November 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to the monthly news. There are many ways for you to connect with God and with our neighbors at LCOC and beyond. You are invited to share this news with new neighbors and others who may be interested in hearing what God is doing through the people and ministry of LCOC.
This weekend!
What beauty am I creating or cultivating or inviting in?

This question was an ice breaker for a recent meeting outside of LCOC. At first, this seemed to be a difficult question to answer and then as people began telling stories, the mood and energy shifted within the people and in the meeting to create a sense of beauty, hope, and possibilities. 
There is no doubt that the challenges and opportunities of this year were more than anticipated. Sometimes, it was and still is easy to miss the beauty and the joy that is around us. So, I invite you to pause for a moment and answer the question - What beauty are you creating or cultivating or inviting in?

Some of the beauty that I am seeing at LCOC includes:
·        The Stihl Cadets working together as they plant, weed, mow, and create a beautiful landscape and as they care for the church building.
·        The gift of teamwork through volunteers from LCOC, Woodbridge Rotary, and the community serving, encouraging, and celebrating the packing of 30,000 meals to feed the hungry around the world.
·        The gift of walking, biking, and praying together in the Cloverdale, Montclair, Four Seasons neighborhoods and in a local park to raise funds to support ACTS in their mission to care for our neighbors in crisis.
·        The nurturing and encouraging of each other to grow in God’s Word through the sharing of ideas, insights, and questions and the openness to diverse viewpoints.
·        The willingness to learn and experiment through online worship and outdoor opportunities.
·        The caring and encouragement expressed through cards sent and calls made to support one another in the joys, losses, and challenges of this time.
·        The generosity shared to provide food, school supplies and more for our neighbors.
·        What stories would you add?
I give thanks that we have a God who creates, cultivates, and invites us to experience and to share God’s beauty in this world. On November 15, we will gather for our annual meeting. We will give thanks for what God has done through the LCOC ministry in 2020 and will look forward to the ministry in 2021 as we elect a new council, vote on a mission funding plan, and pray together for God’s leading in what is before us. 
You are invited to be a part of the beauty that God is creating through the ministry of LCOC. Please prayerfully consider using your gifts to serve on council and as you participate in the ministry opportunities.  Together and with God’s help and guidance amazing things are possible!
How will you create, cultivate, invite in, and share God’s beauty
at LCOC and beyond in 2021?

Pastor Darcy

This month I’m not going to say “November already?” This year has seemed to go on forever, don’t you think? We keep wanting to say goodbye to Coronavirus and masks, but both seem to have some serious staying power. At least masks are more popular than ever, and available in the craziest/cutest/most beautiful designs imaginable. Wearing amusing masks is one way to make lemonade out of lemons, which God EXPECTS us to do.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

In November, we celebrate Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent. Even though many of us expect to celebrate with fewer family members this time around, why not expand outward and make other families’ Thanksgiving more abundant by donating to Neabsco and ACTS? We’ll be holding them in our hearts and arms symbolically by sharing our abundance.

Lastly, I want to thank God for all of you who are members of LCOC or connected to LCOC in any way. Every Sunday, it is so gratifying to see more and more people participating in our Zoom Sunday services. Thank you all for your insights, enthusiasm and for sharing your time and energy and family with our church community. Have a blessed Thanksgiving month!

In Christ,

Denise Wilder
Please pray for the nomination process for the 2021 council and consider how God is calling you to share your gifts and time in 2021. Please contact Denise with any questions.
Opportunities to serve:
Council: Secretary, Worship, Property, Youth, Evangelism
Financial Secretary (non-council position)

November 15 - Annual meeting at 11:00 am
NOTE: currently all of our events use the same information.



10:00 am - worship via zoom
we will lift up the names of our loved ones who have died in this past year
12:30 pm - Outdoor Communion Service

Nov 1 – All Saints Sunday – 10:00 am - Zoom
Nov 4, 11, 18 - Wednesday Word and Prayer
         6:30 pm – Dwelling in the Word
         7:30 pm - Wednesday Evening Prayer service
Nov 22 – Christ the King Sunday – 10:00 am – Zoom
Nov 29 – Advent Begins – 10:00 am – Zoom
Wednesday Dec 9 – Advent Service of Hope – 7:30 pm Zoom 
Advent and Christmas are special times in the life of the church and in our families. While the pandemic has shifted the ways that we can worship in person, there are still many meaningful and creative ways to celebrate the gift of the birth of our savior.
What are your ideas? 
Please join the Worship Team at their next meeting on Saturday, Nov 14, 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. Or email Sonya or Pastor Darcy with your ideas and to be a part of the fun and joy in making this season special!
10:00 AM
We will explore Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday

