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May 17, 2017 

New offering: Meditations and slides for each week's Sunday readings, provided by the lectionary library at Vanderbilt University! Just click the link below to see them!  

Gentleness, a Fruit of the Spirit -- Margaret Almon
We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
  reading ahead for the  
Sunday Service lessons 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 
The Sixth Sunday of Easter 
The First Reading:
Acts 17:22-31
Gods made of silver, or of technology, or of another thing are too small and limited to compare to the almighty living God. Paul teaches that idols deceive by seeming comprehensive, but truly they are lacking.  
The Epistle:  
1 Peter 3:13-22
Suffering is the lot of humanity in a broken world, especially for those who seek to disrupt the reign of evil. Taking Jesus' example, may we seek righteousness in our daily lives.
The Psalm:  66:7-18
The Gospel:
John 14:15-24
Jesus reveals the coming of the Holy Spirit to comfort and embolden believers in Jesus' absence. 
FROM 10:50 - 11:50 am 

(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 10:50  - 11:45 AM .  
We  offer 3 classes:
  PreK- 2nd grade: Rm. 205;
 3rd - 8th grade: Rm. 215;
If you need info regarding your signup for the progressive dinner, please call Penny Parker:
703-791-3482 or 703-220-9413, or email her at pennypar@gmail.com 
Many, many thanks go to Terry Barnes and Catherine Packard for all their hard work on setting up our new website! It has the same website address as our old website... www.stjohnscentreville.org. It's easy to use, more current, and is alot less expensive than our former provider. Check it out !!!
Memorial Day Service
Again this year, we will have an outdoor service of readings and prayers on Monday, May 29 at 12:00 noon to remember all who have died in service to our country. We will gather at the bell, weather permitting. Please join us.
Education for Ministry
Interested in learning more about the EfM program? Join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, May 28 at 12:00 noon in the library. You will not need to make a commitment at that time. Please let Carol know if you are interested. 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. 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 would like to start a group here in September.
Parents of Young Children
Our "Parents of Young Children's Group" will meet again on Saturday, June 3 at 5:30 PM for a potluck dinner and fellowship at the church (room 207/208). Please bring your children and something to share for the potluck. Soft drinks, water, and paper products will be provided. Feel free to invite friends or neighbors who might like to join us. Please RSVP to Carol (stjohnscvpriest@gmail.com) so we know how many to plan for.
Outdoor Service and Picnic Sunday, June 4
Again this year, we will join with some of our Ministry Partners for a service outside in the side yard, weather permitting. Please bring your own chair, and hat and bug repellent, if needed. Also, bring something to share for the picnic in the parish hall that will follow the service.
If you or someone in your family is graduating from high school, college or graduate school, please let Carol know so we can share the accomplishment with the parish family. If they have plans for their "next step", please share that as well. We congratulate the following graduates:
     Kristen Tucker - Bachelor's degree is Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University
     Erin Peake - graduated from Christopher Newport University
     Cecelia Sellars - will attend William and Mary College after high school graduation
-A funeral service for Stephen Kenyon, who was baptized at St. John's as an adult in 2007, will be held this Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 PM at the church.
-A funeral service for Ingrid Geissler, a former member of St. John's, will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston this Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 PM. St. Anne's is located at 1700 Wainwright Drive.
We have a new mailbox, and new mailing address.
The new mailbox is right near the front door of the Breezeway, and is 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 have some address labels on the back table that you can use for your pledge envelopes.
Your Vestry at work
Your elected Vestry members meet once a month to discuss and make decisions about the business of the church. Through hard work and research, they have found many ways to save money, so your contributions go farther. Here are some of the ways we are saving money:
   -getting rid of our post office box and having all mail delivered to the church
   -our new website through the diocese is much cheaper than our old website
   -new security alarm system
   -new copier with a less expensive contract
   -changing companies for our property insurance
   -not having to pay taxes on our utilities
Please thank your Vestry members for their hard work and commitment to St. John's.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
WFCM has reminded us that their shelves can become almost empty during the summer months. Please remember those who are hungry when you do your grocery shopping and donate nonperishable food items to WFCM when you come on Sundays. You may put your donations in the baskets by the front door. WFCM is extremely grateful for our support.
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.
Job Opportunity
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Braddock Road in Burke is looking for a full time parish administrator. If interested, call the church at 703-323-5400.

Would you like to contribute
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How to contribute: (1) Purchase or grow cut flowers - we have vases for you to ar range your cut flowers in. We use 2 vases flanking the altar. (2) Purchase 2 flowering plants th at will be later planted in the church garden or (3) Call a florist and have 2 arrangements delivered to the church. When you click below, further info is provided.


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:.
The way of Jesus was never meant to be easy, but that's our calling, to courageously surrender to God in each moment. And so for the sake of Christ we become the transformation we seek, sharing peace and joy in our communities, and inspiring the world to a new story, the story of God's beautiful Kingdom.
-Br. Nicholas Bartoli
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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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