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April 5, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at 12 Noon on Easter Sunday
We have plenty of plastic eggs and candy for the Easter Egg Hunt so no more is needed. Thanks to all who donated. If your children will be participating in the Easter Egg Hunt, please bring a bag or basket for each child. We will have a special area for children 3 and under and we will be joined by a few of our Ministry Partners.

Continuing TONIGHT! Lenten service, simple dinner and program

Tonight, Wednesday, April 5, we will start with the service at 6:00 PM, a simple dinner of soup and bread at 6:30, and the program at 7:00 PM. This year's program will be
"The 5 Marks of Love: Living Life Marked as Christ's Own", put out by the Society of St. John the Evangelist and Virginia Theological Seminary. "In this six week series, we will be examining and reflecting on the ways in which God's Life and God's Mission express themselves in and through us. We will look for signs of God's presence and activity in our lives, in our communities, and in the world around us."

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We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
reading ahead 
for the Sunday Service lessons 

Sunday, April 9, 2017 

The Sunday of the Passion

The Old Testament:
Isaiah 50:4-9a  
The prophet testifies to the suffering that the faithful undergo, affirming that God is their strength and their reward. 
The Epistle:
Philippians 2:5-11 
This hymn, affirming God's identity in Jesus Christ and narrating his journey on earth, serves to bolster the faith of the Philipians, as well as ours. 

The Psalm:   31:9-16
The Gospel: 
Matthew 26:14-27:66
The Passion gives testimony to God's great love for us, shown in Jesus' words and actions, especially in his death. 

(Rm. 205) 
During the Service
Lectionary Forum
for adults meets in the
 Library at 10:50 AM
   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 on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 PM at St. John's. The burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.
Many thanks go to.....
     -Bob Barnes for donating 100 bags of mulch
     -to those who came out last Saturday to spread the mulch and fill in the potholes in the
        parking lots - Val, John and Kristen Tucker, Steve Pollard, Gene Milunec, David Weir,
        Russell Jacobs, Carol Hancock, and a few of our Ministry Partners.
     -Dave Parker for fixing several of our outdoor lights and putting spotlights on the front of
        the church.
     -all who donated candy and eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.
     -all who signed the birthday card for Mildred DeBell. She was thrilled to receive it and said
        to thank EVERYONE at St. John's! Mildred turned 99 on March 16.
Did you know....
One of our newcomer families has come to St. John's because they saw a St. John's magnet on the back of someone's car! That's an easy way to do evangelism! If you don't already have a St. John's magnet on the back of your car, please pick one up on the back table in the church.
Presiding Bishop's Easter address    
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has put out a short video of his Easter message. Please click on the link below to hear his inspiring address.
Click here for Bishop Curry's address
St. John's Men's Group
The newly formed St. John's Men's Group met for the first time and had a good turnout. Their next event will be 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.
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 available shortly 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.
Come make palm crosses
On Saturday, April 8, you are invited to come and make palm crosses out of the palm fronds for Palm Sunday. We will meet at 9:00 AM in 207/208. If you would like to stay after that event and fill Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt, your help would be greatly appreciated!
Save the date!
Our very popular Annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 20. More details will be available soon.
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
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. Please let Carol know  by May 1 if you are interested.
Save the Children
For the past many years, St. John's has supported two children through "Save the Children". For the past 8 years, one of the children we have supported was Johaire from the Philippines. Because of the good work that Save the Children has done for Johaire and the entire community, they are now in a position to be self-sufficient. Johaire is now 12 years old. Save the Children is now leaving that village in order to take on another village with children in need. We will now sponsor 4 year old Rosa Mae from another village in the Philippines. You can see her picture posted in the breezeway, along with our other sponsored child Gift from Malawi. Your support for these children is greatly appreciated.
Sunday Servers
We will be having several extra services during Holy Week and we will need EM's, ushers, crucifers, lectors, acolytes, etc. Please check the online sign-up sheet and fill in where you can help.

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

click here:
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.

 click here: 
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.

click here:
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.


Sunday morning Lenten class
Join us on Sunday mornings during Lent at 10:50 AM in Carol's office to discuss the book "24 Hours that Changed the World" by Adam Hamilton. The book looks at the final day of Jesus' life and the people he encountered. 
Another Lenten resource
Episcopal Relief and Development puts out daily devotions during Lent. You can sign up online to receive them each day in your in-box. Go to www.episcopalrelief.org click on "church in action", then "church campaigns", then "Lent". This will bring you to the page to sign up to receive the daily devotions for free.

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:.
Together we hasten the coming of the Kingdom.

I was at Los Angeles International Airport, flying home the day after a power outage caused a ripple effect of flight delays and cancellations. On a good day, LAX can barely handle all the people coming and going; this particular day, conditions were at their worst. I asked an airport employee how she was doing on her extra-long shift. She said she was amazed at how wonderful folks were being, "given all they are going through." She told of witnessing numerous acts of kindness between strangers. As did I.
At the gate, I saw a man scanning the area for a place to sit. A woman offered her seat, but before she could get up, another person offered his. He said he had been waiting twenty-six hours and it was time to stand for a while. Then, cascading ripples: "I can hold your baby so you can eat." "I'm finished with this newspaper - would you like it?" "They just restocked the kiosk - do you want something?"
It was a glimpse of the approaching Day.
- Irene Tanabe
Rector of Church of the Epiphany, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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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