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 23, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday May 27, 2012 - The Sunday of the Pentecost: Whitsunday

Pentecost Sunday is this Week – We will worship this coming Sunday, May 27th at the Pond Altar, weather permitting. This Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost and all in attendance are invited to wear RED in honor of the coming of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost. 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.

Formation Survey – A survey of the Parish’s Formation desires has been printed. Please take the time to fill out the questionnaire which covers both current Adult Formation issues as well as looking forward to Youth Formation in the coming years.
May 27, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
First Lesson:  Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm:  104:25-35, 37
Second Lesson:  Acts 2:1-21
Gospel:  John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Lay Participants for May 27, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  To Be Determined
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Lynn

Refreshments:  Marlene

Sermon for Sunday, May 20: http://chirb.it/zLwx3H
Worship Assistants – There are always openings for volunteers to assist with worship. Please prayerfully consider is God is calling you to help as a (1) Eucharistic Minister, (2) Lector, (3) Prayer Leader, (4) Usher, (5) Altar and Flower Guild, and/or (6) Nursery Assistant. There is formal training for Eucharistic Minister and Nursery Assistant. Training can be provided for the other positions as needed. If you feel called to serve please contact the Rector or the Church Office.

Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Ezekiel 37:1-14, “The Valley of the Dry Bonesfrom 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 6:1-8, “A Vision of God in the Temple.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.

Fellowship Hour – “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 – Special thanks to all who participated in the Book Study for this past year. When we restart our classes in the fall we will be studying “The Bible that Jesus Read” by Philip Yancey. I hope that all enjoy the summer recess and come back in the fall, energized to study anew.

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 do something a little different today, we will say the Psalm responsively. This will be a bit of a change for us, the first time in who knows how long, enjoy the change.

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 – Trust: Jesus has come to save us, salve us, salvage us. Jesus finds his way to us. We don’t find Jesus; he finds us, we who are prone to get lost in life. That’s the way it is with Jesus.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Sun. May 27th        Pentecost (Pond Altar)
Mon. May 28th        Memorial Day holiday (Office closed)
Fri. Jun. 1st            St. Mark’s Hampton Vestry Retreat (tentative) through
                             Sat. Jun. 2nd
Sat. Jun. 2nd          Diocesan Communicators Training – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
                             (St. Stephen’s Newport News)
Fri. Jun. 8th           James River Rug Hookers – Parish Hall
Sat. Jun. 9th          * James River Rug Hookers – Parish Hall
                             * Diocesan Deacon Ordination – 11:00 am (St. Andrews Newport
                             * 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, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and her son Fergal, Will, and Roger.

Serving in the Armed Forces: David, Bryan, Susan, Aaron, Kevin, and Elizabeth
Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Anne
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Smithfield; Sam Webster - Vice Chancellor; St. Barnabas', Richmond; The Rev. Canon Ed & Lee Tracy.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico (The Anglican Church of Mexico); The Most Rev. Carlos Touche-Porter Presiding Bishop of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico & Bishop of Mexico.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Nick and Tina.

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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