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, March 20, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday March 24 - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday and the Blessing of the Palms – As is our tradition, weather permitting we will begin our Palm Sunday celebration with the blessing of the Palms and procession to the Sanctuary beginning in front of the Parish House. If you would prefer to not process across the Church yard, palms and service leaflets will be available in the Sanctuary.
Spring Parish Clean-up – We will finish the spring clean-up this coming Saturday, March 23. Please come and assist making the grounds pretty for our Easter Celebration.
Easter Lily OrdersThis coming Sunday is the deadline for ordering Easter lilies. Please turn in your forms and payment either to the Parish Office or in the collection plate. The Easter lilies will be used to decorate the church for Easter Sunday. The dedications will appear in the Easter Sunday bulletin for the second service.
          We will decorate the Sanctuary next Saturday morning, March 30, in preparation for Easter Sunday. For more information please contact Lynn Rose.
March 24, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
Lessons for Palm Sunday
Lesson in Procession:  Luke 19:28-40
First Lesson:  Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm:  Psalm 31:9-16
Second Lesson:  Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel:  Luke 22:14-23:56
Lay Participants for March 24, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Terry
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Ben
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be identified
Refreshments:  Marlene Stanton
Sermon for Sunday, Mar. 17: http://chirb.it/1kPymA
Chalicers/Eucharistic Ministers – I would like to enlist some more volunteers to serve at the Altar as Chalicist/Eucharistic Minister/Acolyte. I feel that the Parish wants to have that ministry function on a regular basis but I also feel we may be burning out the licensed Eucharistic Ministers. The licensing requirement is simple – some training by me (nothing difficult), and an application for licensing to the Diocesan Office (which is never turned down). Please pray about this ministry and contact the Rector if you feel called to serve.
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.
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 – Supper at 6:00 pm and service at 7:00 pm, Good Friday at Wesley Chapel UMC at 7:00 pm, and Easter Sunrise at St. John’s at 7:00 am.
Wednesday Night Lenten Series – Our Lenten series concludes this evening March 20. 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 continue our investigation of our worship, liturgical, and denominational heritage. We will complete our survey the growth of the Anglican Church, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the Book of Common Prayer. We will close the investigation with an examination of some of the vast resources available for personal and corporate worship in the Episcopal Church. 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.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study will take a break during Holy Week but will continue its study of the book “Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other: Spiritual Formation for Lay Leaders” by M. Thomas Shaw on April 3. On April 3 we will study and discuss Chapter 3, “The Cross and Suffering of Jesus” and how that event shapes Scripture, our profession of faith, and our community life. If you are interested please contact Margaret or the Rector.
Community Outreach – There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd, in the Parish Hall from 7:00-8:30 pm.  All are invited.
Spring Craft and Vendor Fair – The fair will be held on Saturday, April 13th, in the Parish Hall from 10:00-3:00 pm. We need volunteers to assist with set up, making baked goods, and clean up. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex.
Our Thanksgivings – We are collecting tangible statements regarding our blessings and thanksgivings in the jar in the Narthex.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 50:4-9a, “The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication” from 9:15-10:15 am come see what the buzz is about. Next week’s class will be cancelled due to the other events of the morning but will resume the following Sunday 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 – Praise: The Psalms are full of emotional honesty and transparency—even the truth about our ugliest impulses. Rage, resentment, violent retribution, even the cursing of others: it’s all there in the Psalms. If we pray with this kind of honesty, and live with this kind of truth telling, we approach the presence of light and life. Truth telling leads us toward fuller life.
-Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Wed. Mar. 20th      * Lenten Soup Supper and Study – 6:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Mar. 21st        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 (Sanctuary)
Tue. Mar. 26th       * Obici Healthcare Foundation Bravo Breakfast –
                             9:00 – 11:30 am (Smithfield Center)
                             * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Wed. Mar. 27th      * Renewal of Ordination Vows - 10 a.m.
                             (St. Stephen's, Newport News)
Thu. Mar. 28th       * Community Maundy Thursday Service – Supper @ 6:00 pm;
                             Worship @ 7:00 pm (Oakland Christian UCC)
Fri. Mar. 29th        * Community Good Friday Service – 7:00 pm
                             (Wesley Chapel UMC)
Sat. Mar. 30th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon – Suffolk Salvation Army
                             * Preparing the Sanctuary for Easter
Sun. Mar. 31st        * Easter Sunrise Service – 7:00 am
                             * Festive Easter Eucharist – 10:30 am
Mon. Apr. 1st          * Easter Monday – Parish Office closed
Wed. Apr. 3rd        * Outreach Committee Meeting – 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Apr. 11th         * Set up for G.C.F.W. Junto Woman’s Group event
Fri. Apr. 12th          * G.C.F.W. Junto Woman’s Group event – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
                             * Set up Parish Hall for Vendor and Craft Faire – 3:00 pm
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, Lon, Pat, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Frances, Andy, Beth, Marvin, Clare, Steve, Adelle, Rick, Kathy, Jeanie, June, Ronald, and Dorothy.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jim & Margaret
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Center for Psychotherapy & Healing
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For Peace in Jerusalem; The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem.
Birthdays in March
David 02                     Shannon 06
Brooks 07                    Wade 08
Mary-Margaret 08       Caroline 09
Fred 12                        Tim 13
Pretlow 15                   John 18
Elizabeth 19                Hansa 20
Millard 21                   John 27
Cooper 28
If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409
Contact Minister of Music Roger Peyton
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