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 7, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday November 11, 2012

Election Day Vigil – Thank you to all who made our first Election Day Vigil services and observance a success.
Post-Election Prayers – As our nation transitions following the contentious political election in 2012 we need to continue to hold our nation in prayer for wisdom, a sense of God’s presence and direction, and a spirit of integrity and cooperation in our nation’s leaders.
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant the President of the United States, our Senators and Representatives in Congress, the Governor of this Commonwealth, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. (BCP p. 820)
Stewardship – A Prayer For the Future of the Human Race (BCP p. 828)
O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
November 11, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27)
First Lesson:  Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
Psalm:  127
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel:  Mark 12:38-44
Lay Participants for November 11, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Ben
Ushers:  Gary and Lynn
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  Leone
Refreshments:  Leone
Sermon for Sunday, Nov. 4: http://chirb.it/BnOcFJ
Fall Working Party – The a fall working party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday November 17 to help sort and identify items for disposal that have been found in various locations in the Parish House and to winterize the church yard. The date is subject to change and may occur earlier but plan on the clean up happening no later than November 17. 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.
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.
Our Thanksgivings – We are collecting tangible statements regarding our blessings and thanksgivings in the jar in the Narthex.
Fall Clergy Conference – The Rector will be away at Camp Chanco Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14, for the Fall Clergy Conference. He will be available via cell phone in emergencies. For more immediate responses please contact the Senior Warden, Leone.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study continues its study of “The Bible Jesus Read” by Philip Yancy. We will begin our study of the book of Job this coming Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall. If you are interested please contact Margaret.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 “Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor” and “The Genealogy of David” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading 1 Samuel 1:4-20, “Samuel’s Birth and Dedication.” 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 127 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 353, “Your love, O God, has called us here (Wareham) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
At Communion – All are welcome to come to the Lord’s Table and all receive the benefits of the Sacrament whether they receive either the bread or wine; both the bread and wine; neither the bread nor wine; or simply a blessing by the priest. To receive the bread, offer your prominently raised hands to the priest so the priest can easily place the bread on the palm of your hand. You can receive the wine either individually or by dipping (intincting) the bread in the chalice; if you wish to receive the chalice, please guide it to your lips. If you desire a blessing as opposed to the elements simply cross your arms across your chest and the priest will bless you. After you have received the Bread and the Wine or the blessing, it is appropriate to say "AMEN."
Thought for the week – Mission: Mission is primarily about making the presence of God incarnate, that is, visible and tangible, in a particular place and a particular time, where ever “the Body is lacking” – and therefore most needed.
-Br. Kevin Hackett
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.     * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Nov. 8th         * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Nov. 10th        * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Nov. 11th        * Veterans Day
                             * Lon Bickham Charitable Event – 1:00-7:00 pm (Chuckatuck
                             Volunteer Fire Department)
Mon. Nov. 12th       * Veteran’s Day Holiday – Office Closed
                             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Tue. Nov. 13th        * Fall Clergy Conference – Camp Chanco
Wed. Nov. 14th      * Fall Clergy Conference – Camp Chanco
                             * Wednesday Morning Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Garden Club – 12:00-9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Nov. 15th       * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sun. Nov. 18th       * Pledge cards and letters distributed
                             * Community Thanksgiving Service – 7:00-9:00 pm (Oakland
                             Christian UCC)
Thu. Nov. 22nd       * Thanksgiving Holiday (Office closed)
Tue. Dec. 4th         * Convocation IV “Clergy” Quiet Day – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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, Faye and family, Carter and family, Marvin, Sally, Bill, Heather, Pat, Charles, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, the Chapman family, Steve, Morse, Carolyn, Jonathan, Charles, and Carolyn.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Ben & Diane
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Karen Walters; The Rev. William & Carmen Hoffman.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Lusitanian Church of Portugal and The Rt. Rev. Fernando Soares.
Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Lucy Mae McCarthy by Marcella & Don.
Birthdays in November
Bev 03                         Diane 04
Doug 11                      Eddie 13
Steven 16                    Kathy 28
Laura 28                      Dotty 29
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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