Suffolk Night Stay Program – Thank you to all who assisted in this year’s successful Night Stay Program at Oakland Christian United Church of Christ. The guests were thankful for the service provided by our community’s churches.

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.

Save the Date – We will have a special Eucharist celebration in honor of our 375th Anniversary. The Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright will be the celebrant and preacher at our Pentecost Sunday service on June 4, 2017. There will be a potluck following the service.
There is also planning ongoing for a Community Anniversary Celebration before Pentecost. Details are being finalized and will be presented shortly.

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 29, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

Lay Participants for January 29, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Nick
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Nick and Tina

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon for Jan 22:
Volunteer Opportunities – The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) is recruiting volunteer assistance doing office work. Volunteers will assist the staff by answering phones, helping clients fill out applications, helping clients with children, and answering general questions. Please see the note on the bulletin board or speak with Trisha if you have questions.

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 are intercession and petition? Answer: Intercession brings before God the needs of others; in petition, we present our own needs, that God’s will may be done. (BCP p. 857)
This week’s question: What is corporate worship? Look for the answer next week.

A Season of Prayer: For Guidance – Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, you your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP p. 832)

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading, Micah 6:1-8, “God Challenges Israel.” Next week’s class will discuss our Old Testament reading Isaiah 58:1-12, “False and True Worship.” 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 15 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 658, As longs the deer (Martyrdom) 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. 31 – Card Crafters; Feb. 1 – Pre-council meeting; Feb 20 – Presidents’ Day Holiday & Junto Women’s Group.

Thought for the week – Contentment: “Abide with me,” we hear Jesus saying.” “Stay with me,” he says. The incompleteness of life, as we experience it now, is enough. What we need is here. The treasure for which we search is likely buried under our own porch.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
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)
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.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Phillip, Natasha, & Hansa
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Lynette Thomas; St. Andrew’s Church, Lawrenceville; St. Paul’s Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Michael Ipgrave – The Bishop of Lichfield, Canterbury, England; The Rt. Rev. Mark James Rylands – The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Canterbury, England; The Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Peter Annas – The Suffragan Bishop of Stafford, Canterbury, England; The Rt. Rev. Clive Gregory – The Bishop of Wolverhampton, Canterbury, England.

Birthdays in January
Lynn 15                      Anne 20
Linda 21

Birthdays in February
Natasha 02                James 02
Roosevelt 12             Jimmye 20
Alice 22

Anniversaries in February
Gary & Toni 14 

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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