PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, June 5, 2019
St. John’s Men’s Group Announcements (2 Meetings Scheduled):
What: Breakfast Meeting (no work!)
Where: IHOP Centreville (across from St. Johns)
When: Saturday Morning; 8:00 a.m. June 8 th
Why: Fun & Fellowship
We welcome all old and new to the St. John’s Men’s Group. This Saturday we will congregate for breakfast and fellowship. Please bring your ideas and calendars as we discuss dates, times, and meeting logistics for the rest of the year.  No need to RSVP, but we hope you can make it. Any questions? Contact Andrew @ 703-477-8980 or via email .
There will be a second meeting the following Saturday; at 8:00 a.m. on June 15 th . This meeting will be at St. John’s and headed up by the Junior Warden, Jim Heller. There will be a project(s) review, in addition to knocking out one of the items on the list. **Look out for the ENOTES update on June 12 th . If you have any questions, please talk to Jim @703-888-9373 or via email
Readers of different languages are needed for Pentecost Sunday, June 9. Do you speak a foreign language? If so, we need your help. On Pentecost, we like to re-create the reading from the Acts of the Apostles in different languages, like the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the people and they began speaking in different tongues. Those reading in different languages will do so at the same time, so perfect pronunciation is not necessary. If you can help with this, please let me know. (As of now, I only have one person. We need several in order to do this. Please help if you can.)

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 is about to complete its second year at St. John's. Six parishioners - Craig Staresinich, Durinda Smith, Bob Faithful, Val Tucker, Walt Cooner, and Patricia McPherson, in addition to Carol Hancock who serves as the mentor - have met almost every Monday for the past nine months to discuss assigned readings, worship together, and do theological reflection. We will resume again in September and we would love to have new people join us. You must make a one year commitment to this four year program and the yearly fee is $375. The discussions we have and the readings we do are excellent, as is the fellowship. If you think you might be interested, feel free to talk with one of the EfM participants, and let Carol know. We will register the new group this summer.

Coffee Hour - As you may know, the refreshments for our coffee hour are provided by the choir on the second Sunday of the month, and by the Vestry on the third Sunday. We have been relying on volunteers to sign up for the first and fourth Sundays. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. Patricia McPherson had a wonderful idea.....ask those whose last names begin with the letters A - L to bring something for coffee hour on the first Sunday of the month (that's this Sunday, June 2); and those whose last names begin with the letters M - Z to bring something on the fourth Sunday of the month. We will start this Sunday. If your last name begins with the letters A - L please bring something to share at coffee hour. Thanks, Patricia! Great idea!

Parents of young children - If you are interested in getting together to discuss the timing and content of the Sunday School class, and/or a social event for families and others during the summer, please let me know! (

As we are coming into the hot summer months, please check on elderly neighbors and friends, especially those who live alone.

Church bills continue to come in during the summer (just like yours do!) so please keep up with your pledge during the summer. If you are going to be away, please pay your pledge before you leave. That way, we will have income to cover our bills. Many thanks!

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

The Day of Pentecost

June 9, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
The action of God the Holy Spirit is stunning to all kinds of people. God does not act in a way that anyone would expect. Young people hold wisdom and the poor are given words of salvation.

The Psalm: 104:25-35, 37, page 736, BCP

The Second Lesson: Romans 8:14-17
Our deepest selves desire belonging, to be fully known and loved anyway, loved because of who we are. God in Jesus Christ shows us that we are his beloved children.

The Gospel: John 14:8-17, 25-27
God the Father and God the Son are not separable such that you can know one without the other, or see one and miss the other. Jesus is God incarnate, and as we join in the works of God, we come to resemble our Triune Lord.
(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 July, July or August)


  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Forum Discussion:

The Right Reverend William Alexander Guerry (July 7, 1861 – June 9, 1928), the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, espoused a theology of inclusivity rather than exclusivity that would properly align the Church with Jesus’ teachings. Before this he had served as a parish priest and then as Chaplain and Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Bishop Guerry’s vision inspired him to propose the election in 1914 of a black suffragan bishop for South Carolina to oversee the ministry to black Episcopalians, and to insure people of all races felt they were part of Christ’s community within his diocese. Unfortunately, the prevailing alternative was to keep the diocese segregated and merely create a “Missionary District for Negroes,” an arrangement that stood until well after the mid-20th century when Christian communities across the United States became more welcoming, genuinely inclusive and more diverse. Sadly, the bishop’s earthly mission ended on June 9, 1928, five days after he was shot in his office at Charleston’s St. Philip’s Church by a disgruntled priest who had attacked Guerry’s desire to advance racial equality in South Carolina, particularly his initiative to install a black suffragan bishop within the diocese. The clerical assassin then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.


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These awkward days between the Ascension and Pentecost invite us to listen with anticipation for a new song. We can listen in confidence; he who implores us to sing a new song has promised to teach it to us. And by it we will indeed be made new.
-Br. Sean Glenn
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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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