St. John's Episcopal & Redeemer Lutheran--Joint worshiping congregations, will gather inside the historic church building at the corner of Broadway & Pine at 11:30 A.M. for Holy Eucharist, Rite II, celebrated by The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, priest-in-charge. Assisting deacon is The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard. Musicians on organ and piano are Barbara Crain and Douglas Tucker. Cantrix is Elizabeth Baumann. Others serving this Sunday are as follows: Lector Chuck Lewis; Assisting Minister: Lee Gross; Acolyte Patricia Patterson; Greeter: Linda Davis; Usher: Tom Walsh; Coffee Hour Hostess: Ann Langenfeld.

Father David writes:
The first lesson is from the book of the prophet Isaiah, in which the prophet describes one who is innocent, yet carries the sins of others; this passage was one of the earliest used by the first Christians to preach Jesus. Following up that theme, the Response is a portion of Psalm 91, which is a promise that God will deliver those who are in danger. The second lesson is from the letter to Hebrews, in which the author describes Jesus as the eternal high priest who is he source of eternal salvation. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Mark, in which Jesus teaches that true greatness is found through humble service.

Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ on Wednesday, October 24 will celebrate St. James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem, who is mentioned in the book of the Acts.

Mass at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, October 25 will celebrate St. Alfred the Great, a Christian king in the ninth century. Bible study precedes the Mass, and begins at 3:00 P.M.

A "Trunk-or-Treat" will be held in front of the church on Friday, October 26, from 6-8 P.M. Candy will be handed out to children passing by on trick-or-treat night. Volunteers from the congregations are needed to help make this a fun success.

St. John's is celebrating the laying of the cornerstone of the present building--ninety-four years ago--October 26, 1924. The Episcopal Church, however, has had a presence in Centralia since before this date, with the congregation meeting in private homes, and two former buildings since 1855.

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