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 12, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday December 16, 2012

Cleaning and Maintenance – Mr. Jones has started cleaning the Church and Parish House. Please help his efforts by neatening following yourself.
          Joe will be creating a maintenance list for the Church to accomplish much needed upkeep. Please help however you are able.
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.
Greening of the Church – We will green the Church immediately following Worship next week, December 23rd.  Please bring greens if you have them to share.
December 16, 2012, 10:30 am Litany of Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Third Sunday in Advent
First Lesson:  Zephaniah 314-20
Psalm:  Canticle 9
Second Lesson:  Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel:  Luke 3:7-18
Lay Participants for December 16, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Mary-Margaret
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  Anne
Refreshments:  Marlene
Sermon for Sunday, Dec. 9: http://chirb.it/s9q2qb
Thank you from the Lon Bickham Fundraiser – There is a copy of a letter sent from the Bickham’s following the fundraiser. The final total is still outstanding but significantly more money than expected was raised. The following is an excerpt from that letter.
Bickham Family thanks you for your faith, your love and your benevolence. We endure, because you have loved us, prayed for us, and never stopped believing. We hope that you will always know the extent of our gratitude, how truly blessed we are to live in the Chuckatuck community, and how much we love you. We are home now and hope you will visit. Thank you, thank you.
          The Bickham Family
2013 Pledge Drive – Thank you to all who have turned in your pledge cards; there is still time to return a pledge for 2013.
The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) – CAPS was one of the features in the most recent Diocesan e-News. St. John’s petitioned for and was awarded a Seeds of Hope grant to help CAPS get started in Suffolk. I invite you to take a look at the e-News and read the story there.
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 Zephaniah 3:14-20, “The Wickedness of Jerusalem” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Micah 5:2-5a, “The Ruler of Bethlehem.” 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 881, The First Song of Isaiah (The First Song of Isaiah) from Wonder, Love, and Praise. The words and music will be found on the service leaflet.
Thought for the week – Triumph: We feel so ineffective in a system where money buys power. What can we do in the midst of this great travesty? Perhaps we just need more faith in the triumph of small things, the little that we can do.
-Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Dec. 13th        * Choir practice – 7:00 (Choir Room and Sanctuary)
Sat. Dec. 15th        * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Parish
Thu. Dec. 20th        * Choir practice – 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.
Sat. Dec. 29th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
Sun. Dec. 30th        * Service of Christmas Lessons and Music
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.
Deceased: Mary Pearce
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Dennis & Rusty
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach; The Rev. Peter & Friede Prosser; The Rev. Robert & Joanie Johnston.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Lambert Botolome of Kisangani, Congo.
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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