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St. Mary’s Blog

St. Mary’s Transitions to New Website

October 5th, 2018|Comments Off on St. Mary’s Transitions to New Website

We are excited to announce the launch of St. Mary’s updated Website,! Those familiar with the past site will notice that some content is familiar, while other pages and features are new.

Our goal with this refreshed site was to reflect the welcoming church St. Mary’s is, and invite newcomers and longtime parishioners to learn about our worship services, outreach, care, community events, and opportunities to participate in ministry and the spiritual life of the church.

Websites are like cathedrals, they are never quite finished. You will notice that there are a few pages that are marked “Under Construction.” We ask for your patience as we continue to improve the user experience and expand content.

Please direct any comments or suggestions to St. Mary’s Minister of Communication, Diane Kopasz at

Book Drive & Sale for APC

May 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Book Drive & Sale for APC

WHAT: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington is holding its 13th annual Children and Youth Book Drive & Sale to benefit the Arlington Pediatric Center (APC).

DONATIONS: Gently used books,  magazines and PG-rated DVD movies may be left now through July 6th in the Glebe Road lobby Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Sunday 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

SALE: The Book Sale is at St. Mary’s on Saturday, July 7, from 9 am – 1 pm and Sunday, July 8, from 8 am-noon. There will be a wide selection of books at bargain prices. Shop early for the best selection. Enjoy some lemonade and cookies while you shop!

All proceeds and leftover books are donated to the Arlington Pediatric Center, which provides free medical care for Arlington families with low-incomes. Each child who visits the clinic gets a book of their choice while donations last.

Youth Sunday on June 3, 2018

May 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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

May 8th, 2018|Comments Off on 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,

A Letter from St. Martin’s West Acton

April 30th, 2018|Comments Off on A Letter from St. Martin’s West Acton

April 24, 2018

Dear St. Mary’s,

Thought I would pass along some pictures from an opportunity I had in mid-April, to visit and attend the Sunday morning Eucharist service of our companion parish in London – at St Martin’s West Acton.  I was in Europe for two weeks for work – and had to stay the weekend in London.  It occurred to me that one of the parishes we pray for each Sunday was somewhere in London, and would be great to visit – especially for a Sunday service.


After some research (the links on our St. Mary’s website were very helpful), found St Martin’s was an easy ride on the Tube from my hotel.

Everyone was warm and welcoming.  The service was great, and of course, we prayed for the Queen!

As you may have heard, Rev. Henderson just retired, having presided over his final service at Easter.  Their vestry has begun a search for their new “Vicar” as they call it.


It was nice to see the framed picture of St. Mary’s and letter signed by Fr. Merrow in February 1993, displayed when you first walk into the church building.  St. Mary’s is referenced in some of their literature, and on their Website.


As you would expect, I encouraged those whom I met to stop by and visit St Mary’s when traveling to Washington DC.


Greg Giesler

Evening Discussion: The Call in East Africa

April 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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!