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May 31, 2017 

We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
  reading ahead for the  
Sunday Service lessons 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 
The Day of Pentecost 
The First Reading:
Acts 2:1-21
When the Holy Spirit comes upon the faithful, the effects are immediate, dramatic, and powerful.

The Epistle:  
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 
In god's wisdom, he provides for the needs of a community by endowing its members with gifts for various ministries. 
The Psalm:  104:25-35, 37
The Gospel:
John 20:19-23
Jesus appears to his faithful followers and by his holy breath imparts the power of the Holy Spirit for the good of their ministries. 
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;
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 a lot less expensive than our former provider. Check it out !!!
Do you speak a foreign language?
This coming Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost, when God sent the Holy Spirit to be with God's followers, and they all spoke in their native language. We'd like to reenact that by reading Acts 2:1-21 (the account of Pentecost) in different languages. All the readings happen at the same time so your pronunciation does not have to be perfect! If you speak a foreign language and would like to participate, please let me know by Friday noon.
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.
Funeral notice
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.
Our prayers and sympathy go to David Parker on the death of his father, David Parker, Sr., on May 26. His funeral will be held at St. Paul's, K Street in Washington at a later date.
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.
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 (stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com) by Friday noon so we know how many to plan for.
Outdoor Service and Picnic Sunday
We have had to postpone our joint outdoor service and picnic, scheduled for June 4, with several of our Ministry Partners until the fall.
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 mailbox, and new mailing address.
The new mailbox is right near the front door of the Breezeway, and is very secure. 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 have some address labels on the back table that you can use for your pledge envelopes. We no longer have our PO Box as of today!
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 is much less expensive
   -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.
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.

Would you like to contribute
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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!


God of Ages, I ask your help. In my discouragement, give me hope; in my confusion, give me guidance; and in times of frenzy and anxiety, give me your peace. Help me to trust that you order all things well and make me a channel of your healing and help to others. I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen
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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