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 5, 2011

St. John's e-News for Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yard Sale report – Thank you to all who helped make the yard sale a success.  We raised $656 and donated many items to help the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) in their ministry.
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 today at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department from 2:00 – 5:00 pm (floating).
October 9, 2011, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for 17 Pentecost (Proper 23)
First Lesson: Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Second Lesson: Philippians 4:1-9
The Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

Lay Participants for October 9, 2011 - 10:30 am service
Chalicist:  Terry
Lector:  Jim 
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Stephanie
Nursery Assistant:  To be determined

Refreshments/Lemonade on the Lawn:  None

Sermon for October 2:  http://chirb.it/2Ogdqq
Our Core Values – At St. John’s we strive for Cultural Relevance. We value our ability to relate to those in our village, town, and community. (1 Corinthians 9:20, Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:24, 1 Corinthians 12:13) Therefore we will not forget our connection with our community and the history that has made us who and what we are.

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 397, Now thank we all our God (Nun danket all und Bringet Ehr/Grafenberg), 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 studying The Grand Weaver by Dr. Ravi Zacharias this year. The study is not limited to women alone; the Rector does participate most weeks. We will be 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. For more information contact Margaret.

$$ Pledge Drive $$ – 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.

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.

Bishop Hollerith receives degree from VTS – Bishop Hollerith was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at Virginia Theological Seminary's annual Academic Convocation on October 4. The degree was awarded by the Rt. Rev. James J. Shand, Bishop of the Diocese of Easton and chair of the Seminary's board of trustees.

Formation Classes – This week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading: Exodus 32:1-14, The Golden Calf. All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15. Next week we will cover Exodus 33:12-23, Moses’ Intercession.

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.

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.

Thought for the weekHope: Hope is a sense that though you can’t even imagine the future, that it’s going to “come round right,” that it’s going to be okay and you’re going to be okay, and that “all will be well.” That’s hope.
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
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
                            Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
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)
Mon. Oct 24th      Mutual Ministry Review – 7:00 – 9:00 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, Virginia, Lon, Luann, David, Evan, Kevin, Peg, Mike, Faye and family, Carter and family, Foster family, Jim, Lisa, Terri and family, and Bob.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan and Susan; Jonathon, David, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Alice & Marvin
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Emmanuel, Cape Charles; October Weekend at Chanco; St. James', Cartersville; The Rev. Ruth & Bob Partlow.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Meshack Boy Mabuza - Swaziland - (Southern Africa)

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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