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April 19, 2017

Save the date for the Progressive Dinner! Sign-up forms are in the Breezeway, or copy this form and send it in!

We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons
The Old Testament: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Peter takes the opportunity of the gathered crowd to preach the gospel - that Jesus Christ died for the sins of all people and God raised him from the dead.     
The Epistle:1 Peter 1:3-9
Believers are encouraged to endure trials and remain faithful, living in the hope of Jesus' resurrection. 

The Psalm:   16
The Gospel: John 20:19-31
Jesus appears to the disciples, encouraging them in the faith, revealing God's power manifest in his own flesh. 

(Rm. 205) 
During the Service

   Joint Sunday School
  Each week, St. John's children join with three of
our Ministry Partners: 
Fairfax Chinese Christian Church,
Wellspring United Church  
of Christ
& Grace Baptist Church 
 for Sunday School from
10:50  - 11:45 AM.  
We now offer 3 classes:
  PreK- 2nd grade
Rm. 205;
 3rd - 8th grade
Rm. 215;
 9th - 12th grade
  Rm. 206

Memorial Service for Barbara Thaler
Long time parishioner Barbara Thaler died on March 22. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 PM at St. John's. The burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.

Many thanks go to.....
     -Marcia Evans who made the beautiful red chausable that Carol wore on Palm Sunday.
     -all who worked so hard on the Holy Week and Easter services: our organist and choir director, Jonathan Boksan; our wonderful choir; Catherine Packard, our Parish Administrator; the Altar Guild; the lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, crucifers, torch bearers, ushers and counters. These seven Holy Week and Easter services were truly a team effort. Thanks to all!

St. John's Men's Group
The newly formed St. John's Men's Group will meet on Saturday, April 29, starting with breakfast at the church at 7:30 AM. The group will then work to put up two new Episcopal Church signs and install a new mailbox. For more information about the Men's Group, please contact Andrew Wade.
Save the date!
Our very popular Annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Information and reservation forms are available in the breezeway and need to be returned to Penny Parker by May 7. This is a good opportunity for St. John's adults to gather for food, fun and fellowship.
And the winner is.....
The winner of this year's Lent Madness, and receiver of the Golden Halo award is Florence Nightengale!!! You can see the winners (and losers) in each bracket posted in the breezeway. This battle of the saints is decided each Lent by the votes of people around the country. It also helps us get to know some of the saints a bit better!
Coming soon.......a new mailbox
We will soon be getting rid of our post office box which will save us money. The new mailbox at the church will be very secure. Please start sending your mail, including your pledges, to our street address: 5649 Mt. Gilead Road, Centreville, VA  20120. Note that the address on your pledge envelopes is the PO Box, so you will need to change that if you mail in your pledge. We will have some address labels on the back table that you can use for your pledge envelopes. We will continue to have our post office box for the next few months while we make this transition.
Prayers, please....
Please keep Arirang Senior Center in your prayers as they continue to try to recruit more clients. The Arirang Senior Center is open to all and they offer a variety of activities and speakers. If you know someone who might benefit from the companionship and activities, please call Arirang at 703-543-6008.

Education for Ministry
Please let Carol know by May 1 if you are interested in this EfM program. So far, only two people have expressed an interest. We need at least 6 to start a group. You don't need to make a commitment by May 1, just an interest to meet for more information.
EfM is a program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection written by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.  We would like to start an EfM group at St. John's if we have the 6-12 people necessary to start a group. All that's needed is a desire to learn and grow in your faith. There is a good amount of reading to be done each week, but no tests. You will get out of it what you put into it. The topics of study are Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. The entire program is 4 years, but each participant signs up for a year at a time. Interested? There are brochures in the breezeway explaining the program or you can speak with Carol. If we have enough interest (we have 2 people so far), we would like to start a group here in September.

as LEM, Crucifer, Lector, Usher, Verger, Torch Bearer at a Sunday Service.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. ( If you would like to become an altar server, please see the Rev. Carol Hancock.)

for coffee hour after the Sunday Service in the Breezeway.

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You will receive an automatic reminder a few days in advance. Coffee hour is an important part of fellowship - staying connected with each other and welcoming newcomers.

for a Sunday service throughout 2017.

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You may sign up here to donate the flowers to be used on the altar for each of the Sundays in 2017. Click to read additional info before signing up.

Every Wednesday evening, we have a service of Holy Eucharist and healing at 6:00 PM. The service is about 30 minutes. It is a perfect alternative for those who cannot come to church on Sunday mornings, as well as a good spiritual boost in the middle of the week. Come join us!

Thought for the day:.
Jesus shows that even an evil force bent on destruction and death cannot overcome his strength to save and heal. Do not give in to despair. Look to God and believe.

My email address is stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com,
and the office number is 703-803-7500.  
May our ministry together spread God's love to all whom we encounter.

       - Carol
       The Rev. Carol Hancock

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