Spring Workday – We have a tentative schedule for the spring workday of Saturday March 24 from 8:30-11:30 am (note change). 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.

Easter Altar Preparation – On Saturday, March 31, the Altar guild will gather to prepare the sanctuary for Easter services. If you are able, please contact Lynn for more information.

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.
March 25, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I and Litany of the Palms

Lessons for Palm Sunday
First Lesson:  Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Second Lesson:  Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47

Lay Participants for March 25, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Suze
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Bert & Lynn

Refreshments:  Leone

Sermon from Mar. 18: https://chirb.it/F6NLrv
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.

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.

Formation Classes – This week will continue our discussion of “My Servants the Prophets,” chapter 5, Amos. 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 Exodus: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Exodus is found in the Pentateuch division of the Old Testament; it has 40 chapters.
This week’s question: Concerning the book of Ezekiel: 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. 24 – Spring Work Day; 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 – Sent into the World: There are five Gospels: There’s the Gospel according to Mathew, the Gospel according to Mark, the Gospel according to Luke, the Gospel according to John, and the Gospel according to you. What is it that you know in the bottom of your heart of God – of God’s light, and God’s life, and God’s love – that you can give testimony to?

– 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)
Sat. Mar. 24th          * Spring Work Day – 8:30 – 11:30 am
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, Carolyn, and Bernice.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bernice
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace, Norfolk; St. Andrew’s, Norfolk. The Rev. The Rev. Dale Hirst.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; The Most Rev. Suheil Dawani – Archbishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Archbishop in Jerusalem.

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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