St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - March 1, 2023

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends:

With the consensus of the Vestry of St. John’s and the approval of Bishop Stevenson of the Diocese of Virginia, I would like to announce that we have called the Reverend Kevin Laskowski to be our Priest in Charge. Please join us at 9:30am on Sunday March 5 to welcome him as we begin our journey together.

David Parker

Senior Warden

"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32

My name is Kevin, and I am so excited to be called to St. John's to serve as priest-in-charge. 

 I was first called to the priesthood as a teenager growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After college and 10 years in the philanthropic sector, I followed that call to ordained ministry. Most recently, I served the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring, Virginia, first as an intern, then lay staff, and finally assistant rector. Now, I'm thrilled to be part of what God has in store for St. John's. 

For me, church is a place of mutual ministry, where we love - and are loved by - God and neighbor. Here, we're inspired, encouraged, and challenged to follow Jesus Christ. Here, if nowhere else, we can seek and speak the truth of our God, ourselves, and our world. And that truth will set everyone free.

What else can I say for now? I'm a broad-church Episcopalian with a few youthful Roman Catholic tendencies. I love preaching, Bible study, teaching, and that pastoral moment when we trust each other enough to drop what's been holding us back and tell each other our truth.

I hold a BA in Government from George Mason University and an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary. I enjoy card magic, industrial metal music, and the fun things people put at the end of their bios.


I look forward to this Sunday, to this holy Lent, and to introducing you to Allison and our three sons, as our family joins yours.

Save the date: The Progressive Dinner will be held

May 13th! Stay tuned for additional details!


St. John's has now joined several other local churches to provide a meal once per month with the Tree of Life Charity. St. John's now has two teams supporting this outreach effort.

Here's the link to view further info, and to sign up:

 Where: Sterling Community Center (120 Enterprise St. Sterling, VA 20164)

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Wade OR Deacon Steve.

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)
  • Canned Stewed Tomatoes (low salt preferred)
  • Mixed Vegetables (low salt preferred)
  • Mashed Potatoes 
  • Fruit Cocktail (no sugar added preferred)
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges (no sugar added preferred)
  • Juice (shelf stable, family size, plastic bottle)
  • Ketchup, Mustard, 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 (SIZE 4T/5T for toddlers)
  • Diapers size 5 & 6 
  • 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.



 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 Second Sunday in Lent

March 5, 2023

The First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a


God calls Abram (later known as Abraham) to leave all that he has known and to strike out into the wilderness to follow God.

The Psalm: 121, p. 779, BCP

The Second Reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17


God called Abraham righteous, not for the sake of the man’s own glory or because of his great works but because of his trust in the Lord and the Lord’s own mercy and grace.

The Gospel: John 3:1-17


Nicodemus, a learned and humble Pharisee, struggles to understand the new life that God offers through Jesus Christ — life determined not by one’s flesh and physical status, but by the richness of one’s spirit.


Masks are optional during the service

Pysanky and Prayer for Ukraine Workshop 3/11/2023

Saturday, March 11; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Holy Cross Dunn Loring

Holy Cross Dunn Loring 2455 Gallows Road

Dunn Loring, VA 22027

› Driving Directions

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, are a tradition passed down through generations of Ukrainians as a way to contemplate and express faith and community. To show support for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, Holy Cross will offer a series of workshops where participants could learn the art of Pysanky and contribute to the relief efforts of those affected by the war in Ukraine.

We will hold three (3) workshops during Lent this year. Suggested donation of $30 with 100% of funds donated go to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund Ukraine Crisis Response. Registration is required, please see the website and sign-up forms for more detail. For more information Click Here

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