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, October 30, 2013

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

Parish Fall Work Day – Thank you to all who made the Parish workday a success. Please give a special thank you to Kevin for the dedicated work he did in preparation for last Saturday.
The Return to Standard Time – This coming Sunday we will return to Standard time by falling back one hour. Please make sure to reset your clocks and revel in the extra hour of sleep.
Fall Parish Potluck – The fall potluck luncheon will be held this Sunday, Nov. 3. The potluck will follow the unveiling of Bill Potter’s headstone.
November 3, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26)
First Lesson:  Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm:  Psalm 119:137-144
Second Lesson:  2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Gospel:  Luke 19:1-10
Lay Participants for November 3, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Kathy
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and David
Refreshments:  Parish Potluck
Sermon for Sunday, Oct. 27: http://chirb.it/12vDP2
Advent Supper and Program – The Rector is planning on offering a short, three week program Wednesday evenings during Advent, Dec. 4, 11, and 18. There will be a simple soup supper and discussion beginning at 6:30 and ending at 8:00. We plan on completing a survey of Advent, its meaning, and practice. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
Cleaning the Parish House – It’s time for a little “fall cleaning.” We’re looking for a few people to help neaten/clean up the rooms in the Parish House. Places needing attention include the boiler room, stairwell, and couch room. If things go well, we could also attack some of the things in the attic.
Fall Wednesday Book Study – We are studying the book The Practice of Prayer by Margaret Guenther. This week we will discuss Chapter 5Practices of Prayer: Retreats and Journaling, Sacramental Confession, and Spiritual Direction”. All are welcome to attend, even if you have not attended any of the previous days. Fr. Ferguson has a book to borrow if necessary and if you would like to participate please contact Fr. Ferguson or Margaret.
The Benefits of Membership at St. John’s – You may wonder “what are the benefits of being a member at St. John’s and what does it cost to be a member?” The easier answer is the cost: it costs whatever God puts on your heart in pledge or in offering – no one keeps track of what a member gives. The benefits: intrinsically there are no special bonuses to being a member. However, membership allows people a vote in the governance of the Parish and its mission. If you have any other questions about membership please contact the Rector, one of the Vestry members, or Don in the Parish office.
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 119:137-144 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 471, “We sing the praise of him who died” (Breslau) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, “’The Prophet’s Complaint’ and ‘God’s Reply to the Prophet’s Complaint’” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Haggai 1:15b-2:9, “’The Command to Rebuild the Temple’ and ‘The Future Glory of the Temple’.” All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.
Suffolk Night Stay Program – The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) is preparing to start a winter homeless shelter in the City of Suffolk. It is a distinction that Suffolk is the only City in Tidewater that does not have a homeless program. The vision of the Night Stay Program is to provide overnight lodging, dinner and breakfast for homeless people in Suffolk. CAPS is striving to begin January 1, 2014 and can provide more information about the mechanics of hosting – whether a church is a solo host or a number of churches partner to host for a week. Contact the rector for more information.
Thought for the week – Covenant: A covenant is about relationship, a relationship that invites and presumes a transformative change in both parties. In the context of our seeking out, meeting, welcoming the stranger, we may even discover God’s revelation to us, in ways beyond which we could have asked or imagined.
- Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Sat. Nov. 2nd          * Diocesan service of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Healing
                             11:00 am (Christ & St. Luke’s Norfolk)
Sat. Nov. 3rd          * All Saints’ Sunday
                             * Parish Potluck – Following Service
Wed. Nov. 6th        * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Fri. Nov. 8th           * Sanctuary reserved for Bradshaw/Hudson wedding
Sat. Nov. 9th          * Church and Parish House reserved – Bradshaw/Hudson Wedding
Sun. Nov. 10th        * Growth Team meeting – Following worship (Parish Hall)
Mon. Nov. 11th        * Veteran’s Day – Office closed
Wed. Nov. 13th       * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Garden Club Meeting – 3:30-8:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Nov. 18th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish
                             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Nov. 20th      * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Sun. Nov. 24th        * Community Thanksgiving Service
Thu. Nov. 28th        * Thanksgiving – Office Closed
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, Shirley, Suzanne, Janis, Lon, Barbara, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Rick, Kathy, Tony, the Terry family, the Arnold family, Bob, Marvin, Kaille, Lillian, Opal, Elvira, Eddie, Pam, and Dorothy.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Burr & Jennifer
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Chjioke Augustine Aneke – The Bishop of Udi, Nigeria.
Flower Dedication: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen B. Taylor and Herbert S. Taylor, Jr., Mother and Brother; by Alice and Marvin.
Birthdays in October
Terry 30
Birthdays in November
Dianne 04                    Doug 11
Eddie 13                     Steven 16
Kathy 28                     Dotty 29
If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Cell:  757-418-0063
Home:  757-484-8409
Contact Minister of Music Roger Peyton
e-mail: rogerpeyton1945@gmail.com
Website: http://StJohnsSuffolk.blogspot.com
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