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Hightlights from the 2017 Adult Forums


2017 Ordinary Time and Advent Season Adult Forums: 

Sept. 24:  Where your treasure is, there will your heart be
As the annual Stewardship campaign begins, the committee will talk about use of our “Treasure” from a spiritual viewpoint.

Oct. 1:   Send Us Into the World in Peace
As Christ’s disciples, how do we live out the words of the Dismissal that we hear each week?   In the Gospels, Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”  As we go forth to serve, we need to ask ourselves, “Who do I say that I am?”

Oct.  8:   Forum with Bishop Joseph Garang
Bishop Joseph will give us an update on the conditions in the Sudan and South Sudan regions.

Oct. 15:  Coffee Hour

Oct. 22:  Ingathering Sunday – Planned Giving
Looking to the future of the parish and exploring how to make a contribution for the next generation at St. Mary’s.

Oct. 29: Just as I have loved you, you should love one another
St. Mary’s newly formed Pastoral Care Committee will explain its function in our parish and how it will hopefully serve the needs of our members.

Nov. 5:  Coffee Hour

Nov. 12: The Sinews of the Body of Christ
Diocesan Convention, the Compass Rose Society – what are the various components of the Anglican Communion with which St. Mary’s is involved?  How do they impact our engagement with the world at large in response to Jesus’ command to go forth as his witnesses?

Nov. 19: Lord, when did I see you hungry?
St. Mary’s Outreach is in relationship with a number of hunger ministries.  Come listen to representatives talk about their mission and impact on our community.

Nov. 26:  Coffee Hour

Dec. 3:  Interrupted by Hope, Pt. 1
How do we prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of Christ? Our world measures Time in minutes and seconds.  As we begin Advent and a new liturgical year, one of the great gifts of hope that we need to reflect on is how the Church measures Time.

2018 Epiphany Food Drive


As we celebrate the gift of Christ’s birth, we invite you to bring a gift of food to feed the hungry at the Feast of Lights service, and on each Sunday during Epiphany. This year, the Season of Epiphany runs January 6 through February 13, 2018.

Look for AFAC collection boxes to drop off your canned food gift items. Thank you!

The food we’ll get from our Epiphany Food Drive will help keep AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) costs down and will provide them with the kinds of food they need.

AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items.  AFAC is most in need of the following Heart Healthy items:

  • Low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce)
  • Low sodium canned tuna
  • Low sodium canned beans
  • Low sodium canned soup
  • Low sugar cereal



Hunger Sunday

Thank you, again, for your generosity this Thanksgiving to bring in food and donations to feed the poor in our midst. St. Mary’s collected nearly 200 filled grocery bags of food for Samaritan, Doorways, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing and Arling Terrace View, Arlington Food Assistance Center and OAR.

If feeding the hungry is a ministry that speaks to you, there are ways to volunteer your time throughout the year. Pick up individual brochures at church, or download our Sharing Our Harvest article to learn how you can volunteer to help.

At the Nov. 19th  Adult Forum we heard from Daryl Wright of So Others Might Eat (SOME), Ned Leonard, who serves as St. Mary’s Outreach Coordinator, and the Va Episocal Region III leader for Stop Hunger Now, Sarah Hurst of Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), Charles Meng of Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and Donice Gilliland of St. Mary’s Outreach Ministry Chairperson.