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, December 19, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday Dec. 23 and Monday Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Worship – Christmas Eve is this coming Monday. Our worship festivities will begin with Carols at 9:00 pm and a Festive Eucharist beginning at 9:30 pm.
Bp. Hollerith’s Christmas Message – Bishop Hollerith’s Christmas message can be found as a video (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDioSoVa) or hard copy (http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/2279/BpChristmasMsg2012.pdf). Please take the time to hear or read Bp. Holly’s message.
Greening of the Church – We will green the Church immediately following Worship this Sunday, December 23rd.  Please bring greens if you have them to share.
December 23, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
First Lesson:  Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm:  Canticle 15
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel:  Luke 1:39-55
Lay Participants for December 23, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Gary and to be determined
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  Leone
Refreshments:  Greening the Church
Sermon for Sunday, Dec. 16: http://chirb.it/tyLAt3
December 24, 2012, 9:30 pm Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm:  Psalm 96
Second Lesson:  Titus 2:11-14
Gospel:  Luke 2:1-20
Lay Participants for December 24, 2012 - 9:30 pm service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Kathy
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Barbara – Barbara and David thank you for your prayers and well wishes. As Barbara develops her routine for her recovery she will give us more information about her needs and wishes for visitation and assistance. For the mean time she thanks you all for your concerns.
2013 Pledge Drive – Thank you to all who have turned in your pledge cards; there is still time to return a pledge for 2013.
Christmas Greetings and Thank You Cards – There are a number of Christmas Greetings and Thank you cards in the Narthex. Please stop and take a look at the cards which are near the clock.
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 Micah 5:2-5a, “The Ruler of Bethlehem” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 61:10—62:3, “The Good News of Deliverance” and “The Vindication and Salvation of Zion.” 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 sing Canticle 16 together. The Canticle will be set to Hymn S247, The Song of Mary (Magnificat) (Cathedral of the Isles) from The Hymnal 1982.
Thought for the week – Joy: Joy is a mystery. It’s as mysterious as our suffering. And, I think, it’s as boundless as our suffering. Somehow, in God’s economy, the one is creating the space for the other.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Dec. 20th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room and Sanctuary)
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.
Tue. Dec. 25th        * Christmas Day – office closed
Thu. Dec. 27th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room and Sanctuary)
Sat. Dec. 29th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
Sun. Dec. 30th        * Service of Christmas Lessons and Music, Pastoral Care Sunday
Thu. Jan. 3rd          * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sun. Jan. 6th          * The Epiphany, Discretionary Sunday
Thu. Jan. 3rd          * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sat. Jan. 12th         * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish
Sun. Jan. 13th         * Annual Parish Meeting
Mon. Jan. 14th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Jan. 16th         * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sun. Jan. 20th        * Rector Continuing Education – Supply Clergy
Mon. Jan. 21st        * G.F.W.C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish
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, Charles, and Kathy.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Virginia & Theresa
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach; Mrs. Stella Bartron.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Francis Quashie; Koforidua, Ghana.
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
Contact Music Minister Roger Peyton
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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