St. John's Episcopal Church

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April 4 , 2018

SPECIAL EVENT:  'Save the Date' and make a reservation!  
St. John's Celebration Luncheon for our permanent Rector Carol Hancock; Sunday April 29th, @ 12:30 p.m.
Andrew & Lori Wade and Elise Crawford will be hosting parishioners at the Ciao Osteria restaurant here in Centreville.  We reserved a private room that will be perfect for this special occasion.
Event: Luncheon Celebrating St. John's And our permanent Rector
Honoree: The Rev. Reverend Carol Hancock
When: Sunday, April 29th @ 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: 14115 St Germain Dr, Centreville @ Ciao Osteria
RSVP:  or C: 703-626-5472 
There is no question that St. John's is going through a transformation of growth and new energy.  It is time to celebrate this important turnaround.  Much of our recent success can be attributed to Rev. Hancock and her leadership.  This is a casual and fun event!    
Logistics; there is a max capacity of 44 people.  Please RSVP to Elise to reserve a spot.   There will be no cost to St. John's or the parishioners for this event.  We look forward to seeing you at this important celebration.

Mildred DeBell age 20

 'A Legend in Her Own Time':
Centreville's Mildred DeBell Celebrates 100th Birthday
Centreview Newspaper article and photos about our parishioner, Mildred DeBell.

The Presiding Bishop's Easter 2018 Message
Filmed on Palm Sunday during his visit to the Holy Land, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem.

  • Many, Many Thanks!!!
Many thanks go to all who helped with the seven Holy Week and Easter services - our organist and choir; the office staff; the altar guild; our sextons; those who donated candy and helped with the Easter Egg Hunt; and those who helped with the services. It was certainly a team effort. Thank you!!!1
  • The Boxwoods are looking good, thanks to the Men's Group!

Last Saturday, the Men's Group worked on the boxwoods - they trimmed back the overgrown shrubs, and in a few cases, removed some which had overtaken the graves in the cemetery. Many thanks to those who worked on the project! See below for the next project!   

  • African Team Ministries
You may remember two years ago when we had beautifully carved animals and hand craved jewelry for sale from African Team Ministries. On Sunday, April 8 and April 15, we will have a new assortment of jewelry and animals for sale. These beautiful items are made by craftsmen and women in Africa. The proceeds will go to provide drip kits for communities in Kenya who are experiencing a severe drought. Drip kits get water directly to the roots so crops can grow better with less water. Many people are dying every day due to lack of water. African Team Ministries is working hard to alleviate the suffering caused by the drought.
  • Local Blood Drive
Brent Kiefer, a sophomore at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, is organizing a blood drive to be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton, on Saturday, April 14 from 9:15 am - 1:30 PM. Brent suffered from leukemia as a child and was dependent on blood products. He now is organizing blood drives to ensure that everyone who needs blood can get it. The blood drive is through Inova Blood Donor Services. To donate, visit   .Click on "Donate Now", then click on "Make an Appointment", then "Locate a Blood Drive". Use Sponsor Code 8044 and select the time you would like. A photo ID is required. Allow one hour for blood donation. Let's support this young man's effort to increase the community's blood supply.
  • St. John's Grounds Cleanup Day: Saturday, April 28th, starting @ 8:00 a.m. until ?
    The Men's Group
    is organizing a 'campus' cleanup day. We will have some simple breakfast food to get everyone started and some lunch for those that can also work the afternoon shift. We will also have beverages.
    The grounds of St. John's are really starting to look good. However, with some of the recent storm damage etc. we have much debris to clear out and take to West Ox. We will also be spreading fresh mulch to various trees and flower beds. We will be working around the historic church, the cemetery, as well as the Mt. Gilead green.
    What to bring:
    • Gloves
    • Rakes
    • Trimmers (hedge and string)
    • Wheel Barrows
    • Pick up trucks
    The Men's group will have all other supplies to get the various tasks done. In order for us to have the right amount of materials and food/beverage for the day, please RSVP to Jim Elliott
  • Shrine Mont Summer Camps
Although its still cold outside, it's time to start signing up your children for the Shrine Mont Summer Camps!. Shrine Mont is the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center for the Diocese of Virginia and is located in Orkney Springs in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. A variety of camps are offered for different ages and abilities. Camps are also offered for those with special needs. There is a need for counselors as well. Interested? Visit Shrine Mont online at 
  • Volunteers needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Mondays - Food Pantry Stocker - 9am - 11am
Tuesdays - Pick up meat from Franklin Farm Giant at 8:30am and deliver to pantry 
                 *Note:  Vehicle must be able to hold 4 coolers

