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 22, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday August 26, 2012

Stewardship – We are called to live lives of faith and confidence of God’s providence. Sometimes we question our pathway ahead and wonder if we are doing God’s work in the manner that God desires. We fear making a mistake, not only for God but with the gifts that God has given us to share. I offer this reflection as we think about our Stewardship:
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave person is not he who does not feel afraid, but the one who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Crab (and other Food) Feast – Our 10th Annual “18th Anniversary Crab Feast” (you will have to talk to Don to figure that out) will be held this evening beginning at 5:00 pm. We will have plenty of good food, good friends, and good fellowship.
August 26, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)
First Lesson:  1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43
Psalm:  84
Second Lesson:  Ephesians 6:10-20
Gospel:  John 6:56-69

Lay Participants for August 26, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Kayla
Nursery Assistant:  Alice

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon for Sunday, Aug. 19: http://chirb.it/t26nh2
St. John Singers - St. John Singers will offer a response to the Eucharist this Sunday. Please come and hear the inaugural offering of the St. John Singers.

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 – We are looking for a couple people who are willing to have a conversation with me and Canon Caroline Black regarding the Christian Formation offerings for our coming program year. If you are interested in helping chart our course (not specifically teaching but gathering ideas) please contact the Rector.

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 8:1-43, “’Dedication of the Temple,’ ‘Solomon’s Speech,’ and ‘Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication’” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Song of Solomon 2:8-13, “Springtime Rhapsody.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.

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 84 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 72: “Hark! the glad sound!” (Richmond), 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 – Yes: We can say “yes” to the life we have been given, and not fret and long for the life we dreamed of or wanted. We can begin to see the presence of God in the life we actually have. We can say “yes” to God’s Spirit with us, in every conceivable circumstance.
-Br. Kevin Hackett
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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: Peg & Ted
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Pat Kellam.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Southern Cone of America; The Most Rev. Hector Zavala Muñoz, Presiding Bishop of the Southern cone & Bishop of Chile.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of her parents Leo and Sylvena Vigil and the parents of Gib, Gibson and Peggy Chapman, by Leone.

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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