St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - November 30, 2022

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends -

From the Deacon:

 First, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Church Year! Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent and the first Sunday of the Church’s year. I was not here last Sunday because I was finishing a week of vacation in Orlando Florida with my daughter and her 5 children. We had a wonderful week together for which I am very thankful. Speaking of thanks, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. At this time, we have so much to be thankful in this country. However, there are those who do not have as much to be thankful for and we must continue to keep them in our hearts, minds, prayers, and actions. This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent. The second Advent candle typically represents love. For me Christian love is an action verb, not just an emotion. We care for those in need and reach out to the sick and lonely. So, as we continue our Advent journey toward Christmas, let us not forget that Christ came into the world to share God’s love and to show by word and example how to live that love in the world.


Other notes:

-        If you haven’t turned in your Pledge Card, please do so this Sunday.

-        The dedication of St. John’s new bell will be held this Sunday, December 4, following the service.

Annual CLEAN - Next Saturday, December 10, from 9 AM - 11 AM, we will have the cleaning of the church. We will clean the Historic Church from top to bottom, so bring your cleaning supplies and join us from 9-12.


Annual GREEN – The following Saturday, December 17, from 9 AM - 11 AM, we will have the greening of the Historic Church from top to bottom, so come help decorate the church for Christmas!

The Fire - Wood Fundraiser for Outreach

has started ! 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. Envelopes available - please drop envelopes with $$ or checks in our mailbox adjacent to the wood.

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

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 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 serve 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.


  • 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.


Bishop's Blend Coffee


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


When you sign up, please indicate how you wish your flower donation to appear 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 current login link, which runs through December:

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 Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2022

The First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

 Isaiah sees a time coming when God will raise up a righteous and generous ruler for his people; the good leader will usher in peace and prosperity for all.

The Psalm: 72:1-7, 18-19, p. 122, BCP

The Second ReadingRomans 15:4-13

 People aren’t great at getting along; it’s only ever by God’s grace that communities are able to live together in harmony. Jesus Christ is the only true uniter.

The Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

 With strong allusions to the Old Testament and the prophets, John the Baptist clears a path for the Word made flesh, preaching the truth to all those gathered.

We welcomed The Rev. Philene Ware Dunn on April 24 to St. John's, and she is the priest celebrating the Sunday services. She will be 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
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A Meditation &

Thank You to the People of the Diocese

Emmanuel. God with us. Always. Everywhere. Forever. In this holy season of Advent, we focus once more on the wonder of Incarnation, God’s presence with us in the flesh. As I move toward a new chapter of incarnating God’s love through my life in the world, I give thanks for what has been and for what is yet to come. I give thanks for the people of the Diocese of Virginia, for the ways you have honored me as I prepare for retirement, and for the countless stories you have shared.




I look around the room

on the last day of Convention

and I see stories.

Hundreds of them.

Decades of them.


I stand to pronounce the final blessing

and I am washed over by affection,

dissolved by sheer love

for the stories on every face,

stories like auras that expand

until the room is all light,

stories like notes that blend

until the room vibrates

with the harmonics of them. 


The fears.

The hopes. 

The successes.

The disappointments.

The ordinations.

The new calls.

The retirements.

The weddings.

The births.

The miscarriages. 

The arrests. 

The visa cards denied.

The green cards granted.

The divorces.

The children in trouble. 

The children thriving.

The deaths of loved ones.

The illnesses.

The healing grace prayed for.

The healing grace received. 


What do I do with the stories

whose hearing made me a leader? 

How do I honor the stories

that are so unspeakably precious?

What image shall I paint?

What poem shall I write?

What prayer shall I pray to commit them to God

who already enfolds them in arms of endless love?  


Thank you, dear family of God here in the Diocese of Virginia. Your stories have been a source of my prayers, a context and a focus of intercession. Your stories have also been an answer to my prayers. I am blessed beyond words because of you. Now God bless us all as we enter this holy season and get ready yet again to receive the greatest blessings of all. 


Faithfully yours,

Susan E. Goff

Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority

November 19, 2022 

 Highlights of the 228th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia

 More than 377 lay and clerical delegates from across the Diocese gathered at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, November 17-19, for the 228th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia.

 Delegates to Convention have several responsibilities including the election of leaders to governing bodies, passing a budget for the upcoming year, and voting on any resolutions that come before the Convention.

Bishop Goff's Final Pastoral Address

Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff, who has also served as Ecclesiastical Authority for four years, announced early in 2022 her intention to retire at the end of this calendar year. "These ten and a half years as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia, and particularly these four years as Ecclesiastical Authority," said Bishop Goff, "have been filled with challenge and deep fulfillment. I confess that I experienced moments of fear during these years. I also experienced wonder." Reflecting on the past few years, which brought a pandemic and her own battle with cancer," Bishop Goff said she often "felt physically and powerfully sustained by prayer, moments when I felt literally held in the arms of God’s love...I thank you for your prayers. ...It has been the journey of a lifetime for me. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world." The full text of Bishop Goff's pastoral address will soon be available at

Keynote Speaker

Bishop Eugene Sutton of the Diocese of Maryland was the keynote speaker. He shared the journey that has followed the Diocese of Maryland's 2020 commitment to creating a $1,000,000 seed fund for reparations. The fund is infusing money into programs that are building up Black communities and helping to repair the breach caused by systemic racism in Maryland and the United States.

At the Diocese of Virginia's 2021 Convention, the delegates committed to establish an endowment over the next five years of $10 million to be set aside as an initial investment to begin reparations.


The Convention adopted six resolutions.

