PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

  • Holy Week and Easter Services
Holy Week is one of the most sacred times on the church calendar, which begins this 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:

Palm Sunday , April 14, 9:30 AM (procession starts outside)
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 need extra help for these Holy Week and Easter services. If you are a Lay Eucharistic Minister, usher, lector, crucifer, or torch bearer, please sign up as soon as possible for the times you can help.

Envelopes are on the back table for those who would like to donate for the purchase of Easter flowers. If the flowers are given in memory of or thanksgiving for someone, please write that on the envelope. That will be included in the Easter bulletin.

  • Lenten services and program
Tonight, Wednesday, April 10 , 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 Larry and Susie Pike. The service will be in the church and the supper and program will be in the library. Next Wednesday will be the final program.

  • The St. John's Parish Family
This past Saturday, we saw first-hand what it means to be part of a church family. A very large crowd was expected for the funeral of Terry Barnes. We would not have been able to meet the needs of Terry's family and friends who came to the service if it were not for the outpouring of love and support from the St. John's parish family. Many of you helped out in different ways. Our thanks go to the audio/visual "team" who worked to live-stream the service to the parish hall for the overflow crowd - David Weir, Dave Parker, John Tucker, and David Daniel Weir. Thanks go to those who helped out with parking in our parking lots - Lisa and Jim Heller, and Ann Goldberg. And thanks go to those who assisted with the service - Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Walt Cooner and Val Tucker; Ushers, Nita Amar and Craig Staresinich; Altar Guild, Mimi Spear and Linda Schrey; our organist, Mandy Hull, our trumpeter, Katharine Lavery, and choir members - Susie and Larry Pike, Dave and Penny Parker, Helen Rusnak and Jo Chandler; and Catherine Packard who put together and printed the bulletins. Many thanks go to all who gave of their time and talent to support Bob Barnes and his family during this difficult time. It is wonderful to be a part of such a loving church family. Carol Hancock
Larry tempting fate at the Mount of Temptation.
A stained glass window in a church.
Reflections from our trip to the Holy Land: Susie Pike

As all the other travelers have stated, our trip to Israel was awe-inspiring and enlightening. It is difficult to describe the power of actually seeing and being present at the sites where Jesus lived and preached . The beauty of the land and the richness of various cultures surrounded our daily travels. The caves and rugged hillsides were so different from the images I have had of the holy land since childhood. We were blessed with beautiful weather and warm companionship with our group members. The shared experiences Larry and I had with our group will never be forgotten.

***This Saturday - Spring Clean-Up Day!***
Saturday, April 13 will be a busy day at St. John's and we will need lots of volunteers!
The Men’s Group is organizing a ‘campus’ cleanup day. We will have some simple breakfast food to get everyone started and some lunch for those that can also work the afternoon shift. We will also have beverages.
When : Saturday, April 13 th , @ 8:00 a.m. OR whenever you can get there
What: Campus Clean up
Where : Meet on Gilead Green directly behind the lower level
Who: Men’s Group will lead the effort (Plus, volunteers (men and women) from the parish and/or our Ministry Partners)
The grounds of St. Johns is really starting to look good. However, the grounds could use a much needed spruce up. We have much debris to clear out and take to West Ox. We will also be spreading fresh mulch to various trees and flower beds. We will be working around the historic church, the cemetery, as well as the Mt. Gilead green. 
If you can come out in the morning and/or the afternoon, please join us. If you are unable to attend, please look for future announcements for a ‘non-working’ Men’s Group event!
What to bring on April 13 th  (feel free to bring yourself, as we will have plenty of supplies):
· Gloves
· Rakes; for gravel and for the lawn
· Wheel Barrows
· Any extra ‘Spring Fertilizer’
· Chainsaws (Monti!)
· Outdoor brooms
· Pick-up trucks
In order for us to have the right amount of materials and food/beverage for the day, please RSVP to
Starting at 9:00 AM this Saturday, volunteers are needed to make palm crosses and to fill the plastic Easter eggs with candy that has been donated. Questions? Contact Marcia Evans. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please let Val Tucker know if you are coming so we will know how many people to plan for.

