PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Many thanks go to.....
those who came on Monday to shovel the walkways to the church - Craig Staresinich (shown), John Tucker, David Weir and David Daniel Weir.

  • Offering envelopes
Your offering envelopes for 2019 are ready to be picked up and will be in the
breezeway on Sunday. Please pick up your envelopes so we can save the
expense of mailing them.

  • Are you or someone you know affected by the government shutdown?
How can St. John's help those who are affected by the government shutdown which is now into its fourth week? Some are working without pay, others are not working at all. If you have ideas on how the St. John's community can help, please let Carol know. Those affected will continue to be in our prayers until the shutdown is over. Pray that the President and those in Congress will "make wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world." (BCP, page 329)

  • Weather related closures
If St. John's has to cancel its service on Sunday, as we had to do last Sunday due to the snow, we will send out a parish-wide email no later than early Sunday morning. We will always make every effort to have our Sunday services, but we also do not want parishioners to risk life and limb to get here. If you are in doubt whether services will be held due to inclement weather, please check your emails. We are working now to see how we might be able to get an announcement on our website and on our phone.

  • New child sponsored through Save the Children
One of the children, named Gift, who we have been sponsoring through Save the Children, has moved out of the sponsorship area. We have been given a new child to sponsor, named Biziwick. He is 14 and lives in Malawi, which is in southeast Africa, bordered by Mozambique and Zambia. Most are subsistence farmers, with little or nothing to sell after the family is fed. The other child we sponsor is Rosa Mae who is 6 and lives in the Philippines. The sponsorship for these two children is $40 per month. If you would like to make a donation toward the sponsorship of these children, please write Save the Children in the memo line of your check. You can see their pictures in the breezeway.

  • The countdown to the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land...
In 11 days, many parishioners from St. John's and Emmanuel, Delaplane, along with some family members and friends, will begin their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will be on this life changing pilgrimage from January 27 - February 8. We will be staying at St. George's College in Jerusalem and participating in their program "The Footsteps of Jesus". Prayers of blessing for this trip and its participants will be held at the 9:30 service on January 27. The St. John's parishioners who are going are: Lisa Heller, Robyn and Tim Ramsey, Larry and Susie Pike, Bev and Gene Milunec, Susan Davis, Andrew and Lori Wade, Val and John Tucker, and Carol Hancock. We will be joined by 13 friends, family and former parishioners, and by 4 people from Emmanuel, Delaplane.

  • Saying goodbye to the Fairfax Chinese Christian Church
Pastor Philip Yen from the Fairfax Chinese Christian Church will be with us at the 9:30 service on Sunday, January 27, so we can thank them for their 16 years of worshipping here at St. John's. FCCC has joined another church and they are now part of that congregation. Please join us on the 27th to wish them Godspeed.

  • Annual Parish Meeting - Sunday, February 10
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held Sunday, February 10 right after the 9:30 AM service. We will hear reports of the past year, vote on updated parish by-laws, elect some new Vestry members, and a delegate and alternate to Diocesan Convention. If you are interested in being a Vestry member or a delegate or alternate to Diocesan Convention, please let Carol know as soon as possible. Those who are submitting written reports need to get them to Catherine Packard by Thursday, January 24.

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. May we give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Dr. King and his work for justice and equality for all.
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons.   

The Second Sunday
after the Epiphany
January 20, 2019

9:30 AM

The wedding at Cana
 The First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
God sends his Son for the love of his people, to show by his care and tenderness the precious affection he holds for humanity, as a groom and bride long for and love one another.

The Psalm: 36:5-10; page 632, BCP

The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
In discerning God's work in the church, we are to become familiar with his voice and his way of being, that as his hands work out various missions, we may recognize his ministry among us.

The Gospel: John 2:1-11
Jesus cannot keep his silence any longer, his first miracle makes plenty.

  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
(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 

  • Diocesan "Listening Sessions"
Bishop Susan Goff invites everyone to a "listening session" to hear what's on your mind and your vision for the diocese. Please register for the session you would like to attend. (I would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend one of these "listening sessions" and to learn more about the diocese and its leadership. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard about your hopes and dreams for the diocese. The closest one to Centreville is Annandale on February 9. (I will be attending the session in Spotsylvania on January 17 and would be happy to take anyone who would like to make that trip. Carol)
Here is the schedule for the Recall and Reconnect Listening Sessions. You can click on a location to register.
Thursday, January 17, 6-8 p.m. Christ Church, Spotsylvania
Saturday, February 9, 1-3 p.m. St. Barnabas, Annandale
Wednesday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. Emmanuel, Woodstock
Saturday, February 16, 5-7 p.m. Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond
Monday, March 4, 3-5 p.m. St. Margaret’s School, Tappahannock *

*We hope to broadcast this listening session via Facebook Live.
What we hear from each other in these sessions will shape subsequent opportunities for sharing as we deepen dialogue and grow in community. What we learn will strengthen us to go Now Into the World. Please do plan to be a part of this time. 

Faithfully yours,
The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority 

  • Intercultural Summit offered by the Diocese of Virginia
Saturday, January 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, Herndon
This year we will address some of the difficult topics – immigration, climate justice, poverty and more – that we encounter in our interactions both in and outside our churches. What do we need to know about these topics? How do they relate to our churches and intercultural communities? A variety of workshops will answer these questions. Register today.

Sign Up Here to be an altar server *, or to donate flowers for a Sunday service, or to bring refreshments for Coffee Hour after the service. * (if you're not an altar server, and would like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), a Lector, or a Crucifer, please see Carol).

"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!

I don’t think Jesus asked to be the Messiah any more than any of us asked for the deck of cards that was handed to us in our birth. But Jesus grew into the acceptance of his humanity, his gifts, his limitations, his mission, and his unfinished business, facing the same developmental issues that we all do in growing up. 
- Br. Curtis Almquist
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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