St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - April 17, 2024

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends:

This Saturday, the Vestry and I will meet with a local facilitator for what's known as a Mutual Ministry Review. It's done after a priest-in-charge has been with a congregation for a year, and it's a time to take stock of the parish's ministry in a host of areas, from worship to outreach and more. Where are St. John's strengths? Where are the challenges? Where is God calling us?

All of which is to say, as I've said in church on Sundays: if you've been holding on to an idea, or you have something on your heart, I hope you'll share it with me - or with a Vestry member - ahead of Saturday so it can be part of the discussion. I've already heard from a few of you, and I can't wait to hear what the Vestry has heard and has to say.

If there's ever something on your heart, our parish office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM, or by appointment. I'm always here to listen, and to learn. After all, I've been here for a little more than a year; St. John's has been doing this for 170.

A blessed Eastertide to you and yours!

Grace and peace,


The Rev. Kevin Laskowski


St. John's Episcopal Church

Last Call for Treasurer

Our current Treasurer Craig Staresinich has asked to step away from this role to pursue other activities in his retirement. Thank you, Craig, for your years of invaluable service and for sharing your many gifts with us.

The Treasurer is a parish volunteer who works with our staff and bookkeeper to report on the parish finances to our Finance Committee and Vestry. If you have an interest in this ministry, and feel you might be called to it, contact Rev. Kevin.

walk of saints bricks

Brick Blessing

Sunday, April 21, after the 9:30 service.

A new batch of bricks has arrived for St. John's "Walk of Saints!" With these new additions, St. John's will celebrate Katharine Lavery's 50 years of music ministry, mark the baptism of Hannah Hadfield, and honor the memories of Bill Davis, Frank Gatt, Henry Hadfield, and Robin Laskowski. We will bless the bricks on the walkway by the bell after the 9:30 service April 21, 2024.

Progressive Dinner Returns!

Saturday, April 27, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

St. John's parishioners, the Progressive Dinner returns April 27! Diners will meet for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fellowship at the home of a parishioner before dividing into groups and heading to other homes for dinner. Thanks to all who signed up: You should receive your itineraries for the evening shortly.

Bishop's Visit, May 19

The Rt. Rev. James J. "Bud" Shand will visit St. John's on Pentecost, May 19, 2024. Bishop Shand is the retired Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Easton (Maryland), served as Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Theological Seminary, and is now Visiting Bishop here in the Diocese of Virginia.


Last Sunday's Sermon

In the Resurrection appearances that we read after Easter, Jesus cares for the resurrected body of Christ that is the beloved, forgiven community of disciples. Just as Jesus is raised, so too is the community formed anew.

video of Rev. Kevin Laskowski's sermon from April 14, 2024

View Third Sunday of Easter on April 14 here, and look for new sermons as always here.

Join Us In Person or Online

Join us in the historic church at 9:30 AM Sunday or watch live via YouTube. Additional links to the livestream, worship bulletin, and lectionary class are sent Saturday and also available on our website.

Upcoming Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Let us prepare our hearts and mind for worship:

First Reading: Acts 4:5-12

Taken prisoner for healing a crippled man on the Sabbath, Peter testifies that Jesus is the source of both healing and salvation.

Response: Psalm 23

On "Good Shepherd Sunday," in what is perhaps the most famous of the Psalms, we sing, "The Lord is my shepherd."

Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24

Jesus calls us to an obedience that involves both our words and our deeds.

Gospel: John 10:11-18

As the good shepherd, Jesus knows which sheep are under his care and defends his flock even to the point of death.

New Worship Customary

Bishop E. Mark Stephenson has updated liturgical guidelines for the Diocese of Virginia. Remember: "individual communicants may not dip their own hosts or bread in the wine." The minister will intinct for you, if you so desire. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rev. Kevin.


Adult Lectionary Forum

Join us Sundays in-person in the church library or online via Zoom to discuss the day's lessons. (This is the new link for meeting #826 4944 0667. Please make sure you use this new, updated link.)

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study. St. John's EfM group is underway on Wednesday nights. Contact Walt Cooner for more information.


Donate Food to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Please bring donations of food and more to Sunday services, or drop at the church office. St. John's donations have slipped recently, but the need is still there. These items are especially needed:


  • Cereal (low sugar preferred)
  • Hot Cereal (Oatmeal, Grits)
  • Maseca Corn Flour 
  • Sugar (1 or 2 lb. bags)
  • Red Beans (low salt preferred)


NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased by clients with SNAP​​

  • Size 6 Diapers 
  • Large size pullups​

St. John's is a founding partner of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, which provides food and financial support to more than 600 local families every month.

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Prepare and/or Serve Meals for the Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter

St. John's makes and serves a meal every second Tuesday of the month at the shelter. Sign up to prepare or provide food ahead of time and/or join us in May to serve. Contact Deacon Steve for more information.

Bring donations for our local family shelter to church or drop by the office.

Their needs may be found on their In-Kind Donations Wish List through Amazon.

Parishioner Sandy Jones shared the impact St. John's support has had, in the community and on those who serve:

"After a year of serving a monthly dinner at Tree of Life in Sterling, we switched to the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. It always felt good to serve and connect with families at Tree of Life, but it was a bit far and made it difficult for more people to participate. So we switched to the Katherine Hanley shelter, just two-and-a-half miles from St. John's. For me the experience was very different. We still bought and made the food, and we still served it with a smile, but it was not the same. We are serving people in our neighborhood who are at a place in life that is hard to imagine. They are without a home, and they are trying to start over with their children. Showing love and compassion, and serving them and sharing a conversation with our neighbors is a moving experience. For me the biggest impact is seeing the families sit and eat together, knowing how important that time is for a family. Most of the children are quite young, the youngest I met was two weeks old. Showing them they are cared about and supported is a gift to us as much as it is a gift to them."

Volunteer in a New Way with the Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter

St. John's has been supporting KKHFS for several years with donations,

funds, and, recently, one dinner every month. As the residents prepare to

move out of the shelter into long-term housing, many need help with

independent living skills. The shelter assigns a case manager to help

ensure a successful transition; however, some may need additional support,

such as household management, budgeting, organizing skills, and

childcare. Also important are skills related to securing and maintaining a job, such as resume-building, interviewing, scheduling, and discipline to keep the job and perform well. Case managers are looking to match clients' needs with volunteers interested and skilled in these areas. Please let Deacon Steve know if you would be interested in volunteering to help a KKHFS client.

Centreville Immigration Forum

CIF provides immigrants in need with the means to improve their lives and become more integrated into the community, improve communication and cooperation among all groups serving immigrants, and build community recognition of our strength in diversity.

The Shepherd's Center of Western Fairfax

The Shepherd's Center needs drivers and support for local seniors.


Prayer Requests

If you would like to add yourself or someone you care about to our Sunday prayer list, please contact clergy or the church office.

Prayers for the Holy Land

Many prayers have been offered in the wake of terrorist attacks by Hamas and the outbreak of war. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called for prayer again as an Anglican hospital in Gaza was destroyed. The Presiding Bishop and Pope Francis have both called for ceasefire, return of hostages, and humanitarian aid as the conflict continues. Pray along with Archbishop Hosam Naoum of the Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem:

O God of all justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land. Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths - Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land. While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


Sunday Services

Additional readers and ushers are needed. Sign up here.

Coffee Hour

We gather after worship for food and fellowship. Assist with snacks here.

Katherine Hanley Monthly Dinner

We cook and serve every second Tuesday of the month. Sign up here.

Altar Flowers

Dedicate the altar flowers in thanksgiving or in memory of a loved one here.


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