PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Please note: as of today, Aug. 6, there is not a nursery attendant scheduled for either this Sunday, August 11, or next Sunday, August 18, since Gluay will be away. Please let the office know if you would like to volunteer either of these Sundays.

Volunteer Needed Now - We are in need of a new treasurer to start in January 2020, but we would like to find a treasurer now so that he/she can shadow our current treasurer, Tom McDermott, and learn the ropes before Tom retires. Tom has served as treasurer for the past four years. Not only does he need and deserve a break, but the diocesan canons require that a treasurer step aside for at least a year after serving for four years. The treasurer signs the checks, makes sure the financial books are in good order, and sees that expenses come out of the right account. If you interested, you can talk to Tom to get a further description of the job. We really need to get someone in place this summer in order to have a few months to work with Tom. Please let Carol, Tom, or Penny Parker know if you might be willing to serve in this capacity.
 Our organist has broken her foot......
and since she cannot get up the stairs to the choir loft, the electronic piano and the choir have moved downstairs. So for the next six weeks, while Mandy is in a "boot", she will use the electronic piano and the choir will sit in the first two pews on the lectern side. Our best wishes go to Mandy for a speedy recovery!

Thanks to you, we met our goal!!! We had been asked by Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide 25 large backpacks for children who can't afford them. As of today, we have collected 31!!!! Thanks to all who donated! And thanks to Denise McCarthy who has volunteered to deliver them in early August!

Lisa Heller will be moving to Pakistan for a year of service abroad with the State Department. Lisa will leave for Pakistan on August 19. Please remember Lisa in your prayers as she works in a conflicted part of the world, serving our country on our behalf. Lisa will be able to return home a few times during her year away. Jim will remain here, keeping the home fires burning.

Please remember in your prayers our students who will be starting college in the next few weeks: Peter Heller who will be going to William and Mary, and Lindsay Jones who will be going to Georgia Tech. Our returning students include Cecelia Sellars (William and Mary), Katie Heller (William and Mary), Jack Yagerline (James Madison), David Daniel Weir (George Mason), Catherine Crossett (Virginia Tech), and Samantha Belso.

Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, St. John's Choir will provide the snacks for coffee hour.

It's that time of year... Vacation!
I will be on vacation from August 5 - 23, visiting family in New England and relaxing at the beach. Father Samuel Reddimalla will take the Sunday services on August 11 and 18, as well as the Wednesday service on August 14. Val Tucker will lead Evening Prayer on Wednesday, August 7 and 21. I will be back for the service on August 25. Carol

Mandy Hull, our organist , is offering a FREE trial period of three piano lessons during the month August to anyone available between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on a weekday, Monday through Friday. Mandy teaches using the Simply Music Piano method, which emphasizes playing for enjoyment and recreation. Open to beginners and former pianists. Learn a variety of styles, including classical, blues and pop, and learn to accompany the singing of songs like Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne and Danny Boy within a couple of months. To set up a trial, please contact Mandy at or text to 931-808-2789. 
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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

August 11, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6
Though God makes him wait, Abram is promised the ultimate blessing, an heir in his own body and blood.

The Psalm: 33:12-22, page 626, BCP

The Second Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
It is not the delivery of promises that brings about transformation in the faithful, but the waiting for the fulfillment of God's Word.

The Gospel: Luke 12:32-40
Spiritual wakefulness comes in consistent and small moments of faithfulness, from behavior and words that glorify God.
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
Please note: as of today, Aug. 6, there is not a nursery attendant
scheduled for either this Sunday, August 11, or next Sunday, August 18.

 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 - 10:45 AM 
(will not meet in June, July or August)
Our first class in September will meet on September 8 to avoid the Labor Day weekend.


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

The Saint of the Week for Forum Discussion:

Edith Stein ( Teresia Benedicta a Cruce OCD; 12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942), was a German Jewish philosopher who was born in Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland today), converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is canonized as a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church. Born into an observant Jewish family, she was an atheist by her teenage years. In April 1913, she arrived in Göttingen and, by the end of the summer decided to study philosophy degree Edmund Husserl, a proponent of phenomenology (the study of consciousness & objects of direct experience). When World War I interrupted her studies in 1914, she volunteered as a Red Cross nurse in an infectious diseases hospital at Märisch-Weisskirchen. In 1916, however, she moved with Hussrerl to Freiburg to complete her dissertation, Zum Problem der Einfühlung ( On the Problem of Empathy ), earning her PhD, summa cum laude . Because she was female, however, Husserl did not endorse her habilitational thesis (a prerequisite for an academic chair) to the University of Freiburg in 1918. After reading the works of Carmelite reformer St. Teresa of Ávila, she was drawn to Catholicism and was baptized as a Roman Catholic faith on 1 Jan 1922. She intended to become a Discalced Carmelite nun, but spiritual mentors dissuaded her from doing so. She, therefore, taught at a Catholic school in Speyer until April 1933 when, unable to present an "Aryan certificate" which the newly empowered Nazi government required of civil servants as part of its Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service , she had to resign her position. She was admitted to the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Cologne by October. When she was accepted as a novitiate in April 1934, she took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. In 1938, she and her sister Rosa, by then also a convert and tertiary member of the Order, were sent to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands, for their safety. But she was not safe there either. When, on 20 July 1942, the Dutch Bishops' Conference issued a public statement condemning Nazi racism, the Reichskommissar of the Netherlands, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, ordered the arrest of all Jewish converts who had previously been spared. On 2 August 1942, the Nazi SS arrested Teresa, her sister & 243 other baptized former Jews who were living in the Netherlands. In the early hours of 7 August 1942, this group were among 987 Jews who were also deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Nazi retribution was swift; on 9 August Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, her birth sister Rosa, and many more of her group were herded into a gas chamber and murdered. Pope John Paul II beatified Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in 1987, and canonized her 12 years later.

A Reflection of the Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, the Diocese of Virginia
Below is an exerpt from a statement written by The Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of the National Cathedral, and The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian of the National Cathedral, regarding the climate of hate and racism that is prevalent in our country today. To read the rest of the article, entitled "Have We No Decency?", go to

As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over. We must boldly stand witness against the bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and xenophobia that is hurled at us, especially when it comes from the highest offices of this nation. We must say that this will not be tolerated. To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words. We are compelled to take every opportunity to oppose the indecency and dehumanization that is racism, whether it comes to us through words or actions.

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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!

There is great freedom in limitation, in knowing that you can’t do it all. How wonderful it is when the burden of carrying so much on our shoulders is lifted. What is it in your life that is just too much for you to handle? This is where Jesus is ready to meet you.
-Br. Jim Woodrum
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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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