St. John's Episcopal Church - Centreville, VA

Parish News - October 12, 2022

Masks are now optional during the service

To St. John's Parishioners and Friends -

From the Deacon:

 A few weeks ago, we had the Parable of Lazarus and the rich man and I wrote a message about that in my E-notes introduction. I have to confess that parable is still on my mind, and my heart and my soul. Every time I see a man or a woman on a street corner or at the grocery store begging for money or food or water, I think of Lazarus sitting outside the rich man’s gate begging for the leftovers from his daily feasts. I have often passed by them, not without feeling some guilt but “judging” them without any evidence. Then one night I recalled the conclusion of Jesus’ parable, how the rich man ended up in Hades and Lazarus was with Abraham in God’s heavenly kingdom. The rich man begged for even a drop of water to quench his burning throat but Abraham told him that nothing, not even a drop of water could cross the chasm between them.

For me, I decided I did not want to be the one begging Abraham for a drop of water to quench my thirst in heat of damnation. What does a “drop of water” equate to in today’s world? So, I decided I am not the judge of these men and woman, and if they asked for a drop of water, I would be gladly to give it them which I defined as a $1.00 bill. So now I carry a few dollar bills in my car or on my person so I can help someone in need without trying to judge their need.  May we love our neighbors with all of hearts and for care those in need.

Rev Deacon Steve


the free annual celebration of the Centreville Community,

which takes place in front of St. John's, along Mt. Gilead Rd.

is this Saturday, October 15

Yummy treats are needed from you to sell to visitors to our booth! St John’s is selling treats and coffee. Proceeds go to our outreach program! Please drop off your:

wrapped cookies/packaged items/loaves or other donations into the boxes in the breezeway this Thursday or Friday. Thanks in advance!

Fire-wood Fundraiser for Outreach

starts this weekend! Bigger Bundles this year!

            The Courage to Embrace the Future    

A new idea must not be judged by its immediate results.”  

                                          Nikola Tesla

  He never thought at age 70 he would be in this much trouble. Up until now he had been well respected in his field and had made important scientific discoveries. The the publication of his latest discovery; however, was why he was arrested and now stood trial. The court that he stood before was not just any court. It was the most powerful and influential judicial body in all of Europe, the Catholic Church. The year was 1633, the man’s name was Galileo Galilei.

His alleged crime was heresy because Galileo insisted the earth orbited the sun.

  Galileo believed the earth was part of a sun center system because of a radical new technology he used, the telescope. One night he pointed his telescope towards Jupiter and was astonished to see three moons orbiting the planet. The Jovian moons and Galileo’s other observations of the heavens convinced him the widely held belief of an earth centered universe was demonstrably wrong.

  The Church had a decidedly different view of the evidence. The Vatican insisted Galileo must be mistaken because of their interpretation of certain passages in the bible. The Catholic Church tried to reconcile their differences with Galileo but eventually failed. The fact that Galileo apparently called the Pope an idiot in his writings did not help his case. Despite recanting his position during the trial, Galileo was forced to spend the remaining years under house arrest. Over 340 years after his death, the Vatican finally admitted their error and in 1992 issued a formal apology.

  It has been said that being “normal” is just the consensus of a mutually shared perception of reality. New ideas that challenge that way things have always been done are often met with suspicion and sometimes hostility. In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul and his followers are accused of “turning the world upside down”. Paul’s message of salvation through Jesus was considered a direct threat to the Roman authority. It may hard for us to imagine how difficult and dangerous it was for Paul and the other apostles at the dawn of Christianity. Tradition holds that most of the original Apostles and Paul met violent deaths. Yet that did not stop the Gospel from being taught and proclaimed. Today, the Gospel message is still being proclaimed at St John’s by us and our Ministry Partners.


  The Good News message may sometimes be distorted by secular, political, and even religious bodies, but that should not stop our continuing work for the Kingdom of God. Part of this work is your contribution for the 2022 Pledge drive. When you make a pledge of your time, talent, or treasure you are boldly embracing the future for the continuing revelation of the Son of God.

By David Weir

Sunday School Volunteers Needed!


St. John’s is very focused on ensuring that we attract young families to the church and one of the ways we hope to do that is by getting our Sunday School program started again! Currently we have a few young families who are interested in having their children attend class, so we just need a few volunteers to help teach. We have already purchased a curriculum, so we just need a few volunteers who can commit to teaching the little ones one Sunday per month. If you are interested, please join us at an information session after the service on Sunday, October 23rd in the rector's office. At this meeting we will develop a schedule for the remainder of the school year and also share the new curriculum. 

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.

Bishop's Blend Coffee

After the Service

"Coffee Hour" Is Back!

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

We have all seen the horrors of the war in Ukraine. 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 on their website at Please continue to keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers.

