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, March 21, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday March 25, 2012 - 5th Sunday in Lent

*** Our Lenten Worship *** – Because we are using Rite I for the Eucharist it is recommended that we review our responses during the Liturgy. There are subtle changes in the phraseology, for instance “And with thy spirit” as opposed to “And also with you.

Easter lily Orders – Please consider sponsoring an Easter lily this year. If you would like to purchase one, please use the form in this week’s bulletin to order your Easter lilies that will be used to decorate the church for Easter Sunday.  The dedications will appear in the Easter Sunday bulletin for the second service.

Holy Week Community Services – Again this year the Greater Oakland and Chuckatuck churches will celebrate Holy Week Services as Community Services. The schedule will be: Maundy Thursday (Apr. 5) at Oakland Community Church; dinner begins at 6:00 pm and a service of foot washing and Eucharist follows. Good Friday (Apr. 6) will be held at Wesley Chapel beginning at 7:00 pm. We will host Easter Sunrise Service at the Pond Altar at 6:30 am.
          Oakland would like a headcount for dinner before April 2. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Please join our Christian Community in Oakland and Chuckatuck observe Holy Week as a community.
March 25, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
Lessons for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm:  51:1-13
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 5:5-10
Gospel:  John 12:20-33

Lay Participants for March 25, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Anne/Bert

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon for March 18: http://chirb.it/z2ffPt
Suffolk Coalition for the Alleviation of Poverty – We have been invited to participate in the Suffolk Coalition for the Alleviation of Poverty (CAP). The Suffolk CAP will provide a centralized location with two principle functions: (1) to allocate scarce funds for crisis intervention and (2) to match resources with need for people who need to recover from their poverty. The first attempts to address the acute and unforeseen need while the second attempts to address long-standing issues and the root causes for poverty. Among other organizations that participate (outside churches) are the Salvation Army, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Genieve Shelter, and other homeless shelters in Suffolk.
          The principle facilitator in the development of the CAP is Ms. Hayden Hill at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. Westminster will be hosting training about our Christian Response to Poverty March 24th and March 27th (the same training both days) from 9 am – 5 pm. This training will be particularly helpful for the Suffolk CAP member to dialogue, share experience and knowledge and build a sense of unity around the goal of poverty alleviation. Lunch and beverages will be provided during training. If you are interested in attending please contact Hayden at hayden@wrpca.org.

Lenten Series and Soup Supper – We will continue our practice of a Lenten Series and Soup Supper beginning at 6:30 pm March 21st and continuing until the week before Holy Week. We will survey World Religions with primary focus on monotheistic religions: Judaism and Islam; as well as (hopefully) Hinduism. This week we will begin our survey of Islam; next week will be our last class. 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.

New Diocesan Newsletter – The Diocese is kicking off a new, electronic Newsletter. This is in response to the cost cutting measure of ceasing publication of a hard-copy Jamestown Cross. The Diocesan Connection is available at http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2279/MarchApril2012.pdf.

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 51:1-13 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 143: The glory of these forty days (Erhalt uns) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Formation ClassesWe will discuss our Old Testament reading Jeremiah 31:31-34, “A New Covenantthis Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week will continue our study of the Old Testament Lectionary reading; Isaiah 50:4-9a, “The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication.” All are invited to join us for class.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will continue this coming Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 10, “Hearing God’s Voice” 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 – Silence: Compared to the cacophony of the world, silence keeps catching us off guard; inviting wonder at being so loved by God.
-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Wed. Mar. 21st       Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 6:30 –
                             8:00 (Parish House) Islam
Sat. Mar. 24th        Alleviation of Poverty training – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church) Registration required
Tue. Mar. 27th       Alleviation of Poverty training – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church) Registration required
Wed. Mar. 28th      Wednesday evening Lenten series and Soup Supper – 6:30 –
                             8:00 (Parish House) TBD
Sat. Mar. 31st        Salvation Army Luncheon
Sun. Apr. 1st           Palm Sunday – Procession of the Palms
                             Discretionary Fund Sunday
Mon. Apr. 2nd     Deadline to sign up for Maundy Thursday Supper
Thu. Apr. 5th          Community Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship – Oakland
                             Christian Church, 6:00 pm (dinner) service following
                             Rev. Janet Weidler, Presiding; Rev. Ileana Rosario Preacher
Fri. Apr. 6th           Community Good Friday Service – 7:00 pm Wesley Chapel
                             Rev. Ileana Rosario Presiding, Rev. Les Ferguson Preacher
Sun. Apr. 8th          Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 am; St. John’s Pond Altar;
                             Rev. Les Ferguson Presiding; Rev. Janet Weidler
                             Festive Easter Eucharist - 10:30 am
Mon. Apr. 9th         Easter Monday – Offices closed
Mon. Apr. 16th        Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
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
Ebenezer United Methodist Church                 http://ebumc.net/

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, Elsie, Charles, and the Goman family.

Thanksgiving: Completion of treatment by Kevin

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, and Jonathon
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Kevin & Terry
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace, Norfolk; March Weekend at Blackstone; St. Andrew's, Norfolk; The Rev. Dale Hirst.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Ireland; The Most Rev. Alan Edwin Thomas Harper, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan.

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
Millard 21      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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