Blessing of the Backpacks:  A Blessing of the Backpacks will take place at 10 AM on August 30. Students and teaches are asked to bring their backpacks, bookbags, or briefcases with them to have them blessed as part of our prayers for a successful school year.

Harvest of Hope Mission Trip:  October 2-4 in Fincastle, VA (NOTE:  place and date have changed).  Multi-generational (ages 10 and up). Weekend of gleaning, learning, worshipping and fun! Learn more at Questions may be addressed to Teresa Duncan at Deadline to register is August 23.

Wednesday Bible Study and Evening Prayer:  Lectionary-based Bible study at 3:30 PM in Dale's office, followed by 5 PM private prayer and 5:30 PM Evening Prayer.

Silent Suffering: Living with Depression and Living with Those Living with Depression:  On November 7 from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM, Dr. Douglas Thorpe, Executive Director of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, will facilitate a presentation and discussion on depression. This condition reportedly affects 1 in 10 Americans and 80% of those who have symptoms for a clinical diagnosis are not receiving specific treatment for their depression.

Chesterfield Food Bank (CFB): St. John's volunteers at the CFB on the 2nd and 4th of the month from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Contact Angela Howsmon at or 530-2993 with questions. Please try to sign up by Monday preceding each volunteer opportunity. Sign-up online at

The Gathering Place:  join middle and high school youth at 1:45 PM in the church parking lot the 4th Sunday of each month on to travel to the Gathering Place for worship and fellowship.  We will return by 4 PM.

Used Book Sale:  Gently-used books are in need of a home in the parish hall. 

Men's Bible Study:  Group meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 8 AM in the parish hall for breakfast and lively discussion.  All men of the church are invited to attend.  If you would like to be on the email list or wish to have more information, contact Guy Smith at 748-6216 or

Bingo Prizes Needed :  We are in need of prizes to give out to our friends at Lucy Corr during games of Bingo. Appropriate prizes include sugar-free cookies (no hard candy), socks, lap blankets, large print books, puzzles, or word-search books, boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, small stuffed animals.If you can provide any of these prizes, please bring them to the church office. 

Birthday Box:   The Birthday Box is probably Outreach’s oldest project first started over 20 years ago. It is in the back of the nave waiting for kind people to feed it in celebration of a birthday or other special occasion.  Each quarter, Outreach selects an animal gift from Heifer International to purchase with the money people have given.  

Martha's Pantry:  Donation boxes are located in the narthex and outside the church office.




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