Happenings @ St. David's
Greetings!

Water is important everywhere but is especially precious in dry, hot climates such as the Middle East. So when Jeremiah compares the peoples' plight to a dry, cracked cistern that can hold no water, he is describing a dire situation. The people have stopped relying on God for sustenance and strength, and have tried to quench their own thirst, which never ends well.
 
How often we, too, slip into thinking that we don't need God, or church or prayer. Or we know we need God and yet don't ask or act to access that which gives us life. How quickly we become parched and dry, trying to fill our own cisterns. 

We need the living water which only God provides. What a blessing to know that the living water, from our font, from the Lord's table, from scripture, from Jesus is always there for us, abundant and clear, to refresh and renew. We need only remember, and turn and drink.

As the busy fall time begins, remember to include God time, church time, service and rest time into your schedule to stay connected to the life-giving, living water.

Blessings, 
Rev. Mary Kay+
Hearts Alive!
Starting Sunday, 9/22, we are excited to offer a new year-round Christian education program for children beginning at 10:10 am in the preschool (ages 4+ – 5th grade). Each week’s lesson will incorporate hands-on activities, an actionable challenge, and a reproducible parent page for further interaction at home. Online registration is available here . If you are interested in teaching, please contact Maureen at mcarey@sdlife.org.
Happening this week!
Wednesday, September 4th
12 pm   Centering prayer
7 pm Trustee meeting
9 pm     Compline (via Facebook)
Thursday, September 5th
7 pm Adult choir practice
Friday, September 6th
Church office closed for staff retreat
Saturday, September 7th
8:30 am Ministry Leaders meeting
6 pm     Saturdays @ Six service
Sunday, September 8th
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9 am     Contemporary Service
10 am   Sermon
11 am   Traditional Service w/Children's
Chapel
1 pm Grace to Go
4 pm    AA meeting
5pm Youth Fellowship Dinner (Annex)
7 pm NA meeting
Welcome to our new Seminarian Melina Dezhbod!
This coming Sunday we welcome our new seminarian, Melina Dezhbod! Melina is a middler at Virginia Theological Seminary and comes to us from the Diocese of Connecticut. She will be with us through the school year, serving in worship and learning about our ministries. 
Introducing Bible and Breakfast (BnB)
Middle and High School Christian Education begins on 9/22 between services (10:10-10:50) with Bible and Breakfast. High School (grades 9-12) will follow an engaging Bible study with interactive video called Echo the Story . Middle School (grades 6-8) will learn about the Bible through much humor in a series called re:form . Light breakfast will feed the stomach while the soul and mind are nourished. Email the Rev. Will Packard, wpackard@sdlife.org with questions. Visit www.sdlife.org/youth-ministry to sign-up for this program, newsletter and events.
Rector's Sabbatical Experience
Our rector is back after her three month sabbatical filled with travel, learning, refreshment and rest. Her travel included a 10 day course in Jerusalem entitled "In the Footsteps of Jesus". Join us on September 21 and 22 after each service as she shares her sabbatical experiences.
Ministry Leaders Breakfast Meeting - 9/7
We have a ministry leaders meeting this Saturday, 9/7 at 8:30 am in the Annex for all ministry leaders . A light breakfast will be served.
Visitors = New Members!
As we know, St. David’s Church and School is a welcoming environment for area residents regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. We greet and hand out welcome bags to people willing to raise their hand and be recognized as a visitor. But, our welcoming doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s just the beginning. We offer newcomer orientation luncheons for visitors who want to get to know us better; followed by Coffee CONNECTs, graciously hosted by Donna and Philip Martin in their home, for an even deeper dive into the life of St. David’s.

For more information about Welcome/CONNECT contact Donna Martin at welcome@sdlife.org .
Youth Choir Rehearsals
Youth Choir at St. David’s will start a new year on Monday, 9/9. All will learn to sing a variety of spirit filled,
reflective, and enriching music.
Skills in sight singing, music theory, and vocal technique will also be taught.
Sessions are held Monday
nights and divided up by age as follows:
Cherubs (PreK-1st grade) 4:30-
5 pm, WOW (2nd-5th grade) 5-
5:30 pm, Seraphim (6th-12th grade) 7-8 pm. One does not have to be a member of St. David’s to participate in the Youth Choir program.
Throughout the year, the choir will
have a variety of performance opportunities,
including the 9 am and 11 am services at St. David’s. Contact youthchoir@sdlife.org to sign up.
Food for the Soul Potluck Picnic
Sunday, September 29, 12:30 pm
Come and Learn!! It is often said that one key to understanding people is to understand their food - the joy they find in sharing meals with family, friends and guests.
Food for the Soul will bring us together to better understand the term called “Soul Food.” Everyone has some idea of what soul food is, but do you know where these dishes originated? How they came to be known as “soul food?” Are you aware why/how African Americans have been both celebrated and persecuted based on these foods?
Various soul food dishes originated among slave communities and today they are celebrated dishes shared at elaborate Sunday dinners, family reunions, and many have become everyday staples around African American dinner tables.
The Food for the Soul potluck picnic will be an “all hands on deck” meal together made up entirely of soul food dishes that have been carefully selected based on historical value. You are invited to bring your favorite recipe of the following foods. Don’t have a recipe? No Problem! The BBC team has a collection of recipes to try. Pick up one at their table in the Narthex.
Sign up in the Narthex after services on Sunday to bring a dish, supply, or help out with the event.
Youth Ministry
Upcoming events:
Visit www.sdlife.org/youth-ministry or email wpackard@sdlife.org for more info.
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