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Bishop Suffragan Search Process Comes to St. Mary’s

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Paca Hall

Listening Sessions for the Bishop Suffragan Search

All members of St. Mary’s and from the Virginia Diocese are invited to attend.

The Search and Nominating Committee will be hosting Listening Sessions across the Diocese to gather people’s views about the desired characteristics for the second Bishop Suffragan.

Selected Virginia churches have lay representative on the Search Committee. Florence Dale is representing St. Mary’s.




In November 2017, the Annual Convention of the Diocese consented to the call from Bishop Shannon Johnston and the Standing Committee to elect a second Bishop Suffragan. The new Bishop will become the third member of an Episcopal team that includes Bishop Susan Goff, who also serves as a Suffragan.

Following are additional Listening Sessions scheduled so far:

Sunday, February 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.       Church TBD, Alexandria
Monday, February 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.       Church of Our Saviour, Charlottesville

Blessing of the Pets Oct. 8 @ 5:00 pm

Furry and Feathered Friends are invited to join us for the 5:00 service at the point for a Eucharist and a Blessing. Our neighbors from Rock Springs Congregational Church will be joining us and participate fully.
After the joint worship (outdoor) service at St. Mary’s fenced in “point,” we will have activities at three tables for those attending.
  • Table 1 – Certificates of Blessings to fill out
  • Table 2- Animal Tattoo’s for children
  • Table 3 – Goldfish, apple slices, water, and doggie and cat treats (Rock Springs and St. Mary’s to provide)
A photo area will be set up so that people can take pictures with their pet ( using their own mobile device or camera)
  • Please note: If it rains, we will move the worship service indoors, but the pet event will be rescheduled for another time.

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.

St. Mary’s Day: August 13, 2017

In addition to our three worship services on St. Mary’s Day, we have two fellowship events planned, and many reasons to give thanks.

After the 10:00 a.m. service, we will have a coffee hour reception to welcome our new associate priest, The Rev. Chris Cole, who will be with us on St. Mary’s Day.

As you may have read in the June Vestry update letter and in recent newsletter articles, St. Mary’s has been exploring avenues of a deeper relationship with Iglesia Santa Maria, a mostly Bolivian Episcopal parish in Falls Church that St. Mary’s helped to found years ago.

Parishioners from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church & La Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria are invited to celebrate our Patron Saint, St. Mary, on Sunday, August 13.

  • Location: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • 5:00 p.m.: Eucharist Worship Service
  • 6:15 p.m.: Barbecue Dinner
  • RSVP: August 10 via Paperless Post or Sign Up in Paca Hall

Evening Parking Information

 If you are able, please park at either The John Marshall Medical Building – 2501 N Glebe Rd, the entrance is on Old Dominion Drive or The Arlington Osteopathic Building –  2517 N Glebe Road, entrances on Glebe and Old Dominion. Let’s show our hospitality to Santa Maria parishioners by making room for them to park at the Glebe & 26th Street lot.

Thank you!



Get Ready for St. Mary’s Summer Book Sale


St. Mary’s parishioners Elizabeth Hale and Christine Hahn are organizing a booksale fundraiser to benefit the Arlington Pediatric Center (APC).
  • Saturday, July 8 from 9:00  to 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 9 from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

All of the money raised will go to the APC, and any unsold books will be donated to the APC so that patients can take a book home with them after their appointments.

Thank you for your support!

St. Mary’s Ice Cream Social


Come join us on the point for Ice Cream and fellowship.  This is a great chance to invite a friend.

When:  Thursday July 21st starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where: On the point, park as you normally do then walk past the red door and head toward the north side of the church.  We have a fenced in green space so you and your kids can run around without worry.

Who: Anyone can come.  So feel free to invite a friend.  This is a complimentary event put on by the committee on youth.  If you are going to invite a lot of people please let us know so we have enough ice cream.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

For more information, contact Sue Cromer

Donate used books for the Book Sale by Thursday, June 23!

Please donate gently used books, DVD movies and magazines appropriate for children up to age 16 for St. Mary’s annual book sale to benefit the Arlington Pediatric Center.

The book sale will be held in Paca Hall on

Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

and on

Sunday, June 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.

We have a fabulous collection of books for all ages at bargain prices. Stock up for the summer!

Collection boxes are now in the Glebe Rd. lobby for your convenience.

If you need to have books picked up, please contact Elizabeth Hale at or Christine Hahn at

Mark your Calendars: 2016-2017 Candlelight Concerts Sundays at 7:30 p.m.


  • September 18, Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano and Howard Bass, lute:  Music of John Dowland
  • October 16, Roger Isaacs, counter-tenor, Roger Oliver, tenor and Jeremy Filsell, piano: Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II “Abraham and Isaac”, Op. 51
  • November 20, Anne Veigle, piano, Gwen Smith, flute and Emily Dickson, harp: Music of J. S. Bach, Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré
  • December 18, St. Mary’s Choristers: Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with harp
  • January 15, Brass of Peace: A 13-member youth brass ensemble, now in its 40th season, Director Sylvia Alimena, former French horn player with the National Symphony Orchestra
  • February 19, J. Reilly Lewis, organ: Music of J. S. Bach, including the Gigue Fugue
  • March 19, Lena Seikaly, jazz vocalist
  • May 21, CJ David, tenor: “Dear Theo,” a song cycle by Ben Moore on letters written by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo

“Everyday Spiritual Practices” by Keith Anderson at The Falls Church

“One is a Whole Number” is hosting a evening discussion about:

“Everyday Spiritual Practices”

June 25th at 6:00 p.m.

The topic will be presented on a video discussion by Keith Anderson.  Keith is the author of The Digital Cathedral:  Networked Ministry in a Wireless World.  He is considered an expert on digital ministry in the modern world.
Our potluck and discussion will be at The Falls Church Episcopal in the Fellowship Hall.  You will want to park on Fairfax Street and you will see us in the room with the lights on.
For more information contact Sally Cook.