Church of the Holy Spirit's monthly e-newsletter, the  Godsend.
LENTEN Godsend 2019
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Table of Contents
Article 1 A Dangerous Prayer by Pastor Clancy Nixon
Article 2 How God Called Me to a New Role b y Jim Heigl
Article 3 How CHS Supports Sanctity of Life b y Marilyn Heigl
Article 4 A Journey from Darkness to Light b y Brian Conover
Article 5 " Dying in Islam, Rising in Christ" book review by Pastor John Nuzum
Article 6 Middle School Mania Report by Sara Johnson
Article 7 Pilgrimage to Israel b y Ronda Link Millman
Article 8 Kitchen Table After Nap Time (Jesus Heals Mother Wounds)
Photos: Junior and Senior High - REACH 2018
Photos: Elementary and Youth Participate in our Epiphany Drama
Photos: Senior High Retreat with The Falls Church Anglican
Thank You Note from Claire Grubbs Fedele
Upcoming Events
A Dangerous Prayer
by Pastor Clancy Nixon

Last week Jack Haye, who is the president of Patrick Henry College, invited me to lunch. He shared with me a prayer he was led to pray about ten years ago. It went something like this: “Lord, I commit to say ‘Yes” to you in anything you might ask me to do, so long as I can discern clearly that it is your voice that is speaking to me. But you know as well as I that some ‘yesses’ would be harder for me than others.”  Immediately after he prayed that prayer, Jack sensed the Lord say back to him, “Write down your six hardest “yesses.”   He prayed about what those might be, and in that prayer session, he did write down six hard yesses. One of them was to leave his comfortable and satisfying life as an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank and go into full-time ministry – which he did, a few years later. In fact, he has now said yes and done 4 of the 6 hard things on that earlier list!
Jack said to me, “That was a dangerous prayer.” Yes, for him and us - Dangerous to our complacency; to our self-centered expectations; and to our plans for a comfortable life. 
This prayer is one of surrender, of self-denial. Every Christian is called to this sort of surrender to God, and yet it is far from the norm among us. It is the starting point for what it means to have a Lord – a sovereign ruler of our lives.
Lent is a time of self-examination. “Search me, oh God… and see if there is any wicked way in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24  Lent is a good time to seek the Lord about the big questions of life – about your priorities in life, your calling, and your future. If you have questions about discerning your calling, please speak to one of the clergy.
For Lent, the Church calls us to take something on.  Here is a challenging spiritual discipline for you to consider. Ask God to reveal to you any areas of resistance or fears you may have to the call of God on your life – like Jack did. Determine in advance that you will do whatever God calls you to do, so long as you can be sure that it is indeed God calling you. 
For Lent, the Church calls us to give something up.  It may be certain foods or media for a fast, some bad habit you are convicted about, or anything that is getting in the way of your fellowship with God. It may be something much bigger, like your plans for a comfortable life.  As Robin Mark sings on the album Revival in Belfast, “All of my ambitions, hopes and plans - I surrender these to your hand. For it’s only in your will that I am free.”  Amen.+ 
A Missionary Couple among us Reach Out
How God Called Me to a New Role
by Jim Heigl
Clancy’s sermon on “Avoiding God’s Call” is dancing around in my head as I write this.
I retired from Prison Fellowship the end of December, and was searching for ways to use my retirement hours and days; be it fishing, golfing, sleeping, traveling, reading or other thing’s I missed during my 56 years in the workforce. God used a trip to Italy, a day at Assisi and reading Chasing Francis to call me .
I’d been asked to take on roles in our diocese, and several other ministries, each asking me to raise money for them. I had succeeded doing that at PFM, but God’s call was to step away from the administrative or “white-collar world” and to humbly use my hands helping others less privileged than I.
I was led to Tree of Life (TOL), an emerging local ministry now serving the needy in Leesburg and Eastern Loudoun County. TOL has had great success in Western Loudoun, yet the need is even greater in CHS’s backyard. TOL serves the needy through the 5 branches on this tree: Food, Shelter, Clothing, Life Skills, and Medical. I’m focused on providing food for those among us who too often go hungry. This means supporting Marilyn as she runs the Tuesday Community Dinner serving the poor, the disabled and those in ESL classes.
