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, February 27, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday March 3, 2013

St. John’s Meatfare Sunday Potluck – What better day to have a potluck than on Meatfare Sunday on March 10 after the worship service. In the Orthodox Christian Church, this is the last day to eat meat and poultry before Easter. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  Please sign up for the dish you wish to bring.
The Lord be with you… – While we use Rite I in Lent, Please be aware of the change in verbiage in responses… And with thy Spirit… Lift them up… it is meet and right…
March 3, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
Lessons for the Third Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm:  Psalm 63:1-8
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel:  Luke 13:1-9
Lay Participants for March 3, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  David and Lynn
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be identified
Refreshments:  No one has signed up
Sermon for Sunday, Feb. 24: http://chirb.it/MAq0rK
Psalms during Lent – We will try something new while reciting the Psalm in worship during Lent. We will recite the Psalm antiphonally by whole verse by side of the sanctuary. The Eucharistic Minister will lead one side and the Rector the other. We will observe a slight “monastic pause” at the asterisk.
Wednesday Night Lenten Series – Feb 20th will be the first of five sessions. We will start with supper at 6:30 followed by the study session. We will end at 8:00. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex for volunteers to supply the meal for each session.
          Tonight’s session will take a look at our gifts and talents. We plan on having a gifts survey as well as a discussion about gifts – what they are, what they aren’t, and how our gifts might change over time.
          Next week we will take a look at some of the “Heroes” of the Bible. If you have any questions about the characters in the Bible, please contact the Rector; the final list will be compiled and published Monday next week. Please come join us.
“Penny Power” for Boys’ Home, Inc. – During the season of Lent we will be collecting any loose change in the jar in the Narthex and in the Parlor. Our change will be given in order to help us change the story of a boys’ life. Please see the flyer in the Narthex or Parish House or visit www.boyshomeinc.org for more information.
Holy Week Services – Please plan to attend any or all the community worship services planned for Holy Week. We should celebrate as we have in years past: Maundy Thursday at Oakland UCC, Good Friday at Wesley Chapel UMC, and Easter Sunrise at St. John’s.
Spring Parish Clean-up – The primary and alternate dates for our spring Parish Clean-up are March 16 (primary) and March 23 (alternate). Please mark your calendars to save the date so we can make the grounds pretty for our Easter Celebration.
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 continue this coming Wednesday, March 6. The group is studying “The Bible Jesus Read” by Philip Yancy and will continue the chapter on “Advance Echoes of a Final Answer.” This will be the final session for this book but we will pick up a new study March 13. If you are interested please contact Margaret.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Exodus 3:1-15, “’Moses at the Burning Bush’ and ‘The Divine Name Revealed’” from 9:15-10:15 am come see what the buzz is about. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Joshua 5:9-12, “The New Generation Circumcised” from 9:15-10:15 am. All are invited to join us for class next Sunday. A reminder; there is nursery service available during the education hour.
Thought for the week – Honesty: Prayer, to be genuine, must be real. God is not interested in how “spiritual” we can look and sound. Prayer is meant to be grounded in the reality of our daily lives; it is meant to touch every part of us. To be genuine and effective, it must be honest and real.
-Br. David Vryhof
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Wed. Feb. 27th      * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Feb. 28th        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Wed. Mar. 6th        * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Mar. 7th         * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sun. Mar. 10th        * Daylight Saving Time starts – SPRING AHEAD
                             * Meatfare Sunday Potluck – following worship
Wed. Mar. 13th       * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Mar. 14th        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Sat. Mar. 16th        * Spring Clean-up (Primary date)
Wed. Mar. 20th      * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Mar. 21st        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 (Choir Room)
Wed. Mar. 27th      * Wednesday Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Mar. 28th       * Community Maundy Thursday Service
Fri. Mar. 29th        * Community Good Friday Service
Sat. Mar. 30th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon – Suffolk Salvation Army
Sun. Mar. 31st        * Easter Sunrise Service – 7:00 am
                             * Festive Easter Eucharist – 10:30 am
Wed. Apr. 3rd        * Outreach Committee Meeting
Sat. Apr. 13th        * Vendor and Craft Faire – 10:00 am – 3:00 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, Pat, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Joyce, Robert, Frances, Andy, Beth, Marvin, Clare, Steve, Adelle, Rick, and Kathy.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Robin
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Jackson Feild Home.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Stephen Diseko of Matlosane Southern Africa.
Birthdays in March
David 02                     Shannon 06
Brooks 07                    Wade 08
Mary-Margaret 08       Caroline 09
Fred 12                        Tim 13
Pretlow 15                   Elizabeth 19
Hansa 20                     Milliard 21
John 27                        Cooper 28
If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Cell:  757-418-0063
Contact Minister of Music Roger Peyton
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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