PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Readers of different languages are needed for Pentecost Sunday, June 9. Do you speak a foreign language? If so, we need your help. On Pentecost, we like to re-create the reading from the Acts of the Apostles in different languages, like the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the people and they began speaking in different tongues. Those reading in different languages will do so at the same time, so perfect pronunciation is not necessary. If you can help with this, please let me know.

United Thank Offering - Many thanks go to all who contributed to the Spring Ingathering of the United Thank Offering. St. John's collected $359.36. This money will be added to money collected around the diocese for diocesan grants, and to funds collected throughout country for national grants.

Education for Ministry is about to complete its second year at St. John's. Six parishioners - Craig Staresinich, Durinda Smith, Bob Faithful, Val Tucker, Walt Cooner, and Patricia McPherson, in addition to Carol Hancock who serves as the mentor - have met almost every Monday for the past nine months to discuss assigned readings, worship together, and do theological reflection. We will resume again in September and we would love to have new people join us. You must make a one year commitment to this four year program and the yearly fee is $375. The discussions we have and the readings we do are excellent, as is the fellowship. If you think you might be interested, feel free to talk with one of the EfM participants, and let Carol know. We will register the new group this summer.

Help Wanted - Ministry Partners Administrator
St. John’s Episcopal Church is looking for someone to oversee and work with our 15 Ministry Partners, which are other groups that use space at the church. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Knowledge of Korean a plus, but not required. 10-12 hours per week. $15.50 per hour to start. References required. If you know someone who might be interested, please contact The Rev. Carol Hancock, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120. 703-803-7500. .

Job includes the following duties:
1.   Do contracts with all MP
2.   Make sure all insurance papers are up to date.
3.   Answer calls/emails about MP issues
4.   Arrange with others wanting one time special events. Check date and fee. Fill out application.
5.   Keep MP calendar up to date
6.   Problems/questions about building issues (AC, storage, changes to building)
7.   Arrange set-ups and take downs for each group
8.   Arrange SDA Week of Evangelism
9.   Inform MP of changes in fees when Finance Committee/Vestry change them
10. Write up new MP proposals and anything that needs to come before Vestry
11. For special events, notify other MPs it will affect.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

All LEM's, lectors, crucifers, ushers....please sign up to help!
As we are starting into the summer months when many people are out of town, we really need your help to sign up for the Sundays when you will be here. The next several Sundays need volunteers to sign up as well. Please sign up so we know we can count on your help during the summer.

Coffee Hour - As you may know, the refreshments for our coffee hour are provided by the choir on the second Sunday of the month, and by the Vestry on the third Sunday. We have been relying on volunteers to sign up for the first and fourth Sundays. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. Patricia McPherson had a wonderful idea.....ask those whose last names begin with the letters A - L to bring something for coffee hour on the first Sunday of the month (that's this Sunday, June 2); and those whose last names begin with the letters M - Z to bring something on the fourth Sunday of the month. We will start this Sunday. If your last name begins with the letters A - L please bring something to share at coffee hour. Thanks, Patricia! Great idea!

Parents of young children - If you are interested in getting together to discuss the timing and content of the Sunday School class, and/or a social event for families and others during the summer, please let me know! (

As we are coming into the hot summer months, please check on elderly neighbors and friends, especially those who live alone.

Church bills continue to come in during the summer (just like yours do!) so please keep up with your pledge during the summer. If you are going to be away, please pay your pledge before you leave. That way, we will have income to cover our bills. Many thanks!

The Progressive Dinner last Saturday proved once again to be a popular event!

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter

June 2, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Acts 16:16-34
Paul's temper gets the better of him, and though he's freed an oppressed woman, he and Silas are thrown in prison. God uses even this condition to further the message of his kingdom of grace.

The Psalm: 97, page 726, BCP

The Second Lesson: Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Jesus' coming is announced with water, with the quenching of thirst, with a deluge of grace, with the washing clean of all captives. Maranatha!

The Gospel: John 17:20-26
Jesus pours out his heart in prayer to God, lifting up each of us in addition to all his followers throughout time. Jesus' desire is for all members of his body to acknowledge one another and to love one another.
(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 10:50 - 11:30 
(will not meet in July, July or August)


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

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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!

Participation in God’s Mission calls us to raise our awareness and the awareness of others about issues such as health care for the poor, climate control, effective gun laws, economic justice, and how our nation wields its power on the world’s stage. God is passionate about justice. How will God’s passion become our passion, too?
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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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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