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St. Mary’s Women’s  Retreat at Shrine Mont

September 28th through September 30, 2018

All St. Mary’s women are welcome to join us at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, VA, for a weekend of joyful fellowship, prayer, and relaxation. The weekend program starts at 5 pm on Friday, September 28th and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30th.

We hope you can join us for rest, fellowship, worship, yoga, labyrinth walk, small group discussions, guilt-free relaxation time and much more!

You can either pay by credit card, via Paypal, or by check. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be redirected when you complete this form. Please note: credit card payment price includes a $7 service fee.

If you are not paying by credit card, please drop your check for $195 made out to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church to the church office by 9/19 in an envelope marked “Attention: Elizabeth Bruington/Women’s Fall Retreat” to hold your reservation.

Scholarships are available: please contact Elizabeth Bruington at

  • Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.
  • Registration closes Wednesday, September 12th.
  • No refunds can be given past September 12th.
  • Due to the Shrine Mont policy, there is a two-night minimum stay cost.

Evensong & Ice Cream Social on Fri., July 27

Here’s the Scoop

St. Mary’s is hosting its annual ice cream social again this July, but we’re adding a few new colorful sprinkles to this summertime treat.

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) DC Singing Course will hold its rehearsals for the week of July 23-29 at St. Mary’s. All are welcome to come worship and support these outstanding choristers who are some of the finest young musicians from schools and churches across the United States.

Michael McCarthy of Washington National Cathedral will lead this outstanding choir for this transformative week of music making. Please join us for Choral Evensong at St. Mary’s on Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. The RSCM Choir will also sing Sun., July 29 at 4:00 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral.

Youth Sunday on June 3, 2018

Our annual Youth Sunday—this year June 3—is an intentional opportunity to engage young people to play a part in the regular worship life of the congregation.

Children in PreK-3 through 1st Grade
These children will sing the sequence hymn during the 9:00 a.m. service. Children should follow the crucifer to the chapel at the start of the service.

1st Grade
In addition to singing, the class will also host the 10:00 a.m. coffee hour. Families with 1st-grade children should leave refreshments in the kitchen before the 9:00 a.m. service.

2nd Grade
These children made the communion bread that we will use for Holy Eucharist on Youth Sunday.

3rd Grade
These children designed the Sunday Bulletin covers.

4th Grade
These children should arrive at least 15-minutes before the 9:00 a.m. service (8:45 a.m.) on June 3 for usher duty.

5th Grade
Volunteers from the 5th-grade class will serve as lay readers during the service.

Senior Homily
We are delighted to have Mia Landeck, a senior high school student, preach a homily on the appointed reading at the morning services on June 3, Trinity Sunday.

Youth Sunday is also an opportunity to give thanks to the teachers who have so ably led the children as they explored together the Bible and our Anglican traditions.

Please Note
  • Sunday School is on sabbatical now through August.
  • Children’s Chapel will continue to meet during the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, except on June 10. Children’s Chapel will resume meeting at 10:00 a.m. on June 17 during the summer months.
  • Volunteers for Summer Children’s Chapel and for the Fall Sunday School Year are needed. You don’t have to be a parent to teach—we are an equal opportunity outfit—everyone is welcome. The sign-up board is in Paca Hall and will also come with us to Shrine Mont.

For Questions about Children’s Chapel or Sunday School, contact Evelyn Hutton, Church School Superintendent at

VOICE & The Dream Project to Present at 5/31/18 School Board Meeting

On May 31st, the School Board will hear recommendations about how better to protect and serve immigrant and refugee students. These are the culmination of almost a year’s worth of work inspired by VOICE and its ally, The Dream Project.
  • Please mark your calendar and come out the 31st to show the School Board and Superintendent that the entire community endorses the need for action and will hold them accountable for taking steps now.
  •  ↓ Download the Report to read recommendations by a Working Group of community members and APS principals and senior staff who spent months examining the current situation.
What:     School Board meeting
When:    Thursday, May 31st, 6:00 p.m.
Where:   Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204. Note: This is a new location!!! Free parking is available in the garage connected to the Syphax center on levels LL, B1, and B2.

Questions?  Email Majorie Green,


Evening Discussion: The Call in East Africa

Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Committee on Tanzania Mission Trips invite you for dessert and conversation about our global mission efforts. Special guest speaker the Rev. Pearson Nhayo from the Diocese of Ruaha, Tanzania, will present some of his key research findings on the topics of cross-cultural ministry and communication within East Africa and beyond. What questions might St. Mary’s need to ask as we think about responding to the needs of our brothers and sisters within the Anglican Communion? All are welcome to attend!

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!