St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign

The Campaign is Officially Over!

And the Results are Amazing!!!

$ 56,132.62

Really Good News!
 Address Today’s Needs…Assure Tomorrow’s Dreams

David Weir, Senior Warden
  • Afghan Orders

We will be sending in an order shortly for the St. John's Centreville Afghans, which were produced and sold here a few years ago. If you would like to order one, please add your name to the list that is in the breezeway. You may also email the office:
The price is $50 and is due when we place the order.
Blood (A-Platelet) Donors
Needed for a Newborn
Parishioner Denise McCarthy, whose daughter is a nurse at Inova Hospital, says that there is a baby who is in need of A- platelets. Donors are desperately needed to help this child, as the supply of these platelets is very low. If you can help, please call Inova Blood Donor Services. For more information, please see Denise, after the Sunday service.
  • St. John's has a new Sunday School class for ages 2 - 4 !!!
 Last Sunday, September 9, we successfully started our new Sunday School class for children ages 2-4. Six children came together to learn that we are all part of God's family and to hear the story of Jesus' birth and his family. The children swaddled dolls and stuffed animals, colored pictures of Mary, Jesus and Joseph, watched a short video, held wooden pieces from the manger scene and listened to a story - all in 40 minutes! Many thanks go to Denise Bellows for leading the class.

The class will meet on the first Sunday of the month, so the next class will be Sunday, October 7 in room 215 from 10:50 - 11:30. The leaders will be Angela and Russ Hadfield. We will are using a new curriculum called "Deep Blue Kids: At Home With God" and it has lots of music and activities. Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors to join this class as well.
  • Save the date!!!
On Sunday, September 30 , Walt Cooner will make a presentation on Israel - its culture, its ethnic and religious groups, its conflicts, its language and history. This will be of particular interest to those going on the trip to Israel in January but it is open to anyone who would like to come. We will meet from 10:50 - 12:30/1:00 PM in the library. This will take the place of the adult lectionary class for this week only.

  • Welcome back, Choir!!!
The choir is now back from its summer break and they are singing their hearts out! It is so good to have them back, leading us in our musical praise to God. We can look forward to them sharing their musical talents with us with anthems and special music throughout the year. Welcome back, Choir!

  • ChurchNext Online Classes
Coming to you live this week: The Wednesday Night Bible Study.
Join us for one of 3 new, ‘live’ Bible classes that you can take by computer anywhere in the world. They’re taught on the ChurchNext platform, incorporating zoom meeting technology. You can take a class individually at a cost of $10 per class. These 3, 6-week courses are taught by these experts - click on the link to find out more and sign up today: click here:

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Fellowship Dinner
The Annual WFCM Fellowship Dinner will be held on Friday, October 12 at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Center in Chantilly, starting at 6:00 PM with a silent auction and the dinner to follow at 7:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Ken Harvey from the Washington Redskins. RSVP by October 3. Tickets are $100 if purchased before September 14, and $125 if purchased later. For more information or to register, click here: or call 703-988-9656, ext. 105.

  • Adult Fall Camp at Shrinemont October 22-25
Fall Camp is a four day adult conference sponsored by the Council on Aging in the three Episcopal dioceses in Virginia. It's an opportunity for seniors to spend time in the mountains of Virginia with other seniors and to look at the spiritual needs and journeys of primarily retired people through keynote speakers, workshops, worship and time spent with others. This year's keynote speaker is The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner - vicar, author and professor. The cost is $270 per person for a double room and $350 for a single room. For more information, click here for their website.

  • Centreville Day is just around the corner!
Centreville Day is Saturday, October 20 and takes place in our front parking lot and on down Mt. Gilead Road. There's lots of music, entertainment, food and other vendors. St. John's usually sells coffee and hot chocolate, bakery items and crafts, and opens the historic church for tours . It's a good way to connect with the community and raise some funds. We will need: volunteers to work 2 hour shifts on that day, as well as bakers and crafts people who can provide things to sell. Small bags of cookies, brownies and other sweets sell the best. Please be thinking how you can help out on Centreville Day!

