Christmas Eve Worship – We will conduct a remote worship as part of our response to the uptick in COVID cases and provide safe worship. We have also set up to live-stream worship on our YouTube channel at:
            This will be the new worship plan for at least 2-3 weeks depending on the state of coronavirus spread. Each Sunday, the Rector and Minister of Music plus one volunteer will broadcast worship. Plans are being made to pre-consecrate elements for at-home Communion.

Vestry Election – David rotates off the Vestry at the end of December and we will need someone to replace him on the Vestry. Please pray about serving on the Vestry beginning in January 2021.

Communion for at-home worship – There will be consecrated elements for parishioners to have at home while participating in remote Communion services. Please contact the Rector to coordinate delivery of elements.
December 24, 2020, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Feast of the Nativity

First Lesson:  Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Second Lesson:  Titus 2:11-14
Gospel:  Luke 2:1-20

Lay Participants
To be determined

Video from December 20:
Sermon from December 20:
I Christmas worship – Bishop Susan Haynes and her staff will provide a worship service for the entire Diocese on the first Sunday of Christmas, December 27. The service will be Lessons and Carols with Communion. More information will be published in coming weeks.

2021 Pledge Cards – Please drop by the office to pick up your pledge card for 2021. It is an important part of the St. John’s budget process. Please submit your completed pledge card as soon as possible.

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:

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 weekGift: Sometimes the things we wait for do not arrive. We seek, we suffer, and we trust. And in God’s time, a gift does indeed arrive, but it is not at all what we had imagined or hoped for. In its place, there stands a thing we needed so deeply that we could not name it aloud, even in our solitude, even in the dark. We could not name it until it arrived, looked us in the face, and changed everything.

– Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
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Thu. Dec. 24th          * Christmas Eve Service – 5:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 27th          * 1 Christmas service – Diocesan Staff
Fri. Jan. 1st                * New Year’s Day – office closed
Mon. Jan. 4th            * Light Pole installation
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; Jay our assisting bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Catherine, John, Vicky-Ann, Casey, Tim, Marvin, the Frohman family, the Terry and family, David, David, Carolyn, Ann, Leone, Carroll, Bryan & Abby and their children, Cynthia, and Debbie.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Toni
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Carol Bowman; The Rev. Stewart & Bill Tabb
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement. His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome; His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch; The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches; Bishop Ivan M Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council; The Reverend Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02                           Fr. Les 08
Burr 18                                   Jim 19
Will 28                                    Susan 30

Anniversaries in December
George & Patricia 17           Don & Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20            John & Elizabeth 28
Steven and Susan 30

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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