828 King's Highway, Suffolk VA 23432

757 255-4168 stjohns1755@verizon.net Worship Service: Sundays at 10:30am
Welcome to St. John's community. We are honored to serve Christ, and to open our doors to all. Please feel free to join us for worship. St. John's can trace its history to the founding of Jamestown. The parish is over 350 years old, and the church building itself has stood for 2 and a half centuries. St. John's saw the American Revolution and served as a camp ground for troops during the Civil War. Through it all, St. John's has been a place of worship and a home for those seeking communion with Christ. St. John's has a rich and abiding history. Today, it is as it was... a place to find and be found by Christ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

St. John's e-Word for Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blessing of the Animals – Will be held in conjunction with the Smithfield Parishes and churches at St. Luke’s Historic Church today at 2:00 pm. The Rector will be the Celebrant for this service. All are invited to attend.
Greetings to our new sitter – Today is Stephanie’s, from SeekingSitters©, first day in the Nursery. Please give her a warm St. John’s welcome this morning. She will be with us this week and next then periodically throughout the year.
October 2, 2011, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for 16 Pentecost (Proper 22)
First Lesson: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Second Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-14
The Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46

Lay Participants for October 2, 2011 - 10:30 am service
Chalicist:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Fred 
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  David and Gary
Nursery Attendant:  Stephanie
Nursery Assistant:  To be determined

Refreshments/Lemonade on the Lawn:  Marlene Stanton

Sermon for September 25:  http://chirb.it/Cr8Mf1
Our Core Values – At St. John’s we will actively engage in Christian Fellowship and Community. We value our ability and desire to carry out God’s great commission serving the needs of our members and our community. (Acts 2:42, Acts 2:44-47, Acts 1:14, John 17:20-23) Therefore we will strive to look beyond our parish for opportunities to carry God’s redeeming message to the community without failing to meet the needs of those already in our midst.

Dr. Philip Thomas’ Retirement Party – Friends of Dr. Philip Thomas are organizing a retirement party for him, in appreciation of his 59 years of service to the Chuckatuck community. Dr. Thomas’ friends invite friends, patients, and neighbors to this event. The party will be held: October 9 at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department from 2:00 – 5:00 pm (floating).

Bishop’s Day East – This will be held Saturday, October 8th at Good Shepherd Norfolk. This program is open to all Church leaders and anyone interested in becoming a Church leader. This includes wardens, vestry members, treasurer, lay leaders, and anyone interested in any of these positions in the future. The cost is $15.00 per person. There are a number of workshops. Each person can attend two workshops. Reservations need to be made by October 3rd. If you are interested, please contact the Rector.

This Sunday’s Psalm – We will sing the portion of the Psalter in unison. We will use a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber. The Psalm will be set to the Hymn 526, Let saints on earth in concert sing (Dundee), from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found in a bulletin insert.

“Women’s” Book Study - The “Women’s” Book study will be starting Wednesday October 5th with a potluck at Margaret Tankovich’s house at 6:30 pm. The study is not limited to women alone; the Rector does participate most weeks. The potluck is not limited to study participants (spouses are welcome), Margaret has indicated the Potluck is open to anyone who wants to attend – she only needs to know you are attending. We will be studying The Grand Weaver by Dr. Ravi Zacharias this year. The first meeting will be Wednesday October 12th from 10:00-11:30 am in the Parish Hall when the Rector will lead a class on a topic to be determined. The first class from the book will be on October 19th. To RSVP and for more information contact Margaret Tankovich at 357-2168.

