Happenings @ St. David's

Jesus was always getting into trouble by hanging out with the wrong people - the tax collectors, sinners, sick and outcast. To those who disapproved of the company he chose to keep, he told a parable about the lost and the found: Which of you, having 100 sheep and losing one, would not go out and hunt for the lost sheep?
This story is less about the sheep and more about the incredible incalculable limitless love God our shepherd has for us. Each one of us is of infinite worth to God. God will never stop looking for us when we are lost and will never, ever give up on us until he has gathered us into his loving arms and led us home. What a gift.

And God wants us to love one another with that same relentless passion and inclusion. No one stands alone. Tall order for sheep, but we can, with the help of our Shepherd.

This week, may you find and be found by our loving shepherd.


Rev. Mary Kay+
Wonder in All
Annual Giving Campaign
Welcome to the 2020 Stewardship (Annual Giving) Campaign! Our theme this year at St. David’s is Wonder in All T hese are words you hear during every baptism in the Episcopal Church. Throughout this year’s Wonder in All Campaign you will see the icon that represents the many wonders of God’s work among us - inspiring homilies, preparing meals for the homeless, praising through music, nurturing our children, and caring for the hurting, just to name a few. Beginning Saturday, 9/21, we will kick off our Wonder in All Campaign highlighting how St. David’s is truly transforming lives through your time, talents, and resources. During the 9/21 & 9/22 church services, we will be distributing a Wonder in All envelope that will include ways you can support St. David’s in the 2020 calendar year.  Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself, the wonder of you is welcome at St. David’s. We are so glad you’re here!
Happening this week!
Wednesday, September 18th
12 pm   Centering prayer
7 pm Vestry meeting
9 pm     Compline (via Facebook)
Thursday, September 19th
11:30 am Lansdowne Woods service
6 pm Handbell practice
6:30 pm Opioid Task Force meeting
7 pm Adult choir practice
Saturday, September 21st
10 am Needleworkers meeting
6 pm    Saturdays @ Six service
Sunday, September 22nd
9 am    Contemporary Service
10 am  Christian Education
11 am   Traditional Service w/Children's
12 pm   Newcomer's Luncheon
4 pm AA meeting
7 pm NA meeting
Monday, September 23rd
9:30 am Women's Bible study
4:30 pm Cherub choir
5 pm      WOW choir
7 pm     Seraphim choir
Rector's Sabbatical Experience
Our rector is back after her three month sabbatical filled with travel, learning, refreshment and rest. Her travel included a 10 day course in Jerusalem entitled "In the Footsteps of Jesus". Join us on September 21 and 22 after each service as she shares her sabbatical experiences.
Newcomers Luncheon
Please join us on Sunday, 9/22 from 12:15-1:30 pm for our “Newcomers Orientation Luncheon” which provides a brief overview of St. David’s Church and its rich legacy. A light lunch will be served and child care is available. All are invited, especially those who are new to the church or have been attending for a while but would like to get to know us better. RSVP welcome@sdlife.org .
Dining Connections
DOK Quiet Day
Enjoy making new friends and dining out? Interested in visiting with fellow St. David's parishioners? Join us for the Fall Dining Connection session! Groups of 6 to 9 adults - couples and singles- meet for a meal 3 to 4 times over a six month period. For more information or to sign up, contact Nancy or Jim Quinn at diningconnections@sdlife.org .
Please join us for our annual Quiet Day for the Women of St. David’s hosted by the Daughters of the king, St. Rose chapter. On Saturday, October 5th at 9 am (8:45 registration) in the St. David’s Adult Education Room. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, 9/30 to dok@sdlife.org .
Hearts Alive!
Youth Bible and Breakfast (BnB)
Starting Sunday, 9/22, we are excited to offer a new year-round Christian education program for children beginning at 10:10 am in the preschool (ages 4+ – 5th grade). Each week’s lesson will incorporate hands-on activities, an actionable challenge, and a reproducible parent page for further interaction at home. Online registration is available.
Middle and High School Christian Education begins on 9/22 between services (10:10-10:50) with Bible and Breakfast. High School (grades 9-12) will follow an engaging Bible study with interactive video called Echo the Story . Middle School (grades 6-8) will learn about the Bible through much humor in a series called re:form . Light breakfast will feed the stomach while the soul and mind are nourished. Email the Rev. Will Packard , wpackard@sdlife.org with questions. Register here or visit www.sdlife.org/youth-ministry for more information. If you haven't registered by Sunday, still come and we'll take care of it.
The Opioid Task Force
St. David’s and St. Gabriel’s Joint Opioid Task Force continues to gather for prayer and fellowship educating ourselves on the rising epidemic of opioid substance use disorder. We are exploring and discerning how we are being called to compassionately serve our neighbors and bring God’s hope and love into a hurting world. Join us in the Annex on Thursday, 9/19 from 6:30—8 pm. If you feel called to this ministry please join us! For information contact Bob Chirles at rchirles@outlook.com .
Becoming Beloved Community
 Save the date! On Wednesday, 10/2 from 6:30-8:30, our parish will offer its fourth session on Becoming Beloved Community. Following the guidelines of the Episcopal Church and Bishop Curry we will enter a five week committed study based on our prayer book, sacred conversations and how each of us can live into our baptismal vows. All are welcome. We do ask that every effort is made to commit to the entire five weeks. Sign up today in the narthex.
Food for the Soul Potluck Picnic
Sunday, September 29, 12:30 pm
Come and Learn!! It is often said that one key to understanding people is to understand their food - the joy they find in sharing meals with family, friends and guests. Food for the Soul will bring us together to better understand the term called “Soul Food.” Everyone has some idea of what soul food is, but do you know where these dishes originated? How they came to be known as “soul food?” Are you aware why/how African Americans have been both celebrated and persecuted based on these foods? Various soul food dishes originated among slave communities and today they are celebrated dishes shared at elaborate Sunday dinners, family reunions, and many have become everyday staples around African American dinner tables. The Food for the Soul potluck picnic will be an “all hands on deck” meal together made up entirely of soul food dishes that have been carefully selected based on historical value. You are invited to bring your favorite recipe of the following foods. Don’t have a recipe? No Problem! The BBC team has a collection of recipes to try. Contact Nancy Quinn to sign-up or for more information.
St. David's Fellowship Day
Youth Ministry Updates
Come Par Tee With St. D!- 10/20, 4 to 6 pm at TopGolf Loudoun. Cost is $30* per Adult, $15 for children under 12
$150 for a Bay (up to 6 participants).*Savings of $50 off the regular price. You can register in the narthex or online at www.tinyurl.com/SDParTee19 (no refunds). All participants will receive a TopGolf membership card.
Confirmation will begin on October 2nd this year and will be held most Wednesday evenings between 6:45 and 8 pm. We begin with dinner and then go into our adapted curriculum using Confirm not Conform.  Sign up here  if you are interested (does not commit you).

Upcoming events:
  • September 22 - BnB between Services
  • September 29 – BnB between Services
  • October 6 – BnB (Between Services) and Blessing of the Animals (4 pm) followed by Fellowship Dinner in Annex (5 pm)
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