• "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." - WFCM
  • Items are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of the church.
WFCM needs the following foods this month:
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages
  1. Pasta Sauce
  2. Canned carrots or beets
  3. Vienna sausages
  4. Sugar
  5. Canned pasta
  6. Chili
  7. Canned fruit (no pineapple needed this month)
  8. Oatmeal
  9. Black beans
  10. Dry lentils
You can visit the WFCM website to see additional items listed:

St. John's 2018 Facility Campaign

Address Today's Needs...
Assure Tomorrow's Dreams
Those of us on the Vestry know you already care about St. John's. You need no convincing to do what is right for the future of our church.
So why do we ask for donations above and beyond what you already give? The Church has needs that cannot be met with the established budget but which are necessary if we are to continue to make this a vibrant place for the worship of God.
­­­­­­­ Questions & Answers about St. John's 2018 Facility Campaign
Q: Why does St. John's need your donations?
A: To provide much needed repairs, maintenance, and preservation of our beautiful historic facility and grounds.
Q: Why are these things not already addressed in the current budget?
A: St John's current budget is based upon anticipated revenue and expenses.
The Vestry is very careful not to live beyond our means and tries to maintain a budget that carefully balances income and expenditures. As a result, much needed facility repairs could not be funded.
Q: Were outside sources sought to provide funding?
A: Yes, the Vestry applied for a challenge grant from The Bishop Peter J. Lee Endowment for Small Church Revitalization and was approved for a challenge grant of $5,000. This was the largest the diocese could approve as it balances the needs of many churches in the diocese.
Q: How much will all of these projects cost?
A: About $47,000 for everything. The Vestry has already identified special contributions that can match the challenge grant so about $10,000 has already been raised. This leaves $37,000 needed to complete these priority projects. ­­­­­
Q: Will the projects be done in a particular order?
A: The Vestry decides a project schedule based upon several factors such as Diocese Grant guidelines, mandated government changes, and sufficiency of funds for a particular project.
Q: What projects are included in this Facility Campaign?
A: The Vestry has prioritized the most urgent projects. They are:

  1. Replace a 10 Ton HVAC unit used for cooling/heating the nursery, breeze way and rooms 206, 207, and 208. It is 25 years old and repair parts and Freon are becoming increasing difficult to find. This is the first of four HVAC systems that will need replacing in the next 2-5 years.
  2. Replace the Roof on the Historic Church. All of the shingles need replacing and there may be damage to the wooden underlayment. This would be Phase 1 of a three phased effort to replace both the peak and flat roofs areas of the church. See the diagram on our web site and in the church breeze way.
  3. Replace the church's 92-gallon commercial water heater. This unit is over 25 years old and has exceeded its projected life span. A new one is needed to supply hot water to the 17 water faucets, commercial dishwasher, and shower unit that are located throughout our 16,000+ square foot facility.
4. Other miscellaneous repairs and fixes.
Q: Can I contribute to just one of the projects?
A: For maximum flexibility in meeting urgent needs, it is preferred that your Facility Campaign donations be unrestricted.
Q: Can I contribute in any other way besides money?
A:  Yes, if you know of sources that could help with either funding, materials, or labor for a project or if you wish to be a leader to manage and implement one of the listed projects just let a Vestry member know. Also, do remember this campaign in your prayers.
Q: What are the different options to make donations for this campaign?
A. Included here are some new ways to give:
  1. You can contribute online by clicking on the "Give" button below.
  2. You can use the Finance (Green) mobile app on your Apple or Android Smart Phone
  3. You can indicate on your paper check or credit card authorization the amount is for the 2018 Facility Campaign. This can be contributed during the offertory on Sunday or mailed to: St. John's 5649 Mount Gilead Road Centreville Virginia 20120
Q: What amount should I give?
A: This is a question best answered after thoughtful, prayerful consideration. Any amount received will be gratefully accepted.
Q: Can I contribute more than once?
A: Yes, your multiple donations will be accepted anytime during the campaign.
Q: How long will the campaign last?
A: The campaign will run through Labor Day.
Q: Will I be informed of the progress?
A: Yes, periodic progress reports will be provided in E-Notes, on poster boards, and following Sunday services.
When you contribute to this campaign you are making a statement:
It is substance of caring for St John's facility needs today.
It is the evidence of dreams for tomorrow's Kingdom of God.

David Weir, Senior Warden

  • Interested in a Book Study on Israel?
As many parishioners from St. John's will be traveling to the Holy Land in January, we would like to start a book study this summer to learn more about Israel and the places we will be visiting before we go. Those not going on the trip are certainly welcome to join this book study. Val Tucker has purchased some of the books from the recommended reading list and has graciously offered to lend them out. These books are in a container in the library. If you would like to borrow one, please sign it out so she will know who has what book. People are encouraged to read different books, and we can share what we have learned when we get together. Hopefully, we can get together at least a few times over the summer. Let's meet for the first time on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM in the library. If you want to join us but can't come on this date, please let Carol know. We will set future meeting dates at this first meeting.

