SUNRISE NEWSLETTER The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection February, 2012 Dear Folks, I want to stop and again

express my gratitude to those who have served on Vestries here long before I got here as well as the Vestries that have served with me. I believe that you, as a parish, have chosen wisely and been well served. I look forward to working with our new Vestry – we have good momentum on which to build and many things to get done. This Epiphany season often gets lost as that time between Christmas and Lent. What a shame! It is a season that celebrates the light of the world shining in this world. It is a time to rejoice in what God was revealing, bringing close in the person of Jesus. The odd thing is that many people have trouble with celebration. Yes, lots of folks know how to have a party. Parties are a lot like getting a present. Many give a lot of happiness at the moment and even for a while but are mostly forgotten within the year. This is not slamming parties – Jesus was attacked by the super religious for seeming to enjoy a good dinner and conversation. His first miracle was at a wedding party. Of course, poor choices about and at parties can lead to long lasting regrets. A real celebration, though, is more like a joy that lasts. It changes attitudes and behavior. Most human beings seem to either come into this world knowing how to be unhappy and gripe or they learn it soon. It reminds me of what someone once told me; “Anyone can be unhappy. The real trick is learning joy.” Most of you have heard me or someone else talk about growing spiritually into “the attitude of gratitude.” It is such an obvious difference that sometimes just the expression on someone’s face tells you whether you’re about to hear what’s wrong with the world/politics/job/home/church/etc., or hear the song of faith that can maintain joy or peace despite difficulties and disappointments. No one, of course, is 100% all the time. When I approached the Annual Report / Annual Meeting time, what I wanted was to express my joy about so much of what makes up Resurrection parish. I had to do an attitude check a couple of times as I found myself bogging down about how to get it all done, trying to do a good job of it, and worrying all the “what if’s…” There’s nothing wrong with trying to be well prepared but what I wanted most was to celebrate the gift and gifts of this family of God. From one of my favorite prayers (The General Thanksgiving in Morning Prayer;) “We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.” (BCP, p. 101) Celebrate!


Just a reminder that our email accounts are no longer in service. Here are our addresses,,, OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Looking for a way to participate in the the life of the parish? Sign up to help take a meal occasionally to new mothers, elder saints and those recovering from surgery. If you have ever been on the receiving end of this ministry you know how important and welcome it is! Call Ellen Newsom at 323-9278 or sign up on the list in the Narthex.
EVENTS, MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES WEDNESDAYS-STUDENT CENTER 4:30 pm Children’s Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Inquirers’ confirmation class will meet at 9:15 am in the Vicarage. Please contact the office if you are interested in confirmation classes. For more information call 323-3483. Centering Prayer will meet on Thursdays, at 10:45 am in the Education Building. For more information contact Sherrie VanLandingham at 323-1678 or . February 6th Worship Committee Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Student Center. February 7th is our next Casserole Kitchen. There is a sign up board in the Student Center asking for donations of casseroles, cookies, salads, veggies, bread, and servers. There is a special need for more servers! Give it a try! If you prefer to make a monetary donation put your check in the container provided or in the collection plate. Mark “Casserole Kitchen” in the memo line. Ultreya: Meets on Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 pm in the Student Center. Parents’ Night Out will on February 17th and continue on the second Friday of each month from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Nursery will be provided. For more information contact Sykes Zimmerman at “Children’s Minute” is scheduled for February 19th at the 10:30 service. A very short Bible story and lesson will be shared at the beginning of the service. Pre-school children will then be escorted to the nursery.

