June 23, 2020
Happenings at St. David's
Greetings!
In our gospel Sunday, Jesus offers sobering words of warning as he sends his disciples on their mission. The work is not easy, he says. The gospel message of love can paradoxically cause anger and division. Change is hard,and uncertainty is often harder. Justice and peace are hard-won. Relationships are complicated. We can identify with this warning and the difficulty in these unprecedented times. Where is God, and what is God doing? And what is our role as Christians in tending to our broken open world?

Jesus also offers reassurance and hope. Don't get paralyzed by fear. God is with us and for us. God is paying attention to what we need, working in and through us to create something new. Jesus shows us how to live faithfully in a broken open world: loving, forgiving, healing, and looking for the promise of resurrection life.

May we look to Jesus, follow where he leads, and live into this resurrection work.

Blessings,

Rev. Mary Kay
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A huge thank you to everyone for their generosity. During these unprecedented times, we are called into community in unprecedented ways. Your financial gifts to St. David's are of vital importance to support our ongoing ministries and our outreach to the most vulnerable among us. Please continue to offer your faithful gifts by mailing your check to our church office (at the address listed below) or clicking the button below. We also encourage you to sign up for electronic giving .
Prayer List
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, the Bonifant family, Donald Sartelle, the Sartelle family, the Bidwell family, the Decker family, Carol Jean Kellen, the Kellen family, Lance Mercy, the Mercy family, Charlene, Lynn, the Whiting family, Orit MossinsonWe pray for our clergy, vestry, ministries, church staff, school staff, parents, and children.

Loving God, we pray for all those who are affected by the corona virus pandemic. We pray for those who are ill and those who are anxious. We especially pray for all health care workers and first responders who are putting their lives on the line to care for us: Ed Puccio, Anne Brown, Kondeh Greaves, Kelly Hayes, Sarah, Haley, David, Dave, Ted W., Jackie Hindi, Mark Mangilit, Crystal Garnett, Latonya Daniels, Monica Preval, Michelle Rowe, Robert Gore, Marie Normil, Mashawn Parker, Hantz Joseph, Rhonda Grant, Lupe Guerrero-Nabavi, Janice Chapman Smith, Arlene Blackett-James, Tinea Savage, Annette Crossan, Paula Williams, Nicole Mansfield, Matt Blair, Jason Shelton, Susan Norman. Keep them in your loving embrace. Keep them safe and strong. Be our strong rock, oh Lord, our shelter in the storm, our firm foundation. Draw us closer to one another and to you. Help us to trust your promises and live as people of hope.     

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Grateful Farewell
June 2020 marks another transition at St. David's as we celebrate the retirement of Julie Hellstrom as our preschool co-director. Julie has served our preschool since 2002, bringing her exemplary skills as an educator and administrator coupled with her warmth, creativity and genuine love for the children to bless our St. David's families.  Julie’s legacy will live on at St. David’s preschool, in its unique quality and excellence in education, and in the lives of children and parents and teachers and staff changed by her presence, her commitment and gifts, and her loving heart. 

Although we will miss Julie at the preschool, we are glad that Julie and Dan are staying in the area and will still be an active part of our covenant community. We are delighted that our preschool will continue under the exemplary leadership of Ann-Marie Lanius as we move into the 20-21 school year.  Congratulations Julie, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Children's Chat
There will not be Children’s Chat on Sunday, 7/5. Children’s Chat will resume on Sunday, 7/12.
Becoming Beloved Community 101
What do we mean by beloved community? How do we define racism? What is white privilege? 'I'm not racist, am I?'
The topic of racism is difficult to talk about and often uncomfortable. If you have questions, or are curious but don't know where to start, come to this single session class on June 24, Wednesday at 7 pm. The ZOOM link can be found here .  We will define terms, outline the issues broadly and outline available resources. Come open the door.  You may read more here, view additional information and resources here or email bbc@sdlife.org.
Fly Like an Eagle!
Scout Troop 58, for which St. David’s is the chartering organization, awarded scouting’s highest honor to Michael Boyd at an Eagle Board of Review on June 15 th. Troop 58 now has an unprecedented 14 Eagle Scouts among its ranks. A plaque identifying and recognizing the accomplishments of each of these scouts is located in the hall above the water fountain.

Michael is a “founding member” of Troop 58 and, over the years, has helped mold and lead the troop. Michael graduated from Stone Bridge High School and has been accepted to Christopher Newport University – his first choice – and plans to major in Computer Engineering. He will be successful!

 Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is relatively rare, with fewer than 5% of boys who join scouting making it through the ranks from Scout through Life, while meeting the “surmountable obstacles” and steps associated with each rank. To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the scout must have completed each of the ranks and demonstrated leadership qualities among many others. The scout must also earn at least 21 merit badges, 12 of which are required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Oh, and then there is the Eagle Scout project!
Join us for our virtual services!
Please join us for virtual Worship on Sundays at 10 am. We will follow the service with a virtual coffee hour and children's chat at 10:45 on Zoom. Details are available on our website.
Weekday Morning Prayer

Please join us on for morning prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am.
Compline
Join us every night at 9 pm for Compline.
Family PJ Compline on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
You can access all these services on our website or on our Facebook page. Click here to access our Worship Resources.