The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Weekday Liturgies The congregation is invited to attend Evening Prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Church; the midweek Eucharist held on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Taste of the Town: The annual Taste of the Town which benefits REACH will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 5 PM.   The cost is $45/person or $450/table. If you are interested in attending, dining with fellow parishioners and representing Saint John's at a table, please contact Bruce Massey at 240-675-4498 no later than 8-7 to reserve a seat.  If we have sufficient interest, we will reserve a table.  

Housing through Food for the Poor: Food for the Poor builds houses for those in extreme poverty in Central America and the Caribbean at the rate of $3600 for a single-unit house with sanitation and $7200 for a double-unit house with sanitation and water. An anonymous donor has made a very generous offer and challenge: They will cover the difference of a single-unit house, or, if the full $3600 is reached, match those funds for a double-unit house. If you would like to be a part of funding a FftP house through Saint John's, please either send a check to the office, or put one in the offering plate, and memo it “FftP House.”  Donations will be accepted through August 26, 2018.

Food For The Poor wishes to thank you for the welcome you extended to Fr. Bruce Torrey on his recent visit to your parish. On behalf of our brothers and sister throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, we thank you for your compassion and care.  We are all blessed by and grateful for your generosity.  In Christ, The Food For The Poor Family

Do you ever wonder how Saint John's got its name? Do you marvel at the stained glass windows and from whence they came?   Does the uniqueness of the altar inspire you to learn more? Do you wish to learn more and to be able to share your knowledge with others?  If so, you will have that opportunity at Docent Training, scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at 9 AM in Trimble Hall being offered by our interpretive specialists, Ellen Collins and  Dan Meyer.  Please make your training reservation by emailing Bruce Massey at  


Bester School: The Community Block Party to support Bester School children will be held on September 22nd. We've been asked to collect both children's and adult's clothing. A box for each has been placed in the Parish Hall.

Secret Prayer Partners: Shhhh…The Secret is Almost Over!!!  The Parish Picnic, Sunday, September 9th is the day to reveal the Secret Prayer Partners for the past year!  Be sure to attend the 10:15 service and picnic at Leitersburg Ruritan Park that day.  The cat will be out of the bag at the picnic after the service!  Also, be sure to sign up for the next round of Prayer Partners by Sunday, August 26th!

Support Our Kids—Be a Prayer Partner: The Service and Outreach Commission would like to continue a quiet ministry that has been very successful over the past few years: our Secret Prayer Partners.  We believe that an essential part of supporting all our children is to pray for them.  This is a part of our baptismal vows and a way in which we strengthen our community life in Christ. As an adult member of the congregation, will you agree to “adopt” a child or a family of children and pray for them every day?  If you agree, we will give you the name of a child or family in the parish and ask for you to pray for each child every day.  We would ask you NOT to give gifts but please do send the children cards on special holidays such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and their birthday.  Please do not reveal yourself until the designated day which we will let you know in advance. Please join us in this endeavor.  You will find the forms to sign up for prayer partners for the 2018-2019 school year both in Soundings and on the table by the Antietam Street entrance.  Even if you were a partner last year, please sign up again so we know that you wish to continue your ministry. Please return your forms to the Parish Office, Stephny Lietuvnikas or Karla Davis. 

Would You Like to Usher: Saint John’s is looking for two or three people who would be willing to be on an usher team. If interested see Mike Mummert or contact him at

Van Driver and/or Supervisor: We are in need a a van driver and/or a Supervisor. This ministry provides transportation to who cannot get to Saint John’s without assistance. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.

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