Olan Mills Photo Sign-up - Our picture dates have changed! The NEW sign-up sheets for the upcoming directory photo shoot are in the Narthex. Please sign-up for a slot on Wednesday October 12 or Thursday October 13. Our block of time is from 2:00-9:20 pm both days. Please sign up to make our directory a success and representative of the parish.

$$ Pledge Drive $$ – We will be conducting our pledge drive in the coming weeks. Please be aware that (1) your pledge, while it should be firm, is not cut in stone – you can modify your pledge based on family and financial situations; (2) the pledge includes time, talent, and treasure to help the church achieve its mission and vision; (3) every little bit helps and helps us plan for the coming program year; (4) is something that you should determine based on your prayerful consideration of the thankfulness you have for God’s gracious bounty in your life – not simply in the past year but over the span of your lifetime.

Fran McKendree Concert – St. Christopher’s Portsmouth is hosting the Christian Musician Fran McKendree on October 29th at 7:00 pm in their Sanctuary. Fran is an amazing and gifted musician and minister of God’s word. He has the ability to bring out the celebratory side of people during his concerts. Advance tickets for the concert are $10/person ($8/person for families of 4 or more). In addition, a canned good for St. Christopher’s food pantry would be appreciated if you attend the concert. For more information see the flyer in the Rector’s Study.

Coffee Hour – There is a sign-up sheet for Coffee Hour in the Narthex. Please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. The goodies can be as extravagant or simple as you would like – you need not be a gourmet chef to volunteer, simply desire to assist the fellowship efforts at the church.

Formation Classes – This week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, The Ten Commandments. All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15. Next week we will cover Exodus 32:1-14, The Golden Calf.

Thought for the weekDoubt: If you find yourself in a place this day [morning] in a place where you lack certitude, where you cannot give ascent to a string of intellectual propositions—and many is the day [morning] that many of us cannot—then admit to honest doubt, to searching questions, and to genuine need. And that’s enough.
-Br. Kevin Hackett, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Wed. Sep. 28th    Set-up for Yard Sale
Thu. Sep. 29th     Set-up for Yard Sale
Fri. Sep. 30th       Set-up for Yard Sale
Sat. Oct. 1st        Multi-family Yard Sale – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (sponsored by Outreach)
Sun. Oct. 2nd       Blessing of the Animals @ St. Luke’s Smithfield – 2:00 pm (Fr. Ferguson Presiding)
Wed. Oct. 5th      “Women’s” Book Study potluck – 6:30 pm (Tankovich’s)
Sat. Oct. 8th        Bishop’s Days East – Good Shepherd Church, Norfolk
Mon. Oct. 10th     Columbus Day - Office closed
Wed. Oct. 12th     “Women’s” Book Study – 10:00 – 11:30 am (Parish House)
                             Olan Mills Photographs – 2:00 – 9:20 pm (Parish House)
Thu. Oct. 13th      Olan Mills Photographs – 2:00 – 9:20 pm (Parish House)
Sat. Oct. 29th       Fran McKendree Concert – 7:00 pm (St. Christopher’s Portsmouth)
Wed. Nov. 23rd    Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Community Thanksgiving Service – St. John’s
Tue. Nov. 29th     Convocation IV Clericus Quiet Day – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Church and Parish House)
Pray for Katherine, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; and Les our priest.

St. John’s shut-ins, Marianne, Meriwether, Allen, David, Shirley, Suzanne, Janis, Dominique, Theresa, Toni, Virginia, Tom, Lon, Luann, David, Evan, Faye and her family, Carter and his family, Foster family, Kevin, Peg, Mike, and Jim.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan and Susan; Jonathon, David, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Basil
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Brandon, Burrowsville; College of William & Mary Canterbury Club and Chaplain; Emmanuel, Callaville; and the Happening Reunion.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Gregory Cameron of St Asaph, Wales

Altar Flowers: To the glory of God and in thanksgiving for their Anniversary by Kathy & Les.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09               Lindsay 10
Marcia 16                 Sharon 20
Marvin 20                 Basil 25
Rusty 27                  Tina 27
Terry 30

Anniversaries in October
Les & Kathy 01       Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04

If you are in need of Pastoral Care,
Please call Father Ferguson.
Cell:  757-418-0063

Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton

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