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 9, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday January 13, 2013

Annual Meeting – Our Annual Meeting will be held today 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.
Free Recycling – The Suffolk Clean Community Commission will host another of its popular recycling and tire amnesty days on Saturday January 12, with vehicles on hand to collect recyclables from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe’s parking lot at 1216 North Main St. Do your part to be a good steward of God’s environment. For more information see the article in the Suffolk News Herald: http://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2013/01/08/free-recycling-event-set/.
January 13, 2013, 10:30 am Litany of Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm:  Psalm 29
Second Lesson:  Acts
Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12
Lay Participants for January 13, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Nursery Attendant:  Taylor
Nursery Assistant:  Jen/Burr
Refreshments:  Jen
Sermon for Sunday, Jan. 6: http://chirb.it/EsD1Bz
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.
Rector’s Absence – The Rector will be away for Continuing Education from Jan 17 – 22 on retreat with the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Massachusetts. In case of emergency, contact the Senior Warden. The celebrant next Sunday will be The Rev. Julia Dorsey Loomis.
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 Rose.
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 reconvene this coming Wednesday, 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 43:1-7, “Restoration and Protection Promised” from 9:15-10:15 am. Next week’s we will take a break in the Rector’s absence but will have class the following Sunday. 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 29 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 524, “I love thy kingdom Lord” (St. Thomas (Williams)) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Thought for the week – Epiphany: The Wise Men came to Jesus, and bowed down and worshiped him. And then, “they departed to their country by another way.” Yet how could they ever be the same again – for they had seen the Christ and they had believed.
-Br. Geoffrey Tristam
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Jan. 10th         * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sat. Jan. 12th         * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish
                             *Free Recycling – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Lowe’s Suffolk)
Sun. Jan. 13th         * Annual Parish Meeting
Mon. Jan. 14th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Jan. 16th       * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Jan. 17th         * 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
Wed. Jan. 23rd       * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Jan. 24th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Wed. Jan. 30th       * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Jan. 31st         * Choir rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Wed. Feb. 6th        * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Mon. Feb. 11th        * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parlor)
Tue. Feb. 12th        * Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:00-7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Feb. 13th       * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Garden Club meeting – 12:00-9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
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
Flower Dedication:  To the Glory of God and for Mrs. Paul Kirk Ball given by her son, Claiborne Ball.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Susan & Jim
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach; Mrs. Marguerite Kenney-Quamme.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Francis Kaulanda; Lake Malawi, Central Africa.
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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