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, May 9, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday May 13 - the 6th Sunday of Easter

Bishop’s Visitation – I’d like to offer a special thank you to all who made the Bishop’s visit last Sunday a huge success. A special thank you to all the cooks who made one of the better Potluck luncheons the Bishop has had the pleasure to eat in a long time.
          We also give a hearty welcome to Linda Harms who was received by Bishop Holly during the service. It is nice to “officially” have her as a member in the Episcopal Church.

Parish Communications Liaison – The Diocesan Office is looking for a volunteer from each Parish or church to serve as a liaison Ann Turner, the Diocesan Communications Officer. There are no especially difficult tasks associated with the position; being a point of contact in the Parish to ensure Diocesan electronic communications is available to all parishioners. Please see the Rector for more information and to volunteer.

Diocesan Connection and the e-News – The Diocesan newsletter is available online at http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2279/MayJune2012DiocesanConnection.pdf. If you are not already receiving the Diocesan e-News you can register on the Diocesan webpage at: http://diosova.org in the upper right corner of the front page.
May 13, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 6th Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 10: 44-48
Psalm:  98
Second Lesson:  1 John 5:1-6
Gospel:  John 15:9-17

Lay Participants for May 13, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Steven and David
Nursery Attendant:  Khristina
Nursery Assistant:  Jen/Burr

Refreshments:  Bernice

Sermon for Sunday, April 29: http://chirb.it/mmczCx
No audio sermon for Sunday, May 6
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 10:44-48, “Gentiles Receive the Holy Spiritfrom 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, “Mathias Chosen to Replace Judas.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday.

Wednesday Book Study – On Wednesday, May 16 we will discuss chapter 5, “God in Company: And I believe in one catholic and apostolic church.” Our final session for the spring term will be May 23rd where we will study the final chapter and have a year-end potluck luncheon. If you would like to participate or have a copy of the book please 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 98 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 493, O for a thousand tongues to sing (Azmon) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

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.

Coffee Hour/Lemonade on the Lawn – “I can’t host post-service refreshments…” is a phrase often heard. However, once people understand what is required for refreshment hour they realize assisting is much easier than they thought. In principle, the refreshment hour is something to snack on during post-service fellowship. There is no expectation of an elaborate meal – in fact, the majority of the time simple is more appreciated than more complicated.
          When it comes to refreshments they may include things like fruit; cookies or crackers (with or without cheese); maybe a few vegetables; and beverages. For beverages the parish has coffee, leaving one or two choices to be provided. Possibilities include tea, juice, lemonade, and ice water.
          Please consider assisting with refreshments – anyone can do it. If you have any questions contact Marcella Wittenauer.

Olan Mills Directories - The 2012 directories have been delivered and are available for pick-up in the Parish Office. If you had a photo taken or submitted, please stop by and pick up book. If you didn’t have photo taken there are extra copies available. Please see the Rector.

Thought for the week – Strength: Your past, whatever it is, will provide the firm foundation for your life. Even if there’s rubble, the rubble will be reformed into an edifice far stronger and more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Sat. May 12th         James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Sun. May 13th         Mother’s Day
                             Rogation Sunday
Mon. May 14th        Vestry Meeting – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. May 15th         CAPS Board Meeting – 3:00 pm (Westminster Church)
Thu. May 17th         Diocesan Fresh Start Graduation Day – 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
                             (Camp Chanco)
Sat. May 19th         Armed Forces Day
Sun. May 27th        Pentecost (Pond Altar)
Mon. May 28th        Memorial Day holiday (Office closed)
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, Tina, and Kathleen and her son Fergal.

Serving in the Armed Forces: David, Bryan, Susan, Aaron, Kevin, and Elizabeth
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Gary & Toni
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Emmanuel, Powhatan; Judy Rieken of the Diocesan Staff; Merchants Hope, Prince George.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Melanesia, The Most Rev. David Vunagi Archbishop of Melanesia and Bishop of Central Melanesia.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Marlene’s parents Ben & Minnie Modazewski.

Birthdays in May
Claudia 10                   Margaret 10
Willis 10                      Steve 14
Sterling 15                   Christine 17
Mary 22                       Bert 24

Anniversaries in May
Susan & Jim 14           Joe & Mary-Margaret 24
Alan & Sarah 25         Dennis & Rusty 31

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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