PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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.

St. John's Progressive Dinner The Progressive Dinner letters have been sent to all who signed up to attend. If you have not received your letter, either through e-mail or at church, please e-mail Penny Parker at or give her a call at 703-220-9413.

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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 19, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
The Jewish followers of Jesus discover through Peter's testimony that God has blessed the Gentiles with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and therefore has opened salvation to every person under heaven. They rejoice greatly in this new revelation.

The Psalm: 148, page 805, BCP

The Second Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6
The future of perfect joy is revealed to John, complete restoration and union between God and humanity, no brokenness or pain, and all will be redeemed.

The Gospel: John 13:31-35
Love without killing, without marginalization, without malice, this is the hallmark of the servants of God.
(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 


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Forum Discussion:
Our saints for today are a trinity of ground breaking 14th and 15th century mystics:

Richard Rolle  (1290–1349) was an English religious writer, Bible translator, and hermit who wrote in both Latin and English. In one of his best-known works,  The Fire of Love , Rolle provides an account of his mystical experiences, which he describes as: a physical warmth in his body, a sense of wonderful sweetness, and a heavenly music that accompanies him as he chants the Psalms. The book was widely read in the Middle Ages, and describes four purgative stages one must go transit to become closer to God: the open door, heat, song, and sweetness. Because of the wide proliferation of his works, there was a movement to have him canonized. As many of his works were concerned with personal devotion, some, with considerable alterations, were used by the Lollards.    

Walter Hilton  (1340 – 24 March 1396) was an English Augustinian mystic who headed a house of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton Priory, near Newark, Nottinghamshire, England. His spiritual writings were widely influential in 15 th  century England. The most famous of these is the two-volume  Scala Perfectionis , or  Ladder of Perfection . It is essentially a guide-book for traveling to the spiritual Jerusalem, which he views as "contemplation in perfect love of God." 

Margery Kempe  (c. 1373 – aft. 1438) wrote  The Book of Margery Kempe , believed to be the first autobiography in the English language. A spiritual and social commentary, it chronicles her extensive pilgrimages to various holy sites in Europe and Asia. It provides the best insight available on a female, middle class experience in the Middle Ages. She was a contemporary of Julian of Norwich, whom we honored two weeks ago.

Church Vitality Day - "Wonder in All"
Saturday, June 1; 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Aquia, Stafford
2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy 
Stafford, VA 2255
Come for Annual Giving ... and every other ministry, too!
At its heart, stewardship is about 'using the gifts God gives us to do the work God calls us to do.' Attend as an individual or with your entire leadership team to cultivate and nourish momentum across all ministry areas. After all, churches with a vibrant congregational life are also churches that are vibrant in giving.
The day will be filled with remarks by our bishops, engaging workshops, and community round tables. Join us to connect with lay and clergy leaders from every corner of the Diocese of Virginia. We look forward to seeing you there!
Workshops include

Please let Carol know if you would like to attend. Registration is required. We can carpool from 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).

"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!

God’s mission is to radically transform the world. Our task, then, is to discern how we can be a radically transforming community in the world, embodying God’s values and giving the world a glimpse of God’s eschatological vision.
-Br. David Vryhof

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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