St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - May 22, 2024

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends:

The First Sunday after Pentecost is Trinity Sunday, and I imagine many will be contemplating Andrei Rublev's famous icon. On the one hand, it's a depiction of the three angels who met Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis, but it is understood as an icon of the persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The early Church had something of a problem. They had these distinct experiences of God. There was God the Father, the one to whom Jesus prayed and called Father, who created the world and liberated the people of Israel. There was God the Son, Jesus, the Messiah, who lived, died, and rose again to save us all, whom the disciples knew and worshiped. There was God the Holy Spirit, the Advocate of whom Jesus spoke, who moved upon the waters in Genesis and descended upon the disciples at Pentecost. The Church had these experiences of God, such that some could accuse Christians of having three gods. But Christians were monotheists; they confessed only one God. So how did they reconcile the oneness of God with their spiritual experiences and history? God somehow had to be both; Trinity, God in three persons, as we say.

In Rublev's icon, the Trinity is seated. They're not eating as they would be in an icon of Abraham's hospitality. Instead, they're talking. What do you think they're talking about? What do you think they would say to you if you joined them? What is God up to in your life? What does God have to say to you today? Join us Sunday in person and online as we contemplate the mystery of the Trinity.

Grace and peace,


The Rev. Kevin Laskowski


St. John's Episcopal Church

Memorial Day Observance, May 26

Join us for a brief observance of Memorial Day this Sunday, May 26. We'll gather at 9 AM by the bell before our usual 9:30 AM Sunday worship.


Scenes from the Bishop's Visit

The congregation gathers in its red St. John's t-shirts.

The choir prepares!

The altar party assembles!

The Bishop visits St. John's!

Last Sunday's Sermon

Bishop Shand encouraged us to say yes to God as Mary and the disciples did.

video of Bishop Shand's sermon from May 19, 2024

View the Day of Pentecost and the Bishop's visit on May 19 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 Trinity Sunday

Let us prepare our hearts and mind for worship:

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

After seeing a vision of God’s glory, Isaiah despairs that he is unworthy. But when an angel takes away his sins, he asks to be sent forth as God’s servant.

Response: Psalm 29

Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17

Disciples have been redeemed from our slavery to sin. As children adopted by God, we are now heirs with Christ of the Lord’s own glory.

Gospel: John 3:1-17

Jesus tells Nicodemus that being born again, through water and the Holy Spirit, is necessary for a person to see the kingdom of God.

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. Take one of the blue or yellow slips at church as a reminder to shop. 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.

Donating Backpacks

St. John's is partnering with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries this summer to provide backpacks for elementary school students in need this summer. Stay tuned!

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St. John's Supports Katharine K. Hanley Family Shelter

St. John's served 30 people last night at the 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. 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.


Have any photos or short videos from St. John's events? Send them to us.

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