PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, June 26, 2019
THE MEN'S GROUP met last Saturday, and worked on FOUR projects!
  Many Thanks for All the Hard Work!!
Kitchen Fan (new ventilation):
A large fan has been installed just above the kitchen sinks. This should clear out any cooking smells, and moist air.It will also help the overall ventilation of the building. When the fan is not on (most of the time) it has an automatic close to keep the weather - as well as varmints - out.  Tom McDermott, Jim Elliott, and John Tucker made this happen.
Accordion Doors; Room 216 choir room:
We share room 216 - where the choir robes are stored - with one of our Ministry Partners. David Weir and Jim Heller installed accordion doors to keep the choir robes in and the kiddies out! Susie Pike, who is in charge of quality control, was very impressed by the work! :)

Dead Brush/Trees; cemetery
As St. John's sits on just shy of five acres, there is often tree/brush work to cut down, trim, and sometimes clear out altogether. We are also working on the back field as it is starting to be used by different Ministry Partners, as well as our use. Here are some pics of Monti at work with his chainsaw. 
Drainage Project; back parking lot
For years, the back parking lot has been washed out year after year. This has been an eye sore as well as not easy to traverse in rainy weather. St. Johns contracted to have a trench dug & put in an additional drain for the storm water. The logistics have been many. Val Tucker has made it a priority to find a fix for the back lot.
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

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. (We have been told that Costco puts the "High Sierra" backpacks on sale for $16 for 2 weeks in July.) Backpacks will be collected at the church and delivered to the school in mid-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 fifth Sunday of the month, we invite anyone to bring a donation 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 now taking orders. The bricks are $75 and the order forms are on the back table in the church and in the church office.

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.
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for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

June 30, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
At God's direction, Elisha is appointed by the prophet Elijah's successor; Elisha offers his life to God's service by killing and sacrificing the oxen which he had farmed.

The Psalm: 16, page 599, BCP

The Second Lesson: Galatians 5:1, 13-15
It is in faithfulness and single-hearted devotion to God's path that we will discover the bearing of his fruit in our own lives.

The Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
God in Jesus demands full devotion. Half-measures are no commitment at all. God's desire to transform us into his perfect creation may only come to fruition when we offer our whole selves.
(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

Forum Discussion:
Pauli Murray
Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray (20 November 1910 – 1 July 1985) was an American civil and women's rights activist, lawyer, author, and priest. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977 she became the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest and was among the first group of women to become priests in this church. Born in Baltimore, MD, both sides of her family were of mixed racial origins and the complexions of her family were described as a "United Nations in miniature.“ Murray’s mother died when she was three and her father developed emotional problems as a result of a severe bout of typhoid fever. Murray was, therefore, raised mostly by her maternal grandparents in Durham, NC and attended St. Titus Episcopal Church. At age 16, she moved to New York to attend Hunter College, graduating with a B.A. degree in English. In 1940, she and a friend sat in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus and were arrested for violating state segregation laws. This incident, and subsequent involvement with the socialist Workers' Defense League, led to a career as a civil rights lawyer. Graduating first in her class at Howard University Law School, she was denied post-graduate work at Harvard University because of her gender. Undeterred, she earned a master's in law at University of California, Berkeley and became the first African-American to receive a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. As a lawyer, she argued for both civil and women's rights. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall called her 1950 book States' Laws on Race and Color the "bible" of the civil rights movement. In the 1950s Murray, like many Americans involved in the civil rights movement, became victims of McCarthyism. Indeed, she lost a post at Cornell University because those who supplied her references–Eleanor Roosevelt among them--were deemed too radical. While at Howard Law School, she joined with George Houser, James Farmer and Bayard Rustin, to form the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), only to find their methods “too soft.” She worked closely with Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists, too, but found the monopoly black males exercised over civil rights organizations offensive. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed her to his Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and in 1966 she was among the cofounders of the National Organization for Women. She also held faculty or administrative positions at the Ghana School of Law, Benedict College, and Brandeis University. In 1973, Murray left academia for the Episcopal Church, becoming an ordained priest on 8 January 1977, among the first generation of women priests. Retiring from the clergy in 1982, she died of cancer in Pittsburgh on 1 July 1985.


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I tems are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of St. John's Church. For food list:
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        The Rev. Carol Hancock, Rector
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