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, September 26, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday September 30, 2012

Rector and Don’s Absence – The Rector will be away October 4-9 while serving as a Spiritual Director for a retreat October 4-7. For Pastoral emergencies please contact the Senior Warden, Leone Vigil, at 651-3681. Rev. Ron Spangenberg will be our supply Priest on Sunday October 7.
          Don will be away October 4-10 but expects to return to the office Thursday the 11th.
This Saturday September 29 – Two events will take place in Chuckatuck the 29th. From 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, the G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club will hold their annual Flea Market at Wesley Chapel. Later that afternoon, the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department will hold their semi-annual Fish Fry from 4:00-7:00 pm. Please come out and support these two worthwhile organizations.
Stewardship – Blessed are you, God of the Universe, for the abundance you have showered on each of us. It is enough, and more than enough. Make our hearts glad, open our hands, and let us see through eyes of blessing.
          The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
When you think about stewardship do you predominately think about money? What is your personal definition of stewardship? What is our Parish’s definition of Stewardship?
September 30, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II – Pastoral Care Sunday
Lessons for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)
First Lesson:  Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22
Psalm:  124
Second Lesson:  James 3:13-20
Gospel:  Mark 9:38-50
Lay Participants for September 30, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and David
Nursery Attendant:  Kayla
Nursery Assistant:  Leone
Refreshments:  No one has signed up
Sermon for Sunday, Sep. 23: http://chirb.it/4G00wa
Parish Fundraiser – The Vestry has decided to postpone the proposed fundraiser until the spring (or later) to allow for more complete definition of the event and who will provide what support. If anyone would like to be involved with the planning to include what will be done; where will the “stuff” come from; what will it cost; etc. please contact the Rector or one of the Vestry members.
Upcoming Community Events – There are 2 events on the calendar for November that may be of interest for our Parish.
          (1) On Sunday November 11, from 1-7 pm Wesley Chapel, Oakland Christian, and St. John’s Church; the Chuckatuck and Possum Hollow Ruritan Clubs; the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department; and other civic organizations will host a buffet dinner. Please see the flyer in the Narthex or Parish House for more information and locations to purchase tickets.
          (2) On Saturday November 17, from 9-11 am Impact Suffolk will be holding its 14th annual food giveaway. For more information see the flyer in the Narthex or Parish House.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study reconvened September 25th with its study of “The Bible that Jesus Read” by Philip Yancy. We will continue the study every Wednesday until the end of December at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall. If you are interested please contact Margaret.
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 Church in 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.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 “Haman’s Downfall and Mordecai’s Advancement” and “ Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Job 1:1; 2:1-10 “Job and His Family” and “Attack on Job’s Health.” 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 124 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 674, “Forgive our sins as we forgive” (Detroit) 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.
Fall Working Party – There will be a fall working party to help sort and identify items for disposal that have been found in various locations in the Parish House. So far we have a couple volunteers who are willing to help sort and dispose; if you would like to help please contact the Rector.
Thought for the week – Intimacy: [We know that] God knows everything about us – every thought we have had, every word we have spoken, every feeling we have felt, every thing we have done or left undone – and God has known this from the very beginning of our lives. Nothing is hidden from God.
-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Wed. Sep. 26th      * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Sep. 27th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Sep. 29th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
                             * G. F. C. W. Junto Women’s Club Flea Market – Wesley Chapel
                             8:00 am – 2:00 pm
                             * Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry
                             4:00-7:00 pm
Sun. Sep. 30th        * 5th Sunday Pastoral Care Sunday
Wed. Oct. 3rd        * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Oct. 4th         * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sun. Oct. 7th         * Discretionary Fund Sunday
Mon. Oct. 8th         * Columbus Day Holiday (office closed)
                             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Oct. 10th       * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Oct. 11th         * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Sat. Oct. 13th        * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Mon. Oct. 15th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
Tue. Oct. 16th        * CAPS Board of Directors meeting – 3:00-4:30 pm (WRPC)
Wed. Oct. 17th       * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Oct. 18th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Wed. Oct. 24th      * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Oct. 25th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Oct. 27th        *Greater Chuckatuck Historic Foundation Founder’s Day
                             * Bishop’s Day for Parish Leaders (East) – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             Emmanuel Virginia Beach
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/
Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS)     http://www.capsuffolk.com
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, Steve, Morse, and Scot.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Dr. Arthur
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Allan & Karen Wentt; The Rev. David & Sherran Lassalle; The Rev. James W. Browder, III.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Most Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Llandaff.
Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Connie McKeown by Joe and Mary-Margaret.
Birthdays in September
Bette 03                      Lizzie 10
Carroll 11                    Dane 13
Roger 14                     Bob 15
Elizabeth 16                Allen 17
Anniversaries in September
Charles & Lynn 01      Clare & Steve 03
Perk & G. Lee 11
Anniversaries in October
Les & Kathy 01          Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04
Burr & Jen 08
If you are in need of Pastoral Care,
Please call Father Ferguson.
Cell:  757-418-0063
Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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