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 5, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday September 9, 2012

Stewardship – Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
          The Episcopal Church Website, Stewardship Home Page

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.
September 9, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18)
First Lesson:  Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm:  125
Second Lesson:  James 2:1-17
Gospel:  Mark 7:24-37

Lay Participants for September 9, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Kayla
Nursery Assistant:  To be determined

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon for Sunday, Sep. 2: http://chirb.it/JdM97v
Liturgy Planning – The Liturgy Planning team will meet next Sunday, September 16 following service in the Parish Hall.

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.

Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; “Wise sayings of Solomon” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Proverbs 1:20-33 “The Call of Wisdom.” 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 125 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 601, “O day of God, draw nigh in beauty and in power” (St. Michael) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Chuckatuck VFD Fish Fry – The fire department’s semi-annual fund raiser fish fry will be held Saturday, September 29th from 4-7 P.M. Please come and help them raise funds to support the only wholly volunteer squad in Suffolk.

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 – Promise: Whoever you are, really; what you are, where you are, however it is that you’ve become the way you are… God knows and God desires and God loves. God can’t get enough of you. You make God’s day!
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Thu. Sep. 6th         * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
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)
Tue. Sep. 11th        * CAPS Services Coordinator Reception – 7:00 pm (WRPC)
Thu. Sep. 13th       * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Sun. Sep. 16th       * Healing Eucharist
                            * Liturgy Planning Team meeting (Parish House)
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
                            * Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry 4:00-7:00 pm
Sun. Sep 30th       * 5th Sunday Pastoral Care Sunday
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, and Don.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Melanie
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Work of the Diocese

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Tanzania; The Most Rev. Valentino Mokiwa Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Dar-es-Salaam.

Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in Honor of our wonderful Organist and Music Director Roger Peyton by Anne and Bert.

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

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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