Donations needed for Christmas "baskets"
- Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, we collect funds to provide "baskets", now food gift cards, to 10 families whose names have been given to us by Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Our donations are low this year and we will not be able to provide each family with what we usually give. If you would like to donate, please turn in your donation this Sunday, or deliver it to the church office
no later than next Wednesday, December 18.
Envelopes are on the back table in the church. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Coffee Hour -
As this Sunday is the third Sunday of the month, the Vestry will provide the Coffee Hour snacks.
Interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister?
We are in need of several more LEM's to serve at the altar on Sunday mornings. LEM's lead the psalm and the Prayers of the People, help prepare the altar for communion, and administer the chalice. Training will be provided. Please contact Walt Cooner or Carol Hancock if you are interested.
We need your help!
And we need your help soon!
So far, no one has signed up for any of the positions (LEM, lector, usher) needed for the 9:00 PM service on Christmas Eve, the 9:30 AM service on Christmas Day, and for Sunday, December 29. Please scroll down this page and click on "Altar Servers" and sign up today! Thanks!
Wednesdays in Advent -
Following the 6:00 PM service, we will gather in the library to talk about "The Way of Love - Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life." Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry began this curriculum and often preaches about the way of love.There are seven intentional areas for leading a Jesus-centered life - turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. Not all of these have to be done every day, but these areas give us a pattern for our lives, somewhat like a rule of life.
Join us the next 2 Wednesdays in Advent -
tonight December 11
and 18 from 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM.
Bring a sandwich or light dinner. On December 24, we will gather at our Christmas Eve services to welcome the Christ child.
Meditation from Episcopal Relief and Development -
As we move into Advent, we're reminded of the song from the movie
— "Looking for love in all the wrong places." We are bombarded at every turn with everything the retail world insists that we need — the right decorations, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, party invitations, recipes, music, gifts — everything we need for the perfect Christmas holiday.
If we look to the retail world, we are looking for love in all the wrong places. As Presiding Bishop Curry reminds us with the Way of Love, one of the important steps is to
— to pause, listen, and choose to turn back to God from anything that has turned us away. Advent calls us to "go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways." In this broken world, we turn to God to find the path of true peace, the path of God's reconciling love.
May we all find the path of God this Advent season.
Donations for Christmas wreaths and flowers -
If you would like to donate funds for Christmas wreaths and flowers, please use the envelopes that are on the back table in the church. Be sure to include who they are in memory of or thanksgiving for. We need to receive the donations no later than Friday, December 20 (though the sooner the better) so the names can be printed in the Christmas bulletins.
- Our Christmas Eve services will be at 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. At 8:45 PM, the choir will lead us in singing Christmas carols.The 4:00 PM service will include a children's sermon and nursery care will be available. The service on Christmas Day will be at 9:30 AM. All services will include the Holy Eucharist, sermon and music. The choir will sing at both Christmas Eve services. Please invite your family and friends to join us for this wonderful celebration of the birth of the Christ child!
Wednesday 6:00 PM services -
We will not have the 6:00 PM service on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1. These services will resume on January 8.
Church Office -
The church office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26.