Greetings!
CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
 
St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign
     You Have Taken Us Almost Half Way There!
 
More than $21,000 Raised!
  
Yes! It is true, because of all of your generous and heartfelt donations we are almost halfway to our goal of $47,000!
  
And …stay tuned for an important
announcement of an upcoming social
fund - raising event.
(Who says you can’t have fun at a fund raiser!)
 
  Give what you can…When you can!
 
You can contribute online by
clicking on this new "Give" button:      
Or

  • You can indicate on your check or credit card authorization the amount is for the 2018 Facility Campaign. This can be contributed during the offertory on Sunday or mailed to:

   St. John's 5649 Mt. Gilead Rd. Centreville Virginia 20120

Doing a Little…Can Mean A Lot!
   
 Address Today’s Needs…Assure Tomorrow’s Dreams

David Weir, Senior Warden
FAMILY FRIENDLY FUNDRAISER!
NO CHARGE TO ATTEND
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Donations gratefully accepted
for the 2018 Facility Campaign
now going on!

ICE CREAM SOCIAL
SATURDAY, JULY 21
(TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED)
ROOMS 217 & 218

  • ICE CREAM, TOPPINGS, FRUIT!

  • KIDS & ADULTS!

  • A BIT OF VERY OLD VIDEO SHOWING A FUN PEEK INTO ST. JOHN'S DECADES AGO!
PARISH NEWS

  • Book Study on Israel meets this Thursday!
As many parishioners from St. John's will be traveling to the Holy Land in January, we would like to start a book study this summer to learn more about Israel and the places we will be visiting before we go. Those not going on the trip are certainly welcome to join this book study. Val Tucker has purchased some of the books from the recommended reading list and has graciously offered to lend them out. These books are in a container in the library. If you would like to borrow one, please sign it out so she will know who has what book. People are encouraged to read different books, and we can share what we have learned when we get together. Hopefully, we can get together at least a few times over the summer. Let's meet for the first time on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM in the library. If you want to join us but can't come on this date, please let Carol know. We will set future meeting dates at this first meeting.

  • Backpack donations needed
A gain this year, the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries has asked us to join them in collecting backpacks for children in need when they return to school in September. We have been asked to supply 25 LARGE, NEW backpacks for students at Centreville High School. They need to be delivered to the high school by early August. Donations can be dropped off at the church office or you can bring them on Sunday and put them in the food baskets. The backpacks need to be very sturdy so they will last more than one year. (Costco often has good backpacks on sale for about $15, usually sometime in July. If you are a Costco shopper, could you please provide us with more information about this, including sale dates. Thanks!)

  • St. John’s Men’s Group (Bi-Monthly Meeting) Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
The Men’s Group will be having our breakfast meeting this Saturday at St. John’s. This is a ‘non-working’ breakfast/fellowship meeting!  There will be some discussion about which project(s) to tackle during the 2 nd half of 2018.  If you have some free time and are not on vacation this weekend, please come and join us. Please RSVP for breakfast planning purposes to Jim Elliott;   alyotj@verizon.net
Schedule for the rest of the year:
1.    June 30 – Jim Elliott
2.    August 25- Gene Milunec
3.    October 27 - Bob Faithful
4.    Dec. 29 - TBD or Vacation
Emails/Enotes to follow as we tackle special projects above and beyond these dates.
Andrew Wade andrewdwade@gmail.com

  • Bishop Curry: From Palace to Public Square: The Way of Love
Join Bishop Michael Curry as he reflects on his sermon at the royal wedding last month and encourages us to act in the way of love, as Jesus taught us. The four short videos can be accessed through ChurchNext and can be viewed anytime between July 2 and July 15. You can register now to watch it later. CLICK HERE

  • Mission Trip
Lindsay Jones, daughter of Sandy and Dan Jones, will be going on a mission trip to Haiti from July 12-19 with youth from Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. They will be helping with a Vacation Bible School and cleaning up an area for a library. They need some financial support for this trip. Checks can be made out to Epiphany Episcopal Church, with "Mission Trip" in the memo line. You can give the checks to Carol who will get them to Lindsay. Lindsay was baptized and confirmed at St. John's. Everyone who is under 19 when they are confirmed receives a $200 voucher from the Diocese of Virginia to go on a mission trip. Let's support Lindsay and the other youth going on this mission trip to Haiti!

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Each Sunday, we collect food for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. The need for food continues through the summer, but the supplies on the shelves at WFCM dwindle during the summer months. Many people go out of town during the summer and do not donate as much food as during the winter months. Please help keep the shelves of WFCM stocked with food this summer so no one who needs food cannot get it. Please bring your donations on Sunday and put them in the baskets by the front door.

  • Education for Ministry
The first year of EfM has come to a successful conclusion. Congratulations go to Durinda Smith, Val Tucker, Patricia McPherson, Walt Cooner, Bob Faithful and Craig Staresinich who have completed Year One. EfM is a four year program of bible study and theological reflection. These 6 people will be returning next year but we have room in our group for up to 6 more people. The commitment is for one year at a time and the group meets every Monday night from 6:00 - 8:30 PM from September through June. The cost is $375 per year, which includes all the materials. We are accepting registrations now for the fall. Interested? See Carol as soon as possible.

