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Photos of Our Brothers & Sisters in San Lucas

January 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Photos of Our Brothers & Sisters in San Lucas

This past January, parishioners Leyda Fajardo and Dana Martin went to visit family in Honduras. This was a return trip, where they were able to lay the ground work to locate and visit San Lucas Episcopal Church, which is lead by its rector, The Rev. David Batiz. Click here to read [on page 4] a full account of Leyda and Dana’s trip.

Please enjoy a few more photos from Honduras which Leyda describes in her newsletter article. You will also see images of the church’s education building, which was financially supported in part by St. Mary’s several years ago.

…Father Batiz warmly greeted us with his charismatic presence and laughter. Within moments we were surrounded by the children, each of whom hugged us while welcoming us to San Lucas with infectious smiles. It felt like a homecoming and made us forget for a moment that until that time we had only known these wonderful people in our prayers!

…After joyfully taking many photos of everyone in the garden the mass began. In form and content, the liturgy was the same as at St. Mary’s. But it was heart-warming to see how it had been made uniquely their own. It was led by Father Batiz and the children!

…The mountain breeze wafted through the open windows. The joyful singing drifted out over the surrounding village. Father Batiz is a gifted preacher who loves to laugh. We all sang the Lord’s prayer to the tune of Bridge Over Troubled Water just as we do at Santa Maria [in Falls Church, Va]. It was a most moving experience that exceeded even our high expectations.

Save the Date–Sunday, Feb. 24–Capital Campaign Feasibility Sessons

January 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Save the Date–Sunday, Feb. 24–Capital Campaign Feasibility Sessons

St. Mary’s Capital Campaign Feasibility Study is Coming!

As you know, the Vestry voted to explore a Capital Campaign at St. Mary’s.  The first step in the process is to conduct a Feasibility Study to share information with the parish as to the needs and goal of a campaign and to hear from the members of the parish what their long-term needs and goals are for St. Mary’s.  As part of that process, information sessions will be held after each service on February 24th.
  • Lunch will be provided after the 11:15 a.m. service.
  • Dinner will be provided after the 5:00 p.m. service.
Please plan to attend one of the information sessions.
Additional information and activities related to the Feasibility Study will be provided in the coming weeks.

New Session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Kicking Off January 15

January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on New Session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Kicking Off January 15

After a holiday break, St. Mary’s team is kicking off a new 8-week session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Episcopal Church on January 15.

The classes will take place each Tuesday Evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, in the basement of Santa Maria at 7000 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA.

St. Mary’s volunteers have discovered that a one-on-one ratio of teachers to students works very well and hope to continue this practice. New volunteers are needed! Please join us for this rewarding opportunity to get to know our brothers and sisters at Santa Maria. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary and you may commit to as many or as few sessions as are convenient for you.

If you would like further information on the classes please contact:
Finally, rides can be arranged from St. Mary’s to Santa Maria.

Give the Gift of Warmth: Donate Coats, Mittens & Work Gloves

November 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Give the Gift of Warmth: Donate Coats, Mittens & Work Gloves

St. Mary’s Youth annual used coat drive is going on now through Sunday, Dec. 16th.

Please donate clean, gently used coats for men, women, and children.  All children and women’s coats are donated to the Arlington Pediatric Center (APC), one of St. Mary’s outreach partners.  All men’s coats are donated to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (ASPAN).

You’ll see a coat rack in the lower part of the church for the coats.

Last year we helped make hundreds of people warmer Thank you in advance for your help this year.

Warm Hands & Warm Hearts Mitten & Glove Tree now through January 6th.

We are collecting mittens for Bread for the City and inexpensive cloth work gloves for Shirlington Employment and Education Center. Hang your items on the “tree” in the Glebe Road Lobby.

