St. John's 2018 Facility Campaign

Address Today's Needs...
Assure Tomorrow's Dreams
Those of us on the Vestry know you already care about St. John's. You need no convincing to do what is right for the future of our church.
So why do we ask for donations above and beyond what you already give? The Church has needs that cannot be met with the established budget but which are necessary if we are to continue to make this a vibrant place for the worship of God.
­­­­­­­ Questions & Answers about St. John's 2018 Facility Campaign
Q: Why does St. John's need your donations?
A: To provide much needed repairs, maintenance, and preservation of our beautiful historic facility and grounds.
Q: Why are these things not already addressed in the current budget?
A: St John's current budget is based upon anticipated revenue and expenses.
The Vestry is very careful not to live beyond our means and tries to maintain a budget that carefully balances income and expenditures. As a result, much needed facility repairs could not be funded.
Q: Were outside sources sought to provide funding?
A: Yes, the Vestry applied for a challenge grant from The Bishop Peter J. Lee Endowment for Small Church Revitalization and was approved for a challenge grant of $5,000. This was the largest the diocese could approve as it balances the needs of many churches in the diocese.
Q: How much will all of these projects cost?
A: About $47,000 for everything. The Vestry has already identified special contributions that can match the challenge grant so about $10,000 has already been raised. This leaves $37,000 needed to complete these priority projects. ­­­­­
Q: Will the projects be done in a particular order?
A: The Vestry decides a project schedule based upon several factors such as Diocese Grant guidelines, mandated government changes, and sufficiency of funds for a particular project.
Q: What projects are included in this Facility Campaign?
A: The Vestry has prioritized the most urgent projects. They are:

  1. Replace a 10 Ton HVAC unit used for cooling/heating the nursery, breeze way and rooms 206, 207, and 208. It is 25 years old and repair parts and Freon are becoming increasing difficult to find. This is the first of four HVAC systems that will need replacing in the next 2-5 years.
  2. Replace the Roof on the Historic Church. All of the shingles need replacing and there may be damage to the wooden underlayment. This would be Phase 1 of a three phased effort to replace both the peak and flat roofs areas of the church. See the diagram on our web site and in the church breeze way.
  3. Replace the church's 92-gallon commercial water heater. This unit is over 25 years old and has exceeded its projected life span. A new one is needed to supply hot water to the 17 water faucets, commercial dishwasher, and shower unit that are located throughout our 16,000+ square foot facility.
4. Other miscellaneous repairs and fixes.
Q: Can I contribute to just one of the projects?
A: For maximum flexibility in meeting urgent needs, it is preferred that your Facility Campaign donations be unrestricted.
Q: Can I contribute in any other way besides money?
A:  Yes, if you know of sources that could help with either funding, materials, or labor for a project or if you wish to be a leader to manage and implement one of the listed projects just let a Vestry member know. Also, do remember this campaign in your prayers.
Q: What are the different options to make donations for this campaign?
A. Included here are some new ways to give:
  1. You can contribute online by clicking on the "Give" button below.
  2. You can use the Finance (Green) mobile app on your Apple or Android Smart Phone
  3. You can indicate on your paper check or credit card authorization the amount is for the 2018 Facility Campaign. This can be contributed during the offertory on Sunday or mailed to: St. John's 5649 Mount Gilead Road Centreville Virginia 20120
Q: What amount should I give?
A: This is a question best answered after thoughtful, prayerful consideration. Any amount received will be gratefully accepted.
Q: Can I contribute more than once?
A: Yes, your multiple donations will be accepted anytime during the campaign.
Q: How long will the campaign last?
A: The campaign will run through Labor Day.
Q: Will I be informed of the progress?
A: Yes, periodic progress reports will be provided in E-Notes, on poster boards, and following Sunday services.
When you contribute to this campaign you are making a statement:
It is substance of caring for St John's facility needs today.
It is the evidence of dreams for tomorrow's Kingdom of God.

David Weir, Senior Warden

  • Attention Graduates
If you or someone in your family is graduating from high school, college, or graduate school in the next few months, please let Carol know so we can share your good news with the parish family in the ENotes. If you know what you will be doing in the fall, send that information as well.
  • Lost and Found:
Several items have been found that probably belong to St. John's parishioners: a men's black/gray cap was found in the library on April 22 when Bishop Jones was here for Confirmation. The confirmands & their families as well as the Vestry used the room that day. A pair of sunglasses was found this past Sunday on the floor in the narthex; maroon and black frames. A cross necklace was found in the women's restroom on Easter Sunday. Please call or see Carol to claim them. Also there are several umbrellas in the narthex.

