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 4, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday April 8, 2012 - The Feast of the Resurrection at Easter

Volunteers for Flowers and Decorate the Church - Please lend a hand on Saturday, April 7, at 9:00 am, we will be decorating inside the Church and the outside altar. This will last 2 to 3 hours. We need everyone to bring any spring flowers you may wish. We also need for everyone to help do the decorating.

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 Eucharist and Tenebrae 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.
April 8, 2012, 6:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service
First Lesson:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm:  118:1-2, 14-24
Gospel:  Mark 16:1-8

Lay Participants for April 8, 2012 - 6:30 am service
Lector:  To be determined
Prayers:  To be determined
Ushers:  To be determined

April 8, 2012, 10:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday
First Lesson:  Acts 10:34-43
Psalm:  118:1-2, 14-24
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel:  Mark 16:1-8

Lay Participants for April 8, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Terry
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Leone

Refreshments:  Parish

Sermon for April 1: http://chirb.it/L80FE3
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.

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 118:1-2, 14-24 in unison. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 551, Rise up, ye saints of God! (Festal Song) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Formation ClassesWe will take a break from our Formation class this Sunday but will resume next week as we discuss our New Testament reading Acts 4:32-35, “The Believers Share Their Possessionsfrom 9:15-10:15 am. All are invited to join us for class this Sunday.

Wednesday Book Study - Our book study will take a 1-week break on April 4 and will continue Wednesday, April 11 at 10:00 am and we will discuss Chapter 11, “Seeing with God’s eyes” 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.
          On Wednesday, April 18 our study group will begin a discussion of the book Tokens of Trust, by Rowan Williams. 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 – Transformation: Rarely do we see, let alone understand, resurrection in the moment—we cannot because it is necessarily clouded by grief and confusion and loss, which is why, I think, it usually takes the disciples and us a while to figure out who the risen Christ is when he shows up.
-Br. Kevin Hackett, SSJE
Upcoming Events:
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
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.

Special prayers for: Barbara and Shirley

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, Sally, Bill, Heather, Toni, 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: Will
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ & Grace, Petersburg; Holy Trinity, Onancock; The Rev. Michael & Carolyn Ferguson
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For Peace in Africa and the Middle East

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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