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, January 18, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 3 Epiphany

New Lay Participants – We would like to thank Suze and Steven for volunteering to be Lay Participants. We can always use more assistance, please see the notice below.

Question for Reflection – How has the Parish at St. John’s helped you to experience God’s presence in your life in the past year? How can we help you continue to experience God’s presence in the future?
January 22, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm: 62:6-14
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Lay Participants for January 22, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Terry
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Lynn and David
Nursery Attendant:  Stephanie
Nursery Assistant:  Alice

Refreshments:  No one has signed up

Sermon for January 15: http://chirb.it/CeF8Oh
Parish Growth Strategy – Burr has agreed to serve as the head of our Parish Growth Committee. He will be contacting members of the Parish to identify the areas where we see potential growth and what actions we can take to achieve that growth. Please prayerfully consider serving on this essential committee if called.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner (February 21); it is almost time for our Annual Pancake Supper and Offering of the Palms. We will follow our schedule from years past with dinner being served from 5:00-7:00 pm. The cost for the Supper will remain the same also: $5 per person or $15 per family of 4 or more. Help spread the word and invite our neighbors to this wonderful celebration. More information to follow and there will be many opportunities to assist.

Today’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 as we sing Psalm 62:6-14 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 544: Jesus shall reign where ere the sun (Duke Street) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Bishop’s Visitation – The Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith will conduct his first official Visitation since his consecration as our Diocesan Bishop on May 6. While not essential this is an opportunity for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception in the Episcopal Church. For more information about these rites and being Confirmed or Received in May contact the Rector.

Lay Participants – We would like to thank those who volunteer to assist during worship as Nursery Assistant, Altar Guild, Chalicist, Reader, Lector, and Usher. We would like to have a few more volunteers to assist on Sundays in one of these capacities. The Chalicist is the only person who requires special but simple training. If you have any questions about the duties for each position see one of our current volunteers or the Rector.

Olan Mills Update – Those who had pictures taken by Olan Mills should have received their proof sheets in the mail along with 2 order forms (both can be used to order additional photos with a $50 discount). There are two options for ordering photos and directions will be forwarded by separate correspondence.

Our Denominational Heritage Q: Does the Presiding Bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States have veto power over the two houses of General Convention and the Diocesan Bishops?
          A: No. The Presiding Bishop is afforded the same vote as any other Bishop in the Episcopal Church. In fact, there have been many instances where the decision of the General Convention and the Diocesan Bishops has not been the preference of the Presiding Bishop.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will begin this coming Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 1, “The Difference Goodness Makes” from the book Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference by The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu and The Rev. Mpho Tutu. If you would like to participate or have a copy of the book please contact Margaret.

Formation ClassesWe will discuss our Old Testament reading Jonah 3:1-10, “Conversion of Ninevehthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; Deuteronomy 8:15-20, “Privileges of Priests and Levites.” All are invited to join us for class.

Coats for the Needy – St. James of Portsmouth distributes coats for the needy on the 1st Saturday in February.  For more information contact the Rector.

Thought for the week – Power: Jesus the meek king exercises a disciplined calmness in the face of evil threats. His rule is characterized by compassion, not tyranny. And he expects his disciples to follow in his way; refusing to return evil for evil, putting their whole trust in God.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Thu. Jan. 19th         Clergy Fresh Start retreat – 10 am – 3:30 pm (Camp Chanco)
Wed. Jan. 25th       Convocation IV Pre-Council meeting
Wed. Feb. 8th        Garden Club – evening (Parish Hall)
Fri. Feb. 10th         Annual Council begins – Williamsburg Lodge (through Feb. 11th)
Sat. Feb. 11th         James River Rug Hookers – 10 am – 3 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Feb. 13th        Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Feb. 15th       Outreach Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Feb. 21st        Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 22nd      Ash Wednesday – 12:00 pm and 7:15 pm
Sun. May 6th          Bishop’s Visitation
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, Bev, Denise, Jaelyn, Sally, Bill, Heather, and Toni.

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, and Jonathon
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Dianne & Bryan
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Dr. Jo Anna Price; St. Luke's, Kenbridge; St. Paul & St. Andrew's, Kenbridge; The Rev. Robyn & Roy Hoffman.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil (Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil); The Most Rev. MaurĂ­cio Jose Araujo de Andrade, Primate of Brazil & Bishop of Brasilia.

Flowers: To the Glory of God and in Memory of Joshua and Betty Pretlow by Anne and Bert.

Birthdays in January
Ashley 1                      Garrett 2
Randy 6                      Landy 14
Arthur 15                    Lynn 15
Marlene 17                  Anne 20
Linda 21

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

Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton

Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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