November 4, 11, 18
Mid-week opportunity for prayer and dwelling in God's Word
6:30 pm - Dwelling in the Word
7:30 pm - Evening Prayer

10 Days of prayer
October 25- November 1
All Metro D.C. Synod congregations are invited to participate in two upcoming prayer series - 10 Days of Prayer before Election Day and 10 Days of Prayer following Election Day. Through this prayer series, we hope to reflect on how we practice our faith in public, how we care for our neighbors, and how we bear witness to God at work in our world despite the challenges of this year and season.
This series will begin during our synod-wide worship service for the Reformation, which will take place on Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 pm. At 5:00 AM every morning, a short devotional, written by leaders in our synod, will be made available on our Synod Facebook and Instagram pages.
You are invited to share these devotionals with members in your congregations and ministries!

November 14 at 8:00 am
On the Church patio

Condolence cards for Linda Staudinger's family can be send to:
Bruce Staudinger
2234 Riding Crop Way
Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Dennis Staudinger
3945 Star Tree Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32210-4578
Ways to give:
       15008 Cloverdale Road
      Dale City, VA 22193

LCOC is a beacon of light in this community.
Your financial support will equip LCOC to BE the church so that we can offer care, hope, and peace in these uncertain times - Thank you!
LCOC is blessed to be a blessing as we provide food and resources for local families to enjoy Thanksgiving this year! The following are TWO opportunities:
The items requested are:
  •  Pie crust 
  • Corn bread or biscuit mix 
  • Green beans / canned vegetables 
  • Instant mashed potatoes 
  • Can or jar of gravy, or gravy mix packet 
  • Stuffing 
  • Cranberry sauce 
  • Yams or sweet potatoes 
  • Pumpkin or fruit pie filling
  • Evaporated milk

Please bring these items to LCOC by NOVEMBER 18TH. The Stihl Cadets will help you unload your donations Monday through Thursday between 8 am and 1 pm. 
Questions, please contact Denise 
NEABSCO: (This is a Title 1 school which means that many families live at or the below poverty level)
They are requesting gifts cards in the amount of $25 (from Walmart, Giant, Safeway, Target, Aldi or any nearby grocery store). Note: due to the pandemic, they are unable to receive food.
Please bring the gift cards to LCOC by November 12th. The Stihl Cadets will be at the church Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 1 pm. 

Questions, please contact Jo Ann 
If you'd like someone to shop for you for either the food and/or the gift cards, please send your check to LCOC and indicate it's for ACTS or NEABSCO. Any funds given now through November 20th designated to ACTS, either by check or through VANCO, will be considered "Operation Give Thanks" donations. VANCO donations for the gift cards should be to "Other" and then type in "Thanksgiving Neabsco".  
Pet Blessing
Thank you to all the families that participate in our virtual pet blessing worship service on October 4th.

On October 3, LCOC participated in the 10th Annual Iwalk for ACTS. As it was Virtual, we had a group walk and bike in the Cloverdale, Montclair and Four Seasons neighborhoods. In addition, some walked on a local trail.
We connected as we prayed for the Community, walked together, and raised
$1,145 to support our neighbor's in crisis!
Project Mend-a-House has done a few small projects during this time of COVID-19. Thank you, Ralph, for keeping us connected! Email Ralph for more information!
Jo Ann Rudy where I've seen God this week! 

"It is late October and these precious blue dwarf irises are blooming their hearts out, making the Stihl Cadets' Day much brighter than usual!"

Also, Where I've Seen God this week:  "A sweet young disabled man who works in a local grocery store near my home always greets me with a smile. When asked "how are you", he cheerfully replies "I AM BLESSED BY THE BEST"! Each time I see him, he brightens my day and I thank God for him!
Congratulations to Jon Schilder as he flew the plane he built (an almost 20 year project) for the first time! Well done, Jon!
Takeoff October 9, 2020
first flight!
I flew my plane for the first time Friday morning 9 Oct! I know a lot of you have been following my saga for many years. I have been working on this project for almost 20 years. The plane handled well and engine temps remained cool. The approach and landing were a bit of a rush but that was expected. I'm looking forward to the next test flights. The takeoff video. Thank you for all of your encouragement and prayers.
Congratulations to Dr. Riley!

I received my Doctor of Education, with a specialization in performance improvement leadership from Capella University. My degree was granted on 30 September 2020. My capstone project was the development of a curriculum training solution to improve technical performance using a process improvement approach. This included the design and development of a curriculum to be presented as a workshop and an accompanying final report. With the conclusion of this program, I freed up 12-16 hours a week and have read 4 books since completion. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Mickie for her patience and the multiple reviews and edits of my capstone product.
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