Fifty years ago, Ruby Harlow finally gave in and interviewed for a church job – she was looking for something with more excitement and more people, but quickly discovered that an Episcopal church had both! She stepped away from her work as secretary in 1994, but has continued to remain on staff as parish wedding… Continue reading Ruby Harlow: My 50 Years at St. John’s
On January 14, journey groups return (some never left!), and as we move through Lent to Easter and Pentecost, we rediscover the connections between inspiration, creativity, commandment and resurrection. How do we find balance? What do the Commandments mean in today’s world? How can we express our faith in words or art? How do we listen for… Continue reading Listen for the Spirit: Journey Groups are Back!
This charming photo shows the church of my youth: the Church of the Messiah in Mayodan, North Carolina. Established in 1898, Messiah is a small church. Really small. No, I mean, tiny. When I counted heads for communion, a regular Sunday crowd was about 35 people. Our diminutive church – with its naturally small youth… Continue reading Remembering a Small-Church Childhood
A Report on the Parish at Our 125th Year by the Reverend Eric Long As we move from Pentecost into Advent, from one church season to a new one, one church year to the next, we are also marking another major milestone – the 125th year St. John’s has worshipped at the corner of Jefferson… Continue reading Seasons of Life, Seasons of Faith
Nearly 30 volunteers put the almost-finishing touches on St. John’s Child Care Center in August, fueled by Breadcraft boxed lunches, putting together IKEA furniture, and since then, its staff has been busy! The new space has its own kitchen – which allows the staff to make better snacks and even dinners (Wednesdays) for the kids,… Continue reading Have you seen our new child care center?
Harvey, Irma, Maria. Mexico City, Houston, Jacksonville, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Keys, and other islands many of us had never heard of before. Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina. States where we have family, friends, loved ones. The devastation visited on friends we know and people we’ve only seen on television is of… Continue reading Compassion in the Storms
“…What makes life worth living, and what destination makes it reasonable to let that life end?” Last Sunday, Dr. Tommy Morel, a palliative care physician at Carilion, and the Reverend Mary Mackin started a three-session class called “Holy Living, Holy Dying.” I found it interesting that this class coincided with next Thursday’s St. John’s Book… Continue reading Life worth living