Welcome to the E-Notes!

June 7, 2017 

New projects afoot at St. John's!
Exterior Painting Project:
The St. John's parish is embarking on a renovation project. We are refurbishing the wood and painting the exterior of the breezeway and the back side of the main building.

The pressure washing, thanks to volunteers Tom McDermott, Jim Elliott, and Jerry Stacks , happened yesterday. Lots of loose paint came away from the building!

We are looking at a three pronged effort to get this project completed correctly and in a timely manner.
Jerry Stacks and company will be working during the week days to repair/replace various amounts of wood rot follow by a priming session during the next three weeks.

We need evening volunteers to scrape the old flaking paint.  We have the supplies and two ladders (need to be very careful).  Currently, we have four evenings that we need your help to scrape.  It may lead into more nights, but we are scheduling four to get started.
  • Thursday, June 8; 5:30 - until
  • Monday, June 12; 5:30 - until
  • Tuesday, June 13; 5:30 - until
  • Wednesday, June 14; 5:30 - until
  • Thursday, June 15; TBD  (if needed)
On Saturday, June 24th, we would like to add the final coat of paint.  We are soliciting all willing and able volunteers and parishioners to show off their painting skills on this day.  We anticipate the church will be sufficiently pressure washed, wood replaced, old paint scraped, and the primer on, before we gather on Saturday the 24th.  
If you have any questions, please call Andrew Wade @ 703-477-8980 

Have you checked out St. John's new thoroughly up-to-date WEBSITE?
Join the Summer Choir!
Come join the summer choir!
Now that our regular choir term has concluded, it is time for our Summer Choir. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in singing with the choir, but who would first like to try it out. Throughout the summer we will periodically sing anthems from the year as well as prepare for the choir term to come. The summer choir rehears from 9-9:20 before services, and rehearsals after the service to prepare for the upcoming term, which are not mandatory and specifically geared to people in the St. John's Choir. If interested, please speak to the choir master Jonathan before or after the services or contact the church office.

Funeral notices
The funeral for Carolyn Makurat, mother of Jean Makurat, will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 AM at St. Veronica's Roman Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Road in Chantilly. The Interment will follow at Linton Hall Benedictine Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. Jean's mother died in March.

The funeral for David Parker, Sr., father of David Parker, Jr., will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, K Street in Washington on Saturday, September 9.
Education for Ministry
EfM is a program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection written by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.  We would like to start an EfM group at St. John's if we have the 6-12 people necessary to start a group. All that's needed is a desire to learn and grow in your faith. There is a good amount of reading to be done each week, but no tests. The topics of study are Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. The entire program is 4 years, but each participant signs up for a year at a time. Interested?  Please speak with Carol as soon as possible as the group is forming now. If we have enough interest, we would like to start a group here in September.

Congratulations go to....
     -Angela and Russ Hadfield on the birth of their daughter, Julie Marie, on May 25.
     -Cecelia Sellars, who grew out her hair and donated 13.5 inches to a place that makes wigs for people who have lost their hair due to cancer. Thank you for giving of yourself to someone in need.
If you or someone in your family is graduating from high school, college or graduate school, please let Carol know so we can share the accomplishment with the parish family. If they have plans for their "next step", please share that as well. We congratulate the following graduates:
     Kristen Tucker - Bachelor's degree is Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University (daughter of Val and John Tucker)
     Erin Peake - graduated from Christopher Newport University (daughter of Tanya Peake)
     Cecelia Sellars - graduating from Westfield High School and will attend William and Mary College       (daughter of  Teri and Frank Sellars)
     Alexa Williams - graduated from Christopher Newport University (granddaughter of Susan Woods)
Summer is coming!
Many of you may be heading out of town for part (or all) of the summer. Please remember to pay your pledge or contribution before you leave. The bills that the church needs to pay will keep on coming in throughout the summer, just like they do at home. Please pay your pledge before you leave on your summer vacation so the church can pay its bills.
We have a new mailing address.
Please send your mail, including your pledges, to our street address: 5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA  20120. Note that the address on your pledge envelopes is the PO Box, so you will need to change that if you mail in your pledge. We no longer have our PO Box!
Out of the office
Carol will be out of the office all next week to attend the final residential component of the preaching program at Virginia Theological Seminary that she has participated in during the last year.
If you are an LEM, lector, usher, crucifer, or torch bearer, please sign up for the dates this summer that you can assist. With many people away, it is sometimes hard to fill all the slots. Please sign up online on the Altar Servers link below. If you would like to serve in one of these roles, we can certainly use more folks. Training will be provided. Please see Carol if you are interested.

