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, February 22, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday February 26, 2012 - the First Sunday in Lent

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – A special thanks to Jim and those who worked tirelessly at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. We grossed $445 this year – better yet, we served food to many members of our community and the greater Tidewater area.

Question for Reflection – What is your rule of life and how will you work during this Lenten season to nourish your vital relationship with God through that rule? How can St. John’s help you in your Lenten journey using your rule of life?

Our Lenten Worship – During Lent we will celebrate communion using Holy Eucharist Rite I. We will continue to sing the psalm and sing the Trisagion instead of the Gloria. The Trisagion will be the one we “normally” use (or at least the one we used last year).
          We will also have a variety of music offerings from members of the Parish as anthems during the service. If you would like to sing as a member of a small group please contact Roger.
February 26, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
Lessons for the First Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm:  25:1-9
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel:  Mark 1:9-15

Lay Participants for February 26, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Stephanie
Nursery Assistant:  Laura

Refreshments:  Leone

Sermon for February 19: http://chirb.it/BA4HMr
Lenten Series and Soup Supper – We will continue our practice of a Lenten Series and Soup Supper beginning at 7:00 pm February 29th and continuing until the week before Holy Week. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming week.

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 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 25:1-8 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 609: Where cross the crowded ways of life (Gardiner) 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 Genesis 9:8-17, “The Covenant with Noahthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, “The Sign of the Covenant.” All are invited to join us for class.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will continue this coming Wednesday, February 29 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 6, “Where is God When We Suffer” 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.

Tidings from Oakland Christian Church – I have been informed that Oakland Christian Church has called their long-term Interim Minister whose first Sunday will be March 11. I expect they will be living in the Parsonage on King’s Highway; if you happen to see them in your travels please give them a St. John’s and Chuckatuck welcome.

Thought for the week – Relationship: God has created you as you are…. In God’s scheme of things, God has plans for a relationship with you that lasts forever, a relationship which only grows in intimacy over the years. It’s like an eternal infatuation. You’re always on God’s mind….
-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Wed. Feb. 22nd      Ash Wednesday – 12:00 pm and 7:15 pm
Sat. Feb. 25th        Tree Pruning – 8:00 am
Wed. Feb. 29th      Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House)
Tue. Mar. 6th         Convocation IV Clericus – 12:00 – 1:30 pm (St. Mark’s Suffolk)
                             Communion at Lake Prince Woods – 2:00 pm
Sun. May 6th          Bishop’s Visitation
Community Church Websites:
New Community Christian Center                      http://www.nccfamily.us
Oakland Christian Church (UCC)                       http://www.oaklandchristianchurch.com/
Perfecting Saints Church of God in Christ       http://www.pscogic.com/
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church         http://www.wesleychapelchuckatuck.org

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, Lisa Flynn, Terri and Family, Marvin, Denise, Jaelyn, Sally, Bill, Heather, Toni, Pat, and Elsie.

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, and Jonathon
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Meriwether & Allen
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Augustine's, Newport News; St. George's, Newport News; The Rev. John and Bunmi Agbaje.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Province of the Anglican Church of Congo (Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo); The Most Revd Kahwa Henri Isingoma, Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kinshasa.

Birthdays in March
David 02         Steve 05
Shannon 06     Brooks 07
Wade 08          Mary-Margaret 08
Caroline 09      Fred 12
Tim 13             Pretlow 15
John 18            Elizabeth 19
Clare 23           John 27
Cooper 28

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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