Sunday Worship – The Rector will celebrate Spiritual Communion on premiered on YouTube this Sunday at 10:30 am. A link will be forthcoming for worship. Please join us on Sunday.

Zoom Coffee Hour – We will have a Zoom Coffee hour this Sunday. Please check your email for joining details.

Free Food Basket Distribution – On Saturday, June 27 beginning at 11:00 am, Suffolk Christian Fellowship will be handing out food baskets at the Chuckatuck Branch Library building. There are no criteria to meet for a food basket, simply show up and pick up.

In-person Gathering Plan – The Vestry has submitted our plan for regathering for in-person worship. The Bishop’s office has begun to review plans from Parishes and should reply to our proposal shortly. What worship will look like under our plan is uncertain. What is certain is worship will be different than it was in our past.
            Things we know will be different in worship: social distance between family groups; wearing masks except to consume Communion and if precluded for medical reasons; Communion in one kind; a contact tracing log; and no or limited singing. We should expect there will be little or no touching – passing the peace, the exit gauntlet, etc. Look for a separate email with greater details.
June 28, 2020, 10:30 am Spiritual Communion & Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8)

First Lesson:  Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Second Lesson:  Romans 6:12-23
Gospel:  Matthew 10:40-42

Lay Participants
First Reading:  To be determined
Second Reading:  To be determined
Prayers of the People:  To be determined

Video of June 21 service:
Sermon from June 21:
Treasurer Resignation – Susan has served as Treasurer for number of years. She has tendered her resignation effective January 2021 (although she will assist with the audit). To prepare for the transition, she will train an assistant for the remainder of 2020 in the procedures for the position. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Rector.

St. John’s YouTube Channel – As part of our practice during the COVID-19 Social Distancing time we created a YouTube Channel. For the moment, we share worship videos (both live stream and pre-recorded), but in the future we will connect classes and other offerings on the Channel. Our channel URL is:

Prayer and Worship in Our Homes – ChurchNext (an online learning portal) is offering a free course entitled Prayer and Worship in Our Homes through their website This is a good course that will help everyone navigate their prayer and worship in this time of social distancing (and beyond). Please consider taking this course (along with me), it is enlightening for those who are looking for the next steps in their practice of faith.

Formation Classes – Are suspended until further notice.

Altar flower Sign-up – There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for sponsoring flowers for the coming year which will not become necessary until we reconvene for worship. As the day approaches, please help beautify the altar during your choice of two-weeks this coming year. Please remember, flowers cost $100 for 2 weeks.

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:

Upcoming Parish Events – Suspended until further notice.

Thought for the weekHope: Hope for the future comes from copying and pasting your experience of grace from the past. The word “hope” in the New Testament means “expectation, trust, confidence” for the future. Hope saves us in the face of what is unknown, what we cannot yet see ahead.

– Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Sun. Jun. 28th           * Zoom Coffee Hour
Sat. Jul. 4th                * Independence Day
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; Jay our assisting bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, Katherine, John, Kevin, Vicky-Ann, Casey, Tim, Don, Marvin, Jim, Jim, and James.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jimmye
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The United Church of North India. The Most Rev. Dr Prem Chand Singh – Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.

Birthdays in June
Sarah 01        Leone 09
Jacob 19        Toni 29

Anniversaries in June
Bert & Anne 21                     Jim & Margaret 26
Marvin & Alice 30

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

YouTube Channel: St. John’s Chuckatuck
YouTube Channel:
Follow us on Facebook:
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Suffolk VA