August 4, 2021
Your Midweek Update
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Huh? We say this during the Easter season, but it’s now early August. What does this mean? As we learned in our fourth Summer Sunday Vacation Bible School series, Jesus is risen from the dead (Luke 24:36-49 ESV), and following his resurrection, He appeared to his disciples. Jesus did not leave them in doubt or disbelief, but showed himself to them – even eating a piece of broiled fish!

Sometimes we wish that we could see and touch Jesus like those first disciples, but Jesus tells us this: “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Jesus tells us that we are blessed because we have not seen, and yet we do believe! This is what the sermon for this past Sunday made clear: we worship and serve a risen Savior who lives and reigns to all eternity.

Because we are blessed to worship and serve a risen Savior, Jesus now calls us to go and share the good news about him with all people everywhere. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
From the Pastor's Desk - August 2021
COVID-19 Mask Update

St. John's congregational leadership continues to closely monitor updates by the State of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on COVID guidance, the Delta variant, and wearing of mask protocols. The new CDC guidance released on July 27 related to the Delta variant updated their guidance on wearing a mask indoors in public, even if fully vaccinated. 

According to the current CDC tracking levels for community transmission, Fairfax County has just been updated to the level of "substantial transmission." We are thus recommending that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in indoor settings. Click here for more information on Fairfax County COVID-19 guidelines.

If you have questions or concerns, please be in touch with the church office.
SJLC VBS 2021
God's Wonder Lab: Week 4 Update

Here’s what happened in Week 4 of our VBS: We learned that Jesus saves me and gives me life. Our Bible Story was “Jesus Appears to His Followers” in Luke 24:36–49.
 
We learned that Jesus is the promised Savior, the Son of God, who died and rose again! Because He rose, we will rise too. It seems impossible, but Jesus does the impossible! 

Our VBS event will conclude next Sunday, August 8. Everyone is invited to join us for our final Sunday.

Enjoy these fun photos from Sunday's VBS!
National Night Out Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with St. John’s National Night Out (NNO), which took place last evening on Tuesday, August 3 on the westside property of our church campus. We were blessed with incredibly beautiful weather for this event—thank you, Lord! As we enjoyed reuniting with fellow members, families from our Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), and Scouting programs, as well as neighbors who live nearby to church, we realize how important these relationships are, especially over the last year and a half. The purpose of National Night Out is to bring neighbors together in order to become better acquainted, and in partnership with local community safety leaders (fire, police, and EMTs), to work together to ensure that our community is a safe place.

Special thanks to members of the NNO 2021 planning team, as well as the food trucks, community leaders, John Wright’s brass ensemble, Amos the comfort dog, and so many others who helped to make NNO 2021 such a blessing! We look forward to National Night Out next year on Tuesday, August 2, 2022! 
Homecoming Sunday

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 12 - Homecoming Sunday at St. John’s! We are rebranding what we used to call “Rally Sunday” or “Kick-Off Sunday,” the start of a new year of Christian learning for all ages, and are calling this “Homecoming Sunday.” Why the change? The last 18 months have kept many people away from their church home, and so we want to invite people to come home to St. John’s on September 12.
 
On Sunday, September 12, we will begin the day with a special worship service in the Sanctuary at 9:30 am, followed by in-person Children’s Ministry and Adult Education at 11:00AM. Then at 12:00 noon, there will be a catered picnic box lunch which will be held on the church grounds.

We will be celebrating the beginning of a new year of learning and growing in Jesus, but most of all we will be celebrating just being in fellowship with each other and welcoming both long-time and new church members and friends back to worship and other church activities. John Wright’s brass ensemble will provide special music for this occasion as well. We will invite the families of the students who attend our Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), the Scouts, students and teachers of the English as a Second Language classes held at St. John’s, as well as representatives of Koinonia, the Franconia-Kingstowne community service agency.
 
Weather permitting, we will hold the event on the westside property of our church grounds. Please watch for more information that will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. Questions? Please contact Cathy Long, Minister of Connecting on St. John’s Church Council.
ESL Volunteers Needed
 
Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Join us teaching English online to our immigrant neighbors. Volunteers must commit to teach one online class per week, September 14-November 18. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM and 7:30-9:00PM. Students attend two classes per week; volunteers teach one class per week. 

Small Zoom classes offer the opportunity to build meaningful human connections. Our adult students are eager to learn and extremely appreciative. Training and books are provided. No experience necessary—just a smile and desire to help people from other countries! Click here for more information or email ESL Coordinator Dori McCormick.
Thank You from Maritza
 
To My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been almost ten months since I contracted Covid 19 along with my entire family. I have recovered from the virus itself and am hoping to return to my “normal life“ within the next few months.
 
I thank you so much for all the love, care, and thoughts toward my health. I truly believe that your prayers and notes kept me pushing forward each day. The journey was hard but my faith and trust in the Lord kept me safe and to regain what was lost for some time. I can now move on my own and with that I do more things around the house in a slow mode.
 
Reflecting on these experiences, I believe God is so powerful and loving, and He puts people in our lives to always support us and be there when we need them.  The words and the prayers along with the support given to my family from the congregation were always well received; I never felt alone. I always go back to my cards and to the devotions to remind me that My savior was there protecting me.
 
Thank you and may God bless you all.
Maritza Guerra and family
Koinonia August Angels Back-to-School Program
 
The goal of the August Angels program is to provide backpacks and school supplies to children currently receiving Koinonia's services and to as many other children as possible in our community who are receiving free or reduced priced meals.
 
You are invited to purchase a backpack and supplies or to make a monetary donation ($25 suggested). Checks and supplies can be dropped off the week of August 9 at Koinonia, 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria (behind Franconia United Methodist Church) during our normal hours of operation. Donations must be received no later than Friday, August 13 to allow the volunteers time to fill the backpacks before distribution on August 14. (Please note that new socks and underwear are always welcome!) Click here to see a list of some of the items students are required to bring on the first day of school.
 
For your convenience, there is a "Wishlist" on Amazon for the needed school supplies (August Angels Supply List). If preferred, purchases can be shipped directly to Koinonia, 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310.
 
Cash donations can be made online (click here) or mail to:
The Koinonia Foundation
P.O. Box 30878
Alexandria, VA 22310-8878 
 
Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to help sort supplies and stuff backpacks on August 13, please click here to fill out a volunteer application. Most of the COVID restrictions have been lifted; however, we continue to require the wearing of face masks. NOTE: Youth volunteers who need service hours are welcome to help!
 
Thank you for helping kids in our community get ready to start the new school year off right. We can only do what we do because of people like you!
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