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May 23, 2010 - The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suit- .... Wendy Shelton. Dick Phillips.

He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen." Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected." Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!

Grace Episcopal Church

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?”

Canton, Mississippi

The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

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A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and he started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons.

Grace Episcopal Church 161 E. Peace Street P.O. Box 252 Canton, MS 39046-0252

Twinkies and Root Beer

May 2010 The Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, III Bishop The Rev. Jud Meaders, Jr. Rector Anselm of Canterbury; Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Father Jud Sez: Laurie asked me to take Holy Communion to Eric's aunt and uncle, Mary and George Robinson, on Easter Day. I did. Mary and George visited Grace from time to time, and I had been a guest in their home on several occasions. They were always very friendly and made me feel welcomed and at home. George was retired from the U. S. Army. He served as a drill instructor at Fort Polk for seven years. Polk is where I did my basic training in the summer of 1970. All 3 of us knew what Polk was like, though I'm sure George and Mary knew a lot more about it than I. George asked me to bring the graduation book from my 8 weeks of basic training for him to see sometime. He wanted to find out if he knew any of the drill instructors. As it turned out, he didn't. But Mary and he did know one of the guys in the quartermaster's unit handing out new boots to us recruits! George died yesterday at home sometime around noon. He had been seriously ill for some time. I was there when he died, and it's about his dying and death that I want to write this month. I had learned that he was dying when I called Landis earlier yesterday morning. When I arrived at their home yesterday, there were lots of people already there: family, friends, neighbors, hospice nurses and a hospice chaplain,

James, and two other pastors, Ron and Jack. I went into the bedroom where George was lying on the bed. But George was not alone on his death bed. Mary was there, as was Eric's mom Ola, so was George's daughter, other nieces and granddaughters, and hospice nurses. They were alternately crying, trying to comfort George by touching him, talking to him or each other, laughing, singing, or reading Holy Scripture. It was an incredibly sad, hopeful, joyful, gentle, and loving scene. It was, in a word, unforgettable. Some other people came to George's bedside, spoke to him, touched him, and left. But the women remained throughout. They were the ones fully engaged in all that was happening to George and to themselves. I kept thinking of the women's care and love for Jesus in the Gospels. I was now seeing the love, grief, and care lavished upon Jesus offered to George. My mind went to Mary anointing Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and drying them with her hair; the Lord on his way to Golgotha and the cross, meeting his afflicted mother; Veronica stepping out from the crowd to wipe the blood and sweat from the Lord's face; and the women of Jerusalem loudly weeping and lamenting Jesus' fate, as he trudges to the cross. They were there, at Calvary and yesterday, doing what they could. I had witnessed a holy death. It was a special grace. I always liked George. Obviously I was not alone! Christ’s Peace,

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS Education for Ministry (EfM) Several members of the parish who recently participated in DOCC and Cursillo #118 have indicated an interest in EfM. Consequently we will hold an informational meeting, with EfM materials, on Sunday, May 2nd at 9:00 AM. Kay Little and Jane Jones have completed two and three years respectively and can contribute in a significant way. Briefly, EfM is a program of theological education by extension, administered through the School of Theology Programs Center at The University of the South (Sewanee). An EfM group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. Over a four year period the participants study the entire sweep of the Christian tradition from the earliest period to the present. Participants will do one year at a time. The course of study usually runs from September to May. All parish members who have an interest in EfM are invited to attend this informational meeting. Bob Killelea, Sr. Warden Parish Movie Night Mark your calendar! Saturday, May 8th at 6:00 PM is the second monthly Parish Movie Night. A family-friendly movie will be shown in the parish hall. For the time being, bring your own munchies (BYOM?). Parish Men’s Breakfast and Devotional

Day of Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2010

Please join with the other men of the parish on Tuesday morning, May 25th at 7:30 AM for the bereakfast and devotional for May. Please contact Lloyd Spivey if you can volunteer for cooking or cleanup, or if you have any questions or comments.

Flea Market Volunteers Needed On Thursday, May 13th, between 8:00 AM & 5:00 PM, Grace will again sponsor vendors for the Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show. Volunteers are needed to help manage our largest fund raiser. If you can donate your time/talent, please contact Anne Meydrech at (601) 853-7553. Volunteers are also needed to help set up on Wednesday the 12th. Holy Eucharist and Parish Crawfish Boil On May 16th, the 10:00 AM Eucharist will be held in the courtyard. Bring a comfortable chair. You may park under the trees on the east side of the church near the courtyard. After the service we will have crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and dessert (you bring the dessert). Also, there will be inflatable jump ups for kids to bounce and slide on. Donations will be accepted ($1,000 is needed). Please make your check payable to Grace Episcopal Church. Our Daily Bread Food Collection On each of the five Sundays in May (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th) each family is asked to bring two 1-gallon cans (or more) of vegetables or fruits each Sunday for distribution to Our Daily Bread. Place your cans in the baskets located in the last pew or in the parish hall, and Grace will deliver the cans.

