Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual pancake supper a huge success. A special thank you to Jim for heading up the cooking and Virginia and Trisha for overseeing the service of our guests. Lots of fun and food were enjoyed last on Tuesday.

Suffolk Night Stay Program – Oakland Christian UCC is scheduled to host Night Stay from March 13-20, a sign-up sheet is posted in the Narthex, please assist as you are able.
March 10, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday in Lent

First Lesson:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Second Lesson:  Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel:  Luke 4:1-13

Lay Participants for March 10, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  David & Lynn

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from March 3:
Sermon from March 6:
Lenten Program – Please keep in mind that there are five Wednesdays of Soup and Study. The sign-up sheet to host one of the five days is posted in the Narthex. Please let Fr Les know of your intentions to attend and to host.

Diocesan Bishop Search Prayer – Almighty and most gracious God, source of all wisdom and guidance, send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek and discern a shepherd for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Inspire us with hope, hearts to love you and a desire to serve one another. Grant us grace to entrust you with the future of your Church and all things. We ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Soles-for-Souls – Edward Jones is sponsoring a shoe collection drive.  The program sends gently used shoes to people in need overseas. Please bring your used shoes to church to help this worthy cause. For more information see their website:

Upcoming Blood Drives – St. John’s will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on May 16 and Edward Jones will follow with a blood drive in July. Please plan to donate or to help solicit volunteers for both drives.

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.

Questions about the Episcopal Church and its Leadership – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Church and Leadership 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 Who is the head of the Episcopal Church? Answer: The General Convention, comprised of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, is the governing and legislative body of the Episcopal Church. The Presiding Bishop is the Chief Pastor and Primate of the Church. Michael Bruce Curry is the 27th and current Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Elected in 2015, he is the first African American to serve in that capacity. He was previously bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina.
           This week’s question: What is a primate? Look for the answer next week.

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year. Please help beautify the altar during your choice of two-weeks this coming year.

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); Mar. 9 – James River Rug Hookers; Mar. 13 – Lenten Series; Mar. 18 – G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting; Vestry Meeting; Mar. 20 – Lenten Series; Mar. 21 – Knitting group.

Thought for the week Ash: By taking the sign of ashes on our forehead, we also choose to take on an external identification with the poor of this world. We belong to them, and they to us.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues. until Jun.   * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Mar. 9th     * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Mar. 13th  * Lenten Series
Mon. Mar. 18th  * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                              (Parish House)
                            * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Mar. 20th  * Lenten Series
Mon. Mar. 25th   * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Mar. 27th * Lenten Series
Sat. Mar. 30th   * 5th Saturday luncheon – Salvation Army
Wed. Apr. 3rd  * Lenten Series – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Apr. 6th     * Parish workday (Primary)
Wed. Apr. 10th * Lenten Series – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Apr. 13th   * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                           * Parish workday (Secondary)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Virginia, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, Alice, David, Bob, Carroll, Lawrence, Fin, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, Leroy, Toni, Trisha, Carolyn, Joey, and Fr Tuck.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: George & Trisha
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Susan Grimm
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Province of the Anglican Church of Congo. The Most Rev. Zacharie Masimango Katanda – The Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Clyde 11
Pretlow 15                 Patricia 17
John 18                      Elizabeth 19
Hansa 20                   John 27
Cooper 28

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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