St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - January 18, 2023

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends -

From the Deacon:

On Sunday night your vestry met, and among other topics, they began discussing the Annual Meeting to be held February 12. One of the major concerns was finding nominees for vestry positions that will open next month. Vestry members serve for three years and then must take at least one year off. We have several members who have fulfilled their terms, so there are some new opportunities to join the vestry. (The voting/selection will occur at the Annual Meeting.) If you heard my sermon last Sunday about using your God- given talents, skills, and abilities, please offer yourself to serve on the Vestry. The Vestry makes critical decisions about the budget, operation, and maintenance of the church: and this year, in collaboration with the Bishop, will make the final decision on our new priest in charge. Please pray to God to hear if God is calling you to serve on St. John’s Vestry.  


Rev Deacon Steve

We are also still seeking volunteers to support our Sunday children’s program – if you are interested, please contact Nancy Brannegan or myself


A Celebration of Life will be held this

Saturday, January 21 at 2 pm in the Historic Church, for

Elizabeth (Beth) Griffith, wife of R. Lee Griffith.


The Fire - Wood Fundraiser for Outreach

Bigger Bundles this year! The Woodchucks have been out chopping, and there is a lot of wood in store! $10 for a large bundle, $25 for 3 large bundles! Right outside the front door. Please drop the envelopes with $$ or checks in our mailbox adjacent to the wood.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries


Food & Beverages

  • Flour / Maseca Flour / Vegetable Oil / Hot Cereal (Oatmeal, Grits)
  • Ramen Noodle Soup / Canned Stewed Tomatoes
  • Jelly / Juice (shelf stable, family size, plastic bottle)
  • Ketchup and Mayo (family size, not small packets)


Toiletries NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased clients with SNAP​​

  • Body Wash / Shampoo / Conditioner / Lotion
  • Large size pull-ups and diapers size 6 & larger  / Baby Wipes 

Centreville Immigration Forum & Labor Resource Center

Volunteer & Intern Opportunities

The Shepherd’s Center of Western Fairfax - needs drivers and support for elderly.

The Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter

Needs: Toothpaste / Shampoo / Conditioner / Body Wash /

Bar Soap / Hand Soap / Deodorant

The items may be dropped off at the box in the office.

The Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter is nearby and houses up to 12 families onsite, 12 families in hotel sites and serves over 40 families in their prevention and rapid rehousing programs. Seeking volunteers for: On-call movers , Volunteer Shelter Assistant

Please contact Rev. Deacon Steve at who will coordinate with KKHFS Community Coordinator to get you started.



 We welcome and value your help! The lector reads the 2 lessons and the psalm. The usher hands out bulletins and brings the elements and offering to the altar. CLICK HERE.

Bishop's Blend Coffee


If you would like to sign up to bring coffee hour "snacks" in the coming weeks click 



When you sign up, please indicate how you wish your flower donation to appear (in memory of) in the Sunday bulletin.



IN PERSON & ON ZOOM All are invited to join in, following the Sunday service, in the library. Or use the link to the Lectionary Forum via Zoom, in case you cannot attend in person. Here is the login link,

St. John's You Tube Link to view the Sunday Services

The services continue to be live streamed at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning, and they can be watched later as well. On Saturday, we will resend the link, along with a link for the bulletin and the lectionary class.

How to help Ukrainians If you would like to help those in need, Episcopal Relief and Development is working closely with a group that is on the ground in Ukraine. You can make a contribution: at 

A Prayer for all those involved in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen

(written by Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell)

We welcomed The Rev. Philene Ware Dunn on April 24 to St. John's, and she is the priest celebrating the Sunday services. She is here on Sunday mornings only and will work with Deacon Steve on any pastoral concerns.

We can prepare our hearts & minds

by reading ahead for

the Sunday Service lesson.

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 22, 2023

The First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4

God promises deliverance to those who have been oppressed.


The Psalm: 27:1, 5-13, page 617, BCP

The Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Divisions among people are antithetical to the gospel, which preaches that all are one in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus goes to Galilee to call his first disciples, fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah.

Masks are optional during the service

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