Suspension of Church Activities – The suspension of activities has been extended until late-April or early-May at the earliest. Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings which are lived streamed on our YouTube page (St John’s Chuckatuck) and available on our Facebook page too. Other worship streaming links are listed below. We also offer Morning and Evening prayer most days during the week through YouTube. Also, if you are able, please continue to keep your pledge as current as possible – there are still expenses that need to be paid.

Prayer and Worship in Our Homes – ChurchNext (an online learning portal) is offering a free course entitled Prayer and Worship in Our Homes through their website This is a good course that will help everyone navigate their prayer and worship in this time of social distancing (and beyond). Please consider taking this course (along with me), it is enlightening for those who are looking for the next steps in their practice of faith.
March 29, 2020, 10:30 am Morning Prayer Rite II
Lessons for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Psalm 130
First Lesson:  Ezekiel 37:1-14
Canticle 9 – The First Song of Isaiah
Second Lesson:  Romans 8:6-11
Canticle 10 – The Second Song of Isaiah
Gospel:  John 11:1-45

Video of March 22 service:
Sermon from March 22:
Coronavirus COVID-19 precautions – As the coronavirus pandemic grows our life together continues to be impacted. Most other churches and group gathering locations are closed or significantly curtailed. As we practice social distancing please continue to monitor your health and your neighbor’s health and if you need assistance please contact the rector. Please keep abreast of the CDC recommendations for limiting or delaying the spread of the virus.

Lenten Study – Our study of the program entitled Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis, has been postponed until we are reopened for business. For more information or if you have questions please contact the Rector.

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 – Are suspended until further notice.

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:

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 is (or was) the term “Reformed” roughly equivalent to in the church? Answer. Reformed is roughly equivalent to evangelical and included a variety of “protest” movements including Lutheranism.
            This week’s question: What is the difference between Reformed, Calvinist, and Presbyterian? 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 – Suspended until further notice.

Thought for the weekSigns of Life – Shelter Day One: Sanctuary – We want our churches to be places of safety, places of welcome where people feel like they can be themselves. Places where they will be embraced just as they are, where they will be encouraged to become the person that they’re meant to be.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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Tues.                          * Boy Scouts meet
Sun. Apr. 5th             * Palm Sunday
Thu. Apr. 9th             * Maundy Thursday
Fri. Apr. 10th             * Good Friday
Sun. Apr. 12th          * Easter Sunday
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, John, Kevin, Vicky-Ann, and Casey.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Linda
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Chris & Laura Epperson; The Ridley Foundation.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Today, the fifth Sunday in Lent, is the focus of the Primates’ Task Group’s call for a period of prayer and repentance in the Anglican Communion.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Clyde 11
Pretlow 15                 Patricia 17
John 18                      Elizabeth 19
Hansa 20                   Cooper 28

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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