Vestry Election – We will hold our Vestry election for the 2017-2019 position on Sunday December 18, 2016. Please plan on attending to elect our new Vestry member immediately following worship. Your vote counts!
2017 Pledge Drive – We hope to collect pledge cards this coming Sunday December 4 so the Vestry can finalize discussions about the 2017 budget.
Christmas Flowers – It is time to prepare for Christmas. Today’s bulletin contains a poinsettia order form. Please return your order form by Dec 11th. Additional forms are in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn.
Advent Lunch and Study – Please come and join us in the parish hall for fellowship, eating, and learning. There is as signup sheet in the Narthex for those wishing to prepare and host a lunch.
December 4, 2016, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Second Lesson: Romans 15:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
Lay Participants for December 4, 2016 – 10:30 am service
Ushers: Anne and Bert
Refreshments: Volunteer needed
Sermon for Nov. 27: http://chirb.it/yLCDxN
Greening of the Church – Lynn will be away for the Greening of the Church on December 18. She is looking for someone who will spearhead the endeavor. There are a few people who will take care of specific details but we need someone to oversee the project. Please see Lynn’s e-mail or contact her directly.
Changes in the New Year – We will bid farewell to Toni from the Vestry and Gary will complete his tenure as Treasurer. Stepping up to the plate, Suze has agreed to become the Treasurer and, pending the Vestry election, Virginia is standing to replace Toni on the Vestry. In other changes, Leone will be transferring head of the Outreach Committee to Trisha. Thanks to all for their service and for all who have come forward to serve.
A Season of Prayer: Following our Election – Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States and of this community in the orderly transition of newly elected and reelected officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; and help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 Christian Prayer? Answer: Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (BCP p. 856)
This week’s question: What prayer did Christ teach us? Look for the answer next week.
Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading, Isaiah 11:1-10, “The Peaceful Kingdom.” Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 35:1-10, “The Return of the Redeemed to Zion.” 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 – Dec. 4 – Lake Prince Woods Vespers; Dec. 18 – Vestry Election; Greening of the Church.
Thought for the week – Glory: Love your life, and when it’s slipping away from you, know that what you’ve loved the most has simply whetted your appetite for what is to come. Bask in God’s iridescent glory now; look to the glory to come. Glory, or to be glorified, is to teem with God’s light and life and life… and it will last forever.
– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Daily Mon.-Thu. * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:30 am (Parish House)
Sun. Dec. 4th * Lake Prince Woods Vespers Service (Rector preaching) – 4:00 pm (Lake Prince Woods)
Wed. Dec. 7th * Advent Soup Lunch and Study – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mon. Dec. 12th * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 14th * Advent Soup Lunch and Study – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sun. Dec. 18th * Vestry Election – following worship
* Greening of the Church – following Worship
Wed. Dec. 21st * Advent Soup Lunch and Study – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 31st * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – 10:00 am (Salvation Army)
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, Richard, Toni, Rev. Greg Ryan, Beth, the Dennis Family, Mike and Gail, Jim, Karen and family, Opal, Aleck, and Carolyn.
Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Bryan, Sheldon & Elizabeth, Leon, Alan, and Thomas.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Roosevelt & Catherine
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Eastville; Johns Memorial Church, Farmville; St. James’ Church, Emporia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Ravikumar J. Niranjan – The Bishop of Karnataka North, India.
Birthdays in December
Marcella 02 Gary 08
Les 08 John 14
Burr 18 Nansi 18
Kevin 19 Jim 19
Will 28 Susan 30
Anniversaries in December
George & Tricia 17 Marcella & Don 17
Shannon & Dotty 20 John & Elizabeth 28
Steven & Susan 30 Nick & Tina 31
If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Minister of Music: Roger Peyton
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