All Saints’ Day Prayers of the People – We will offer prayers for our loved ones, by name, during our All Saints’ Day worship. Please send the names of your friends and loved ones to the church office as requested an email from Don.

Outreach Committee – The Outreach Committee will meet in the Parish Hall following worship this coming Sunday, October 22. Please come and help us continue our outreach ministry in Suffolk.

October 22, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)
First Lesson:  Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
Second Lesson:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel:  Matthew 22:15-22

Lay Participants for October 22, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  David and Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Oct. 15:
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.

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.

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 does the term “Eucharist” mean? Answer: Eucharist is a Greek term meaning Thanksgiving.
This week’s question: What does the term “liturgy” mean? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Gospel reading Matthew 22: 15-22, “The Question about Paying Taxes.” Next week we will discuss our Gospel reading Old Testament reading Deuteronomy 34:1-12, “Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab.” 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 where’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 – Ongoing: Tuesdays – Boy Scouts meeting. Oct. 28 – Parish Work Day; Oct. 29 – All Saints’ Potluck & Town Hall Meeting; Nov. 7 – G. F. W. C. Junto event.

Thought for the week – Opportunity: Interruptions are not always obstacles; sometimes they are opportunities. If we fail to recognize them, we will miss the experiences of grace that are hidden in them.

– Br. David Vryhof, 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)
Sun. Oct. 21st           * Outreach Committee meeting – following worship
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: Linda
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Leonard Dawea – The Bishop of Temotu, Melanesia.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Paul Kirk Ball by her son, Claiborne.

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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