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.

Poison Ivy – In our travels around the churchyard, we have located poison ivy in a number of places in the open. Don sprayed some of the poison ivy, but we found more this morning. It isn’t an issue and there is none in the front area of the property, but there is some at the tree line to the back yard.

Worship Experiment – In the coming months we will introduce portions of Enriching Our Worship 1 into our worship practice.
May 27, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for Trinity Sunday – the First Sunday after Pentecost

First Lesson:  Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Second Lesson:  Romans 8:12-17
Gospel: John 3:1-17

Lay Participants for May 27, 2018 – 10:30 am service

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

Refreshments:  To Be Determined

Sermon from May 20:
Pentecost Sunday and Potluck – Thank you to all who participated in our Pentecost worship last Sunday and for a fun and festive time of fellowship.

Oakland Christian UCC Pastor Search – On Sunday, April 22, Oakland Christian UCC elected their Settled Minister, the Rev. Mary Anne Biggs. She and her husband, John, are living in the Parsonage on King’s Hwy and are in the process of getting settled. Her first Sunday in the pulpit will be June 10. The Biggs plan on joining us for worship this Sunday.

Formation Classes – We will begin our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 9, Nahum 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 Isaiah: 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 Major Prophets division of the Old Testament; it has 66 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of James: 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 – Foundation: Your past, whatever it is, will provide the firm foundation for your life. Even if there’s rubble, the rubble will be reformed into an edifice far stronger and more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, 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)
Mon. May 28th        * Memorial Day holiday – Office Closed
Mon. Jun. 4th           * Suffolk Clergy United Meeting – 11:45 am – 12:45 pm (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Suffolk)
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)
Tue. Jun. 12th           * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Jun. 16th            * 3rd Annual Amazing Peanut Race
Sat. Jun. 16th         * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group Flea Market (Oakland Christian UCC)
Sat. Jun. 30th            * 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, 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: Jacob

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Smithfield; St. Barnabas’ Church, Richmond; Sam Webster – The Diocesan Chancellor; The Rev. Canon Ed & Lee Tracy; Tim Coyle – The Diocesan Vice-Chancellor.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Korea. Rt. Rev. Onesimus Dongsin Park – The Primate of the Anglican Church of Korea & Bishop of Busan.

Flower dedication: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Howard Shippy and Frank Wittenauer by Marcella & Don.

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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