Annual Meeting and Potluck – We will hold our Annual Meeting and Potluck this coming Sunday following worship. Please come and hear the state of the Parish and fellowship with others in the Parish.

Formation Classes – This week we will begin a new series of study in our Sunday morning offering. We will begin a study of the Minor Prophets in Hebrew Scripture. We will use the text My Servants the Prophets: Lessons from the Minor Prophets by Jeff Smith. The first week will discuss Chapter 1, an Introduction. There is a link on our website by following this Link. Class is held from 9:15-10:15 am. Please come join us.

Convocation IV Executive Board, Lay Representative – On January 28, at our Convocation Pre-Council meeting, Convocation IV will elect its lay representative to the Diocesan Executive Board. Information about the Executive Board can be found on the Diocesan Website at this link. If you would like to run please let the Rector know.
January 14, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Lessons for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany
First Lesson:  1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
Second Lesson:  1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: John 1:43-51

Lay Participants for January 14, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Kathy
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  David and Lynn

Refreshments:  Parish Potluck

Sermon from Jan. 7:
Video from Jan. 7 sermon: Website Post
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.

Snow Day Experiment – This past Sunday when it was unsafe to get into the Church we tried a “live” experiment. Beginning at 10:30 am through St. John’s Facebook page the Rector did a live-stream of Morning Prayer followed by the sermon for this past week. We are looking for a different platform to live-stream, hopefully YouTube, as an option. Please keep your eyes open for more information.

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 139:1-5, 12-17 together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 121, “Christ, when for us you were baptized,” (Caithness) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Formation Classes – Next week’s class will discuss “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 2, Obadiah. All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

“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 Concerning the book of Acts of the Apostles: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of the Acts of the Apostles is found in the New Testament; in the division: the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles; it has 28 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Amos: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Look for the answer next week.

2018 Flower Chart – The schedule for 2018 is posted in the Narthex. Please sign-up for your special days. If you have any questions, contact Lynn.

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 (returning in the New Year). Jan. 9 – Vestry Meeting; Jan. 14 – Annual Meeting; Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (Office Closed) and Junto Women’s Group meeting.

Thought for the week – Blessing: What you’re searching for, you already know. God has blessed us with this amazing life, with eyes to see, ears to hear, a mind to discern, and a heart in which to perceive the living presence of God in our midst.

– Br. Jim Woodrum, 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)
Sat. Jan. 13th            * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Jan. 14th           * Parish Potluck and Annual Meeting – following worship
Mon. Jan. 15th         * Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Office closed)
* G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
* Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – 10:00 am (East End Baptist Church)
Sun. Jan. 28th           * Convocation Pre-Council meeting – 4:00 pm (St. Paul’s Suffolk)
Tue. Jan. 30th           * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Feb. 13th          * Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Feb. 14th        * Ash Wednesday

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, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, Walter, and Elvira.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Randy & Landy
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Diane Martin; The Rev. Tyler Montgomery.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Australia; The Most Rev. Philip Leslie Freier – The Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of David J. Frohman by Carroll.

Birthdays in January
Lynn 15                      Anne 20
Linda 21 

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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