Welcome to the E-Notes!

June 14, 2017 

Today is Flag Day!
PARISH
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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.

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). We have started the scraping, and will scrape tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting. More evenings will be scheduled if needed.
  • Wednesday, (tonight) 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 
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Have you checked out St. John's new thoroughly up-to-date WEBSITE?
     
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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.
 

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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.
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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. We have four people so far......want to join us?
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Lectionary Readings
Now that Pentecost and Trinity Sunday are behind us, we now enter "Ordinary Time" which runs until Advent, which starts December 3. This season is also known as the Sundays after Pentecost, which corresponds to a certain "Proper" (the Propers for each Sunday refer to the readings). During this period after Pentecost, we often have a choice for the Old Testament reading. Track 1 is a semi-continuous reading of the great Old Testament stories. Track 2 selects an Old Testament reading that may have a similar theme to the gospel reading. This year, we will be using Track 1. Last Sunday, we heard the story of creation. This Sunday, we will hear the story of Abraham and Sarah who are told they will have a son in their old age. Come and hear those wonderful Old Testament stories that illuminate God working throughout history.
 
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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.
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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!
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Out of the office
Carol will be out of the office all this week to attend the final residential component of the preaching program at Virginia Theological Seminary that she has participated in during the last year. She will be back on Saturday. Many thanks go to Val Tucker who will be leading the service of Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM tonight.
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Reminder
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.
 

We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
 
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons  
     
Sunday, June 18, 2017 
   
The Second Sunday after Pentecost 
     
The First Reading:
Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7
God visits Abraham in the curious form of three men who prophesy that the old, barren couple will produce a child; Sarah laughs at the message and then becomes pregnant.

The Epistle:  
Romans 5:1-8 
Jesus died for everyone, before we turned from our ways to his call; as brothers and sisters of Christ, we endure knowing that whatever our lives bring, God can use it to his glory. 
 
The Psalm:  116:1, 10-17  
 
The Gospel:
Matthew 9:35 - 10:8; 9-23 
As the disciples are sent out on their first missionary journeys, Jesus urges them to behave with integrity, humility, and faith. 
 
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THE ADULT LECTIONARY FORUM
MEETS EACH SUNDAY IN THE LIBRARY,
FOLLOWING THE SERVICE,
 
FROM 10:50 - 11:50 am 
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CHILD CARE IS 
PROVIDED IN THE NURSERY   
(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;
DIOCESE
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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.
 
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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.
 
 
COMMUNITY
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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.
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OTHER NEWS
Please remember in your prayers the congressman, aides and police who were injured today (Wednesday) in Alexandria, VA; and all those killed and injured in the large apartment tower fire in London.

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Would you like to contribute
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR a SUNDAY SERVICE, in thanksgiving,
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.

ALL ARE MOST GRATEFULLY ENJOYED & APPRECIATED!      Click below. 

SIGN UP HERE TO
SERVE
as LEM, Crucifer, Lector, Usher, Verger, Torch Bearer at a Sunday Service.
   

click here:
ALTAR SERVERS 2017 
  
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.)

SIGN UP HERE TO
BRING SNACKS
for coffee hour after the Sunday Service in the Breezeway.

 click here: 
 
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.


SIGN UP HERE TO
SUPPLY FLOWERS 
for a Sunday service throughout 2017.


click here:
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.
 

 
Reminder
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!

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Mission
What would your week look like if you took seriously the dismissal to "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord," and did so because you had a mission to do and a message to proclaim and you were so excited you couldn't contain yourself?


 
 
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
       Priest-in-Charge 

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