SSSJ News and Events for January 6, 2019
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The Epiphany

MATTHEW 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? . . . Then Herod . . .  sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

sermons4kids: “We can find the way to Jesus by reading God’s Holy Word! The Bible is the map and star that will lead to Jesus. All of us should read it every day to make sure we are headed in the right direction!”

image “Adoration of the Magi” by Artemisia Gentileschi

Two messages from Building & Grounds Guru Ronnie Johnson:

No. 1: Larry Newton asked me to help out with planting and upgrading the Labyrinth Area Garden. Funds for the garden have been obtained by the sale of commemorative bricks. Woodley's Garden Center has a 50% off sale going on until Dec. 31.  I am going to Woodley's Garden Center on Monday morning to purchase numerous plats to include: 30 encore azaleas, rosemary, knockout roses, endless summer hydrangeas, althea, forsythia, viburnum (snowball bush), Camelias, confederate roses, butterfly bushes, loropetalum, 4 sky pencil holly, boxwoods, compost, top soil etc.
   I will have the plants delivered to the church this week hopefully. I have already started pruning the overhanging and overgrown trees and dead wax myrtle branches from within the azaleas. I will start prepping the areas, and hopefully will have good weather on Friday afternoon and Saturday to plant these plants.
We will need to haul the pruned branches to the dumpster or woods near Kinley Road. We can use our own pine straw to mulch the plantings. We can rake that ourselves.

I NEED HELP WITH THIS JOB on SATURDAY, January 5, 2019 from 8:00- until.

Helpers need to wear yard work clothes, bring gloves, shovels, rakes and whatever you think you need to help plant plants in the labyrinth area.

No. 2: My initial shopping list is below:
The list may be affected by whether or not Woodley's has enough of each type plant. If not I may visit Lowes.

Top Soil; Natural Compost (Mushroom, Natural or Black Kow; For now we can rake our own pine straw and mulch with mulch that was left over after our trees were cut. This mulch is already in a pile in the Labyrinth area; 2 Rosemary; 6 Knockout Roses; 6 Endless Summer Hydrangeas; 6 Althea; 10 Forsythia; 5 Viburnum (Snowball Bushes); 3 Camellias; 30 Encore Azaleas; 2 Confederate Roses which I can supply from my garden; 4 Butterfly Bushes; 8 Loropetalum; 4 Sky Pencil Holly; Crepe Myrtles (Carol Neuberger or Ronnie will furnish these.) We actually have a few already growing in church beds that we can transplant.

All hands needed - yes, that's you!

Follow the Kings

Epiphany, January 6, 2019

Let's "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" of the Magi to whom Christ was first revealed. Here's how! We will each bring our gifts from the East to the Christ Child. Epiphany is on a Sunday this year. 

First Gift—A Candle

Epiphany is also known as the "Feast of Light," because Christ is the Light of the World. To light our way on the journey, bring a candle (and holder) to be placed around the church when we process in. There will be places where we can place our candles as we begin our worship service. (Be sure your candle can burn for about an hour.)

Second Gift—For the Christ Child

Bring a gift of food or clothing to be placed in front of the Christ Child. All items will be donated to Sharing God's Love.

Third Gift—A Covered Dish to Share

Around noon (following the 10:30 am worship service), we will have a "Feast from the East." Everyone is invited to bring a food "from the East"—Asian stir fry, chili from east Texas, potato salad from east Tennessee, or something more exotic. Make sure to bring enough to share.

Join us as we "follow the kings" to bring gifts to the Christ Child on January 6, beginning with worship at 10:30 am and followed by covered dish lunch around noon.

Oh, yes, we need helpers (to make the drinks and to set up the Field Building). If you can be a helper, please contact Amie Ritner for further instructions.


Friday, January 25th. 7:00

Be sure to bring your favorite dish to share along with any special drink you may want.  Tea and coffee will be provided.  To make sure everyone has a seat please be sure to RSVP . . .  Dick & Fonda Bohr 781-7555 or Bob & Jackie Cole 781-3123

Outreach 2019

St Simon and St Jude has an active outreach program that uses our time, talents and treasure.  We have a few parish projects, funded in part by proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch sales and in part by direct contributions.  My goal as the incoming chairman is to have the project chairmen write regular articles—or give me enough information that I can write them up for them—each week.  That way all the parish can stay in touch with our ministries.
     Also, I would like to have a second article with other outreach opportunities for individuals and parish groups.  The spirit would be “all may, some should, none must” and the goal to let people looking for a new ministry the chance to know what is available.  I know of a number of Episcopal and local ministries, and I will welcome submissions from other members. 
     Thank you all for your dedication and support of ministries to the hungry, homeless, and others who need our help, both in the community and around the world.
     ~Cai Armstrong


1/6/19—Epiphany service at 10:30 am worship followed by "Feast from the East" covered dish lunch
1/25/19—GEMS, 7 pm
2/2/19—[Sat] Resurrections (Hot Dogs)
2/3/19—Souper Bowl Sunday
3/3/19—Last Epiphany
3/5/19—Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras (6 pm Pancake supper; 6:45 pm Fun & Games)
3/6/19—Ash Weds Noon & 7 pm
3/10/19—Lent 1 (Daylight Saving begins)
4/6/19—[Sat] Resurrections (Hot Dogs)
4/14/19—Palm Sunday (;No 8 am Worship; Last Sunday School until after Easter)
4/18/19—Maundy Thursday (6 pm Soup Supper; 7 pm Footwashing & Worship)
4/19/19—Good Friday, Noon & 7 pm
4/20/19—Great Vigil of Easter 7:30 pm
4/21/19—Sunday of the Resurrection

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Serving 1/6/19

Ushers: M Yates, K Hoffman
Greeters: NA
lst Isaiah 60:1-6 D Newton
Gradual Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
2nd Ephesians 3:1-12 B Hendrix
Gospel Matthew 2:1-12
Prayers: C Neuburger
Chalicer: R Talbert, E Winter
Organist: B Johnson
Counters: J Clamp
Enter: S Teel
Flowers: NA
Plaza (Sat before): R Rubeiz

Serving 1/13/19

Acolytes: (C) S Phillips; (T1) O Phillips; (T2) N Ames; (GB) C Phillips
Ushers: J Phillips
Greeters: A Rodgers
1st: Isaiah 43:1-7 K Spangler
Psalm 29 
2nd: Acts 8:14-17 K Henriksen
Gospel: Luke 3:13-17, 21-22
Prayers: M Smith
Chalicers: M Talbert, C Armstrong
Organist: B Johnson
Coffee: C Strait, M Lyerly
Counters: M Dent
Enter: J Dent
Eucharistic Visitors: 
Flowers: NA
Plaza (Sat before): B McNish

Leadership at SSSJ

Mark Abdelnour—Rector
Missy Talbert—Senior Warden
David Wallace—Junior Warden & Stewardship
Amie Ritner—Fellowship
Edwina Winter—Worship
Ronnie Johnson—Building and Grounds
Cai Armstrong—Outreach
Michele Lyerly—TBD
Charlie Genova—Christian Formation

Jim Dent—Treasurer
Roz Funk—Clerk

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