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 29, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday March 4, 2012

Outreach Food Bag Collection – This Sunday is the day that we would like to have the items for the food bags we are collecting for Stand Up for Kids in conjunction with Perfecting Saints COGIC. We are only looking for individually wrapped food items: fruit cups (pop top), snack size pretzels/chips, canned meat (pop top), soup (pop top), Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, plastic forks and spoons. Items are being collected in the Narthex and will be bagged Sunday the 11th following service for delivery to Perfecting Saints.

Question for Reflection – You will find cards in the pews this weekend. Please write the answer to this question on the card you pick up in church: Who are 3 people I can tell about the ministry and mission of St. John’s in the coming season of Lent?
March 4, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
Lessons for the Second Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm:  22:22-30
Second Lesson:  Romans 4:13-25
Gospel:  Mark 8:31-38

Lay Participants for March 4, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  To be determined

Refreshments:  Marlene

Sermon for Ash Wednesday: http://chirb.it/6bx1D5
Sermon for February 26: http://chirb.it/3wdDqn
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. We will survey World Religions beginning with Christianity February 29 and continuing with Judaism on March 7. Please come join us for food, fellowship, and education.

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.

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.

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 22:22-30 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 147: Now let us all with one accord (Bourbon) 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 17:1-7, 15-16, “The Sign of the Covenantthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; Exodus 20:1-17, “The Ten Commandments.” 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 7, “Where is God When We Fail?” 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 – Tradition: The Church, the Body of Christ, is essentially progressive. Rooted in the past, grounded in the Eternal, but always renewing, always renovating.
-Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
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
Wed. Mar. 7th        Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House) Judaism
Sat. Mar. 10th         James River Rug Hookers – 10 am – 3 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Mar. 11th         Daylight Savings Time begins – SPRING FORWARD 1 HOUR
Mon. Mar. 12th        Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Mar. 14th       Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House) Islam
Thu. Mar. 15th        Diocesan Fresh Start – 10 am – 3:30 pm (Camp Chanco)
Sun. Mar. 18th        Healing Eucharist
Mon. Mar. 19th        GFWC Junto Women’s Club – 10 am – 2 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Mar. 21st       Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House) TBD
Wed. Mar. 28th      Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 7:00 –
                             8:30 (Parish House) Islam
Sat. Mar. 31st         Salvation Army Luncheon
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, 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: Claiborne
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Advent, Norfolk; St. Paul's, Newport News; St. Stephen's, Newport News; The Rev. Dr. Richard L. & Janet May; The Rev. Frank & Sandy Gose.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of England; The Most Rev. and Right Honorable Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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