Upcoming Study – We will begin a program entitled Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis. The study is an ecumenical program generated out of a retreat on Ash Wednesday 2018 attended by faith leaders in the United States. For more information or if you have questions please contact the Rector.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – On Tuesday, Feb 25th, we will host a community pancake supper beginning at 5:00 pm. Meals are $5 per person or $15 per family of 3 or more. Invite your friends to join us.

Ash Wednesday – There will be at least two offerings for Ash Wednesday. Lake Prince Woods will host Ash Wednesday service at 10:30 am and we will have our Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist at 12:00 pm.
February 16, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing
Lessons for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

First Lesson:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Gospel:  Matthew 5:21-37

Lay Participants for February 16, 2020 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Margaret
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  David & Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from February 9:  https://chirb.it/JbGJ0P
Grief Support Group – Sentara Hospice Services will be providing a free six-week grief support group at Glebe Episcopal Church, 4400 Nansemond Parkway, on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 pm from February 27 through April 2. For more information see the flyer on the bulletin board.

Safe Church Training – The Diocesan Office will be presenting Safe Church training at St. John’s June 13 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. This will be a good time for those required to complete training to attend. See the Rector for more information.

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

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. Please remember, flowers cost $100 for 2 weeks.

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 119:1-8 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: What are the modern sects of the Mennonite Church in the United States? Answer. The Mennonite Church, U.S.A. and the Mennonite Brethren.
            This week’s question: When did the Brethren form from the Mennonites and begin their move to the United States? 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); Feb. 17 – President’s Day holiday; G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group; Feb. 18 – Vestry Meeting; Feb. 20 – Knitting Group; Feb. 25 – Shrove Tuesday.

Thought for the weekLove: Why would we chose to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us? Because that is the way of God. God never stops loving, never stops caring, never stops blessing. Yes, it’s outrageous. It’s impractical. It’s unrealistic. It’s beyond us. Which is why we need GOD and why we need one another. Only God’s love abiding in us can love in this way.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Tues.                       * Boy Scouts meet
Mon. Feb. 17th      * President’s Day Holiday – Office closed
                                * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                                  (Parish House)
Tue. Feb. 18th       * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Feb. 20th       * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Feb 25th        * Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb 26th      * Ash Wednesday service – 10:30 am (Lake Prince Woods)
                               * Ash Wednesday service – 12:00 pm (St. John’s)
Fri. Feb. 28th        * Diocese of Southern Virginia Annual Council – The Lodge
                                    Williamsburg VA (through Feb. 29th)
Sat. Feb. 29th       * 5th Saturday Luncheon at Salvation Army
Sun. Mar. 1st       * Lake Prince Woods Vespers – 4:00 pm
Sat. Mar. 14th     * Wedding ceremony and reception
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; Jay our assisting bishop; and for Les, our priest.

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

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Claudia
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity Woods in Emporia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of Central Africa. The Most Rev. Albert Chama – Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.

Flower Dedication: The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Robert by Bette & family.

Birthdays in February
Natasha 02                Roosevelt 12
Alice 22

Anniversaries in February
Gary & Toni 14

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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