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.

Lenten Study – There will be a Lenten Soup Luncheon and Study beginning Mar. 1. Lunch will begin at 11:30 am and the study will be from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Card Crafters meeting – After 9 years of hosting Card Crafters meetings at St. John’s, Alice will host her final meeting on Feb. 28. We wish her a happy retirement from leading the card crafters.

Annual Council – Our Diocesan Annual Council will be held Saturday, February 25 in Williamsburg. There will be events streamed on Tuesday and Thursday for all to participate in. Council will be streamed on Saturday too. More information is on the Diocesan Annual Council page.
February 26, 2023, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Genesis 2:15-27, 3:1-7
Response:  Psalm 32
Second Lesson: Romans 5:12-19
Gospel:  Matthew 4:1-11

Lay Participants
Chalicist/Prayers of the People:  Anne
Lector:  Anne
Usher:  Bert

Video of worship from Feb. 19: https://youtu.be/my3sza-0NQk
Sermon from Feb. 19: Last_Sunday_Epiphany
Ladies Luncheon Outing
– The ladies of the Parish luncheons will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will try different restaurants. Please watch for announcements.

Lenten Devotions – This Lenten Season, Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to join us as we meditate on the commandment to love our neighbor and consider the meaning of this fundamental instruction in our daily lives.
Join us on your Lenten journey. You can sign up to receive a meditation in your inbox each day or download all the meditations to read and share. May God richly bless you this Lenten season.

Reflection questions – The Episcopal Church has asked a series of questions to its congregations as part of the Parochial Report process. Part of our way forward this year will include a reflection on all the questions, two of which are included here: 1) What opportunities and challenges did the congregation face in 2022? 2) Looking toward the future, what changes do you hope to see in your faith community? What does your community need in order to bring these changes about?

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.

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 weekAsh: The proud palm branches of last Holy Week are once again reduced to two handfuls of humble ash. This day beckons us again to a lifetime’s work of seeing afresh, seeing clearly, and giving our need to the God who formed us from dust. In that holy confidence and humility, let us begin.

– Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/parish-calendar/
Online events listing: http://stjohnsepiscopal-suffolk.org/events/
Sat. Feb. 25th           * Diocesan Annual Council – Williamsburg
Tue. Feb. 28th          * Card Crafters – Parish Hall (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Wed. Mar. 1st          * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Mar. 4th             * Cursillo Secretariat meeting – Parish Hall (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Wed. Mar. 8th          * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Mar. 9th            * Women’s Group Luncheon
Sat. Mar. 11th          * James River Rug Hookers – Parish Hall (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Wed. Mar. 15th       * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Mar. 16th         * Vestry meeting – Parlor (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
Wed. Mar. 22nd       * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wed. Mar. 29th       * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
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; the family of Vicky-Ann; Carol; Terry; Toni; Rachel; and Berry.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: John & Ann
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Augustine’s, Newport News; St. George’s, Newport News.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Birthdays in February
Natasha 02               Spencer 04
Roosevelt 12           Alice 22

Birthdays in March
Brooks 07                 Clyde 11
Pretlow 15               John 18
Elizabeth 19             Hansa 20
Cooper 28

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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