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.

News from the Vestry – This past Tuesday the Vestry held its April meeting. Among the actions taken the Vestry (1) approved the request from the Chuckatuck Boy Scout Troop to use our Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings; (2) catering for the luncheon following our Pentecost Service; (3) the status of buildings and grounds; and (4) establishing the need for Parish assistance in rectifying deferred maintenance and Sanctuary rehabilitation priorities. Please look for a separate email regarding the last two items.

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 to sign up or get a signup sheet copies available in our office. For more information contact Robert Fly at 757-509-2604

April 23, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Second Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel:  John 20:19-31

Lay Participants for April 23, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  Assistance needed

Sermon for Apr. 9:
Card Crafters – Each month on the last Tuesday, a Card Crafters class is offered to our parishioners. It is held in the Parish Hall from 10 – 12 noon. During the class, we make three beautiful cards and enjoy the fun of crafting and relaxation. All materials are provided. Check out the bulletin board in the Parish House to see cards we have made. We ask that you bring small scissors and adhesive. We have door prizes and refreshments. Our next date is Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am. Class fee is $15. Please send an email to Alice Seaman if you would like to come or if you have any questions.

Steeple-to-Steeple Tour – The Steeple-to-Steeple tour provides insights into the art, architecture, stained glass, and memorabilia of eight houses of worship in Olde Towne Portsmouth. The tour will be on Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes Trinity, Portsmouth and St. John’s, Portsmouth. To purchase $21 advance tickets, go to, or if tickets are available, you may purchase on the day of the tour for $25. Lunch included. Limited to the first 100 ticketholders. Proceeds benefit Edmarc Hospice for Children.

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: By what other names is this Holy Eucharist service known? Answer: The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering. (BCP 859)
This week’s question: Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our first reading, Acts 2:14a, 22-32, “Peter Addresses the Crowd.” Next week’s class will discuss our first reading Acts 2:14a, 36-41, “’Peter Addresses the Crowd,’ ‘The First Converts,’ and ‘Life among the Believers.’” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – This week we will read Psalm 16.

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. 25 – Card Crafters meeting; Apr. 25 – Boy Scouts; Apr. 29 – Salvation Army luncheon; May 9 – Vestry meeting; May 14 – Mother’s Day; May 29 – Memorial Day; Church office closed; Jun 4 – Pentecost Sunday.

Thought for the week – Victory: Jesus shows that even an evil force bent on destruction and death cannot overcome his strength to save and heal. Do not give in to despair. Look to God and believe.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tue. Apr. 25th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
* Boy Scouts meeting – Parish Hall
Sat. Apr. 29th           * 5th Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army
Tue. May 9th            * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. May 10th        * Village Garden Club meeting – 4:00 – 10:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. May 15th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Woman’s club meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. May 29th        * Memorial Day Holiday – Office closed
Tue. May 30th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)

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, Tanya, and the family and friend of Roella (Roe) Snider.

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

Deceased: Roella (Roe) Snider – Friend of Leone.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: George & Trisha
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Westminster-Canterbury Church of Virginia Beach
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Julius Karanu Wa Gicheru; The Bishop of Muranga South, Kenya.

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

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