The final versions of each resolution will soon be posted to the

R-1a Achieving Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030 - The resolution commits our Diocesan offices and operations to reach this goal by 2030 and urges congregations, our church schools, and retirement homes to also commit to reaching Net Zero carbon emissions from their operations by 2030.

R2a Uniform Family Leave - This resolution calls on the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia to institute mechanisms to fund and administer a uniform paid family leave policy to care for newborns, to promote bonding between newborns and parents or adoptees and parents, and to allow for the care of immediate family members during illness.

R-3s Promotes Solidarity with Global Efforts to Expand COVID Vaccines and Treatment particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

R4 History of Episcopal Succession - This resolution provides that all histories produced by our Diocese recognize and include Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority Susan E. Goff in the succession of diocesan Episcopal leadership between Bishop Shannon S. Johnston and Bishop-Elect E. Mark Stevenson.

R-5a Promotion of Civil Discourse - The resolution calls on elected officials, candidates for all offices, and Episcopalians, in particular, to publicly repudiate hate speech and to engage in civil discourse. It also encourages Episcopalians and parishes to make use of the Civil Discourse Curriculum developed by The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.

R-6 The Creation of Assistant Bishop Positions to support our new Bishop. In anticipation of the retirement of Bishop Susan Goff, December 31, 2022, and with the recent departure of Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, the resolution authorizes the appointment of up to two Assistant Bishops by Bishop-Elect E. Mark Stevenson following his consecration.


The Convention passed a budget balanced at $5,661,700. Featured in the 2023 budget are increased parish pledges of approximately $240,000 reflecting support of the 2021 R1a Covenantal Giving Plan. Also resulting from that resolution are the cost of waiving program fees for Annual Convention and Clergy Conferences. Program highlights are a 25% increase in funding of prison ministry through GraceInside, consulting and other resources for congregations in transition and congregational development, and the full funding of campus ministries. Staffing measures fund three full-time bishops, a Canon for Christian Formation, and a Director of Shrine Mont Camps.


Standing Committee

The following people were elected to the 2025 class of the Diocesan Standing Committee, which serves as the council of advice to the Bishop. They will serve alongside the Standing Committee members of the classes of 2023 and 2024:

Mr. Thomas Beatty, St. Philip's, Richmond

Ms. Helen Penrod, Emmanuel, Harrisonburg

The Rev. Santiago Rodriguez, Grace, Alexandria

The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, Christ Church, Alexandria

Deputies to 81st General Convention

The following people were elected to serve as deputies to the Episcopal Church's General Convention to be held in 2024 in Louisville, KY.

Clergy Delegates

The Rev. Amanda Kotval, St. Paul's, Ivy

The Rev. Dr. Hilary B. Smith, Holy Comforter, Richmond

The Rev. Sven L. vanBaars, Abingdon, White Marsh

The Rev. Daniel Veléz-Rivera, St. Gabriel's/San Gabriel, Leesburg

 Clergy Alternates

1) The Rev. Will Dickinson, St. George's, Fredericksburg

2) The Rev. Kathleen Murray, Emmanuel, Woodstock, and St. Andrew's, Mount Jackson

3) The Rev. Andrew Moore, St. John's, McLean

4) The Rev. Herbert Jones, St. Thomas', Richmond

Lay Delegates

Mr. Matt Danielson, St. Thomas', Richmond

Ms. Lillian Hardaway, St. Paul's, Alexandria

Ms. Margaret (Mickie) Jones, St. Mark's, Richmond

Mr. Russell Randle, Christ Church, Alexandria

 Lay Alternate

Ms. Cindi Bartol, Christ Church, Alexandria

Deputies to Provincial Synod

The following people were elected to serve as Deputies to the Provincial Synod. The Diocese is part of Province III, which includes dioceses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Clergy Delegate

The Rev. Kathleen Murray, Emmanuel, Woodstock and St. Andrew's, Mount Jackson

Lay Delegates

Ms. Ellyn (Lyn) Crawford, St. George's, Arlington

Ms. Jane Roth, St. James, Leesburg

Other Highlights

It was a moment of great joy and celebration to welcome a delegation from Church of Our Saviour, Montpelier, into the ballroom to be recognized as they were officially approved to move from mission to full parish status. Church of Our Saviour began as a mission of the Diocese 140 years ago. The church was established in 1882 largely through the support of the Episcopal Church in China.

In his update on the work of the Task Force on Reparations, Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr. said, "Foundational for our work, as we continue to discern it, is developing a healthy and formative spiritual way of being. We have come to understand that reparation is about repair -- the transformation of heart and mind, and the employ of financial resources to right the historic and systemic wrongs that brought about the unequal footing that people of color stand upon. We are clear that our work requires the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit -- which means that we cannot rush through a one-off process but must engage in an intentional time of prayer, discernment, reflection, learning and sharing, before acting."

 The Ad Hoc Committee on Shrine Mont Camps reported on its work of the past year. Committee Chair the Rev. Andrew Moore shared the results of a broad, comprehensive survey of camp families. The top five words families used to describe Shrine Mont Camps were: loving, inclusive, welcoming, fun, and spiritual. The Committee’s key recommendations for next steps include: 1) establishing a Diocesan Camps Committee to offer guidance and support to the leadership of the Camps; 2) expanded promotion of Shrine Mont Camps to more communities; 3) creation of a Shrine Mont Camps Alumni Network; and 4) making a top priority to promote the full inclusion of all members of the Body of Christ, especially non-white and LGBTQ+ persons. 

For continuing post-Convention coverage, check out the diocesan Facebook page and visit The recording of the livestream of the full Convention proceedings is available in both Spanish and English.  

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