jesus rolls up the scroll and says, “This scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Talk about a messianic mic drop! Jesus was telling them in no uncertain terms that he had arrived, and his ministry would be to the poor and those held captive in society.
And we’ve seen that play out over the past 23 weeks. Jesus highlights the faith of the much maligned tax collector over that of the revered Pharisee. Jesus praises the compassion of a Samaritan over the religious purity of the priest. Jesus tells the story of the guest who arrives at the banquet and takes the lowest and least honorable seat. His message always comes back to the refrain, those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
This central message of humility in Luke’s Gospel will always be important to followers of Jesus. Because of our tendency to exalt ourselves, and indeed, our culture’s demand that we reach for individual success, we will always need to be redirected toward humility. We will always need to be reminded of God’s favor toward the poor, the persecuted, and the outcast, that we may also favor them and direct our concern toward them.
So, my hope is that all this time in Luke has worked on our souls. I hope the message has found its place in our hearts, and from there, will lead us into greater ministry. I hope that for myself, and I hope it for our common life as a parish.
As Mary boldly says in the second chapter of Luke, “Let it be…according to your Word.”
FROM YOUR DEACON
I would like to put together a light supper for about 40 people at Sacred Heart, Canton, for the evening of Dec. 3. If you would like to help, please let me know in the next week. Thank you! Cathy
PLEDGE HARVEST: REELIN IT IN! 2019 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
The pledge card are out and the harvest has begun! If you haven't had a chance to fill out a pledge card for 2020, please do so and get and bring it with you to place in the offertory plate, or get it to the church office. We've had a wonderful stewardship season this year and the generosity you've shown thus far is amazing.
Thanks to all who have turned in their pledges for the upcoming year. We are happy to report a 15% increase in pledged amount from those who pledged last year at our last count. That's encouraging and ABOVE the 10% goal we stated at launch.
You can read a more detailed account of our financial picture written by our treasurer, David Jackson. Just click the link below.
2019 Treasurer's Report for Stewardship Campaign
Grab a piece of the net and let's reel in the ministry of St. Columb's!
PUB QUIZ IS THIS Wednesday November 13 at 5:30 p.m. We’ll have 6 rounds of 10 themed questions from members of the parish with knowledge of various trivia topics including hits from the Hymnal, St. Columb's history, and famous Episcopalians. CLICK HERE to sign up your team of up to 6. There will be nursery care & ‘trivia fun’ for the kids. Dinner will be served. Donations are appreciated.
Begin the season of Advent by making an Advent Wreath for your home. Join your church family in the Parish Hall at 9:15 AM on December 1st. Wreath-making supplies and a light breakfast will be provided. All ages are welcome and invited.
THANKSGIVING TURKEYS FOR SALE
The Men’s club will again be preparing turkeys for your Thanksgiving dinner. Price is $60 for a fully smoked 12-14 pound bird. Pickup will be Wednesday 11/27 between 3-6 pm. There is a limit of 40 birds. Look for a sign up sheet in the Narthex/office, or text Jim Woodrick @ 601-720-5136.
November Other Club will be held on Sunday, November 17, at Pearl River Glass Studio, 142 Millsaps Avenue, Jackson. Andy Young, Janice Jordan, and Melanie McKinley will host the monthly gathering. If you've never been, you're missing a fun evening and an opportunity to get to know your friends at St. Columb's. Bring a dish to share and beverage of choice. We'll gather from 6:00-8:00pm. Childcare will be available at the church from 5:30-8:30.
A CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IS COMING SOON! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The ECW is hosting a Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday, December 4th, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We have several artisans offering a variety of items from specialty food to handmade gifts. Don't miss this great opportunity to come and snack while you shop and mark some items off of your Christmas list! We are including a White Elephant Booth. If you have very gently used home decor or Christmas decor you would like to donate, all proceeds will go to the church. No clothing, cracked or chipped items, please. Childcare will be available. If you are interested in having a booth, please contact Melanie McKinley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Mens Club for a very productive work day last Saturday. Every project that we completed enhances our ability to serve clients, maintain the house and be a good neighbor.
IONA HOUSE is collecting stuffing mix, cornmeal, and small bags. Volunteers are needed to work at IONA HOUSE on Fridays from 8:30 -12:00. For more information contact Cy Tandy at 240-320-4324. You can also support IONA HOUSE with the KROGER Community Rewards program. Sign up at Kroger.com. Also, you can help by using Amazonsmile.com.
