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 9, 2013

St. John's e-News for October 13, 2013

Outreach Commission – The Outreach Commission will meet this coming Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in the Parish House. Please come and participate in this ministry of St. John’s. For more information contact Kathy.
Visitors – Thank you to all who helped welcome the visitors at St. John’s last weekend. I received good feedback that they all felt welcome and were paid an appropriate amount of attention.
Office ClosureThe office will be closed this coming Monday, October 14 in observance of Columbus Day.
October 13, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm:  Psalm 66:1-11
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 2:8-15
Gospel:  Luke 17:11-19
Lay Participants for October 13, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Leone
Lector:  Kevin
Prayers:  Terry
Ushers:  Nick and Tina
Refreshments:  Bernice
Sermon for Sunday, Oct. 6: http://chirb.it/735Es6
Parish Fall Work Day - We will come together on Saturday, October 26th at 8:00 am to do some much-needed yard work. All are invited to help and then attend the Chuckatuck Founders’ Day festivities at the Fire Department.
Fall Wednesday Book Study – We are studying the book The Practice of Prayer by Margaret Guenther. This week we will discuss Chapter 2 “Prayer as Conversation”. If you would like to participate please contact Fr. Ferguson or Margaret.
Leaving a Lasting Impression – Thank you to all who purchased a memorial brick for the churchyard, this will help make a lasting impression on the church and those who will follow us at St. John’s.
Unveiling a Headstone – Save the date! On November 3 immediately following our All Saints’ Day Worship service we will dedicate Mr. William A. Potter’s headstone. We hope to have his father-in-law, Mr. Eddie Cotten with us as we remember Bill’s life and honor his presence in our churchyard.
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 66:1-11 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 615, “’Thy Kingdom come!’ on bended knee” (St. Flavian) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Lamentations 1:1-6, “The Deserted City” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, “Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles in Babylon.” 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 – Freedom: Our benchmark in life is not to achieve higher mobility – to be the greatest in our little hemisphere of the world – but simply to claim freedom to be: to be wholly and fully who God created us to be, and to welcome others into that same freedom.
- Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Oct. 10th        * Historic Landmark Commission meeting – 9:00 am (City Office
                             * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Oct. 12th        * Bishop’s Day for Everyone East – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
                             (Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach)
Mon. Oct. 14th        * Office closed for Columbus Day
                             * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
Wed. Oct. 16th       * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Outreach Meeting – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thu. Oct. 17th        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Mon. Oct. 21st        * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Oct. 23rd      * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Thu. Oct. 24th        * Choir Rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
                             * CAPS 1st Anniversary Celebration – 7:00 pm (Suffolk Christian
Sat. Oct. 26th        * Fall Parish Work Day – 8:00 am
                             * Chuckatuck Founder’s Day – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 2nd          * Diocesan service of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Healing
                             11:00 am (Christ & St. Luke’s Norfolk)
Fri. Nov. 8th           * Sanctuary reserved for Bradshaw/Hudson wedding
Sat. Nov. 9th          * Church and Parish House reserved – Bradshaw/Hudson
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, Barbara, Tina, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Rick, Kathy, Ronald, Dorothy, Leone, Dwight, Tony, Gilbert, Carolyn, the Terry family, the Arnold family, Bob, Marvin, Kaille, Lillian, Donna, Opal, and Elvira.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Linda
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob Ayeebo – The Bishop of Tamale, Ghana.
Flower Dedication: To the Glory of God and in honor of our 30th Wedding Anniversary, by Les and Kathy.
Birthdays in October
Charles 09                   Sharon 20
Marvin 20                    Basil 25
Rusty 27                      Tina 27
Terry 30
Anniversaries in October
Les & Kathy 01          Pretlow & Mary-Kemple 04
Burr & Jennifer 08
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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