PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, July 3, 2019
In observance of Independence Day, the parish office is closed July 4.
Parents of young the date!!! On Sunday, July 21, we will be having a picnic for the parents of young children, and their children, at St. John's, starting at 5:00 PM. Bring a picnic dinner for you and your children, and a blanket or chair to sit on. While the children play on the playground (which belongs to Elim Academy) by the back parking lot, we will talk about our Sunday School program. We need your ideas, thoughts and suggestions so we can meet the needs of your children. Please let Carol know if you will be able to come.

Backpacks needed for WFCM - Again this summer, we have been asked to collect 25 large, new backpacks for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Many students are not financially able to buy school backpacks so churches and organizations around the area are asked to donate them. Students in need do not get a new backpack every year so they are encouraged to take care of them. Our backpacks will be going to Centreville High School, so they need to be large and sturdy. (Costco has the "High Sierra" backpacks on sale for $16.) Backpacks will be collected at the church during July and delivered to the school in early August.

Education for Ministry - Want to understand the bible a bit more deeply? Want to be involved in a small group? Want to discuss important issues in a Christian context? Then EfM is for you! We are currently looking for new members to join our current EfM group when we start up again in the fall. It's a four year program and we meet weekly for about 2 hours for 9 months. Sign up for a year at a time. The yearly cost is $375 and reading assignments are done each week. Interested? Let Carol know. You can also talk with one of our current EfM members - Walt Cooner, Durinda Smith, Bob Faithful, Val Tucker, Craig Staresinich, and Patricia McPherson.

Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, those with the last names starting with A - L are invited to provide a snack for coffee hour.

Bricks - If you would like to have an engraved brick in thanksgiving or in memory of someone and put in our "Walkway of Saints", we are taking orders through July and they will be ordered in early August. The bricks are $75 and the order forms are on the back table in the church and in the church office.

THE MEN'S GROUP met 2 weeks ago on Saturday, and worked on FOUR projects!
  Many Thanks for All the Hard Work!!

Look for next meet-up! We will try to announce the next work day a few weeks in advance! There is a lot to do, but the good news is, items are getting checked off. This congregation is truly putting your time, talent, and treasure to work - thank you! 
report by Andrew Wade

Kitchen Fan (new ventilation):
A large fan has been installed just above the kitchen sinks.  Tom McDermott, Jim Elliott, and John Tucker made this happen.

Accordion Doors; Room 216 choir room:
David Weir and Jim Heller installed accordion doors to keep the choir robes in and the kiddies out!
Dead Brush/Trees; cemetery
 Here's Monti Zimmerman at work with his chainsaw.

Drainage Project; back parking lot - For years, the back parking lot has been washing out. St. Johns contracted to have a trench dug & put in an additional drain for the storm water.  Val Tucker has made it a priority to find a fix for the back lot.
Come help us build the Washington National Cathedral in LEGO® bricks! Now’s your chance to watch the Washington National Cathedral rise again.
When completed, an estimated 500,000 LEGO® bricks will form a 1:40 scale replica of the Cathedral that’s more than 13 feet long, 8 feet tall and bigger than a minivan. It will be the WORLD’S LARGEST Cathedral to be built from LEGO® bricks! Every brick added helps build the LEGO® brick replica AND restore the real Cathedral! At $2 per brick, all proceeds will help fund the remaining $19 million in repairs still needed to fix damage from the 2011 earthquake. In celebration of St. John’s 169th birthday on July 14 , we are donating 169 Lego blocks to support the National Cathedral goal. We need your hands to help place the blocks/bricks in the model. On Saturday, July 20, at about 11:30 am, we will gather at the Cathedral model to place our bricks. Bring your family and friends. Parking is available at the Cathedral, tours of the Cathedral are available (tickets are $12/adult, $8 students & seniors and can be purchased on-site or ahead of time on-line), you can even have tea and sandwiches on the grounds. If anyone is interested in carpooling from the church, let Carol know. If you are planning to go and driving yourself, let Carol know so we can coordinate our plans.
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for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

July 7, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14
The pagan warrior, Naaman, is cured of his leprosy, following the recommendation of a slave girl. God is glorified and humility is exalted.

The Psalm: 30, page 621, BCP

The Second Lesson: Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16
Virtuous living is not a complicated formula or a mysterious recipe; as we behave with humility, grace, and honesty, the path before us is made straight.

The Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Followers of Jesus are called to share the Good News of salvation and redemption to all with whom they come in contact; whether the news is received and digested is not our trouble!
(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 
(will not meet in June, July or August)


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

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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!

God is frequently described as our refuge, and the rest and safety of God is a magnificent gift. But when our resting places have become places of fear, complacency, or stagnation, God comes to our inner hiding places and asks, “What are you doing here?” He calls us from these caves.
-Br. Lucas Hall
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May our ministry together spread God's love to all whom we encounter.
      - Carol

        The Rev. Carol Hancock, Rector
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