Parish Annual Meeting and Potluck Thank you to all who participated in last week’s Annual Meeting and potluck. The food was great, the fellowship was great, and the presentations were informative.

Inclement Weather Policy – Safety is first and foremost at St. John’s. We will follow the Suffolk School District with respect to closures. If we have an event planned expect it to continue as scheduled BUT if you do NOT feel safe getting to the Church, please stay home. Your safety is more important to us than your presence is.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – It’s that time of year again. We will host our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 28. We hope to have a good turn out from the community and that we can get plenty of assistance from the Parish.
January 22, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 5-13
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Lay Participants for January 22, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and Lynn

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon for Jan 15:

Suffolk Night Stay Program – Oakland Christian United Church of Christ will be hosting the Suffolk Night Stay Program from January 18 through January 25. They have asked for assistance in executing this program sponsored by the Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk. For more information please contact the Rector.

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.

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 prayer of oblation? Answer: Oblation is an offering of ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God. (BCP p. 857)
This week’s question: What are intercession and petition? Look for the answer next week.

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.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading, Isaiah 9:1-4, “The Righteous Reign of the Coming King.” Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Micah 6:1-8, “God Challenges Israel.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 27:1, 5-13 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 609, Where cross the crowded ways of life (Gardiner/Germany) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

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. 20 – Parish Hall Rental; Jan. 24 – CAPS Board meeting; Jan. 31 – Card Crafters.

Thought for the week – Empowerment: The way will not always be easy, and we will often have questions, doubts, and reservations. But the same Jesus who calls us will empower us to follow Him day by day.

– Br. John Braught, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Wed. Jan. 18th         * Suffolk Night Stay Program – Oakland Christian United Church of Christ
Thu. Jan. 19th           * Rector Meeting Offsite – 2:30 pm (Norfolk)
Fri. Jan. 20th             * Parish Hall rental – 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 22nd          * Vespers at Lake Prince Woods – 4:00 pm (Rector Preaching)
Tue. Jan. 24th           * CAPS Board Meeting – 12:00 pm (Suffolk Christian Church)
Tue. Jan. 31st           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Feb. 1st           * Convocation IV Pre-council meeting – 7:00 pm (St. Paul’s Suffolk)
Thu. Feb. 10th          * Diocesan Annual Council through Feb. 11th – Williamsburg Lodge
Sat. Feb. 11th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Feb. 14th          * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Feb. 16th          * Cursillo Weekend (Rector out) through Feb. 20th – Camp Chanco
Sun. Feb. 19th          * Guest Clergy – The Rev. Julia Dorsey Loomis
Mon. Feb 20th          * Presidents’ Day holiday (office closed)
* G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Feb. 28th          * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
* Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wed. Mar. 1st          * Ash Wednesday
* Imposition of Ashes – 10:30 am (Lake Prince Woods)
* Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist – 12:00 pm (Sanctuary)
* Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist – 7:00 pm (Oakland Christian UCC)
Thu. Mar. 2nd           * 375th Anniversary of Chuckatuck Parish
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Shirley, Lon, Barbara, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Millard, Gary, Jimmye, Margaret, Claiborne, Richard, Rev. Greg Ryan, Mike and Gail, Jim, Karen and family, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Kay, and Al.

Deceased: Elinore – friend of Kathy

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Alan & Sarah
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Charles & Emily Zimbrick-Rogers – Ordination Process; Dr. Jo Anna Price; St. Luke’s Church, Kenbridge; St. Paul & St. Andrew’s Church, Kenbridge.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Mathayo Kasagara – The Bishop of Lake Rukwa, Tanzania.

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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