2018 Tax Strategies Presentation – Oakland Christian United Church of Christ will host an informative Tax Planning Seminar on Sunday, March 18 beginning at 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend and to RSVP for this free presentation contact the Oakland church office. Please see the flyer for more information.

Lenten Program – We have had two good weeks studying The Good Book Club sponsored by Forward Movement press this Lent. Next week we will cover chapter 3 materials. If you need a handout please contact the Rector.

Easter Pies from Oakland Christian UCC – Oakland Christian UCC is selling pies again for Easter. Pies are $10 each and they are selling Chocolate Chess, Lemon Chess, Coconut, and Pecan pies. Order deadline is March 27; pickup days are March 29 and 30. See the order form at church for more information.
March 4, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

Lessons for the Third Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Gospel: John 2:13-22

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

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Feb 25: https://chirb.it/n10deL
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.

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 Ecclesiastes: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Ecclesiastes is found in the Books of Wisdom division of the Old Testament; it has 12 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Ephesians: 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. Mar. 7 – Lenten Program; Mar. 10 – James River Rug Hookers; Mar. 13 – Vestry Meeting; Mar. 14 – Lenten Program.

Thought for the week – Loving and Being Loved: When we abide in God, when we abide in Jesus, we can thrive, our Christian life thrives. But when we are cut off from Jesus, when we are broken from Jesus, then our Christian life can wither and die.

– Br. James Koester, 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)
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
Sat. Mar. 17th          * Spring Work Day – 8:00 – 11:00 am (primary)
Sun. Mar. 18th         * Tax Strategy presentation – 6:00 pm (Oakland Christian UCC)
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. 24th          * Spring Work Day – 8:00 – 11:00 am (alternate)
Sun. Mar. 25th         * Palm Sunday
Thu. Mar. 29th         * Maundy Thursday – Oakland Christian UCC
Fri. Mar. 30th           * Good Friday – Wesley Chapel UMC
Sat. Mar. 31st           * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – Salvation Army
Sun. Apr. 1st             * Easter Sunrise Service – 6:45 am (Pond Altar)
* Festive Easter Eucharist – 10:30 am
Mon. Apr. 2nd          * Easter Monday – Office closed

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.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Ann
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Advent, Norfolk; St. Paul’s, Newport News; St. Stephen’s, Newport News. The Rev. Dr. Richard L. & Janet May; The Rev. Frank & Sandy Gose.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (The Anglican Church in Congo); The Most Rev. Zacharie Masimango Katanda – Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Pamela 10
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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