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 1, 2013

St. John's e-News for Sunday May 5, 2013

Rogation Procession – All are invited to follow the choir for a brief procession into the Church yard in honor of Rogation Sunday. Please use the insert from today’s bulletin.
Pentecost Worship and Potluck – Pentecost is on May 19th. We will hold the pot luck outside. The weather will be nice. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Narthex.
Growth Team – There will a one-hour meeting of the Growth Team in the Parish House following worship today. Please keep this team in your prayers as we investigate how to continue being faithful stewards of our Church.
May 5, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 16:9-15
Psalm:  Psalm 67
Second Lesson:  Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Gospel:  John 14:23-29
Lay Participants for May 5, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Kevin
Prayers:  Terry
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Nursery Attendant:  Lillian
Nursery Assistant:  To be identified
Refreshments:  Marcella
Sermon for Sunday, Apr. 28: http://chirb.it/rGcO8y
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.
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.
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 67 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 436, “Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates” (Truro) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Volunteer opportunity – King’s Fork High School is looking for assistance to help them reach full accreditation. They have requested our prayers and for people to volunteer helping the students. More information can be found on the Suffolk Public School’s website at: http://www.spsk12.net/parents/volunteer/. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity to volunteer to help in our community.
Wednesday Morning Book Study – The Wednesday morning book study will conclude its session this coming Wednesday May8 at 10:00 am. We will continue our study of the book “Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other: Spiritual Formation for Lay Leaders” by M. Thomas Shaw. We will study and discuss Chapter 8, “Conflict Management” and how that event shapes Scripture, our profession of faith, and our community life. Following the lesson we will close with our semi-annual potluck luncheon. If you are interested please contact Margaret or 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 16:9-15, “’Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia’ and ‘The Conversion of Lydia’” 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 16:16-34, “Paul and Silas in Prison” 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 – Salvation: Each of us who has encountered Jesus and follows him carries a unique story of salvation, a story of freedom God has given us to be who we are, to go after life with both hands, the freedom to make mistakes sometimes, to get lost occasionally and then find our way back home.
-Br. Eldridge Pendleton
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)
Sat. May 4th          * Diocese-wide Community Service Day
Sun. May 5th          * Growth Team meeting – Following service (Parish Hall)
Wed. May 8th         * Book Study – 10:00 – 11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. May 9th          * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Choir Room)
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
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, and Bob.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Millard
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Julian Hudson - Historiographer.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Martin Wharton, Bishop of Newcastle, York, England; The Rt. Rev. Francis White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, York, England.
Flower Dedication: To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Terry’s daughters, Heather and Holly, 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 and 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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