 Wednesday - Front Desk
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant - 9:30am - 2:30pm
Thursdays - Pick up food from Giant Union Mill at 8:30am and deliver to pantry

Thursdays - Pick up food from Aldi at 9am and deliver to pantry

Thursdays - Food Pantry Assistant Bagger - 4pm - 7:30pm
Fridays - Food Pantry Bagger (2) - 10:45am - 2:30pm 
If interested please contact Annette @ 703-988-9656 ext. 106 or for an application and more information. Thank you for your continued support!
  • Save the Date - Special Documentary Screening of "Angst"
April 22, 5-7 pm, St. Peter's in the Woods. 5911 Fairview Woods Drive, Fairfax Station
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety in Young People
Angst is a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids and young adults who have experienced anxiety, and what they've learned, including Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. It also includes experts who help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. After the film, two local mental health counselors will be available for breakout Q&A sessions for youth and parents Recommended for ages 12 and up. Sponsored by the South Fairfax Region of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
5 - 6:00 screening
6:00 pizza break
6:15 - 7 Breakout sessions
Free rsvp:

  • Update from the Search and Nominating Committee for a second Bishop Suffragan
The committee has been working on the Diocesan Profile and it will be posted to the diocesan website on April 1. They will begin receiving names on April 2. To read the profile, go to the
diocesan website at     Under "Bishop's" click on the link to the Bishop Suffragan Search. 

  • Bishop Jones comes to St. John's on Sunday, April 22
On Sunday, April 22 , Bishop David Jones (retired) will be with us on Sunday, April 22 for our 9:30 AM service. He will preach and celebrate as well as confirm three confirmands. The service will be followed by a reception. We will need people to provide food for the reception and someone to organize it. Please let Carol know if you can help.
  • Update on 'Footsteps of Jesus' Program; Trip to the Holy Land Jan. 29 - Feb. 7 2019
We now have 27 parishioners registered with St. Georges College in Jerusalem.  We are excited that so many have decided to make this voyage.  Here is an updated schedule for planning / budgeting purposes:
April 2018 - Group Flight Information
May 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

as LEM, Crucifer, Lector, Usher, Verger, Torch Bearer at a Sunday Service.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. ( If you would like to become an altar server, please see the Rev. Carol Hancock.)

for coffee hour after the Sunday Service in the Breezeway.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. Coffee hour is an important part of fellowship - staying connected with each other and welcoming newcomers.

for a Sunday service throughout 2018.

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You may sign up here to donate the flowers to be used on the altar for each of the Sundays in 2018. Click to read additional info before signing up.

We can prepare our hearts and minds by
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.  
The Second Sunday of Easter:
April 8, 2018
9:30 AM
The First Reading:
Acts 10: 32-35  
In the early Church, Christians took seriously the call our Lord gave to live as a family, to give to anyone in need, and to count others before yourself.  

The Psalm:
The Epistle: 
1 John 1:1-22 
The kingdom of God is built not on perfect behavior but on humble confession. Invoking the authority of the disciples and eyewitnesses to Jesus' ministry, John urges Christians to seek righteousness.  

The Gospel:
John 20: 19-31  
Though fear and doubt may threaten our faith, God in Jesus bolsters our resolve by appearing behind locked doors and offering a tangible witness. 



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

 for Sunday School
10:30  - 11:30 A
We  offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205;  
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
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!
"Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen."
Book of Common Prayer, page 295
My email address is,
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

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