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 23, 2013

St. John's e-News for October 27, 2013

Parish Fall Work Day - We will come together on Saturday, October 26th at 8:00 am to do some much-needed yard work. Many hands make light work and a lot of the pruning is already accomplished. Rakes, shovels (snow shovels may work too), and pitch forks, are among the preferred tools this weekend but bring what you think you might need. All are invited to help.
Chuckatuck Founders’ Day – This Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, the Greater Chuckatuck Historical Foundation is sponsoring the Second Annual Founders’ Day. The festivities begin at 10:00 with the parade starting near the intersection of King Hwy and Godwin Blvd. The remainder of the day’s events will take place at the Fire Department and Wesley Chapel. Come by and enjoy the day, including music by the Rhondels from 1:00 to 4:00.
Fall Parish Potluck - There will be a potluck luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 3. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. The potluck will follow the unveiling of Bill Potter’s headstone.
October 27, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25)
First Lesson:  Joel 2:23-32
Psalm:  Psalm 65
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel:  Luke 18:9-14
Lay Participants for October 27, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Suze
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella
Refreshments:  Last week’s bounty – needs to be set up
Sermon for Sunday, Oct. 20: http://chirb.it/5OkIrO
Daylight Savings Ends – Next Sunday morning, November 2, we will return to Standard Time by setting our clocks back an hour. Please make a reminder to reset your clocks.
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 4 “Prayer Through the Centuries”. 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 65 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 544, “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun” (Duke Street) from the Hymnal 1982. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Joel 2:23-32, “’God’s Response and Promise,’ and ‘God’s Spirit Poured Out’” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, “’The Prophet’s Complaint’ and ‘God’s Reply to the Prophet’s Complaint’.” 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 – Gift: What we can know is the truth of our own lives: all that we are and all that we hold is a gift, entrusted to us for a very short while on this earth. The Lord gives; the Lord takes away. Be prepared to give away what inevitably is taken away at death. Have a plan that fits your life. Let your plan spring from your prayer, that all of your life be hallowed.
- 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. 24th       * CAPS 1st Anniversary Celebration – 7:00 pm (Suffolk Christian
Sat. Oct. 26th       * Fall Parish Work Day – 8:00 am
                             * Chuckatuck Founder’s Day – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed. Oct. 30th      * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
Sat. Nov. 2nd         * Diocesan service of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Healing
                             11:00 am (Christ & St. Luke’s Norfolk)
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
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)
Mon. Nov. 18th        * 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
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: Anne & Bert
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Bernard Oringa Balmoi – Bishop of Torit, Sudan.
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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