PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, October 30, 2019

(otherwise you will be one hour early for church on Sunday!)

This Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate All Saints' Day , the day that we remember all the saints, past and present. We will read the names of our loved ones who have died and gone before us. If you have loved ones you would like to have remembered in the service on Sunday, please email their names to me at s . I would like to receive the names no later than Saturday morning. Carol
The Sunday School class for ages 2 - 4 will meet this Sunday, November 3. They will spend the first part of the service in church with their families and then process out the side door following the crucifer after the reading of the gospel. Parents are welcome to stay in church or go to the class with their child. The class will meet in room 215.

Many thanks go to David Weir for purchasing and installing commercial WiFi extenders to provide better WiFi coverage for the entire building. Thanks also goes to John Tucker and David Daniel Weir for their help with this project.

Thanks also go to Penny and David Parker who donated a microwave for the office after the old one "burned out".

Have you returned your pledge card?

    Please prayerfully consider what God is calling you to give to St. John's in 2020. We ask that you consider increasing your pledge, even by 1% to move toward the biblical tithe of 10%. God lets us keep 90% of all that God has given to us and asks for only 10% in return. The ingathering of the pledge cards will be this Sunday, November 3. Please bring or mail in your completed pledge card by Sunday. If you have misplaced your pledge card, there are extras on the back table in the church.

Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, parishioners whose last names start M - Z will provide the Coffee Hour snacks.

Thanksgiving donations - Again this year, we will be providing food for 12 families in need for Thanksgiving. The names have been given to us by Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. This year, we will be providing gift cards so families can select what food they would like. Many other churches are doing gift cards rather than food baskets. Envelopes are on the back table for your donations.

Blood donation opportunity on November 23 - According to the LifeServe Blood Center, an average of 90 percent of people who live to the age of 72 will need at least one whole blood or other blood product transfusion in their lifetime. I know that you understand how important it is. I hope you will consider making an appointment to donate blood on Saturday, November 23rd at Rec Center 2 in Little Rocky Run (6201 Sandstone Drive, Clifton).

Appointments are available every 15 minutes from 7:45 AM to 11:45 AM and can be made here: Make an Appointment or you can email me ( ) with your preferred time and I can make an appointment for you. Drop-ins may be permitted, but you may have to wait for an opening so that we can honor the time commitments for people who make appointments.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds. People are eligible to give blood every 56 days. There are also travel restrictions and more specific criteria can be found here: eligibility requirements .  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks, as always, for supporting PantherPints and Inova. Hope to see you on November 23rd.

Brent Kiefer (Brent is a high school student whose older brother has needed blood transfusions in the past for a medical condition. He and his family are known to many in the congregation.)

The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR) cleaned the headstones in the cemetery a couple of weeks ago. You may recognize one of the crew as a parishioner of St. John's. They did a beautiful and professional job! Many thanks to the DAR for choosing St. John's cemetery as the focus of their Day of Service.
Lane's Mill DAR crew
Before cleaning
After cleaning
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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lesson

All Saint's Day

The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

November 3, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
The prophet Daniel has a disturbing vision of the future, and asks a bystander within his dream for help understanding its meaning.

The Psalm: 149, page 807, BCP

The Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:11-23
As saints of God, his people face tribulation and trial, but they are also uniquely gifted with an inheritance of God's blessing and glory beyond imagining.

The Gospel: Luke 6:20-31
The saints of God are those who do his will and reflect his glory in the world. The glory of God is unlike the glory of the world, and its beauty never fades.
(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 for Forum Discussion:
Richard Hooker was an English priest in the Church of England and influential theologian. Indeed, he was one of the most important English theologians of the 16 th century. His defense of the role of redeemed reason also informed the theology of the 17 th century Caroline Divines and later provided members of the Church of England with a theological methodology that combined claims of revelation, reason and tradition.

Scholars disagree on Hooker's relationship with what we now label "Anglicanism" and the Reformed theological tradition. Traditionally, historians credit him with originating the Anglican descriptor via media (“middle road’) between Protestantism and Catholicism. However, a growing number of scholars argue he was a mainstream figure in the Reform theology of his time. That said, he merely sought to oppose religious extremists (i.e., Puritans), rather than actually moving the Church of England away from Protestantism. The term "Anglican" is not found in his writings and indeed first appears early in the reign of Charles I as the Church of England moved towards an Arminian position doctrinally and a more "Catholic" look liturgically under the leadership of Archbishop William Laud.

His masterpiece is The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity . Its philosophical base is Aristotelian, with a strong emphasis on natural law eternally planted by God in creation. At its foundation, he asserts all positive laws of Church and State derive from Scriptural revelation, ancient tradition, reason, and experience. The occasion of his writing was the demand of English Puritans for a reformation of Church government. Calvin had established in Geneva a system whereby each congregation was ruled by a commission, two thirds of whom were laymen (elected annually by congregants) and another third of clergy (who served for life). The English Puritans asserted that churches not so governed could not legitimately claim to be Christian. In replying to this stance, Hooker raised and considered fundamental questions about the authority and legitimacy of religious and secular government, about the nature of law, and about various kinds of law, including the laws of physics as well as the laws of England. In the course of his book he sets forth the Anglican view of the Church, and the Anglican approach to the discovery of religious truth (the via media), and explained how this differs from the Puritan position, on one hand, and Papal adherents, on the other.
Assistant Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson will begin her ministry in the Diocese of Virginia on Monday, November 4. She comes to us from the Diocese of West Texas where she served as Bishop Suffragan. Her office will be at Mayo House in Richmond.

The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff announces return to ministry in Maryland

The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, Bishop Associate in the Diocese of Virginia since March 2018, has accepted a call to serve as Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Maryland, effective January 1, 2020. He previously served as Bishop Diocesan of Maryland from 1995-2007.
 "I will miss so many of the fine clergy and lay leaders of this Diocese with whom I have worked and forged bonds of affection," said Bishop Ihloff. "Our work together is an inspiration to me and it models the best in team ministry."
Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority Susan Goff said, "I am grateful to Bishop Bob for the formative work he has done with regional councils and clericus groups and for the oversight he has provided for our vocational deacons. He has been a marvelous and beloved colleague in the mission and ministry we share in the Diocese of Virginia."
During his tenure in this Diocese, Bishop Ihloff logged hundreds of miles commuting from his home in Baltimore to his Northern Virginia office and to our congregations. "I have loved every aspect of my nearly two years of work in the Diocese of Virginia - except the commute from Baltimore," he quipped. The Diocese of Maryland position, which is based in Baltimore, will allow him to spend far less time on the road and more nights at home with his wife, Nancy. Bishop Ihloff will complete his time of service in the Diocese of Virginia on December 31, 2019.
In a letter to Bishop Goff, he wrote, "A chapter ends and another begins, but we are all part of the story, all in God's hand, all partners in ministry. God bless you all, and God bless the Diocese of Virginia."

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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!

It is our task as members of Christ's Body to do the prayerful work of loving the aching, distressed creation he has come to save and transform—even when it lashes out at us. This is the exercise of sainthood.
-Br. Sean Glenn

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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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