Christmas Eve Service – Thank you to all who blessed us with your presence at the Christmas Eve service. We had a joyful celebration of the Incarnation, kicking off our Christmas season celebration.

Annual Meeting and Potluck – The meeting will take place following the worship service on Jan 5th. Following the meeting, we will enjoy each other’s fellowship in the Parish Hall with a potluck.

Career Fair at Lake Prince Woods – On January 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm there will be a Career Fair for the following positions at Lake Prince: LPN, RMA, CNA, Environmental Services, Driver, and LPN/RN Unit Coordinator. Full time, part time, and PRN positions available.
December 29, 2019, 10:30 am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Lessons for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

First Lesson:  Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25                   Suze
Second Lesson:  Genesis 3:1-15                          Steven
Third Lesson:  Isaiah 40:1-11
Fourth Lesson:  Isaiah 7:10-15
Fifth Lesson:  Luke 1:39-46
Sixth Lesson:  Luke 2:1-20
Seventh Lesson:  Luke 2:21-36
Eighth Lesson:  Hebrews 1:1-12
Ninth Lesson:  John 1:1-18                                    Fr. Les

Lay Participants for December 29, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  See
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary & David

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from December 22:
Sermon from December 24:
Year-end Pledges – Thank you for your faithful support of St. John’s mission and ministry. If you have questions regarding the status of your pledge, please contact the treasurer.

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 – There is a collection box to help this worthy cause in the parish hall. Consider giving gently used or new shoes for those in need. For more information see their website:

Sunday’s Psalm – This Sunday there is no recitation of the Psalm. We will sing the Psalm next on January 5.

Questions about Our Protestant Heritage – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Protestant heritage and faith 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: Where was the Anabaptist movement founded? Answer. It began forming in the sixteenth century.
            This week’s question: The Anabaptists are often referred to as “radical.” What does that term mean in the context of the Anabaptists? 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 – Dec. 29 – Lessons & Carols; Dec. 31 – Card Crafters; Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day (office closed); Jan. 5 – Annual Meeting and Parish Potluck; Jan. 11 – James River Rug Hookers.

Thought for the weekWonder: Live the miracle of your life, each passing moment. Take nothing for granted. Recognize that the Creator of life – the life that surrounds you and the life that fills you – has given you a life to share delight and wonder and utter amazement. In the beginning, God created life, and it was amazingly good, that God could not help but share it… with you.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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Tues.                 * Boy Scouts meet
Sun. Dec. 29th  * Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols
Tue. Dec. 31st   * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Wed. Jan. 1st    * New Year’s Day – Office closed
Sat. Jan. 4th      * Baby Shower – 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Jan. 5th     * Annual Meeting and Potluck – following worship
Sat. Jan. 11th    * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, 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 Carolyn.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jim & Margaret
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Emily Carnan; The Rev. Conor & The Rev. Samantha Alexander; The Rev. Julia Messer; The Rev. Mark & Laura Riley.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church in Gahini (Rwanda) – The Rt. Rev. Alexis Bilindabagabo and The Rt Revd Manasseh Gahima. The Anglican Church in Gambia (West Africa) – The Rt. Rev. James Allen Yaw Odico.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02               Gary 08
Fr. Les 08                  Burr 18
Jim 19                        Will 28
Susan 30

Anniversaries in December
George & Tricia 17              Don & Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20            John & Beth 28
Steven & Susan 30

Birthdays in January
Joshua 08                 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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