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. See http://www.ReclaimingJesus.org for more information.

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 23, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

First Lesson:  Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
Second Lesson:  2 Peter 1:16-21
Gospel:  Matthew 17:1-9

Lay Participants for February 23, 2020 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Gary & Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from February 16:  https://chirb.it/neDvgn
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 2 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: When did the Brethren form from the Mennonites and begin their move to the United States? Answer. The Brethren began in 1708 with the baptism of Alexander Mack and concurrently moved to the United States.
            This week’s question: What are the modern sects of the Brethren in 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. 20 – Knitting Group; Feb. 25 – Shrove Tuesday; Feb. 26 – Ash Wednesday; Feb. 28 – Annual Council begins; Feb. 29 – Salvation Army luncheon.

Thought for the weekRevelation: God creates with love and tenderness and in God’s image. The imprint of God’s very hand – the divine potter – is on everything he created. This intimacy between creator and created is very important, because the created world – the trees and flowers and birds, the sunshine – even the snow! – have the power to reveal God to us.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram, 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
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
Wed. Mar. 4th     * Lenten Study and luncheon – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Mar. 5th      * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Mar. 11th   * Lenten Study and luncheon – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Mar. 12th    * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                              * Wedding set-up
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, and John.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Shannon & Dotty
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Elizabeth & Gary Felicetti
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of the Central Region of America. The Rt. Rev. Julio Murray Thompson – Primate of IARCA & Bishop of Panama.

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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