St. John's Episcopal Church

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January 3, 2018

A prayer for the New Year
Lord God, loving Savior, forgiver of our sins, to know you is to love you; to serve you is eternal life. We give you thanks for the beginning of another year and the opportunities that lie before us. We pray that we may serve you more and more each day. Guide us through this year with joy and thankfulness for all your many blessings, that our eyes may be open to see you at work in the world and the opportunities you give us to serve you and those around us. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We say "goodby" to Jonathan Boksan this Sunday
This Sunday, January 7, we will say our heartfelt goodbyes and thank you's to Jonathan, who has been our organist and choir director for the past 4 years. His music has inspired us and enriched our worship. His dedication to the choir has been evident as they have thrived and grown under his leadership. Please come Sunday and thank Jonathan for his ministry among us and wish him Godspeed as he and his wife Laura return to Pennsylvania. We will have a special reception for Jonathan following the service.  
Vestry Candidates Needed
The Vestry is the governing board of the parish and makes financial, outreach, building and other decisions on behalf of the congregation. Vestry members are elected at our Annual Meeting which will be held on Sunday, February 11. Two of our Vestry members, Penny Parker and Val Tucker, are finishing their three year term and will be rotating off. We need confirmed members in good standing to run for the Vestry to fill up to five vacancies. (We can have 12 on the Vestry and we currently have 9.) The Vestry meets on the third Sunday of the month at 12:00 noon. Vestry meeting are open to parish members to attend. You are invited to attend a meeting and see what goes on. If you would like to know more, talk with a Vestry member. 
Sunday counters needed
We are looking for a few new counters to add to our roster. On a rotating schedule, two counters count the weekly offering and take the deposit to the bank. If you want to learn more, please contact Marie McDermott at  
2019 Trip to Israel
The first deadline for those wanting to go on the trip to Israel in 2019 is coming up next week. If you want to go, you will need to give Andrew Wade a definite "yes" by next Wednesday, January 10 ( The trip is filling up fast and there is a limit of 40 people. The second deadline is January 31. Each person planning to go must make a reservation with St. George's College in Jerusalem and make a $500 deposit. We will be traveling with parishioners from Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Delaplane.  
Evening School of Theology at VTS
The Evening School at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria (3737 Seminary Road) will be starting the following classes soon:

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

Family Ties: Exploring the Book of Genesis
The Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci
Mondays, February 5 - April 23, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Contemporary Spiritual Traditions
Kathy Brown, D.Min.
Wednesdays, February 7 - April 25, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m

How Myths Make Meaning: Theological Themes in Star Wars & Harry Potter
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons
Mondays, February 5 - April 23, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (no class 2/19 & 4/2)

"A Taste of Evening School" will be held at the seminary on January 17 at 6:45 PM. You can register there or contact Anne Karoly ( To RSVP, go to .Christian Formation is a life long process. The seminary offers evening classes for adults in the spring and the fall to enrich our spiritual lives.

St. John's Recycling Fundraiser
***Did you get a new cell phone for Christmas? Consider donating the old phone to St. John's! 
We're conducting a fundraiser that helps protect the environment and helps you clean out those used electronic items that clutter closets & drawers!
Nothing to buy! Nothing to sell! Just bring in the used electronic items that you have replaced or that have broken. We will package the items and send them to Eco-Phones for recycling. Eco-Phones pays us for these items - working or not. Below is a list of what we are collecting:
cell phones
ipads & tablets
inkjet cartridges
Eco-Phones will not accept desktop computers and is no longer accepting laptops.
Bring your items to the church and place them in the "Eco-Phones" box in the breezeway. If you have any questions contact Penny Parker at 703-791-3482 or 

as LEM, Crucifer, Lector, Usher, Verger, Torch Bearer at a Sunday Service.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. ( If you would like to become an altar server, please see the Rev. Carol Hancock.)

for coffee hour after the Sunday Service in the Breezeway.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. Coffee hour is an important part of fellowship - staying connected with each other and welcoming newcomers.

for a Sunday service throughout 2017.

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You may sign up here to donate the flowers to be used on the altar for each of the Sundays in 2017. Click to read additional info before signing up.

We can prepare our hearts and minds by
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.  
The Epiphany
January 7, 2018
9:30 AM  
Journey of the Magi. Tissot, James, 1836-190 
The First Reading:
Isaiah 60:1-6 
The glory of the Lord is portrayed as a wondrous light. All people will be drawn to salvation by God's radiance.  
The Psalm:  72
  The Epistle: 
Ephesians 3:1-12 
Writing from prison, Paul shares his revelation that through Christ, all people - including the Gentiles - are now called to be numbered among the saints.  
The Gospel:
Matthew 2:1-12 
Led by a brilliant new star, astrologers from the east come to Bethlehem to pay homage to the King of the Jews. Herod, fearing a challenge to his own authority, wants to kill the infant Savior. 

FROM 10:50 - 11:50 am

(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
   Joint Sunday School
  Each week, St. John's children join
 with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, 
Wellspring United Church  of Christ
& Grace Baptist Church 
 for Sunday School 10:30  - 11:30 A M
We  offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205;  
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206

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!
True humility rises from a right assessment of one's self, an assessment that is without exaggerated approval or exaggerated disdain. A truly humble person sees herself as one small creature in God's wide world-a child of God and made in the image of God, but also fallible and weak, in constant need of God's mercy and help.

My email address is,
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

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