Happenings @ St. David's

Our gospel this past Sunday reminded us of the extravagant love of Jesus, poured out for all of us so that we might pour ourselves out for others.  In this Lenten season, as we near Holy Week, take time to ponder the passion. Spend some time with Jesus as his ministry leads him to Jerusalem. Consider what he might have been thinking and feeling as he prepared himself and his friends for his departure.  Then join the crowd waving palm branches as we begin Holy Week next Sunday. 

The time for my planned sabbatical is approaching quickly. As I shared in January at our annual meeting, I will be on sabbatical from April 23 to August 5, 2019. My time away will include personal study, family time, and travel in the Middle East, including a 10 day pilgrimage in Jerusalem, "Following the Footsteps of Jesus".  Mark and I will continue travel in Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.  I am deeply grateful for this time to refresh and renew, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return. My hope is to use what I have learned to deepen our discipleship and to lead a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with you in 2020. 

In my absence  I leave you in the capable hands of Fr. Will and our wardens, Buz Price and David Sheatsley, our staff, trustees and ministry leaders. The Holy Spirit is always at work, and God is all over it!

Praying for you all in this holy season,
Mary Kay+ 
Evening of Elegance - 4/13
"Let There Be Light”
The St. David’s Episcopal Church Bromley Mission team in Partnership with Solar Light for Africa presents and Evening of Elegance on Saturday, 4/13. The Solar Light panels will provide much needed electricity to benefit the girls at the Bromley Mission School in Liberia.
7 pm – Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction
8:30 pm - Dinner with dancing to follow
Belmont Country Club
19661 Belmont Manor Lane - Ashburn, VA
Tickets are $100/person or $175/couple
For event and sponsorship information contact Magdalene Obaji or Francine Harmon.
Happening this week!
Wednesday, April 10th
12 pm   Centering prayer
6:30 pm Becoming Beloved
9 pm     Compline (via Facebook)
Thursday, April 11th
6 pm     Handbell choir practice
7 pm     Adult choir practice
Friday, April 12th
8 am      Prayer Vigil
Saturday, April 13th
6 pm     Saturdays @ Six service
7 pm     Evening of Elegance
Sunday, April 14th
Palm Sunday
9 am     Contemporary Service
10 am   Sermon
11 am   Traditional Service w/
              Children’s Chapel
4 pm     AA meeting
7 pm     NA meeting
Come this Saturday 4/13 at 1:30 pm and help strip palms to be handed out at our Palm Sunday services! Bring gloves to protect your hands.
Join us for our Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday, 4/18
7:30 pm Worship Service
Good Friday, 4/19
12pm Family Good Friday service
7:03 pm The ancient service of Tenebrae
Saturdays @Six, 4/20
6:00 pm Saturdays at Six Worship service
Easter Sunday Worship Services, 4/21
6 am Sunrise Service in Restoring Eden Garden
9 am Contemporary Service
11 am Traditional Service with Choir & Brass
Folded Hands, Bended Knees
Easter Egg Hunt 4/20 @ 10 am
Prayer Changes Things. Our Brotherhood of St. Andrew will be sponsoring a 12 hour prayer vigil for our congregation in the sanctuary on Friday, 4/12, from 8a m to 8 pm. What a perfect time to enjoy the serenity of our worship space here at St. David's for quiet, meditative time leading up to Holy Week. Verbal prayers will be offered by Brothers at the top and bottom of each hour. Come spend as make special prayer requests.little or as much time as you'd like, and make special prayer requests.
You are invited to our Family Ministry Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. 4/20. We will begin in the Sanctuary at 10 am for an interactive story followed by the egg hunt outdoors. Please donate two dozen filled plastic eggs (NO NUTS) for each child you have attending by Wednesday 4/17. Bins will be in the narthex, office and preschool beginning 4/7. Contact familyministry@sdlife.org if you have any questions and/or to volunteer.
Month of Abundance

St. David’s is celebrating our annual Month of Abundance. We ask our covenant community to donate non-perishable foods for Loudoun Hunger Relief each week as follows: 
  • April 14 - Canned meats (tuna, chicken)
  • April 21 - Canned tomato products (sauce, diced tomatoes)
  • April 28 - Healthy, individual snacks (breakfast bars, lunchbox sized applesauce or fruit in juice)
All food donations should be placed in the Loudoun Hunger Relief wagon in the back of the Narthex. Grocery gift cards are also welcome and may be placed in the offering basket or sent to the church office addressed to the Domestic Outreach Ministry
  Please celebrate the abundance God has given you
by helping us feed those in need.  
DOK Annual Ladies High Tea
VBS 2019 - To Mars and Beyond!
The St. Rose chapter of the Daughters of the King invites you to attend the Annual High Tea on April 27th from 1 to 3 pm here at St. David's. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan, speaking about "Strong Women of the Bible". There is no fee to attend, but seating is limited and you must RSVP to reserve a sea t. Reserve your spot today! Send an email to DOK@sdlife.org or call Karen Knox at 703-615-7257. Ladies are encouraged to wear your favorite hat or fascinator as there will be a prize for the best one in each category.
Get ready to blast into outer space with our "To Mars and Beyond" VBS theme this summer! Come join us for a fun-filled week (June 17-21) where we will explore where God's power can take us! Registration is easy and online!   Complete the online registration and submit $45 per child ( online payment also available! ). Confidential scholarships are available. Questions?? Want to Volunteer for a fun week?  Please contact our VBS Co-Directors, Allison Weitzel, Kim Nisco or Jenna Schmidt by emailing  vbs@sdlife.org .
Coffee Connect
New to St. David’s? You are invited to a “Coffee Connect” – an informal gathering in a home for Coffee and Dessert. Learn about the ministries and activities at St. David’s. Bring your questions, enjoy a relaxed setting, meet some new friends. The next “Coffee Connect” is 4/25, 7-9 pm at the home of Philip and Donna Martin. To attend, please RSVP to philiplmartin@comcast.net or (202) 316-5828.
Dining Connections
Enjoy making new friends and dining out? Interested in visiting with fellow St. David's parishioners in an informal setting? Join us for the next 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 information or to sign up, email diningconnections@sdlife.org with your name and phone number by Sunday, 4/21.
Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event
Saturday, May 4 th   9 am-Noon
Got any old hard drives? Bring your other typical electronics, tablets, phones, laptops, PCs, etc. (NO monitors please). A $10 per item fee will apply. Hard drives can be removed for an additional fee. Financial records? Shred ‘em! Proceeds from this event will be donated to Domestic Outreach.
(In the event of inclement weather this event will be canceled)
Youth Ministry Updates

We will not have Youth Group during Holy Week, (April 14-April 21) and will re-convene with Service Sundays on April 28. We will socialize and spend time in the assisted living facility at WaltonWood sharing energy and gaining wisdom in Christian Covenant Community. As usual, 100 percent of your time may also count towards service hours needed for school. Go to www.sdlife.org/youth-ministry or email youth@sdlife.org with any questions.  

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