  • Congratulations to our graduate!
Our congratulations go to Jack Yagerline who graduated from Oakton High School. He will be attending James Madison University School of Music in the fall, with a focus in composition.

  • May Vestry Highlights
-Model to replace the broken HVAC unit was approved, pending funding
-2018 Facilities Campaign goals, communication and time frame were approved
-Tiger Team of Vestry volunteers will meet to address outstanding issues on possibly having a child care center at St. John's.

  • Scam Alert
Several congregations in our diocese have reported that scammers are faking email addresses and asking parishioners for gift cards on behalf of clergy. It has now happened to at least three parishes in the diocese. To my knowledge, it has not happened at St. John's. However, if you ever receive an email from the church or from Carol and you are unsure if it really came from us, please feel free to call and verify.
The church office will be closed next Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July!

SUNDAY SERVICE

We can prepare our hearts & minds
by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.      

The Sixth Sunday
after Pentecost

July 1, 2018
9:30 AM 
 

 The First Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Despite Saul's mission to hunt down and kill David, when he dies, King David mourns for his predecessor, composing a song of lament.

The Psalm: 130
  
The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Generosity to our brothers and sisters - to anyone in the human family - comes not through a formula or quota of provision, but from the outpouring of our hearts and lives.
 
The Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Jesus's miracles point to his healing presence for all who are bold enough and humble enough to approach him for help.
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THE ADULT LECTIONARY FORUM

MEETS EACH SUNDAY IN THE LIBRARY, FOLLOWING THE SERVICE 
  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
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CHILD CARE IS PROVIDED IN THE NURSERY  
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
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JOINT SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
 Each week, St. John's children join with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
 
We offer 3 classes:
 
PreK: Rm. 205; 
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
 
DIOCESE
THE GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, JULY 5-13
The General Convention, which meets every three years, will be held in Austin, Texas from July 5-13. Four clergy and four lay delegates from every diocese makes up the House of Deputies. The bishops meet separately in the House of Bishops. Much of the legislation must pass both houses before it is approved, much like our Congress. Our delegates, who were elected at our Diocesan Convention, are: (clergy) The Rev. Lucia Lloyd, The Rev. Dr. Robert Pritchard, The Rev. Randy Alexander, and The Rev. Justin McIntosh. The Lay Delegates are: J.P. Causey, Cynthia Bartol, Russell Randle and Helen Spence. Our bishops will be attending as well. To find out more about General Convention, please CLICK HERE You can also subscribe to the "Center Aisle", which is an online publication put out daily during General Convention by the Diocese of Virginia. Please keep all our delegates and bishops in your prayers as they travel to Austin next week and discuss resolutions to enhance the ministry of the Episcopal Church.
JUNE 20 WAS WORLD REFUGEE DAY
We remember all who are refugees around the world. To watch a short video by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, CLICK HERE
VOLUNTEERING AT ST. JOHN'S
Sign Up Here to be an altar server *, or to donate flowers for a Sunday service, or to bring refreshments for Coffee Hour after the service. * (if you're not an altar server, and would like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), a Lector, or a Crucifer, please see Carol).
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COMMUNITY
  • "We know that food can be one of the most expensive items on a household budget list. Our hope is that in allowing our clients to visit once per month they will save enough money to pay for other expenses such as rent or utility bills." - WFCM
  • Items are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of the church.
WFCM requested foods this month:
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned carrots or beets
  • Vienna sausages
  • Sugar
  • Canned pasta
  • Chili
  • Canned fruit (no pineapple needed this month)
  • Oatmeal
  • Black beans
  • Dry lentils
You can visit the WFCM website to see additional items listed:
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Update on ‘Footsteps of Jesus’ Program; Trip to the Holy Land Jan. 29 – Feb. 7 2019

The trip is now FULL.  We now have 29 former, current, or family members of St. John’s and Emmanuel registered with St. Georges College in Jerusalem. We are excited that so many have decided to make this voyage. The group has the maximum of 40 participants; with 11 coming from outside of our two parishes.
 
Here is an updated schedule for planning / budgeting purposes:
 
Fall 2018 – Joint Parish Educational Meeting at Emmanuel in Delaplane
November 2018 – 50% payment due to St. Georges ($1,225)
December 2018/January 2019 – Joint Parish / Send off Dinner (and final information)
January 29 – February 7, 2019 – Pilgrimage
 
Walt Cooner  wcooner@yahoo.com
Barbara Tourtelot btourtelot@gmail.com
Andrew Wade  andrewdwade@gmail.com
 
Reminder
Every Wednesday evening, we have a service of Holy Eucharist and healing at 6:00 PM. The service is about 30 minutes. It is a perfect alternative for those who cannot come to church on Sunday mornings, as well as a good spiritual boost in the middle of the week. Come join us!
 
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Wonder
You don’t have to go anywhere to claim the wonder of life. Just take it in, and with gratitude: each breath you’re given, what you can see and sense, touch and create. Life is an absolute wonder. It is wonder-full. The gift of wonder has been seeded into your soul, and that seedling wants to burst through the ground of your being.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
My email address is stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com,
and the office number is 703-803-7500. 

May our ministry together spread God's love to all whom we encounter.
      - Carol

        The Rev. Carol Hancock, Rector
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 5649 MT. GILEAD RD. , CENTREVILLE, VA | 703-803-7500
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