Sunday Worship – We will conduct a hybrid worship this Sunday in the Parish Hall for worship “for now” and have taken steps to provide social distancing and safe worship. We have also set up to live-stream worship on our YouTube channel at:
            Please consider assisting with in-person worship by reading a lesson or the Prayers of the People. Lessons will be read from the podium and the Prayers of the People may be read from your seat in church.

Caution on Church Grounds – In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, a few trees and branches have fallen on the church grounds. Please be careful if you come to the church, especially in front of the Parish Hall because the chestnut tree has dropped a lot of nuts.

In-person Gathering Plan – We have started regathering for worship for those who feel safe to do so. Those who decide to attend worship will have to observe these requirements:
* Wear masks in worship             * Maintain social distance
* Communion in one kind           * Initially in the Parish Hall
* No singing but with music        * Simulcast for those at home
* Local account of attendance
            More details have been provided separately.
August 16, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15)

First Lesson:  Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Second Lesson:  Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Gospel:  Matthew 15:10-28

Lay Participants
To be determined

Video from August 9:
Sermon from August 9:
Treasurer Resignation – Susan has served as Treasurer for number of years. She has tendered her resignation effective 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.

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. Our channel URL is:

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year which will not become necessary until we reconvene for worship. As the day approaches, 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:

Thought for the weekFailure: Like the disciples, we have much to learn on the road to discipleship. Like them, we will often fail. We ought not to be discouraged by these failures; they are a necessary part of our conversion and transformation. Refuse to berate or disparage yourself. Confess your failings, learn from them and move on. The path of discipleship is long, but you can be sure that the risen Christ will bring you home at last.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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Mon. Aug. 17th        * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; Jay our assisting bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Catherine, John, Kevin, Vicky-Ann, Casey, Tim, Marvin, Jim, Ben, Cross, the Fellin family, the Hessler family, and the Thomas family.

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

Deceased: Opal Thomas, Kathy’s mother

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bruce
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Scottish Episcopal Church – The Most Rev. Mark Strange – the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness.

Birthdays in August
Anne 06                     Ben 26
Regina 29

Anniversaries in August
John & Ann 10

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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