2019 Community Lenten Services
The Churches of Suffolk are offering a Lenten opportunity to worship together at noon each
Wednesday in Lent. Following the 30 minute worship service, you are invited to stay for a
complimentary soup and sandwich lunch.

Ash Wednesday, March 6
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
213 North Main Street
The Very Rev. Dr. Keith Emerson, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Madelene Beard
Pastor, Galatians UCC

Wednesday, March 13
Tabernacle Baptist Church
3621 Nansemond Parkway
The Rev. Travon D. Boone, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Dave Meadors
Pastor, Holy Neck Christian Church

Wednesday, March 20
West End Baptist Church
105 St. James Avenue
The Rev. Dale Peterson, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Robert Hobbs
Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 27
Oak Grove Baptist Church
2635 East Washington Street
The Rev. Dr. Anthony Copeland, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Rich Meiser
Main Street UMC

Wednesday, April 3
Oakland Christian Church
(Wesley Chapel/St. John’s Episcopal assisting)
5641 Godwin Boulevard
The Rev. Mary Anne Biggs, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Steven Blunt
Pastor, First Baptist Church Mahan Street

Wednesday, April 10
East End Baptist Church
1056 Portsmouth Boulevard
The Rev. Wayne D. Faison, Pastor
Preacher: The Rev. Michael Halley
Pastor, Suffolk Christian Church

This month our church is going to do something new. Something out of the box. During
our Rally Day last fall, we used the story of Daniel as the theme for the new year. In the Bible we learn that Daniel was strong in faith to God. He was committed to his community and worked hard to develop relationships. He was careful about the food he ate and made sure to maintain a healthy body. Above all, he centered his life on witnessing his faith to others.

With Spring around the corner, the theme of new life is starting to show its face to the world; a reminder of God’s presence in our life. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Starting March 10, our church will embrace the qualities of Daniel as we make our way to Easter
Sunday. As part of our Lenten focus, the Invitation Team is offering two programs to encourage holistic healing and growth. The first program is the Daniel Plan. Through the Daniel Plan, participants are given tools in order to develop our relationships with faith, food, fitness, focus, and friendships. The wonderful part is that we do it together as community and with the help of God.

The second program is Walk to Jerusalem. Through the Walk to Jerusalem, members track
different activities which have set miles. These activities include physical fitness, fellowship,
spiritual growth, outreach, and worship. Like the Daniel Plan, this is a program we do together,
tracking enough miles to make our way from Suffolk Virginia to Jerusalem. We will have the children help tally miles each week which will help them see our commitment to growth during the Lenten season.

Now you may wonder how these programs fitinto your life. If you are anything like me, your
schedule is filled with things to do. You may be hesitant to take part in what looks like a new “diet fad” or “self-help program”. The great thing about the Daniel Plan is that the focus is on making healthy life choices. The end goal is being the best self you can be and do this together with God. In Jerimiah 32:27 God tells us “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Whenever we let God lead, how fail. Besides, part of Lent is taking time for Sabbath to recommit ourselves to God. These programs give you time throughout the
week to stop and be with God. The best part about both these programs is that they can be used together to complement each other or independently. Also, with the Daniel Program, each week has a new focus. You do not have to go through the whole process to get something out of the plan.

I encourage you to join me in these wonderful programs during the Lenten season. Through the Daniel Plan and the Walk to Jerusalem we can work together to be the best self and a healthier church.

Rev. Julie Sterling

Interested? Please register below or contact the church office:
The Daniel Plan Registration Form

Walk to Jerusalem handout:
Walk to Jerusalem Handout

Thank you for your intest in the life-changing Daniel Plan!


To register online click on: The Daniel Plan Registration Form

Walk to Jerusalem Registration Form

or contact the church office :

ph: (757) 539-3213; or

email: office.suffolkpcusa@verizon.net

Was getting in shape mentally and physically one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you hoping to find greater focus on God and His purpose for you? Are you ready to connect with others in exploring a new path to better health and a better life? Then join us in The Daniel Plan.

The Daniel Plan is a practical six-week program for people to restore their health and ultimately prepare them to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. More than just another “diet”, its a lifestyle based on the biblical story of Daniel, who forsook the king’s rich food and way of life in order to honor God and do what was best for him and his friends. Originating from Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, the Daniel Plan was created with the help of experts Drs. Mehmet Oz (cardiology – yes, THAT Dr. Oz), Daniel Amen (psychiatry), and Mark Hyman (functional medicine) – of different faiths and medical backgrounds. It addresses the Whole Person and is based on the five pillars of health: faith, food, fitness, friends, and focus.

Beginning Sunday, March 10, Suffolk Presbyterian Church will offer a special Lenten study centered around The Daniel Plan. In addition to weekly sermons inspired by Daniel, there will be a 40-day, small group DVD study. Using video and workbook discussions, the meetings will provide fellowship, inspiration, instruction, and useful tips. Each week will bring a different theme, with practical “next steps” to move forward. The study is open to the public, so feel free to invite friends. Afterall, every body needs a buddy, as lifestyle changes are best made within community. Check the Narthex for handouts and a signup sheet. We are also looking for individuals who would like to be a part of the Coordinating Team. See Maryanne Persons for details and more information.

Please register below or contact the church office:
The Daniel Plan Registration Form

Walk to Jerusalem Registration Form

Walk to Jerusalem handout:
Walk to Jerusalem Handout