St. John's Episcopal Church

Welcome to the E-Notes!

September 20, 2017 

From the Rector.... 
I am thrilled and honored to be called to serve as the next Rector of St. John's, Centreville and I appreciate the faith and trust you have put in me! I have greatly enjoyed my time here as first the Interim, and then the Priest-in-Charge. Now to be called as your Rector is exciting! St. John's is a wonderful, spirit-filled place and it feels like family. I feel at home here and I am delighted to be able to stay.
The way this congregation works together and supports each other is a true witness of what it means to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. We are called together to be the Body of Christ, and to do God's work in this world. It is amazing to me the amount of outreach this small church does and the impact it makes on the community.
I appreciate the opportunity to walk with you in our journey of faith, to learn together, to grow together, to experience the love of God together. God calls us into community for a reason - to help and support each other, to love each other, and to be a witness for the furthering of God's kingdom together. I am thrilled to be able to join you in this journey and to serve the people of St. John's.
The Rev. Carol Hancock
Have you been thinking about a memorial brick? "Buy a Brick" Fundraiser!
Buy a brick in honor of, or in memory of a loved one; to celebrate a wedding, confirmation or baptism at St. John's, or an anniversary; as a memorial to parents, grandparents, and other relatives or friends.   Here is an opportunity to purchase a brick to be embedded in the front walkway! Each brick can have the person's name, date and a small symbol if desired.

Please take a look at the bricks already in our front walkway. Engraved bricks are $75, which includes 3 lines (60 letters) of engraving, or 36 letters with a choice of a symbol (shown on form.) Order forms are on the back table in the church, and in the Breezeway. Payment is due when you turn in the order. Please make the check out to St. John's.
What would you like your brick to proclaim?
Please help those devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund is collecting funds to assist those who have been devastated by the three recent hurricanes. Monetary donations are what will help the most right now. You can donate online at    A contribution of any size will be greatly appreciated. Please see the Presiding Bishop's short video HERE

ChurchNext offers free webinar
ChurchNext, which offers a variety of classes and webinars, is offering a free webinar until September 25, entitled "Faithful Dissent: Loving our way into a brighter tomorrow". You can register and then take it at anytime. Four short videos are presented by Ed Bacon, former rector of All Saints', Pasadena, CA; and Stanley Hauerwas, renowned author and speaker. How do we as Christians respond to the violence and hatred that seems prevalent in our society? Also available are questions and an opportunity to have online discussions. Click on
Faithful Dissent Webinar  . This Sunday, we will watch the videos and discuss them in Carol's office at 10:50 AM.
Carol changes her day off
As EfM will be meeting on Mondays, Carol has changed her day off to Friday. On Mondays, she will be in the office from 12:00 noon - 8:30 PM, and all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Our first regional youth event...
...was a great success! It was held at St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station and we had about 40 youth attend from 5 churches. Our youth were unable to attend this event due to scheduling conflicts but might attend future events.

Please sign up to provide altar flowers, coffee hour snacks, and help with Sunday services
You can sign up online! Just scroll further down this page to the sign up block. Click on "altar flowers" or "coffee hour" or "altar servers" and sign up for the date you want. We really need YOUR help. If you would like to be a lector, crucifer, usher or Lay Eucharistic Minister, please let Carol know. Training is provided.

