PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, February 5, 2020
St. John’s Men’s Group / Lumberjacks SELLING WOOD!
Replenish your winter firewood, as spring is still some weeks away! And help benefit St. John's at the same time!

The Lumberjacks are selling bundles of wood near the front entrance to the Historic Church for the great price of $5 per bundle. (or $20 for 5 bundles).
 Please give the money to someone in the office, a vestry member, or Carol.
We had a great community event in splitting trees for firewood a few weeks ago. Starting this Sunday, February 16 th , bundles of firewood will be available for sale on a first come first serve basis. Each bundle is $5.00 or five bundles for $20.00 or any other donation you may wish to contribute. Most of the bundles will be ash. 
The bundles will be in a rack in front of St. Johns and available after each service, during coffee hour, for the rest of the winter. If you would like more than a few bundles (would like to fill up your car or truck), please leave a message with the church office and we will make arrangements. 
Thank you to the lumberjacks: Steve B, Gene C., Jim E., Steve G., Ben G., Jim H., Dave H., Mary J., Mike J., Akshay K., Gene M., Dave P., Larry P., Susie P., John T., Kristen T., Val T., Andrew W., & Monti Z.
Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25, 2020       
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Lower Parish Hall at St. John's
Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon,
Applesauce & Beverages
Come and join in the fellowship! 
Donations at the door appreciated.
Snacks for Sunday's coffee hour will be provided by the Vestry.

Vestry Coffee Hour set-up and clean up- Sam Cameron.

Annual Parish Meeting - St. John's Annual Parish Meeting will be held immediately after church this Sunday, February 16 . We will have reports from the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Treasurer, and others. We will also elect new members of the Vestry. Please plan to attend.

Vestry Nominees - Two parishioners have put their names forward to serve on the Vestry: Dick Griffith and Angela Hadfield. We currently have 8 people on the Vestry, and our bylaws state that we can have up to 12. Bob Faithful has served three years and is rotating off the Vestry. Many thanks go to Bob for his service on the Vestry. We will be electing Vestry members at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday. Here are the biographies of the two nominees:

Angela Hadfield
 Angela and her husband, Russ, have been members of St. Johns for approximately 3 years. She currently serves as the register for the Vestry and as one of the Sunday School teachers. Angela and Russ live in South Riding with their 2 year old daughter Julia, and are expecting another little girl any day now. They are very happy to have found St. John's and look forward to being more involved in the Church, especially as their girls grow up. Professionally, Angela is a Finance Manager at Raytheon and holds an MBA from George Mason University. 

Dick Griffith
My name is Dick Griffith. Fran and I found St John’s in the mid 1980’s.  What attracted us to St John’s was the small, friendly parish atmosphere. We have two daughters. Jenni was married in St. John’s and is living in Spartanburg, SC. Our oldest daughter is a graduate of Episcopal church schools - K through 12. She is currently a vestry member of the Piedmont Parish in Madison, Virginia.
 Previously Fr. Kempsell recruited me to help train seminarians to be priests for small parishes. St. John’s is still uniquely able to this, and I frequently bring this subject up for discussion. I became a member of the Search Committee which led us to find Carol to be our rector. I previously served a full term with a very active vestry (2016-2018). I worked to revise our insurance to have superior coverage at much less cost, saving our parish thousands of dollars a year. I also secured a pest control contract, the first since 2006. And I helped to get the contract for our first AC replacement.
In regular Sunday parish life, I’m an usher, or lector, or crucifer, and in the summer, sometimes sing in choir. This is my fifth year on the finance/budget committee. Finance committee and previous vestry experience will help me start where we left off - no learning curve.
Being retired is an advantage as I can meet with contractors during the day to discuss bids, check on arrivals, just drop in to see how work is progressing, and notify wardens and treasurer when work is completed. There are projects from several years ago that are still outstanding. If elected for another vestry term, I want to develop a 3 year intermediate planning cycle for all vestry members. The finance committee develops a short term one year budget plan, but now we need second and third year to alert the vestry members of future needs and develop tentative strategies to meets these needs. No more crisis to crisis management.

Bishop Gulick coming May 10 - Bishop Ted Gulick will be with us on Sunday, May 10. If you are 14 or older and would like to be confirmed when the bishop is here, please let Carol know as soon as possible. Confirmation classes meet once a week for 5-6 weeks.

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - The Annual Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the parish hall. Please sign up in the breezeway if you plan to attend so we will know how many to plan for. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you. Donations will be gratefully accepted!

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, is February 26 . We will have two services, one at 12:00 noon and one at 7:30 PM in the church. Please join us for this important service of repentance and reflection. "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Lenten Program - The Lenten program this year will be a bit different. We will read and discuss a novel, "Woman of God" by the popular author James Patterson. The book deals with the subject of suffering and where God is in the midst of it. Again this year, we will have a service of Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM, a light supper at 6:30, and the book discussion from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The book study will be held on the 6 Wednesdays in Lent, from March 4 through April 8. Please sign up in the breezeway to provide soup and bread for the supper. The cost of the book is $8, or you could borrow it from the library.

Save the date! The annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 16. Put it on your calendar now. Details will be provided closer to the date.

