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 27, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday March 31 - The Feast of the Resurrection!

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.
Spring Parish Clean-up – Thank you to all who helped clean the Church yard in preparation for this coming Sunday’s services; the yard looks much better.
Sanctuary Preparation for Easter – This coming Saturday we will decorate the Sanctuary in preparation for Easter Sunday. We will meet from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon to set out lilies and prepare the Pond Altar for Sunday morning Worship. The more the merrier; if you can attend or for more information please contact Lynn.
March 31, 2013, 10:30 am Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for Easter Sunday
First Lesson:  Acts 10:34-43
Psalm:  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Gospel:  Luke 24:1-12
Lay Participants for March 31, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Bernice
Ushers:  Fred and Marlene
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be identified
Refreshments:  Easter Sunday – Family Day to celebrate!
Sermon for Sunday, Mar. 24: http://chirb.it/Oq3sOk
Easter Thank You –A special thank you to all who have made Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Day a special day. Many thanks for those who cleaned, sang, ate, worshiped, and all other ministries offered this year. The Rector.
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.
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.
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 118:1-2, 14-24 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 551, “Rise up, ye saints of God!” (Festal Song) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Wednesday Night Lenten Series – Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Lenten Series offerings. We surveyed the history of the Anglican and Episcopal Church in the United States and how that shaped our past and our future. We also looked at our mission, ministry, and gifts. Please contact the Rector to provide feedback into our next offering during Lent 2014.
“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.
Our Thanksgivings – We are collecting tangible statements regarding our blessings and thanksgivings in the jar in the Narthex.
Formation ClassesThis coming Sunday we will take a break from formation classes. Next week’s class will discuss the first New Testament (substitute for the Old Testament in Easter Season) lesson Acts 5:27-32, “The Apostles Are Persecuted” 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 – Relationship: Christianity demands community. It is through our relationship with others we hear God’s word and understand God’s call.
-Br. Eldridge Pendleton
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
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, 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: Perk & G. Lee
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Donny & Mary Dunn, III; The Rev. Jim & Barbara Short
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For Peace in Jerusalem.
Birthdays in April
John 06                        Barbara 10
Matthew 14                 Bryan 16
Paul 24                        BC 27
Bernice 30
Anniversaries in April
Tim & Bev 03             Doug & Mac 30
If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409
Contact Minister of Music Roger Peyton
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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