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, November 27, 2013

St. John's e-News for Dec. 1 - Happy New Year

Angel Tree – There are angels to pick up from the Suffolk Salvation Army Angel tree. If you take an angel please have the filled gift in by the end of the first week in December – the 6th.
Christmas Poinsettias – It is time to place your order for the Christmas poinsettias.  The order form is included in the bulletin.  The deadline for getting your order in is Dec 15th.  Additional order forms will be in the Narthex on the usher’s table.
Community Thanksgiving Service – Thank you to all who attended last Sunday’s Community Thanksgiving Service. Rev. Greg Ryan from Oakland Christian UCC gave a rousing and poignant sermon and the massed congregation rocked the house. Be on the lookout for more opportunities to get together with our local churches to help build and foster our life and ministry.
Stewardship – As the end of the year approaches your Vestry has been looking at the expected budget for 2014. Pledge cards, as our response to the thanks we have to give for the abundance bestowed on us by God, are forthcoming.
          Please take some time to consider your gift to the Church as we consider how we use those gifts to be God’s missionaries in the world and helping others have changed lives through their relationship with God. A projection of our expenses are available for any who want to see them and that information will be presented at the Annual meeting in January regardless.
          In coming months you will see how we are using the financial offerings you give are making real, tangible changes in people’s lives in Suffolk. I invite you to join us in our mission to tell God’s story of redemption through Jesus Christ in the world and to help us become more effective through your financial pledges.
December 1, 2013, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday of Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm:  Psalm 122
Second Lesson:  Romans 13:11-14
Gospel:  Matthew 24:36-44
Lay Participants for December 1, 2013 - 10:30 am service
Eucharistic Minister:  Kathy
Lector:  Fred
Prayers:  Marlene
Ushers:  Gary and David
Refreshments:  Growth Team
Sermon for Sunday, Nov. 24: http://chirb.it/BBxF16
Philippines Relief – Episcopal Relief and Development is gathering funds to assist recovery efforts in the Philippines. If you would like to give, let the Office/Rector know and we will forward to the Diocesan Office for consolidation.
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.
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.
Suffolk Meals on Wheels - The Meals on Wheels Program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals from Obici to shut ins and the elderly. If you are interested please contact Kitty Martin 377-6552 or Rosaland Worrell at Obici, 934-4911 for more info.
Fall Wednesday Book Study – We are studying the book The Practice of Prayer by Margaret Guenther. We will meet this coming Wednesday, December 4 to 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.
Today’s Psalm – We will sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 122 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.
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.
Formation ClassesThis week we will discuss Isaiah 2:1-5, “’The Future House of God’ and ‘Judgment Pronounced on Arrogance’” from 9:15-10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 11:1-10, “’The Peaceful Kingdom’ and ‘Return of the Remnant of Israel and Judah’.” All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.
Thought for the week – Remember: We have set up pillars and altars, planted trees and built buildings because we have wanted to remind ourselves and those who come after that something true had happened.
- Br. James Koester, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:00 am (Parish House)
Thu. Nov. 28th        * Thanksgiving – Office Closed
Sat. Nov. 30th        * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army – 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Sun. Dec. 1st          * Church New Year’s Celebration – The First Sunday of Advent
                             * Special Vestry Meeting – following worship
                             * Vespers Service – 4:00-5:00 pm (Lake Prince Woods)
Wed. Dec. 4th        * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Advent Study – 6:30-8:00 (Parish Hall)
Thu. Dec. 5th         * Choir rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Sat. Dec. 7th         * Suffolk Night Stay Training – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Main
                             Street United Methodist Church)
Mon. Dec. 9th         * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 11th       * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Advent Study – 6:30-8:00 (Parish Hall)
Thu. Dec. 12th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Wed. Dec. 18th       * Book Study – 10:00-11:30 am (Parish Hall)
                             * Advent Study – 6:30-8:00 (Parish Hall)
Thu. Dec. 19th        * Choir rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm (Choir Room)
Sun. Dec. 22nd        * Greening of the Church and Soup Luncheon
Tue. Dec. 24th        * Carol Sing – 9:00-9:30 pm
                             * Festive Christmas Candlelight Mass – 9:30-11:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 29th        * A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols – 10:30 am
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, Tony, the Terry family, the Arnold family, Bob, Marvin, Kaille, Lillian, Opal, Elvira, Eddie, Pam, Dorothy, David, and Howard.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Elizabeth, Dane, Leon, and Patrick
Deceased: Dorothy and Victor.
Typhoon Haiyan: Pray for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: John, Melanie, Morgan, & Lauren.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Willam Michie Klusmeyer – The Bishop of West Virginia.
Birthdays in December
Marcella 02                 Gary 08
Rev. Les 08                 John 14
Burr 18                        Kevin 19
Jim 19                          Will 28
Susan 30                      Don 30
Anniversaries in December
Bob & Bette 03               Don & Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20       John & Elizabeth 28
Steven & Susan 30          Nick & Tina 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://StJohnsEpiscopal-Suffolk.org
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