My primary role is organizing and launching a food delivery service to those who have neither the money nor the transportation to obtain basic foods that they need to get through the month. We have sourced enough non-perishable foods, have a warehouse for packing and sorting, and a staging area in Leesburg where we can pick up packaged food and show the love of Jesus by delivering these foods to our needy partners.
A summer clothing drive is planned for May, and life skills training to include ESL is underway. A search for shelter for homeless partners and a network of low-cost healthcare providers are underway.
We at CHS can participate now . Our small groups could take ownership of a Tuesday night meal every month or two, helping Marilyn feed 60 or so people downtown. Or a few could give a couple hours during the week to help us pack food for delivery to a needy family. Or you could team up with someone to take packaged groceries from our storage area and deliver them, showing the love of Jesus and sharing a little of yourself with them.
Finally , you can help by girding this ministry in prayer. God may call you to help identify someone in need. He may call you to help with the Tuesday night dinners. Maybe He wants you to use a couple hours a week to pack out food for delivery. Or, how about spending an hour or so on a Saturday morning delivering the love of Jesus and 70 lbs of food to help a family get through the month. He may even ask you to personally donate to TOL individually as CHS is doing.
If you want to know what you can do to help us help the needy, ask Marilyn, or Rev, Dean and Glorianne, or the Doucette’s or me. You might even tell Clancy that you feel God’s call and you aren’t avoiding it, but are ready to respond.+
How Church of the Holy Spirit Supports Sanctity of Life
By Marilyn Heigl
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Here are three recent examples of how we live out these biblical truths at Church of the Holy Spirit. 
Here are three ways Holy Spirit supports Sanctity of Life .
First, on Friday, January 18, 2019 several people from CHS joined with Anglicans For Life and many other pro-life groups, on the National Mall in Washington DC for the annual March for Life. We march in defense of those who cannot speak for themselves – the preborn, the elderly and those with serious disabilities – many of whose lives are at the mercy of government legislators
Then two days later , on January 20, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday was Celebrated at CHS (something we do every January) to mark the anniversary of the tragic 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
We had a powerful worship service which included a moving testimony, a compelling sermon and a creative fund-raising opportunity.  Christin Amdur shared her personal testimony; her story of having a difficult childhood and adolescence that led her into a promiscuous lifestyle and ultimately an abortion at a young age.  She told of the pain and anguish that decision caused her for many years, and then how she found forgiveness through Christ and became a new creation in Him. Christin now leads other women struggling with the same pain and sorrow of a past abortion through the Healing Journey Bible Study at Mosaic-Virginia . For more information about this Bible Study and program, please call Mosaic at 703-729-1124. All calls are confidential.)
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me, my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:3-5
Pastor Clancy’s sermon combined the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife - and Life . And he did so in a most compelling way. If you missed it for some reason, it is available to hear online. This is one not to miss! “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
Finally, at CHS we participate in a fundraising event. We have has been faithfully supporting our local Pregnancy Care Center, Mosaic-Virginia , with their annual Baby Bottle Campaign which began on January 20 th and continues through the month of February (although I am sure they would receive a baby bottle filled with cash at any time.) 
Thank you to all who participated in helping Mosaic raise funds to support women facing unplanned pregnancies, with many free services, including ultrasounds, STD testing/treatment, and mentoring programs (for women who choose to carry their babies to term.)
I am thankful that CHS and our pastors have committed to boldly proclaim the sanctity of every human life, whether born or unborn! +
A Journey from Darkness to Light
By Brian Conover

I magine you’re in the middle of a deeply wooded area. Dark clouds of blackness that incite trepidation linger above. The thunder roars, and as you look up, your body shakes. Looking down, you realize that your feet have settled into quicksand. You’ve probably never literally had that feeling; but imagine that as you feel yourself sinking deeper, you realize that you’re getting stuck and cannot rescue yourself. The fear that you’ve experienced in waves during much of your life now takes over your entire body, as you fear for your life. As you struggle to inhale, you grapple with the reality that certain death awaits. Into the scene comes a stranger. He speaks softly to you that everything is going to be okay. Then he pulls you with mighty and tremendous strength to lift you out to safety. You embrace and tremble as he holds you, with the faithful assurance that he is not going to leave you from there.
