PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, September 4, 2019
 Our Sunday School class for children ages 2 - 4 starts this Sunday, September 8. This year, the children will attend the first part of the service with their parents in the church. After the reading of the gospel, the teacher and children will process out the side door and to their class in room 215. The class will end by 10:45 and the children will join their parents at coffee hour. Parents are welcome to attend the class with their children, if they would like. After September, the class will meet on the first Sunday of each month. The curriculum is provided. If you would be interested in helping with this class, please let Carol know.

Hurricane Dorian - As these E-Notes go out on Wednesday, we already know that the Bahamas have been devastated, and many areas destroyed, by this hurricane. We have yet to see what damage might come to the US. Episcopal Relief and Development is already collecting funds to assist our neighbors during this disaster. Click here for more information and to donate . Look at the top of the screen to click regarding hurricane relief.

Our Education for Ministry (EfM) class starts this Monday night, September 9, and will meet weekly for 9 months. We have 6 students enrolled in the class, all in their third year, which is the study of church history.

Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, the St. John's choir will provide the Coffee Hour snacks this Sunday.

Many thanks go to......
-Susie and Larry Pike and Tom McDermott for spending several hours at church on Labor Day to find where the ceiling leak was coming from in rooms 216, 217 and 218, and then cleaning up the mess that the leak made.
- Sam Cameron who also came on Labor Day to continue to work on the boxwoods and the trees growing in them in the cemetery.
- the IT Committee who have spent countless hours fixing, upgrading and taking care of the office computers. Committee members include David Weir, David Daniel Weir, John Tucker, Tom McDermott, Dan Jones, and Carl Belso. Some of them were here on Labor Day as well, which was good because they found the leak in the ceiling!

Did you know... that countless volunteers are in and out of St. John's during the week, doing the work that helps us all as a community of faith? The treasurer comes in weekly to sign checks, IT Committee members come in to update and fix computer problems, other volunteers are upgrading our phone system, volunteers help keep the property looking good, Altar Guild members take home soiled linens and return then clean and ironed, volunteers come in twice a week to assist in the office, several volunteers have been cleaning up room 217/218 after several leaks. St. John's is not a Sunday only operation. It takes the work of all our parishioners to keep St. John's going as an active community of faith. Many thanks to all who give of their time and talent and resources to St. John's.

The Lane's Mill Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR) has volunteered to clean the headstones in our cemetery on Friday, October 11 (rain date - October 16). They will receive careful instruction by a restoration specialist who knows how to clean them without damaging them any further. Many thanks to the DAR for choosing St. John's cemetery as the focus of their Day of Service.

Our prayers and condolences go to....
-Lee Johnson and Barbara Tourtelot, and their daughter Emily Johnson Stanton, (long time St. John's members) on the death of Lee and Barbara's infant grandson, Tadhg Lee Stanton. Lee and Barbara were fellow pilgrims on the trip to Jerusalem in January.
-Walt Conner on the death of his friend Randy Bueter.

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for the Sunday Service lessons.  

The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

September 8, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
God asks the Israelites, through Moses, to trust him and the path that he has made before them, to listen to the wisdom of the Lord rather than the whims of their own hearts.

The Psalm: 1, page 585, BCP

The Second Lesson: Philemon 1-21
Paul makes a large request of Philemon, on behalf of their mutual friend, and sometime slave, Onesimus; this tangled web of relationship and debt reveals the mutual obligation we all have to one another.

The Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
The pain and suffering, the financial strain, the societal cost, and any other inconvenience may be part of the call to follow Jesus; there is no higher price. Are we willing to swallow it?
(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 9:50 - 10:45 AM 

Our first class in September will meet on September 8 to avoid the Labor Day weekend.


  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 has entrusted each one of us with distinctive gifts, and God has entrusted each one of us with distinctive needs, and that’s all by God’s design so that, in life together, we become whole. Our gifts and our needs are all very temporary in this life. What is not temporary, what abides, is the Giver of our gifts and the Giver of our needs.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
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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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