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“Adult Forum” for August will be Sunday, August 24. The program will be on Outreach Ministries and will give an overall view of Outreach, followed by presentations from individuals involved in each ministry.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT ST. JOHN’S

Mary Nell Patrick

St. John’s Parish Administrator, Mary Nell Patrick, is retiring after 17 years at St. John’s. A reception in her honor will be held after the 11:15 a.m. worship service on August 17. nnn

Parish Directory

in the making...Have you updated your information for the new directory? If not, a copy of the information we currently have on file will be in the parish

St. John’s would like to add a Children’s Choir to our Music/Christian Education Program this Fall. If you (or someone you know) is interested, please complete a form (they are on the table in the parish hall lobby). Contact Cynthia Ramseur, Organist and Choirmaster of

St. John’s, at 282-5000, for more information.

hall after worship services.

the designated box (so we know you’ve checked it). For questions regarding the directory please contact Sharon Manuel at [email protected] or 872-4041.

Please check your entry and then initial in

Education for Ministry Education for Ministry (EfM) is now registering for the Fall Semester. EfM is a program of study developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. EfM covers the Old Testament in year one, the New Testament in year two, church history in year three and theology and philosophy in year four. EfM will begin meeting weekly in September. If you are interested in the course of study, contact Charles Hawkins ([email protected]).

ABC's Quilt Raffle

Parishioners Debbie Miner and Ann McGraw pieced and quilted a beautiful child's quilt as an offering for a raffle to benefit the organ restoration fund. Take time to check it out on Sunday mornings between services! Raffle tickets will be on sale between services for the next several weeks. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The raffle drawing will be Sunday, September 7. Another great opportunity to support the organ fund - many thanks to Debbie and Ann!

Inquirers Class

An eight week course for those who want to prepare for confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows. The class will begin the first Wednesday of October. The class will meet on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Confirmations, etc. will be December 7 at the Bishop’s visitation to St. John’s. Contact Charles Hawkins for more information.

Called by Name

A Women's Retreat

October 10-12, 2014 Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, Noon

What is in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Or are names—our names, God’s names—mysteriously inseparable from identity and also relationship? In this retreat we will explore our own names as a kind of sacrament of identity, an outward sign of our inner reality. We will contemplate the ways in which names convey presence. Through creative mediums and heart-to-heart conversations, we will share stories of our names, honor the deeper layers of meaning within our names, and discover how our names may become prayers, as well as reflect our calling. We will appreciate the powerful significance of acts of re-naming and value our names as the ground of meeting and connection with God, other people, and creation. And we will reflect upon what it means to be loved by God who calls us each by name and to love God who also yearns to be known and called by name. Participants will enjoy nourishing food, relaxation and rest, as well as sacred time with nature and in solitude. Cost for the weekend, including five meals, is $198 (double room) and $223 (single room). Our leaders for the weekend are The Rev. Jennifer Deaton, Canon for Pastoral Care at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS and The Rev. Rwth Fuquay, Associate Director for the Office of Clergy Excellence in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Jennifer and Rwth extensively explored women's spiritual formation with a Peer Learning Grant through the Lilly Endowment and the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College. Both women have previously led retreats at the Gray Center and are delighted to return with this offering.

CURSILLO #127 September 18-21. “Cursillo” is a three day week-end of a “short course in Christianity” held at the Gray Center. Contact Lena Melton at 219-9711 or Foley Ranson at 990-5548 for more information and for an application.

NEW OFFICE HOURS The parish office hours are changing. Beginning in August, St. John’s parish office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Dr. Charles Hawkins, will be the Acting Parish Administrator. A new voice will be answering the telephone and a new face will be greeting you. St. John’s Parish Administrator, Mary Nell Patrick, is retiring after 17 years at St. John’s. A reception in her honor will be held after the 11:15 a.m. worship service on August 17.

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED AT “THE LORD IS MY HELP” “The Lord is My Help” needs a volunteer to do office work 2 to 4 hours a week (one day a week). If you can help, please call “The Lord is My Help.”

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Birthdays within the parish are celebrated each month on the third Wednesday at the Wonderful Wednesday meal which follows the 5:30 p.m. worship service. The next celebration is scheduled for August 20th. If you have an August birthday, please come and be our honored guest!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS August 17 - 12:30 p.m. - Retirement Brunch for Mary Nell Patrick August 24 - 10:15 a.m. - Adult Forum September 7 - Commissioning of Sunday School Teachers September 14 - Commissioning of Choir

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