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, January 2, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 - The Feast of the Epiphany

Annual Meeting – Our Annual Meeting will be held next Sunday following worship. We will introduce new vestry members, present the budget, and provide a “State of the Parish” report, and take questions from the congregation. Please come out and participate in the governance of our church.
De-greening the Church – Our church look beautiful for the Christmas season. Thanks to those who pitched in to make in happen.  Now that Epiphany has started, it is time to remove the greens. TODAY after church we will need everyone’s help to make this happen. Many hands will make light work.
January 6, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Discretionary Sunday
Lessons for the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm:  Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Second Lesson:  Ephesians 3:1-12
Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12
Lay Participants for January 6, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and Lynn
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Alice
Refreshments:  Marlene
Sermon for Sunday, Dec. 30: http://chirb.it/MqOEc6
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper This year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is just over 1 month away – February 12. Please plan accordingly to help, if in no other way than to bring friends and eat pancakes. If you would like to assist in preparing, serving, clean-up, etc. please contact the office or any one of the Vestry members as soon as you can so we can start planning in earnest.
Wednesday Night Lenten Series – As has been our habit in the past two years we will have a Lenten Series and Soup Supper for the five weeks between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. If there is any input into what we study let the Rector know.
2013 Pledge Drive – Thank you to all who have turned in your pledge cards; there is still time to return a pledge for 2013.
OneHarvest Orders – The next distribution is on Saturday, Jan 19. Check at www.ebumc.net for the order dates. The order dates are on the Ebenezer UMC order form.
Flower Donation Sign-up Sheet – The Altar Guild has posted the flower sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Please read the sign-up instructions also posted in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn.
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 60:1-7, “The Ingathering of the Dispersed” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 43:1-7, “Restoration and Protection Promised.” 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 72:1-7, 10-14 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 126, “The people who in darkness walked” (Dundee) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Thought for the week – Word: Like the former prophets, Jesus spoke the word of God; but unlike them he is the Eternal Word, the Word that “became flesh and lived among us”. As God’s only Son, he is greater than and distinct from all those who have preceded him.
-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
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, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, the Chapman family, Steve, Morse, Carolyn, Charles, Kathy, Tanya, Joyce, Robert, and Lewis.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Tim & Bev
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach; Mrs. Shirley Forde.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Kwoi, Abuja, Nigeria; The Rt. Rev. Paul Zamani.
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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