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 18, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday April 22, 2012 - 3rd Sunday of Easter

Outreach Committee Meeting – The Outreach Committee will meet tonight, 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 Against 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.

Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) News – Our rector, Les Ferguson, has been elected to serve as the Chairperson on the Board of Directors of the CAPS. He invites you to take a look at the programs being proposed by CAPS and how we, as a Parish, might be able to support this vital growing ministry in Suffolk.
April 22, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 3rd 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 22, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Laura

Refreshments:  No one has volunteered

Sermon for Sunday, April 15: http://chirb.it/hseE66
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.

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.
          The Rector will be enlisting assistance to revamp the church’s tri-fold flier. If he contacts you please prayerfully consider providing assistance for this project in order to revitalize our Parish’s visibility in our community.

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.

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 4 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 126, The people who in darkness walked (Dundee) 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 3:12-19, “Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Porticofrom 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 4:5-12, “Peter and John before the Council.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday.

Wednesday Book Study – On Wednesday, April 25 we will discuss chapter 2, “The Risk of Love: maker of heaven and earth.” If you would like to participate or have a copy of the book please contact Margaret and the Rector.

Stand Up for Kids - There is a thank you from Pastor Don General from Perfecting Saints Church of God in Christ on the bulletin board in the Parish House.  Please take a look at his letter and the other recent postings.

Thought for the week – Transformation: Lives are transformed; communities are renewed; the poor are helped; God is praised by glad and generous hearts! There is new life, new hope, new joy, new freedom, a new love for one another! Such is the power of believing.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
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)
Mon. Jun. 18th        Rector’s Continuing Education through June 22nd – Virginia
                             Theological Seminary (Alexandria VA)
Sat. Jun. 23rd        Rector’s Vacation through July 5th
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, Faye and family, Carter and family, Foster family, Marvin, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Elsie, Charles, the Goman family, and Tina.

Deceased: Terri Chapman and comfort to her family

Serving in the Armed Forces: Bryan, Susan, Jonathon, Aaron, and Kevin
Serving Overseas: David
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Claudia
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Parish Book Store, Virginia Beach; St. Paul's, Peytonsburg; St. Stephen's, Petersburg.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & the Middle East; The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, President Bishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Bishop in Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

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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