PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Pancake Supper
This Tuesday, February 25, 2020       
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Lower Parish Hall at St. John's
Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon,
Applesauce & Beverages
Come and join in the fellowship!  Donations at the door appreciated. Please sign up in the breezeway if you plan to attend so we will know how many to plan for. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you.

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is February 26 . We will have two services, one at 12:00 noon and one at 7:30 PM in the church. Please join us for this important service of repentance and reflection. "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

The changes that Lent brings - The 40 days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26 and ends on Easter Sunday, April 12. It is a time of penitence, prayer and self-denial. Many people give up something, like wine or chocolate or Facebook; others take on something, like daily devotions or additional prayer time or additional acts of kindness. Each time we deny ourselves something that we want, or reach out to others, we remember that Jesus died for our sins as we acknowledge that we are penitent sinners. To reflect the penitence of the Lenten season, there are several changes we make in our Sunday services:
-there will be no "alleluia's" said or sung
-there will be no altar flowers, but greens instead
-the color of the altar hangings will be purple, a penitential color
-we will use the Rite I liturgy, rather than Rite II
-on the first Sunday of Lent, March 1, we will chant the Great Litany
Do what makes Lent meaningful to you. There are a lot of resources online. We will have daily devotional booklets from Episcopal Relief and Development on the back table in the church.

Lenten Program - The Lenten program this year will be a bit different. We will read and discuss a novel, "Woman of God" by the popular author James Patterson. The book deals with the subject of suffering and where God is in the midst of it. Again this year, we will have a service of Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM, a light supper at 6:30, and the book discussion from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The book study will be held on the 6 Wednesdays in Lent, from March 4 through April 8. Please sign up in the breezeway to provide soup and bread for the supper. The cost of the book is $8, or you could borrow it from the library. (I have 2 copies of the book left. It can also be ordered on Amazon.) For those who plan to attend, please read the first 82 pages, which is all of Part 1, for the first session on March 4.
St. John’s Men’s Group / Lumberjacks SELLING WOOD!
Replenish your winter firewood, as spring is still some weeks away! And help benefit St. John's at the same time!

The Lumberjacks are selling bundles of wood near the front entrance to the Historic Church for the great price of $5 per bundle. (or $20 for 5 bundles).
 Please give the money to someone in the office, a vestry member, or Carol.
Most of the bundles will be ash wood. If you would like more than a few bundles (would like to fill up your car or truck), please leave a message with the church office and we will make arrangements. 
Snacks for Sunday's coffee hour will be provided by those whose last names begin with M - Z.

Vestry Coffee Hour set-up and clean up- Dick Griffith.

Annual Parish Meeting elections - At our Annual Meeting on Sunday, Dick Griffith and Angela Hadfield were elected to the Vestry (Angela will continue to be the register). Walt Cooner was elected as our delegate to the regional meetings and Diocesan Convention. Bob Faithful was elected as the alternate. Those who were not able to attend the Annual Meeting can pick up a copy of the reports on the back table in the church.

Vestry elections - The Vestry met after the Annual Meeting on Sunday and re-elected Susie Pike as the Senior Warden and elected Dick Griffith as the Junior Warden. Angela Hadfield was re-elected as the Register.
Mildred DeBell's funeral - The funeral for Mildred DeBell will be held at St. John's on Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 PM, followed by the burial in St. John's cemetery. A reception will be held at the home of John and Connie DeBell. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Organ Fund at St. John's. Mildred played the organ and sang in the choir for many, many years.

Carpets cleaned! Many thanks go to David Thompson for organizing the carpet cleaning project last Monday. Both upstairs and downstairs carpets were cleaned professionally by one of our Ministry Partners who owns that business. He was helped by a few others to move furniture out of the way. Thanks, David. The carpets look great!

The Virginia Episcopalian - In the latest edition of our diocesan magazine (winter 2020), an article entitled "Room to Spare - Sharing Church Land and Buildings with Others to Further God's Mission", highlighted how several churches were using their buildings or land for the benefit of the community. St. John's was one of the featured churches. The article starts on page 9 and continues on page 23, where you will find the St. John's article.

Bishop Gulick coming May 10 - Bishop Ted Gulick will be with us on Sunday, May 10. If you are 14 or older and would like to be confirmed when the bishop is here, please let Carol know as soon as possible. Confirmation classes meet once a week for 5-6 weeks.

Save the date! The annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 16. Put it on your calendar now. Details will be provided closer to the date.

TV for sale! We have a 32” color TV for sale. It's in good working condition and we will accept the best offer. If you want to come by and see it, it is in Carol’s office. The proceeds will benefit St. John’s.

It's not too early. sign up for Shrine Mont camps for this summer. Brochures are in the breezeway. These camps fill up rapidly so register soon. Shrine Mont is located in Orkney Springs, VA, in the Shenandoah Mountains and is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Parish Family News -
-Craig Staresinich writes: " There’s a 97 year old lady on our Meals on Wheels route who is the favorite of all the drivers. We have all taken her out for her birthday and she just beams the whole time. A story she tells is of the time when she and her minister visited a prison to pray with prisoners. She was most proud that they took her under their wing and called her their “Grandma”.
Nita Amar, Craig's wife, asked to find out her favorite colors (which were pink and red) and Nita made her a quilt, which was delivered on Valentine’s Day. She loved it!"

-Tom and Marie McDermott also deliver Meals on Wheels, and there may be others as well. Thank you for your ministry of delivering meals to those in need.

-Thanks go to Mary Johnson, Dick Griffith, Gene Milunec, and Denise McCarthy for agreeing to serve on Steve Busch's Lay Committee.
Carol's email hacked - A week ago, I heard that some of you may have received an email that looked like it is coming from me. There are some different emails being circulated, but they seem to be asking for money or other things. The email has my name and my picture. But it is not from me. This email hack has my church email address (stjohnscvpriest) with the number 1 added to it. Please do not reply to that email. I am sorry that this is happening but there doesn't seem there is much that can be done to stop it. 

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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lesson

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

February 23, 2020

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18
The appearance of the Lord is strange, stunning, and sometimes, it is scary. We do well to remember God's greatness.

The Psalm: 2, page 586, BCP

The Second Lesson: 2 Peter:16-21
It is not mysterious signs or artful dialogue that transforms hearts and lives, but God's own work, often enacted through humble and simple people.

The Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus insists this revelation is kept secret till after his resurrection, when the event may be clearer in hindsight.
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service

 Each week, St. John's children join with our Ministry Partners: 
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 9:50 - 10:40 AM 



  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

The Saint of the Week:

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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."
I tems are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of St. John's Church. For food list:
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!

The majesty of the Prologue of John, or the poignancy of the Foot Washing at the Last Supper, or the beauty of the Psalms are not to be missed. However, there is more to Scripture than majesty, poignancy, and beauty. There is also the ordinary routine of daily living. It is there, in the ordinary routine of daily living, that God can be found as well.
-Br. James Koester
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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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