St. John's Episcopal Church

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March 7, 2018
St. John's parishioner Mildred DeBell will turn 100 on Friday, March 16. Mildred was very active at St. John's for many decades. She served as the organist and choir director for a tim e, participated in and made crafts for the annual bazaar, was one of the authors of the historical book of St. John's, and participated widely in church events. She was active in the Centreville Day activities and brought all her photo albums and newspaper articles about Centreville so all could read about and see what Centreville was like in the "olden days". Mildred enjoyed writing poetry and one of her poems about St. John's is featured in "St. John's at the Crossroads". She served as the Grand Marshall at the 2017 Centreville Day. 
Whether you know Mildred or not, you are invited to sign a card for her that will be in the breezeway this Sunday. Or perhaps you would like to send her a card directly. If you don't already have her address, you can call the church office to get it. Her large and extended family will gather on Saturday, March 17 to celebrate Mildred's milestone birthday. ( photo shows Mildred receiving recognition at Centreville Day 2017.) 
Lenten Service, Supper & Book Discussion...continues this evening, Wed., March 7. 
On Wednesdays in Lent, we have a service at 6:00 PM, followed by a light supper of soup and bread, and program for the 6 weeks of Lent. The program is a discussion of the book "Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus" by Margaret Guenther. It's not too late to join in.

keys_clock.jpg Don't forget to turn your clocks one hour AHEAD before you go to bed on Saturday night. Those who don't will arrive one hour late for church on Sunday! 
  • Congratulations to Anu George!
Parishioner Anu George is engaged and will be married on April 7 in Baltimore to David Chacko. After the wedding they will be moving to San Diego, California. We will certainly miss Anu but wish her Godspeed.
Holy Week and Easter services and events
  • Holy Week is the most sacred time of the church year. It is not possible for us to celebrate Jesus' resurrection at Easter without walking with him through the events of Holy Week - his betrayal by a friend, the Last Supper, his arrest, trial and crucifixion. You are invited to join us for the following Holy Week and Easter services:
                     - Wednesday, March 28 - 6:00 PM service, light supper at 6:30, and last Lenten      
                       discussion at 7:00 PM
                     - Maundy Thursday - March 29 - 7:30 PM service of Holy Eucharist, foot washing 
                       and stripping the altar
                     - Good Friday, March 30 - services at 12:00 noon and 7:30 PM (music at the
                       evening service only)
                     - Easter Vigil, March 31 - service at 8:00 PM will include lighting of the new fire,         
                      renewal of baptismal vows, and the first Eucharist of Easter
                     -Easter Day, April 1 - services at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
  • Help for Holy Week services is needed
On Palm Sunday, March 25, we will need 6 extra readers to read the parts of the Passion Narrative. We will then have a service on Maundy Thursday, two services on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday, and two services on Easter Day. If you are an LEM, crucifer, lector, usher or torch bearer, we need your help! These services are posted on the online sign up sheet (thanks to Sandy Jones!) so please sign up. The extra readers for Palm Sunday do not have to be lectors.
  • Easter Flowers       
If you would like to donate funds toward the purchase of flowers for Easter, please use the envelopes on the back table in the church. Be sure to include the information about who the flowers are in memory or honor of, or if this is in thanksgiving. Those names will be included in the Easter bulletin.
  • Save the date!
On Saturday, March 24, at 9:00 AM, volunteers are needed to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday. Volunteers are also needed to fill plastic Easter eggs with candy for the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning. Many hands make light work!
  • Candy donations needed
Donations of candy are needed for our Easter Egg Hunt. You can drop off your donations at the church anytime between now and March 24. WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE PLASTIC EGGS. Just candy.
  • Welcome Bishop Ihloff
Bishop Johnston is pleased to announce his appointment of the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff pronounced "E loff) as Bishop Associate in the Diocese of Virginia. Bishop Ihloff served as the Bishop of Maryland from 1995 until his retirement in 2007. He will provide key support to the Diocese during the transition between Bishop Ted Gulick's retirement at the end of 2017 and the election of a second Bishop Suffragan later this year. His office will be in Northern Virginia, at The Falls Church.
  • Update from the Search and Nominating Committee for a second Bishop Suffragan
The Search and Nominating Committee for the second Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of Virginia is working hard. They have hosted many "listening sessions" around the diocese to hear from Episcopalians about what qualities they would like to see in a new bishop. They would like to hear from YOU with any ideas, suggestions, questions, etc. that you might have. You can contact the committee at
The committee has a page on the diocesan website where you can find updates about the committee's progress. Go to the diocesan website at
 Under "Bishop's" click on the link to the Bishop Suffragan Search.
  • Bishops give support to youth confronting violence

  • Online Lenten Offering
Again this year, Virginia Theological Seminary has teamed up with the Society of St. John the Evangelist to provide a Lenten program. "Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John" provides an online opportunity for you to watch a short daily video, ponder the verse for the day, and then write or draw something you want to remember in your journal. Journals can be downloaded from the website. To sign up to receive the daily videos and other resources, go to   (I have been watching the short (2-4 minute) videos each day and have pondered the questions they raise. They are quite good and I highly recommend them for your personal daily devotions during Lent. I also recommend the Lenten Meditations booklet from Episcopal Relief and Development that are available in the breezeway. They are faith-filled stories from a variety of authors. Carol)
  • 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
St. John's Recycling Fundraiser -
LAST CALL for this year! Bring your electronics in by this Sunday, March 11!
***Have you gotten a new phone lately? Consider donating the old phone to St. John's! 
Protect the environment and clean out those used electronic items that clutter closets & drawers!
Nothing to buy! Nothing to sell! Just bring in the used electronic items that you have replaced or that have broken. We will package the items and send them to Eco-Phones for recycling. Eco-Phones pays us for these items -
working or not. Here's what we're collecting:
cell phones - ipads & tablets - inkjet cartridges
Eco-Phones will not accept desktop computers and is no longer accepting laptops.
Bring your items to the church and place them in the "Eco-Phones" box in the breezeway. If you have any questions contact Penny Parker at 703-791-3482 or 

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.  
March 11, 2018
     9:30 AM     

Joseph the Carpenter, Hand of the Christ Child, detail
The First Reading:
Numbers 21:4-9 
Bad attitudes have real consequences. The thoughts and habits that we let form our hearts and minds make a real difference in our health, our families, even our relationships - with God and with others. Gazing upon Jesus on the cross can change our attitudes. 
The Psalm:    107:1-3, 17-22
The Epistle: 
Ephesians 2:1-10 
Paul's epistle passage strikes a regular chord; the work and way of Jesus is the opposite of what the world would tell us to do. We are constantly given messages by our culture about how to behave and what to love. God has a different plan, one for our good. 
The Gospel:
John 3:14-21
Jesus came to save, not to judge. In order for Jesus to save us, though, we must admit that we're in need of a Savior, that we're not doing just fine on our own already. In which case, there's no need  for someone else to judge us, because we've rightly judged ourselves!


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!
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, Morning Prayer, page 79

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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