PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 (look under Volunteering at St. John's, below)

Pledge / Offering envelopes - Packets of your pledge / offering envelopes for 2020 are available in the breezeway after the Sunday service. Please pick yours up and save us the expense of mailing them.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be coming to DC to lead a revival service entitled, "More Jesus, More Love" on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 PM, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street in Southeast DC. Tickets are free, but must be acquired online at:
This is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as part of their annual convention. If you are planning to go and want to carpool, (several of us are going) please let Carol know. There is also a metro stop across the street from the arena.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries - Most needed items this month are: cold cereal (small family size boxes, pancake mix and pancake syrup. Food is collected every Sunday and taken to WFCM by Tom McDermott.

Carol will be out of the office at a clergy retreat at Roslyn Retreat and Conference Center in Richmond from Monday, January 13 through Thursday, January 16. The Wednesday evening service will be lead by Steve Busch, our new deacon-in-training.

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.

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.

WFCM & Chick-fil-A "Big Game" FUN-Raiser - Football Game Days are better with Chicken! Order your nuggets today for the Big Game on February 2nd and pick them up from the WFCM office in Chantilly on Saturday February 1st.
  •  You can click here to pre-order your re-heatable Nugget Trays - perhaps for a church youth gathering for the Big Game, a friend's party or your own home! A percentage of the sale of each tray supports WFCM's efforts to provide food and financial assistance to those at risk of hunger and homelessness in western Fairfax County.
WFCM Upcoming Events
Stuff the Bus at Chantilly Walmart on Saturday January 18th
We are looking for volunteer groups of about 4 to serve for 1.5 hour shifts between 10:30 am - 3 pm. These volunteers will be handing out lists of most needed food and toiletry items and taking the donations to load onto the bus. Email our Volunteer Coordinator/Food Pantry Assistant Manager, Debbie, if you are interested in helping out. Families are welcome!

Need a nametag? If you are new to St. John’s, or if you have never had a nametag, please fill out a form on the back table and we will make a nametag for you. The nametags have a magnetic back and are stored on the magnetic board outside the sacristy (by the nursery). It is helpful for those new to St. John’s for you to wear your name tag so they can get to know you by name.

Make an Online Pledge Offering!
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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lesson

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 19, 2020

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7
The world suffers darkness of heart and of eternal vision; through his chosen people, Israel, God promises to lift up a light to dispel all darkness.

The Psalm: 40:1-12, page 640, BCP

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Paul prays on behalf of the Corinthians that God will grant them strength for the work they have been given to do through Jesus Christ.

The Gospel: John 1:29-42
Following his baptism, people begin to follow Jesus as their teacher.
(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:

Diocesan Visioning Tour 2020
A year ago, we gathered as people of the Diocese of Virginia in a series of Listening Sessions. We prayed, sang, talked and listened to one another in hope and trust. In the time since then, the ministry needs cited by those who participated coalesced into four areas about which Bishop Goff spoke in her  Pastoral Address  to Diocesan Convention. 
The Four Ministry Areas
  1. Healing across differences and including all, particularly in the face of the sin of racism that infects our souls as a nation and as a Church, and with regard to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in every aspect and on all levels of diocesan life.
  2. Strengthening our financial health in order to resource the mission to which God has called us.
  3. Sharing the faith of Jesus with youth and others in such ways that they will hear a message of hope in a difficult and challenging world, and so that we all will take part in God´s work of transforming the world. 
  4. Honoring and caring for God´s creation, particularly in this era when changes in weather patterns threaten vulnerable human communities as well as vulnerable non-human species.
We invite you to be a part of crafting and articulating our diocesan vision and priorities for these four areas of our life. Those who attend a Visioning Session (dates below) will be invited to choose one of the four areas for small group work. A trained facilitator will lead each group to help ensure that everyone has a chance to speak and that all engage in active listening to one another and to the Spirit.
Small Group Discussion 
 The questions in each small group will be:
  • What do you think is God's vision for this area of ministry in the Diocese of Virginia?
  • How might you imagine our working together on this? For example, what is your congregation doing/passionate about in this area? How can that action/passion be a part of our wider work? What do you need from others to live more fully into this ministry?
Participants may have thoughts to share in more than one of these areas. They'll be invited to write those thoughts, suggestions and questions on a response sheet. Additional thoughts may be written and sent to .
We are a large diocesan family made up of interwoven congregations and communities, all bound together by God's love. We look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit is up to in us through these sessions.
Visioning Tour Dates and Locations
Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. Christ Church, Glen Allen
Thursday, January 16, 1:00 p.m. Christchurch School, Christchurch
Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. Aquia Church, Stafford
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's, Ivy
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. Calvary, Front Royal
Saturday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. Good Shepherd, Burke
Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m St. Peter's, Arlington
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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!

In his baptism, Jesus began to discover who he truly was: the beloved Son of God. It is no less true for us. Baptism, and the renewal of our baptismal promises, is not some empty ritual. It is a solemn declaration of our identity as God’s beloved daughters and sons with whom God is well pleased. And in knowing who we are, and whose we are, we discover why we are: I have been marked for mission!
-Br. James Koester

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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