Good Book Club – For Epiphany 2023, we invite you to join us in the Good Book Club study of Ruth & Esther. The stories of Ruth and Esther have much to teach us about the Hebrew concept of chesed, which means sacred kindness, as well as the willingness to be in sacrificial relationship with loved ones and our communities. For more information check the Good Book Club website. If you would like to participate, contact the Rector.

Advent soup lunch and Study – We will continue our Advent soup lunch and study December 14. The sessions will run from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. More information is forthcoming.

Pledge Cards – Pledge Cards are available for 2023. Please complete a pledge card as soon as you can, even if the amount is “whatever I can.”

Worship Service Video – A post-production video of worship will be on our YouTube channel on Sunday afternoon. A link to the video will be provided separately. Our channel URL is at this link.
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December 11, 2022, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Third Sunday of Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 35:1-10
Response:  Psalm 146:4-9
Second Lesson:  James 5:7-10
Gospel:  Matthew 11:2-11

Lay Participants
Chalicist/Prayers of the People:  Suze
Lector:  Spencer
Usher:  Spencer

Video of worship from Dec. 4: https://youtu.be/KxNjqBh8Q2Y
Sermon from Dec. 4: https://chirb.it/fHvGxp
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Christmas Caroling
– Lake Prince Woods is hosting A Night of Christmas Caroling Dec. 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Portsmouth Center. There will be hot cocoa and cookies after the caroling. RSVP to Resident Services Department at 757-923-5514/5514 by Dec. 2.

Vestry Member – Marcella will rotate off the Vestry at the end of December. We need a volunteer to serve as her successor.

Formation opportunity – The Rector is forming a group to go through the Sacred Ground curriculum from the Episcopal Church. The class is an 11-session conversation about Race and Faith. More information can be found at this link.

Ukrainian Relief – The Episcopal Relief and Development is gathering and sending relief assistance to the Ukraine. Donations to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners assist where needed.

Thought for the weekDarkness: Let yourself be in the dark. Pray the questions and the longing. Trust that God withholds what you cannot bear now. Look for lights given in the night. Give thanks for twinkling grace.

– Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
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Upcoming Events:
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Thu. Dec. 8th            * Christmas Caroling at Lake Prince Woods – 6:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 14th        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Dec. 15th          * Vestry meeting – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Dec. 17th           * Safe Church Training – 9:30 am – 3: 00 pm (Parish Hall)
                                    * Preparing the Sanctuary
Wed. Dec. 21st        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Dec. 24th           * Christmas Eve Service – 3:30 pm
Sun. Jan. 1st              * Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols
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PASTORAL CARE
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether; Allen; Lon; Jimmye; Carroll; Cynthia; Richard and family; Linda; Vicky-Ann; Cathy; Dotty; George; David; Spencer and Veronique; Margaret; Charles; Tia; and Don.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander; Alan; Sheldon & Elizabeth; Bryan; and Brendan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Roosevelt
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Emmanuel, Franklin; St. Thomas, Freeman; The Rev. Geoffrey & Kathleen Price.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya

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

Anniversaries in December
Don & Marcella 17             John & Beth 28
Steven & Susan 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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