11:30 a.m. Wednesday Morning Bible Study

            Bible Study will resume on Wed., Jan. 22. We will meet in the Battin Lounge immediately following 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion and Healing in the Chapel. Bible Study will be for one hour and finish at 12:30 p.m.

            We will alternate between the following two texts. They can be purchased from Amazon.com in either paperback or electronic form.

  1. The Jesus Driven Life” by Michael Hardin and
  2. Matthew for Everyone” by Tom Wright, Bishop in the Church of England.

            “The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha” New Revised Standard Version is recommended and can also be purchased from Amazon.com.

Sunday Morning Adult Forums

            As announced from time to time, we have special Adult Forum programs in the parish hall on Sunday mornings between the 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services. Here is a list of Adult Forum Programs that are coming up in the immediate future:

  • Sunday, Jan. 12 at 10:00 a.m. – The History of St. John’s Episcopal Church 1702 – 2020
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. – Duplicate Program
  • Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:00 a.m. – A Loving Review of our Priests
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. – Duplicate Program
  • Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10:15 a.m. – Review of New 2020 Parish Budget
  • Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:15 a.m. – Annual Parish Meeting

             A future Adult Forum Program (Dates to be announced): “The Shack” a movie based on the NYT Best Seller by William P. Young. On several Sunday mornings, we will view portions of the movie and finish with group discussion. The story takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals God’s self in the form of three strangers led by Papa. Mack’s journey will inspire and transform you. I hope you can join us for this interesting forum program. Some have experienced a healing of their faith through Young’s wonderful story.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Program on Celtic Spirituality

         “In the Celtic tradition, God is understood as speaking through two books: the “little book” of the Bible and the “big book” of Creation…For centuries, the view that the world is alienated from God has damaged our understanding of creation, but today, as more people are recovering their Celtic heritage, we are again learning to reverence creation as the dwelling place of God.”     

         On the Wednesday evenings in Lent –  March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 – in the Battin Lounge, we will have our Annual Lenten Program. The theme this year will be “Celtic Spirituality” and will be based on two short books: “Listening for the Heartbeat of God” and “The Book of Creation” by  J. Philip Newell, past Warden of Iona Community in Scotland, and Warden of Spirituality for the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth, UK. The texts can be purchased from Amazon.com.

         Each evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a simple Soup and Bread meal together. The program follows at 7:00 p.m. and ends with prayer. We will head for home by 8:30 p.m.

         Fr. Dan will be playing some traditional music based on themes from nature on his Scottish Celtic Harp and sharing Scottish Gaelic poetry from the “Carmina Gadelica.” Fr. Dan won 1st Place in the Scottish Celtic Harp Competitions at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.