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July 26, 2017 

Special food collection this Sunday, July 30th!
It was a beautiful day at Frying Pan Farm Park! On Saturday, July 15, St. John's had an outing for parents and children, and met up at the farm! the tractors were a huge hit, as you can see!
Sunday, July 30 - Special Food Collection 
The Vestry has designated Sunday, July 30 for a special emphasis on our food collection for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Summer is a hard time at WFCM as not as much food is donated from churches and other organizations. Those who already regularly donate food on Sundays to WFCM, please consider adding a few more items on this one Sunday. If you do not usually donate food, please consider bringing in a few items on July 30, and then try to make it a weekly habit. (A list of needed items are in the Community section of these E-Notes.)
The St. John's painting project team has made great strides! A lot of the front of the building has now been painted!  
The scraping, sanding and priming continues along the far right side on the front, as does the replacing of the rotted wood (more was found than had been expected.) We continue to need folks to help in the evening and supplies are provided. Please call Andrew Wade (703-477-8980) for more information and to find out which days people will be here to work. Many thanks go to all who have been giving of their time and talent. We will need lots of folks to help with the painting.
Looking to hire a part-time sexton
As you may know, one of our sextons, Will Lambert, had a stroke several weeks ago. He is recovering and making good progress at the Manor Care Rehabilitation Center on Route 50 in Fairfax. At this time, it is uncertain whether Will will be able to return to work. In the meantime, we need to hire a part-time sexton to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3-4 hours per day. The job includes cleaning, vacuuming, setting up rooms, and light repair work. If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them contact our Senior Warden, David Weir at SignalSDW@aol.com or 703-263-1543.

Remember to change our address on your donation envelopes 
For those of you who mail in your pledges, please use our street address (5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA  20120). We no longer have our post office box. Note that the post office box is printed on the pledge envelopes so you will need to change that. We do have stickers with our street address on the back table in the church that you can use on your pledge envelopes. If you have your bank send us your pledge, please let them know about our change of address.
Many thanks from Centreville High School
We delivered 32 large backpacks to Centreville High School to help students who otherwise would not have one. The staff was most grateful and recounted how the students faces would light up when they received their new backpack. Another organization donates school supplies so the backpacks are filled with what the students will need for a successful school year. Many thanks to those who donated these backpacks!

Save the date for the first regional youth event!
Our first event will be a "kick-off" fun event at St. Peter's in the Woods in Fairfax Station on Saturday, September 16 from 5-7 PM. More details will be forthcoming.
Education for Ministry - still looking for a few more people
EfM is a program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection written by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. All that's needed is a desire to learn and grow in your faith. There is a good amount of reading to be done each week, but no tests. The topics of study are Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. The entire program is 4 years, but each participant signs up for a year at a time. Interested?   Please speak with Carol by this Sunday as the group is forming nowWe have 5 people so far and we need a minimum of 6.  The group hopes to start in September but we need to register the group in the next few weeks and we cannot register until we have 6 people.
May/June Vestry Minute 2017 Highlights 
New Fire & Security Alarm Installed 
Draft changes to Facility Use Form-Rules & Regulations 
Paint red door on historic church 
Repair and painting of church exterior started by Men's Group

Carol will be on vacation...
I will be on vacation from July 31 - August 19, traveling up through New England, visiting family, attending my high school reunion, sight seeing in Montreal, and enjoying the beach. I will be returning to St. John's on Sunday, August 20.

....but St. John's will continue on!
The Rev. Anne Ritchie will be here on Sunday, August 6 and The Rev. Cecelia Schroeder will be here on August 13. Both have been to St. John's before.

The Wednesday evening services WILL continue. Val Tucker will lead Evening Prayer on August 2, The Rev. Samuel Reddimalla will lead the service of Holy Eucharist on August 9, and Catherine Packard will lead Evening Prayer on August 16.

Office hours will be varied during the next few weeks. Juliette Faulding, our bookkeeper, is in the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Catherine Packard, our Parish Administrator, is part-time and will be back in the office on August 4. We have several wonderful office volunteers - Marie McDermott, Robyn Ramsey and Penny Parker - who answer the phones and help out at various times on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you plan to come by the church, please call first to be sure someone is in the office to help you. If there is an emergency while I am away, please call our Senior Warden, David Weir at 703-263-1543.


The Pearl of Great Price
We can prepare our hearts 
and minds
by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons 

July 30, 2017 

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 
The First Reading:
Genesis 29:15-28
Jacob, the trickster, gets a taste of his own medicine when he is deceived in his wedding. 
The Epistle:  
Romans 8:26-39
In the depths of suffering, we may be too troubled to know how to respond, but God will lead us through the valley of death, always our companion, never separated from us. 
The Psalm: 105:1-11, 45b 
The Gospel:
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 
Jesus presents many parables describing the kingdom of heaven; his transforming truth comes together to form the most cohesive picture possible this side of glory. 
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 10:50  - 11:45 AM .  
We  offer 3 classes:
  PreK- 2nd grade: Rm. 205;
 3rd - 8th grade: Rm. 215;

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
WFCM reminds us that their shelves can become almost empty during the summer months. Please remember those who are hungry when you do your grocery shopping and
donate nonperishable food items
to WFCM when you come to St. John's on Sundays.
You may put your donations in the baskets by the front door of the church. 

Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages
Fruit Juice (individual size appreciated)
Pasta Sauce
Cold cereal
Canned pasta
Pancake Mix/Syrup
Canned fruit
Canned chili

(NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased
by our clients with their food stamps, so they are greatly appreciated.)
Body wash
Diapers size 4, 5 or 6
Baby Wipes
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
More Virginians are killed annually by gunfire than in car accidents. The "Coalition to Stop Gun Violence" seeks to create educational awareness, outreach and a dialogue for gun violence prevention through the special interest license "Stop Gun Violence." Delegate Marcus Simon will submit legislation for the approval of this special license plate to get the approval of the Virginia General Assembly. Visit their website at  http://www.stopgunviolence.info. The application for the new license plate can be found at www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/pdf/vsa10.pdf. 
Please remember in your prayers all those who have been injured or killed or live in fear due to acts of terrorism; those who live in war-torn parts of this world; those who are dying of starvation in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan due to drought and war; and all who are on our prayer list.


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.

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!

Making judgments about other people is something we do naturally and often. It is so easy - we affix a label, and we respond accordingly. The challenge for us is to resist our tendency to label, to remain open to the one who stands before us, to look for the image of God in them. Every human being bears this image, without exception.

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

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