Centreville Day is Saturday, October 21
Centreville Day happens right here in the St. John's parking lot! We would like to sell baked goods and some crafts as we did last year, so please start baking and making crafts you would be willing to sell at Centreville Day. We will need many volunteers that day and sign up sheets will be posted closer to that date. Many thanks go to Nita Amar who is donating a quilt she made for us to raffle off.
Our Joint Sunday School has resumed
Our joint Sunday School resumed last Sunday. The time has changed to 10:30 - 11:30 in order to allow more time for instruction and activities. All students will meet together in room 207/208 between 10:20 and 10:30, and will then go to their designated classrooms. PreK (ages 3 and 4) will meet in the nursery; grades K - 6th will meet in 207/208; and grades 7 - 12 will meet in room 206. Our joint Sunday School is with the Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, Wellspring United Church of Christ, Grace Baptist Church and St. John's. If you are interested in helping with the Sunday School, please let Carol know.
Restoring the Church
Renewing the Spirit
By David Weir
   The Men's Group spent the summer months working on an ambitious project to repair and restore St John's front exterior. The work included the connecting wall to the historic church, the breeze-way window area, both entrance ways, and the side wall down to the back patio. In addition to the main body of work, the front door of the Historic Church was painted red and our street address sign was replaced.
Rotten wood and faded paint was everywhere. This meant parishioners needed to contribute many hours of labor and thousands of dollars to fix all of this.
   The project was accomplished despite challenging weather conditions. The hard work pressed on dealing with monsoon like rain storms and heat indices exceeding 105 degrees. Other obstacles that were overcome included poison ivy, sink holes, and a swarm of wasps! (Actually, it was only two wasps, but they were pretty scary!)
   Special thanks go to Jerry Stacks and Andrew Wade. Jerry's carpentry skills and dedication were instrumental in replacing the enormous amount of rotten and deteriorating wood. As for Andrew, he exhibited inspirational leadership in getting the most from the volunteers that carried out the sanding, taping, chalking, priming and painting.
   A poster board will be set up in the breeze-way with photos that documents the before, transitions, and final look.
   In addition to the hard-physical work, there was also a sense of a shared spiritual renewal that brought our parish family closer together. In my nearly 30 years as parish member at St John's I have never felt such pride in being a part of a church project as I have on this one.
     Even though the genesis for the project began in the Men's Group there was no gender barrier as several women also made significant contributions to getting the work done.
     Accept my apology if I missed your name, yet the following are those known to have given their valuable time, talent, and treasure to this important work for the Kingdom of God:
Jake Cook, Catherine Crossett, Jim Elliott, Carol Hancock, Marie McDermott, Tom McDermott,
Gene Milunec, Catherine Packard, Steve Pollard, Jerry Stacks, John Tucker, Val Tucker, Kristen Tucker, Andrew Wade, David DanielWeir, and Julie Weir.
Many thanks also go to our Senior Warden, David Weir, who also gave freely of his time and talent for this project.                                                                                                    Carol Hancock                                                                                     
Statement from the Bishops of Virginia 
in Support of DACA Recipients 
and Their Families
We write to you today to pledge our action - and to invite yours - on behalf of 800,000 DREAMers across the country, including the DREAMers in our own Diocese.  These young men and women were brought to this country as children; America is the only home they have ever known.  As a result of yesterday's decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), they are now threatened with punishment for decisions they did not make.
We your bishops meet DREAMers and their families as we visit congregations.  We hear their stories.  We learn of the hopes of young people who grew up in the United States, who go to school and play sports and work to help support their families.  We hear the dreams for college and safe futures for young people who are as American as any others who grew up on this soil.  We ache with them as they speak of their fear of being separated from their families, of being sent to foreign lands that they don't remember, whose culture and, in some cases, whose language they do not know.  DREAMers and their families are here in our Diocese, especially but not exclusively in our congregations that worship in Spanish.  Some of those congregations are the fastest growing in the Diocese of Virginia.  Our DREAMers are a part of vibrant growth and life that the Spirit is revealing to us.
We join with the majority of Americans who support DREAMers and believe they should be offered a just pathway to citizenship.  We stand with DREAMers and invite you to stand with them in concrete ways:
  • CALL or  WRITE 
     to your representatives in Congress urging them to pass the DREAM Act and to protect DACA recipients. Congress has the power to act before any currently protected young people lose their ability to work, study and live without fear in the United States.  The congressional switchboard number is (202) 225-3121.
  • DONATE to a DACA recipient who needs financial support to submit a DACA renewal application by the October 5 deadline. 
  •  VOLUNTEER. Local legal services organizations in Northern Virginia and across the Commonwealth are hosting legal clinics to train volunteers in how best to support timely submissions of DACA renewals by October 5.   
  •  WORSHIP and PRAY.
"The Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."  - Leviticus 10:17-19
The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston 
The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff 
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick
With thanks for research and support from Aisha Huertas, diocesan intercultural ministries officer.
We can prepare our hearts and minds
by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons 
Israelites Gathering Manna
September 24, 2017 
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The First Reading:
Exodus 16:2-15
Those delivered by God and witnesses to his great works on their behalf still struggle to trust his provision. 
The Epistle:  
Philippians 1:21-30 
It is not in fearing for our mortal lives that we are freed to minister as God has called. Some are called to live now, and some are called to die now.

The Psalm:      105:1-6, 37-45 
The Gospel:
Matthew 20:1-16
God describes the kingdom of Heaven through a parable, demonstrating God's abundant goodness to all people.   

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 AM .  
We  offer 3 classes:
  PreK: Rm. 205;
 K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
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. 

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries - 10th Annual Fellowship Dinner
WFCM is celebrating 30 years of service at its 10th Annual Fellowship Dinner at the Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Drive in Chantilly on Friday, October 13. The reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm with the dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. A minimum donation of $75 per person is appreciated. If you would like to attend, please let Carol know as soon as possible so she can register you to sit at the St. John's table!
Please remember in your prayers all those who have lost loved ones, homes, belongings and businesses due to the devastating floods from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as those impacted by the earthquakes in Mexico. Please pray also for the first responders as well as neighbors and strangers who are helping each other out.

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!
The invitation from God is always to come home. To know again just how much God loves you and then to take the risk every day to say 'Lord, here am I,' I am yours. I offer my life to you this day. Use me in your service.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram
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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