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PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • Forward Day by Day
Forward Day by Day is a small book of meditations based on the readings for the day. They are available in the breezeway for you to pick up. A new booklet comes out every three months. Each month of meditations is written by a different author with new and different insights. Special prayers are found in the front and the back of the booklet to further complete your daily devotions. Need something to jumpstart your time with God? Forward Day by Day might just be what you are looking for. Give it a try!

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DID YOU SAVE THE DATE FOR THE:
St. John's Progressive Dinner – It's getting closer...A great opportunity for St. John’s adults to gather in one another’s homes for food, fun, and fellowship. We will meet for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fellowship at the home of a parishioner before dividing into groups and heading to other homes for dinner. The evening ends at yet another location for dessert and coffee. Past dinners have been a huge hit and everyone has had a wonderful time! 
Please contact Penny Parker ASAP if you haven't signed up yet, and wish to attend. This will give us time to let you know your home assignments and get the recipes out to everyone. Contact Penny Parker at 703-791-3482 or 703-220-9413; pennypar@gmail.com   
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SUNDAY SERVICE
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 12, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Acts 9:36-43
Despite Jesus' absence from the disciples in body, the signs and wonders of God do not cease; the Holy Spirit continues to work through the followers of God.

The Psalm: 23 , page 612, BCP

The Second Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17
John sees the martyred saints in heaven, given a place of great honor, enjoying the worship of God, free from the hunger, violence, and strife that defined their lives on earth.

The Gospel: John 10:22-30
Jesus promises that those who are his lambs, his brothers and sisters, will not be lost or unaccounted for. Nothing can separate the faithful from the love of their Lord.
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CHILD CARE IS PROVIDED IN THE NURSERY  
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
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JOINT SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
 Each week, St. John's children join with our Ministry Partners: 
Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
Room 207/208
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St. John's Sunday School class for ages 2-4, Room 215
Meets the first Sunday of each month from 10:50 - 11:30 
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THE ADULT LECTIONARY FORUM

MEETS EACH SUNDAY IN THE LIBRARY, FOLLOWING THE SERVICE 
  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Forum Discussion:

Frances Perkins (April 10, 1880– May 14, 1965) Perkins was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent much of her childhood in Worcester. She attended Worcester's Classical High School and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA degree in chemistry in 1902, and from Columbia University with a master's degree in sociology in 1910.As a young adult she discovered the Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL on June 11, 1905, and was a faithful and active Episcopalian for the rest of her life. Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her as his Secretary of Labor, making her the first woman ever appointed to a U.S. Cabinet post. she also served in that position longer than anyone before or since then. As a loyal FDR supporter, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office throughout his entire presidency. During her term as Secretary of Labor, she was largely responsible for the U.S. adopting social security, unemployment insurance, federal laws regulating child labor, and adopting a federal minimum wage. During her time as Secretary of Labor, she took time away from her duties on a monthly basis to attend retreats with the All Saints' Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, MD.
PS - Her cousin, parishioner Walt Cooner, leads the forum each Sunday.

DIOCESE
Carol will be attending the Spring Diocesan Clergy Conference at Shrinemont Conference Center from May 6-8. She will be back in time for the Wednesday evening service.
VOLUNTEERING AT ST. JOHN'S
Sign Up Here to be an altar server *, or to donate flowers for a Sunday service, or to bring refreshments for Coffee Hour after the service. * (if you're not an altar server, and would like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), a Lector, or a Crucifer, please see Carol).
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COMMUNITY
WESTERN FAIRFAX
CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

"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:
OPPORTUNITIES
Reminder
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!

Trust
There will be times of testing, times of uncertainty, times when your faith is challenged by the evil in the world or by the pain of suffering and loss. Do not despair. Jesus knows you and loves you and will never let himself be separated from you. He loves that you care enough to confront your uncertainty and confusion. Jesus promises always to be with us, holding us close until we can trust again.
-Br. David Vryhof
My email address is stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com,
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
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 5649 MT. GILEAD RD. , CENTREVILLE, VA | 703-803-7500
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