Annual Meeting and Potluck – The meeting will take place following the worship service this Sunday January 5th. Following the meeting, we will enjoy each other’s fellowship in the Parish Hall with a potluck.

Christmas Lessons and Carols – Thank you to all who helped us continue our Christmas celebration at the service of Christmas Lessons and Carols last Sunday. We had a joyful celebration of the Incarnation, kicking off our Christmas season celebration.
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January 5, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Second Sunday of Christmas

First Lesson:  Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 84
Second Lesson:  Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a
Gospel:  Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

Lay Participants for January 5, 2020 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Gary & David

Refreshments:  Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sermon from December 22:  https://chirb.it/eInGa5
Sermon from December 24:  https://chirb.it/4b4HFs
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Career Fair at Lake Prince Woods – On January 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm there will be a Career Fair for the following positions at Lake Prince: LPN, RMA, CNA, Environmental Services, Driver, and LPN/RN Unit Coordinator. Full time, part time, and PRN positions available.

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.

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: www.soles4souls.org.

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 84 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: The Anabaptists are often referred to as “radical.” What does that term mean in the context of the Anabaptists? Answer. Radical comes from the root word radix meaning root. The Anabaptists were focused on returning to the roots of the Christian faith.
            This week’s question: What are the four main modern sects of the Anabaptist tradition? 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); Jan. 5 – Annual Meeting and Parish Potluck; Jan. 9 – Knitting Group; Jan. 11 – James River Rug Hookers; Jan. 20 – MLK Memorial Holiday and Worship; Jan. 21 – Vestry Meeting.

Thought for the weekSimplicity: Why not begin (again) today? Rid yourself of whatever is getting in the way. Identify what is essential and let go of what is “too much.” Resolve to seek God and God’s Kingdom above all else, and examine every commitment, every relationship, every possession, every task, in the light of this one focus.

– Br. David Vryhof, 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.                * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Jan. 4th     * Baby Shower – 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Jan. 5th    * Annual Meeting and Potluck – following worship
Mon. Jan. 6th   * The Feast of the Epiphany
Thu. Jan. 9th    * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Jan. 11th    * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Jan. 20th * Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – Office closed
                          * City-wide MLK Worship service – 10:00 am
Tue. Jan 21st   * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
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PASTORAL CARE
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, 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: Leone
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Doris Field.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The Most Rev. Philip Richardson – Bishop of Taranaki and Primate; The Most Rev. Don Tamihere – Pihopa o Aotearora and Primate; The Most Rev. Fereimi Cama – Bishop of Polynesia and Primate.

Birthdays in January
Joshua 08                 Lynn 15
Anne 20                     Linda 21

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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