September 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
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR DARCY
The planning for and kick off of the fall ministry opportunities looks and feels different this year as we continue to journey through this time of the pandemic. In years past, at the end of August/beginning of September, I would begin to anticipate the excitement and joy of returning to two services, starting Sunday education, and seeing people gather again after their many travels over the summer. This year feels different as I grieve the loss of not being able to gather in person for worship and Bible study. At the same time, I feel grateful and excited for the ways that we remain committed to these spiritual practices and to growing in our relationship with God and with others. 
At this time, the LCOC council has decided to continue to worship via Zoom and YouTube Live with one service at 10 am on Sunday mornings and to have our Bible studies and other events on Zoom. When possible, we will have some special events that we will be outdoors. We are a work on progress and so I invite us all to be patient and flexible with each other as we experiment with different ways of gathering. 

My prayer as we move into the fall is that through the opportunities at LCOC, you and others whom you invite, will grow your understanding of God’s Word, and provide ways for you to experience how much God loves YOU, and to BE the church as we care for others at and beyond LCOC!  

Please read this newsletter for more details about upcoming ministry opportunities to Gather...Grow...Give...and Go! You are also invited to share ideas to council@lcocdalecity.org

Pastor Darcy
LCOC Welcomes new Office Coordinator
My name is Noris Quintanilla. I am originally from El Salvador. I become a U.S citizen in 2009. I am married and I have two boys. I love spending time with my family and learning new things.
My dream has been to work in an office. To reach this goal, I became involved with Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA). I started as a student and based on my performance I was offered an office job as a volunteer. My experience with LVA included a 10-hour training to become a certified Tutor. Meanwhile I was a teacher assistant. Later, I applied and was accepted into Training Futures. There I furthered my knowledge for office skills. After six-months, I earned my certificate in Administrative Support. Now that I am working for Lutheran Church of the Covenant. I feel that my dream has come true. I am not just working in an office, I also feel that I can be someone meaningful to other people by spreading the Word of God.
Message from
Denise Wilder, Council President
September is upon us! Hard to believe, isn't it? School is already in session for many, whether virtually or in person. Cooler weather is just around the corner.

And our annual Rise Against Hunger event is also just around the corner - on September 26th to be exact. We will be assembling 30,000 meals which will be shipped far away to needy communities, most likely in South America.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed funds toward the cost of the ingredients. Thanks go out to our church members as well as our community partners and the Woodbridge Rotary Club. The contributions are particularly gratifying since we were unable to conduct many of our typical fundraising events. Kudos!!!

This year's event will be different from past events, owing to Covid 19. Only about 30 people will be able to do the actual assembling to allow for appropriate physical distancing. Families are encouraged to participate, because the physical distancing is not as essential, particularly at the funnel station. We will require masks as well.

We expect to do 2 shifts of 15 people lasting 3 hours each. This could change, but if you're interested in being there, please contact me asap via email or text me at 540-841-4079. Also, please let me know if you prefer morning or afternoon.

As always, THANKS for being the church in the world.

Denise Wilder
Council President
HOW TO REACH THE OFFICE...
Noris can be reached via email or 703.670.4242.

To reach Pastor Darcy, call or text 703.283.9531 or email Pastor Darcy

NOTE: Pastor's is off on Friday, yet is available for emergencies.
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT ONLINE
NOTE: currently all of our events use the same information.




WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY WORSHIP - 10:00 AM
Pet Blessing - Oct 4
As part of the worship service on October 4th, we will offer a special blessing for our pets.

Please email a picture of you and your pet or just your pet with your pet's name by September 29th.
Outdoor
Communion/Prayer service
September 23 at 7p
On 9/23 at 7pm, we will gather for a special outdoor prayer and communion service. During this service, Allison P. will receive her first communion.
Upcoming Events
Sept 19 - Cloverdale Rd Clean up
Sept 26 - Rise Against Hunger
Oct 14 - Healing Service
Dec 9 - Advent Service of Hope

September 12 at 8:00 am
via free conference call
712.770.5505 code 333631#
TIME FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
Everybody should have a 90th birthday like mine! Birthday cards with wonderful inspiring messages, a parade of cars with balloons and sighs. It was an affirmation of faith and commitment from LCOC.
Thank you Stihl Cadets for the balloons and decorations, Thank you Brian for the pictures and thank you Pastor Darcy for your care and compassion for me and for all of us.
Through the grace of Jesus us shall all live on.

Lloyd Lyngdal
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!
CONGREGATION CARE
Please send a card to Linda Staudinger at:
 
BridgePoint Hospital National Harbor
4601 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SW
Washington, DC 20032
Attn: Linda Staudinger, room 247

Main Number: 202-574-5700
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Cloverdale pickup
Stihl Cadets Tricia, Debbie and JoAnn request your presence for the “God’s Work Our Hands” Cloverdale Cleanup on Saturday, September 19th, 9:00 A.M.- rain or shine.
Meet in front of the Upper Fellowship Hall where trash bags, safety vest and gloves will be provided. Remember to “Mask-up”!
VIRTUAL IWALK 2020
October 3-10
The 10th annual IWalk will VIRTUAL! This means that you can walk, bike, run, kayak for 5k anytime between Oct 3-10.
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!
GOD SIGHTINGS
IN SEPTEMBER WE CELEBRATE
BIRTHDAYS
1 John E
3 Amy M
8 Venus O
8 Lucas S
10 Greta S
26 James M
28 Sarah S
ANNIVERSARIES
4 Harriet and Brian R
9 Britt and Jason P
BAPTISM BIRTHDAYS
3 Victoria G
3 Jeffrey M
6 Georgiann T
7 Melissa M
16 Mark G
29 Allison P
29 Tyler P
SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Tyler R.
Tom M.
Ryan L.
Samuel B.
Xavier D.
Kevin B.