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Let Us Pray

January 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray, a Daily Podcast Series by St. Mary’s

Make prayer an intentional practice this Lent. Read along, or simply listen to your parish family members pray aloud.

First Things First: St. Mary’s Seminarian Claire Elser invities you to sign up to audio record one (1) day of Morning Prayer and Evening Compline. We supply the recorder and the appointed readings/Psalms for the order of service, which are listed in the Book of Common Prayer. All prayer service reading will be recording end of January-February.

Beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, April 11 (40 Days) St. Mary’s will feature these audio recordings for parishioners to incorporate as part of their Lenten disapline.

Let Us Pray, a Daily Podcast Series by St. Mary’s will be posted on this page. Parishioners will have the option to subscribe for daily reminders pointing to this page, or can simply visit on their own to tune-in to Morning Prayer (around 20 minutes) and Evening Compline (around 10 minutes).

>> TO VOLUNTEER AS A READER, sign up with Claire via email, or write your name on our poster in Paca Hall by Sunday, February 16.

Our Podcast goes live on this page, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 a.m. Come back to listen and pray with us!

End of Year Giving 2019

December 27th, 2019|Comments Off on End of Year Giving 2019

A Few Reminders about End of Year Giving

Thank you to those parishioners who have completed their pledge for 2019. If you haven’t, there is still time! Just make sure you submit your pledge by December 31st to get credit for it for 2019 tax purposes.

  • If the office is not open, you may leave your pledge in the mail slot at the Glebe Road entrance.
  • If you mail your check, please be advised that we cannot guarantee the entry of payments to your pledge account if they are postmarked on December 31, 2019, but we’ll do our best.
    Checks payable to “St. Mary’s Episcopal” mail to: St. Mary’s, 2609 N. Glee Road, Arlington, VA 22207
  • Don’t forget that you may also pay your pledge via Payments may be made up until midnight on December 31 through

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December 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Can We Count on You to Help in a Medical Emergency?

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Everyday Toiletries Drive for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

May 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Everyday Toiletries Drive for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

Donate Now Thru Sunday, June 16

St. Mary’s is collecting new everyday toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) as well as $25 gift cards in support of men and women in Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Strive Program. Thank you for assisting a good cause and loving your neighbor. As this drive concludes on Father’s Day, consider making your donations as a way to honor your father.

Click Here to Download Needed Items:

  • $25 Gift Cards from Giant, Safeway, Walmart, Target, VISA and MasterCard
  • African-American Shampoo and Conditioner (Shea Moisture brand products are sold at CVS and other local stores)
  • Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
  • Body Wash
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant (full size)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Lotion (full size)
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Shaving Cream/Gel
  • Soap (full size)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (full size)

Drop off donations in marked bins at church entrances. 

Questions? Email

Godspeed & Best Wishes to Seminarian Christopher Exley

May 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Godspeed & Best Wishes to Seminarian Christopher Exley

Chris Exley with his Discernment Committee L-R: Abby Reynolds, Caroline Ketchum, Chris Exley, Sarah Gregg, and Jay Nolan (Reggie Upshaw was out of town)

Last Sunday, May 12, St. Mary’s hosted a reception in Paca Hall after our 9:00 a.m. worship for Christopher (Chris) Exley, who first came to our parish as a middler seminarian in 2017. Special thanks to Chris’ Discernment Committee for providing feedback and support during his two-year relationship with St. Mary’s.

The Discernment Committee organized his “Godspeed” reception, conveying our prayers and well-wishes as he continues his spiritual path towards priesthood. At the reception, his Committee presented a handmade stole featuring sheep, in hopeful anticipation of Chris’ ordination as a deacon. (The stole is a vestment that marks recipients of Holy Orders.)

Chris will be ordained on Sat., June 8, in the Diocese of Philadelphia  His ordination to the diaconate will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sat., June 8 at Philadelphia Episcopal Church Cathedral,19th Street South and 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104.

If you’d like to stay in touch with him, call St. Mary’s Parish Office at 703-527-6800 or email for Chris’ forwarding address and contact information.

Following is a note from Chris Exley to St. Mary’s.

Dear Friends in Christ,  

When I arrived in the fall of 2017, I was determined to make this my church home.  In the swirl and confusion of seminary life and being geographically separated from my family, I needed an anchor for my spiritual life.  You have provided that place to me with grace to spare.  You didn’t treat me as someone who was just going to leave in a couple of years but instead you brought me in and made me one of you. 

St. Mary’s is an amazing parish.  Your commitment to Jesus Christ is evidenced by your worship, your love of each other and your love of the community—especially by your care and feeding of wayward seminarians.  I would be remiss if I didn’t lift up my Lay Committee:  Caroline Ketchum (Chair), Sarah Gregg, Abigail Reynolds, Jay Nolan, and Reggie Upshaw.  They have shepherded me through these last two years, and I would have been really lost without them.  I thank Mother Amy and Fr. Chris for their gracious and patient response to all my questions and mistakes.  Fr. Andrew is a remarkable mentor and supervisor; I am deeply indebted to him for his guidance and wisdom. 

Friends, I am incredibly thankful that I have been able to walk alongside you.  A mere “thank you” can never express the depth of my gratitude for this beautiful community.  Please know that the people of St. Mary’s will be in my heart and in my prayers wherever God calls me to serve.  I won’t say “goodbye,” but instead, “see you later.”  Whether in this world or the next, I know that we will be reunited again.  May God continue to bless you.  I love you all.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

In Christ,

Chris Exley