OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING!!!
Many, many thanks go to Terry Barnes and Catherine Packard for all their hard work on setting up our new website! It has the same website address as our old website...
It's easy to use, more current, and is alot less expensive than our former provider. Check it out !!!
Memorial Day Service
Again this year, we will have an outdoor service of readings and prayers on
Monday, May 29 at 12:00 noon to remember all who have died in service to our country. We will gather at the bell, weather permitting. Please join us.
Education for Ministry
Interested in learning more about the EfM program? Join us for an informational meeting on
Sunday, May 28 at 12:00 noon in the library. You will not need to make a commitment at that time. Please let Carol know if you are interested. 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? There are brochures in the breezeway explaining the program or you can speak with Carol. If we have enough interest, we would like to start a group here in September.
Parents of Young Children
Our "Parents of Young Children's Group" will meet again on
Saturday, June 3 at 5:30 PM for a potluck dinner and fellowship at the church (room 207/208). Please bring your children and something to share for the potluck. Soft drinks, water, and paper products will be provided. Feel free to invite friends or neighbors who might like to join us. Please RSVP to Carol (email@example.com) so we know how many to plan for.
Outdoor Service and Picnic Sunday, June 4
Again this year, we will join with some of our Ministry Partners for a service outside in the side yard, weather permitting. Please bring your own chair, and hat and bug repellent, if needed. Also, bring something to share for the picnic in the parish hall that will follow the service.
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
Erin Peake - graduated from Christopher Newport University
Cecelia Sellars - will attend William and Mary College after high school graduation
-A funeral service for Stephen Kenyon, who was baptized at St. John's as an adult in 2007, will be held this Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 PM at the church.
-A funeral service for Ingrid Geissler, a former member of St. John's, will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston this Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 PM. St. Anne's is located at 1700 Wainwright Drive.
We have a new mailbox, and new mailing address.
The new mailbox is right near the front door of the Breezeway, and is very secure.
Please start sending 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 have some address labels on the back table that you can use for your pledge envelopes.
Your Vestry at work
Your elected Vestry members meet once a month to discuss and make decisions about the business of the church. Through hard work and research, they have found many ways to save money, so your contributions go farther. Here are some of the ways we are saving money:
-getting rid of our post office box and having all mail delivered to the church
-our new website through the diocese is much cheaper than our old website
-new security alarm system
-new copier with a less expensive contract
-changing companies for our property insurance
-not having to pay taxes on our utilities
Please thank your Vestry members for their hard work and commitment to St. John's.
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.
Please keep Arirang Senior Center in your prayers as they continue to try to recruit more clients. The Arirang Senior Center is open to all and they offer a variety of activities and speakers. If you know someone who might benefit from the companionship and activities, please call Arirang at 703-543-6008.
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.