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 1, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday February 5, 2012

Carpet Replacement – Cherry Carpet will be here next Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7 to replace the carpet in the Parish House. They will be moving the furniture, removing the existing carpet (in the main areas only), and installing new carpet. Please take a look around the Parish House to see if there’s anything you don’t want them to move. Once installed, please help keep the new carpet looking good for another 20 years.

Question for Reflection – Given our current circumstances, what will make the most difference if we pay attention to it now?
February 5, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm:  147:1-12, 21c
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Gospel:  Mark 1:29-39

Lay Participants for February 5, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Jenn and Burr

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon for January 29: http://chirb.it/D0b4KG
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 Henderson 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 147:1-12, 21c in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 212: Awake, arise, lift up your voice (Richmond) 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 Isaiah 40:21-31, “God’s People Are Comfortedthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; 2 Kings 5:1-14, “The Healing of Naaman.” All are invited to join us for class.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will continue this coming Wednesday, February 8 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 3, “An Invitation to Wholeness” 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 Tankovich.

Thought for the week – Love: To say “God is love;” to know that “God is love;” can help us sift through all that is strange and wonderful and confusing in the Bible. It can help us decide what’s important and what’s not. To grasp one central, one key concept can help enormously in making sense of the whole.
-Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Mon. Feb. 6th         Carpet replacement – Parish House (through Tue. Feb 7th)
Wed. Feb. 8th        Garden Club – evening (Parish Hall)
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
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 Burns, and Toni.

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, and Jonathon
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nick & Tina
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Diocesan Annual Council; Good Shepherd, McKenney; Manakin, Midlothian; Our Savior, Midlothian.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Canada; The Most Rev. Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

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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