  • Mission Trip
Lindsay Jones, daughter of Sandy and Dan Jones, will be going on a mission trip to Haiti from July 12-19 with youth from Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. Lindsay will be talking to the congregation both before and after the trip to let us know about the importance of this trip, their need for some financial support, and the work they hope to accomplish. Lindsay was baptized and confirmed at St. John's. Everyone who is under 19 when they are confirmed receives a $200 voucher from the Diocese of Virginia to go on a mission trip.

  • Junior Olympics
Gray Jones, daughter of Sandy and Dan Jones, has qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics in beach volleyball in California this summer. Beach volleyball has teams of two people and they play on sand, though not necessarily at the beach! Gray had formerly played "regular" volleyball, but really enjoys beach volleyball. (Yes, the Jones family will be having a busy summer!!!)

  • Many, Many Thanks......
Now that summer is almost upon us, our regular choir will be taking an official break until Labor Day. Many will be taking vacations and other trips out of town. However, those who are in town on a given Sunday will continue to sing in the choir loft. But I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the choir for the beautiful music they provide for our services week after week. They come early on Sunday for rehearsal and stay after our service for more rehearsal. This is a wonderful and dedicated group who share their gifts of music with all of us, and to the glory of God. Members of our choir include Penny and David Parker, Susie and Larry Pike, Bob Barnes, Helen Rusnak, Marcia Evans, Jo Chandler and Alison Gosney. Many thanks also go to our Minister of Music, Mandy Hull, who leads our choir and plays so beautifully for us every week. Thanks to all!!!
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead
for the Sunday Service lessons. 
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 3, 2018
9:30 AM 
The First Reading: 1Samuel 3:1-20
The great prophet Samuel is called by God as a young boy. The Spirit of the Lord is at work in Samuel, even though he lives in a time when few heeded the words of the Lord.

The Psalm: 139:1-5, 12-17
The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
The suffering of sin and the consequences of brokenness have a very real effect in the lives of Christians. God's mercy is greater, his presence is stronger, and life and resurrection are more real.
The Gospel: Mark 2:23-3:6
God in Jesus Christ testifies to the primacy of the law, and its foundational affirmation of life and the flourishing of creation.

  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 AM
We offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205; 
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
Ending the Search for a Second Bishop Suffragan :
A letter from The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston regarding the ending of the search for the second Bishop Suffragan is available at this link. CLICK HERE
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry participated in the Prayer Service & Vigil Walk to White House.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined other faith leaders and elders in Washington, DC to launch the Reclaiming Jesus Declaration at a church service followed by a silent candlelight vigil walk of an estimated crowd size of 1,000 people to the White House last Thursday, May 24.  
"(This vigil was) planned in response to the moral and political crises at the highest levels of political leadership that are putting both the soul of the nation and the integrity of Christian faith at stake"...

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church was invited to preach at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle on Saturday, May 19. He preached an amazing and emotion filled sermon about the power of love, and how that power can change the world with the power of love given to us by God. Please click on the link below to view this powerful sermon or scroll down to read the text. Bishop Curry is a passionate preacher and no one who has heard him preach leaves unchanged. He is one of the best preachers of our time. The sermon is 13 minutes. Please take the time to hear his emotional plea to love one another.
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Youth Choirs from Charlotte, NC to Perform at St. Patrick's - Friday, June 15th
Talented young singers from The Choir School at St. Peter's in Charlotte, North Carolina will perform a concert at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature sacred and secular selections, and will be followed by a reception. The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be collected to support the Choir Schools program. For questions please contact Catherine Dubas at  
St. Patrick's is located at 3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church , near the intersection of Annandale and Graham Roads.
Flood Relief in Ellicott City, MD
St. Peter's Episcopal Church is organizing help for those affected by the recent flood in Ellicott City, MD. If you would like to assist in their relief efforts, you can go to their website at  and donate online. They are also accepting gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Target in $20 and $50 amounts that will be given to those in need. Checks can be sent to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043.
  • Update on 'Footsteps of Jesus' Program; Trip to the Holy Land
  • Jan. 29 - Feb. 7 2019

Last Chance!!
  We have 27 parishioners registered with St. George's College in Jerusalem. We are allowed a maximum of 40. St. George's is now back-filling the extra 13 slots. If you would like to go on this trip, you may still be able to secure a spot with our group; please let us know quickly and by registering and paying the $500 deposit. 

 June 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
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!

"Love your neighbor. That's why we're here," Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told a rapt audience at the National City Christian church in Washington before the procession to the White House last Thursday. He continued, his voice building, as audience members rose to their feet cheering wildly: "Love the neighbor you like and love the neighbor you don't like. Love the neighbor you agree with and the neighbor you don't agree with. Love your Democrat neighbor, your Republican neighbor. Your black neighbor and your white neighbor, your Anglo neighbor, your Latino, your LGBTQ neighbor. Love your neighbor. That's why we're here."
Quote from Bishop Curry before silent procession to White House
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, Rector
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