Sunday Worship – The Rector will lead worship on YouTube Live this Sunday at 10:30 am. This link https://youtu.be/YUGYPUq4SF4 will direct you to the service. Please join us on Sunday.

In-person Gathering Discussion – Earlier this week, the Governor published the guidelines for religious services in preparation for Phase I reopening of the State. There will be greater detail about how we will do church in the coming weeks. If you desire to offer input, please contact the Rector.

Treasurer Resignation – Susan Kirkpatrick has served as Treasurer for number of years. She has tendered her resignation as of January 2021 (although she will assist with the audit). To prepare for the transition, she will train an assistant for the remainder of 2020 in the procedures for the position. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Rector.
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May 17, 2020, 10:30 am Morning Prayer Rite II
Lessons for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Psalm 66:7-18
First Lesson:  Acts 17:22-31
Canticle 11 – The Third Song of Isaiah
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 3:13-22
Canticle 13 – A Song of Praise
Gospel:  John 14:15-21

Video of May 10 service: https://youtu.be/2sW_R8fTpZA
Sermon from May 10: https://chirb.it/K4AfOc
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Red Cross Blood Drive – St. John’s will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on May 21, 2020 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. There have been 26 people to sign up for the drive, only 3 slots remaining. Our drive will be important for the Red Cross because a lot of their drive sites are closed due to the Coronavirus. The Red Cross has instituted plans and procedures to keep everyone safe during donation and collection. Please spread the word and if you would like to schedule your donation please follow this link https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=StJohnSuffolk

Regathering for in-person Worship – As we prepare to regather for in-person worship there will likely be some changes to our practices. The Bishop is working with a group to address a variety of things which will include music and singing, the practice of the Communion, recommendations about gathering the offering and others. Something to consider from a United Universalist group can be found at this link: Church in Uncertain Times.

St. John’s YouTube Channel – As part of our practice during the COVID-19 Social Distancing time we created a YouTube Channel. For the moment, we share worship videos (both live stream and pre-recorded), but in the future we will connect classes and other offerings on the Channel. If we can get at least 100 subscribers on the channel we will get a unique URL to make our site easier to find. Please subscribe and have your friends subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2QWNHHKVPYpp8mKcveYd5A

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 http://churchnext.tv. 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.

Suspension of Church Activities – The suspension of activities has been extended until May at the earliest. Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings which are lived streamed on our YouTube channel (St John’s Chuckatuck) and available on our Facebook page too. 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.

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: www.soles4souls.org.

Upcoming Parish Events – Suspended until further notice.

Thought for the weekServe: The gift of love is often the most valuable gift in any act of service. Each time we feel more empowered, more dignified, or more understood in our encounter with another person, part of our humanity is restored. To offer loving service is to participate in the divinization of humankind, the manifestation in our lived experience of the deep, underlying reality that, in Christ, “all things hold together.”

– Br. Keith Nelson, 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/
Mon. May 18th        * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. May 21st          * Red Cross Blood Drive – 2:00 – 7:00 pm (Parish House)
Sun. May 24th          * Spiritual Communion during worship
Sun. May 31st          * Pentecost – to be determined
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PASTORAL CARE
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, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, John, Kevin, Vicky-Ann, Casey, Tim, and Don.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Alva
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Korea. The Most Rev. Moses Nagjun Yoo – Primate of Korea and Bishop of Daejeon.

Birthdays in May
Claudia 10                 Margaret 10
Bert 24

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton
rogerpeyton1945@gmail.com

YouTube Channel: St. John’s Chuckatuck
Website:
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