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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.