PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

Services 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM*

*child care available at both services

  • Holy Week and Easter Services
Holy Week is one of the most sacred times on the church calendar, which began last Sunday, Palm Sunday, with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It is important for us to journey with Jesus through his betrayal by a friend, his arrest, trial and crucifixion. Only when we have been with Jesus through the events of Holy Week can we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Day. Our Holy Week and Easter schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 PM, 6:30 supper, 7:00 Final Lenten program
Maundy Thursday , April 18, 7:30 PM, Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist
Good Friday , April 19, 12:00 and 7:30 PM, Good Friday Liturgy
Easter Sunday , April 21, 8:00 and 10:30 AM, both with music, sermon and Holy
Eucharist. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 12:00 Noon. Please bring a bag or
basket for your child to collect the eggs.

We will be joined by St. Anthony's of Padua Church for the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evening services.

  • Lenten services and program
Tonight, Wednesday, April 17 , the Lenten Program will be what we learned and experienced during our trip to the Holy Land. Each Wednesday, two or three people will present their pictures and reflections . We will have a service of Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM , a light supper at 6:30 PM and the program from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. It was an amazing trip - one that we would like to share with you! Tonight, the program will be presented by Tim and Robyn Ramsey. The service will be in the church and the supper and program will be in the library. This will be the final program.

  • This and that
The church office will be closed on Monday, April 22. Carol will take some vacation time from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26. If there is a pastoral emergency, please call Susie Pike, our Senior Warden.

We need to have someone keep up with our Facebook account and to keep it current with pictures and announcements. Interested? Talk with Lisa Heller to see what's involved.

Reflections from our trip to the Holy Land: Lori Wade

A View of Holy Week from the Holy Land Pilgrimage
This week, as we move from Palm Sunday and make our way to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, we will be going through a spiritual walk through Jesus’ last footsteps.
The last few days of our pilgrimage in Jerusalem took us through the final steps of Jesus. We gathered at the Mount of Olives and made the Palm Sunday walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, in our final days we went to the Via Dolorosa, and to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Gethsemane is the place where Jesus went to pray, the last moments of quietness before his arrest and execution. Our time walking around Gethsemane was peaceful, despite its location off a busy street and the Old City in the backdrop. It was an impactful place as we contemplated how Jesus felt that night praying alone, while his disciples were sleeping, waking them to announce, “Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Then, many of us took turns carrying the cross from St. George’s College down the busy streets, through the gates of the Old City. There was a palpable sense of heaviness in our hearts with each step through the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The object of the stations is to help Christians make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.
As we entered the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, making our way to the Calvary rock the feeling of sadness and heaviness of heart stayed with us. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha", and Jesus' empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. The tomb is enclosed by an 19th-century shrine called the Aedicula. It wasn’t until we entered the Aedicula, the traditional tomb of Jesus (only four people at a time), and laid our hands on the slap of marble that sits on top of the actual place where Jesus was laid, that we were over come with tears of joy and a lightness r eturned to our hearts, “he is not here, The Lord has risen indeed…” (Luke 24:34)

This past Saturday morning, volunteers made palm crosses and filled plastic Easter eggs with candy . Over 300 eggs were filled! Because of the generosity of so many parishioners, we had plenty of candy for the Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place this Easter Sunday, at 12 Noon.

  •  Treasurer Needed (Tom is retiring in January!)
Did you feel a slight calling and Googled what is the Treasurer’s Job Description?
Don’t worry, St. John’s stream-lined the duties to just 3 major tasks and signing of checks weekly.
The basic job description at St. John’s:
  1. Attend Finance and Vestry meetings – one each per month
  1. Inspire confidence from the congregation and church executive staff as to integrity and ability.
  1. The Treasurer is to communicate the situation of the church’s finances clearly. The details need the honest “big picture,” and the vestry needs to know enough to make wise decisions. That’s it.
If you’re interested in being a treasurer, lets chat.
Tom McDermott
  • Thanks!
Many thanks go to all those who came out last Saturday to clear brush, spread mulch, haul away tree limbs and branches, and clean up our church yard. Thanks also to those who made palm crosses and filled plastic Ester eggs with candy. It was a great turnout of volunteers.

Please join in the fun of a St. John's Progressive Dinner – 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 number your top three choices of the following:
  ____   My home may be used as one of the gathering spots for the main course and I will provide beverages. This means that I don’t have to cook. :) I can seat 6 or 8 or 10 people (circle one).
  ____   I will provide a main dish (recipe provided) for 8 – 10 people and drop it off at my assigned gathering spot prior to hors d'oeuvres.
  _____  I will provide bread and a salad for 8 – 10 people. This may be brought to the gathering spot either before hors d’oeuvres or when I arrive for the main course.
 _____  I will provide a dessert of my own choice to serve 10 – 12 people.
  _____  I will provide an hors d’oeuvre of my own choice to serve 10 – 12 people.
 _____  My home may be used as the hors d’oeuvre gathering place or the dessert gathering place and I will provide beverages.
Please give or email your form to Penny Parker by May 5 th , or mail it to the church to arrive by May 4 th . This will give us time to let you know your home assignments and get the recipes out to everyone. If you have any questions contact Penny Parker at 703-791-3482 or 703-220-9413   
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We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

 The First Reading: Acts 10:43
Peter communicates the whole of salvation history in a stirring altar call. This is the heart of the gospel, that God has always loved his creation, that God triumphs resoundingly over evil, that God invites humanity to new life through Jesus Christ.

The Psalm: 118:1-2, 14-24, page 760, BCP

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
J esus Christ, the Word incarnate, will bring to bear all that God has promised to his people throughout history. Jesus is Lord and King, and he brings all creation to submission and fruition.

The Gospel: John 20:1-18
In the morning, at the first hints of light, angels come to meet those who seek Jesus, bringing the best news of all.
(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
however, the forum will not meet on Easter Sunday

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff's Holy Week Message
Read Bishop Goff's Reflections on the "Recall and Reconnect" Listening Sessions
from the Presiding Bishop

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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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!

Most of us have likely found ourselves acting and thinking in ways which are opposite to what we would identify to be "good." None of us is free of the influence of evil. But our celebration of Jesus’ suffering, death and glorification in this Holy Week provides a sacramental and transformational means to the grace of divine love, which evil can never defeat. 
-Br. Jonathan Maury

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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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