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 and Labor Resource Center
Volunteer & Intern Opportunities
Volunteer in these areas:
  •  Administration / Community Outreach / Database Management Marketing Committee / Personnel Committee / Fundraising
  • Our new volunteer orientations are a great way to meet the staff and hear more about our current volunteer needs.
  •  Please fill out the Intake form by going to the link below, and we will reach out to you shortly with information about the next information session. (Be sure to read our Code of Ethics before filling out the form!)
  •  Join us in action as we make Centreville a model of how day laborers and the community can work together!
Top Items Currently Needed by
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 located nearby and currently house 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
If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Rev. Deacon Steve at who will coordinate with KKHFS Community Coordinator to get you started.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries updated list of the foods that they need the most. You can bring your non-perishable items to the church on Sunday mornings, or drop them off in the box outside the door by the breezeway during the week and they will be delivered to WFCM.

Most needed items in the food pantry this month: OCTOBER


·    Pasta Sauce 

·    Canned Mixed Vegetables (low salt preferred) 

·    Canned Corn (low salt preferred)

·    Refried Beans

·    Dried Beans (all types)

·    Pasta

·    Flavored Pasta (Pasta Helper)

·    Flour

·    Vegetable Oil

·    Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste

·    Flavored Rice 

·    Family Size Boxed Cereal

·    Ramen soup

·    Mac & Cheese 

·    Ketchup and Mayo (family size not miniature packs)

·    Toiletries: body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, toilet paper (NOTE: we are not currently in need of diapers size 0-5 due to our partnership with Greater DC Diaper Bank. Please only donate size 6 diapers or larger size pull ups size 4T/5T for toddlers if you want to donate items for babies.)


As a reminder, we accept food and toiletry donations Monday - Friday 8-10 am at 4511 Daly Drive Suite H (Back Door) and on the second Saturday monthly 9-11 am. 

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.


SIGN UPS - Volunteers Support our Sunday Service

  • 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)

Sunday service reader or usher 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.


Altar Flowers

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


The Adult Lectionary Forum - IN PERSON & ON ZOOM

is held after the Sunday service. 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:

We can prepare our hearts & minds by reading ahead

for the Sunday Service lesson.

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 16, 2022

The First Reading: Jeremiah 31:27-34

Jeremiah prophesies that change is coming. As the people have endured a season of suffering, so will God bring a season of blessing.

The Psalm: 119:97-104, BCP, p. 763

The Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5

Christians must be discerning and humble as they seek God’s wisdom. Many become attached to their own ideas and find ideas to suit themselves rather than pursuing the gospel.

The Gospel: Luke 18:1-8

Jesus teaches that nagging pays off. This parable on persistence in prayer encourages us to approach God regularly on our knees.

Online Contributions
 to St. John's
St. John's now offers three buttons for online donations via You may use 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. See Carol or Vestry)
The Facility Campaign button may be used only for any contribution for the facility's buildings and grounds, or special facility campaigns.
The Donation button may be used for any other type of donation to St. John's. To designate a special purpose (i.e. Organ Fund, Ministry Partner payments, etc.) please send a note to
PLEDGE payment
FACILITY campaign

Sale of Bishop Goff’s Art Opens

We are pleased to announce the opening of an auction and sale of art by Bishop Susan Goff. Many have admired Bishop Goff’s creative expressions, and you now have the opportunity to own a piece that speaks to you artistically and spiritually. She has generously provided 33 of her original works for an art sale, the proceeds from which will be used to support the Bishop Goff Fund for Racial Justice Initiatives. 


The sale is being hosted by Gala-Bid, and can be accessed at Celebration of Bishop Susan Goff - GalaBid. The site will be accepting bids through 6:30 p.m., November 12. To place a bid, you will have to register with the site. Payment can be made by providing a credit card through the site’s payment processing platform, and buyers will be able to indicate arrangements for receiving their purchases. Questions about the art or the auction can be submitted to the “Contact Host” button at the left sidebar on the auction site.


Other Ways to Celebrate Bishop Goff

Letters of Appreciation

Many people wish to share words of appreciation for Bishop Goff’s ministry among us. The Transition Committee will be collecting your writings, printing them, and collating them in a book that she can enjoy and revisit often in the years ahead. You may choose your personal or congregational stationery. Feel free to contribute brief cards or longer letters. These letters of memories and expressions of care can be sent via email to or by post (in a flat envelope, letter unfolded), to: Cindi Bartol, 3709 Fort Worth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. Please send your contributions by November 8, so we have sufficient time to print, collate, and assemble the book.

Gifts to Bishop Goff’s Retirement and Travel Fund

When ordained clergy retire, it is traditional to gather financial gifts, known as a "purse," from grateful disciples among us. Bishop Goff has expressed an interest in travel following her retirement, so her "purse" would support this well-deserved interest. These gifts may be made using the diocesan online giving portal or by check, made out to the Diocese of Virginia, memo line "Bishop Goff's purse," and mailed to The Diocese of Virginia, 110 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

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