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 RSVPd 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 Construction – On Monday morning a contractor will remove the old railings on the front of the porch and install a new handrail and railing.

Grounds Clean-up – Thank you to everyone for coming out and lending a hand to clean up the grounds. Our 375th celebration service will soon be upon us.
May 21, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing

Lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 3:13-22
Gospel:  John 14:15-21

Lay Participants for May 21, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Gary and David

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon for May 14: https://chirb.it/vnv7BO
Vacation Time – The Rector will be away for a spiritual retreat from June 19 – July 2. In his absence, the Rev. Peg Buelow will assist on June 25 and the Rev. Tom Martin will serve on July 2. A clergy person will be identified for Pastoral care concerns.
The Minister of Music will be on vacation on July 9 and 16. We will have a substitute organist in his absence.

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.

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.

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 are the benefits which we receive in the Lord’s Supper? Answer: The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life. (BCP 859-860)
This week’s question: What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our first reading, Acts 17:22-31, “Paul in Athens.” Next week’s class will discuss our first reading Acts 1:6-14, “’The Ascension of Jesus’ and ‘Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas’.” 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 66:7-18.

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 19 – Clean-up for Anniversary; May 20 – Back-up clean-up for Anniversary; 29 – Memorial Day; Church office closed; Jun 4 – Pentecost Sunday.

Thought for the week – Nourish: When we are gathered together for worship, our Lord feeds us, in various ways. Meditating on these things can help us to recognize the ways in which we are fed; and the ways in which we come to know Jesus.

– Br. David Allen, 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/
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)
Thu. May 25th          * The Feast of the Ascension
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)
* Rector on retreat (through July 2)
Sun. Jun. 25th           * The Rev. Peg Buelow Supply Priest
Sun. Jul. 2nd              * The Rev. Tom Martin Supply Priest
Sun. Jul. 9th               * Minister of Music on vacation (through July 16)
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, Brandon, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bette
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Tina Shatinsky – Chanco Staff
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Christian Ebisike – The Bishop of Ngbo, Enugu, Nigeria.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Carolyn Ferguson and in memory of Rev. Mike Ferguson by Fr. Les & Kathy.

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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