Little did you know , you both are now standing on a rock. It’s the most solid rock you’ve ever felt beneath yourself. As you gain your footing, you regain your confidence. He leads you through the woods to a banquet table, where the sun dances on lavish and perfectly placed china. You meet there day by day, in the presence of all your enemies, gleaning, laughing, thanking, praying, sharing God’s word, experiencing life with others who have similar stories who will become close brothers in arms through the battleground of life. You experience community like you never have before, and may never take part in again this side of heaven. The time comes to take what you’ve learned and do likewise for others, whatever that may look like in your individual calling.
This is my story - how Jesus ministered to me through my brothers at Muintearas House.
  “Greater love has no man than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” ~ John 15:13
Dying in Islam, Rising in Christ
SUGGESTED READING
By Pastor John Nuzum

After my return from Pakistan in December, one of my teammates, the Rev. Dr. Joe Knight, suggested I read a new book entitled, Dying in Islam, Rising in Christ, Encountering Jesus Beyond the Grave, by Cedric Kanana.
The book is well written and it held my attention. It’s a story about a young man’s journey- growing up in a dysfunctional family, in a country torn by civil war, and eventually living on the streets selling drugs to survive. His mother was caught in witchcraft, and his father was a Muslim sheikh.
Being educated as a young Muslim imam and apologist against Christianity in Rwanda, Cedric succumbs to a fatal blood disease. When his soul and spirit leave his body, he finds himself in hell for 12 hours being tortured by demons. Jesus appears to him, and sets him free by retuning him to his body as it was being prepared for burial.
While in high school, his mother took him to an Anglican Church in his village. He received deliverance in the name of Jesus, but Cedric was afraid to profess Christ, because of his reputation as an up and coming Muslim leader in Rwanda.
There is much to learn here. God can rescue people from the uttermost, when it appears people are beyond hope!
Cedric is now a Priest in the Diocese of Kigali, Anglican Church of Rwanda. He holds a MA in Theology from Uganda Christian University.+
Middle School Mania Report
By Sara Johnson

The middle schoolers at CHS continue to amaze me! They are truly growing in their faith and seeking to honor the Lord in their lives. Recently they worked diligently cooking a dinner for the Leesburg homeless shelter. They chopped, diced, sliced, and stirred for the glory of God! They cooked with joy and with love for their neighbors. It was the perfect way to end our study on the book of James where the themes of humility and putting faith into action were repeated.  
We continue to have fun at our Sunday evening MSM (Middle School Mania). We recently played balloon games that involved a lot of popping and static electricity! We also venture out once a month on Friday evenings for fun events. Our last one took place at Atomic Trampoline - the perfect place to use up all that extra teenage energy! These kids are awesome. Let me know if you want to join Keith and me in the coolest ministry at CHS! Email me at sarakeith@gmail.com .
Holy Spirit Families Visit Israel
Pilgrimage to Israel
By Ronda Link Millman
On January 21, we began our 11-day pilgrimage to Israel with Pastor Dean and Glorianne Schultz and several others, including Jon and Fenton Clenendin, Tad and Beverly MacGowan, Steve and Barbara Urban, Tim and Ronda Millman, and Terry Johnson.   There were only 11 of us who traveled this year to the Holy Land - our small group was like a home church!  We came together and prayed together, we shared stories and inevitably developed a bond of memories that can’t be broken.
