St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA
Parish News - September 29, 2021
Dear St. John's Parishioners and Friends:
For me, vacation is a time for restoration and renewal, to step back from the daily activities and spend time reflecting on God's love and grace. During these past two weeks, I was able to spend time with my two sisters and brother, re-engaging those family connections, remembering some family stories (each one of us remembering them a bit differently), and, of course, talking about our children and grandchildren with great pride and love!
The beach is the place I go to for refreshment. The sound of the waves, the warm sun and blue sky invite me again to marvel at the beauty and the expanse of God's creation. It is a place of peaceful reconnection with God.
But as it is always good to get away, it is always good to return home, to re-engage in those daily activities and routines, to talk with parishioners and get caught up with what is going on in their lives.
It is good for all of us to take time away from the daily stresses of life and to reconnect with God and family, perhaps in new and different ways. I hope each of you has had, or will have, that opportunity to get away and marvel at God's creation.

The Rev. Carol Hancock
This Sunday, October 3, Ambreen Rizvi, the director of The Brigade of Mercy where we have been sending our donations of socks, shoes and luggage, will be with us to talk briefly about how our donations are helping the Afghan refugees and to give us an update on what is still needed. She will speak at the end of the service.

Centreville Day is on Saturday, October 16! As in the past, the main stage will be in our front parking lot and tents for various vendors will be across the street. Previously, St. John's has had a table in front of the church to sell baked goods, cold drinks, coffee and our St. John's afghans and books. We also provided tours of the church. We need volunteers to provide baked goods, to staff the table for two hour blocks during the day, and to offer tours of the church. A sign up sheet will be in the back of the church this Sunday.

Many thanks go to Monti Zimmerman, Andrew Wade and many others who took down 5 dead trees in Gilead Green last Saturday. The trees will be cut up this Saturday and bundled to sell for firewood (see article below). Thanks also goes to Monti and Gluay Zimmerman and Elise Crawford for pulling out many of the weeds around the front of the church.

All Saints' Day will be celebrated on Sunday, November 7. This is one of the five days during the church year that is appropriate for baptism. If you or a member of your family is interested in being baptized, please contact Carol as soon as possible.

Our Annual Pledge Campaign for 2022 has begun and you should have received a letter and a pledge card in the mail. Thanks go to John Tucker and Durinda Smith for being the co-chairs this year. During the month of October, we will hear from parishioners about why they give to St. John's, and David Weir will offer some reflections in the E Notes. The ingathering of the pledge cards will be Sunday, November 7. Please prayerfully consider what your pledge will be in response to God's great goodness and mercy and return your pledge card as soon as possible.

Sunday School Update - We are in discussion with Wellspring, one of our Ministry Partners, to have a joint pre-school class in-person starting in January. We are also looking at the possibility of having a class online prior to that. We will keep you updated as plans become more firm.

The Society of St. John the Evangelist is offering several free online classes this fall. Check out what they are offering and see what you might like to sign up for to deepen your spiritual walk with God. The link is

Calling all lectors, crucifers and ushers! We need you to sign up to assist with the Sunday services in the coming weeks, including this coming Sunday. We are also in need of others to be trained to be lectors, crucifers and ushers. Please let Carol know if you are interested in being trained to serve on Sundays.

Bishop Susan Goff Announces Appointment of Diocesan Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing

The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority, is honored to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr. as the Diocese of Virginia’s first Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing.

In this role, Dr. Hill will collaborate with lay and ordained leaders to engage all congregations and diocesan organizations in the work of healing across racial and other divides. He will support existing ministries of racial justice and healing, work with groups across the Diocese in the development of new ministries, and facilitate courageous dialogue about race that is rooted in Christ and that honors different experiences. He begins his ministry in the Diocese in early November.

“I can scarcely contain my excitement about the Rev. Dr. Hill and I can’t wait until the people of this Diocese meet him,” said Bishop Goff. “He brings passion, energy, abiding faith and deep joy to the important and challenging work that lies ahead of us. We are going to learn so much together as we work intentionally toward justice and healing of divides. God bless the beginning of this chapter of our diocesan life.” 

Since 2010, Dr. Hill has served as the Senior Pastor of Christian Fellowship Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in San Diego, California. He previously served on the senior ministerial staff of The Riverside Church in New York City; Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC; and Emmanuel Baptist Church, also in Winston-Salem. He is an ordained minister in both the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ. Dr. Hill holds a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University. He also holds a post-graduate certificates from Princeton Theological Seminary, the Morehouse College of Pastoral Leadership, the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University. A native Virginian, Dr. Hill attended Chesterfield County Public Schools and George Mason University.   

