Blessing of the Pets – In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi we will bless the pets as part of our worship next Sunday, October 1. Feel free to bring your pets, either on a leash or in a carrier; larger pets (horses and goats or whatever) can be left outside and blessed following service.

5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army – As a reminder, this coming Saturday, September 30, is the 5th Saturday of September. We will join the other Episcopal churches in Suffolk assisting with serving lunch to the clients at the Salvation Army. If you have questions please contact Trisha for more information.

October 1, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)
First Lesson:  Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Second Lesson:  Philippians 2:1-13
Gospel:  Matthew 21:23-32

Lay Participants for October 1, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Sep. 24:
Kroger Community Rewards – Did you know that St. John’s participates in the Kroger Rewards Program? We receive a percentage of the amount of money spent at Kroger by folks who have connected their Kroger Card to St. John’s. This past quarter there were 3 families participating and we received $52.13. Please tell your family, friends, and neighbors how they can help St. John’s, by connecting to St. John’s Episcopal Church NPO #89481. For more information please contact the Rector.

Worship Volunteers – Please consider volunteering to assist with worship. It would be helpful to have a few more people who can assist as a Reader or Usher. Ushering, while a simple task, is an important function of our church’s ministry. The ushers are the face of the Parish on Sunday.

Wills and Trusts Planning – Oakland Christian UCC will host a Wills and Trusts workshop on Sunday Oct. 1 beginning at 6:30 pm. Even if you did not sign up you are welcome to attend on Sunday evening.

Flowers – Thank you to all who have signed up for flowers this year. Due to the new supplier, there is a slight reduction in cost. We are charged $92.50 for flowers, and flowers last for 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 do we mean by everlasting life? Answer: By everlasting life, we mean a new existence, in which we are united with all the people of God, in the joy of fully knowing and loving God and each other. (BCP 862)
This week’s question: What, then, is our assurance as Christians? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Gospel reading Exodus 17:1-7, “Water from the Rock.” Next week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, “The Ten Commandments.” 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 78:1-4, 12-16 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 660, “O Master, let me walk with thee” (Maryton) 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 – Ongoing: Tuesdays – Boy Scouts meeting. Sep. 30 – Red Cross Luncheon; Oct. 1 – Blessing of the Pets.

Thought for the week – Love: Through our faith we observe the law of love, loving God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. All of us can respond to God with faith, and hope, and love. Thanks be to God for his great gift of love!

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

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Sat. Sep. 30th           * 5th Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army
* Chuckatuck Volunteer FD Fish Fry – 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Sun. Oct. 1st             * Blessing of the Pets – worship
Tue. Oct. 3rd             * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 9th           * Columbus Day Holiday – Office closed
Tue. Oct. 10th           * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 14th            * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Oct. 17th           * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
* Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 23rd         * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 28th            * Parish Fall clean-up – 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sun. Oct. 29th          * All Saints’ Potluck – Following worship
Tue. Oct. 31st           * 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, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, and Walter.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Carroll
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. James & Ellen Sell
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Danilo Labacanacruz Bustamante – The Bishop of the Southern Philippines.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor of our Anniversary by Fr. Les & Kathy.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09                 Marvin 20
Tina 27

Anniversaries in October
Fr 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

 Minister of Music: Roger Peyton


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