Glitter Ash Wednesday

Glitter Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

For so many people “the church” has become a place of intolerance or a place where they feel that they cannot be loved just as they are. Stand with us this year as we remind ourselves and remind all of those around us that God is a God of Love and a God of ALL people!


“In Christ’s family there can be no division ... Among us you are ALL equal” - Galatians 3:28

As is our practice, we offer the imposition of Glitter Ash. The imposition of Ash reminds of our humble beginnings and reminds us to look inward to our spirits rather than to our material possessions. To those around us, the mark of ash on our forehead is an outward physical symbol of our commitment to the Christ way of life. We prepare the ash from the burnt offerings of last year's Palm/Passion Sunday ... the beginning of the Holy Week preceding Easter.

We add the glitter component to remind us of God’s love of ALL people, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any of the other things that have been used to try to separate us. The glitter symbolizes God’s RAINBOW people from EVERY walk of life.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Class

Emotionally Healthy SpiritualityView the video to hear stories from people who have taken the EHS course.

Eight weeks beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2021 • 6:30p - 8:30p • and every Tuesday through April 6, 2021

Who is this Course For?

  • Open to be changed by Jesus
  • Willing to invest the time of 8 weeks for 2 – 2½ hours each session
  • Committed to do the pre-session reading and practicing the skills each week. This is serious discipleship with Jesus for the rest of your life.

Pastor Vance will direct our sessions together. Please contact him for more information.

RSVP for the Class

Hurricane Laura Relief

Hurricane Laura Disaster DamageBuildings and homes were damaged after Hurricane Laura made landfall near Lake Charles, La., on Thursday. Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP

Mission Trip 2Mission Trip #2 Route Food ready for tripFood packed and ready to go Cleaning suppliesFree cleaning supplies Meals In VintonPrepared Meals Ready-to-Eat In Vinton Vinton Distribution LocationVinton Food and Supplies Distribution Location

Food and water for hurricane victims 1Food and water for hurricane victims Food and water for hurricane victims 2Food and water for hurricane victims Relief crews in VintonRelief crews in Vinton Assisting hurricane victimsAssisting hurricane victims Pastor Vance and Billy making roof repairsPastor Vance and Billy making roof repairs

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron, Louisiana on 27 August 2020. The storm was one of the strongest on record to ever hit the US and left a path of destruction that is unimaginable.

Many towns such as Vinton, Louisiana were devastated. Most of the residents have either lost their homes or they have been severely damaged.

St. John’s MCC, along with MCC of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, are partnering to provide supplies and assistance to the area. We are planning mission trips to address specific needs and welcome your support.

Supply Needs:

  • Bleach
  • Sponges
  • Mops
  • Push Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Misc. Cleaning supplies

Delivery Information:

MCC of Baton Rouge is serving as the receiving and sorting center for the Hurricane Relief project. If you purchase via Amazon or other online distributor, please have your donations shipped directly to:

MCC Baton Rouge
7747 Tom Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Phone for shipping purposes: 225.248.0404

Volunteer Needs:

We will be making several mission trips to the area between now and the end of the year. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please fill out the volunteer form: Tap here

In addition to people going on the mission trip, we also need people to help coordinate these trips. This can be done remotely and without any requirement to travel.

For More Information:

Call: 919.834.2611 ext 402

See the links below to sign up or to donate.


Please tap the "Hurricane Laura" fund.

Donate Water or Supplies

Supply Donation

Be a Part of the Team

Mission trips to the area between now and the end of the year

Join the Team

Give to the Hurricane Relief Fund

Please tap the "Hurricane Laura" fund.


Email for more information

Message from the Senior Pastor

As many of you may know, my family lives in Vinton, Louisiana. My family made it through the storm alive which is the most important thing. They like most of the people in Vinton and surrounding areas have lost their homes, most of their belongings and in many cases their livelihoods.

The storm's devastation was so widespread that finding shelter is very difficult. My dad has slept in his truck many nights and others are sleeping in makeshift houses with tarps and whatever they can find to create shelter.

My heart goes out to everyone in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas that are trying to put the pieces back together. Please consider supporting this cause to help families like mine find hope and survive in the coming weeks.

God of Unconditional Love, grant your everlasting Peace. Amen,

Rev. Vance Haywood
Senior Pastor
St. John's Metropolitan Community Church