  • Welcome to Ivy who is our new part-time sexton who works during the week and is taking Taylor's place while she is on sick leave.

  • Many thanks go to.....
- David Weir for cleaning the downstairs ovens and filling in as sexton during the last several weeks.
-Tom McDermott for replacing the light bulbs in the sanctuary and working to get some new computer systems up and running.
-Ron and Toni Dungan for all they have done for St. John's since coming here in 1979. They are moving to North Carolina this week.
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.   
The Seventeenth Sunday
after Pentecost

September 16, 2018
9:30 AM 
 The First Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33
Submitting one's understanding and perspective to God's wisdom and grace may be humbling, but in the long run this humbling habit is the way of life of peace and joy.

The Psalm: 19
The Epistle: James 3:1-12
Those small things in our lives, whether physically or figuratively, may have large and significant consequences and power. May we guard carefully these powerful tools, and use them for God's glory rather than for our own gain.

The Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
Jesus begins to reveal to his disciples that he is a different kind of leader, the ruler of a different kind of kingdom. The hallmarks of the kingdom Jesus oversees are persecution, suffering, and false accusations.

  FROM 10:50 - 11:50 AM
(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
 Each week, St. John's children join with three of our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church, Wellspring UCC & Grace Baptist Church
Room 207/208

Next Steps to Selecting a New Bishop Diocesan for the Diocese of Virginia

This link provides an explanation of the next steps for the selection of a new bishop for our diocese, following the retirement of Bishop Shannon Johnston.

A Letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to the Diocese of Virginia

Please click to read the letter from The Presiding Bishop, as he speaks about the retirement of Bishop Shannon Johnston, and the work he accomplished for our own diocese, and beyond.

Bishop Shannon Johnston, XIII Bis hop of the Diocese of Virginia, Announces His Retirement
To read the letter of retirement, which includes a summary of his work,
please click here: Letter from Bishop Johnston
  • Evening classes at Virginia Theological Seminary
Evening Community Classes for Fall
Weeknights, September 10 - November 24, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Sign Up Here to be an altar server *, or to donate flowers for a Sunday service, or to bring refreshments for Coffee Hour after the service. * (if you're not an altar server, and would like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), a Lector, or a Crucifer, please see Carol).
  • "We know that food can be one of the most expensive items on a household budget list. Our hope is that in allowing our clients to visit once per month they will save enough money to pay for other expenses such as rent or utility bills." - WFCM
  • Items are collected weekly in the baskets at the front door of the church.
WFCM requested foods this month:
Currently Needed Items
Food & Beverages
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned carrots or beets
  • Vienna sausages
  • Sugar
  • Canned pasta
  • Chili
  • Canned fruit (no pineapple needed this month)
  • Oatmeal
  • Black beans
  • Dry lentils
You can visit the WFCM website to see additional items listed:
  • Update on ‘Footsteps of Jesus’ Program; Trip to the Holy Land Jan. 29 – Feb. 7 2019

The trip is now FULL.  We now have 29 former, current, or family members of St. John’s and Emmanuel registered with St. Georges College in Jerusalem. We are excited that so many have decided to make this voyage. The group has the maximum of 40 participants; with 11 coming from outside of our two parishes.
Here is an updated schedule for planning / budgeting purposes:
Fall 2018 – Joint Parish Educational Meeting at Emmanuel in Delaplane
November 2018 – 50% payment due to St. Georges ($1,225)
December 2018/January 2019 – Joint Parish / Send off Dinner (and final information)
January 29 – February 7, 2019 – Pilgrimage
Walt Cooner
Barbara Tourtelot
Andrew Wade
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!

We’re not good at talking to people with whom we disagree, especially strongly. We don’t listen. We try to stop them, shut them down. But Jesus says, “No.” Don’t make such assumptions. “Whoever is not against us is for us.”
-Br. Luke Ditewig

My email address is,
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, Rector
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