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Father Ed Monk’s weekly “KneeMail” to parishioners and friends of Saint John’s Church



Corsicana, Texas, USA

“Kneemail” from Saint John’s Church

March 11th 2018

A warm welcome to our good friend Cheryl Tatum, who will be  filling in for Scott Sunday morning.

Lenten Activities
Our last 2018 Lenten program will be held on March 21. Our schedule will be as follows:
5:15 pm – Evening Prayer & Eucharist
6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:15 pm – Program
8:00 pm – Dismissal

Our program for this year will be “The Maytag Repairman is Dead.” With credit to a recent talk I heard by Fr. Lee Nelson, we will look at this subject. Gone are the days when we could simply expect the world to come to us, and then we could minister to them. Now, we find ourselves in the position of needing to reach out to the world and bring them into the love of Christ.

March 21 – The Relevant Church is Dead – What is the difference between being faithful and relevant? Is it possible to do both at the same time?

March 25 – Bishop’s Visitation: The Bishop will be with us for our Palm Sunday celebration on March 25. We will only have one liturgy that day at 9:30. Those who need to be confirmed or received into the Church, please see Fr. Ed for more information.

March 24 – Church Clean-up Day and Making of Palm Crosses: We would appreciate your help on this day. We will begin at 9:00 am. Thank you.

March 4 Easter Lily Orders: We will begin taking orders and Bulletin designations this Sunday. Look for an order form in your Sunday Bulletin or in the E-mail from Fr. Monk

Maundy Thursday Watch Sign Up:
The sign up sheet for the Maundy Thursday Watch is posted on the Parlor bulletin board by the women’s rest room. Please sign up to take an hour and watch with our Lord on the night before he died.


Sunday, March 11, 2018:

Said Service at 8:00 am.
Sung Service at 9:30 am.
Nursery provided during the 9:30 Mass. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Lenten Program
5:15 pm – Evening Prayer & Eucharist
6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

Sunday, March 11, 2018                        Sunday, March 18, 2018
4 Lent  8:00 AM                                       5 Lent   
8:00 AM
Fr. Ed Monk                Celebrant                   Fr. Ed Monk            Celebrant
Ernest Alexander        Lector/Chalice         Bob Kingman          Lector/Chalice
Jack Taylor                  Acolyte                       Penny Davis            Acolyte
9:30 AM                                                         9:30 AM
Fr. Ed Monk               Celebrant                    Fr. Ed Monk               Celebrant
John McClung            Lector                         Cecelia Alexander       Lector
Steve Keathley            Prayers                       Virginia Monk             Prayers
John McClung            Chalice                        Ernest Alexander       Chalice
Tom Sheriff                 Chalice                        Pat Wollenberg           Chalice
Luke Keathley             Server                         Jonathan Monk          Crucifer/Server
Ascension Richardson  Torch                       Sarah Towles              Torch
Amelia Johnston        Torch                          Amelia Johnston        Torch
Carolyn Chapman      Altar Guild                 Penny Davis                Altar Guild
Shannon Smith           Altar Guild                 Malinda Veldman      Altar Guild
Kit Herrington            Ushers                         Ronnie Ragsdale        Ushers
Austin Nixon               Ushers                         Conrad Newton          Ushers
 Wednesday March 21, 2018  5:30 PM                                                  
Carolyn Chapman       Lector


Want to help with the Lenten suppers?
We are in need of Lenten Supper hosts for March 21. If you can help with the Lenten supper, please speak to Liz Kingman, who has graciously agreed to coordinate it. You can reach Liz at 903-654-8332 or lizniking@gmail.comMission & Outreach Meeting: March is Red Cross Awareness Month. We will be doing a project to support the local Red Cross Chapter. We will be collecting New sweatshirts and sweatpants. These will be given to individuals who are burned out of their homes and have nothing immediately to wear. Or you may make a monetary donation for this project. Make your check to “Saint John’s” with a designation “sweatshirts” on the memo line. Or if you prefer to make a donation directly to the Red Cross, we will make sure to forward your check. There will also be fire prevention handouts in the Parlor all month long.
Smoke Alarm installation: On March 31, 2018 St. John’s in conjunction with the Red Cross will be installing smoke alarms in homes “free of charge.” If you would like one installed in your home, please call the office and leave your name, address and phone number.
Food Pantry Collection: We will also be collecting peanut butter and jelly and canned goods to donate to the Food Pantry. They especially need canned meat items such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham & Spam. More information to come as well. We will have boxes in the Parlor for your donations. Thank you
Scheduling Information: We will soon be producing the April, May, and June Ministry schedule If you know of times you cannot serve, please contact the Church office at 903-874-5425 or frmonk@stjohnscorsicana.com 
Vestry/Delegate Nominations
As we discussed at the Annual Parish meeting we had no one nominated to fill the three open places on the Parish Vestry, and we had no one nominated to serve as one of our three delegates to the Diocesan Convention. We are happy to report that we have found people willing to serve!As was reported to you, the Parish Meeting will reconvene at 9:00am on Sunday, March 11 to elect members of the Vestry and Delegates to the Diocesan Convention.  For more information, please contact Conrad Newton at (903) 879-0431The Vestry is charged with managing the temporal (or business) affairs of the Church.  We need 3 Vestry members for a 3 year term. Delegates to the Diocesan Convention represent our Parish at the Annual Convention of the diocese, and occasionally, like this year, help to shape the future of the Diocese. We will be electing 3 delegates for a 1 year term.
Sunday Lunch Bunch-March 18 or 25 (TBD) 2018: Once a month, interested persons will be gathering for the monthly brunch.  Come for conversation and fellowship. Reservations are required. Normally, we will meet the last Sunday of the month. Brunch is on your own.  A sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board for Lunch Brunch. (Brunch will follow the Annual Parish Meeting)
Will Writing Seminar-  The will writing will take place at the Keathley & Keathley office. This will allow more one on one time to better serve the individual needs of our members. Information will be available in the Church office and an info sheet will need to be filled out before you go. When you make your appointment, mention that you are with St. John’s. They look forward to helping us with this document that everyone should have on hand. Stop by or call the Church office for the form. 903-874-5425. Keathley & Keathley 903-872-4244


