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 16, 2013

St. John's e-News for October 20, 2013

Outreach Commission – The Outreach Commission will meet tonight 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 – As we continue to have visitors and newcomers to the Episcopal tradition please remember that the manner in which we worship may not be familiar to everyone. If a visitor appears to need assistance please don’t let them become frustrated by the liturgical practice. The Rector will “direct traffic” as best as he can but those in the pews can help sooner and more effectively than he can.
Growth TeamThe Growth Team will meet immediately following service this coming Sunday. All are welcome to join in our conversation about the direction about where we are exploring our growing edges.
October 20, 2013, 10:30 am Litany of Healing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24)
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm:  Psalm 119:97-
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Gospel:  Luke 18:1-8
Lay Participants for October 20, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Jim
Lector:  Ben
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert
Refreshments:  No volunteer
Sermon for Sunday, Oct. 13: http://chirb.it/A5EpL9
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.
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.  We may need to help Roger and the choir in the Children’s Chapel. 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 3 “Prayer as Conversation”. 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.
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 119:97-104 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.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Jeremiah 31:27-34, “Individual Retribution” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Joel 2:23-32, “’God’s Response and Promise,’ and ‘God’s Spirit Poured Out’.” 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 – Friendship: The art of living calls for emotional suppleness: the ability to respond with authenticity to the feelings of others and yet take advantage of any opportunity to lift others’ spirits.
- Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.     * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
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       * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
                             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parlor)
Tue. Oct. 22nd       * Founder’s Day meeting – 7:00 pm (Wesley Chapel UMC)
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, Kathleen and Fergal, Steve, Morse, Rick, Kathy, Ronald, Leone, Dwight, Tony, Carolyn, Gilbert, 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: Jimmye
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Carleton B. & Elsa Bakkum
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. David Parsons – The Bishop of the Diocese of The Arctic - (Rupert's Land, Canada); The Rt. Rev. Darren McCartney - The Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic - (Rupert's Land, Canada).
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
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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