May 11, 2022
Your Midweek Update
Grace to you and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!
We celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday in worship this past Sunday, giving thanks for our risen Savior who is also our Good Shepherd, as the Gospel lesson revealed (John 10:22-30 ESV). Of all the images that we have of Jesus – Savior, Messiah, Friend – that of Good Shepherd remains near and dear to the hearts of his people, as the sermon pointed out.

In the midst of many voices calling out for our attention in the world around us, there is only one voice that promises forgiveness, life and salvation. As our Good Shepherd tells us: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” We are safe with the Shepherd!
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
In Christ,
Pastor Meehan
From the Pastor's Desk - May 2022
Southeastern District Convention May 9-13

The 39th Convention of the Southeastern District (SED) of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is taking place this week from May 9-13. The Convention is a hybrid of both virtual and in-person gatherings of delegates who will hear reports from District as well as Synodical leaders, elect new officers for the District, and work through various overtures that have been submitted by congregations, circuits, and the SED Board of Directors. The in-person part of the Convention will take place Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, in Richmond.

Each Congregation sends both a lay delegate and a pastoral delegate for representation to the Convention. Serving as St. John’s lay delegate will be Denise Canter, Congregational President, and Pastor Meehan will serve as the pastoral delegate. Pastor Meehan will be away from church for the Convention Thursday and Friday, returning home on Saturday.

Interested persons may follow Convention proceedings online, including an app that provides the Convention workbook, reports from District leaders, updated overtures, election results, etc. To get more information about this, click here: Southeastern District LCMS. Please be praying for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance upon all things related to the Convention!
20th Anniversary of Jennifer Hills' Service to St. John's

You are invited to celebrate Jennifer Hills’ “20 Years of Sowing and Growing” as the Director of Youth and Christian Education at St. John’s on Sunday June 12. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the 9:30 AM worship service where we will serve a lunch of BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, and vegetable sides; we should be finished by 1:00. Table seating will be provided both in the Fellowship Hall as well as the front lawn. Bring a blanket from home, if you prefer, and have a picnic on the lawn.

A variety of games and a bouncy house will be scattered across the front lawn. We hope you can join in this family-style gathering to mark a significant milestone for a special person.
  • To RSVP, click here. We need to know by May 30, 2022
  • If you can help with serving food, setting up, or cleanup of this event, click here
  • Questions? Contact Cathy Long
SJLC Bike Enthusiasts
We invite one and all to enjoy fellowship and fun while biking. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 14 at 10AM. We will meet at St. John’s and then caravan/carpool to our rally point to ride the W&OD. Please email/call Tish Nordvall, 703-924-4004).
Brass Concert at St. John’s
SJLC member John Wright and the Annandale Brass Ensemble will present a spring concert on Sunday, May 15, 3-4PM in the Sanctuary. Reservations not required. Proceeds from the free will offering will benefit Lutheran World Relief (LWR).
SJLC Ladies Tea
Creative Fellowship is happy to be hosting the Annual Ladies Tea once again.

Make plans now to attend on Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 4 PM, in the Fellowship Hall. Delectable and savory offerings, as well as tea will be served. Bring your daughter, granddaughter, neighbor, best friend, or relatives. Everyone is welcome!

Click here to RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 18. Ladies are $12.00 and young ladies (12 and under) are $6.00.
SJLC Men’s Workday
You are invited to join your fellow SJLC men for SJLC Men's WORK DAY 2022 on Saturday, May 21. We will meet in the St. John's Fellowship Hall at 9AM for a devotion, issue of t-shirts, and team assignment. This event is an opportunity to do something positive for our community. Everyone who participates will receive a Thrivent t-shirt to wear the day of the event.

We will be assisting Koinonia Social Services with weeding and mulching around their building (TEAM 1, leader - Greer Putnam); Carpenter’s Homeless Shelter with power washing their courtyard (TEAM 2, leader - Paul Swicord); the Early Childhood Education Center with cleaning their playground (TEAM 3, leader - TBD), and clearing the woodlands next to the church (TEAM 4, leader - Greg Miller). Register here.
Installation of New Director of Music for St. John’s on May 22
A new Director of Music for St. John’s has been identified, Mr. David (Dave) Leahey. After a thorough search process, the Director of Music Search Committee recommended him to the Church Council as their candidate of choice, and the Church Council voted to approve this recommendation. A formal offer letter was sent to Mr. Leahey and he has accepted. As announced in worship on Sunday, May 1, there was a change in plans with beginning his duties as Director of Music. Dave actually started in his new role on Monday, May 2. Our interim organist, Lois Lehrer, will continue to play for the worship service on May 15 in order to allow Dave the opportunity to be in the congregation to see what worship at St. John’s is like. Dave’s first Sunday as organist and leading in music will be Sunday, May 22, and he will be installed as Director of Music at the 9:30AM worship service.  

Dave is married with three children, and his wife is a student at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. We look forward to welcoming Dave into our congregation as our new Director of Music, and pray the Lord’s rich blessing upon him and his family.
Ascension Day Worship Service on Thursday, May 26
Forty days after He rose from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven, as recorded in Scripture (Luke 24:44-53 ESV and Acts 1:6-11 ESV).

Always on a Thursday, this year that date is on Thursday, May 26 and you are invited to a special worship service on this day at 7:30PM in the Sanctuary. Fellow believers and pastors from sister congregations at Bethany-Alexandria, Grace-Woodbridge and Prince of Peace-Springfield will all be coming together to celebrate this special day.
SJLC teens attending the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston Texas this summer will be hosting a congregation-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 28 from 8:00 -1:00 pm.

We are looking for items to be donated. We will accept household items in good condition. We will not accept: mattresses, car seats, or clothing of any type. Items may be dropped off no earlier than Sunday, May 22 on the stage in the Fellowship Hall. Larger items are asked to be dropped off Friday, May 27 from 4:30 –8:00 pm. Anyone wishing to assist our teens with the yard sale is welcome to join us. Please contact Jennifer Hills for more information.
ECEC Playground
Families with children – please feel welcome to use the ECEC playground on Sundays. (Be sure the gate is latched when you leave.)
The Susan Gobien Scholarship Fund for the "Lutheran Summer Music" Program

As was announced on April 23 at the celebration of Susan Gobien's forty years of service to St. John's, the Congregation has established a scholarship fund in Susan's name to the Lutheran Summer Music program at Valparaiso.

In Susan's words, "I was greatly honored by the scholarship fund all of you set up for sending members of our youth to Lutheran Summer Music at Valparaiso. So far, three of “our kids” have attended in the past (Chris Salow, Jasmine McCormick, and Tim Swicord) and I’m hoping for many more in the future. It’s a fabulous experience for any high school student who loves music and music in the church."

Thank you to those who donated for your generosity. This will be an enduring line item in our budget which you can continue to give to throughout the years. To donate, please visit our website and select the “Susan Gobien Scholarship Fund” in the dropdown menu.
Holy Communion
We continue to offer Holy Communion each Wednesday at noon through June 15. 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 over the past two weeks 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 as of the first week in May, our "community level" is now at "medium." This is a change from our previous "low" transmission level!

If you would like to read more about this recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the Fairfax Health District, click here. 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.
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