PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Many Thanks to:
  • Val and John Tucker for providing bibles for each pew in the church. They will be blessed this Sunday.
  • Marie McDermott and Denise McCarthy for purchasing the food for the Thanksgiving food baskets.
  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Thanksgiving baskets
Envelopes are on the back table in the church to make donations to purchase the food for Thanksgiving baskets. We will be providing 13 baskets for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Volunteers are needed to pack the baskets this Friday, November 16 at 11:30 AM at the church, as well as volunteers to deliver the baskets this Sunday, November 18 right after the service . Thanks (again!) to Marie McDermott for organizing this outreach ministry. Please let Marie know if you can help. click h ere (

  • Thanksgiving Eve service
Join us for a service of giving thanks to God for all God's many blessings so richly given to us, on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:30 PM. We will be joined by two of our Ministry Partners, St. Anthony's and Wellspring United Church of Christ. The loose offering will go to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.

  • Parish News
Elim Kids Academy will open its doors at St. John's this week or next week. We have been working with the owner, Noah Bae, for the past few years, and now all this work has come to fruition. The classrooms are perfect for a child care center and we thank all who have been involved in this effort, particularly the "Tiger Team" and the Vestry.

The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.

  • Pledge card update
Of the 49 pledges that we received last year, 35 have returned their completed pledge cards and 3 have moved away. If you have not yet returned your completed pledge card, please do so as soon as possible . The Vestry is working on the 2019 budget now. Pledge cards can be put in the offering bags on Sunday or mailed to the church office (5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120). For those who have already returned their pledge cards, many thanks!

  • Advent is almost here!
Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, begins on Sunday, December 2. We will have easy-to-follow Advent calendars available with something specific to pray for or do each day. This free calendar and the "Journeying the Way of Love: Advent Curriculum" have been put together by the Episcopal Church as part of the "Way of Love: Practices for the Jesus-Centered Life", started by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and endorsed by the General Convention. The Advent curriculum will be studied on the four Sundays of Advent at 10:50 AM in Carol's office.

  • Another Advent resource
Virginia Theological Seminary is offering daily meditations during Advent. Go to to sign up.

Please send an email to the office if you did not receive a pledge card yet:, or let Carol know. The cards may be mailed back to St. John's, or put in the collection this Sunday.
Afghans/throws are here!
If you already placed an order for one of the Historic Centreville afghans/throws featuring St. John's, they have arrived! They are ready to be picked up in the office. Please see Carol. (If you didn't already order and pay for one, there are a few extras available to sell. The price is $50.)
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

November 18, 2018
9:30 AM 
 The First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3
God's deliverance comes after destruction; transformation happens when the deck has been wiped clean, when castles have been razed. What might need to be torn apart in your life before God can make it new?

The Psalm: 16
The Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-25
The power of Jesus' sacrifice, his giving of himself, is that his offering transforms those who are covered by its justice. Though we are fickle and forgetful, Jesus's death and resurrection can make us new.

The Gospel: Mark 13:1-8
The birthpangs, of a mother's body, or of an adoptive-parent's heart, of bringing a child into the world are nothing compared to the joy of a new life;likewise, the pain and suffering of the current evil pales with the glory to come.

  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service

 Each week, St. John's children join with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, 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 

Annual Diocesan Convention Report
Our Annual Diocesan Convention was held last Friday and Saturday in Richmond. We bid farewell to Bishop Shannon Johnston, who has served as our diocesan bishop for the past 11 years. To read a summary of what else happened at convention, please click here
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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." - WFCM

Items are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of St. John's Church.
AS OF 10/02/2018
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages

  • Fruit Juice (individual size appreciated)
  • Canned pineapple
  • Tomato paste
  • Sugar
  • Canned vegetables (no green beans or corn needed)
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Pancake Mix/Syrup
  • Pasta
  • Canned spinach or collards

(NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased by our clients with their food stamps)
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo

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 plenty of peace that needs to be made all around our world and on our streets. That is undeniable. But “peace receiving” precedes “peace making.” I’m talking here about our being peace-receivers, receiving Christ’s peace, our practicing a posture of reception of peace… which can change your day, and ultimately change our world. Receive the peace of Jesus.
-Br. Curtis Almquist

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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