Bishop Diocesan Search – The Diocesan Standing Committee is taking applications for the Search and Transition Committees as we call a new Bishop to lead our Diocese. Please see the link below for the application. Working on these committees will involve email, so it’s very important for you to submit your application electronically to Please prayerfully consider your application, and together we will seek God’s will for our next Bishop of Southern Virginia.
The Search and Nomination Committee interviews and selects candidates to present to Standing Committee for nomination as the next Bishop of Southern Virginia. The Transition Committee’s key responsibilities include walkabouts, assist in the election process, ordination & consecration in conjunction with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, and pastoral care of those in the process.

Pentecost Sunday and Potluck – Weather permitting, we will worship at the Pond Altar this Sunday, May 20, in celebration of Pentecost. Following worship we will have a potluck luncheon (outside – weather permitting). Please (1) bring a friend to worship; (2) wear red; and (3) enjoy fellowship.

May 20, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Day of Pentecost

First Lesson:  Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Second Lesson:  Romans 8:22-27
Gospel: John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Lay Participants for May 20, 2018 – 10:30 am service

Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Leone
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  David & Lynn

Refreshments:  Potluck luncheon

Sermon from May 13:
Oakland Christian UCC Pastor Search – On Sunday, April 22, Oakland Christian UCC elected their Settled Minister, the Rev. Mary Anne Biggs. Her first Sunday in the pulpit will be June 10. When the time comes, please extend a warm welcome to Pastor Biggs.

Formation Classes – We will begin our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 8, Zephaniah this week. 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 Hosea: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Hosea is found in the Lesser Prophets division of the Old Testament; it has 14 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Isaiah: 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. May 28 – Memorial Day (office closed); June 9 – James River Rug Hookers; June 10 – Boy Scouts banquet 3:00-4:30 pm; June 16 – 3rd Annual Peanut Chase.

Thought for the week – Abundance: To find meaning in life we simply need to know our own inherent goodness as women and men made in the image and likeness of God, who desires for us life in all its abundance.

– Br. James Koester, 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)
Sun. May 20th          * Pentecost and Parish Potluck Luncheon
Mon. May 28th        * Memorial Day holiday – Office Closed
Sat. Jun. 9th              * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Jun. 10th           * Boy Scout end of year banquet – 3:00 – 4:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Jun. 16th            * 3rd Annual Amazing Peanut Race

For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, Bernice, the family of Elvira, and Virginia.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Randy & Landy
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Good Shepherd Church, Richmond; St. George’s Church, Pungoteague.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill – The Bishop of Colorado.

Flower dedication: To the Glory of God.

Anniversaries in May
Alan & Sarah 25

Birthdays in May
Claudia 10                 Margaret 10
Bert 24 

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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