Israel Presentation by Walt Cooner, This Sunday, August 26

Walt Cooner, a specialist on the Middle East, will make a presentation on Israel - past, present and future. Why is there so much conflict in that part of the world? Is there any hope for a peaceful settlement? What is the current culture like? How do the different groups treat each other? For those going to Israel in January, what might we encounter when we get there? All are invited to come on Sunday, August 26 at 10:50 AM - 12:30/1:00 PM in the library . Note that this presentation will take the place of the lectionary class for this week only. (This is a change in date and time from what was originally discussed.)
St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign

You Are Simply Amazing!!

We Are So Close to Our Goal of $47K!

  More than $44,000 Raised!

Help St. John's Cross the Finish Line Before Labor Day!
  Give what you can…When you can!
You can contribute online by clicking on this new "Give" button:  

  • You can indicate on your 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 Mt. Gilead Rd. Centreville, Virginia 20120

Doing a Little…Can Mean A Lot!
 Address Today’s Needs…Assure Tomorrow’s Dreams

David Weir, Senior Warden
  • Afghan Orders

Several people have inquired about putting in an order for one of St. John's Centreville Afghans, which was produced and sold here a few years ago. If you would like to add your name to the list, we will collect the names and see if we have enough interest to put in an order. The list is in the Breezeway. (We need to order 12.) You may also email the office: The price is about $50.
  • Men's Group
The Men's Group Breakfast is scheduled for this Saturday, August 25th.
(We typically meet at 7:45 a.m.)  For this meeting; the start time has been moved back to 8:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held in the church library . Immediately following breakfast, if you are able, we have some work to do on the doors on the lower level. You don't need to bring any supplies or have any engineering skills! This shouldn't take more than an hour or two. This may be one of those projects where there may be more supervisors than workers, which is generally how it goes for our group! The same labor agreements for union and non-union employees alike will obviously be in place.
 Gene has graciously signed up to bring breakfast for this bi-monthly meeting.    Please RSVP directly to Gene Milunec if you can make it. (So he knows how much food to bring.)
We are running about five to ten guys at these meetings. If you are on vacation or unable to make it next week, our next meeting is October 27th.
 Andrew Wade (andrewdwade@; C: 703-477-8980)

  • New Children's Sunday School Class to start September 9
On Sunday, September 9, St. John's will start a new Sunday School class for ages 2 - 4 in room 216 from 10:50 - 11:30. We have quite a number of children in this age group. The parents will help teach this class, but if anyone else would like to help, please let Carol know. After the initial September 9 class, this class will meet on the first Sunday of each month. We will be using a new curriculum called "Deep Blue Kids: At Home With God" and it has lots of music and activities. Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors to join this class as well.

  • Adult Fall Camp at Shrinemont October 22-25
Fall Camp is a four day adult conference sponsored by the Council on Aging in the three Episcopal dioceses in Virginia. It's an opportunity for seniors to spend time in the mountains of Virginia with other seniors and to look at the spiritual needs and journeys of primarily retired people through keynote speakers, workshops, worship and time spent with others. This year's keynote speaker is The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner - vicar, author and professor. The cost is $270 per person for a double room and $350 for a single room. For more information, click here for their website.

  • July Vestry Meeting Highlights
·          Authorization to repair broken window in office
·          Authorization for water heater replacement as the next Facility Funding Campaign project
·          Authorization to get estimates for re-graveling the parking areas
·          Authorization to determine availability of used doors to replace damaged PHLL French doors
·          Identification of current and upcoming facility repair/replacement needs
·          Approval in concept of a child care center. Details to be defined.

  • Many thanks go to:
- Tom McDermott and David Daniel Weir for purchasing and installing new computer software.
-Lindsay Jones and Beth Scott for staffing the nursery for 3 Sundays in August.
-Penny Parker and Marie McDermott who volunteer weekly in the office.
-Tom McDermott for taking the food we collect each Sunday to WFCM.
-David Weir, Beth Scott, Penny Parker and Catherine Packard for completing our yearly audit.
-David Weir, John Tucker and others who have been assisting with the sexton's duties.

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.      

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 26, 2018
9:30 AM 

 The First Reading: 1 Kings 8:[1,6,10-11], 22-30, 41-43
King Solomon finishes the temple of the Lord and consecrates it for all people to gather and worship the God of Israel.

The Psalm: 84
The Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-20
Just as armor covers each part of a soldier in battle, so do the powers of God protect each part of the human soul. Followers of Jesus are called to take advantage of these gifts, to be covered by the Holy Spirit's presence.

The Gospel: John 6:56-69
Jesus proclaims the truth, but the truth has a very high cost - one's life. Though the price is high, the disciples reply that there is no other option for salvation.

will not meet this Sunday, but join us at 10:50 AM in the library
for Walt Cooner's presentation on Israel.
(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
We offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205; 
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
Next Steps to Selecting a New Bishop Diocesan for the Diocese of Virginia

This link provides an explanation of the next steps for the selection of a new bishop for our diocese, following the retirement of Bishop Shannon Johnston.

A Letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Diocese of Virginia

Please click to read the letter from The Presiding Bishop, as he speaks about the retirement of Bishop Shannon Johnston, and the work he accomplished for our own diocese, and beyond.

Bishop Shannon Johnston, XIII Bis hop of the Diocese of Virginia, Announces His Retirement
To read the letter of retirement, which includes a summary of his work,
please click here: Letter from Bishop Johnston
  • Evening classes at Virginia Theological Seminary
“Let’s Talk: Leading with Hope During Difficult Times”
A "Taste" of Lifelong Learning @ VTS, Thursday, August 23
Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Building 
6:45 p.m. - Reception, 7:30 p.m. - Presentation
Free, registration requested,  register HERE
Join us for a panel conversation with VTS faculty members, including our dean, Ian Markham, exploring how Christian hope can guide our conversations during times of discord and division. To RSVP, CLICK HERE
Evening Community Classes for Fall
Weeknights, September 10 - November 24, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Sign Up Here to be an altar server *, or to donate flowers for a Sunday service, or to bring refreshments for Coffee Hour after the service. * (if you're not an altar server, and would like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), a Lector, or a Crucifer, please see Carol).
  • "We know that food can be one of the most expensive items on a household budget list. Our hope is that in allowing our clients to visit once per month they will save enough money to pay for other expenses such as rent or utility bills." - WFCM
  • Items are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of the church.
WFCM requested foods this month:
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned carrots or beets
  • Vienna sausages
  • Sugar
  • Canned pasta
  • Chili
  • Canned fruit (no pineapple needed this month)
  • Oatmeal
  • Black beans
  • Dry lentils
You can visit the WFCM website to see additional items listed:
  • Update on ‘Footsteps of Jesus’ Program; Trip to the Holy Land Jan. 29 – Feb. 7 2019

The trip is now FULL.  We now have 29 former, current, or family members of St. John’s and Emmanuel registered with St. Georges College in Jerusalem. We are excited that so many have decided to make this voyage. The group has the maximum of 40 participants; with 11 coming from outside of our two parishes.
Here is an updated schedule for planning / budgeting purposes:
Fall 2018 – Joint Parish Educational Meeting at Emmanuel in Delaplane
November 2018 – 50% payment due to St. Georges ($1,225)
December 2018/January 2019 – Joint Parish / Send off Dinner (and final information)
January 29 – February 7, 2019 – Pilgrimage
Walt Cooner
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!

The Church
The task of the church is "to cultivate a people who can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive society, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have the confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality." Stanley Hauerwas
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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