Grace Episcopal Church P.O. Box 252, Canton, Mississippi 39046 May 2010 Sunday

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(601) 859-2680

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Saturday 1

5 Easter 7:30-HE 10:00-HE

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6:00-Choir Rehearsal

7:30-AA/AlAnon (Closed)

Day of Pentecost 7:30-HE 10:00-HE

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7:30-MP

6:00-Vestry

6:00-HE

8:30-MP 12:00-NP 4:00-Wedding Rehearsal

6:00-Choir Rehearsal

4:00-Wedding: D'Agostino & Halsey

7:30-AA (Open)

31 7:30-MP

7:30-AA/AlAnon (Closed)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: 1--Claire Smith; 6--Parker Prince; 9--Jud Meaders; 12--Daniel A. Dickson; 16--Ryan Keck; 18--Schuyler Dickson, Bradley Gowdy and Jim Watford; 19--Louis White; 21--Bailey Durfey; 23--Jon Crocker and Diana Croom; 26--Chuck Addington.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: 2--Joe & Julie Rohl; 3--Joe & Nanette Sutherland; 7--Dale & Donna Marcum; 19--Steve & Debra Dickson; 20--Joe & Helen LaCour; 30--Lloyd & Ebbie Spivey.

Grace Church Rota for May, June, & July of 2010 DATE May 2 5 Easter

DWL/LEM Holly Derickson

ACOLYTES/CRUC Olivia Shelton

May 9 6 Easter Mother’s Day May 16 7 Easter Crawfish Boil May 23 Pentecost

Percy Durfey

Percy Durfey

Barbara Ladner

Bailey Durfey

Darryl Womack

Daniel Marcum

May 30 Trinity Sunday

Marian Durfey

Olivia Shelton

Holly Derickson

Percy Durfey

Percy Durfey

Bailey Durfey

Barbara Ladner

Daniel Marcum

Marian Durfey

Toby Childress

Darryl Womack

Olivia Shelton

Percy Durfey

Daniel Marcum

Holly Derickson

Toby Childress

Marian Durfey

Bailey Durfey

June 6 2 Pentecost Proper 5 June 13 3 Pent, Prop 6 Parish Lunch June 20 4 Pent, Prop 7 Father’s Day June 27 5 Pentecost Proper 8 July 4 6 Pent, Prop 9 Indpndnce Day July 11 7 Pent, Prop 10 Parish Lunch July 18 8 Pentecost Proper 11 July 25 9 Pentecost Proper 12

ALTAR GUILD Madge Noble: (601) 859-2718 Sandy Rasberry: (H) (601) 859-4645 (C) (601) 750-9528

Lynn Crocker: (H) (601) 859-5279 (C) (601) 214-4133 Gigi Dinkins: (601) 209-6015 Carolyn Smith: (H) (601) 859-4257 (W) (601) 859-2303

Janet Snow: (H) (601) 859-6136 (W) (601) 859-4600 Claire Smith: (601) 859-0062

LECTORS Holly Derickson Marian Durfey Cecil Fox Wendy Shelton Dick Phillips Percy Durfey Lois Booth Debra Dickson Bob Killelea Jane Jones Madge Noble Laurie Prince

GREETERS Barbara Ladner Anne Meydrech

OB BEARERS Mark & Janet Snow

David Dinkins Don Hullings

Manuel & Barb Oliveros

Lois Booth Manuel Oliveros

Gwin Buffington and Anne Meydrech

Anne Meydrech David Dinkins

Mark & Janet Snow

Cecil Fox Marian Durfey Bob Killelea Dick Phillips Wendy Shelton Holly Derickson Debra Dickson Percy Durfey Lois Booth Madge Noble Laurie Prince Jane Jones

Don Hullings Lois Booth

Manuel & Barb Oliveros

Manuel Oliveros Anne Meydrech

Barbara Ladner and Gwin Buffington

Lois Booth Anne Meydrech

Mark & Janet Snow

David Dinkins Don Hullings

Gwin Buffington and Anne Meydrech

Marian Durfey Holly Derickson Cecil Fox Wendy Shelton Dick Phillips Bob Killelea Percy Durfey Lois Booth Debra Dickson Holly Derickson Jane Jones Madge Noble Laurie Prince Marian Durfey Cecil Fox

Barbara Ladner Anne Meydrech

Manuel & Barb Oliveros

Manuel Oliveros David Dinkins

Barbara Ladner and Anne Meydrech

Don Hullings Lois Booth

Mark & Janet Snow

Manuel Oliveros Barbara Ladner

Gwin Buffington and Anne Meydrech

David Dinkins Don Hullings

Manuel & Barb Oliveros

ACOLYTES, LECTORS, GREETERS & OBLATION BEARERS: If you cannot serve when scheduled, please get a substitute and notify the church office (601-859-2680) of the change before 10:00 a.m. on the preceding Wednesday.

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