  • Mission Trip
Lindsay Jones, daughter of Sandy and Dan Jones, will be going on a mission trip to Haiti from July 12-19 with youth from Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. They will be helping with a Vacation Bible School and cleaning up an area for a library. They need some financial support for this trip. Checks can be made out to Epiphany Episcopal Church, with "Mission Trip" in the memo line. You can give the checks to Carol who will get them to Lindsay. Lindsay was baptized and confirmed at St. John's. Everyone who is under 19 when they are confirmed receives a $200 voucher from the Diocese of Virginia to go on a mission trip. Let's support Lindsay and the other youth going on this mission trip to Haiti!

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Each Sunday, we collect food for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. The need for food continues through the summer, but the supplies on the shelves at WFCM dwindle during the summer months. Many people go out of town during the summer and do not donate as much food as during the winter months. Please help keep the shelves of WFCM stocked with food this summer so no one who needs food cannot get it. Please bring your donations on Sunday and put them in the baskets by the front door.


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

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 17, 2018
9:30 AM 

 The First Reading: 1Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
God calls and his anointed are to respond heartily. We may mourn and suffer grief, but our vocation to fulfill the Lord's commands remains. No matter how our experiences may color our understanding, we are to follow God's word.

The Psalm: 20
The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Every person has done things that cause shame. When a person comes to the foot of the cross, when someone surrenders to the God of creation, all those old expectations and darkness lose their grip, and that person is free.
The Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
Jesus spoke in stories rather than reciting a list of expectations. He required listeners to think and reflect rather than comparing themselves against a checklist.

  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
 Each week, St. John's children join with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
We offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205; 
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
Ending the Search for a Second Bishop Suffragan :
A letter from The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston regarding the ending of the search for the second Bishop Suffragan is available at this link. CLICK HERE
Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Supports Ecumenical Statement on Separating Immigrant Families
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A broad coalition of leaders from across all faith traditions, including The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, released a statement (below) calling on the U.S. government to end its policy of separating immigrant families. We Bishops of Virginia strongly support this statement and commend it to your attention.
 Please join us in making your voice known to your congressional representatives. 
The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Bishop of Virginia
The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of Virginia
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families.
Below is the full statement signed by dozens of faith organizations. Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, signed on behalf of the Council.
Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the well-being of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news. 
We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. 
Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.  
As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.
Church Vitality and Stewardship Day is Two Weeks Away!
Saturday, June 23 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Aquia, Stafford

At its heart, stewardship is about "using the gifts God gives us to do the work God calls us to do." Come with your entire leadership team to cultivate and nourish momentum across all ministry areas. After all, churches with a vibrant congregational life are also churches that are vibrant in giving. 
The day will open with remarks by our bishops, followed by  engaging workshops  and roundtables. Join us to connect with lay and clergy leaders from every corner of the Diocese of Virginia. We look forward to seeing you there!  Register

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).
Youth Choirs from Charlotte, NC to Perform at St. Patrick's - Friday, June 15th
Talented young singers from The Choir School at St. Peter's in Charlotte, North Carolina will perform a concert at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature sacred and secular selections, and will be followed by a reception. The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be collected to support the Choir Schools program. For questions please contact Catherine Dubas at  
St. Patrick's is located at 3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church , near the intersection of Annandale and Graham Roads.
Flood Relief in Ellicott City, MD
St. Peter's Episcopal Church is organizing help for those affected by the recent flood in Ellicott City, MD. If you would like to assist in their relief efforts, you can go to their website at  and donate online. They are also accepting gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Target in $20 and $50 amounts that will be given to those in need. Checks can be sent to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Needed
Bilingual speakers are needed by CASA to support children under court supervision due to neglect or abuse. For more information, speak with parishioner Denise McCarthy, who has done this work in the past. You can also google CASA for more information.
  • Update on 'Footsteps of Jesus' Program; Trip to the Holy Land
  • Jan. 29 - Feb. 7 2019

Last Chance!!
  We have 27 parishioners registered with St. George's College in Jerusalem. We are allowed a maximum of 40. St. George's is now back-filling the extra 13 slots. If you would like to go on this trip, you may still be able to secure a spot with our group; please let us know quickly and by registering and paying the $500 deposit. 

Fall 2018 - Joint Parish Educational Meeting at St. John's in Centreville
Fall 2018 - Joint Parish Educational Meeting at Emmanuel in Delaplane
November 2018 - 50% payment due to St. Georges
December 2018/January 2019 - Joint Parish / Send off Dinner (and final information)
January 29 - February 7, 2019 - Pilgrimage
Walt Cooner
Lee Johnson
Barbara Tourtelot
Andrew Wade
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!
We must set about to find solutions to our problems, but we have to do so with their impact on the poor in mind. We cannot forget the poor and the powerless, even if it is nothing more than speaking up on their behalf.
-Br. Robert L'Esperance

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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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