All posts by Diane Kopasz

20’s & 30’s Gathers Sept 25 @ 6:00 pm

Capture a glimpse into this group as we gather for a meal (in Paca Hall) and conversation about our Response to God’s blessing — Fr. Chris will guide the reflection of this phenomenon. Jay and Lindsay Liwanag, who are part of the 20s and 30s group, will be there to help celebrate and extend the conversation about our talents, time and treasure.

Adults of all ages are invited.

Join us this Sunday, September 25 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.  Childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP via Sign Up Genius.

Sept 10: Regular Sunday Service Schedule Resumes

On Sunday, Sept. 10, St. Mary’s regular Sunday Worship Schedule resumes. 
>>Holy Eucharist at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. , 11:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.<< 

Sept. 10, we will have Children’s Chapel during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.

Sept. 17, we will resume Sunday School, which is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. downstairs. Adult Forums and coffee hours will also resume at 10:15 a.m. upstairs in Paca Hall.

Weekday Services 

  • Tuesday
    12:00 p.m. – Noonday prayer
  • Wednesday
    6:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
  • Thursday
    11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer

Justice at St. Mary’s: Fall 2017 Update

Thinking about social justice and race in America and wondering where to start?  We encourage everyone to exercise their Christian identity at one of the following events this fall.

WHAT: The Diocese of Virginia – 2nd Annual Intercultural Summit

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Updated Location:  St. Mark’s, 520 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220 804-358-4771

The events of Charlottesville highlighted the racial divide in our Country, our State and even our Church. How do we find our way to community from this chaos? Join the Diocese of Virginia’s 2nd annual Intercultural Summit to discuss critical issues related to the the multicultural church. You will meet and network with people of various cultures from our diocese and beyond.

Cost: is $15.00/ individual or $10.00 per person for a group of 4.

Interested? Contact www.thediocese.net/interculturalsummit2017 .


WHAT: Washington
 DC, March for Racial Justice

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE: The march will line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

This march is intended to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. Organizers are mobilizing a coalition of organizations, groupsand individuals to stand together for racial justice in Washington, DC., to create a just and equitable future for communities of color, so that we may all thrive together.  The march will line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill between 10 am and 12 pm, march to the Capitol and past the Department of Justice at 12:30, before culminating at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. A vigil at MLK Memorial will happen at sundown.

Questions? St. Mary’s Contact for the March: Alicia Phillips Mandaville apmandaville@gmail.com

Visit:  https://www.m4rj.com/

 WHAT: VOICE State Election Action

WHEN: Sunday, October 15, 4:30-6 p.m.

WHERE: Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville (Prince William County).

Join VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) leaders to hear from the candidates for governor and lift up social justice issues ranging from housing affordability and support for public education to immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and ensuring a future for WMATA.

Questions? St. Mary’s Contact for VOICE: Marjorie Green, vagreenfam@verizon.net.

Supporting the Dreamers: Episcopalians as Individuals Can Contact Senators and Representatives

The Presiding Bishop and the Virginia Diocese are supporting the bipartisan Dream Act, which will provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, brought to this country as children and now living and working under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

To show your support, go to the Episcopal Public Policy Network website for info on contacting your senators and representatives.

 

Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Dear Friends,

 

Throughout southeast Texas, rainfall of unprecedented proportions has flooded tens of thousands of people out of their homes. Hurricane Harvey is now turning back to Louisiana. Your prayers for the victims and for first responders are needed.

 

In conversation with staff and the Wardens, the St. Mary’s Outreach Committee has allocated/ reserved $5k in emergency funding for natural disasters. It makes sense to send those monies immediately to ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development).

 

Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us not to send food, clothing or other items because affected dioceses have limited or no capacity to receive, store or distribute goods. It is more efficient and better for the local economy to make a donation.

Episcopal Relief & Development already has actions in place for first-line aid.

  • If you too would like to make an individual donation to the ERD Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses, check here.

Faithfully,

The Reverend Andrew TP Merrow