Tis the Season for Cybercrime…Be Smart, Be Safe

November 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Tis the Season for Cybercrime…Be Smart, Be Safe

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that the cybercriminals are back at it phishing and spamming parishioners from area churches, including St. Mary’s. These criminals pose as clergy and ask for money or information.  Please note, at this time of year, St. Mary’s does ask parishioners to support the church or an outreach activity; however,  St. Mary’s clergy and staff would never email a parishioner using a personal email and ask for money or personal information.

  • Please always look at the email address to verify that it is legitimate. If you think it isn’t, don’t open it!
  • Please also note that St. Mary’s and our clergy have filed a report with the FBI Cybercrime unit in the past, and are prepared to do so again if necessary.

The following instructions are from Google regarding spam, spoofed email addresses, and phishing scams. If you use something other than a Gmail account, your email provider should have somewhat similar instructions (you may want to confirm with them what their mechanisms are for scam/phishing reporting).


What this warning means: An email address looks confusingly similar to the email address of a known sender. For example, the email address may replace the letter “O” with the number “0.” What to do if you see this warning: Don’t reply to the email or open any links until you can verify that the email address is correct. If you happen to notice a spoofed email address, but it’s not marked with a warning, be sure to report it as SPAM … without opening the message, drag it to your Spam Folder and it reports the email to Google.


What this warning means: The email may be trying to trick you into sharing personal information, like passwords or credit card numbers. What to do if you see this warning: Don’t reply to the email or open any links. If you happen to notice a phishing attempt, but it’s not marked with a warning, be sure to report it as Phishing … without opening the message, drag it to your Spam Folder and it reports the email to Google.

For those opening their mail on a computer, you could try changing your settings to PREVIEW PANE so that you can preview a message before you ever open it, and then you’d see that is was a bogus message.

For those who use an iPad, you could try going to MAIL and then click on ALL INBOXES. Then with your finger, slide one of these bogus messages to the LEFT. where you will see three choices: More, Flag and Trash. Click on MORE and you should see “Move Message” and then choose JUNK folder. If you have questions about this procedure, you could contact AppleCare Products online.

The items above are just some helpful tips to try to help you be aware of scams and phishing attempts. Unfortunately, the folks who do these types of things are getting more creative.

The Garden Has Gone to Bed

November 8th, 2018|Comments Off on The Garden Has Gone to Bed

By the time you read this, the garden year will be near its end, and the garden ministry will have taken a breather. But it is always a good idea to look back and evaluate the summer’s work–work that began in March. At that time we cut close to the ground the knock-out roses, the caryopteris, the grasses (stipa tenuissima) and the laurels. By April, all the beds had been weeded and mulched. In May, weeding continued, helped along by copious amounts of rain. June saw the seeding of zinnias in the cutting garden, as well as the planting of dahlia tubers. Somehow the dahlia tubers survived the heavy rain and all sprouted.

Throughout the year the garden ministry keeps the Memorial Garden as attractive and weed-free as possible so that it is always available for (somewhat) quiet meditation and/or interment.

July, August, and September are spent weeding, weeding and deadheading. The cutting garden reaches its prime during these months and the Flower Guild is able to use these flowers on the altar almost every Sunday during most of those weeks. Also, in May, peonies from the garden were used on the altar on several Sundays.

Finally, in late October, it is time to cut down, pull up, weed again, and mulch. November weather kills the dahlia foliage, and we all pitch in to dig the tubers, label them, dust with fungicide and place each in its own special bag to spend the winter in a temperature controlled garage.

If this sounds like a lot of work, it probably is, and we love it. We love beautifying the church, and we love working together, laughing together and sharing our highs and lows. We would love to have you come and work with us. Even if you don’t know much about gardening, and are happy to learn, you are welcome to join us every Tuesday morning for about two hours. Give it some prayerful thought and talk to one of our members during the next few months’ hiatus.

In gratitude,

St. Mary’s Flower Guild

Jo-Ann Andriko, Sarah Barge, Lisa Purrington, Claudia Boswell