Spring Workday – We have a tentative schedule for the spring workday of Saturday March 24 from 8:00-11:00 am. If you are able to assist cleaning the church yard for Easter please contact the Junior Warden or the Rector. If you are not able to assist on Saturday but want to help, please contact the Junior Warden or Rector.

Lenten Program – We have had three good weeks studying The Good Book Club sponsored by Forward Movement press this Lent. Next week we will cover week 5 materials. If you need a handout please contact the Rector.

No Kid Hungry – There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday March 21 at 9:30 am at the East Suffolk Recreational Center, 138 S. 6th Street for the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The program provides food for children under age 18 that live in low-income areas. The program needs assistance in many ways, serving meals and doing activities are in biggest need. If you want more information about the program or how you can assist speak with the Rector or check the program website at: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.
March 18, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I and Litany of Healing

Lessons for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 5:5-10
Gospel: John 12:20-33

Lay Participants for March 18, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Assistance needed
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  David & Steven

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Mar. 11: https://chirb.it/gH7cJm
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.

Easter Pies from Oakland Christian UCC – Oakland Christian UCC is selling pies again for Easter. Pies are $10 each and they are selling Chocolate Chess, Lemon Chess, Coconut, and Pecan pies. Order deadline is March 27; pickup days are March 29 and 30. See the order form at church for more information.

2018 Tax Strategies Presentation – Oakland Christian United Church of Christ will host an informative Tax Planning Seminar on Sunday, March 18 beginning at 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend and to RSVP for this free presentation contact the Oakland church office. Please see the flyer for more information.

Formation Classes – This week will continue our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 4, Jonah. Next week’s class we will continue our discussions from “My Servants the Prophets.” Check you Wednesday Christian Education e-mail for the chapter as some chapters will take more than one Sunday to get through. All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – During Lent, our Psalm will be spoken.

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 Esther: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Esther is found in the Historical Books division of the Old Testament; it has 10 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Exodus: 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. Mar. 19 – GFWC Junto Women’s Group; Mar. 21 – Lenten Program; Mar. 24 – Spring Work Day (tentative); Mar. 27 – Card Crafters; Mar. 29 – Maundy Thursday; Mar. 30 – Good Friday; Apr. 1 – Easter Sunrise and regular service; Apr. 2 – Easter Monday, office closed.

Thought for the week – Beloved Children of God: What may seem to us a black hole of need is actually a mine, and it’s a gold mine, which Jesus wants to unearth to bring into the light. The reminder about abiding, abiding, abiding is don’t run away. Stay put.

– 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/
Tuesdays                   * Boy Scouts meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Mar. 18th         * Tax Strategy presentation – 6:00 pm (Oakland Christian UCC)
Mon. Mar. 19th       * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
Wed. Mar. 21st        * Lenten Program and Soup Luncheon – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sat. Mar. 24th          * Spring Work Day – 8:00 – 11:00 am (tentative)
Sun. Mar. 25th         * Palm Sunday
Thu. Mar. 29th         * Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm (Oakland Christian UCC)
Fri. Mar. 30th           * Good Friday – 7:00 pm (Wesley Chapel UMC)
Sat. Mar. 31st           * Fifth Saturday Luncheon – Salvation Army
Sun. Apr. 1st             * Easter Sunrise Service – 6:45 am (Pond Altar)
* Festive Easter Eucharist – 10:30 am
Mon. Apr. 2nd          * Easter Monday – Office closed


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, Elvira, Marcella and Don, and Bernice.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bette
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Epiphany, Norfolk; Good Shepherd, Norfolk. The Rev. Canon Michael & Gwen Spear-Jones.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui; The Most Rev. Paul Kwong – Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Pamela 10
Clyde 11                    Pretlow 15
Patricia 17                 John 18
Beth 19                      Hansa 20
Cooper 28 

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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