Parish Annual Meeting – We will hold our Parish Annual Meeting on Sunday January 8th. We will present the Budget for 2017 and have a conversation about the “state of the Parish”. Please come and participate to learn about the path for the Church in the coming year.

Thank you from the Minister of Music – Thank you so much for the festive Christmas gift basket filled with delicious treats, lots of wine, gift cards, cash gifts, and even a LectroFan White Noise Machine! As always, your thoughtfulness has brought me much joy. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sincerely, Roger

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services – We will have our Christmas Eve service beginning at 5:00 pm. Oakland Christian United Church of Christ will hold their Christmas Eve service beginning at 10:00 pm. We will have worship on Sunday, Christmas Day at 10:30 am for all who choose to attend.

Chester the Goat(s) – Thank you to all who donated to the herd of Chester. All total, enough money was donated to sponsor 9 goats; quite the herd going to a good cause. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Les+
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December 24, 2016, 5:00 pm Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Nativity of Our Lord I
First Lesson:  Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Second Lesson:  Titus 2:11-14
Gospel:  Luke 2:1-20

Lay Participants for December 24, 2016 – 5:00 pm service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and David

Refreshments:  None

December 25, 2016, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Nativity of Our Lord II
First Lesson:  Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Second Lesson:  Titus 3:4-7
Gospel:  Luke 2:1-20

Lay Participants for December 25, 2016 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  To be determined
Lector:  To be determined
Prayers:  To be determined
Ushers:  To be determined

Refreshments:  To be determined

Sermon for Dec. 18: http://chirb.it/shFqsp
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Advent Lunch and Study – Thank you to all who participated in our Advent program this year. We had a great discussion about Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men.

Changes in the New Year – Please welcome Virginia as our newest Vestry member and Susan as our Treasurer starting in January. Many thanks to the Davidsons for their service on the Vestry and as Treasurer.

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 are the principal kinds of prayer? Answer: The principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. (BCP p. 856)
This week’s question: What is adoration? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – We will take a break this week from class. We will have a class on the following Sunday, January 1, 2017. All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – We will sing Psalm 96 together on Christmas Eve. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 76, On Jordan’s bank (Winchester New) from the Hymnal. We will sing Psalm 97 together on Christmas Day. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 76, On Jordan’s bank (Winchester New) from the Hymnal.

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. 24 – Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 pm; Dec. 25 – Christmas Day Service, 10:30 am; Jan. 1 – Lessons and Carols; Jan. 8 – Annual Meeting and Potluck.

Thought for the week – Embrace: We are a manifestation of Christ in the world. Our mission is not to bring Christ to people, but to help people come to know and embrace Christ already present.

– Br. Mark Brown, 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/
Daily Mon.-Thu.     * Daily Morning Prayer – 9:30 am (Parish House)
Sat. Dec. 24th           * Festive Christmas Eve Eucharist – 5:00 pm
Sun. Dec. 25th          * Worship – 10:30 am
Sat. Dec. 31st           * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – 10:00 am (Salvation Army)
Sun. Jan. 1st              * A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 10:30 am
Sun. Jan. 8th             * Annual Meeting – Following Worship
Tue. Jan. 10th           * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
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PASTORAL CARE
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: Steven & Susan
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Halifax; St. John’s, Halifax; Mrs. Sue Bercaw.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis – The Bishop of Kitale, Kenya.

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.
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

Website: http://StJohnsEpiscopal-Suffolk.org

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