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, October 10, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday October 14, 2012

Licensed Lay Volunteers – As we review the licensed lay participant roster there are some positions that could use some more volunteers. We only have 1 licensed Worship Leader, Marlene; 3 licensed Eucharistic Visitors (those who can take Eucharist to shut ins), Anne and Leone are licensed through 2013 and Mary Margaret is licensed through the end of the year; and 4 active Chalicists, Terry, Mary Margaret, Jim, and Leone.
          While training regarding the sacramental function of these different positions is required the training is not arduous. There is now a requirement for licensed lay leaders in these three positions to have accomplished Child and Adult Safe Church certification. Information regarding training can be located on the Diocesan Website http://www.diosova.org/article289739c5738946.htm or by contacting the Rector.
Stewardship – A Prayer for the Provision of Finances
Blessed are you, Lord God of the Universe, for you create out of the cosmos this fragile earth and give life to it. You maintain our lives with the spark of our heartbeat and the growth of food from the earth. How can we do anything but respond by giving back a portion of our blessings to the life and ministry of the Church, your body on earth? Help us to be less afraid of vulnerability and thereby to loosen our death-grip on our money. Help us to see clearly the inequality in our world and to respond by giving through your body, the Church.
October 14, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)
First Lesson:  Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm:  22:1-15
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 4:12-16
Gospel:  Mark 10:17-31
Lay Participants for October 14, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and David
Nursery Attendant:  Kayla
Nursery Assistant:  Alice
Refreshments:  No one has volunteered
Sermon for Sunday, Sep. 30: http://chirb.it/qDbsnM
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 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 Job 23:1-17 “Job Replies: My Complaint Is Bitter” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Job 38:1-41 “The Lord Answers Job.” 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 22:1-15 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 660, “O Master, let me walk with thee” (Maryton) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
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 – Joy: Do you want to be joyful? Joy is a gift, it’s a spiritual gift. And, generally speaking, if you want to receive a gift, don’t keep your hands in your pockets. Joy is a gift from God, and if you want to receive that gift, open your heart and open your hands to receive it. Ask God for the gift of joy.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
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        * Convocation IV Clericus – 12:00-2:00 pm (St. Paul’s Suffolk_
                             * 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, Bette, Steve, Morse, Scot, and Toni.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Susan & Steven
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Richard & Margaret Ullman.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in the Province of the West Indies; The Most Rev. & The Hon. Dr. John Holder, Archbishop of West Indies & Bishop of Barbados.
Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for our Wedding Anniversary by Les and Kathy.
Birthdays in October
Charles 09                   Lindsay 10
Sharon 20                    Marvin 20
Rusty 27                      Tina 27
Terry 30
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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