March 24, 2020
Happenings at St. David's
Greetings!

Dear ones, We pray that you are well and continue to pray for all our St. David's family as we adjust to daily changes in the shape of our lives, our communities and our nation. Although so much around us has stopped, the work of the church continues! I hope you've been joining us for virtual worship on Sundays at 10. I miss your physical presence but the Holy Spirit connects us in this special time. Your pastoral care team is organizing contacts with everyone in our data base to check in, provide support and help you stay connected. Staff is working from home but available by phone or email. 

Our adult choir director, Jack Walton, has moved with his wife Sherri to Austin Texas. Jack and Sherri had been pondering the move to be near their grandson, Eli. Their timetable was moved up precipitously by the social upheaval we are experiencing. We will miss Jack's expertise in the choir loft, in the office and especially will miss his enthusiasm for recruiting new choir members! Jack and Sherri, we are sorry we could not give you a proper goodbye. Blessings in your new home. 

Last Sunday in our gospel, Jesus restored the sight of a man who had been blind since birth. The Pharisees could not see the miracle right in front of them. They were too busy asking questions and pointing fingers. How often do we miss God's work in front of us because we are too busy, too distracted, or too afraid? How often are we blind?

Some might call this an apocalyptic time - a time of revealing, seeing things as they really are. Perhaps God is opening our eyes to see how connected we all are, to see how fragile we are and how we need one another. Perhaps God is deepening our compassion, mercy and patience with one another. God did not cause this crisis, but God can work for good in the midst of it. 

All around us we are seeing signs of God's love and mercy. Take a picture and send it to us! 

Blessings,
Rev. Mary Kay+  
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In Memoriam
Long-time parishioner Bill McDonald died at Falcon's Landing last Friday, March 20 at the age of 95. Please pray for his wife of 72 years, Anne, and for their sons Bill Jr. and Jonathan, and their families. Funeral plans are pending; burial at Arlington National Cemetery.  
Prayer List
Pray for those who suffer in body, mind or spirit:  Colgate, Connor, Katherine, Mary, John, Cinda, Carol, Chris, Jeanne, Abby, Madeline, Ken, Kelly, the Ginieczki family and all those being prayed for by our prayer teams. We pray for those who have died, and those who have lost a loved one through death: Sara, Mullin, the Cross family, the McDonald family, Frances Schwebius . We pray for our clergy, vestry, ministries, church staff, school staff, parents, and children.
Church Office Closed
Due to the continued concern for the safety of our parishioners, families and staff the church office will be closing effective 3/24. All staff will continue to work remotely during this time. All phone calls and emails will continue to be answered in a timely fashion. If you need to contact us please call 703-729-0570 or email office@sdlife.org .
Holy Week & Easter
At the instruction of our bishop, we will not hold in person services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week or Easter. We know this is difficult and will be quite different than ever before. Yet, Christ will be risen! and we will provide virtual services as best we can. Please stay tuned for details, and rest assured that we will truly celebrate the resurrection on the first Sunday we can gather together in person.

"Seeing God"
This past Sunday we were asked by Rev. Mary Kay to send in photos of instances where we "see God." Please send your photos and a tagline (optional) to  communications@sdlife.org  or tag us on Facebook. We will be posting these photos to our  website  and social media sites. Thank you!
Youth Ministry
We will gather on Zoom at this link Sunday at 4:30. We will hear from everyone and see how they are doing. It will also be an opportunity to ask Fr. Will and the adults questions about what is going on and God in the midst of everything. You may also join us on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon prayer at 1 pm on the youth Instagram account @sdyg_ashburn.
Kid's Corner
This past Sunday we were asked by Rev. Mary Kay to send in photos of instances where we "see God” during this time of pandemic. God is everywhere and in all things. Just like the blind man who could see, his eyes were made well and able to see the world in a new way. How are you seeing God show up in new ways as so much is changing in our lives. Click the link here….
Tuesday/Thursday Theology for Kids. Check out our St. David’s Facebook Page for a short God Story and activity on Tuesday’s and Thursdays’.
Join us for our virtual services!
Please join us for Worship on Sundays at 10 am on Facebook Live. We will follow the service with a virtual coffee hour at 10:45 on Zoom
Compline daily @ 9pm
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Weekday Morning Prayer
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