Our organist has broken her foot......
and since she cannot get up the stairs to the choir loft, the electronic piano and the choir have moved downstairs. So for the next six weeks, while Mandy is in a "boot", she will use the electronic piano and the choir will sit in the first two pews on the lectern side. Our best wishes go to Mandy for a speedy recovery!
Several parents of young children and their children met last Sunday evening for an "indoor picnic" (due to the oppressive heat outside) to socialize and talk about the coming year of Sunday School for the 2-4 year olds. We decided to stay with the same curriculum (Deep Blue Kids), as it offers lots of options for each session. The class will meet on the first Sunday of the month (except for September when we will meet on September 8 to avoid the Labor Day weekend). The one change that we will make from last year is to have the class overlap with the service. Children will attend the first part of the service with their parents and will then process out after the reading of the gospel, before the sermon. The class will finish at 10:45. Currently, our parent volunteers teach each class, but we would love to have others involved in leading all or part of the class. Please let Carol know if you are interested in leading a class. This class will resume on Sunday, September 8 and will meet in room 215.
Thanks to you, we met our goal!!! We had been asked by Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide 25 large backpacks for children who can't afford them. As of today, we have collected 30!!!! If you have already bought one, you can still bring it in. They can always use more! These backpacks will go to students at Centreville High School. Thanks to all who donated! And thanks to Denise McCarthy who has volunteered to deliver them in early August!
At our Vestry meeting last Sunday, the Vestry presented Lisa Heller with a travel size prayer book, signed by the members of the Vestry, to take with her as she moves to Pakistan for a year of service abroad with the State Department. Lisa will leave for Pakistan on August 19. Please remember Lisa in your prayers as she works in a conflicted part of the world, serving our country on our behalf. Lisa will be able to return home a few times during her year away. Jim will remain here, keeping the home fires burning.
Coffee Hour - As this Sunday is the fourth Sunday of the month, those whose last names start with N - Z will provide the snacks for coffee hour.
Bricks - If you would like to have an engraved brick in thanksgiving or in memory of someone and put in our "Walkway of Saints",
we are taking orders through this Sunday and they will be ordered next week. The bricks are $75 and the order forms are on the back table in the church and in the church office.
Volunteer Needed -
We are in need of a new treasurer to start in January 2020, but we would like to find a treasurer now so that he/she can shadow our current treasurer, Tom McDermott, and learn the ropes before Tom retires. Tom has served as treasurer for the past four years. Not only does he need and deserve a break, but the diocesan canons require that a treasurer step aside for at least a year after serving for four years. The treasurer signs the checks, makes sure the financial books are in good order, and sees that expenses come out of the right account. If you interested, you can talk to Tom to get a further description of the job.
We really need to get someone in place this summer
in order to have a few months to work with Tom. Please let Carol, Tom, or Penny Parker know if you might be willing to serve in this capacity.
Many thanks go to.....
-Jo Chandler for donating two Oreck vacuum cleaners to the church.
-Dan Jones, John Tucker, Walt Cooner and Jim Heller for moving the front pew, the electronic keyboard and several tables on Sunday morning.
Altar servers and flowers needed through August
There are a lot of "empty holes" in the sign up sheet for LEM's, lectors, ushers and crucifers throughout the month of August. No one has signed up for Sunday, August 4. Because many people are on vacation, please sign up for the times that you will be available. Flower donations are also needed. They can come from your garden at home, or places like Giant or Costco. Please check the online sign up sheet and see where you can help.
Church bills continue through the summer
Just like your bills at home, bills for the church continue to come in through the summer and need to be paid. If you are going out of town, please be sure to pay your pledge before you go. Many thanks!
It's that time of year... Vacation!
I will be on vacation from August 5 - 23, visiting family in New England and relaxing at the beach. Father Samuel Reddimalla will take the Sunday services on August 11 and 18, as well as the Wednesday service on August 14. Val Tucker will lead Evening Prayer on Wednesday, August 7 and 21. Carol