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We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons  
Sunday, June 11, 2017 
The First Sunday after Pentecost 
The First Reading:
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
By the power of God's very word, the world is made; God speaks and it is so.

The Epistle:  
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Paul closes his letter to the troublesome Corinthians on a hopeful note, urging them to show God's grace and peace. 
The Psalm:  8 
The Gospel:
Matthew 28:16-20 
Jesus commissions his body, the church, to continue the ministry which he began in the world. 
FROM 10:50 - 11:50 am 

(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
   Joint Sunday School
  Each week, St. John's children join
 with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, 
Wellspring United Church  of Christ
& Grace Baptist Church 
 for Sunday School 10:50  - 11:45 AM .  
We  offer 3 classes:
  PreK- 2nd grade: Rm. 205;
 3rd - 8th grade: Rm. 215;
Stewardship and Church Vitality Day
Saturday, June 24 , 9:30 - 3:30
at Epiphany, Oak Hill/Herndon
This day will feature time with Bishop Susan and workshops on missions and outreach, communications, Christian formation, planned giving, and our new "All Hearts Open" annual giving program.
The day opens with remarks by Bishop Susan, then follows with vibrant workshops and roundtables. These conversations are designed to offer rich resources that lead to more engaged congregational life across all ministries.
You can register online now . For more information, contact Julie Simonton at jsimonton@thediocese.net  or at 1-800-DIOCESE, x 1035. Please let Carol know if you plan to go so we can a reduced rate for multiple people attending from the same parish.
Virginia Theological Seminary 
warmly invites you to a reception and art opening with artist Michael Takeo Magruder for his installation Lamentation for the Forsaken on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for drinks and viewing of the installation; 6:15 p.m. Conversation with Michael Takeo Magruder.
Reception following>
Immanuel Chapel
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
If you plan to attend, please reply by June 13, 2017,
to Debbie Townsend: dtownsend@vts.edu or 703-461-1714.
Lamentation for the Forsaken is installed in Immanuel Chapel's Octagon Room from May 20 through August 10, 2017, and can be viewed  during open hours of Immanuel Chapel.

Lamentation for the Forsaken is a new media installation that juxtaposes Christ's suffering and journey to the cross with the anguish and plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. The artwork is composed of two distinct visual elements. The first is a photographic negative of the Shroud of Turin that has been aesthetically transformed with the names and details of individuals who have died in the conflict. The second is an underlying video stream created from sets of curated news media photographs that portray the lives and hardships of the Syrian people. The combination of these two layers generates an endlessly shifting digital tapestry that oscillates between the iconic image of Christ and the tragic stories of those affected by the war.
The artist Michael Takeo Magruder has produced a very limited print edition inspired by his work Lamentation for the Forsaken. The artist is pleased to present a print to individuals who make a donation of at least $500 to the International Rescue Committee ( www.rescue.org) to benefit refugees. Michael will be able to answer questions about his piece as well as the print on the evening of the reception.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
WFCM has reminded us that their shelves can become almost empty during the summer months. Please remember those who are hungry when you do your grocery shopping and donate nonperishable food items to WFCM when you come on Sundays. You may put your donations in the baskets by the front door. WFCM is extremely grateful for our support.
Job Opportunities

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Braddock Road in Burke is looking for a full time parish administrator. If interested, call the church at 703-323-5400. Immanuel-Church-on-the-Hill (Episcopal) in Alexandria is also looking for a full time parish administrator.

Sharon Bulova visited St. John's in April, and attended a meeting of the Nepalese group which meets here, Nepali Pathshala. The photo shows their school president with Ms. Bulova. 


Would you like to contribute
or in memory of someone? colorful_tulips.jpg
How to contribute: (1) Purchase or grow cut flowers - we have vases for you to ar range your cut flowers in. We use 2 vases flanking the altar. (2) Purchase 2 flowering plants th at will be later planted in the church garden or (3) Call a florist and have 2 arrangements delivered to the church. When you click below, further info is provided.


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 2017.

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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 2017. Click to read additional info before signing up.

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!

For all our differences, we are knit together in one body.  In the power of the Spirit, we are made one people.  A unity of diversity; diversity within a unity.
-Br. Mark Brown
My email address is stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com,
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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