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April 26, 2017

ALTAR FLOWERS NEEDED  colorful_tulips.jpg
MAY 7 / MAY 14 Mothers' Day / MAY 21

How to contribute: 1. We have vases for you to arrange your cut flowers in. We use 2 vases flanking the altar. 2. Two flowering plants that will be later planted in the garden or 3. Call a florist and have 2 arrangements delivered to the church. Please sign up by scrolling down, and clicking on the altar flowers link below. More info is included there.

Sign up by May 7 for the Progressive Dinner! Sign-up forms are in the Breezeway, or copy this form and send it in!

The Three Marys at the Tomb
We can prepare our hearts and minds by 
reading ahead for the Sunday Service lessons
Sunday, April 30, 2017 
The Third Sunday of Easter 
The Old Testament:
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Reaching the end of his sermon, Peter gives an altar call, urging the convicted crowd to repent.  
The Epistle:
1 Peter 1:17-23
Being daughters and sons of God come with both privilege and responsibility.  
The Psalm:
116:1-3, 10-17
The Gospel:
Luke 24:13-35
Jesus joins his disciples in a journey and remains with them to break bread. 

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;

Click here for Bishop's Letter

Letter from Bishop Shannon Johnston about Truro Institute
Many thanks go to.....Marcia Evans who made the beautiful red chasuble that Carol wore on Palm Sunday.
....and to Dave Parker for installing lights that light up the front of the church at night.
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.
Altar Servers Needed
We need LEM's, lectors, ushers, crucifers, torch bearers, etc. for services in May. Please click on the "Altar Servers" link below and sign up for the dates you can serve.
Clergy Conference
Carol will be attending the Clergy, Lay Staff and Spouses Conference at Shrine Mont on May1 -3. She will be back in time for the Wednesday service.
Canopy Needed
If you have a used outdoor canopy that you are looking to get rid of, look no further! St. John's could use one for burials in the church cemetery when it is raining, for outdoor picnics, Centreville Day, etc. If you have one to donate, please call Carol.
Remember St. John's in your will
Recently, a parishioner who had died left a sizeable sum to St. John's. This church had meant a great deal to her for many years and she wanted to give something in return. She let her family know of her wishes and they sent us a check. Please remember St. John's in your will or make sure family members know of your wishes to remember the church so the ministry of St. John's will continue long after we have gone to our heavenly reward.
Help Needed
Nancy Brannegan, a St. John's parishioner, recently had her 3 story home flooded due to a plumbing problem. Her furniture and other belongings will be moved out before the repair and restoration of her house begins. Afterward, she will need some help getting her furniture and belongings back inside her house. That may not be for a few weeks. If you can help, please email Nancy at Brannegan7@aol.com.

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.
March Vestry Meeting Highlights
    -fire suppression system repair was authorized
    -Innovative Security was approved as the vendor for our fire and security alarm system
    -Tiger Team was formed to discuss rental revisions and the possibility of a child care rental

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.

LAST CALL.......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:.
What would your bucket list include if you knew you had 80 more years? Ten? One? A month, week, a day. An hour. How we would spend our last seconds on the threshold has enormous power to transform all our days, even if today is the first of many, many more.

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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