Good Book Club – For Epiphany 2023, we invite you to join us in the Good Book Club study of Ruth & Esther. A simple lunch will be provided weekly, please volunteer to provide lunch. For more information check the Good Book Club website. If you would like to participate, contact the Rector.

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.

Treasurer turnover – Effective January 1, Marcella became Treasurer. She succeeds Suze as Treasurer. We thank Suze for her many years of service as the Treasurer and helping keep track of Parish finances.

Sanctuary Heat – We hope to have the issue with one of the heating units repaired in time for service on Sunday. Thankfully, it isn’t supposed to be as cold this weekend and there is a backup plan to preheat the Sanctuary.
January 8, 2023, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday after Epiphany – the Baptism of our Lord
First Lesson:  Isaiah 42:1-9
Response:  Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Gospel:  Matthew 3:13-17

Lay Participants
Chalicist/Prayers of the People:  Kathy
Lector:  Lynn
Usher:  Lynn

Video of worship from Jan. 1:
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
– The annual Suffolk city-wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held Monday, January 16 starting at 10:00 am. The celebration will be held at Kings Fork High School auditorium. See the flyer in the Narthex for more information.

Sponsoring Altar Flowers – There is a signup sheet to sponsor flowers during 2023 in the Sanctuary. Please signup to help enhance the appearance of the Sanctuary during worship. Contact Lynn if you have any questions.

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.”

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 weekGlory: The healing of our own personal demons takes work, grace, and time. There will be tears, there will be frustration, and there will be setbacks; but there will also be glory. Glory is knowing we are going to get through this and come out the other side stronger than ever. That is the hope of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came here to heal this crazy world.

– Br. Jack Crowley, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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Online events listing:
Wed. Jan. 11th         * Ruth & Esther Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 14th            * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Jan. 16th         * Martin Luther King Jr. celebration – 10:00 am (Kings Fork
                                    High School)
Wed. Jan. 18th         * Ruth & Esther Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Jan. 19th           * Vestry Meeting – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Jan. 25th         * Ruth & Esther Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 29th           * Worship in the Parish Hall
                                    * Annual meeting and potluck – following worship
Tue. Jan. 31st           * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

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

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

Deceased: Vicky-Ann – Toni’s sister

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Clyde
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Mrs. Sophronia Gordon; St. John’s, Hampton; St. Mark’s, Hampton; the Rev. Helen McKee.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma).

Birthdays in January
Josh 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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