PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, January 8, 2020
 (look under Volunteering at St. John's, below)

Pledge / Offering envelopes - Packets of your pledge / offering envelopes for 2020 are available in the breezeway after the Sunday service. Please pick yours up and save us the expense of mailing them.

Our profound thanks goes to Tom McDermott for being our treasurer for the past 4 years. Tom has done an incredible job of organizing our finances, seeing that funds are put aside for building repairs, and looking ahead at what major expenses might be ahead so we can plan for them. His reports to the Finance Committee and the Vestry have been very helpful in letting the leadership know exactly where we stand financially. Diocesan guidelines state that a treasurer should not serve more than 4 years without taking a break. We are very fortunate to have Denise Bellows step up and take over the role of treasurer. Many thanks to Tom for his years of service, and to Denise for becoming our new treasurer.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be coming to DC to lead a revival service entitled, "More Jesus, More Love" on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 PM, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street in Southeast DC. Tickets are free, but must be acquired online at:
This is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as part of their annual convention. If you are planning to go and want to carpool, please let Carol know. There is also a metro stop across the street from the arena.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries - Most needed items this month are: cold cereal (small family size boxes, pancake mix and pancake syrup. Food is collected every Sunday and taken to WFCM by Tom McDermott.

Carol will be out of the office at a clergy retreat at Roslyn Retreat and Conference Center in Richmond from Monday, January 13 through Thursday, January 16. The Wednesday evening service will be lead by Steve Busch, our new deacon-in-training.

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

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

January 12, 2020

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9
The Lord promises to lead his people well, to bring them to safety, blessing and salvation.

The Psalm: 29, page 620 BCP

The Second Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Peter preaches the gospel story as he himself experienced, and ties this narrative to the whole of the history of God's relationship with his people, Israel.

The Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus is baptized by John in the river Jordan, insisting that this is the right order of things - demonstrating his humility even as he is crowned with the Holy Spirit by the sign of a dove.
(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:
Mary Mitchell Slessor (2 December 1848 – 13 January 1915) was a British Presbyterian missionary to Nigeria. Her understanding of the native language and her bold personality allowed Slessor to gain the trust and acceptance of the locals and allowed her to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children. She is most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins among the Ibibio people, an ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria.  

An Epiphany Message from Bishop Susan Goff - Notice the Light
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  (John 1:5 NRSV)
 The light changes so quickly this time of year. After the winter solstice, daily light increases quietly, persistently, noticeably. The quality of the light changes, too, softening from the hard, crystalline light of winter to the gentler, caressing light of spring. 
In this season of Epiphany, we celebrate light -
  • the light of Christ that came into the world,
  • the light of a star that led magi to the Christ child,
  • the light of revelation that points to Christ in ordinary things.
The light shines in the darkness, no matter how murky the night. It shines in the darkness, no matter how fearsome the grief or gloom.
How do we learn to see the light, even in the darkest of physical or spiritual nights? We can begin with a simple Epiphany practice of noticing light.
Each day between the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 and Ash Wednesday on February 26, notice something about the ordinary presence of light -
  • the way it increases both morning and evening,
  • the way it filters through trees,
  • the way it makes puddles sparkle.
Look around and notice - 
  • when the last Christmas lights in your neighborhood disappear,
  • how the street lights in your community succeed or fail at illumining,
  • how colors look different on overcast days and sunny days. 
Take a moment every day simply to notice just one ordinary thing about the extraordinary gift of light. Because noticing physical light in the world and in your life is training you to see the light of Christ that shines in every darkness. 
Enjoy the light.
Bishop Susan Goff 

Diocesan Visioning Tour 2020
  During her Pastoral Address at our Diocesan Convention last month, Bishop Goff articulated her vision for our Diocese for the next few years. She added that, "If the vision belongs to the bishops alone, it will never be ours. So let's continue this address as a conversation. I invite the people of the Diocese to come together in a series of vision gathering during the season of Epiphany."

This is your invitation to take part in our Diocesan Visioning Tour with Bishop Goff and Bishop Brooke-Davidson. The questions we'll discuss will be publicized before the sessions so that participants will have a chance to give them some thought, and so that people who can't attend might have a chance to submit their thoughts.
Visioning Tour Dates and Locations
Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. Christ Church, Glen Allen
Thursday, January 16, 3:30 p.m. Christchurch School, Christchurch
Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. Aquia Church, Stafford
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's, Ivy
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. Calvary, Front Royal
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!

There is always reason for gratitude. Expressing gratitude in difficult times is an expression of trust in God, and an acknowledgment that God is present and at work in every time and place, always bringing life out of death, hope out of despair, joy out of sadness – even when we can’t see it. Gratitude will not take away every pain or sorrow, but it will transform us in the midst of them.   
            – Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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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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