At the November 2020 Annual Convention of the Diocese, Bishop Goff announced plans for the creation of the position of Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing. In June 2021, in consultation with diocesan governing bodies and key leadership groups, the Bishop’s Office launched a nationwide search that led to the calling of Dr. Hill. 

“I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in this inaugural role,” said Dr. Hill. “I am honored to join such a gifted and talented staff in ministry and eager to share in ministry with such a broad and diverse community. Advancing and supporting the ministry of racial justice and healing in the dismantling of racism, colonialism, and white supremacy throughout the Diocese will require tremendous courage, audacious imagination, bold hope—and the empowering of the Holy Spirit to realize healing and flourishing. Through the selection process as I met with Bishop Goff, members of the staff, and representatives of the Diocese, clergy and lay—I felt, very deeply, the transformative power of the Spirit in the fashioning new hopes. I am excited to begin this new chapter—and pray God’s riches blessings for our journey ahead.”
St. John’s Second Annual Wood splitting Event:
THIS Saturday Morning , October 2, 2021, 8:00 a.m. until....
 We are having many volunteers descend on St. John’s Mt. Gilead Green for the Second Annual Log Splitting Day. There will be parishioners, neighbors, friends, and family members, that are all willing to help with this project.
There are currently six trees that are scheduled to come down September 25th. For safety purposes, all trees will already be on the ground by the time volunteers arrive on Saturday morning, October 2nd. Two log splitters will be brought to the church the morning of. Several racks have already been built in order to easily stack and store the firewood.
Please bring:
·        Safety First: gloves, ear protection, & goggles
·        Rakes
·        Wheelbarrows and Dollys/handtrucks
·        Extension Cords/Electric Chainsaws
·        Regular Gas
·        2 Cycle Gas
·        Chainsaws
We will have bagels/donuts in the morning as well as Water and Gatorade available all day. 

 Lunch for Volunteers Needed: The last time this event occurred, someone expressed interest in bringing lunch that day. If you are able and would like to provide lunch for approximately 20 volunteers (exact number TBD), then please let me know.
Fellowship Following the Log Splitting: Meet at Eavesdrop Brewery around 6:00 p.m.
7223 Centreville Rd., Suite 115, Yorkshire, VA 20111. Some people can come out for the morning only, some for the afternoon only, and some have other obligations during the day. Regardless, everyone is invited to come out at the end of the day for a beverage and a bite to eat.
We also need a firm # for planning purposes, please RSVP to

We are searching for a new non-profit group to use the parish hall during the week. If you know of any group looking for space, please tell them to contact David Thompson at St. John's (703-803-7500). We need to spread the word as widely and as quickly as possible. There are flyers on the back table in the church if you know of someone to send it to or a public bulletin board to post it. We have put an ad on Craigs List. If you know other websites where we could advertise (preferably for free), please let Carol know.
Online Service Videos
As we return to in-person worship, it will be important for us to continue our ministry of having our services online for those who cannot or choose not to come to church. Our videos are also sent out by parishioners to friends and family in other states. We need several people to take turns recording the service on Sunday mornings. Instructions will be given. Please join us if you can help with this ministry. We need several people so it doesn't fall on the shoulders of one person every week. Please let Carol know.

You may be on YouTube. As we are now recording our services in the church and posting them on YouTube, you might be recorded in the service, particularly when you are going up to communion or returning to your seat. If this is a problem for anyone, please let Carol know.
Outreach Committee and anyone interested in Outreach
Please plan to meet for a few minutes after this Sunday Service in Carol’s Office.
Deacon Steve would like to review and discuss on-going actions and plans for Outreach Activities for this fall. Please bring any ideas or suggestions you have to present to the group.
St. John’s continues to meet the immediate needs for the Afghan refugees that have passed through our area over the past few weeks. The luggage, shoes, socks, towels, and undergarments have been terrific. Many thanks to parishioners that continue to bring goods to the church all during the week and on Sundays.
Here is the latest update as of 09/28/2021:
Women’s:         New Shoes: Adult Size 7 - 8 ½
Men’s:         New Shoes: Adult Size 7 – 10
Disposable Razors / Small Shaving Cream
Medium Size Belts: Waist 32-34
Medium Size Pants: Waist 32-34
(belts and pants can be gently used/ just not too big)
·        Luggage (still need!)
Please leave in the office at the church. 
If you need someone to pick up any supplies or would like to give funds
for someone else to make the purchases, please contact the church office @ 703-803-7500.   
If you have any other questions, Andrew Wade: 

Ambreen Rizvi from the Brigade of Mercy will come visit our church this Sunday, October 3, to give an update on the impact that St. John’s has had as these Afghan refugees are passing through Northern VA.
Envelopes will be on the back table in the church for those who would like to make a monetary donation to assist the Afghan refugees. Checks should be made out to St. John's Church, with the notation of "Afghan Relief" in the memo line.
 The Outreach Committee 
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries has put out their list of the foods that they need the most. You can bring your non-perishable items to the church on Sunday mornings, or drop them off in the box outside the door by the breezeway during the week and they will be delivered to WFCM.

