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, October 19, 2011

St. John's e-News for Sunday, October 23, 2011

Questions for reflection – Where would you like St. John’s to be in the coming year? What would you be willing to do to help it get there?
          Please consider and pray about these questions as the Vestry continues to deliberate our parish’s budget for the coming year. Your thoughts and reflections are welcome.

Winter Quiet Day – The clergy from Convocation IV will be holding their clericus in December at St. John’s. During this meeting the clergy will participate in a Quiet Day led by the Rev. Canon Michael Spear-Jones. The quiet day will be held Tuesday December 6 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
October 23, 2011, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for 19 Pentecost (Proper 25)
First Lesson: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
The Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46

Lay Participants for October 23, 2011 - 10:30 am service
Chalicist:  Jim
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Burr/Jen

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon for October 16:  http://chirb.it/x9FGz2
Our Core Values – At St. John’s we strives to capitalize on our Cultural Tradition. We value the historic nature of our worship space as a lasting example of God’s presence and participation in the community of Suffolk. (Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Isaiah 56:7) Therefore we will strive to be faithful stewards of the historic building and worship space without idolizing that structure over God.

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 680 O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found in a bulletin insert.

Budget Year 2012 $$ Pledge Drive $$ – 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.
          I believe Stewardship is something we do every day because we are Christians. Once a year the Parish needs to determine the amount of income pledged for the coming year. The 2012 Pledge Drive is scheduled to begin in November with the Vestry proposing a 2012 budget following the November 14 meeting.  Sunday November 20 will be the day we begin distributing pledge cards.

“Women’s” Book Study - The “Women’s” Book study will be studying The Grand Weaver by Dr. Ravi Zacharias this year. The study is not limited to women alone; the Rector does participate most weeks. The next meeting will be Wednesday October 26th from 10:00-11:30 am in the Parish Hall. We will discuss “Your Disappointments Matter; Questions 4, 5, 6.”

Formation Classes – This week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab. All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15. Next week we will cover Joshua 3:7-17, Israel Crosses the Jordan.

Outreach meeting – The next Outreach meeting will be held October 26th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. The principal discussions will revolve around our holiday outreach efforts and gathering lessons learned from recent Outreach efforts. All are invited to attend.

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.

Thought for the weekPromise: In the last several months the world has been turned upside down. Many have lost security as pensions and savings, even jobs and homes have been lost in the economic turmoil that has sent shock waves around the world. But what we have not lost is our security in God’s love for us.
-Br. James Koester, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Mon. Oct 24th        Mutual Ministry Review – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Oct. 26th      Outreach Committee Meeting – 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Parish House)
Sat. Oct. 29th        5th Saturday Serve lunch at Suffolk Salvation Army
                               Fran McKendree Concert – 7:00 pm (St. Christopher’s Portsmouth)
Thu. Nov. 3rd         Junto Women’s Group Set-up (Parish Hall)
Fri. Nov. 4th           Junto Women’s Group Luncheon (Parish Hall)
Sun. Nov. 6th         Daylight Saving Time ends – fall back
Tue. Nov. 8th         Election Day
Wed. Nov. 9th        Garden Club meeting (Parish House)
Fri. Nov. 11th         Veterans’ Day
Sat. Nov. 12th        Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 22nd    Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Community Thanksgiving Service –
                               St. John’s (NOTE the change in date)
Sun. Dec. 4th         Parish Advent Potluck – following the service (Parish Hall)
Tue. Dec. 6th         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, Virginia, Lon, Luann, David, Evan, Kevin, Peg, Faye and family, Carter and family, Foster family, Jim, Lisa, Terri and Family, Marvin, and Millard.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan and Susan; Jonathon, David, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nansi & Zollie
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Bride's, Chesapeake; St. Thomas', Chesapeake.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Ross Davies of The Murray, South Australia, Australia.

Altar Flowers: To the glory of God and in memory of Pearl D. Lewis by Bob and Bette

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
Burr & Jennifer 08

If you are in need of Pastoral Care,
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409

Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton

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