Sunday, February 19th there will be an Instructed Eucharist at 6:30 pm in the church. Everyone is invited. Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, there will be a 12:05 service at the Chapel of Memories MSU Campus and a 6:30 pm service in the church. Beginning February 28th, we will again offer a book discussion and brown-bag lunch on Tuesdays. This year we will study "The Will of God," by Leslie Weatherhead. If you would like for us to order you a copy, please let Carol know. During the season of Lent, the Church of the Resurrection has traditionally had Home Communions in the home of parishioners. Home Communions begin at 7 p.m. with a 20 minute communion and ended with light refreshments and fellowship. This year Lent begins on February 22nd (Ash Wednesday) and ends with Easter on April 8th. Possible dates for Home Communions would be, March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, and March 29th. If you are interested in hosting a Home Communion this year, please contact Kevin Williams at at your earliest convenience. February 24-25 Vestry Retreat Community Lenten Luncheons will begin Wednesday, February 29th at the First United Methodist Church and will continue each Wednesday through March 28th. Read Scripture with Bishop Gray in Lent from: Diocese of Mississippi, Jackson by: The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, III Looking for a Lenten discipline? Bishop Gray is inviting members of the diocese to join him in reading through the four gospels during Lent. This bible reading initiative, (begun at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, our Presiding Bishop and a variety of other archbishops and bishops from around the Anglican Communion) is an effort to invite a serious and rigorous reading of scripture throughout the year. In Mississippi the initial focus will be on the four gospels in Lent. Participants who register and make a commitment to read one or two chapters a day on an assigned schedule will receive regular comments and reflections from Bishop Gray on the particular passages being read. The emphasis will be on bible reading and less on bible study, so stacks of biblical commentaries will not be necessary. The “lectio divina,” or holy reading approach, will be more the norm. A fuller description of this Lenten discipline will be sent to those who register. Registration will be through the diocesan website, or through the local church office if one lacks internet availability. Many churches will also offer for those participating in the Lenten reading a time to reflect and respond to what they are reading. To learn more about the origins of this bible reading initiative, visit The Center for Biblical Studies at

SEASONINGS DINNERS FOR Spring 2012 We are in our fifth year of Seasonings Dinners as a way of developing a sense of community among members of Resurrection. They are intended to be a good way to get to know each other better. These are dinners in members’ homes or restaurants for small groups of people. They are not intended to be very formal. Instead, they should be rather informal and uncomplicated, much like a family dinner. Here’s what they are: 1. People interested in participating will be able to sign up in the next two weeks as hosts and/or guests. Sign up for the spring only. Another sign up will occur in September for the fall. 2. You do not have to be a host to participate in these dinners. 3. The dinners are open to couples and singles but it is meant to be an adult activity. 4. There will be two dinners this spring over the months of February-March and April-May. 5. Groups ranging in size from 7-8 people will be formed randomly each month. So, this means you will have dinner with a totally different group each month, each semester, fall and spring. 6. Hosts will be responsible for arranging the mutually acceptable date and time of the dinner with the remaining guests. 7. If some members of the group simply cannot attend the dinner the host may invite guests of their choosing (e.g., potential church members). 8. The host will be responsible for setting the menu and providing the main dish and beverage. The remaining guests will be responsible for bringing the vegetable, salad, dessert and bread, or whatever the host dictates. Alternatively, if the dinner is held in a restaurant the host will be responsible for making reservations if necessary. The dinner in this case will be Dutch treat. Please look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex and indicate whether you would be willing to host a dinner. Or call or email Jim Jones at 324-5756 or or Nancy Walsh at 3234003 or

February Birthdays
02 03 08 09 10 13 13 14 15 15 16 Jean Little Kevin Williams Sims Gregory Martha McAlpin Tom Kirkpatrick Tommy Wakeman Knox Williams Babs Deas Les Potts Gordon Dudley Phelps V Ella Gregory 17 17 17 20 20 20 23 25 26 29 Abby Alford Leonard Brandon Frances Coleman Jeanne Wakeman Charlotte Long Happy Deas Charlie Little Jo Lynne Bright Julie Marie Gregory Alexandra Williams

