Oakland Christian UCC Pie Sale – Oakland Christian UCC is having their annual Easter Pie sale. They will have Chocolate Chess; Lemon Chess; Pecan; and Coconut Pie for sale, $10/pie. Pies can be picked up Thursday or Friday next week. For more information call the Oakland Christian UCC office at 255-5343.

Lenten Program – Our Lenten Study completed Wednesday, April 10, in “The Way of Love” Chapter 4. There is one more chapter to cover if there is interest in finishing the program. Thank you to all who participated in the study this year.

Palm Sunday – This Sunday, April 14th, weather permitting, all who are able will gather at the Parish House to process the Palms. We will read the Passion Gospel together, and we are looking for readers to help.

Holy Week Services – The Chuckatuck and Oakland Holy Week services will be held as follows: Maundy Thursday (Apr. 18) at Oakland Christian UCC, beginning at 7:00 pm; Good Friday (Apr. 19) at Wesley Chapel UMC, beginning at 7:00 pm; and Easter Sunrise service (Apr. 21) at St. John’s, beginning at 6:30 am.
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April 14, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for Palm Sunday

First Lesson:  Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Second Lesson:  Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel:  Luke 22:14-23:56

Lay Participants for April 14, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Susan
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Susan
Ushers:  David & Lynn

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from April 7:  https://chirb.it/KLfOgk
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City-wide Revival – There will be a City-wide Revival sponsored by the Suffolk Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (SIMA) on April 23-25. The services begin at 7:00 pm each evening and are being held at the New Mount Joy Food for Living Ministries, 307 County Street, Suffolk, VA.

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: www.soles4souls.org.

Upcoming Blood Drives – St. John’s will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on May 16 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm 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: What are the three levels of governance in the Episcopal Church? Answer: The three levels of governance are the parish, the diocese, and the General Convention.
            This week’s question: Who is responsible for the work of the church at the parish level? 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); Apr. 13 – James River Rug Hookers; Apr. 20 – preparation for Easter.

Thought for the week Cooperate: Never speak about yourself dismissively. That would be a sacrilege, and it will get in the way of God’s love for you, and through you, for others. You are one whom God cherishes, and you need to practice that, to co-operate with how God sees you and knows you.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, 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
Sat. Apr. 13th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                                   * Parish workday (Secondary)
Mon. Apr. 15th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Apr. 18th          * Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Oakland
                                   Christian UCC)
Fri. Apr. 19th             * Good Friday Service – 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Wesley Chapel UMC)
Sat. Apr. 20th           * Preparation for Easter Sunday – 9:00 am
                                   * Seven Last Words of Christ – 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Open Hands
                                   Christian Fellowship)
Sun. Apr. 21st           * Easter Sunrise service – 6:30 am (Pond Altar)
                                   * Festive Easter Mass – 10:30 am (Sanctuary)
Mon. Apr. 22nd        * Easter Monday – Office closed
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PASTORAL CARE
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, 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: Charles & Lynn
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East. The Most Rev. Suheil Dawani – The Archbishop Jerusalem & the Middle East & Archbishop in Jerusalem.

Birthdays in April
John 06                      BC 27
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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