Fellowship Hour on Sep. 29 – Following church this Sunday, there will be a light luncheon. We will have a pasta casserole, tossed salad, bread and dessert. Kindly let Alice know if you are able to attend. The more the merrier. Call her at home.

Our Bishop-elect – On Saturday, September 21, the Diocese elected as their 11th Bishop Diocesan, The Rev. Susan Haynes from the Diocese of North Indiana. Her election needs to be confirmed by a majority of Diocesan Standing Committees. Her Consecration is scheduled for early February 2020.
September 29, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)

First Lesson:  Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
Second Lesson:  1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gospel:  Luke 16:19-31

Lay Participants for September 22, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  Anne & Bert

Refreshments:  Alice & Marvin

Sermon from September 22:  https://chirb.it/ddbm5z
City-wide Thanksgiving Service – Save the date! There will be a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, at East End Baptist Church. Bishop Clarence Russell, pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, will be the speaker for the evening. The service will help us give thanks for what we have.

Lake Prince Woods events – (1) There will be a Blessing of the Animals at Lake Prince Woods on Tue. Oct. 1 at 11:00 am. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Tammy Garrett at 757-923-5504. (2) The annual Fall Craft Show will be held on Sat. Oct. 12 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. To reserve a vendor spot contact Lake Prince Woods at 757-923-5515.

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.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We are continuing our study of the Acts of the Apostles. Please contact the church office for a copy of the text.

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.

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 91:1-6, 14-16 together.

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 What are the seven main branches of the Protestant tradition in the 20th and 21st century? Answer. Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, Dispensational, Anabaptist/Mennonite, Anglican, Wesleyan, and Pentecostal.
            This week’s question: From which streams did the Baptist tradition evolve? Look for the answer next week.

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: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Oct 3 – Boiler Safety Inspection, Knitting group; Oct. 6 – Blessing of the Animals; Oct. 9 – Village Garden Club.

Thought for the weekInvitation: The Gospel of Matthew reminds us that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or what you have done – Jesus wants to have dinner with you. Yes, you. The Gospel of Matthew reminds us that everyone is invited. All we have to do is to accept the invitation.

– Br. James Koester, 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.                  * Boy Scouts meet
Tue. Sep. 24th   * Rector out of office until Sep. 27th
The. Oct. 3rd     * Boiler Safety inspection
                            * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 (Parish Hall)
Sun. Oct. 6th      * Blessing of the Animals at Worship
Wed. Oct. 9th     * Village Garden Club meeting – 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 12th    * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 14th  * Holiday – office closed
Thu. Oct. 17th   * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 21st   * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm                                            (Parish Hall)
                            * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin & Alice, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, and Joey.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Clyde
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Tige E. & Courtney Newell
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church. The Most Rev. Michael Curry – The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of our anniversary by Fr. Les and Kathy.

Birthdays in September
Bette 03                     Carroll 11
George 12                 Roger 14
Allen 17

Anniversaries in September
Charles & Lynn 01

Birthdays in October
Charles 09                 Marvin 20

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

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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