REPORTS Dear friends at Resurrection, To my surprise and delight, I have found my two years of ordained priesthood to be an interesting chemistry of holiness and messiness. I think the greatest surprise came in learning that messy and holy are not mutually exclusive adjectives; they are, in fact, inextricably intertwined here in the body of Christ on earth. Eugene Peterson wrote of this interrelationship, “In the congregation…everything was going on at once, random, unscheduled…” He goes on to say, “Every act of sin and every event of salvation involved a personal name in a grammar of imperatives and promises in a messy community of friends and neighbors, parents and grandparents, none of whom fit a stereotype.” In seminary, I learned about Old and New Testament, about theology, about church history. But I have discovered in my two and a half years of ordained ministry that God’s story continues to unfold in Starkville, Mississippi. I have discovered that knowledge of God cannot be captured in any system, much less in one outlined in two semesters. And I have learned that the body of Christ continues to live and breathe, here and now. I am grateful to be a part of life here at Resurrection. I am deeply grateful for the gift of being here with you, witnessing with you the incarnational beauty that comes to a community when we embrace both the holy and the messy, day by day. Blessings! Carol+ For those of you who missed the Starkville Bridges out of Poverty Community Training with Jodi Pfarr, you will have another chance to hear her. Tupelo will be hosting Bridges out of Poverty Community Training on March 1, 2012 and they too are bringing in Jodi as the trainer! She is exceptional! This program is for anyone interested in eradicating poverty. Registration will start at 7:45 am, and the training will begin at 8:30 am and last until 3:30 pm. The training will be held at the Link Center in Tupelo at 1800 W. Main. You can print out the registration form and mail it in or wait a few days and register online. The form can be found at If you need any information about the Bridges out of Poverty Program, contact Lynn Phillips-Gaines, Nancy Walsh, Taylor Adams or Lisa Long.

The Parish Order of Daughters of the Kings’ meetings in January included one program on an article written by the DOK National Chaplain, Sylvester Romero, on "The Christian Idea of Reward". The second meeting's interesting program was a study on Elizabeth [Luke 1:5-80] and from the book, "Women of the Bible". This woman from scripture reflects our own struggles to live with faith and hope. DOK members are continuing to remember the Elder Saints of the parish with cards, calls and visits. Home communion was recently shared with Betty Hillen and Mel and Fay Parker at the hospital.

If you have a prayer request please place the request on one of the blue cards found on the back of the pews in the nave or beside the white cross just off the narthex. The cards can be placed in the offering plate, in the DOK Box on the table off the narthex or handed to one of our priests. The year is going well. Thanks go to the Daughters of the King who continue to pray and serve. “Last Sunday of the Month Offering”...all of the items donated for Food Pantry will be part of the offering during the 10:30 worship service February 26th. Servant Ministry, Food Pantry and Safe Haven items for February are Beef Stew and Shampoo. Also Safe Haven is in need of cleaning supplies. Please put donated items in the basket in the narthex or drop them by the church office. Thank you for taking part in this ministry.

Coming Events
February 3-5 6 13 & 27 22 24-25 26 29 185th Council Meeting, Vicksburg, MS Worship Committee Meeting 6:30 pm Student Center DOK 5:15pm Student Center Ash Wednesday – 12:05 Ashes/HE Campus; 6:30 p.m. Church Vestry Retreat First Sunday in Lent/Bishop’s Visit Begin Lenten Luncheon/First Methodist Church @ noon

March 06 07 11 12 & 26 14 19 21 28 April 1 2-4 5 6 7 8 9 & 30 16

Casserole Kitchen Lenten Luncheon/First Methodist Church @ noon Daylight Saving Time begins (Clocks Forward) DOK 5:15 pm Student Center Lenten Luncheon/First Methodist Church @ noon Vestry Meeting Lenten Luncheon/First Methodist Church @ noon Last Lenten Luncheon/First Methodist Church @ noon

Palm Sunday-8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services Holy Week Propers & Holy Eucharist-6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday-6:30 p.m. Good Friday-12:05-3:00 p.m. Liturgy and Meditation Holy Saturday-10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt; 6:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Easter Day-8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 10:15 a.m. Flowering of the Cross DOK 5:15 pm Student Center Vestry Meeting

Baptismal Dates
Our next customary days for baptisms are April 7 (Easter Eve/Vigil,) May 27 (Pentecost,) and Nov. 4 (All Saints.) Please call Fr. Lee at 323-7909 or 323-3483 if you are interested and to set up an appointment.

