Spring Work Day – Thank you to all who assisted with the spring cleanup day on April 8. We had a good turnout and accomplished a lot of needed work.

Holy Week Community Services – Maundy Thursday service will be held at Oakland Christian UCC starting at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening; Pastor Brandon Nichols will be preaching and there will be a foot washing to close the service. Good Friday service will be held at Wesley Chapel UMC starting at 7:00 pm on Friday; the Rector will be preaching. Easter Sunrise Service will be held at St. John’s starting at 6:30 am; Rev. Wayne Gardner will be preaching. Please attend one or all the services as part of your Holy Week and Easter Day journey.

Oakland Christian UCC Pastor Update – Oakland Christian UCC’s pastor, Rev. Greg Ryan, resigned from Oakland to focus on beating his leukemia and the clinical trial he is participating in. Please keep Oakland Christian UCC in your prayers during this unexpected transition.

April 16, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Feast of the Resurrection
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Lesson:  Acts 10:34-43
Gospel:  Matthew 28:1-10

Lay Participants for April 16, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella

Refreshments:  Easter Reception

Sermon for Apr. 9: http://chirb.it/tCCxsn
Rise Against Hunger – Oakland Christian UCC will be once again participating in the Rise Against Hunger campaign. The will a meal packing event on May 6 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. If you are interested in helping follow this link http://events.stophungernow.org/OCUCC2017 to sign up or get a signup sheet copies available in our office. For more information contact Robert Fly.

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 reception following the service.

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 the Holy Eucharist? Answer: Because the Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself. (BCP 859)
This week’s question: By what other names is this Holy Eucharist service known? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – There will be no Sunday School class this week. The following week we will discuss our first reading, Acts 2:14a, 22-32, “Peter Addresses the Crowd.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This read the psalm during Lent.

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 – Apr. 13 – Maundy Thursday Service; Apr. 14 – Good Friday Service; Apr. 16 Easter Sunrise Service; Pond Altar; Easter Service; Sanctuary; 10:30 am; Apr. 17 – Junto Women’s Group meeting; Apr. 18 – Vestry meeting

Thought for the week – By his wounds we will live: Jesus knew that the only way to explode the myth of death and sacrifice was to undermine it by entering into it. To prove to us that we will live even when we seem to die. To defeat the myth from within by showing us that ultimately God has nothing to do with death or with our sacrifices.

– Br. Robert L’Esperance, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:  http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Thu. Apr. 13th          * Community Maundy Thursday Service at Oakland Christian UCC – 7:00 pm
Fri. Apr. 14th             * Community Good Friday Service at Wesley Chapel UMC – 7:00 pm
Sat. Apr. 15th           * Preparation of Sanctuary for Easter
Sun. Apr. 16th          * Community Easter Sunrise Service – 6:30 am (Pond altar)
* Festive Easter Eucharist – 10:30 am
Mon. Apr. 17th        * Easter Monday – Office closed
* G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Tue. Apr. 18th          * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Apr. 29th           * 5th Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army

For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Gary, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Karen and family, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Kay, Al, Barbara, Rev. Greg Ryan, David, Carroll, Michael, Diane, and Tanya.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Alan & Sarah
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Macon Walton
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: For Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.

The Lilies on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in honor and memory of our loved ones.

Anniversary in April
Kevin & Pamela 19

Birthdays in April
John 06                      Bernice 30 

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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