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, November 2, 2011

St John's e-News for Sunday November 6, 2011 - All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday Liturgy – We will have special prayers in remembrance of All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) this Sunday. Weather permitting, following the Recessional we will move to the graveyard to bless the gravestones of Mrs. Renate Brady and Mr. Bob Rogers.

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.

Discretionary Account Sunday – A reminder, the loose plate offering this Sunday is earmarked for the Rector’s Discretionary Account.  Every little bit helps the Rector to minister to the needy in our midst.
November 6, 2011, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for 21 Pentecost (Proper 27)
First Lesson: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

Lay Participants for November 6, 2011 - 10:30 am service
Chalicist:  Terry
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Stephanie
Nursery Assistant:  Laura

Refreshments:  Marlene

Sermon for October 30:  http://chirb.it/I0Hh6L
Our Core Values – At St. John’s we endeavor to be known for our Encouragement. We value practical spiritual practices to allow others to meet God where they are and to comprehend God’s presence, not only in their lives and this place but in all times and in all places. (James 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, 1 Peter 3:8-9, Ephesians 3:16, Matthew 6:33) Therefore we will maintain our emphasis on practical piety and theology in order to allow others to meet God without need for special education or experience, simply through their open and accepting heart.

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 Hymn 182 Christ is alive! (Truro) 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.

Liturgy Team Meeting – Our next Liturgy Team meeting will be held on Sunday November 13 following the service. We will plan worship for Advent and Epiphany that Sunday. All (not just the members of the team) are invited to attend.
          We will also plan the Lessons and Carols Service and discuss the celebration of Sunday services on December 25th and January 1st.

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.

“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 November 9th from 10:00-11:30 am in the Parish Hall. We will discuss “Your Morality Matters; Questions 10, 11, and 12.”

Formation Classes – This week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, The Tribes Renew the Covenant. All are invited to join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15. Next week we will cover Judges 4:1-7, Deborah and Barak.

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.

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 weekTruth: Sooner or later we’re all called upon to be this voice crying out from the margins. It may not be our primary sense of identity, but John the Baptist as a type is part of our story. There’s a locust and wild honey eater in all of us. Communities need cohesiveness, coherence, and consensus. But they also need outliers: people at the margins who can offer an alternative voice, a minority opinion, a critique or even rebuke.
-Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
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
                               All Saints Sunday
                               Blessing of Gravestones
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)
Sun. Nov. 13th        Liturgy Team meeting – following service (Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 22nd    Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Community Thanksgiving Service –
                               St. John’s (NOTE the change in date)
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: Jeremy & Lindsay
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John's, Chester; St. Matthew's, Chesterfield; The Rev. James Anderson.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu, of Ughelli, Nigeria.

Altar Flowers: To the glory of God and in memory of our fathers Howard and Frank by Marcella and Don.

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.
Home:  757-484-8409

Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton

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