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 16, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday May 20, 2012 - the 7th Sunday of Easter

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.
Music/Liturgy Planning Team – A team meeting will be held in the Parish Hall following Worship today. Please feel free to join the music planning for the coming months.
May 20, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and a Public Service of Healing
Lessons for the 7th Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm:  1
Second Lesson:  1 John 5:9-13
Gospel:  John 17:6-19

Lay Participants for May 20, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Kevin
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Anne/Bert

Refreshments:  Tina

Sermon for Sunday, May 13: http://chirb.it/nOtvmL
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our New Testament reading Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, “Mathias Chosen to Replace Judasfrom 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Ezekiel 37:1-14, “The Valley of the Dry Bones.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.

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.

Wednesday Book Study – On Wednesday, May 23 we will discuss chapter 6, “Love, Actually: I look for the resurrection of the dead.” Following the final session we will hold our year-end potluck luncheon. If you would like to participate, attend the luncheon, 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 1 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 380, From all that dwell below the skies (Old Hundredth) 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.

Pentecost Sunday – Our annual Pentecost celebration will take place at the pond altar next Sunday, May 27th. Due to the proximity of Memorial Day the Parish Picnic will be delayed for a few weeks until June 17th. Please come on the 27th and WEAR RED. If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor service we will hold worship in the church. This would be a good day to bring a friend to church to see the liveliness and appreciate the serenity of St. John’s. It is also recommended to prepare for flying insects and dose up with mosquito repellant. Chairs will be available but if you have a favorite outdoor chair please feel free to bring it.

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 – New: Church is not essentially about being “old-timey”. Church is about living into a new vision: God’s vision of radical inclusion, God’s very expansive catholicity.
-Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Thu. May 17th         Diocesan Fresh Start Graduation Day – 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
                             (Camp Chanco)
Sat. May 19th         Armed Forces Day
                             Christian Music Jubilee Concert – Magnolia United Methodist
                             Church 6:00-8:00 pm
Sun. May 27th        Pentecost (Pond Altar)
Mon. May 28th        Memorial Day holiday (Office closed)
Sat. Jun. 9th          Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry
                             Union of Black Episcopalians “Bishop’s Ball” – 6:30-11:30 pm
                             (Waterside Marriott, Norfolk)
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, Faye and family, Carter and family, Foster family, Marvin, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Elsie, Charles, Tina, and Kathleen and her son Fergal.

Thanksgiving: for Lon Bickham’s transfer from the hospital to a Rehab facility.

Serving in the Armed Forces: David, Bryan, Susan, Aaron, Kevin, and Elizabeth
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Mark
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Good Shepherd, Richmond; James Sitzler - Chanco Staff; St. George's, Pungoteague.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Communion Sunday.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Fred and Marlene.

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