Happenings @ St. David's

Our gospel message from this past Sunday is from John the Baptist, urging us to 'repent' - hardly a Hallmark holiday card! Yet John calls us to a deeper experience than the frantic preparation for our Christmas celebration. John calls us to the desert - a silent, stark landscape, where we ponder the ways in which we live in the dark, and turn our eyes to watch for the light that is to come.

How are you preparing for Jesus to come? If you find yourself in the dark in this busy time, follow John to the desert. Take time to ponder the ways we wander from the light. Consider our great need for a savior. Make room in your life and heart for the coming of the Christ. The light is coming.  


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Master Singers of VA presents Sing We Noel
at St. David's
Northern Virginia's premier a cappella ensemble will present its holi-day concert at 7 pm on 12/15 at St. David's. The concert includes joyous music including Michael Englehardt's Gaudete , Splendid Jewel by Stephen Paulus and Sing Lullaby by Herbert Howells. The program also features favorites such as O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Deck the Halls (in 7/8).

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. The Take 4 Package provides 4 tickets for $60. Members of St. David's receive a 10 percent discount on individual tickets by ordering in advance and using promotional code STDavid1920 . Visit www.msva.org for all the details.
Happening this week!
Wednesday, December 11th
12 pm Centering prayer
6 pm Preschool Christmas Sing-a-long
Thursday, December 12th
Drop-in grief support
6 pm Handbell practice
7 pm Festival/Adult choir practice
Friday, December 13th
7 pm Women's Ministry Ornament Exchange
Saturday, December 14th
Wreaths Across America
9 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew meeting
1:30 pm LSO Holiday concert
3:30 pm LSO Holiday concert
6 pm Saturdays @ Six service
Sunday, December 15th
Angel Tree donations due!
9 am Contemporary Service
10:10 am Sermon
11 am Traditional Service w/ Children's Chapel
4 pm AA meeting
5 pm Youth Group Christmas party
7 pm NA meeting
7 pm Master Singers of VA Noel concert
Monday, December 16th
9:30 am Women's Bible Study
4:30 pm Cherub choir
5 pm WOW choir
7 pm Seraphim choir
8 pm AA meeting
St. Gabriel's Service - 12/12 @ 7 pm
All are invited to St. Gabriel's celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday 12/12 at 7 pm, at St. James', Leesburg. Bishop Susan Goff will celebrate and preach and a live Mariachi will be featured! Most of the service will be bilingual as is the bulletin, so everyone can follow.
Women's Ministry Ornament Exchange
Loudoun Symphony Presents Holiday Cheer at St. David's
The women of St. David's invite you to join us in fellowship and fun at our annual Ornament Exchange and Christmas Celebration on Friday, 12/13, at 7 pm . This event will be held at St. David's in the annex building. This event is open to all women. Please sign up if you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any women from St. David's whose email addresses we didn't have. To learn more and RSVP, please go to sign up genius . We hope you can join us!
Experience the glorious sounds of the holiday season at the LSO's concerts, Holiday Cheer which will be presented at St. David’s twice on 12/14 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m . The program includes music that will get listeners of all ages into the holiday spirit – from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Selections to Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and an audience singalong of holiday favorites. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and FREE for children 12 and under. Members of St. David’s receive a 10 percent discount on tickets by using promotional code STD1920 and ordering in advance at www.loudounsymphony.org .
Youth Ministry Christmas Party!
Christmas Floral Dedications
On 12/15, between 5 and 7:30, we will host the annual Christmas party at the Luby Household! Join us for a gift exchange (bring gift valued under $10), movie, food, and hot chocolate bar!  Sign-up to let the host know you're coming here . Sign up for our newsletter and events at www.sdlife.org/youth-ministry.
If you would like to make a special floral dedication in memory, celebration or thanksgiving of loved ones for Christmas, please email office@sdlife.org no later than 12/16 along with your $25.00 per dedication payment made out to St. David’s Episcopal Church. In the memo line note “Christmas Floral Dedication.” The flowers will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas services.
Reach Change Jars
Wreaths Across America
Reach will be handing out “Reach Changes Lives” Jars this month in The narthex between services. We are collecting change (or paper money) for our 2020 trip to North Carolina assist those affected by the hurricanes of the last two years. Our trip will be June 21-27, 2020. Pick up a jar and return it in June!
On Saturday, 12/14, St. David’s families and friends will be participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. This is an opportunity to join others in the moving experience of laying wreaths on the graves to remember our fallen veterans, and teach our children the value of freedom. All are welcome to join. If you have any questions, please email mgibson@sdlife.org .
Angel Tree Donations
The GIRLS group is collecting donations for the Angel Tree this holiday season. Please pick an angel from the tree and help a family in need in our community. Donations should be returned by Sunday, 12/15.
2019 Man of the Year sponsored by Emmanuel Johnson Chapter of the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew - Keith Korin
Keith exemplifies the type of Christian man who is walking the walk, not just talking the talk. A man of faith who acts on helping his fellow man, woman or child! He exemplifies the tenets of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew and gives his time, talent, energy and leadership to St. David’s Church and School and our greater community.
Christmas Week Service Times
Christmas Eve
3 pm: Contemporary Service
5 pm: Contemporary Service
7:30 pm: Traditional Service
10:30 pm: Traditional Service
Christmas Day
11 am: Traditional Service
December 29th
10 am Traditional service (no Saturday@Six service on 12/28)
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