Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday – Thank you to all who made our pancake supper a huge success. We served more people last night than any other Shrove Tuesday in my tenure – 97 people dined at St. John’s. Congratulations and a special thanks to all who, prepared, served, flipped, and cleaned up on Shrove Tuesday.
We also had a good celebration of the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at noon on Ash Wednesday. May all who journey this Lent be blessed on their journey.

Lenten Program – This year we will participate in The Good Book Club hosted by Forward Movement press as our Lenten Program. Next week we will cover chapter 1 materials. If you need a handout please contact the Rector.

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.
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February 18, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I and Penitential Order
Lessons for the First Sunday of Lent

First Lesson:  Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:9-15

Lay Participants for February 18, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Feb 11: https://chirb.it/83KnLt
Sermon from Ash Wednesday: https://chirb.it/tmsrfD
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Formation Classes – This week will continue our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 4, Jonah. 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.

Sunday’s Psalm – During Lent, our Psalm will be spoken.

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 book of Daniel: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Daniel is found in the Major Prophets division of the Old Testament; it has 12 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Deuteronomy: 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. Feb. 19 – Junto Women’s Group; Feb. 21 – Lenten Program; Feb. 24 – Boy Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet.

Thought for the week – God so loved the world: So which world is it that God loves? Is it the world, the creation in its original glory, or is it the world that is fallen, broken, imperfect, sinful? Well, of course it’s both.

– Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Upcoming Events:
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Tuesdays                   * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Fri. Feb. 16th            * Annual Council – Williamsburg Lodge (through Saturday)
Mon. Feb. 19th        * President’s Day Holiday – office closed
* 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
Sat. Feb. 24th           * Boy Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
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
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PASTORAL CARE

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, the family of Marvin, the family of Marilyn, and Debbie.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Roger
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. James & Joan Mathieson
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Central Africa; The Most Rev. Albert Chama – The Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.

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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