September 15, 2020
Happenings at St. David's
Greetings!
We live in tumultuous times. We can easily find reasons to judge, to find fault and be offended. Outrage is the new normal.  We are so certain we are on the right side.  

Trust Jesus to challenge us if we get self-righteous. When Peter wants a guideline for how often we need to forgive, Jesus is not content to give him a reasonable number of times. Always, Jesus says. You need to forgive, always.

What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is not forgetting the wrong or hurt, condoning or excusing behavior, or a pass from the consequences of sin. Forgiveness does not mean justifying oppression or abuse. Rather, forgiveness is refusing to let the past predict or influence the present or future. Forgiveness is unbinding ourselves from the power of evil and resentment and reclaiming our own power to work for healing and good.  

Forgiveness is hard. I'd rather be outraged, sometimes. I'd rather be right. But when I listen to Jesus, and see his example of forgiving even those who tortured and murdered him, I know that I am in need of forgiveness more often than not. As I receive the unconditional forgiveness of Jesus, I'm also given the grace to offer a bit of that forgiveness to others. As the outrage wanes, the compassion rises. The grace flows. Healing becomes the new normal.  

Thank you, Jesus.

Blessings,
Mary Kay+
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
Pray for those who suffer in body, mind or spirit: Colgate, Mary, John, Cinda, Carol, Chris, Jeanne, Abby, Ken, the Ginieczki family, Lou, Cindy, Bob, Kelly, Ismael, Myron Ross, Eliza, Lois, Chris, Anne, Carol, Elizabeth, Jemre, Tom, Corbin, Grace, Jacob, Steve, Marlene and all those being prayed for by our prayer teams.

We pray for those who have died: Bill, Bern, Donald, Carol Jean, Lance, Charlene, Lynn, Orit, Paul, Joel and Wayne; and those who have lost a loved one through death: the Cross family, the McDonald family, the Bonifant family, the Sartelle family, the Bidwell family, the Decker family, the Kellen family, the Mercy family, and the Whiting family, the Murphy family, the Gardner family.

We 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 coronavirus 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.
Outdoor Worship Service - 9/19 at 6 pm
We have a few slots available for our outdoor worship service this Saturday at 6 pm. If you are interested in attending, please sign up here.
Sign-up for Virtual Bingo this Friday at 7 pm by clicking here.
St. David’s Video
St. David’s is making a video and we need your help! Grab your iPhone and take a picture or make a video that answers the question: What do you love about your St. David’s family? You can send your picture or video directly to Maureen at mcarey@sdlife.org. Thank you so much for being a part of this very important project!
Wednesday Evening Family PJ Compline
September Christian Education is offering PJ Compline live via ZOOM on Wednesday evenings September 16th, 23rd and 30th. Come in your PJ’s as we pray Children’s Compline. We will use the book : Candle Walk – A Bedtime Prayer to God. This book introduces children to a bedtime ritual of compline prayer that illuminates God’s peace, protection and love. Link to the live ZOOM can be found here.
       Every week on Wed, until Sep 30, 2020, 3 occurrences
       Sep 16, 2020 07:00 PM
       Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM
       Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM
New Men’s Group Ministry!
Pending final vestry approval of a ministry plan, St. David’s has a new men’s group ministry – The St. David Men’s Fellowship – Fr. Emmanuel Johnson Chapter. And the ministry is already off and running! A total of 25 men (plus Rev. Mary Kay to keep us honest) attended the group’s inaugural Zoom meeting on Saturday, August 15th and our roster now counts a total of 31 members. During the our first meeting, we selected a name with St. David (the saint and not the church) as our patron saint, reviewed proposed mission and vision statements, decided on a logo and elected leaders. God was looking over and moving within the group!

The leadership team includes Jenkins Cooper (Chair), Buz Price (Vice Chair), Mike Gibson (Secretary), David Sheatsley (Treasurer), Will Samson (Parliamentarian), and Rev. Mary Kay as our Spiritual Advisor. The Fellowship is in good hands!  There are also three committee chairs that are integral members of the leadership team, including Ricky Barker (Fellowship/Membership Committee); Tim Vorce (Service/Outreach Committee); and Gerald Cooper/Richard Nutwell (Racial Reconciliation Committee)

The Fellowship was formed following the dissolution of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew chapter, due to the inability of BOSA National to issue a timely statement against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.

The ministry is open to men of all ages and will meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month via Zoom and then in person once we are able to break bread together. For more information, please contact us at Fellowship@sdlife.org.
Alleluia Ministry Updates
The volunteers and donors of the Alleluia Ministry have been faithfully serving our brothers and sisters in Christ at St. Gabriel’s since April. The ministry is growing so there will be changes made so more people can have an opportunity to serve and share the bounties of God’s table.

AS OF AUGUST 29TH, ALL ALLELUIA MINISTRY DONATION ITEMS WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE ST. DAVID’S ANNEX - 43600 Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn - on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The items will be packed for the 65 families at the Annex on Mondays by volunteers.

Each Monday, starting on September 14th, we will need to fill the following volunteer roles:

1 Team Leader - Assist all volunteers, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
1 Donation Receiver - Receive donations and help organize them, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
2 Produce Packers - Prepare the needed produce bags for each family, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

PLEASE USE THIS SIGN-UP GENIUS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS VITAL MINISTRY.
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.
You can access all these services on our website or on our Facebook page. Click here to access our Worship Resources.