The Fourteenth 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.

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 today.

Parish Picnic – Sunday, September 9th.  Plan to come for a good time at our picnic to be held again this year at the Leitersburg Ruritan Park and Pavillion (same venue as last year).  Please bring a covered dish, perhaps a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy some fried chicken and all the extra salads, casseroles and desserts made by our friends!  The 10:15 a.m. service with Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated at the picnic grounds.  See a sign up sheet for this event at Antietam Street entrance and pick up directions for the picnic. 

Secret Prayer Partners: Shhhh…The Secret is Almost Over!!! 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.  Also, be sure to sign up for the next round of Prayer Partners by today!

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.

Saint John’s Day Celebration – Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 23, 2018.  Plan to come and worship together, call a family you haven't seen in church lately, a neighbor, or friend, and Welcome them to join us and encourage them to participate in the day's activities.  Maybe - come away this day having learned something new about our patron saint, Saint John – the Evangelist, or something more about ourselves?  Who was Saint John?  How did he live his life? Are there ways we hadn’t thought about to serve in ministry today?  Please come, and plan to stay for lunch after the 10:15 service (a free-will offering will be appreciated).  Parish Life will provide our lunch:  hamburger and fish sandwich sliders, Mediterranean salad, dessert(s) and drink.  Come and join in the Saint John’s Day festivities planned for this date!

Bester School Needs: Bester still needs our help in providing underwear for its young children. The school greatly appreciates all our donations and all that we can do now and in the future.  Sizes needed are 4, 6, and 8 for both boys and girls. Please contact Lou Lamb or call her at 301-437-5704.  Thank you.

Van Drivers and/or Supervisor: We are in need a a van drivers 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.

Support Our Kids—Be a Prayer Partner: The Service and Outreach Commission would like to continue our Secret Prayer Partners quiet ministry. We believe that an essential part of supporting all our children is to pray for them.  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. Please return your forms to the Parish Office, Stephny Lietuvnikas or Karla Davis. 

Save the Date!  Quiet Day: The Daughters of the King will host a Quiet Day for the whole parish and any interested individuals on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 9-3 in Saint Mary's Chapel. Fr. Todd will lead a series of meditations which will end with Holy Eucharist. Everyone is invited.  A continental breakfast will be offered.  Bring a bag lunch.   Hope to see you there!

To register, call the parish office. 

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

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