   No Altar flowers during Lent

End of Year Contribution Statements: Contribution statements for 2017 were mailed out. If you did not receive one, or yours was in error, please contact the Church office.

Celebrating birthdays this week: Sawyer McEnroe-11, Rebecca Kingman-Wicker-11, Gayle Williams-12, Kyra Hooser-13, Amber Johnston-16, Elliott Hillock-17, Caroline Talley-17

Celebrating anniversaries this week: Fred & Meredith Biltz-12

For the Departed: Jack Badertscher

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Church of England

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Transfiguration-Dallas, Trinity-Dallas, and St. Luke’s-Denison

Church Website:  We are please to announce that Mike Sutphin will be managing our Website!
Thanks for stepping up Mike! We really appreciate your help!

Church Directory: Everyone needs to download a photo of themselves or their family for inclusion in our new church directory. Please see E-mail dated 1/19/18 from Fr. Ed for the link to the website, or Rena Sutphin for more information. If you would like to use a photograph taken by Fr. Richard or Jonathan Towles, please let Fr. Ed know. It is super easy to download a photo from your computer with just a couple of clicks and entering of names.

Inreach: Seley Fuller is at Heritage Oaks, Room 108. The address is 3002 W. 2nd Ave Corsicana, TX 75110.  Virginia Ray is at Twilight Home, Room 309. The address is 3001 W. 4th Ave. Corsicana, Tx 75110 They would love a card or visit!

The Ministry schedule for the next three months is available at the Narthex or Parlor. Please know when you are scheduled to serve.

St. John’s Logo Shirts: Our shirts arrived and were a big hit! If you missed out in ordering one and would like one, they are available at Custom T’s at 1712 W. 2nd Ave. Let them know that you would like to order a St. John’s Logo Shirt and they will take care of you!



 OUR SECOND SUNDAY ADULT STUDY OF THE YEAR: will be “Behaving Christianly: The Ten Commandments and Obedience to Christ.”

In Jesus Christ, God call us to respond to him in three basic ways: by grasping God’s revealed truth about Jesus with our minds; by prayerful communion with god in and through Jesus; and by doing God’s will. God’s will is  primarily revealed to us in Jesus’s word and example, which are inextricably linked to the Ten Commandments and other moral instructions found in Scripture.

The standards set by the Law reflect values and obligations that are, to some degree, impressed upon the consciences of all people (Romans 2:15). Yet God gave the Law in a clear and unmistakable way to his chosen people, Israel. Delivering them from slavery in Egypt, he established a covenant relationship with them at Mt. Sinai through Moses, giving them the Law. In grateful response to his grace, Israel would worship and serve God, living as his people in accordance with his Law.

During this sturdy, we will look at each of the Ten Commandments, and discuss their importance in the Christian life today.

FORWARD-DAY BY DAY: The New Forward is here. (Feb-Apr) Please pick up a copy in the Narthex or Parlor.


AT HOME OR AWAY, be faithful in your Mass attendance, and bring us back a Bulletin from your travels.

THE FLOWER DONOR CHART FOR 2018 is in the Hall by the Parlor.  Sign-up to give flowers in memory or in thanksgiving of a loved one, or you may call or e-mail Annie at (903) 874-5425 ext 302 – E-mail st.johns.corsciana@gmail.com. What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives! You pick the florist and get to take the flowers home after the service (You will be billed directly) We have openings on the following dates: Apr-29___

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is an Order for Episcopal women founded in 1885.  We are a prayer and service group who meets once a month.  We regularly take part in worship, study, and aid our Clergy as asked.  If you are interested in more about us, please call or e-mail Rena Sutphin.

SOCIAL MEDIA: St. John’s maintains a Facebook page: “Saint John’s  Episcopal Church of Corsicana,” which you are invited to Like.  If you are so minded, you may “check in and share” to help spread the word.

MISSION & OUTREACH: The Mission & Outreach Committee is always looking for people who want to help with church & community based projects. If you like helping people, this is the group for you. Join us at our next meeting.

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