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, May 8, 2013

St. John's e-News for May 12, 2013

Pentecost Worship and Potluck – Pentecost is next Sunday, May 19th. Wear Red in honor of the coming of the Holy Spirit. We will hold the pot luck outside. The weather will be nice. Chicken will be provided by the Hospitality Committee and a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Narthex for side dishes and desserts.
Poison Ivy! – There appears to be a super-abundance of poison ivy on the church property this year. We have found poison ivy vines along the banks of the pond, inside some of the fenced in sections of the graveyard, on the trunks of the trees, and in the back field. Please be careful if you head “overland” and off the beaten path until we can take steps to remove the vines.
May 12, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 16:16-34
Psalm:  Psalm 97
Second Lesson:  Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Gospel:  John 17:20-26
Lay Participants for May 12, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Kathy
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be identified
Refreshments:  Marlene
Sermon for Sunday, May 5: http://chirb.it/1y18E0
St. John Singers – A special thank you is offered to our Minister of Music, Roger Peyton, and the members of the St. John Singers: Terry, Kathy, Fr. Les, Steven, Susan, Alice, Fred, and Leone. The choir will begin their summer break, a period of rest, reflection, and re-creation before returning to their stalls in the fall. I am very happy that we have a dedicated group who has started from scratch and become an attentive and musical group of worship ministers. Please offer Roger and the Choir a hearty thank you.
Church Flowers – 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.
Sanctuary Roof Update – The Vestry is in the process of gathering more recommendations and bids for the Sanctuary Roof. They are inviting a few contractors to ascertain the state of the roof and make a recommendation about retaining the present roof, repairing what is present, or replacing the roof system. We are looking for estimates using a variety of materials to ensure thoroughness while maintaining the integrity of the sanctuary – wood shingles, engineered wood-like shingles, and architectural shingles. Once all recommendations and bids are received the vestry will present the findings to the Parish for information, discussion, and decision making.
Today’s Psalm – We will sing the portion of the Psalter in together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 97 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 76, “On Jordan’s bank” (Winchester New) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry – The spring Fish Fry fundraiser for the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Saturday June 8. Please come out and support our local all volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Be on the lookout for more information about the ticket cost and locations to purchase tickets.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study concluded its session this coming morning. The Wednesday morning session will take a break for the summer and will reconvene in the fall. Keep a slot open on Wednesday mornings for our next study. Thank you to all who have participated, Margaret and the Rector.
Our Thanksgivings – We are collecting tangible statements regarding our blessings and thanksgivings in the jar in the Narthex.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Acts 16:16-34, “Paul and Silas in Prison” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss the first New Testament (substitute for the Old Testament in Easter Season) lesson Acts 2:1-21, “’The Coming of the Holy Spirit’ and ‘Peter Addresses the Crowd’” 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 – Yes: We were made for “Yes.” Jesus said that he came so that we might have life — and have it abundantly. We were made for senseless acts of beauty —a nd fun! Senseless acts of beauty—and fun—are not necessary for our physical survival. But they are essential to our humanity.
-Br. Mark Brown
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. May 2nd          * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Wed. May 8th         * Book Study – 10:00 – 11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. May 9th          * Spring Clergy Conference – Rector Out of Office
Sun. May 12th         * Mother’s Day
Mon. May 13th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. May 18th         * One Harvest Pickup
Sun. May 19th         * Pentecost – Worship at Pond Altar
                             * Parish Potluck
Sun. May 26th        * Growth Team Meeting – following worship (Parish Hall)
Mon. May 27th        * Memorial Day – Office closed
Sat. Jun. 8th          * Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry
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, Lon, Pat, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Andy, Beth, Marvin, Clare, Steve, Adelle, Rick, Kathy, Jeanie, Ronald, Dorothy, the Donahue Family, Rev. Mike, Bruce, Bob, and Leone.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Don & Marcella
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Ed & Martha Bushong; The Rev. Rebecca & Kerry Dean.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Communion.
Flower Dedication: To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of our Mothers, Renée Brady and Mildred Reed, and in honor of all mothers by Kevin and Terry.
Birthdays in May
Claudia 10                   Margaret 10
Steve 14                      Sterling 15
Christine 17                 Mary 22
Bert 24
Anniversaries in May
Jim & Susan 14                       Joe & Mary-Margaret 24
Alan & Sarah 25                     Dennis & Rusty 31
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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