Spring Workday – We will hold our spring workday to clean the church yard beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 1. Please come help make the yard beautiful for Easter Sunrise Service.

Community Holy Week Services – Oakland Christian UCC, Wesley Chapel UMC, and St. John’s will host community-wide Holy Week Service. The schedule for services is: Maundy Thursday service at Oakland Christian UCC beginning at 6:00 pm. Good Friday service at Wesley Chapel UMC beginning at 6:00 pm. Easter Sunrise service will be at the pond altar beginning at 6:45 am. We will have our regularly scheduled service at 10:30 am.

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.

Easter Lilies – If you would like to sponsor an Easter lily this year, they will be $15 per lily. Please contact the church office if you have questions or would like to sponsor a lily.
March 26, 2023, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
First Lesson:  Ezekiel 37:1-14
Response:  Psalm 130
Second Lesson: Romans 8:6-11
Gospel:  John 11:1-45

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

Video of worship from Mar. 19: https://youtu.be/3Y6kr7Jq91A
Sermon from Mar. 19: Lent 4 Sermon
Lenten Study
– Our Lenten Soup Luncheon and Study will not gather March 22 but will continue Wednesday March 29. Lunch will begin at 11:30 am and the study will be from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Revival in the Diocese – There is a Diocese-wide Revival scheduled for Apr. 22 at 2:30 pm at Hampton University. The Presiding Bishop will lead the Revival and all are invited to join others from around the Diocese in Revival. There are events and activities both before and after the Revival. For more information, check the Diocesan webpage at http://www.diosova.org/article479253.htm.

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.

Reflection questions – We invite you to reflect on these questions as part of your Lenten journey. What do you love? What have you lost? Where does it hurt? In what do you find hope?

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 weekSpace: As those who are sealed as Christ’s own in baptism, we are committed to seeking a balance that will require us to push against dominant social expectations. Without some empty space, there will be no room for God to abide.

– 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/
Tue. Mar. 28th         * HOA Meeting – Parish Hall (6:30 – 7:30 pm)
Wed. Mar. 29th       * Lenten Study and Soup Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Apr. 1st              * Spring workday – 10:00 am until completed
Sun. Apr. 2nd            * Palm Sunday
Thu. Apr. 6th             * Maundy Thursday service – 6:00 pm, Oakland Christian UCC
Fri. Apr. 7th               * Good Friday service – 6:00 pm, Wesley Chapel UMC
Sun. Apr. 9th             * Easter Sunrise service – 6:45 am, Pond altar
                                    * Principal Easter worship – 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Mon. Apr. 10th        * Easter Monday – office closed
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether; Allen; Lon; Carroll; Richard and family; Linda; Cathy; Dotty; George; Spencer and Veronique; Charles; Tia; the family of Vicky-Ann; Carol; Terry; Toni; and Berry.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Diane
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Full Circle, Norfolk (AIDS Hospice Support); The Rev. Daniel & Elizabeth Ann Mannen.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Anglican Church of South America.

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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