·   Canned garbanzo beans (low salt preferred)
·   Canned kidney beans, red beans, and black beans (low salt preferred)
·   Canned pasta
·   Pasta Sauce (low salt preferred)
·   Canned Tuna and Canned Chicken
·   Flavored pasta/rice
·   Mashed Potatoes
·   Oatmeal (Quaker Oats Healthy Old Fashioned Oatmeal)
·   Canned vegetables (corn, carrots, spinach, beets) (low salt preferred)
·   Canned Pineapple (no sugar added preferred)
·   Tomato Paste (low salt preferred)
·   Toiletries: Toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, feminine pads, deodorant, baby wipes, shaving cream, mouth wash (NOTE: we are not currently in need of diapers due to our partnership with Greater DC Diaper Bank. Please only donate larger size pull ups or wipes if you want to donate items for babies.)
Outreach Opportunity to Help Our “Neighbors”
The Western Fairfax Shepherd Center is still accepting volunteer drivers to support clients who need help getting to appointments, shopping trips (for food), and to deliver food from WFCM to clients. Please contact the Shepherd Center at 703-246-5920 or email and copy Deacon Steve at
Sign Up: Sunday service reader or usher We welcome, need, and value your help! The lector will read the 2 lessons and the psalm. The usher will hand out bulletins and bring the elements and offering to the altar. If you would like to do either of these, CLICK HERE.
Sign Up: Altar Flowers
Please indicate how you wish your flower donation to appear in the Sunday bulletin.(Wedding anniversary, in memory of someone - something special you want to remember by providing flowers.) CLICK HERE
Service of Evening Prayer - Virtually
Every Wednesday, St. John's has a Service of Evening Prayer. It is a peaceful way to end the day, and it's now being held virtually. Here is the link to this evening's service:
Wednesday, September 29
All are invited to join in, following the Sunday service. Here is the link to the Lectionary Forum via Zoom, in case you cannot attend in person:

Last Sunday's recorded service: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2021
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, found above.
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lesson

The Nineteenth after Pentecost

October 3, 2021

The First Reading: Job 1:1, 2:1-10
 Job’s righteousness is so strong that Satan dares God to allow fierce trials for Job. As his many afflictions begin, Job sustains his trust in God.

The Psalm: 26, p. 616 BCP

The Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
 The author of Hebrews reflects on the wonder of Christ’s incarnation, our word for the fully divine second person of the Trinity becoming fully human.

The Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
 Jesus draws on Genesis to teach a bedrock principle of marriage: God intends it as a permanent covenant.
Online Contributions
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On Friday of this week, October 1, Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins. Also on Friday of this week, I celebrate one year since I completed active cancer treatment of surgeries, chemo and radiation. As these two moments converge, I share one of the Psalms from the Wilderness that I wrote during and after treatment, one that speaks not only of the disruption of cancer treatment, but the disruption of this continuing time of pandemic. As I share it, I urge all of my sisters to go and get your mammogram. One out of eight women face breast cancer in their lifetime. Twelve and a half percent! Early detection saves health and saves lives. Do it for your own sake and for the sake of those who love you. 
Psalm for Embracing Disruption
The podcaster said Keith Jared only
agreed to play the concert
to prove that disaster happens when he
doesn’t get his perfectionist way. 
I’d never heard of Keith Jared.
I didn’t know about the famous Köln Concert.
I wasn’t listening to jazz in 1975. 
But I know a little bit about perfectionism
and the crazy, passive aggressive acts
it compels us to perform.
The recording of that concert, the podcaster said,
a concert played
           on a beat up
           broken down
           rehearsal piano
           with pedals that didn’t work
The recording of that concert
           became the best-selling album in jazz history
           and remains the best-selling solo piano album
           of all time.
Disruption released genius.
Disturbance set creativity free. 
Disfunction made space for something astonishing.
God, set me free on this journey of recovery from cancer.
God, set me free on this journey through the wilderness of pandemic.
God, set me free;
           from perfectionism
           from trying to control the uncontrollable
           from striving for genius
           from seeking the astonishing
           even from focusing on what I can learn from this.
Help me just to let it unfold
And to meet you as it does.
Bishop Susan Goff
When crying for help, we may think we’re getting God’s attention, yet God is already attending to us. God is waiting for our attention.
-Br. Luke Ditewig

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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