Many thanks go to.....Marcia Evans who made the beautiful red chasuble that Carol wore on Palm Sunday.
....and to Dave Parker for installing lights that light up the front of the church at night.
St. John's Men's Group
The newly formed St. John's Men's Group will meet on Saturday, April 29, starting with breakfast at the church at 7:30 AM. The group will then work to put up two new Episcopal Church signs and install a new mailbox. For more information about the Men's Group, please contact Andrew Wade.
Altar Servers Needed
We need LEM's, lectors, ushers, crucifers, torch bearers, etc. for services in May. Please click on the "Altar Servers" link below and sign up for the dates you can serve.
Carol will be attending the Clergy, Lay Staff and Spouses Conference at Shrine Mont on May1 -3. She will be back in time for the Wednesday service.
If you have a used outdoor canopy that you are looking to get rid of, look no further! St. John's could use one for burials in the church cemetery when it is raining, for outdoor picnics, Centreville Day, etc. If you have one to donate, please call Carol.
Remember St. John's in your will
Recently, a parishioner who had died left a sizeable sum to St. John's. This church had meant a great deal to her for many years and she wanted to give something in return. She let her family know of her wishes and they sent us a check. Please remember St. John's in your will or make sure family members know of your wishes to remember the church so the ministry of St. John's will continue long after we have gone to our heavenly reward.
Nancy Brannegan, a St. John's parishioner, recently had her 3 story home flooded due to a plumbing problem. Her furniture and other belongings will be moved out before the repair and restoration of her house begins. Afterward, she will need some help getting her furniture and belongings back inside her house. That may not be for a few weeks. If you can help, please email Nancy at Brannegan7@aol.com.
Save the date!
Our very popular Annual Progressive Dinner will be held on
Saturday, May 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Information and reservation forms are available in the breezeway and need to be returned to Penny Parker by May 7. This is a good opportunity for St. John's adults to gather for food, fun and fellowship.
March Vestry Meeting Highlights
-fire suppression system repair was authorized
-Innovative Security was approved as the vendor for our fire and security alarm system
-Tiger Team was formed to discuss rental revisions and the possibility of a child care rental
Coming soon.......a new mailbox
We will soon be getting rid of our post office box which will save us money. The new mailbox at the church will be 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 will have some address labels on the back table that you can use for your pledge envelopes. We will continue to have our post office box for the next few months while we make this transition.
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.
LAST CALL.......Education for Ministry
Please let Carol know by May 1 if you are interested in this EfM program. So far, only two people have expressed an interest. We need at least 6 to start a group. You don't need to make a commitment by May 1, just an interest to meet for more information.
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. You will get out of it what you put into it. 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 have 2 people so far), we would like to start a group here in September.