All Saints’ Potluck and Town Hall Meeting – This Sunday, following worship, we will hold our All Saints’ Potluck lunch following worship. Following lunch there will be a presentation and discussion will be held regarding a proposal for preserving the Sanctuary and capital requirements. All are welcome to attend.

Parish Workday – We will hold our Fall Workday this Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 am. Please come help clean the yard and the Parish Hall. It may be a bit chilly at the start, but it should be dry. If you can’t work in the yard, there are tasks to be accomplished in and around the building. Please come and make our Parish facilities look wonderful.

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

Lessons for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)
First Lesson:  Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Second Lesson:  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel:  Matthew 22:34-46

Lay Participants for October 29, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Leone
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  All Saints’ Potluck

Sermon from Oct. 22:
All Saints’ Day Prayers of the People – We will offer prayers for our loved ones, by name, during our All Saints’ Day worship. Please send the names of your friends and loved ones to the church office as requested an email from Don.

Pledges and the Vestry – Pledges: shortly, the Vestry will solicit pledges from the Parish. Please consider what God is asking you to pledge to support the ministry of St. John’s.
Vestry: Marcella will be completing her term on the Vestry.  If you would like to serve or know more about serving, please contact a Vestry member or the Rector.

Oakland Christian UCC Fall Fest – Oakland Christian UCC will hold their 23rd Annual Fall Fest on Saturday November 4 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. There will be a wide variety of things to purchase in preparation for your holiday season including a: Silent Auction, Grandma’s Pantry, Candy Shop, Baked goods, Brunswick Stew, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, and outside vendors. Stop by and have a great time.

Junto Women’s Club Night on the Town The Junto Women’s Club will be holding their fall evening event on November 7. The evening is open to both males and females. For more details, please contact Alice.

“Job Jar” – The Vestry has moved to create a “Job Jar” that will be filled with simple tasks that will help do simple maintenance around the church grounds. The goal is to break down needed repairs to 30-60-minute tasks that anyone can do. The jar will be in the Parish House or Sanctuary, depending on the day. Stop by and help do some needed work at the Church.

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 does the term “liturgy” mean? Answer: Literally, liturgy is the public work of the Church.
This week’s question: Where is the form for the liturgy found in the Episcopal Church? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Deuteronomy 34:1-12, “Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab.” Next week we will discuss our Gospel reading Matthew 23:1-12, “Jesus Denounces Scribes and Pharisees.” 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 90:1-6, 13-17 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 680, “O God, our help in ages past” (St. Anne) 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 – Ongoing: Tuesdays – Boy Scouts meeting. Oct. 28 – Parish Work Day; Oct. 29 – All Saints’ Potluck & Town Hall Meeting; Nov. 7 – G. F. W. C. Junto event.

Thought for the week – Worship: The praise and presence and service of God is at the center of our lives. Whether you are preaching a sermon or washing a window or pulling a weed, you are learning to “pray your life,” to use a phrase from our own Rule of Life.

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

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tuesdays                   * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Oct. 21st           * Outreach Committee meeting – following worship
Sat. Oct. 28th            * Parish Fall clean-up – 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sun. Oct. 29th          * All Saints’ Potluck – Following worship
* Town Hall Meeting
Tue. Oct. 31st           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 7th            * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group Night on the Town gathering – 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Nov. 14th          * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Nov. 18th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 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, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, and Walter.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jimmye
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rt. Rev. Samuel Devasahayam Ebenezer Clement – The Bishop of Thoothukudi, Nazareth, South India. The Rt. Rev. Jayaraj Christdoss – The Bishop of Tirunelveli, South India.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Paul Kirk Ball by her son, Claiborne.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09                 Marvin 20
Tina 27

Anniversaries in October
Fr Les & Kathy 01                Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04
Burr & Jennifer 08

Birthdays in November
Steven 16                  Kathy 28
Laura 28                    Dotty 29 

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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