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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday February 12, 2012 - 6 Epiphany

Lenten Series and Soup Supper – We will continue our practice of a Lenten Series and Soup Supper beginning February 29th and continuing until the week before Holy Week. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming week.

Question for Reflection – What three things can we do to be more inviting and welcoming to those in our community and those who come to our Church?
February 12, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm:  30
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Gospel:  Mark 1:40-45

Lay Participants for February 12, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Kathy
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Laura

Refreshments:  Marlene

Sermon for February 5: http://chirb.it/BMOkNp
Diocesan Council Resolutions and Elections – A copy of the Diocesan Resolutions for this year’s Council can be found at: http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2279/ResolutionsALL.pdf and a list of nominees and their positions can be found at: http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2279/NomineesforElection.pdf.
          A summary of the Resolutions is: (1) C-1: Change Canons 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 regarding Parishes and Missions; to remove all reference of size of the congregation when determining its status as a parish or mission. (2) Con-1: Constitutional Resolution changing Article 5, Section 2 regarding the determination of a quorum for congregational meetings to reflect the change in Resolution C-1. (3) C-2: Change Canons 13 and 31 to reflect the modification in descriptors for parishes and missions reflective of Resolution C-1. (4) R-1: Petition to the General Convention to study and consider flexibility with the fiscal year of Episcopal dioceses. (5) R-2: To allow clergy and congregations in Southern Virginia to participate in the use of trial liturgies that may be approved by the 77th General Convention for formalizing the blessing of same-gender unions. (6) R-3: The disposition of the Talbot Hall property.

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.

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.

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 30 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 551: Rise up, O men of God (Festal Song) 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.

Formation ClassesWe will discuss our Old Testament reading 2 Kings 5:1-14, “The Healing of Naamanthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; 2 Kings 2:1-12, “Elijah Ascends to Heaven.” All are invited to join us for class.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will continue this coming Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 4, “Free to Choose” 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.

Thought for the week – Gift: Jesus, I believe, says to each one of us: “You are marked men and women – I’ve marked you in baptism for a purpose. And I have equipped you with unique gifts, and no one else will do.”
-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Thu. Feb. 9th         North Suffolk Clergy Group Meeting – 12:00 pm (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)
Mon. Feb. 20th       Junto GFWC meeting – 10 am – 3 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Feb. 21st        Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 22nd      Ash Wednesday – 12:00 pm and 7:15 pm
Wed. Feb 29th       Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House)
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, 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: Elsie
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Chatham Hall School; Redeemer, Midlothian; St. Matthias', Midlothian.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Central Africa; The Most Rev. Albert Chama Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.

Flowers: To the Glory of God and in honor of our daughter’s upcoming birthday, by Fred and Marlene

Anniversaries in February
Gary & Toni 14

Birthdays in February
James 2                        Karen 8
Mac 8                          Shawn 8
Perk 16                        Joe 19
Jimmye 20                   Alice 22

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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