St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - December 28, 2022

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends -

From the Deacon:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (this Sunday). We are so very thankful for all who contributed and participated in the celebration of the birth of our Lord, the baby Jesus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. May the blessings and joy of Christ’s birth, the Emmanuel, God is with us, be with you throughout the year. As we begin this new year, 2023, please keep God’s love through his son Jesus as a guide to your actions in the world each day.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Reverend Deacon Steve


Other Information:

-         Please consider volunteering to support one of our outreach partners in this new year - more info below.)

o  The Shepherd’s Center of Western Fairfax (drivers and support for elderly)

o  Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter (support for homeless to transition into sustainable lifestyles)

o  Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

2023 - Offering Envelope Books

Are available to be picked up this Sunday at the service.


Vestry Reminder:

Pledge Cards are still being gratefully received.

The new year starts in 4 days!

The Fire - Wood Fundraiser for Outreach

Bigger Bundles this year! The Woodchucks have been out chopping, and there is a lot of wood in store! $10 for a large bundle, $25 for 3 large bundles! Right outside the front door. Please drop the envelopes with $$ or checks in our mailbox adjacent to the wood.

How to help Ukrainians If you would like to help those in need, Episcopal Relief and Development is working closely with a group that is on the ground in Ukraine. You can make a contribution: at 

A Prayer for all those involved in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen

(written by Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell)


Centreville Immigration Forum & Labor Resource Center

Volunteer & Intern Opportunities

The Shepherd’s Center of Western Fairfax - need drivers and support for elderly.

The Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter

Toothpaste / Shampoo / Conditioner / Body Wash /

Bar Soap / Hand Soap / Deodorant

The items may be dropped off at the box in the office.

The Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter is nearby and houses up to 12 families onsite, 12 families in hotel sites and serves over 40 families in their prevention and rapid rehousing programs. Seeking volunteers for: On-call movers , Volunteer Shelter Assistant

Please contact Rev. Deacon Steve at who will coordinate with KKHFS Community Coordinator to get you started.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries


Food & Beverages

  • Flour
  • Maseca Flour
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Hot Cereal (Oatmeal, Grits)
  • Ramen Noodle Soup
  • Canned Stewed Tomatoes
  • Jelly
  • Juice (shelf stable, family size, plastic bottle)
  • Ketchup and Mayo (family size, not small packets)



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

  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Large size pull-ups (size 4T/5T for toddlers) 
  • Baby Wipes 

NOTE:  Only size 6 diapers and large pull-ups are needed at this time thanks to our partnership with Greater DC Diaper Bank. 

Donations accepted Monday - Friday 8-10 am or 2nd Saturday of each month 9-11 am at 4511 Daly Drive Suite H Annex - drive to back door.


  • Lectors read the lessons, ushers greet and help with the service
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors help visit our sick and shut-ins who would like communion at their home (see Deacon Steve for this),
  • Altar Guild members help prepare for our worship service (see Marcia Evans or another A.G. member)


 We welcome and value your help! The lector reads the 2 lessons and the psalm. The usher hands out bulletins and brings the elements and offering to the altar. CLICK HERE.

Bishop's Blend Coffee


If you would like to sign up to bring coffee hour "snacks" in the coming weeks click 



When you sign up, please indicate how you wish your flower donation to appear (in memory of) in the Sunday bulletin.



IN PERSON & ON ZOOM All are invited to join in, following the Sunday service, in the library. Or use the link to the Lectionary Forum via Zoom, in case you cannot attend in person. Here is the login link,

St. John's You Tube Link to view the Sunday Services

The services continue to be live streamed at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning, and they can be watched later as well. On Saturday, we will resend the link, along with a link for the bulletin and the lectionary class.

We can prepare our hearts & minds

by reading ahead for

the Sunday Service lesson.

The Feast of the Holy Name

January 1, 2023

The First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27

God instructs the Israelite priests in blessing the people. This three-fold blessing is still often used.


The Psalm: 8, page 592, BCP

The Second Reading: Philipians 2:5-11

Taking on attributes and burdens that were beneath the dignity of God, Jesus showed in his incarnation the extraordinary, humbling love that God has for each of his creation.

The Gospel: Luke 2:15-21

The first to hear about and see the Christ child are lowly shepherds in their fields. As they worship him, Mary reflects on the moment in her heart; on Jesus’ eighth day, he is named.

We welcomed The Rev. Philene Ware Dunn on April 24 to St. John's, and she is the priest celebrating the Sunday services. She is here on Sunday mornings only and will work with Deacon Steve on any pastoral concerns.

Masks are optional during the service

Online Contributions

 to St. John's via the app

The buttons below to go directly to, or you may download the app on your phone or tablet.

The Pledge payment button may be used only to make your pledge payment (after signing up to be a pledger, which may be done at any time in the year.

The Facility Campaign button may be used only for any contribution for the facility's buildings and grounds.

The Donation button may be used for any other type of donation to St. John's. To designate a special purpose (i.e. please send a note to

PLEDGE payment
FACILITY campaign

Of Note from the December Executive Board Meeting of the Diocese re: Fulfilling Resolutions of the Annual Convention

R-1 Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030

The diocesan Creation Care Task Force will publish a monthly communication to churches regarding steps they can take toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

R-4 Recognition of Episcopal Leadership in our Diocese

In all histories produced by the Diocese, Bishop Suffragan Susan E. Goff will be recognized in the official succession of diocesan Episcopal leadership between Bishop Shannon S. Johnston and Bishop E. Mark Stevenson. This resolution affirms Bishop Goff’s four years of service as Ecclesiastical Authority in the interim period between the retirement of Bishop Johnston and the consecration of Bishop Stevenson.

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