St. John's Episcopal Church

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November  22, 2017 

Joint Thanksgiving Eve Service Tonight 
A Thanksgiving Service, with some of our Ministry Partners, will be held at St. John's this evening at 7:30 PM. Please bring non perishable food items for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Any financial donations collected at the service will also go to WFCM. Please join us to give thanks to God for all God's many blessing so richly bestowed upon us.
The Parish office will be closed  
Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25,  
in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
Interested in Traveling to the Holy Land?
Trip:  January 29 - February 7, 2019  - 'Footsteps of Jesus' Program through St. George's
Have you ever thought about visiting the holy sites in Israel?  We have found a cost effective, educational, and affordable way to make it happen!  We will go over the itinerary, the dates, and the cost of this excursion at this informational only meeting.  The program we are using is through St. George's College, Jerusalem.  Parishioners from St. John's here in Centreville as well as Emmanuel in Delaplane, VA will be traveling together.  

Planning Timeline:
November/December 2017 - Information Gathering (November 8, 7PM) 
January/February 2018 - Confirming Attendees
Spring 2018 - Joint Parish Educational Meeting at St. John's in Centreville
Fall 2018 - Joint Parish Educational Meeting at Emmanuel in Delaplane
December 2018/January 2019 - Joint Parish / Send off Dinner
Trip:  January 29 - February 7, 2019  - 'Footsteps of Jesus' Program through St. George's

Interested? Talk with Andrew Wade or Walt Cooner for more information.
Pledge Cards
If you have not already turned in your completed pledge card, please do so as soon as possible. Many thanks to all you have returned their pledge cards. The Finance Committee is actively working on the budget for 2018.
Please sign up to provide altar flowers, coffee hour snacks, and help with Sunday services
You can sign up online! Just scroll further up this page to the sign up block. Click on "altar flowers" or "coffee hour" or "altar servers" and sign up for the date you want. We really need YOUR help. If you would like to be a lector, crucifer, usher or Lay Eucharistic Minister, please let Carol know. Training is provided.
Cleaning and Greening the Church
In preparation for Christmas, we will "clean and green (decorate)" the church on Saturday, December 16 at 9:00 AM. Please bring work gloves, rags and cleaning supplies. After we clean the church, we will decorate it for the Christmas services. 

Christmas Baskets
While some are "cleaning and greening", we will need other folks to put together 12 food baskets for those in need. The baskets will be delivered after the service on Sunday, December 17. We will need folks to help Marie McDermott shop for the food, put the baskets together, and deliver the baskets. Please let Marie know how you can help. We are still collecting funds for the Christmas baskets. Envelopes are on the back table.

St. John's Recycling Fundraiser
St. John's is conducting a fundraiser that helps protect the environment and helps you clean out those used electronic items that clutter closets & drawers! Nothing to buy! Nothing to sell! Just bring in the used electronic items that you have replaced or that have broken. We will package the items and send them to Eco-Phones for recycling. Eco-Phones pays for these items - working or not. Below is a list of what we are collecting:
cell phones
ipads & tablets
inkjet cartridges
Eco-Phones will not accept desktop computers and is no longer accepting laptops.
Bring your items to the church and place them in the "Eco-Phones" box in the breezeway. If you have any questions contact Penny Parker at 703-791-3482 or 
"Our Neighbor's Child" 
Giving Tree will be set up in the Breezeway this  
Sunday, November 26!
This year, St. John's is helping 15 children have gifts to open on Christmas!
Due date for gifts is Dec. 10 

as LEM, Crucifer, Lector, Usher, Verger, Torch Bearer at a Sunday Service.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. ( If you would like to become an altar server, please see the Rev. Carol Hancock.)

for coffee hour after the Sunday Service in the Breezeway.

 click here: 
You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. Coffee hour is an important part of fellowship - staying connected with each other and welcoming newcomers.

for a Sunday service throughout 2017.

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You may sign up here to donate the flowers to be used on the altar for each of the Sundays in 2017. Click to read additional info before signing up.

We can prepare our hearts and minds
by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons 
Sunday, November 26, 2017    
 The Last Sunday after Pentecost  
Christ the King 
The First Reading:  
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 
God, through Ezekiel, declares himself shepherd and ruler of his people, gathering them, providing for them, protecting them, guiding them, and judging them. All these things he does for us, his sheep, too.  
The Psalm: 100  
The Epistle:  
Ephesians 1:15-23 
The same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead he now uses to bring life to each of our lives. 
The Gospel:
Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus professes that there are no ways around the simple difficulty of God's mission, to save those who recognize their need, and to humble those who are disillusioned to their security. 

FROM 10:50 - 11:50 am 

(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
   Joint Sunday School
  Each week, St. John's children join
 with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, 
Wellspring United Church  of Christ
& Grace Baptist Church 
 for Sunday School 10:30  - 11:30 A M .  
We  offer 3 classes:
  PreK: Rm. 205;
 K - 6th grade: R m. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
          to see artworks and text relevant to this Sunday's readings 
Annual Pledge Campaign
We have received 37 completed pledge cards so far for 2018. If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.
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!
Loving one's enemy has to be worked at with earnest prayer and meditation, aided by the silent language of faith.

-Br. David Allen

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

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