  TV for sale! We have a 32” color TV for sale. It's in good working condition and we will accept the best offer. If you want to come by and see it, it is in Carol’s office. The proceeds will benefit St. John’s.

Need a nametag? If you are new to St. John’s, or if you have never had a nametag, please fill out a form on the back table and we will make a nametag for you. The nametags have a magnetic back and are stored on the magnetic board outside the sacristy (by the nursery). It is helpful for those new to St. John’s for you to wear your name tag so they can get to know you by name.

Did you know??? Holy water from the Jordan River that Val Tucker brought back from our pilgrimage to Israel last year was used in the consecration of the new bishop of Michigan, The Rt. Rev. Bonnie Perry.

It's not too early. sign up for Shrine Mont camps for this summer. Brochures are in the breezeway. These camps fill up rapidly so register soon. Shrine Mont is located in Orkney Springs, VA, in the Shenandoah Mountains and is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Parish Family News -
-Our prayers and sympathy go to John Sherman and his family on the death of his father, Lynn Bradley Sherman, in Texas. The funeral will be in Texas in March.
-Gail Weirich is recovering at home after successful foot surgery.
-Jim Scott (and Beth) were in church on Sunday. Jim is now walking with just a cane. He continues on the road to a full recovery following a terrible car accident in September.

Diocesan Visioning Session - The location of the next diocesan Visioning Session that is closest to us in this Saturday, February 15 at 1:30 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke. All are invited to attend. Further details are below under "Diocesan Visioning Tour".

Carol's email hacked - Last Friday, I heard that some of you may have received an email that looked like it is coming from me. There are some different emails being circulated, but they seem to be asking for money or other things. The email has my name and my picture. But it is not from me. This email hack has my church email address (stjohnscvpriest) with the number 1 added to it. Please do not reply to that email. I am sorry that this is happening but there doesn't seem there is much that can be done to stop it. 

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

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 16, 2020

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
God entreats his people, as the choice is laid before them, to choose life.

The Psalm: 119:1-8, page 763, BCP

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
The growth in spiritual stature with the Lord comes only through his abundant grace, and never from any of our effort or impressive pedigree.

The Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37
Continuing the Sermon on the Mount and his affirmation to fulfill the law, Jesus explains the spirit of God's commands, rather than the letter of their boundaries.
(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 - 10:40 AM 



  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM

The Saint of the Week:

Thomas Bray was a 17th/18th century English clergyman and abolitionist who helped formally establish the church of England in Maryland, as well as the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. In 1706, Bray accepted the position as rector of London's St Botdolph's in A ldgate , a position which he had refused before his Maryland voyage. He spent the final decades of his life serving that London parish, as well as engaging in other philanthropic and literary activities, until his death in February 1730. Visitors were especially impressed by his catechising of charity children well into his own old age, as well as work on behalf of prisoners at Newgate prison, including weekly "beef and beer" dinners and proposals for prison reform. Rev. Bray's concern for poor debtors and plan to allow them to emigrate overseas to better themselves drew the interest of General James Oglethorpe who received a royal charter to establish the colony of Georgia two years after Bray's death.

Diocesan Visioning Tour 2020
A year ago, we gathered as people of the Diocese of Virginia in a series of Listening Sessions. We prayed, sang, talked and listened to one another in hope and trust. In the time since then, the ministry needs cited by those who participated coalesced into four areas about which Bishop Goff spoke in her  Pastoral Address  to Diocesan Convention. 
The Four Ministry Areas
  1. Healing across differences and including all, particularly in the face of the sin of racism that infects our souls as a nation and as a Church, and with regard to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in every aspect and on all levels of diocesan life.
  2. Strengthening our financial health in order to resource the mission to which God has called us.
  3. Sharing the faith of Jesus with youth and others in such ways that they will hear a message of hope in a difficult and challenging world, and so that we all will take part in God´s work of transforming the world. 
  4. Honoring and caring for God´s creation, particularly in this era when changes in weather patterns threaten vulnerable human communities as well as vulnerable non-human species.
We invite you to be a part of crafting and articulating our diocesan vision and priorities for these four areas of our life. Those who attend a Visioning Session (dates below) will be invited to choose one of the four areas for small group work. A trained facilitator will lead each group to help ensure that everyone has a chance to speak and that all engage in active listening to one another and to the Spirit.
Small Group Discussion 
 The questions in each small group will be:
  • What do you think is God's vision for this area of ministry in the Diocese of Virginia?
  • How might you imagine our working together on this? For example, what is your congregation doing/passionate about in this area? How can that action/passion be a part of our wider work? What do you need from others to live more fully into this ministry?
Participants may have thoughts to share in more than one of these areas. They'll be invited to write those thoughts, suggestions and questions on a response sheet. Additional thoughts may be written and sent to .
We are a large diocesan family made up of interwoven congregations and communities, all bound together by God's love. We look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit is up to in us through these sessions.
Visioning Tour Dates and Locations
Saturday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. Good Shepherd, Burke
Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m St. Peter's, Arlington
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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!

In the Baptismal Covenant we are asked: "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" In a life dedicated to respecting and restoring dignity to others, we cannot help but be political, for human dignity is inseparable from adequate food, shelter, clean water, medical care, education, and respect, regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion or country of origin. And all of these are about the use, or abuse, of power.
-Br. James Koester
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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