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, December 27, 2012

St. John's e-News for Sunday December 30, 2012

Celebration of Holy Baptism – This Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of two new members of Christ’s Church: Sarrem and Abbem will be welcomed into Christ’s family. Roger is Sarrem and Abbem’ sponsor and godfather. Please come and help us celebrate this festive occasion.
Thank you for all who helped at Christmas – Again this year, our Christmas celebration was made especially special by the love and labor of our entire parish family and friends.
December 30, 2012, 10:30 am Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday after Christmas
First Lesson:  Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm:  Psalm 147
Second Lesson:  Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7
Gospel:  John 1:1-18
Lay Participants for December 30, 2012 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Fred and Marlene
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Lynn
Refreshments:  Alice
Sermon for Sunday, Dec. 23: http://chirb.it/cqmbwf
Sermon for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: http://chirb.it/ev7JzN
Thank you – Roger and Kathy and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in our Christmas presents. You all went above and beyond the call of duty and we are appreciative of all the effort you put into the gifts. Slowly and surely, we are working our way through the baskets.
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 Isaiah 61:10—62:3, “The Good News of Deliverance” and “The Vindication and Salvation of Zion” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 60:1-6, “The Ingathering of the Dispersed.” 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 147 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 615, “Thy kingdom come on bended knee (St. Flavian) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Thought for the week – Emmanuel: Christ brings his influence to bear in our lives not beaming down from somewhere in the Zodiac, not bearing down from the heights of Mt. Olympus, but emerging quietly from somewhere within us.
-Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Dec. 27th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room and Sanctuary)
Sat. Dec. 29th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
Sun. Dec. 30th        * Baptism, Pastoral Care Sunday
Tue. Jan. 1st           * New Years Day – Office Closed
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: Clare & Steve
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach; Mrs. Nanette Harmon.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Most Rev. Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of South East Asia & Bishop of Kuching; Assistant Bishop of Kuching - (South East Asia) The Rt. Rev. Aeries Sumping.
Birthdays in January
Landy 14         Arthur 15
Lynn 15           Marlene 17
Anne 20          Linda 21
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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