It’s been said that a pilgrimage to Israel is a life-changing event, but that’s an understatement. It’s impossible to imagine just how impactful this pilgrimage can be – and in so many ways. The travel brochure provides just an overview of the various places where Jesus walked; there are so many more amazing sites to see, hear, and experience along the way – such as the only natural spring in Nazareth, Jacob’s Well, Peter’s mother-in-law house, the shores of the Sea of Galilea, the Pool of Bethesda, the Room of the Last Supper, the Gethsemane Garden, the Eastern Gate, and the Stations of the Cross. Oh, the Stations of the Cross… we did not observe the Stations on a church wall but rather on the streets of Jerusalem where Jesus actually walked! 
It’s astounding to know that all of these special places still exist, and many more continue to be uncovered over time. I’ve got to believe that other members of our group still talk about the 2019 pilgrimage almost daily as I do.  I truly believe that every Christian should have the opportunity to take this pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime!+
Finding Healing at the Immanuel Conference
 (Reprinted from Healing Center International’s March 2019 Newsletter)
Kitchen Table After Nap Time Testimony (Jesus Heals Mother Wounds)
by Anonymous
One of my traumatic memories was transformed into a gratitude/ appreciation story during the Immanuel Approach Conference in January. Jesus not only changed me, but also gave me insight into my mother's flaws (which were at the root of us never being close), so that now I feel compassion for her instead of anger or disappointment.
The trauma was about being left out, and feeling insignificant and misunderstood. I’ve carried these feelings for years. My self-confidence has been low, and I am generally an under-achiever. Around my mother, I struggled to feel like an intelligent adult (until perhaps the last few months of her life, when she had to depend on me for her welfare).
  In my Immanuel prayer session , I went to a memory of when I was about three or four-years-old. I had awakened from a nap in the late afternoon. It must have been winter because it was already dark. My room was adjacent to the kitchen, so when I opened the door, I saw my mom and sister (dad worked an afternoon/evening shift) at the table, already eating dinner. I felt deeply disappointed that they had started without me, and felt they didn’t care whether I was there or not.
  After inviting Jesus to reveal his presence , I perceived him to be sitting in my chair at the table, and he beckoned me to sit on his lap. He gave me a hug, and I felt really special—no one else got to sit on his lap! When Mom wasn’t looking, he whispered in my ear, “You know your mom is a little hard-of-hearing.” I immediately understood it wasn’t a physical hearing problem. It was her empathy-ears. I also understood she couldn’t help it—she’s handicapped! That’s why she doesn’t understand who I am and what’s important to me.
  I immediately “got it” and felt compassion for her. Before I could say, “But what about me… all the damage she’s done by not understanding my needs and not nourishing my gifts?” he said, “But it’s OK, because I’ll make up for it.”
 
What difference does this make? I have been prone to sinking into hopeless despair, where I cannot believe in the personal love of God. I trust in his general love and (most of the time) believe Jesus will someday welcome me home. But even in heaven, I expect to be just one of the crowd, scrambling to get the best view, but always in the back, neither seen, nor heard. Other, more exciting, gifted people will be ahead of me, and they’ll get more done in the kingdom (both now and in the Age to come).
  But now, when I savor this memory as an Appreciation Moment, I am convinced that Jesus loves me and calls me out of the crowd to be with him. I don’t know how he can love me so much—and love you that much, too—but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for him.
  When he said, “I’ll make up for what your mom couldn’t give you,” I got a huge boost of satisfaction and confidence. I think he “made up for it” in one fell swoop, but time will tell whether other areas of deficit pop up for healing. If they do, I expect he will give new insights, and more love will be poured out. He turned my trauma into a five-bar Appreciation Moment.+
CHS Youth Live the Life of Love
REACH 2018 - Junior and Senior High
Elementary and Youth Participate in our Epiphany Drama
Senior High Young Life Retreat with the Falls Church
A Thank You Note from Claire Grubbs Fedele
 Schedule of Upcoming Events


March 5 at 6:30pm S hrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Talent Show
March 6 at 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service
Mar 13-April 10 6:00pm Eucharist, 6:30 Lenten Suppers
April 14 9 & 11 Palm Sunday
April 18 7:00 Maundy Thursday Foot Washing
April 19 7:00 Good Friday Service
April 20 9pm Easter Vigil
April 21 9 & 11 Easter Celebration; Egg Hunt at 10:30!