June 5, 2021
Upcoming Events and Gatherings
Indoor Worship Has Resumed Sundays at 10am
Family Tables Coming this Sunday!

In case you missed the announcement, we are excited to announce that we have resumed indoor worship services every Sunday at 10am! And starting this past Sunday, you no longer need to register beforehand! Please note that masks are recommended while you are in the church building.

Starting Sunday, June 6th we will have several tables in the Sanctuary where families can sit together during the worship service. Coloring pages and crayons will be available and you are welcome to bring a snack and drink as well!

We have also moved our online service time to 8:30am! We hope you can watch the livestream with us before your day gets busy or as always, you can watch the archived service anytime that is convenient for you beginning Sunday afternoon.
Graduation Sunday is June 13th!
We can't wait to celebrate our graduating students both in our online worship service at 8:30 am and our in-person, indoor service at 10 am. 

If you have, or know of a student graduating from high school, college or graduate school this year, please click here to provide the name of the student with pertinent information such as school graduating from, degree achieved if post secondary and next steps (education, military, career plans, etc). 

We would also love a photo of the graduate. It can be submitted by emailing it to our communications team.
Every Sunday Morning, 9:00-9:30 am

Families with elementary-age children are invited to join us for an exciting, interactive gathering! Parents and children can join from home for bible stories, prayer, songs, crafts, and time to get to know each other.

Anyone is welcome, so invite friends or neighbors to sign up too!

Register here to receive the secure Zoom link
HOPE Preschool Registration 2021-2022

After the long shutdown due to the pandemic, we are excited to safely welcome back our HOPE Preschool students, families, and teachers this Fall! Registration forms are available now online for HOPE Preschool for the school year 2021-2022.

Please visit their website for additional information, FAQs, and forms.
Weekly Scripture Focus
The Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:27 (NIV)
A Reflection:

Do you know your neighbors? They can be people next door, down the street, or across town. Jesus told a story about what it means to be a good neighbor, even to people you don't know. In the time of Jesus, the Samaritans and Jews did not like each other at all. Jesus was a Jew, and one day he told this story about a Samaritan and what happened to him.

  • What does this story teach us about being a neighbor?
  • Can you think of someone at your school or community that is new and might need a friend?
  • How can you be a good neighbor?

A Prayer:

Dear Lord, Thank you for the words of the Bible and for those around us. Please help us love you with our whole hearts and help us share your love with everyone around us. Thank you for Your love. Amen.
This Week's Highlighted Resources

This article lists some simple and cheap activities to do this summer, some with kids and some without. The goal is to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. It is also a good start to a bucket list to complete over the next couple months. What are some activities or road trips that you can add to personalize your list?

Hopefully this summer will be more fun, or at least provide families with more opportunities, than last summer. Reading should be a part of your summer plans also. This link of reading picks from Loudoun County Public Library staff are all fun summer reads.

Parents are asking what outdoor activities or camps are available for their children. Here is a resource that lists many organizations that offer kids sports programs in VA, MD, and DC. Click on the links in the website to find out more. My kids are missing physical activities and being social with other kids their ages. We are excited for our daily neighborhood walks and playground outings to begin again, with face masks and hand sanitizer at the ready.
Additional Resources