Save the Date: Organ Dedication – We will dedicate the Dr. Arthur Abbitt Kirk memorial organ during our October Twilight at St. John’s with… event on October 30 beginning at 4:00 pm. We will have instrumental and choral music, readings, prayers, and a blessing during that time. Please invite your friends and community to come and hear the wonderful sound our “new” organ makes.

Vestry Election – Toni will rotate off the Vestry in January and we need another person to serve upon her departure.  If you are interested or want more information, contact the Wardens or the Rector.

A Season of Prayer: For an Election – This election season has been among the most contentious in recent memory. But whatever our politics, as Christians we always have something we can do. We can pray. For the 30 days leading up to the election, Forward Movement is inviting Episcopalians and all others to join us in a time of prayer. The season begins on October 9. For more information, see this webpage.

Clean-up before the Organ Dedication – There are a few places around the grounds that could use a little deeper attention than the standard cleaning provided by Roosevelt. If you can spare a little time and would like to help please contact a Vestry person or the Rector.

October 23, 2016, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24)
First Lesson:  Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel:  Luke 18:9-14

Lay Participants for October 23, 2016 – 10:30 am service

Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Nick
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Nick and Tina 

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon for October 16:
Pledge Ingathering – The Vestry began discussion on the 2017 budget at Vestry this past Tuesday. More details are forthcoming. We expect a slight increase in projected expenses for 2017. Please pray about your pledge.

Website Changes – Have you visited our website recently? You might want to stop by to see some of the changes.

Church Quiz – Over the coming weeks we will have a “Church Quiz” 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 the ministry of the laity? Answer: The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church. (BCP p. 855)
This week’s question: What is the ministry of a bishop? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading, Joel 2:23-32, “’God’s Response and Promise’ and ‘God’s Spirit Poured Out’.” Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, “’The Prophet’s Complaint’ and ‘God’s Reply to the Prophet’s Complaint’.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we will read the psalm in unison.

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 – Oct. 29: Fifth Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army; Oct 30: Organ Dedication and Twilight at St. John’s; Nov 20: Community Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s.

Thought for the week – Challenge: Not only does God see us as we truly are, not only does he love and accept us as we are – but he also challenges us to change and be transformed – to become that unique person whom God made us to be.

– Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Daily Mon.-Thu.      * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:30 am (Parish House)
Tue. Oct. 25th        * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 29th        * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – 10:00 am (Salvation Army)
* Trunk or Treat for Halloween – 6:30 – 8:00 pm (Oakland Christian United Church of Christ)
Sun. Oct. 30th        * Organ Dedication and Twilight at St. John’s with…
4:00 – 5:00 pm (Sanctuary and Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 1st          * Vestry Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm (Parlor)
Mon. Nov. 7th         * Suffolk Clergy United meeting – 11:15 am – 1:30 pm (Suffolk Christian Church)
Tue. Nov. 8th          * Election Day Vigil – Sanctuary
* G. F. W. C. Junto Woman’s Group “Girls Night Out – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Nov. 12th         * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Nov. 13th        * Lake Prince Woods Vespers Service (Rector preaching) – 4:00 pm (Lake Prince Woods)
Tue. Nov. 15th        * Clergy Conference through Wed. Nov. 16th – (Camp Chanco)
Sun. Nov. 20th        * Community Thanksgiving Service – 4:00-5:30 (St. John’s)

For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Shirley, Lon, Barbara, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Justin, Kevin, Millard, Gary, Elinore, Jimmye, Katie, Margaret, Claiborne, Diana, Richard, Toni, Greg, Beth, the Dennis Family, Mike and Gail, Jim, Karen and family, and Opal.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Linda
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Bride’s Church, Chesapeake; St. Thomas’ Church, Chesapeake.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church of Cuba. The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio – The Bishop of Cuba; The Rt. Rev. Ulises Prendes – The Suffragan Bishop of Cuba.

Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of my mother, Ellen B. Taylor and my Brother, Herbert S. Taylor, Jr. by Marvin & Alice.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09       Sharon 20
Marvin 20       Tina 27
Terry 30

Anniversaries in October
Fr. Les & Kathy 01                 Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04
Burr & Jen 08 

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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