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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. John's e-News for Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Christ the King Sunday

2012 Funding Proposal – The Vestry and Rector will present the funding proposal to support St. John’s mission and ministry in Suffolk this Sunday following worship. The presentation will not simply be a request for money but a recap of the highlights of 2011. Please come and hear the presentation regarding the coming year’s budget.

Service Music – Those hymns preceded by “S” (the Sanctus and Fraction Anthem) are located in the front part of the hymnal.
November 20, 2011, 10:30 am Healing Liturgy and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Last Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 29)
First Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23
The Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Lay Participants for November 20, 2011 - 10:30 am service
Chalicist:  Jim
Lector:  Terry
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Laura

Refreshments:  No one has signed up

Sermon for November 13:  http://chirb.it/dHx15s
Our Mission and Vision – At St. John’s we will work together; as members of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion in Suffolk, Virginia; by capitalizing on our spiritual and community heritage; to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
          Vision As we attempt to achieve our mission we will: Participate in the prayerful development of the mutual ministry of the clergy and laity to equip them for carrying out God’s work in the world.

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. Psalm 100 will be set to Hymn 212 Awake, arise (Richmond) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found in a bulletin insert.

Christmas Eve and Day and New Years Day Services – During the Liturgy Team meeting it was decided that our Christmas Eve festivities would begin at 9:00 pm. We will have 30 minutes of Carol singing followed by the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord beginning at 9:30 pm. We will also celebrate Holy Eucharist the following morning (Sunday) beginning at 11:00 am (note the delayed start time). Please join us for one or both the offerings on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
          We will have service the following Sunday, New Years Day at 11:00 am. On New Year’s Day we will celebrate with Christmas Lessons and Carols. There will be 8 readings and a like number of Carols. Please come and enjoy this celebration of the New Year.

Budget Year 2012 $$ Pledge Drive $$ – Begins this Sunday. 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.

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. Please help us observe Holy Silence on this day.
          In addition, the Rector is looking for a couple benches to place in the church yard in case the weather is cooperative and participants desire to spend time outside.

“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. There will be no meeting on November 23rd and the next meeting will be Wednesday November 30th from 10:00-11:30 am in the Parish Hall. We will discuss “Your Will Matters; Questions 17, 18, and 19.”

Formation Classes – This week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, God the true Shepherd. All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15. Next week we will cover Isaiah 64:1-9, “A Prayer of Penitence”.

Community Thanksgiving Day Service – This service will be held at St. John’s Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm. The guest preacher will be Rev. Mark Burns and nearly all greater-Chuckatuck churches have pledged participation. We need two Lay Participants from St. John’s to serve as acolyte and usher. Ministers and parishioners from the other churches will participate in the other duties. An offering will be gathered and donated to the Suffolk Meals-on-Wheels program.

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 weekLove: Do you know that God cares for you? Do you know that there is nothing in all of heaven or on all the earth that can ever separate you from God’s love? Did you hear it? Nothing. Ever.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Mon. Nov. 21st    Junto Women’s Group – 11:00 am -2:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Nov. 22nd    Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Community Thanksgiving Service – St. John’s
Thu. Dec. 1st       "New Chapter: Your Church in God's Unfolding Story"
                             conference – Williamsburg VA (through Sat. Dec. 3rd)
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, Millard, Bev, and Denise.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan and Susan; Jonathon, David, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Joel & Robin
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Danville; Epiphany, Danville; November Weekend at St. Martin's, Williamsburg; The Rev. Barbara & Ronald Williams.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston of Virginia; The Rt. Rev. David Jones - Suffragan Bishop of Virginia; The Rt. Rev. Willam Klusmeyer of West Virginia.

Altar Flowers: To the glory of God and in memory of Heather D. Jones (November 16, 1969 - January 18, 1982) and Renate H. Brady (November 19, 1926 - April 29, 2011) by Kevin and Terry.

Birthdays in November
Bev 03                 Dianne 04
Doug 11               Eddie 13
Steven 16            Kathy 28
Laura 28              Dotty 29

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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