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, November 28, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday December 2, 2012

Poinsettias - It is time to place your order for the Christmas poinsettias. The order form is included in the bulletin. The deadline for getting your order in is Dec 16th. Additional order forms will be in the Narthex on the usher’s table.
Community Outreach Meeting The committee will be having a meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the Parish Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. We will be completing 2012 and planning for 2013.
Vestry Election and Fall Potluck – The election will take place following worship on Dec 2 in the sanctuary. Make sure you vote for your new vestry members.
          The fall luncheon will take place following the vestry election on Dec 2 in the parish hall. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex. Please sign-up to bring something.
December 2, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday Advent
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm:  Psalm 25:1-9
Second Lesson:  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Gospel:  Luke 21:25-36
Lay Participants for December 2, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Kevin
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Gary and David
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be determined
Refreshments:  Parish Potluck
Sermon for Sunday, Nov. 25: http://chirb.it/qA1y8x
2013 Pledge Drive – St. John’s 2013 pledge drive is on, pledge cards and a written narrative should have been received. We would like to have all pledge cards in hand no later than Sunday, December 9, to allow the Vestry to make final decisions about the coming fiscal year. In essence, we anticipate expenses to be approximately equal to this year, approximately $105,000. More details will be available Sunday.
Growth Suggestions – If you have any ideas, suggestions, or recommendations concerning the Growth of St. John’s please place them in the foil covered box labels “Growth” located on the usher’s table in the Narthex.  There is a pen and paper in the box.  These will be reviewed at the next vestry meeting.
Stewardship – A Prayer for the Right Use of God’s Gifts (BCP p. 827)
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Thanksgivings – We are collecting tangible statements regarding our blessings and thanksgivings in the jar in the Narthex.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study will take a break until after the New Year. The next meeting will be held January 16 and will include a luncheon. When the group returns it will pick up the study of “The Bible Jesus Read” by Philip Yancy in the chapter on the Psalms. If you are interested please contact Margaret.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Jeremiah 33:14-16, “The Righteous Branch and the Covenant with David” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Baruch 5:1-9, “Jerusalem Is Assured of Help.” 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 25:1-9 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 609, “Where cross the crowded ways of life (Gardiner/Germany) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Thought for the week – Compassion: In the presence of suffering, listen more, say less.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Wed. Nov. 28th      * Community Outreach Meeting – 7:00 – 8:30 (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 2nd         * Annual Vestry Election and Winter Potluck Luncheon –
                             following worship (Parish House)
Tue. Dec. 4th         * CAPS Executive Board meeting - 2:00 pm (Parlor)
Fri. Dec. 7th           * Parish Hall in use through Sat. Dec. 8th
Sun. Dec. 9th         * Pledge ingathering
Mon. Dec. 10th        * Janitorial service shift
                             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Parlor)
Mon. Dec. 17th       * G.F.C.W Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Parish
Sat. Dec. 15th        * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Parish
Sun. Dec. 23rd       * Greening of the Church and Parish Soup luncheon
Mon. Dec. 24th      * Christmas Eve “Midnight” Festive Eucharist – 9:00 carol sing,
                             9:30 worship.
Sat. Dec. 29th       * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
Sun. Dec. 30th       * Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols
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.
Marianne, Meriwether, Allen, David, Shirley, Suzanne, Janis, Dominique, Virginia, Lon, Faye and family, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Charles, Barbara, Tina MacManus, Kathleen and Fergal, the Chapman family, Steve, Morse, Carolyn, Jonathan, Charles, and Kathy.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Martha
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Kebbi - (Kaduna, Nigeria); The Most Rev. Edmund Akanya.
Birthdays in November
Kathy 28                     Laura 28                      Dotty 29
Birthdays in December
Marcella 02                 Gary 08
Rev. Les 08                 John 14
Burr 18                        Nansi 18
Kevin 19                     Jim 19
Will 28                        Suze 30
Donald 30
Anniversaries in December
Bette & Bob 03                       Marcella & Don 17
Dotty & Shannon 20               Elizabeth & John 28
Suze & Steven 30                   Tina & Nick 31
If you are in need of Pastoral Care,
Please call Father Ferguson.
Cell:  757-418-0063
Home:  757-484-8409
Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton
e-mail: rogerpeyton1945@gmail.com
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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