• St. John's new Sunday School class for ages 2 - 4 meets this Sunday, October 7

The class will meet on the first Sunday of each month , so the next class will be this Sunday, October 7 in room 215 from 10:50 - 11:30. The leaders will be Angela and Russ Hadfield. We will are using a new curriculum called "Deep Blue Kids: At Home With God" and it has lots of music and activities. The children learn that we are all part of God's family. Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors to join this class as well.
  • United Thank Offering
T he United Thank Offering is the outreach program of the Episcopal Church Women and the money collected goes to support local, national and international programs. All women of the church belong to the ECW. UTO boxes are available on the back table in the church and men and women are encouraged to put coins in the box when they are thankful for God's many blessings. We will collect the UTO donations this Sunday, October 7 during the 9:30 AM service.

  • Diocesan Fall Meeting of the ECW and Ingathering of the UTO
The Fall Ingathering of the UTO will be held on Thursday, October 11 at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill (Herndon) from 8:30 AM to about 3:00 PM. Join us for a day of fellowship, education and the Holy Eucharist; hear UTO grant recipients and an update on combatting human trafficking in Virginia; and learn about the Triangle of Hope and the Mother's Initiatives. The cost is $30 and registration forms are available from Carol. Please let Carol know if you plan to attend.

  • Nursery help needed
We need someone to staff the nursery this Sunday, October 7 as our regular nursery worker will be out of town. If you can help, please contact Carol.

  • Men's Group Clean-up day
The Men's Group will meet on Saturday, October 13 from 8 - 11 AM to clean up the grounds around the church. The more men we have, the faster the job will get done. As Centreville Day is October 20, we want to be sure we are looking good! Questions? Contact Andrew Wade.

  • Donation Envelopes for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Thanksgiving baskets
I t's not too early to start thinking about helping our neighbors in need with food baskets for Thanksgiving. Envelopes are on the back table in the church to make donations to purchase the food for the baskets. We will be providing 10 baskets for Thanksgiving and 10 baskets for Christmas. Thanks (again!) to Marie McDermott for organizing this outreach ministry.

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Fellowship Dinner
The Annual WFCM Fellowship Dinner will be held on Friday, October 12 at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Center in Chantilly, starting at 6:00 PM with a silent auction and the dinner to follow at 7:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Ken Harvey from the Washington Redskins. RSVP by October 3. Tickets are $125. For more information or to register, click here: or call 703-988-9656, ext. 105.

  • Centreville Day is just around the corner!
Centreville Day is Saturday, October 20 and takes place in our front parking lot and on down Mt. Gilead Road. There's lots of music, entertainment, food and other vendors. St. John's usually sells coffee and hot chocolate, bakery items, and opens the historic church for tours . It's a good way to connect with the community and raise some funds. We will need volunteers to work 2 hour shifts on that day, as well as bakers who can provide things to sell. Small bags of cookies, brownies and other sweets sell the best. Please be thinking how you can help out on Centreville Day!

  • Israel Pilgrimage Group
The group going to Israel in January will meet on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 PM at St. John's. The Rev. Cheryl Wade, who recently went on a trip to Israel through St. George's College, will go over the "nuts and bolts" of the trip and talk about her experiences.

  • Many thanks go to...…
-Kristen Tucker for her help in addressing, stamping and stuffing the first pledge campaign letters.
-Craig Staresinich for getting rid of the old riding lawnmower that was beyond repair and taking up space in the shed.
-Walt Cooner for an insightful presentation on Israel last Sunday.
-Tom McDermott for installing our new office computers, and seeing how to fix two of the doors downstairs.

  • Parish News
-Congratulations go to Amy and Joel Gallant on the birth of their third daughter, Josephine Brennan Gallant, on Tuesday, October 2. Twins Kate and Bailey are the big sisters. The Gallant family has recently moved to Springfield and will be finding a church closer to their new home. They will be greatly missed at St. John's!
-Our condolences and sympathy is extended to the family of James and Teri Langley on the death of his mother, Cathy Langley. James and Teri are the parents of twins Zadie and Zander. "May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."

  • The office will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Afghan Orders

We will be sending in an order shortly for the St. John's Centreville Afghans, which were produced and sold here a few years ago. If you would like to order one, please add your name to the list that is in the breezeway. You may also email the office:
The price is $50 and is due when we place the order.
Blood (A-Platelet) Donors
Needed for a Newborn
Parishioner Denise McCarthy, whose daughter is a nurse at Inova Hospital, says that there is a baby who is in need of A- platelets. Donors are desperately needed to help this child, as the supply of these platelets is very low. If you can help, please call Inova Blood Donor Services. For more information, please see Denise, after the Sunday service.
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Twentieth Sunday
after Pentecost

October 7, 2018
9:30 AM 

Jesus Welcomes the Children_Lamb Studios
 The First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24
As God sets up the natural laws of creation, he finds that people need companionship, and that which a man and a woman provide for one another.

The Psalm: 8
The Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Jesus is God's great gift of creation, the most intimate giving of God's marvelous love to his cherished humanity.

The Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
The unconditional, uncomplicated love of a child is a precious gift to receive, and an example for world-weary adults to emulate.

  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service

 Each week, St. John's children join with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
Room 207/208

St. John's Sunday School class for ages 2-4, Room 215
Meets the first Sunday of each month from 10:50 - 11:30 

A Rule of Life: The Way of Love
From the Episcopal News Service
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spent much of his first three years as head of the Episcopal Church talking about Episcopalians being part of the Jesus movement. He has called them to follow Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving communion with God, with God’s creation and with each other. “Pretty early on, people started saying, "How do we do that?’” said the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. “So the presiding bishop really took that to heart.” Bishop Curry provided an answer at the General Convention in July by launching a “rule of life” framework dubbed “The Way of Love, ”featuring seven practices for Jesus-centered living. Those practices, hardly revolutionary, should be familiar to most Christians.
TURN : Pause, listen and choose to follow Jesus.
LEARN : Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.
PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God each day.
WORSHIP : Gather in community weekly to thank, praise and dwell with God.
BLESS : Share faith and unselfishly give and serve.
GO : Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus.
REST: Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace and restoration.

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"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 St. John's Church.
AS OF 10/02/2018
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages

  • Fruit Juice (individual size appreciated)
  • Canned pineapple
  • Tomato paste
  • Sugar
  • Canned vegetables (no green beans or corn needed)
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Pancake Mix/Syrup
  • Pasta
  • Canned spinach or collards

(NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased by our clients with their food stamps)
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo

  • 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:

October 25 - Joint Parish meeting at St. John's at 7:00 PM
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
Barbara Tourtelot
Andrew Wade
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!

Children of God
Do not be afraid… because God is holding you in love. God loves you more than anything. You are of infinitely more value to God than even the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, which God so carefully looks after and tends. Nothing will ever be able to separate you from that love. So don’t be afraid.
-Br. David Vryhof

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, Rector
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