  • Thanks!
Because of the generosity of so many parishioners, we already have plenty of candy for the Easter Egg Hunt. And we have plenty of the plastic Easter eggs to put the candy in. Many thanks to all who contributed!

  • 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
  • Save the date for the Progressive Dinner!

This year the Progressive Dinner will be held Saturday, May 18th.  This is a favorite fellowship event every year so be sure to mark your calendar. Sign up and information sheets will be coming soon.

  • Thanks!
Many thanks go to Monti Zimmerman for taking down some dead tree limbs and cleaning up debris around the back lot.

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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Lenten Meditation booklets available
Lenten Meditation booklets, put out by Episcopal Relief and Development, are available on the back of the table in the church and in the breezeway. A short meditation is provided for each day during Lent to help us deepen our relationship with God. Please help yourself!
from the Presiding Bishop

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

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

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Jesus the Messiah lies these very words on his path to the cross, embodying in his flesh the Word of God given hundreds of years before.

The Psalm: 31:9-16; page 623, BCP

The Second Lesson: Philippians 2:5-11
The statement of faith is a rallying cry for the call of each disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56
As each of us do in our daily lives any time we deal in duplicity, enjoy the shame of another, or seek someone's oppression for our gain, those who seek Jesus' condemnation shout loudly and revel in a moment of seeming victory.
(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

This week we highlight the lives of Henry Beard Delaney and Edward Thomas Demby

As vilified as the American South often is for its perceived collective
prejudice against African-Americans, it is interesting to note that our
honored saints for this week were the first and second Black bishops elected
in the Protestant Episcopal of the United States, both appointed in 1918 and
presiding over Southern dioceses. Henry Beard Delaney, born a slave in rural
Georgia, became the first Black prelate in the Episcopal Church when the
North Carolina Diocesan Convention unanimously elected him Suffragan Bishop
of North Carolina. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Delany advocated keeping
African-American Episcopalians united within the Episcopal Church despite
Jim Crow practices that haunted the Church and society during the first half
of the 20th Century. He is probably better known as the father of
centenarians Sadie and Bessy Delany, authors of a popular book, Having Our
Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, which chronicled their own lives
surmounting racial and gender barriers.
Just weeks after Bishop Delaney's elevation, Delaware-born Edward Thomas
Demby V became the Episcopal Church's second Black bishop when he was
elected Suffragan Bishop for Colored Work in Arkansas and the Province of
the Southwest. Demby worked with black hospitals, schools and orphanages,
and advocated for full recognition of African-Americans within the Episcopal
Church. He lived to witness the U.S. Supreme Court's desegregation decision
in Brown vs. Board of Education and its support in Arkansas by Episcopal
bishop (and 13th chancellor of Sewanee) Richard Bland Mitchell, who
successfully reversed years of declining Episcopal membership in the diocese
among all races. Bishop Demby's career is well covered in Michael J. Beary's
book, Black Bishop: Edward T. Demby and the Struggle for Racial Equality in
the Episcopal Church. As a curious side note, the Episcopal Church honors
both men with a feast day on April 14th, the anniversaries of both men's
deaths, albeit 29 years apart!

Read Bishop Goff's Reflections on the "Recall and Reconnect" Listening Sessions
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  • The movie "NOAH" comes to the big screen this week!!!
Seen by more than 5 million people on stage, NOAH is headed to movie theaters across the country for a special nationwide event. Filmed in front of a live audience, NOAH takes you on board history’s best-known voyage—along with two of every kind of animal! Now you can experience it on the big screen, playing three days only: April 9, 11, and 13 at the Regal Theater at the Fairfax Town Centre 10. There are two shows on April 9, and one each on April 11 and 13. Get your ticket soon and reserve your seat! Tom and Marie McDermott saw the original play and said it is wonderful!!!

"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!

In solitude, we encounter our own poverty, incompleteness and brokenness. We see how petty we can be; how possessive and judgmental; how angry, resentful, and mean-spirited; how self-centered in our thoughts and actions. No wonder we are tempted to flee solitude and to lose ourselves in busyness and distractions. It takes courage to plumb the depths of our soul.
-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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