375th Anniversary Celebration – We will have our Anniversary celebration during worship on Pentecost. The Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright (ret) will celebrate the Eucharist and many of our former clergy and members have already RSVP’d to attend. RSVP to the office by May 20 so we can finalize reservations with the caterer. We will need a little assistance with setup and with beverages.

Parish House Maintenance – In the coming month we expect to have a couple repair/renovation projects in the Parish Hall. There will be work on a few windows and the Air Conditioning system, hopefully before June 4. Please be aware of the work and if you have any questions please contact the office or a Warden.

Lay Volunteers – We are looking for a few people to volunteer to assist in worship. If anyone would like to help as a (1) reader, (2) usher, or (3) acolyte, please contact the Rector.

May 14, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 2:2-10
Gospel:  John 14:1-14

Lay Participants for May 14, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon for May 7: http://chirb.it/phtzCp
Save the Date – We will hold our Community 375th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Sunday September 17. There will be a few things needed to make the event a big success. Stand by for more information.

Piano – The piano in the Parish Hall was donated by Jim and Margaret. The instrument is more than 100 years old and needs to be treated gently. Please stop by and see the new-to-us piano.

Flowers – There is a new flower sign-up sheet for 2017 with instructions is posted in the Narthex. This covers the entire year. Please sign-up for your special two weeks. If you have more questions, please contact Lynn.

Church Quiz – Over the coming weeks we will have a “Church Quiz” as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
Last week’s question and answer: Question: What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist? Answer: The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith. (BCP 859)
This week’s question: What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our first reading, Acts 7:55-60, “The Stoning of Stephen.” Next week’s class will discuss our first reading Acts 17:22-31, “Paul in Athens.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we will read Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – May 14 – Mother’s Day; May 29 – Memorial Day; Church office closed; Jun 4 – Pentecost Sunday.

Thought for the week – Surprise: I think God is to be found in the surprise. How has God surprised you? If you’re not sure then light your lamp and be ready… It’s a beautiful day for a surprise!

– Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Wed. May 10th        * Village Garden Club meeting – 4:00 – 10:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Fri. May 19th            * Yard cleanup and Parish Hall prep – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat. May 20th           * Yard cleanup and Parish Hall prep (backup)
Mon. May 29th        * Memorial Day Holiday – Office closed
Tue. May 30th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Jun. 4th             * 375th Anniversary Celebration
Mon. Jun. 19th         * G. F. W. C. Pizza Night (Parish Hall)


For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Gary, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Karen and family, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Kay, Al, Barbara, Rev. Greg Ryan, David, Carroll, Michael, Diane, Tanya, and Michael & Rebecca.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Thomas, Alan, Sheldon & Elizabeth, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Ann
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Mary & Gene Hansley
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. William Stokes – The Bishop of New Jersey.

The Flowers on the altar Marion Kirkpatrick and Elvira Flynn by Suze & Steven Kirkpatrick.

Anniversaries in May
Alan & Sarah 25

Birthdays in May
Margaret 10              Claudia 10
Bert 24 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

Website: http://StJohnsEpiscopal-Suffolk.org

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