Town Hall Meeting – Our Town Hall meeting has been rescheduled until after the Potluck on October 29. A presentation and discussion will be held regarding a proposal for preserving the Sanctuary and capital requirements. All are welcome to attend.

“Job Jar” – The Vestry has moved to create a “Job Jar” that will be filled with simple tasks that will help do simple maintenance around the church grounds. The goal is to break down needed repairs to 30-60-minute tasks that anyone can do. The jar will be in the Parish House or Sanctuary, depending on the day. Stop by and help do some needed work at the Church.
October 15, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing

Lessons for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22)
First Lesson:  Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Second Lesson:  Philippians 4:1-9
Gospel:  Matthew 22:1-14

Lay Participants for October 15, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Oct. 8:

Pledges and the Vestry – Pledges: shortly, the Vestry will solicit pledges from the Parish. Please consider what God is asking you to pledge to support the ministry of St. John’s.
Vestry: Marcella will be completing her term on the Vestry.  If you would like to serve or know more about serving, please contact a Vestry member or the Rector.

Oakland Christian UCC Fall Fest – Oakland Christian UCC will hold their 23rd Annual Fall Fest on Saturday November 4 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. There will be a wide variety of things to purchase in preparation for your holiday season including a: Silent Auction, Grandma’s Pantry, Candy Shop, Baked goods, Brunswick Stew, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, and outside vendors. Stop by and have a great time.

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 is the definition of the word “Eucharist”? Answer: The Eucharist is the common Sunday worship service in the Episcopal, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Churches.
This week’s question: What does the term “Eucharist” mean? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Gospel reading Matthew 22:1-14, “The Parable of the Wedding Banquet.” Next week we will discuss our Gospel reading Matthew 22:15-22, “The Question about Paying Taxes.” 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 106:1-6, 19-23 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 212, “Awake, arise, lift up your voice” (Richmond) 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. Oct. 14 – James River Rug Hookers; Oct. 16 – Junto Women’s Club; Oct. 28 – Parish Work Day.

Thought for the week – Patience: If we speak too quickly or define too readily what we are witnessing or experiencing, we may actually confine God’s revelation.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tuesdays                   * 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)
Mon. Oct. 16th         * 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
* Town Hall Meeting
Tue. Oct. 31st           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 7th            * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group Night on the Town gathering – 5:00 – 9:00 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: Regina
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Martha Hall
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Ellinah Ntfombi Wamukoya – The Bishop of Swaziland, Southern Africa.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Schuler Crane by Claiborne M. Ball.

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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