PARISH NEWS for Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Today, please pause for a moment of prayer to remember all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and for the first responders who have died since then because of illnesses due to their heroic efforts.

Hurricane Dorian - The Bahamas have been devastated, and many other areas have been destroyed, by this hurricane. Episcopal Relief and Development is collecting funds to assist our neighbors in the aftermath of this disaster. Click here for more information and to donate . Look at the top of the screen to click regarding hurricane relief.

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

Many thanks go to......
-Susie and Larry Pike, Jim Elliott and Tom McDermott for spending many hours at church this past week 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 continues to work on the boxwoods and the trees growing in them in the cemetery, and Larry Pike for taking out a dead boxwood.
- David Parker, who replaced the exit door light over the front door.

For those who ordered engraved bricks... The shipment of bricks should arrive sometime today. Following the service on Sunday, we will process out after the dismissal to the second portico (by the playground) for the blessing of the bricks. Each person will have an opportunity to choose where they would like to have their bricks installed.

A wheelchair has been donated by a parishioner. If you or someone you know is in need of one, either temporarily or permanently, please call the church office.

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.

The Vestry will meet this Sunday at 12:00 noon in the library. Vestry meetings are open to all parishioners who would like to attend. You don't have to stay for the entire meeting. Come and see what goes on and get a sense of all that the Vestry does on your behalf. You may decide that you would like to serve on the Vestry. Elections are held at the Annual Parish Meeting in February.

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for the Sunday Service lessons.  

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 15, 2019

9:30 AM

 The First Reading: Exodus 32:7-14
Just as the Hebrew people did in the time of Moses, so did the Israelites and so do we today - continually turn aside from the Lord our God, seeking our own way and our own glory. We do not deserve to be spared any more than God's people of the past.

The Psalm: 51:1-11 page 656, BCP

The Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Our past actions and convictions do not hamstring God's future work in our lives.

The Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
God incarnate in Jesus Christ is not motivated by great numbers or impressive acts, but by the faithfulness of each and every one of his creatures.
(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 for Forum Discussion:

Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, 1447 – 15 Sep 1510) was an Italian Roman Catholic saint and mystic, admired not only for her work among the sick and the poor, but because of various writings describing these actions and her mystical experiences. From the noble Fieschi family, she spent most of her life and fortune serving the sick, especially during the plague which ravaged Genoa in 1497 and 1501. Her fame outside her native Genoa is connected with the publication in 1551 of a book translated into English as the Life and Doctrine of Saint Catherine of Genoa. The last of five children, Catherine asked to enter a convent when she was only 13, likely inspired by her sister (Saint Limbania), who was already an Augustinian nun; but, the nuns to whom her confessor applied on her behalf denied her request because of her age. Catherine then appears to have put the idea aside without any further attempt. After her father died in 1463, she married a young Genoese nobleman, Giuliano Adorno, who proved to be faithless, ill-tempered and a spendthrift, making Catherine’s life miserable in the process. After a horrible 10-year marriage, she was converted by a mystical experience during confession on 22 Mar 1473. Thus began a life of close union with God in prayer, without using standard forms of prayer such as the rosary. She began to receive Communion almost daily, a practice extremely rare for lay people in the Middle Ages (especially women), and she underwent remarkable mental, almost pathological experiences which Friedrich von Hügel addresses in his study of The Mystical Element of Religion. She combined this with unselfish service to the sick in a hospital at Genoa. Giuliano joined her there after he, too, converted. He later became a Franciscan tertiary, but Catherine never joined a religious order. Meanwhile, her husband's early lifestyle had ruined them financially, so the two decided to live in a large Genoese hospital, dedicating themselves to works of charity. She eventually became manager and treasurer of the hospital. After her husband’s death in 1497, the hospital’s former director, Father Marabotti, became her spiritual guide. She explained to him in vivid detail her past and present states in what became her Memoirs. Her slow and often painful demise in 1510 was accented with vivid visions as she wavered ever closer to her life’s end. After her death, the Holy Office examined her writings and found them to contain doctrine that would alone be enough to prove her sanctity. Pope Clement X subsequently beatified her in 1675 and Pope Clement XII canonized her in 1737. Her writings also became sources of inspiration for other religious leaders such as Saints Robert Bellarmine and Francis de Sales as well as Cardinal Henry Edward Manning.

Bishop Goff Announces Appointment of Assistant Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Virginia, is honored to announce the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Brooke-Davidson has been Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas since July, 2017. 
“Bishop Brooke-Davidson will bring tremendous gifts to our Diocese,” Bishop Goff said. “We will be strengthened by her clarity, commitment, and ability to ask good questions, along with her skill in helping a community seek faithful answers.
She is the right person at the right time to share in leadership and support of our mission and ministry.”

Bishop Brooke-Davidson will take part in the full range of episcopal functions in the Diocese, including Sunday and other visitations, support of persons in the ordination process, congregational development, conflict transformation and work with diocesan committees and commissions. She will live in Richmond and have a primary office at Mayo Memorial Church House.

Bishop Brooke-Davidson extended greetings to the people of the Diocese of Virginia, saying, “It is a great honor to be called to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to serve you under the leadership of Bishop Goff. I eagerly look forward to meeting you at Convention and working with you in the years to come. While it is hard for me to leave the people and congregations that I love in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, I do so in the conviction that God is calling me to new joys and challenges among God’s people in Virginia.”
Bishop Brooke-Davidson was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. She began her ordained ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas, where she served as the Assistant Rector from 2009-2011. She then served as Vicar of Saint Elizabeth in Buda, Texas, from 2011 until she was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas. Prior to ordination, Bishop Brooke-Davidson practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.
Bishop Robert W. Ihloff will continue as our part-time Bishop Associate for some time longer, and will maintain a primary office in northern Virginia at The Falls Church Episcopal. “I am grateful for the continuing ministry of Bishop Ihloff,” said Bishop Goff. “I am also thankful to my brother bishops Ted Gulick, David Jones and Jim Mathes, who have pitched in with parish visitations and other ministries this year. Their participation in our common life has been a blessing to the Diocese and will continue in various forms.” 
Bishop Brooke-Davidson will begin her ministry in this Diocese on November 4. Please join Bishop Goff in welcoming her to the Diocese of Virginia.

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We may bear the marks of our sins, living with their consequences years after the fact. But God is with us in grace, to forgive us, to heal us, to reconcile us, to restore us. Yes, God sees what you do. God "discerns your thoughts from afar." And yet God’s judgment is always kind and true and just, and God’s mercy never fails.
-Br. David Vryhof

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      - Carol

        The Rev. Carol Hancock, Rector
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