School Supplies Ingathering – We will collect and deliver school supplies to Oakland Elementary School during the month of August. Please see the list of supplies needed/recommended for the different grades at Oakland Elementary. Thank you for your support.

Memorial Blood Drive – If you can’t give please ask someone to give for you. St. John’s is hosting the Rev. Greg Ryan Memorial Blood drive on August 9 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm, in the Parish Hall. The Virginia Blood Services ( will be conducting the drive. Sign-up online at, St. John’s donation number is 3767. Their goal for us is 18 units – I know, as a community, we can do better. Please help support this worthy cause.

August 6, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Feast of the Transfiguration
First Lesson:  Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
Second Lesson:  2 Peter 1:13-21
Gospel:  Luke 9:28-36

Lay Participants for August 6, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Jul. 30:
Moving Sale – There will be a moving sale to help the Ryan’s clear the remaining articles from the Oakland Christian UCC Parsonage. The sale will be held Saturday, August 5 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. All items must go and are priced to sell. See the flyer on the bulletin board for more information. Proceeds from the sale will be split between the Oakland Christian “Beck Godwin Scholarship” and Building Funds.

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.

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: How are the sacraments related to our Christian hope? Answer: Sacraments sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment. (BCP 861)
This week’s question: What is the Christian hope? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Exodus 34:29-35, “The Shinning Face of Moses.” Next week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, “’Joseph Dreams of Greatness’ and ‘Joseph is Sold by His Brothers’.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we 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 99 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 544, Jesus shall reign wher’er the sun (Duke Street) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

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 – Aug. 5 – Oakland Christian UCC Moving Sale; Aug. 8 – Vestry Meeting; Aug. 9 – Blood Drive; Aug. 12 – Rug Hookers.

Thought for the week – Tension: Most of us prefer easy answers. But we are invited to live in a place of holy tension, depending on God’s grace to show us when tolerance and patience towards others is called for, and when we are being called to noncooperation and resistance in the face of evil.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Sat. Aug. 5th             * Moving Sale at Oakland Christian UCC Parsonage – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tue. Aug. 8th            * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Aug. 9th          * Rev Greg Ryan Memorial Blood Drive – 2:00 – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Aug. 12th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Aug. 27th          * Crabs and Brats
Tue. Aug. 29th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (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, Carroll, Michael, Diane, and Tanya.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Don & Marcella
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Rafael Morales Maldonado – The Bishop elect of Puerto Rico.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor of our Anniversary by Clyde & Virginia.

Birthdays in August
Nick 01                       Anne 06
Mary Kemple 13       Ben 26
Regina 29

Anniversaries in August
Clyde & Virginia 07              John & Ann 10
Randy & Landy 29 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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