St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign

  More than $30,000 Raised!

All because of your continuous love and generous donations.

This Means Funding for the Next Project is in Sight!

Stay Tuned for an Important Announcement.
  Give what you can…When you can!
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  • 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

  • Exodus Movie - Part 2

St. John's will host a showing of the movie "Exodus", a 1960's movie with Paul Newman, that captures the struggle of the founding of the modern State of Israel . The movie was based on the 1958 novel Exodus by Leon Uris . As the movie is four hours, we watched the f irst half last Wednesday, and we will watch the second half on Wednesday, July 25, (tonight) starting at 6:45 PM . You can join us for the 6:00 PM service of Holy Eucharist and then watch the movie at 6:45 PM. Popcorn will be provided!!!

  • The Very Rev. Tracy Lind video about dealing with Alzheimers
The Very Rev. Tracy Lind developed Alzheimers in her early 60's. Although still in the early stages, she had to give up her position as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cincinnati. She has found a calling to speak about what its like to have Alzheimers for as long as she is able. Tracy spoke at the seminary recently and her presentation was recorded. Please join us on Sunday, July 29 at 10:50 in Carol's office to watch this hour long video.

  • Just 3 more backpacks needed
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries has asked us to supply 25 LARGE, NEW backpacks for students in need at Centreville High School. They need to be delivered to the high school next week. Donations can be dropped off at the church office or you can bring them on Sunday and put them in the food baskets. The backpacks need to be very sturdy so they will last more than one year. (Costco has these backpacks on sale now for about $16.) We have 22 backpacks so far, and just need 3 more to reach our goal. Many thanks to those who donated them!

  • Mission Trip
Lindsay Jones, daughter of Sandy and Dan Jones, returned from her mission trip to Haiti on Saturday with youth from Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. Lindsay will give us an update on what they accomplished on their mission trip shortly. Pictures and narrative from their trip can be found on their blog. CLICK HERE

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
"Stock Our Shelves" Event last Saturday

Volunteers from St. John's Episcopal helping at WFCM’s Stock Our Shelves this past Saturday! It was a very successful food drive, collecting 5005.25 lbs of food for the pantry and $500.86 in cash at 3 locations, including Centrewood Plaza Giant, where our volunteers were stationed, handing out “most needed food” fliers and collecting and weighing food. Tom McDermott picked up crates and delivered all the food from Centrewood Giant location to WFCM! Other volunteers were: Denise McCarthy, David Weir, Marie McDermott and Carol Hancock.

  • 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 24.) You may also email the office: The price is about $50.

  • Many thanks go to:

  • Tom McDermott, David Weir and David Daniel Weir who helped patch our leaky roof during the recent rainstorms.

  • All who came to the Ice Cream Social on Saturday and contributed funds for the facilities campaign. Special thanks go to Lisa Heller who provided the ice cream, fruit and toppings, and Patricia McPherson who provided the cake.

  • Nursery help needed!
Our nursery supervisor, Gluay Zimmerman, will be away on August 5 and August 12. We would like to have a volunteer to staff the nursery each of those Sundays. Can you help? Please tell Carol as soon as possible.

  • Vestry
Wonder what the Vestry does and what goes on in Vestry meetings? Feel free to sit in on one! The Vestry meets on the third Sunday of each month at noon in the library. (The next meeting is Sunday, August 18). All but three members of our Vestry will be rotating off in February, having completed their 3 year terms and they cannot be re-elected for at least one year. So we will need up to 9 volunteers to fill the seats on the Vestry. Don't assume "someone else will do it" or "I have nothing to offer". Everyone has gifts and talents that can be used and we need YOUR help. Talk to a current Vestry member and/or sit in on a meeting. Then decide what you can do.

Carol will be away at Education for Ministry mentor training from Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28 at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond. She will be away on vacation from Monday, August 6 to Saturday, August 18. The Rev. Samuel Reddimalla will take the service on August 12.

Jesus Multiplies the Loaves and Fish_JESUS MAFA
We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons.      

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

July 29, 2018
9:30 AM 
 The First Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-15
Temptation crouches at the door, especially when we are not where we're supposed to be, and not doing what we're supposed to be doing. Simply following our calling with integrity and faithfulness is enough; trouble brews when we grow complacent.

The Psalm: 14
The Epistle: Ephesians 3:14-21
May our outward appearance and actions match the prayers and desires of our inward hearts, having committed ourselves fully to God's glory and fully submitted to his guidance.

The Gospel: John 6:1-21
Jesus and his disciples undertake to feed the sickly crowds; their ministry makes Jesus more popular than he would like and he disappears from their midst, turning to prayer. Later, he continues his work in another place.

  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
  • Evening classes at Virginia Theological Seminary
“Let’s Talk: Leading with Hope During Difficult Times”
A "Taste" of Lifelong Learning @ VTS, Thursday, August 23
Lettie Pate Evans Room, Addison Academic Building 
6:45 p.m. - Reception, 7:30 p.m. - Presentation
Free, registration requested,  register HERE
Join us for a panel conversation with VTS faculty members, including our dean, Ian Markham, exploring how Christian hope can guide our conversations during times of discord and division. To RSVP, CLICK HERE
Evening Community Classes for Fall
Weeknights, September 10 - November 24, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

  • General Convention
Although General Convention ended on July 13, some are still wondering "what happened"? To find out all the resolutions that passed and what they mean, you can go to the General Convention website. The "Center Aisle" (folks from the Diocese of Virginia who wrote articles about each day's activities) wrote a final article about the two most discussed resolutions - revision of the prayer book, and liturgies for same-sex marriages. To read that article, CLICK HERE.
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  • "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!

“He is the image of the invisible God.” If you would know what God is like, discover what Jesus is like. Listen to his words, observe his actions, notice his values and priorities, see how he lives his life. And follow him.
-Br. David Vryhof

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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