The parish shares in joy for the birth of: Jacob Carter Winter, son of Jake and Allyson Winter, and grandson of Lee and Ruth Winter. Anthony Lane Myrick, grandson of Michelle and Chris Myrick.
Our Prayers are asked for… those with child, especially Stephanie Nettles, Robika Mylroie, Ashleigh Coleman; those who suffer in body or spirit, especially Alana, Lorenzo, Edna, Don, Marian, Liam Livingston, Gene & Teresa Phillips, Rod Geuder, Laura, Hunter Maye, Edward Colbert, Steve Carmichael, Danny, Becky Toghiani, Clara Gwin, Jud, Mission Mississippi, Jolene Sexton, Malvina Moore, Robin Blackwell, Hazel Capps, Jennifer Miller, Sue Bell, Maribel Luck, Donna Minyard, Rowena Kelley, Kathy Cutrer, Kirk Arnett, J. B. McKinney, Debbie Gaddis, Charlie Little, Leanne Fazio, Cathy Ishee, Kati Tillman, Raymond Poe, Doris Holmes, Mary Hudson, Rae Oldham, Sandra, Amy, Jillian O’Donnell, Abagail Eshee, Lorene Martin, Wayne Priscock, Ben Brown, Mark Denning, Kathryn & Craig Randall, Charles Winfield, Angela Lapp, Pam Edwards, Pepper Weyland, Ted Roman, Georgia Grace Thurlow, William Rivers Trammell Family, Dwight Emmerich, Jeff Tillman, Marilyn Norris, Lindy, Betty, Madeline, Johnny, Shirley and Geoff, Rachel Bullman, John Bariolla, A. H. (Bill) Boyd, Niles Puckett, Ronnie Puckett Family, Chad Raymond, Martha Jo Queen, John Wells, Reed, Mary Lou Hansford, Leonard Brandon, Ken Honeycutt, Richard Hamlin, Harvey Jackson, Deanna Stevenson, Clyde Williams, Lee & Jennifer Carson, Bob & Jeri Mangum, Mel Parker Ralph Sinclair, Mia, Lisa Hitt, Anthony Lane Myrick, Elfriede Kistwald; those who serve in the military, especially Steve, David, Chris, Fran, David McCaffree, Leslie Esher, Cedric Spearmon, Rob Cox, Timothy Read. Reminder: Please, if you are ill or in trouble, or know of someone who is, call the church office or clergy and let them know! Our church family must know when one of us is in need in order to reach out and assure each other of God's love...and our love for each other.

Servers for February
Remember it is really important that you get someone to cover for you if you are unable to serve. Acolytes Crucifer Torch/Plate Torch Clergy Cross
Feb. 5 Keith Caprio Feb. 12 Matthew Christiansen Feb. 19 Rachael Damms Feb. 22 Claire Caprio Feb. 26 Matthew Christiansen Contact information Mary Lou Hansford Claire Caprio Jonathan Brandon Colin Damms Will Christiansen Magdalen Dobson Abby Alford Will Christiansen Kelsey Damms Jonathan Brandon Callie Hester Ada Fulgham Harper Laird Lilli Fulgham Huck Graham Smith Wolford

Altar Guild
02/1-26/2012 Sykes Zimmerman, Ellen Newsom, Sherrie VanLandingham Contact information Marsha Williams

Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 6:30 pm Feb. 26 Contact information LEMS Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 6:30 pm Feb. 26 Contact information Guy Hargrove Claire Fellman Hellen Polk Nancy Hargrove Susan Cook Jim Jones 8:00 am 10:30 am Morning Prayer Morning Prayer Mary Lee Beal Steven Brandon, Marsha Williams Sandra Sistrunk Jack Hollister, Carlton Polk Mary Lee Beal, Sherrie VanLandingham Babs Deas Steven Brandon, Jay Perry Mary Lee Beal Morning Prayer Les and Holly Potts Family Kevin and Christine Williams Family Ellen Newsom John and Eliza Miller Family Ellen Newsom

Oblation Bearers
Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 6:30 pm Feb. 26 Contact information

Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 6:30 pm Feb. 26 Contact information Jack Hollister, Peyton Passons Jim Lane, Roger Clapp JoLynne Bright, Steven Brandon David VanLandingham, Bronson Strickland Les Potts, Taylor Adams Les Potts Vestry on Duty 8:00 am Feb. 5 Eliza Miller Feb. 12 Nancy Walsh Feb. 19 Jay Perry Feb. 22 6:30 pm Nancy Walsh Feb. 26 Kevin Williams Contact information VERGER Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 19 Feb. 26 Steven Brandon Taylor Adams Kevin Williams Nancy Christiansen Eliza Miller

10:30 am Julia Heard Robert Long Karyn Brown Jackie Hudson

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