St.Johns Episcopal Church

Leader, Lee Gross, explains the "Messy Church" activities for the evening. Parishioner, Linda Davis, looks on.

St. John's Episcopal & Redeemer Lutheran--joint worshiping congregations--will gather for Holy Communion at 11:30 A.M. this Sunday in the historic church building on the corner of Broadway & Pine Streets in downtown Centralia. Celebrant is The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, Priest-in-Charge. Assisting Deacon is The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard. Musicians playing organ and piano are Barbara Crain and Douglas Tucker. Cantrix is Elizabeth Baumann. Also serving are: Lector & Communion Assistant Lee Gross; Acolyte Patricia Patterson; Greeter Angela Gross; Usher Tom Walsh, and Coffee Hour Hostess Karen Walsh.

Father David writes:
"The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost--The first lesson is from the book of Genesis, in which Jacob struggles all night with the angel of God. Following up on that theme, the Response is Psalm 121, which assures the faithful that they will be protected at all times. The second lesson is from the second letter of Paul to his assistant Timothy, in which Paul urges Timothy to continue to preach the Gospel in all circumstances. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Luke, in which Jesus teaches about perseverance in prayer."

Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Salem, on Wednesday, October 23 will celebrate St. James of Jerusalem, author of the epistle that bears his name, and an early martyr.

Ladies' Group meets in the undercroft of the Centralia church each Wednesday at 1:00 P.M.

Mass at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, October 24 will celebrate Katherine Anne Egerton Warburton, a nineteenth century nun. Bible study precedes the church service, and begins at 3:00 P.M.

The congregations are delighted to announce that they have been invited to participate in a unity service hosted by The Rev. Johnnie Wilson and his congregation at The Bible Based Community Church, across the street from St. John's/Redeemer. This service of shared worship will begin at 11:00 A.M. on October 27. There will be a covered-dish luncheon immediately following the service. Father David and musicians from both churches will be participating in this ecumenical service.

Last Sunday evening, St. John's and Redeemer launched a new program known as "Messy Church," in an informal, "coffeehouse-like" setting. The concept of a service that is casual, but still bearing the Christian message, has caught on world-wide, and is being planned to become a part of the St. John's/Redeemer regular schedule, to take place on the first Sunday evening of each month, to return on November 3. The program opened with "Whirl Kids", a Christian cartoon, then a Christian-themed mini puppet show, music and sing-along, kids' craft time, with the evening concluding in a shared meal. Several children participated in a pumpkin-decorating, and over 20 people were in attendance.

Rev 10/14/2019 - dlb