Back to School Clothing Drive – The Suffolk Public Library is sponsoring a Clothing Fair and School Resource fair. The clothing drive runs from July 17 – August 7 and clothes can be dropped off at Chuckatuck, North Suffolk, or Morgan Memorial Library. The library will need assistance sorting and cleaning clothes on August 8 & 9. The Resource fair will be at Booker T. Washington Elementary on August 10 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. See the flyer for more information or contact the library at 757-514-7162.

Clothing Ministry – The Clothing Ministry of Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St, Suffolk, will be having a Free Clothing distribution on Monday August 5th and Tuesday August 6th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. No proof of need is required. We just ask that you take only what you need. Donations of clean, gently used clothes are welcome. For any questions, please call Deb Munn at 757-377-0706.
July 28, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)

First Lesson:  Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Second Lesson:  Colossians 2:6-19
Gospel:  Luke 11:1-13

Lay Participants for July 28, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary & David

Refreshments:  Volunteer required

Sermon from July 21:
Diocesan Bishop Election – 1) The election is scheduled for Sep. 21 at Dinwiddie High School. 2) Candidates and their information are available on the Diocesan website 3) There will be a walkabout and Question & Answer session for our Convocation on Sep. 7 at Chanco.

Local Pastor milestone anniversary – The Rev Dr. Calvin A. Lillard will be celebrating his 25th anniversary of service to Diamond Grove in November. St. John’s parishioners have been invited to join the celebration. If you are interested, please contact Fr Les. There is a cost associated with this event and reservations must be made.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We are continuing our study of the Acts of the Apostles. Please contact the church office for a copy of the text.

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:

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 85 together.

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 do the following terms mean:  alb, cassock, surplice, cotta? Answer. Alb: Full-length white vestment used in the worship service; Cassock: Full-length black “undergarment” worn under surplice or cotta; Surplice: White vestment worn over the cassock; Cotta: Short white vestment worn over cassock by acolytes and choir members.
            This week’s question: What do the following terms mean: ambo, apse, baptistery, chancel, reredos? 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: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); July 30 – Card Crafters; Aug. 5 – Knitting Group; Aug. 10 – James River Rug Hookers; Aug. 14 – Summer Creek Estates meeting.

Thought for the weekFear: “Why are you afraid?” Jesus longs to be invited into your fear. If you’re afraid that you are going to lose your life, or lose some part of your life, you don’t need to be afraid. Why? Because we’re all going to lose the life that we now recognize. But Jesus assures us that in losing our lives we find them.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                 * Boy Scouts meet
Fri. Jul. 26th     * Bridger Family gathering – 5:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Jul. 30th    * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Aug. 5th    * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Aug. 10th   * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Aug. 14th * Summer Creek Estates meeting – 6:30 pm (Parish Hall)
Thu. Aug. 15th  * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Aug. 19th * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, Toni, Trisha, Joey, the family of Wendell, and the family of Virginia.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Regina
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Lauren McDonald; The Rev. Roy Hoffman.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Scottish Episcopal Church. The Most Rev. Mark Strange – The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Jane Ring-Crane by Claiborne.

Birthdays in July
Cross 08                    Elsie 12
Diane 24                    Ann 29

Birthdays in August
Anne 06                     Ben 26
Regina 29

Anniversaries in August
John & Ann Pinner 10

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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