Israel Presentation by Walt Cooner will be rescheduled at a later date.
St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign
  The Facility Campaign Ends on Labor Day

  What Will the Final Number Be??

 Find out Following the Service on Sept 9 th
  Give what you can…When you can!
You can contribute online by clicking on this new "Give" button:  

  • You can indicate on your check or credit card authorization the amount is for the 2018 Facility Campaign. This can be contributed during the offertory on Sunday or mailed to:

   St. John's 5649 Mt. Gilead Rd. Centreville, Virginia 20120

Doing a Little…Can Mean A Lot!
 Address Today’s Needs…Assure Tomorrow’s Dreams

David Weir, Senior Warden
  • Afghan Orders

Several people have inquired about putting in an order for one of St. John's Centreville Afghans, which was produced and sold here a few years ago. If you would like to add your name to the list, we will collect the names and see if we have enough interest to put in an order. The list is in the Breezeway. (We need to order 12 and we have 11 so far.) You may also email the office: The price is about $50.
  • New Children's Sunday School Class to start September 9
On Sunday, September 9, St. John's will start a new Sunday School class for ages 2 - 4 in room 216 from 10:50 - 11:30. We have quite a number of children in this age group. The parents will help teach this class, but if anyone else would like to help, please let Carol know. After the initial September 9 class, this class will meet on the first Sunday of each month. We will be 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.

  • 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.

  • Making your final plans
It is important for all of us to make our final plans while we are still in good health and able to make important decisions. We need to have a will, medical directives, appoint a family member or friend to have power of attorney for financial and health decisions if you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself. Do you want to be cremated? What kind of service do you want? Who would you like to have speak? Where do you want to be buried? (There are still plots available in the St. John's cemetery for members or family members.) To whom do you want your assets to go? Have you remembered St. John's in your will? It is so easy for us to put off these decisions until tomorrow. But tomorrow might be too late. Sit down with your spouse or family members and discuss your final plans, then put it in writing, perhaps with an attorney's advice.. It will be so much easier for your family if they know what you want ahead of time.

  • Prayer List
If you or a family member or friend are sick, have health problems or are in need, we are happy to put their name on the prayer list. They are prayed for at the services on Sundays and Wednesdays. You can tell Carol or call the church office. When the person gets better, please let us know that we can take them off the prayer list. When we don't hear from you, we usually take the name off after two months, as the list can get very lengthy. However, you are always free to add the person's name back on the prayer list, if needed.

  • DC Candlelighters Fundraising Event
To celebrate Meg Crossett's birthday, she is hosting a party on Saturday, September 8 from 6-10 PM at the Virginia Run Community Center (15355 Wetherburn Court) to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Kids, which is part of the DC Candlelighters Foundation, of which Meg is President. The party is entitled "Dance through the Decades" and party goers are invited to dress in their favorite decade attire. For more information and to make a donation or purchase a ticket to the party, please visit

  • Many thanks go to:
The Men's Group for making many needed repairs to the building last Saturday. The Men's Group will meet next on October 27.

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.      

The Fifteenth Sunday
 after Pentecost

September 2, 2018
9:30 AM 

 The First Reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13
God calls to each precious soul, his cherished children who he has created as unique; spend time in solitude, sitting in his loving presence, knowing your worth, and being filled up for your ministry to the world.

Song of Solomon, "Arise my love ... and come away..."

The Psalm: 45:1-2, 7-10
The Epistle: James 1:17-27
Taking actions that are in line with God's precepts is not heady business, it's very simple to follow Jesus. It also requires a lot of breaking habits and choosing kindness.

The Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
God's transformation of the human heart and life comes not through accomplishing tasks or cutting an impressive figure, but through heart-level determination and commitment to God's love.

  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
We offer 3 classes:
PreK: Rm. 205; 
K - 6th grade: Rm. 207/208;
 7th - 12th grade: Rm 206
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!

The Church
The task of the church is "to cultivate a people who can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive society, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have the confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality." Stanley Hauerwas

Jesus comes to us as we are, walking with us amid questions about death and darkness, loss and limits; questions about pain and wounds, fear and imperfection; questions about what just happened and how will we continue; questions about childhood and parenting, health and disease, work and money, growing up and growing together. In these very real questions of life, Jesus comes near and walks with 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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