Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday – Our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper celebration will be held Tuesday February 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The cost for pancakes remains the same as previous years: $5/person or $15/family of 3 or more. Jim Tankovich will lead our efforts again this year.
Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist will be held February 14 beginning at 12:00 pm. Please come and kick off your Lenten journey.

Lenten Program – This year we will participate in The Good Book Club hosted by Forward Movement press as our Lenten Program. Stand by for a separate announcement about the program.

Inclement Weather Policy – Safety is first and foremost at St. John’s. We will follow the Suffolk School District with respect to closures. If we have an event planned expect it to continue as scheduled BUT if you do NOT feel safe getting to the Church, please stay home. Your safety is more important to us than your presence is.
February 4, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Lay Participants for February 4, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Gary and Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Jan. 28:
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 147:1-12, 21c together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 212, “Awake, arise, lift up your voice and sing,” (Richmond) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Formation Classes – This week will discuss “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 3, Joel. Next week’s class we will continue our discussions from “My Servants the Prophets.” Check you Wednesday Christian Education e-mail for the chapter as some chapters will take more than one Sunday to get through. All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

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 Concerning the books of Colossians: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Colossians is found in the Pauline Epistles division of the New Testament; it has 4 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the books of 1 & 2 Corinthians: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Look for the answer next week.

2018 Flower Chart – The schedule for 2018 is posted in the Narthex. Please sign-up for your special days. If you have any questions, contact Lynn.

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. Jan. 30 – Card Crafters; Feb. 6 – Vestry Meeting; Feb. 13 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper; Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday.

Thought for the week – Promise: God gives us the responsibility of doing something ourselves about the “faithless fears and worldly anxieties” that are holding us back in whatever way. We don’t have to do this alone. We have God’s promise of holding our hand and of helping us.

– Br. David Allen, 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)
Tue. Feb. 6th             * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Feb. 11th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Feb. 13th          * Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Feb. 14th        * Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes
10:00 am – Lake Prince Woods
12:00 pm – St. John’s (including Eucharist)
Fri. Feb. 16th            * Annual Council – Williamsburg Lodge (through Saturday)
Mon. Feb. 19th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Feb. 21st         * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed. Feb. 28th        * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed. Mar. 7th          * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed. Mar. 14th       * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed. Mar. 21st        * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, Walter, Elvira, Lucy Mae, and the family of Clare, the family of Marvin, Marilyn, and Debbie.

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

Deceased: Marvin

Parish Cycle of Prayer: George & Patricia
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Catherine & Ronald Bakely
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Burundi; The Most Rev. Martin Nyaboho – The Archbishop of Burundi & Bishop of Makamba

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for Charles’ successful surgery by Fr Les & Kathy.

Anniversaries in February
Gary & Toni 14

Birthdays in February
Natasha 02                Roosevelt 12
Jimmye 20                 Alice 22 

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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