Easter and Holy Week – Thank you to all who helped with Easter Day services and reception. Also thank you to all who attended or participated in the Holy Week litany and liturgies. The various services we participated in were well attended and successful. Blessings to you all this Eastertide.

Oakland Christian UCC Pastor Search – On Sunday, April 22, Oakland Christian UCC will host a candidate for pastor of their church. She plans on preaching and having a question and answer period with their congregation. Please pray for them as their search winds down.
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April 8, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Second Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
Second Lesson:  1 John 1:1-2:2
Gospel: John 20:19-31

Lay Participants for April 8, 2018 – 10:30 am service

Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  David & Marcella

Refreshments:  None – Parish Hall in use

Sermon from Apr. 1: https://chirb.it/f241D0

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Spring Workday – Thank you to all who helped on Saturday last with the clean up the church yard for our Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations.

Lenten Program – We finished the first 5 weeks of The Good Book Club study of Luke. There is the opportunity to continue our study until Pentecost, looking at the book of Acts. The study does not have to be at lunch but can be at a different time of day. If you are interested in continuing the study of Acts 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.

Formation Classes – We will take a break this week from our study but will continue our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 5, Amos and begin chapter 6, Hosea. 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 – Our Psalm will be spoken this week.

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 Ezra: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Ezekiel is found in the Historical Books division of the Old Testament; it has 10 chapters.

This week’s question: Concerning the book of Galatians: 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. Apr. 10 – Vestry Meeting; Apr. 14 – Rug Hookers; Apr. 16 – GWFC Junto Women’s Group; Apr. 17 – Parish Hall Rental.

Thought for the week – Victory: The larger life of Christ’s resurrection is a life of victory and joy and wonder. It is a life of hope that tells us that death, in any of its forms or guises or disguises, is not the end but the gate and door of something new.

– Br. James Koester, 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)
Sun. Apr. 8th             * Parish Hall rented for event – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mon. Apr. 9th           * Suffolk Clergy United – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (St. Paul’s Suffolk)
Tue. Apr. 10th          * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Apr. 11th        * Chuckatuck Ruritans Oyster Roast – 4:00 – 9:00 pm (Rector out)
Sat. Apr. 14th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Mon. Apr. 16th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Apr. 17th          * Parish Hall rented – 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thu. Apr. 19th          * Rector at a retreat (through Mon. Apr. 23rd) – Out of office
Sun. Apr. 22nd          * Rev. John Baldwin Supply Clergy
Tue. Apr. 24th          * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
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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, Elvira, and Bernice.

Thanksgiving: Marvin’s recovery

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: Christ & Grace Church, Petersburg; Holy Trinity Church, Onancock. Mrs. Carolyn Ferguson.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean; The Most Rev. James Richard Wong Yin Song-The Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles.

Flower dedication: To the Glory of God and in honor and memory of all those on the Easter Lily honorarium.

Anniversaries in April
Kevin & Pamela 19

Birthdays in April
John 06                      Bernice 30 

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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