Advent Soup Lunch & Study – Next Wednesday December 18, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, we will conclude our soup lunch and study program. We will cover the study entitled: Advent: A Savior for All People. Copies of the participants’ guide and readings are available from the Rector or the office. Please come and join us as we walk through the Lucan version of the nativity story.

Longest Night Service – There will be a Longest Night Service on December 22nd at St. John’s. This service is a time for questions and remembrance during the hectic Christmas season. More information to follow.

Vestry Elections – We will hold our Vestry Election to appoint a successor for Toni Davidson on December 15th.  If you would like to serve, please contact the Rector.
December 15, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Third Sunday of Advent

First Lesson:  Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:4-9
Second Lesson:  James 5:7-10
Gospel:  Matthew 11:2-11

Lay Participants for December 15, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Margaret
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from December 8:
Poinsettia Orders – There will be an order form in the order of worship this Sunday for Christmas Poinsettias. Each plant will cost $10. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Wesley Chapel Christmas Cantata – Will be held Wednesday, December 18 starting at 7:30 pm.

Community Christmas Carol Sing – Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St., will hold Caroling on the Lawn Sunday, December 22 beginning at 5:00 pm.

Pledge Cards – Thank you to all who have returned their pledge cards. Your Vestry is formulating our budget based on your pledges.

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.

Soles-for-Souls – There is a collection box to help this worthy cause in the parish hall.  Consider giving gently used or new shoes for those in need. 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 146:4-9 together.

Questions about Our Protestant Heritage – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Protestant heritage and faith 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: Where was the Anabaptist movement founded? Answer. The movement had three points of genesis; Switzerland, Southern Germany, and the Netherlands and Northern Germany.
            This week’s question: At what time did the Anabaptist movement arise? 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); Dec. 14 – James River Rug Hookers; Dec. 15 – Vestry Election; Dec. 16 – Vestry meeting; Dec 18 – Advent Program; Dec. 19 – Knitting Group.

Thought for the weekChild of God: God sees you not unlike we see a child in a Christmas play. No matter how well the child acts, whether or not the child remembers his or her lines, whether the child picks up the cues or drops the props, we’re full of delight, compassion, encouragement, and gratitude for how well the child does. We are all children of God. And God adores us.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                 * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Dec. 14th   * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 15th  * Vestry Election – following worship
Mon. Dec. 16th * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 18th * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
                              (Parish Hall)
                            * Wesley Chapel Christmas Cantata – 7:30 pm
Thu. Dec. 19th  * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 22nd * Greening of the Church – following worship
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin & Alice, 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, and Carolyn.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Marvin & Alice
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Dr. Charles Riddle, III
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in Sokoto (Nigeria) – The Rt. Rev. Augustin Omole; the Church in El Salvador (Central America) – The Rt. Rev. Juan David Alvarado Melgar.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02               Gary 08
Fr. Les 08                  Burr 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

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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