Bishop Search Listening Sessions – The Nominating/Search Committee invite all Laity and Clergy to come to one of our Convocation Listening Sessions. A summary from the responses to the questionnaire will be shared and we will be asking for your input. The sessions will help us to complete a vibrant and living profile of our Diocese. The date and time for Convocation IV is Nov 28 beginning at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Suffolk. See the flyer on the bulletin board for more information.

Pledge Cards – Please pick up your pledge card in the Narthex and help us save money on postage. We will have our in gathering of pledges on Dec. 9th.

Parish meeting and Vestry Election – We will hold our annual meeting for 2018 on Sunday December 16. At the meeting we will (1) elect two new vestry members to fill positions vacated by Anne Henderson and Leone Vigil on January 1, 2019, and (2) present the Parish budget for 2019.
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November 25, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for Last Sunday after Pentecost

First Lesson:  2 Samuel 23:1-7
Psalm 132:1-9
Second Lesson:  Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel:  John 18:33-37

Lay Participants for November 25, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Gary & Lynn

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from November 11: https://chirb.it/z2mLF6
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Advent Soup luncheon and Study – We will follow the “Journeying the Way of Love: Advent Curriculum” at our Wednesday lunch sessions. We will meet from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.We have a host for our 1st session. The sign-up sheet is posted in the Narthex.

Toy Drive – The City of Suffolk Sheriff’s Office will conduct a toy drive on Dec. 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at both Suffolk Wal-Marts.

Advent Calendars – To help lead our reflection this Advent, there are copies of an Advent calendar in the Narthex on the ushers’ table.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We will begin a study reflecting on the weekly lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 132:1-19 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 510, Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, (St. Agnes) from the Hymnal.

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 Proverbs: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Proverbs is found in the Books of Wisdom division of the Old Testament; it has 31 chapters.
            This week’s question: Concerning the book of Psalms: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Look for the answer next week.

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 – Tuesdays through June: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Nov.27 – Card Crafters; Nov. 28 – Bishop Search listening session (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church); Dec. 4 – Special Vestry meeting; Dec. 5 – Soup luncheon.

Thought for the week – Persist: Walk in the light and love of God and one another. If you find it difficult to love someone, then try to want to love them. Try to love them, and keep on trying to love them.

– Br. David Allen, 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/
Tues. until Jun.        * Boy Scouts meet
Tue. Nov. 27th          * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Nov. 28th        * Bishop Search Listening Session – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
                                    (St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, Suffolk)
Sun. Dec. 2nd            *First Sunday of Advent
Tue. Dec. 4th            *Special Vestry meeting (budget) – 6:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 5th           * Soup luncheon and study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sun. Dec. 9th            * Pledge in gathering – worship
Mon. Dec. 10th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 12th        * Soup luncheon and study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 16th          * Vestry election Parish meeting following worship
Wed. Dec. 19th        * Soup luncheon and study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 23rd          *Greening of the Church
Mon. Dec. 24th        * Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist – 5:00 pm
Tue. Dec. 25th          *Office closed
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PASTORALCARE
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, Margaret,Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee,Virginia, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, Alice, David, Bob, Carroll, Don,Lawrence, Fin, Katherine, Kim and family, Beth and Adele Brian and family, and Trish and family.

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

Deceased: Clemmie Hall Kirk; Sister-in-Law of Lynn.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Steven & Suze
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Dr.Peter & Toni Hogg, Jr.; The Rev. Gregory Hodgson & Sherrill McKay; The Rev. Michael & Sally Murphy.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Lusitanian Church. The Rt. Rev. Jorge Pina Cabral – The Bishop of the Lusitanian Church, Portugal.

Flower dedication: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of my mother, Emma Paul by Claiborne.

Birthdays in November
Steven 16      Betty 22
Kathy 28        Dotty 29

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02   Gary 08
Fr. Les 08      John 14
Burr 18           Nansi 18
Jim 19            Will 28
Susan 30

Anniversaries in December
George & Tricia 17              Don& Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20            John& Beth 28
Steven & Susan 30             Nick & Tina 31

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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