New Children's Sunday School Class to start September 9
This 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.
St John’s 2018 Facility Campaign

The Campaign is Officially Over!

 What Will the Final Number Be??

  Find out Following the Service on Sept 9 th

Hint: You Can Expect Some 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.

  • 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.

  • Aretha Franklin did not have a will......
Although we may not have the assets that Aretha Franklin did, it is still important for us to make our final plans so our families will know our wishes. We should 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 .

  • A- Blood Platelets needed
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.

  • 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!

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

September 9, 2018
9:30 AM 

The Canaanite woman asks for healing for her daughter. Limbourg, Herman de, approximately 1385-approximately 1416 (manuscript)
 The First Reading: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Treating others with respect and honor is the foundation of recognizing and responding to God in the world.

The Psalm: 125
The Epistle: James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
How you look at your fellow human beings really does matter. The tape loops we play in our heads about other people affects our vision and our ability to minister in God's grace.

The Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
Healing is sometimes messy and complicated, but Jesus promises to be with us in the midst of it all.

  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

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.

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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!

We need to be willing to be called by God. If you are reluctant or hesitant or resistant you probably won’t hear the voice of God speaking your name, even if shouted from the housetops. Like those first disciples, we need to be open to the possibility that God may indeed be calling our name.
-Br. James Koester

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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