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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

Veterans Day Music at St. Mary’s

November 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Veterans Day Music at St. Mary’s

This Sunday’s organ music was selected in remembrance of veteran’s from all wars.

Jehan Alain’s short career as a composer began in 1929, when Alain was 18, and lasted until the outbreak of the Second World War 10 years later. He wrote choral music, including a Requiem mass, chamber music, songs and three volumes of piano music. But it is his organ music for which he is best known. His most famous work is Litanies, composed in 1937. That work is prefaced with the text: “When, in its distress, the Christian soul can find no more words to invoke God’s mercy, it repeats endlessly the same litany….for reason has reached its limit; only faith can take one further…”). Fellow French composer Maurice Duruflé wrote an organ piece as an homage to Alain entitled “Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain” which quotes themes from Alain’s piece “Litanies.” His sister Marie-Claire championed his organ works in her career throughout the 20th century as an international concert artist.

Always interested in mechanics, Alain was a skilled motorcyclist and became a dispatch rider in the Eighth Motorised Armour Division of the French Army in World War II. On 20 June 1940, he was assigned to reconnoitre the German advance on the eastern side of Saumur in western France, and encountered a group of German soldiers at Le Petit-Puy. Coming around a curve, and hearing the approaching tread of the Germans, he abandoned his motorcycle and engaged the enemy troops with his carbine, killing 16 of them before being killed himself,  He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre for his bravery, and according to Nicolas Slonimsky was buried, by the Germans, with full military honours.

St. Mary’s at VOICE Summit with Gov. Northam

October 25th, 2018|Comments Off on St. Mary’s at VOICE Summit with Gov. Northam

On Sunday, Oct. 21st, Rev. Amy led a St. Mary’s delegation of almost 20 people to the Issues Summit sponsored by VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), which brought together almost 1,400 people — Christians, Muslims, Jews, Unitarians, immigrants and native-born citizens, African-Americans, Latinos, Caucasians — for the non-partisan Issues Summit with Virginia’s Governor and Attorney General. St. Mary’s is a founding member of VOICE.

During the Comments and Accountability portion of the summit, St. Mary’s parishioner Marjorie Green, a Core VOICE member,  presented Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring with position statements and questions to gauge these elected leaders’ commitment to key issues.

Both the Governor and Attorney General committed to working on reform of the cash bail system that penalizes people simply for being poor. The Governor pledged to work on increasing resources for student mental health support and for affordable housing. The Attorney General promised to work with his counterparts in other states to ensure immigrant and refugee families are not torn apart. VOICE will follow up with both as the January session of the General Assembly approaches. VOICE plans to have 7-10 leaders in Richmond every day of that session. St. Mary’s parishioners are welcome to join in.

VOICE also will have more than 450 people on the streets of the 10th Congressional District Nov. 3 through 6 to do non-partisan voter turnout work (GOTV) among infrequent voters. St. Mary’s parishioners are encouraged to come out for GOTV. Click here to get involved.

Please contact Marjorie Green at for more information. And make sure to go to the polls and vote on Election Day, Nov. 6th!

The Color of Law Book Discussion

October 20th, 2018|Comments Off on The Color of Law Book Discussion

Gordon Mantler, Ph.D.

St. Mary’s parishioner Gordon Mantler, Ph.D., is leading a discussion based on a book by Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America on Wednesday, Nov. 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory. All are welcome!

Dr. Mantler is a George Washington University Assistant Professor of Writing and of History who specializes in the history and rhetoric of 20th-century social justice movements and the African American and Latino experience in the United States.

  • Participants should plan on signing up to attend the book study, go to If you read the book before the meeing,  great, but it is not a requirement, as you will still gain a lot just from listening to Dr. Mantler discuss the book during this one-night book discussion.