bWe 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.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services – Thank you to all who attended the festive worship services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was a joyous time. For those who were absent, your presence was missed. May you all have a blessed New Year.

January 1, 2017, 10:30 am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Lessons for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
First Lesson:  Genesis 2:4-9b, 15-25
Second Lesson:  Genesis 3:1-15
Third Lesson:  Isaiah 40:1-11
Fourth Lesson:  Isaiah 7:10-15
Fifth Lesson:  Luke 1:39-46
Sixth Lesson:  Luke 2:1-20
Seventh Lesson:  Luke 2:21-36
Eighth Lesson:  Hebrews 1:1-12
Ninth Lesson:  John 1:1-18

Lay Participants for January 1, 2017 – 10:30 am service

Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Ben and others
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  To be determined

Sermon for Dec. 24:
Flowers – There is a new flower sign-up sheet for 2017 with instructions is posted in the Narthex. This covers the entire year. Please sign-up for your special two weeks. If you have more questions, please contact Lynn.

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 – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading, Numbers 6:22-27, “The Priestly Benediction.” Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 24:1-9, “The Servant, a Light to the Nations.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – Due to Lessons and Carols there will be psalm recitation. We will have a Psalm next Sunday.

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 – Jan. 1 – Lessons and Carols; Jan. 8 – Annual Meeting and Potluck.

Thought for the week – Home: In the craziness of our lives, remember one thing: that God really does love you, and wants to make a home in your heart just as he made a home in that stable so many years ago.

– Br. James Koester, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Sat. Dec. 31st           * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – 10:00 am (Salvation Army)
Sun. Jan. 1st              * A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – 10:30 am
Mon. Jan. 2nd           * Suffolk Clergy United Meeting – 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 7th               * Parish Hall rental – 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 8th             * Annual Meeting – Following Worship
Tue. Jan. 10th           * Convocation IV Clericus – 12:00 – 2:00 pm (St. Paul’s Suffolk)
* Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Jan. 14th            * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Jan. 16th         * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Sun. Jan. 22nd          * Vespers at Lake Prince Woods – 4:00 pm (Rector Preaching)


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: Ben & Diane
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Emmanuel, Halifax; Emmanuel, Hampton; St. Cyprian’s, Hampton; Mrs. L. Lilo Croft.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Bathuel Tiwade – The Bishop of Kolhapur, North India.

Birthdays in January
Lynn 15                      Anne 20
Linda 21 

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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