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, August 15, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday August 19, 2012

Stewardship – It has been said that our fear is the principle thing that stands in the way of the joy of being stewards of God bounty in our lives and in our world. How might your stewardship transform your fear into joy living for God in this present moment? I offer this reflection as we think about our Stewardship:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
----from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

Crab (and other Food) Feast – This Sunday is the deadline to sign up for the 10th Annual “18th Anniversary Crab Feast” (you will have to talk to Don to figure that out) will be held Sunday August 26 beginning at 5:00 pm. The cost is $10/person and there will be options besides crab available for non-shellfish eaters. Flyers are available in the Narthex or you can send a check to the Office with the memo “Crab Feast” and the number of people attending. For more information contact Marcella.
August 19, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and a Litany of Healing
Lessons for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15)
First Lesson:  1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm:  111
Second Lesson:  Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel:  John 6:51-58

Lay Participants for August 19, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Kayla
Nursery Assistant:  Lynn

Refreshments:  Marlene

Sermon for Sunday, Aug. 12: http://chirb.it/kM7PB9
Homily at Lake Prince Woods Vespers Sunday, Aug. 12: http://chirb.it/yfemO1
Nursery News – Please welcome our new nursery attendant: Kayla Baker. Kayla is 22 years old and is originally from Central Pennsylvania and has lived in Norfolk for about 11 years. She has worked with children since middle school. She hopes to attend Norfolk State in the near future.

Bishop’s Days for Parish Leaders – This year’s topic will be “Enlivening Our Faith for Generations to Come” and will be held October 27 at Emmanuel, Virginia Beach. This event is NOT just for Vestry members or Wardens but is intended for parish leaders. Bishop's Days will offer 14 workshops from which to choose. For complete information about workshops, schedule, registration and a brochure you can download see the Diocesan Website at http://diosova.org.

Christian Formation Offerings – In the coming months be on the lookout for new offerings for Christian Formation. In the later summer we will begin brainstorming what Christian Formation has for us and how the ministry of Formation will continue to evolve in the coming year. We will also attempt to put “flesh on the bones” of a renewed Children’s Christian Formation and the process we will employ to help our young ones to continue their growth in God’s kingdom on earth.

Committees and Commissions – The Vestry is in the process of reviewing the Parish bylaws, committee, and commission structure. There are many areas where parishioners (and friends) can serve at St. John’s. Please stand by for more information in coming months.

Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, “’Death of David’ and ‘Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom’” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading 1 Kings 8:1-43, “’Dedication of the Temple,’ ‘Solomon’s Speech,’ and ‘Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication’.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.

St. John Singers - St. John Singers will offer a response to the Eucharist next Sunday. Please come and hear the inaugural offering of the St. John Singers.

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 111 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 147, “Now let us all with one accord” (Bourbon) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Thanksgiving Jar – I hear you ask, “What is that neat jar in the Narthex for?” We have a lot to be thankful for in our lives; personally, as a church, and as a community; sometimes we lose sight of those blessings. Parishioners are encouraged to bring or place a brief note about their blessings in the jar in the Narthex and at the end of each month we will offer the jar in our offering and at the end of the year we will review the many blessings we have as a church.

Thought for the week – Blessing: A blessing from God is the assurance of wellbeing, a promise of provision, our sense of being “the apple of God’s eye,” of having a place in God’s heart.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Wed. Aug. 15th       * Outreach Committee Meeting – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Aug. 16th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Tue. Aug. 21st        * CAPS Board Meeting – 3:00-4:30 pm (WRPC)
Thu. Aug. 23rd        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room/Sanctuary)
Sun. Aug. 26th        * 10th Annual “18th Anniversary Crab Feast” – 5:00 (Parish Hall)
Sat. Sep. 1st           * Parish Hall reserved for event
Mon. Sep. 3rd         * Labor Day – Parish Office Closed
Thu. Sep. 6th         * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
                             * CAPS Services Coordinator Reception – 7:00 pm (WRPC)
Sat. Sep. 8th         * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Sep 9th           * Grandparent’s Day
Mon. Sep. 10th        * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Sep. 13th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Mon. Sep. 17th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
Thu. Sep. 20th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Thu. Sep. 27th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Sep. 29th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
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, Marvin, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Charles, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, the Chapman family, Hallie, Bette, Lucinda, and Don.

Serving in the Armed Forces: David, Bryan, Susan, Elizabeth, and Dane
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Mary Kemple & Pretlow
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace, Yorktown; The Happening Team; St. Martin's, Williamsburg.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Southern Africa; The Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and for B.B. and Billie Henderson and Josh and Betty Pretlow, by Jennifer & Burr.

Birthdays in August
Meriwether 01                         Nick 01
Anne 06                                  Shirley 07
Mary Kemple 13                     Alan 14
Margaret 18                             Martha 18
Ben 26                                     Bryan 28
Regina 29

Anniversaries in August
Dianne & Bryan 05                 Ann & John 10
Lizzie & Shawn 17                 Landy & Randy 29

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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