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, April 11, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday April 15, 2012 - the 2nd Sunday of Easter

Happy Easter! – Alleluia! Christ it Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Outreach Committee Meeting – The next Outreach Committee meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 pm. There will be a presentation by Ms. Hayden Hill, from Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church on Godwin Blvd. regarding evolving ministry in Suffolk – Coalition for the Alleviation of Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS). She will discuss the principles of the program and a little bit about the vision and how we, as a Parish, can participate in the program. Anyone who is interested in either the CAPS program or becoming a member of the Outreach team is invited to attend. For more information, contact Leone.

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.
April 15, 2012, 10:30 am Litany of Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 2nd Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 4:32-35
Psalm:  133
Second Lesson:  1 John 1:1-2:2
Gospel:  John 20:19-31

Lay Participants for April 15, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Gary and Steven
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Lynn

Refreshments:  Leftovers

Sermon for Good Friday, April 6: http://chirb.it/tILGk0

Sermon for Easter Sunday, April 8: http://chirb.it/BaIGa2
Pastoral Care Volunteers Needed – Have you ever wished you had someone to lend an ear or ease a burden? If so, I encourage you to consider becoming a Pastoral Care provider. There are no special skills required, simply the ability to be present with another member of our church family to ease their burdens. If you feel called to assist please contact the Rector.
          We have had a little response and we request you prayerfully consider this ministry. If you have any questions about the ministry contact the Rector.

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 133 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 524, I love thy kingdom Lord (St. Thomas) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 4:32-35, “The Believers Share Their Possessionsfrom 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 3:12-19, “Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday.

Wednesday Book Study – Next Wednesday, April 18 our study group will begin a discussion of the book Tokens of Trust, by Rowan Williams. We will cover the chapter entitled, “Who can we trust? I believe in God the Father almighty…” If you would like to participate or have a copy of the book please contact Margaret and the Rector.

Convocation IV News - Please keep the churches in Convocation IV in your prayers. Some of the churches are entering into a discernment process to identify their pathway for their future and, as can be expected, anxiety is on the rise.

Thought for the week – Resurrection: We only know the relief of dawn when the terrors of the night have kept us awake. We only know the joy of resurrection when the fear of darkness has clutched our hearts, but even there, even then, even now God is at work in your life. Take courage. Now is God’s time in your life.
-Br. James Koester, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
Sat. Apr. 14th        James River Rug Hookers
Mon. Apr. 16th        Junto GFWC Meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
                             Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Apr. 18th       Outreach Committee meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
Thu. Apr. 19th        Diocesan Fresh Start – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Camp Chanco)
Thu. Apr. 26th        Junto GFWC set up for Spring Game Day and Luncheon
                             12:00 – 3:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Fri. Apr. 27th         Junto GFWC Spring Game Day and Luncheon
                             9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. May 6th          Bishop’s Visitation
Tue. May 8th          Spring Clergy Day
Sun. May 13th         Mother’s Day
                             Rogation Sunday
Mon. May 14th        Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
Thu. May 17th         Diocesan Fresh Start Graduation Day – 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
                             (Camp Chanco)
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, Evan, Kevin, Faye and family, Carter and family, Foster family, Terri and Family, Marvin, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Elsie, Charles, and the Goman family.

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, Jonathon, Aaron, and Kevin
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Eddie
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: April Weekend at Chanco; St. John's, Petersburg; St. Paul's, Petersburg; The Rev. Dr. Joseph and Evelyn Green

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan); The Most Rev. Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, Primate of The Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory and honor of our loved ones.

Birthdays in April
John 06                        Barbara 10
Matthew 14                 Bryan 16
Katherine 16               Paul 24
Jake 26                        Bryan 27
Bernice 30

Anniversaries in April
Tim & Bev 03             Doug & Mac 30

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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