June 22, 2022
Your Midweek Update
Grace to you and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day and the important role that fathers play in our lives. We also celebrate the father we all have – our God in heaven – who gives us life and all goodness. We give thanks to God for all He has done and continues to do for us as we live our lives here on earth until we are called to be with Him. May all fathers be given confidence in their station and strength for their tasks, that our heavenly Father would make all fathers teachers and examples of righteousness to their children. That He would bless their work to model faith and trust in the Lord in daily life, and that He would give them the comfort of His grace and forgiveness over all their shortcomings.
 
We give thanks for the dedication and service of Pastor Meehan to St. John’s Lutheran Church for so many years. We congratulate Pastor and June on 30 years of marriage and hope that their time away this week is a blessing to them and to our congregation.
 
This coming Sunday, June 26, I have the honor to serve as Lay Leader for our non-Communion service, where we will focus on the role our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, gave to us while He was here with us. That role is that we should follow Him by living a life that is pleasing in His sight and that we should use our freedom as an opportunity through love to serve one another. May the Holy Spirit continue to give us strength and courage to hear and follow the teachings of Jesus and become models of a godly life.
In Christ,
Steve Tracy, Lay Assistant Coordinator
From Pastor Meehan's Desk - June 2022
Pastor Meehan on Vacation

Pastor Meehan is currently on vacation, returning to the Church Office on Wednesday, June 29. While he is away, should there be a need for emergency pastoral care, Rev. Andy Jagow, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, will be available and can be reached at 516-782-5519.

Because no pastor was available to serve as guest preacher and officiant for worship on Sunday, June 26, while Pastor Meehan is away, we will have a lay-led worship service without Holy Communion. Steve Tracy, who serves as St. John’s Lay Assistant Coordinator, will lead the service and deliver the sermon.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 703-971-2210).
Memorial Service for Pastor Emeritus Ben Nass
 
The Rev. Dr. Bernard F. Nass, age 86, was called to rest in Christ on Wednesday, June 15, at his home in Greenspring Village in Springfield, Virginia.
 
A Celebration of Life memorial service will take place in the Sanctuary of St. John's on Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 AM. The service will be live streamed on St. John's YouTube Channel. A luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions (select "Nass, Pastor Bernard Memorial") have been directed by the family to St. John's Lutheran Church. Please ensure that all gifts are designated "in memory of Pastor Ben Nass."
 
Cards and expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Mrs. Betty Nass
7412 Spring Village Drive, # CT 207
Springfield, VA 22150
 
Please remember the Nass family — Betty and daughters Lisa and Christa, together with the grandchildren — in your prayers, giving thanks for the life of God's faithful servant and looking ahead with them to the resurrection that is ours through our risen Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank You from the Nass Family
 
Our heartfelt thanks from Betty, Lisa, and Christa to our St. John's family for your compassionate care, concern, and especially your prayers over the past several months, for my husband and their father, Pastor Ben Nass. Pastor Meehan and you have been an invaluable support during this challenging time.
Summer Choir
 
Have you had an interest in joining the choir but didn't have the time or didn't want to commit to singing every Sunday? Summer Choir is just the thing for you. Everyone is invited—including children with choral experience—to join us to learn an easy anthem or hymn on Sunday mornings, starting July 3. We will meet at 8:30 AM and prepare for the service.
 
Things not to worry about:
  • You don't need to read music.
  • You don't have to have previous choir experience.
  • You don't need to know every hymn in the hymn book.
  • You don’t need to wear a robe - come in your Sunday attire.
  • You don't need to attend every Sunday.
 
Things to rejoice in:
  • You will be singing with fun and encouraging people.
  • You will be learning new songs.
  • You will be part of a community, breathing and singing together.
  • You will build up your confidence in singing with a group.
  • You will be missed when you aren't there, but without any guilt!
 
We would love to have you! If you or your child are interested in joining, please complete the CCB form. Questions? Please contact David Leahey, SJLC Director of Music.
Summer Sunday Morning Bible Study in July and August
  
Join us this summer for our Nurturing Your Faith Sunday morning Bible study. Pastor Meehan and Jennifer Hills will lead this series as we explore this two-part series from Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Part one Nurturing Your Faith: Life Together explores the letter of 1 Peter and its implication for believers. We are transformed by God through faith. Led by His Spirit of hope to live holy before Him, we love and serve those in our communities while struggling against the world's influence. Our churches, too, should be welcoming places to non-believers who are looking for integrity, relevance, and a commitment to God's truth. Study author and host Dr. Dale Meyer introduces each video session.

