St. Johns Church News & Parish Paper
Greetings from St. Johns Church!
We are building a community in Christ that is grounded in historic faith and reverent worship, and is committed to sharing the life-transforming truth of the Gospel.
This Sunday:
  • Sunday's Schedule
  • Assisting in Worship
  • Flower Memorials
Resources: Parish Paper, Weekly Psalms & Lesson, and More
Upcoming Worship: Upcoming Worship
New & Noteworthy:
  • Note from Our Choirmaster
  • Communion in Both Kinds
  • May 15 & 16, Confirmation Is This Weekend
  • May 17, Recognizing Our 2021 Graduates
  • May 19, Join Us at P.A.C.K.
  • May 23, Strings for Pentecost
  • Purchase the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
St. John’s currently offers 100 spots at each Sunday service. Note that masks and social distancing are still in place.
May 16, 2021 – Sunday after Ascension
8 a.m. Holy Communion (In-person by reservation only)

9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School: Acts of the Apostles (Zoom) and Children’s Sunday School (Facebook Group)

10:20 a.m. – No Online Sermon
11 a.m. – Holy Communion (In-person by reservation and Facebook/YouTube)
The nursery will be available for this service.

12:30 p.m. – No Youth Sunday School

4 p.m. – Confirmation (In-person by reservation and Facebook/YouTube)
Administered by Bishop Lambert.
Assisting in Worship
Vestry Offering Chair
8 a.m. Mr. Arthur D. Weed
11 a.m. Capt. John K. Ross
Usher Chair
Mr. Robert L. Sparks
Chancel Society
Mrs. Carter C. Hubbard, Sr., Mrs. Jayne G. Holland, Mrs. Timothy E. Coy, Mrs. Morgan W. Murray, Mrs. Rhett N. Willis, and Miss Margaret G. Livingston
Angela Lanier Martin,
Sarah Eliasoph, Peter Louglas,
Andrew Hillis, and Kaleb Wimes
The beautiful flowers above were displayed on the altar this past Sunday, May 9.
The flowers in the Church this Sunday are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Samuel P. Inglesby and Edith Inglesby Walker by their children.
Monday – Friday, May 17 – 21
8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer (online only)

In addition, Thursday, May 20
5 p.m. Holy Communion (Text priest to reserve a place)

Sunday, May 23: Pentecost
Details will be shared in the Monday, May 17th email.
Music before the Service
“Be Still and Know That I Am God”
Before Covid-19 led to the suspension of singing, it was our custom at St. John’s (before Covid) to have silence as people entered for worship. This silence was to encourage the preparation of our hearts and private prayer before the beginning of corporate worship and to instill an atmosphere of reverence. “The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him” (Habbakuk 2:20). “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Only then would we begin to sing the opening hymn. During Covid times, with singing suspended, the organ played not only in this time before worship but also at other places as well to keep music alive and well in our hearts. Now that we are able to begin the service with some singing by a small group of choristers, we will be going back to the practice of having only silence before the service begins with that singing, and we hope before too much longer that we all will be able to sing as a congregation once again. You will know that worship is about to begin when the bell is rung once: a signal to kneel for the opening prayer; and to stand for the entrance of the clergy.
 - Steven Branyon
Communion in Both Kinds
The Sacrament is offered to the faithful in both kinds. There is an element of risk in the common cup, although no studies have demonstrated infection to have resulted from receiving it. For those who have some immunity (either by vaccination or prior infection) that risk should be much lower than for those who have not. If you do not have this immunity, or have other health issues, it is probably best not to receive.
  • No one is required to receive the cup,. If you are uncomfortable about receiving the cup, then simply leave the rail after receiving the host. (If you are remaining at the rail please cross your arms over your breast to indicate your wish not to receive it).
  • Those who do receive the cup should take care to sanitize their hands before and after handling the cup.
  • Those who have symptoms of any respiratory illness (cold, flu, etc), out of consideration for other worshippers, please do not receive the cup. 
Confirmation Is This Weekend
Bishop Lambert will administer Confirmation services this weekend at 5 p.m.on Saturday, May 15, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. If you’d like to attend one of these Confirmation services, you may RSVP by visiting the links below. For those unable to attend, we will also be livestreaming both services as well. Please share our Facebook and YouTube links with family and friends.

Bishop Lambert will also be taking part in the 11 a.m. Sunday morning service, which is open to all.

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Recognizing Our 2021 Graduates
Monday, May 17 is the last day to submit your or your family members graduation details to be included in our 2021 graduates recognition. You may email with a current photo and include your full name, school, program, diploma or degrees, and a memory or your future plans.
Join Us at P.A.C.K.
As a reminder, all parishioners are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 19, 4 6 p.m. and help with St. John’s Outreach efforts, packing food for local children at P.A.C.K. If you are interested, please call Cathy Baxter at (912) 704-5111. We love to see new faces each month!
Strings for Pentecost
If you’d like to hear strings during our special 11 a.m. service on Sunday, May 23, you may contribute to our strings fund by dropping a check into the collection plate or mailing a check to the church office. Please make your checks out to St. John’s Church with strings in the memo.
Purchase the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Support the Prayer Book Society and get a discount when you purchase a copy of the classic 1662 Prayer Book “International Edition”. Mail or drop off a check (payable to the Prayer Book Society USA with 1662 in the memo) to the church office for $16/each. Books may be mailed to you for a $4 fee.
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