Lenten Program – Our Lenten Study will take a field trip next week, participating in the community-wide Lenten service at Oakland Christian UCC. The following week we continue in “The Way of Love” Chapter 4. Lunch will be from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Thank you to Toni for providing soup and bread this past session.

Holy Week Services – The Chuckatuck and Oakland Holy Week services will be held as follows: Maundy Thursday (Apr. 18) at Oakland Christian UCC, beginning at 7:00 pm; Good Friday (Apr. 19) at Wesley Chapel UMC, beginning at 7:00 pm; and Easter Sunrise service (Apr. 21) at St. John’s, beginning at 6:30 am.
March 31, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Third Sunday in Lent

First Lesson:  Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
Second Lesson:  2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Gospel:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Lay Participants for March 31, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  David & Lynn

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from March 24:  https://chirb.it/cEI7GN
Diocesan Bishop Search Prayer – Almighty and most gracious God, source of all wisdom and guidance, send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek and discern a shepherd for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Inspire us with hope, hearts to love you and a desire to serve one another. Grant us grace to entrust you with the future of your Church and all things. We ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Rise Against Hunger – On Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Oakland Christian UCC will be packing over 10,000 meals. If you wish to help, sign up at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/OCUCC. For more information contact Robert Fly at 757-509-2604. See the flyer in the Narthex.

Lake Prince Woods is Hiring – There are many positions open at Lake Prince for a variety of positions and skills. There are medical (LPN, RMA, CNA, and RN), Activity, Maintenance, Housekeeping, and administrative positions available. Please see the announcement on the bulletin boards or by going to the Lake Prince Woods website (LakePrinceWoods.org).

Free Cancer Screening – Sentara Obici Hospital is offering a free prostate and colorectal cancer early detection event, Tuesday April 9, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Obici Hospital. Please see the flyer in the Narthex for more information.

Soles-for-Souls – Edward Jones is sponsoring a shoe collection drive.  The program sends gently used shoes to people in need overseas. Please bring your used shoes to church to help this worthy cause. For more information see their website: www.soles4souls.org.

Upcoming Blood Drives – St. John’s will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on May 16 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm and Edward Jones will follow with a blood drive in July. Please plan to donate or to help solicit volunteers for both drives.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We will begin a study reflecting on the weekly lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Questions about the Episcopal Church and its Leadership – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Church and Leadership 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: Who is the current Archbishop of Canterbury? Answer: The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury. The current archbishop is Justin Welby. He shares the primacy of the Church of England with the Archbishop of York.
            This week’s question: What are the four Instruments of Communion in the Anglican Communion? Look for the answer next week.

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year. Please help beautify the altar during your choice of two-weeks this coming year.

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 – Tuesdays through June: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Mar. 21 – Knitting group; Mar. 23 – Boy Scout workday; Mar. 25 – Card Crafters; Mar. 26 – NRPA presentation; Mar. 27 – Lenten Luncheon; Mar. 30 – 5th Saturday Luncheon.

Thought for the week More: God will always leave us with space and desire for More. God is always greater. If God is not ever greater, then we run the risk of reverencing only the archives of our experience of God, rather than worshiping the living God who is always More.

– 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/
Tues. until Jun. * Boy Scouts meet
Wed. Mar. 27th * Lenten Series – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Mar. 30th   * 5th Saturday luncheon – Salvation Army
Wed. Apr. 3rd   * Lenten Series – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Apr. 6th     * Rise Against Hunger – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Oakland
                          Christian UCC)* Parish workday (Primary)
Wed. Apr. 10th * Lenten Series – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Apr. 13th   * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                          * Parish workday (Secondary)
Mon. Apr. 15th * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Apr. 18th  * Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Oakland
                           Christian UCC)
Fri. Apr. 19th    * Good Friday Service – 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Wesley Chapel UMC)
Sat. Apr. 20th   * Preparation for Easter Sunday – 9:00 am
                           * Seven Last Words of Christ – 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Open Hands
                           Christian Fellowship)
Sun. Apr. 21st  * Easter Sunrise service – 6:30 am (Pond Altar)
                          * Festive Easter Mass – 10:30 am (Sanctuary)
Mon. Apr. 22nd * Easter Monday – Office closed
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Virginia, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, Alice, David, Bob, Carroll, Lawrence, Fin, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, Toni, Trisha, Carolyn, Joey, and Fr Tuck.

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

Deceased: Leroy – friend of the Parish

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bette
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Donny & Mary Dunn, III; The Rev. Jim & Barbara Short.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. The Most Rev. James Richard Wong Yin Song – The Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles.

Birthdays in March
David 02                    Shannon 06
Brooks 07                  Clyde 11
Pretlow 15                 Patricia 17
John 18                      Elizabeth 19
Hansa 20                   John 27
Cooper 28

Birthdays in April
John 06                      BC 27
Bernice 30

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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