Part two Nurturing Your Faith: Called is based on Ephesians. God calls us to faith through His Word, through Baptism, through Communion, and through the witness of faithful Christians. In Nurturing Your Faith: Called, learners will see how God's call changes us and shapes us into His people. Called from the world to be new creations, by faith we recognize God at work in our lives. There will be challenges; however, as we find our voice to speak the truth in love, the world will try to silence us. Thankfully, it is God's Spirit who empowers us, giving us the words to say.

Teens and adults are invited to join us for this summer series. This series begins July 10 and will wrap up on August 28. Each session will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the fellowship hall. This is a hybrid class. Participants may attend in-person or virtually. Advance registration is requested.  Please click here to register for this class.
Summer Travel and Offerings 

During the summer season when many people travel and are on vacation, be sure to worship with fellow Christians wherever you may be. Should you worship with another faith tradition, observe what is different and what is similar to our own worship patterns as these give glory and praise to our triune God. Bring a bulletin back and post it in the Narthex. Go to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) website to find another sister congregation near to where you’ll be vacationing.

Please ensure that your tithes and offerings for the ministry and mission of our congregation continue while you are away. You may want to consider electronic funds transfer which allows your contributions to take place automatically weekly, monthly, or on whatever frequency you choose. If you’d like more information about how this might work for your household, please contact Jennifer Smith, St. John’s Finance Administrator. 
New this Week—Lead Teacher Position Available
 
St. John's Lutheran ECEC is looking for a positive, motivated, and fun-loving teacher to join our team! We have a full-time lead teacher position currently available. The candidate must be available to work flexible hours Monday-Friday between the hours of 6:30am-6pm. For a list of other duties and requirements, and to apply for the position, click here.


Seasonal Floater Position Available
 
St. John's ECEC is looking for a positive, motivated, and fun-loving teacher to join our team for the summer! We have a seasonal floater position currently available. The floater will provide support and assistance throughout the school, and assist in different classrooms as necessary. This can be either a part-time position (25-30 hours per week) or a full-time position (30-40 hours per week), but the candidate must be available to work Monday-Friday between the hours of 12PM-6PM. For a list of other duties and requirements and to apply, click here.
SJLC Member Seeking Room to Rent
 
SJLC family and friends are invited to consider helping an SJLC member in need of a room to rent. Prayers are appreciated as we all can help to make this happen. If you have the gift of a room or know of another opportunity, please email Tish Nordvall. Thank you for your consideration and prayerful support.
Save the Date for National Night Out!

Please save the date for National Night Out which will take place on Tuesday evening, August 2 on our westside campus at church. Food trucks, fire and police officials, music, and children’s games are planned. National Night Out is an annually occurring event that brings neighbors together to ensure the safety of the community. Watch for more information about National Night Out! Please contact the church office if you’d like to help or would like more information.  
Wednesday Noon Holy Communion
 
We continue to offer Holy Communion each Wednesday at 12 noon. Based on feedback from individuals, we will continue with this midweek time of worship throughout the summer. All are welcome to join us. Please register here or feel welcome to contact the Church Office (703-971-2210).
Uptick in COVID-19 Cases in the Fairfax Health District
 
Many of you may be aware that there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Fairfax Health District (the "District" is comprised of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City). Our policy is to follow the CDC guidance and since the first week in May, our "community level" has been at "medium." This is a change from our previous "low" transmission level!

The CDC website provides a link for anyone to check the current status of COVID transmission in their locality. Simply click here to keep up to date on the status of COVID transmission in your county or city.

Please be aware that, at this point, our "CDC Mask Guidance and St. John's" policy as shown in the article below, has not changed.
CDC Mask Guidance and St. John’s
 
St. John’s policy has been to follow CDC guidance (Use and Care of Masks | CDC). Although health officials have now indicated it is okay not to wear a mask, even in indoor settings, members of our congregation may choose to mask at any time. Those exhibiting symptoms, or who have tested positive for COVID, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should certainly strongly consider wearing a mask. Pastor Meehan and the Lay Assistants will continue to wear masks during the Distribution of Holy Communion.
 
Please note that if circumstances change and the transmission category for COVID is on the rise in our area, we will once again encourage everyone to wear a mask indoors. Feel welcome to contact the Church Office, 703-971-2210, should you have questions or concerns.
Important Links

  • Registration for Holy Communion held on Wednesdays at noon.
  • Facebook Live for viewing live services or educational opportunities as well as those previously recorded.
  • YouTube for viewing church services
  • Click here and scroll down for the bulletins
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