July 21, 2021
Your Midweek Update
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
 
Despite our failure to trust, despite our doubt, Jesus never abandons us. He is the Son of God and rules over all creation; even the wind and waves obey him! This was our theme for the second Summer Vacation Bible School theme this past Sunday as we heard how Jesus walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33 ESV). Jesus, through whom all things were created, walks on the Sea of Galilee, defying our understanding of the world and nature. Peter called out to Jesus from the boat, and then actually walked on water for a brief moment before he was overtaken by his fear of the wind and waves. As he started to sink, Peter cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!," and Jesus reached out his hand to rescue him.

As the sermon pointed out, we also become afraid when the storms of life bear down on us and we feel like we’re sinking. We cry out: “Lord, save me!” And Jesus comes to us, as he did to Peter, to rescue us. Jesus’ words to Peter are spoken to us as well: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” May the Lord Jesus increase our faith and trust in him always!

Pastor Meehan

From the Pastor's Desk - July 2021

Letter from the President - July 2021
SJLC VBS 2021
God's Wonder Lab: Week 2 Update

Here’s what happened at week 2 of our VBS: We learned that Jesus is with me all the time. Our Bible Story was “Jesus Walks on Water” in Matthew 14:22–33.
 
We learned that Jesus is always with us, and that’s a great thing! Even waves and wind obey Jesus, and He is with us through any storm. Jesus walks on water and reaches out to save Peter. Jesus does marvelous things!

This is a VBS experience for everyone! WE HAVE ROOM FOR MORE! COME JOIN THE FUN! Join us on Sunday mornings from now through August 8, 9:30 until noon. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop and go VBS experience. Check out our church website for more information.

Enjoy these fun photos from Sunday's VBS!
Pastor Meehan on Vacation
 
Pastor Meehan will be away on vacation July 20 through July 30. St. John’s Lay Assistant Coordinator, Steve Tracy, will lead the non-communion outdoor worship service on Saturday, July 31; Pastor Meehan will be here for Sunday morning worship on August 1.
 
In the event of a pastoral emergency while Pastor Meehan is away, Pastor Mark Boriack from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield may be called upon (mark.boriack@verizon.net, 571-228-2671).
 
Additionally, please note that Janet will not be in the office on Wednesday, July 21 through Monday, July 26. Should you have an urgent matter, please contact Jennifer Hills. Finance and building maintenance matters should be directed to Terri Robbins; 703-971-2211.
National Night Out Coming Up
 
St. John’s Living Out Faith Ministry is very excited to announce that National Night Out (NNO) is back! NNO will be held on Tuesday, August 3 from 5:00 - 7:30PM. As with many events during the pandemic, NNO was unable to be held last summer so we are looking forward to reuniting with fellow members, ECEC families, and our neighbors. Food trucks, community leaders, a brass concert-on-the-green, Amos the comfort dog – all of these will be part of NNO 2021 on August 3!
 
In order to make the evening a success, we need volunteers! Please click here to review the list of volunteer positions needed or contact Sarah Finger if you have additional questions. 
Guest Preacher on Sunday, July 25

Pastor Meehan will be away on vacation over Sunday, July 25, and in his absence, we welcome Pastor Travis Guse, who serves as the Facilitator for Mission Engagement for the Central Region of the Southeastern District (SED) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Pastor Guse will preach and lead worship for Week #3 of our Summer Vacation Bible School series, God’s Wonder Lab!, and will preach on the appointed Gospel lesson from Mark 5:21-43, under the theme, “Jesus Gives Life.”
Acolytes for Summer Worship
 
We are midway through the summer months and have several opportunities for Acolytes. Please go to Church Community Builder (CCB), select the group, Acolytes & Crucifers, and choose the dates you are available to serve. If you need assistance with the sign-up process, please contact Acolyte & Crucifer Coordinator, Natalie Zylstra, 703-587-7352.
 
New to Serving as an Acolyte? New recruits are welcome to join the group. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to serve in this ministry. Youth who need training and have interest in becoming an Acolyte, please contact Natalie and we will schedule a training day.
 
Thank you for your service as Acolyte.
Financial Administrator Opening

Ms. Terri Robbins is looking towards moving out of the area and has tendered her resignation as St. John’s Financial Administrator. We are incredibly thankful for the work Terri has done to standardize and institutionalize good financial practices for both the congregation and the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). She has become a vital member of our community and we will miss her!

Terri has graciously agreed to help us to transition to a new Financial Administrator, so we are asking you to help us find the next Terri. We think that a personal recommendation from our community will be beneficial in identifying the right candidate. The position is full-time but can be flexible between in-office and work from home. The candidate should have 5-10 years of experience as a bookkeeper with expertise in Quickbooks and managing payroll. Work with a non-profit and/or day care center would be a plus.

For a much more detailed job description, as well as contact information for anyone interested in applying for this position, please click here.
Outdoor Worship Service on Saturday, July 31
 
You’re invited to join us for an outdoor worship service to be held on Saturday, July 31 at 5:00PM. Please note that Pastor Meehan will not be present for this service as he has a wedding at this same time. As this will be a lay-led worship service, Holy Communion will not be celebrated at this service.
 
Please bring your own chairs from home and join us in the lower parking lot near the fire pit. This will be a casual and informal time of worship and you are welcome to bring friends with you. With the easing of COVID restrictions and because this is an outdoor worship service, mask wearing is no longer mandated for those who have been fully vaccinated. 
Share Sunday for Koinonia on Sunday, August 1

Share Sunday is coming up on the first Sunday of the month, which will be Sunday, August 1 (or Saturday, July 31, with our outdoor worship service). You are welcome to continue taking your donated goods directly to Koinonia or you may bring them with you to church on that weekend of July 31-August 1. The shopping cart at church will be available for you to place your donations in. For a list of current needs at Koinonia, go to their pantry list. Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Koinonia, the Franconia-Kingstowne community service agency. 
The 39th Convention of the Southeastern District, LCMS
 
The Southeastern District will gather in Convention in May 2022. The theme of the Convention is “The Great Sending” which focuses on the mission of God who is both the Sent One and the Sending One, and who invites us to join Him in mission.
 
The Great Sending – God’s Heart for the World Beating Through You is a compilation of articles and Bible Studies on the Mission of God written by 15 Missional Leaders of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Rev. Dr. Will Sohns, editor of the book, has collaborated with the authors to prepare Bible studies and a series of writings designed to renew the conversation of God’s mission.
 
During these months before Convention, the Southeastern District will host monthly webinars with the authors as they share insights. In addition, extra books were ordered and can be purchased for $6.00 while supplies last. Please contact Lisa Long to request a book.
 
The online conversations begin at 7:00pm and adjourn at 8:45pm. The first in the series is scheduled for Monday, August 2 with Rev. Dr. Robert Newton hosting. To learn more, including the webinar schedule and list of authors, go to https://se.lcms.org/resources/the-great-sending/.
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!
Lifting COVID Protocols at Church

To read the current COVID protocols at St. John's, click here; no changes have been made to this document since it was first published in the June 9, 2021 Midweek Update.
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