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

The class will meet on the first Sunday of each month , so the next class will be 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.
  • Save the date!!!
This Sunday, September 30 , Walt Cooner will make a presentation on Israel - its culture, its ethnic and religious groups, its conflicts, its language and history. This will be of particular interest to those going on the trip to Israel in January but it is open to anyone who would like to come. We will meet from 10:50 - 12:30/1:00 PM in the library. This will take the place of the adult lectionary class for this week only. (Note that there is a new 10 minute video on the St. George's College website that will be of interest to those going on the trip. click here click here The next meeting of those going on the pilgrimage to Israel will be Thursday, October 25 at St. John's.)

  • Coffee hour hosts needed this Sunday
No one has signed up to provide snacks for coffee hour this week. It's the fifth Sunday of the month so it is not listed on the sign-up sheet. However, this Sunday, many folks will probably be staying for Walt's presentation on Israel which might go till 12:30 or 1:00 PM. A hearty coffee hour would probably be appreciated. Those attending Walt's presentation are also welcome to bring their own snacks.

  • 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.

  • 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 on Sunday, October 7 as our regular nursery worker will be out of town. If you can help, please contact Carol.

  • 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!

  • Parish Family News...…
- Many thanks go to Mimi and Steve Spear who invited guests to bring cans of food to celebrate Steve's birthday and then donated the food to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Great idea!
-Many thanks go to Katharine Lavery who played her trumpet for all the hymns and service music for last Sunday's service when our organist, Mandy Hull, was out sick. (Mandy in on the mend and is feeling better.)
-Congratulations go to Val Tucker who recently celebrated her 30th anniversary of working for Fairfax County. On the same day, her daughter Kristin began working for Fairfax County in a new job. Congratulations to both Tuckers!

  • 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 Nineteenth Sunday
after Pentecost

September 30, 2018
9:30 AM 
 The First Reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Moses feels stuck between the faithless people and God's righteous anger. To ease the burden, Moses shares his responsibility for listening and responding to the people with 70 wise brethren.

The Psalm: 19:7-14
The Epistle: James 5:13-20
Prayer is the foundation of the life of faith. By prayer Elijah showed the power of God. By prayer the sinner is brought back to light and redemption. By prayer the humble are lifted up. By prayer the joyful are multiplied in happiness of heart.

The Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
Rather than looking after the behavior and attitudes of others, those who follow Jesus do well to tend to their own hearts, thoughts, and actions. Whether another person looks to be following Jesus correctly is no matter. What matters is to keep from making faithfulness more onerous for others.

  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 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:
  • 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
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!

Thought for the day......

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.   
—Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude.

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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