October 2020 Newsletter
Greetings!
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.
GATHER  GROW  GIVE  GO
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MESSAGE FROM PASTOR DARCY
One of the spiritual practices that I am using is Dwelling in The Word.  The practice incudes time in prayer, reading the text twice with pausing and reflecting after each reading. Then I consider these questions through journaling:
·   What catches your attention in this text? 
What stands out to you?
·   What questions does this text raise for you?
·  What do you think that God might be saying you through this text?

Recently, the text I used was Exodus 3:1-6. This is the story of Moses at the burning bush. The following are some of my questions/reflections:

“Moses was keeping the flock of his faith-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” (Exodus 3:1)
I am curious about their experiences going beyond the place they had been.  What new sights, sounds, smells did they experience? During this time of the pandemic, we are being led to a place beyond where we have been. For example, we now have an online presence for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. It feels different as we cannot extend a hand in welcome or offer a hug of comfort. It sounds different because we cannot hear the full congregation singing together or responding in unison to the liturgy. It smells different because we cannot smell the delicious food that people bring to our potlucks.
Where is God leading us? 
What will ministry/life be like as we move through the pandemic?
 
“Come closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
This season is emotionally, physically, and spiritually challenging and exhausting. There are a lot of “new” things as we learn how to use technology at home, in church, in our schools and for work. We are grieving the loss of loved ones, the loss of what was, and the ability to connect with family and friends in person. There are different opinions regarding the pandemic, the election process, and what the best next steps are.
So, how do we take off our shoes and walk gently with each other,
 remembering that we are standing on holy ground?

This text is also a call story – God calls Moses by name twice and Moses responds, “Here I am”. I am curious – was Moses voice soft, loud, shaking, hesitant or bold as he responded yes to God’s call? We hear Moses later in this chapter ask, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” and God responded, “I will be with you.”
What do our voices sound like when you and when LCOC responds to God’s call?

This text is a reminder that you and LCOC are being called to a place beyond where we have been. It is both scary and exciting to be on this journey as we learn and experiment with ministry ideas and as we clarify what is important personally and for the ministry at LCOC.  Like Moses, we may want to say, “Who am I to be called” and like Moses we hear God say, “I will be with you.”

Pastor Darcy
MESSAGE FROM
DENISE WILDER, CONCIL PRESIDENT
Autumn arrived last week, bringing harvest time, cooler temperatures, and brilliant foliage all around us. God really outdoes Himself with the riot of color He provides this season, don't you think?
This October marks the beginning of our 2nd year of the 3-year New Connections Campaign. Some of the funds received have already been put into action to equip us to expand our reach through improved audio visual broadcasts in this crazy COVID 19 era.
We're very busy here at LCOC. We started Fall with a special in-person First Communion service September 23rd; then our Rise Against Hunger event on the 26th, and October 3rd we will begin our IWalk for ACTS individually or by joining together in groups. Remember Corinthians 5:4 "In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, the power of our Lord Jesus is present."
One final word to consider about the upcoming election season . . .
Proverbs 22:2 "The rich and the poor have a common bond, The Lord is the maker of them all."
Please cast your vote for whoever you truly feel will best serve ALL people.
In Christ,
Denise Wilder
LCOC - SURVEY FOR RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP/EVENTS
During this time of the pandemic, LCOC has continued to BE the church and to focus on our mission to GATHER…GROW…GIVE…AND GO! We have been creative and open to connecting in new ways using online technology and outdoor gatherings.
 
We seek your input as we look towards future in-person gathering opportunities.
Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey by Tuesday, October 6th.
 
Thank you for your time and input. 
 
LCOC Council  
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT ONLINE
NOTE: currently all of our events use the same information.




WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY WORSHIP - 10:00 AM
Outdoor
Communion/Prayer service
Thank you for being part of this special outdoor prayer and communion service. Congratulation, Allison P. for receiving your first communion.


WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Did You Know: Orb and Cross also call The Triumphant Cross. 

This symbol is a composite of a cross and an orb. Royalty would carry an orb to show their authority over their subjects. The Triumphant Cross is a symbol of Jesus’s reign over all creation.

Oct 4  - there will be a virtual pet blessing as part of the worship service. Email a picture of your special pet to Noris

Oct 14 – Healing service - stay tuned for more details.

Oct 28 - Nov 18 – 4 week Bible study followed by Evening Prayer – stay tuned for more details

The next zoom meeting of the worship committee is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3. We welcome all to join us and look forward to ideas you have to add to or improve the worship service.
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE
RESUMES ON SEPTEMBER 8TH
10:00 AM
VIA ZOOM
We will explore Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday
Upcoming Events
Oct 14 - Healing Service
Dec 9 - Advent Service of Hope

October 10 at 8:00 am
On the Church patio

TIME FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
JOIN THE LCOC NETWORK
WAYS TO SUPPORT GOD'S WORK
THROUGH LCOC
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!
CARING AND OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Please mask up and wear either an LCOC (Yellow - God's work--Our Hands
t-shirt) or a Thrivent T-shirt.
Need a t-shirt or have questions?
VIRTUAL IWALK 2020
TEAM LCOC will walk
on October 3 at 11am!
Join the LCOC team as we:
  • Walk to support ACTS
  • Pray for our local community
  • Connect with each other
There are 3 locations for the walk:
  • LCOC
  • Four Seasons( meet in the clubhouse Parking lot)
  • Montclair (meet at Dolphin Beach by the Pavilion)
Cloverdale pickup
We would like to said thanks to all the people who gathered together “God’s Work Our Hands” Cloverdale Cleanup.
LCOC made a big impact in the community!


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!
This year's Rise Against Hunger event was a rollicking success! LCOC church members, Rotary Club members, and others generously donated the necessary funds to pay for the ingredients for 30,000 meals. Coronavirus concerns greatly impacted the volunteer numbers, thus requiring us to scramble and yet limit how many could physically participate, but we came together like a well oiled machine.

The Thrivent seed money provided a lovely lunch, snacks, and drinks for the grateful crowd. Jo Ann and Roger Rudy, along with Sherman Basinger, had the tables and refreshments all set up beautifully when we arrived Saturday morning. And the Subway on Minnieville Road constructed our delicious sandwiches right on time. Thank you Thrivent!

Stories of Faith in Action
Stories are the foundation of our faith. They teach us how to serve God with humility. They remind us of our identity as God’s beloved children. They bring us together and give us hope for the future.

Given the challenges of 2020, we need stories of hope and unity more than ever
before. That’s where your 2020-2021 edition of “Stories of Faith in Action” comes in.
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Even as we face multiple crises, together we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.

Special Thanks

The Homeless Shelter Committee would like to thank the Eberle family, the Rudy family, Diane DeGroot, and Pam Miller for their contributions to help us prepare the meals for the Hilda Barg Homeless shelter. 
We will serve the shelter again in February.
Blessings,
Sandy Strychowski and the Gimmis
 
GOD SIGHTINGS
IN OCTOBER WE CELEBRATE
BIRTHDAYS
2 Colette L
8 Bailey Z
9 Pam M
14 Michael E
15 Kaley P
18 Troy S
29 Jean Z
29 Joan H
31 Gudrun A
31 Leslie B
ANNIVERSARIES
5 Diane and Mark D
8 Kendra and Richard S
22 Cyndi and Steve W
BAPTISM BIRTHDAYS
5 Cody K
16 Arianna R
17 Heather H
18 James M

SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Tyler R.
Tom M.
Ryan L.
Samuel B.
Xavier D.
Kevin B.