Rise Against Hunger – Oakland Christian UCC campaign on May 6th from 10 am – 12 pm. They are looking for people to assist package (hopefully) thousands of meals. This event is appropriate for all ages. For more information please contact the Oakland Christian church office at 255-4353 or Robert Fly at 757-509-2604. They need a total of 60 volunteers and need a lot of assistance. If you can help follow this link http://events.stophungernow.org/OCUCC2017 to sign up or get a signup sheet copies available in the Narthex.

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.

Pork Tenderloins for local charities – Wesley Chapel is holding a fundraiser for CAPS and the Smithfield COP “Diaper program”. Preorders close Sunday Apr. 30 and the cost is $10.00 per loin. Lynn Rose, Allen Bryant, Tom Barrett, and Arthur Bradshaw have tickets. There may be extra tenderloin at the pickup but preorders are recommended. We will also have bake sale items for sale the day of. Pick up time for the loins and baked goods is 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sat. May 6th. For more information contact Arthur Bradshaw at 757-636-7521.

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

Lessons for the Third Sunday of Easter
First Lesson:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
Second Lesson:  1 Peter 1:17-23
Gospel:  John 20:19-31

Lay Participants for April 30, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Nick
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Nick and Tina

Refreshments:  Assistance needed

Sermon for Apr. 23: http://chirb.it/rgrPp1
Piano – The piano in the Parish Hall was donated by Jim and Margaret. The instrument is more than 100 years old and needs to be treated gently. Please stop by and see the new-to-us piano.

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 www.steepletosteeple.com, 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: Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice? 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: What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our first reading, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, “’Peter Addresses the Crowd,’ ‘The First Converts,’ and ‘Life among the Believers’.” Next week’s class will discuss our first reading Acts 2:42-47, “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 Sunday we will read Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17.

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. 29 – Salvation Army luncheon; May 2 – Boy Scouts; May 9 – Vestry meeting; May 14 – Mother’s Day; May 29 – Memorial Day; Church office closed; Jun 4 – Pentecost Sunday.

Thought for the week – Unleash: Dear friends in Christ: unleash Jesus’ resurrection power in your life. Believe that Jesus is alive and at work within you and through you. It’s true. Make the miracles normal. We are the answer to Jesus’ prayer.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, 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/
Tue. Apr. 25th          * Boy Scouts meeting – Parish Hall
Sat. Apr. 29th           * 5th Saturday Luncheon at the Salvation Army
Tue. May 2nd            * Boy Scouts meeting – Parish Hall
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 29th        * Memorial Day Holiday – Office closed
Tue. May 30th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Jun. 19th         * G. F. W. C. Pizza Night (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, and Michael & Rebecca.

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

Deceased: Charles “Charlie” Holt – nephew of Mary Kemple

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Natasha Menon & Phil Chataigneau, Hansa Menon
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Canon Caroline Black of the Diocesan Staff
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Eggoni Pushpalalitha; Bishop of Nandyal, South India.

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

Anniversaries in May
Alan & Sarah 25

Birthdays in May
Margaret 10              Claudia 10
Bert 24 

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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