In October, IONA House served 227 families totaling of 713 family members. 311 of those were 18 or younger. As part of MS Food Network we were able to give out apples, grapes, cheese, cranberries, dried and canned beans, and peanut butter among other items.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated. On Friday, November 22, we will have our Thanksgiving food distribution. We expect to supply groceries for approximately 250 families. All are welcome as we give back to our community.
FEEDING THE FIREMEN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2019
WHO - the Firefighters on duty between 8:30 AM Thanksgiving Day and 8:30 AM the day following
WHAT - Thanksgiving dinner for 4 adults for two to three meals with snacks
WHERE - Ridgeland Fire Station #2 on Ridgeland Avenue east of Holmes Community College
WHEN - on Thursday, November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving Day by 9:30 AM IN THE KITCHEN AT THE CHURCH
WHY - a service of St. Columb’s Church to those first responders who are there when we need them
Suggestions (be specific): other meats, casseroles, dressing, breads, cranberry sauce fresh or canned, pies, cakes, (utensils, plates large and small, napkins, cups, glasses - should be sturdy, may be seasonal), iced tea - both sweet and unsweetened by the gallon, other things your family likes at Thanksgiving.
Need Name, Dish (be specific), telephone number or email address entered.
Sign up sheets are available both in the Narthex and the Education Building Lobby. (I check both so there is no reason to duplicate your sign up on each.)
601 853-4794 cell
LAY WORSHIP LEADERS
If you received the “Application for Renewal of Diocesan Lay Worship Leader License” in the mail and have not returned your completed copy to the church office, please turn it in as soon as possible. We are due to send the St. Columb’s forms to the diocesan office by November 21. Thank you.
COLORING BOOKS AND CRAYONS NEEDED
We are collecting coloring books and 24 count boxes of crayons for Christmas at Iona House. These will be collected through the month of November and until December 8. You can bring them to the church and place them in the boxes outside the church office. You can email questions to Mary Margaret Woodrick at email@example.com
TALKING ABOUT GRIEF GROUP
The Talking About Grief group will meet on November 21 and December 19 at noon.
If you'd like to provide dinner for EYC, please use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0848A8AD2FA0F49-eycdinners/83378393
ENGRAVED BRICKS FOR YOUR PET
Once your form(s) have been completed online, please remit a check in the appropriate amount to the church either via the alms basin at services or by mail. Each brick ordered is currently $55.00. We try to order on a quarterly basis, but must have at least 5 bricks to avoid a surcharge. As soon as we have sufficient bricks to complete a square, we will arrange for installation. Our second Square is well on the way to completion as you can see by looking out the East windows of the Nave.
We look forward to another brick order as soon as there are a sufficient number of orders made to avoid a surcharge. Love your pets.
Cooking to CureSURF1 cookbooks are still available for purchase but will no longer be sold weekly following the 10:30 service. The cost is $20 each or 3 for $50. TOGETHER FOR CAROLINE green arm bands are also available for $5 each. To purchase cookbooks or arm bands, see Deenie Grubbs or Debbie Hartzog.
THE PRAYER LIST
Pray for the sick: Jane, Deenie, Mary Lee, Deanie, Vivian, Helen, Sharon, Rob, John, Christine, Lyn, Jerry, Betty, Mary Elizabeth, Bean, Laurie, Judy, Barbara, Dale, Nikki, Margaret, Polly, Russell, Chuck, Jim, Donna, Repose of the Soul, and all others who remain in our concern.
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.
Those expecting babies: Andrew & Susan
and for our presiding bishop, Michael, our bishop, Brian, our rector, CJ, our deacon, Cathy.
The loose collection plate offerings this week are dedicated to the EYC fund.
Altar flowers given to the glory of God by Kent and Becky Hawkins in loving memory of their mothers Edna Earl Hawkins and Brenda Wiggins.
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - PROPER 28
(click the link to be taken right to the passage)
THE FIRST READING - Isaiah 65:17-25
THE SECOND READING - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
GOSPEL - Luke 21:5-19
PSALM - Canticle 9
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
LEM – G. Grant, B. McDonald
LR – A. Alderman
Epistle – E. Duckworth
Crucifer - Owen
Gospel - Landry
Torch - Cohen
Torch - Elizabeth
Altar Guild – King, Mitchell, Duckworth, Mansell, Townsend
Greeters – D. Nigro
Ushers – B. Baker, K. Ingerbretsen, S. Johnson, G. Stewart
Vestry on Duty – S. Schreiber, S. Stewart
Lay Eucharistic Visitor – C. Halford
Children's Chapel – S. Westfall