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 2 materials. If you need a handout please contact the Rector.
Thank you to Anne for providing soup and accompaniments. It helped nourish our discussion.

Diocesan Council – The Diocese of Southern Virginia held its’ annual Council Feb. 16 – 17. There will be a report shortly. Bishop Hollerith provided his annual address, which included his intention to retire effective December 31, 2018. Please see this link for his address.

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 25, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

Lessons for the Second Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Second Lesson:  Romans 4:13-25
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Lay Participants for February 25, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Feb 18: https://chirb.it/rIIOOL
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 Deuteronomy: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Deuteronomy is found in the Pentateuch division of the Old Testament; it has 34 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Ecclesiastes: 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. 24 – Boy Scouts Blue & Gold Banquet; Feb. 27 – Card Crafters; Feb. 28 – Lenten Program; Mar. 7 – Lenten Program;

Thought for the week – The Word Was Made Flesh: In Jesus, God took on the totality of our humanity, which means that he was just like us in every way. He had the same emotions that we have. He knew pain. He knew anger. He knew anxiety, and he needed human affection as we do.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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)
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)
Tue. Feb. 27th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 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
Sat. Mar. 10th          * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Mar. 13th         * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Mar. 14th       * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mon. Mar. 19th       * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Mar. 21st        * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sat. Mar. 31st           * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – Salvation Army

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, Marcella and Don, the family of Lucy Mae McCarthy, and Carolyn.

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

Deceased: Lucy Mae McCarthy – mother of Marcella

Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Ann
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Church Women
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of the Central Region of America; The Most Rev. Sturdie Downs –The Primate of IARCA & Bishop of Nicaragua.

Anniversaries in February
Gary & Toni 14

Birthdays in February
Natasha 02                Roosevelt 12
Jimmye 20                 Alice 22

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Clyde 11
Pretlow 15                 Patricia 17
John 18                      Beth 19
Hansa 20                   Cooper 28 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

Website: http://StJohnsEpiscopal-Suffolk.org

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