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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday November 18, 2012

Community Thanksgiving Service – The greater Chuckatuck/Oakland Community Thanksgiving Service will be held this coming Sunday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. There will be a light reception following the service starting at approximately 8:00 p.m. If you would like to assist with refreshments please let the Rector know. Regardless, please come out and support this community event; in addition, the Rector will be delivering the homily. See you then!
Advent and Epiphany Liturgy planning session - The Liturgy planning for Advent and Epiphany will take place this coming Sunday following worship.
2013 Pledge Drive – St. John’s 2013 pledge drive begins in earnest this coming Sunday. During the announcements the Rector and Senior Warden, on behalf of the Vestry, will present information about the projected expenses for the coming year as well as the known or anticipated sources of income. Following a discussion pledge cards and a written narrative will be distributed. 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.
November 18, 2012, 10:30 am Litany of Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
First Lesson:  1 Samuel 1:4-20
Psalm:  The Song of Hannah
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 10:11-25
Gospel:  Mark 13:1-8
Lay Participants for November 18, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Kevin
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Lynn
Refreshments:  Bernice
Sermon for Sunday, Nov. 11: http://chirb.it/Kep0ef
Stewardship – A Prayer for Guidance (BCP p. 832)
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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 Working Party – The fall working party has been temporarily postponed. Please stand by for more information. If you have some time available to provide assistance in cleaning out the Parish House or the grounds please contact the Rector.
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 1 Samuel 1:4-20, “Samuel’s Birth and Dedication” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading 2 Samuel 23:1-7, “The Last Words of David.” All are invited to join us for class this Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.
Today’s Psalm/Canticle – 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 The Song of Hannah together. The Canticle will be set to Hymn 304, “I come with joy to meet my Lord (Land of Rest) 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 – Suffering: Confronted with the overwhelming suffering of the world, we are being called to action, to identify some way in which we can contribute to the reduction of the world’s poverty, to work and give toward that end.
-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.     * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Nov. 15th        * St. John Singers rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sun. Nov. 18th        * Pledge cards and letters distributed
                             * Liturgy Planning Team meeting – following worship (Choir
                             * Community Thanksgiving Service – 7:00-9:00 pm (Oakland
                             Christian UCC)
Thu. Nov. 22nd       * Thanksgiving Holiday (Office closed)
Sun. Dec. 2nd         * Annual Vestry Election and Winter Potluck Luncheon –
                             following worship (Parish House)
Tue. Dec. 4th         * Convocation IV “Clergy” Quiet Day – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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
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, Kathleen and Fergal, the Chapman family, Steve, Morse, Carolyn, Jonathan, and Charles.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Marcia
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Dr. Edward & Margaret Morgan, III. The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain; The Rt. Rev. Carlos López-Lozano.
Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Kevin's mother, Renee Brady, by Kevin & Terry.
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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