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Weekly E-Bulletin, August 10, 2011

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Beloved in Christ,

 I hope this finds everyone doing well and looking forward to what I understand will be a modest break in the sweltering weather over the next few days.

 We are now preparing to welcome our new rector, the Rev. John L. Roddy, who will be with us in early September.

 Don’t forget that our parish picnic is set for Sunday, September 18, at Fort Hunt Park (the same park as last year and the same picnic space). Please note that only two services will be held on September 18: 7:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. A sign-up sheet will go up on the bulletin board downstairs nearer to the time.

 The Women’s Group is meeting on Saturday, August 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and will continue their study on Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur. Childcare is provided with an RSVP to Mrs. Charity Hakpon. You are NOT required to bring breakfast items.
 
The Men have cancelled their meeting for the month of August. They will meet again the third Saturday in September, the 17th, at 8:30 a.m. The lesson instructor/leader will be Bill Russell. The men have adopted a new format for their meetings: from month to month they will alternate discussion leaders as well as the scripture passages or (e.g.) apposite scriptural book that each leader chooses. They need “volunteers” for October and November, and if there are no takers, individuals will be “volunteered” by the group! Be forewarned!

 The annual DMAS Pre-Advent Retreat will be held November 11-12 at St. Alban’s Parish in Richmond, VA.  Information regarding cost, lodging rates, etc., will be distributed at a later date.  Please mark your calendars for this event.

 Thanks to all who have signed up to take a turn at hosting the 9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. coffee hour on an upcoming Sunday. But there are still “slots” to fill in the next several weeks. Sign-up sheets for the coffee hour are located on the bulletin board downstairs.

 If you are, or you know of, a low-income Alexandria homeowner who needs assistance with home repairs, Rebuilding Together Alexandria wants to hear from you. Since the organization was founded by Barbara Joseph in 1986, teams of RTA volunteers have repaired and rehabilitated over 1,300 Alexandria residents’ homes and non-profit agencies with in-kind donations of labor and materials resulting in almost $5.3 million worth of value. All repairs are made at no expense to the property owners. To apply for repair assistance or inquire about volunteering with RTA, send an e-mail to ds@rebuildingtogetheralex.org or call 703/836-1021.

 Peace and blessings to you ALL!

 Fr. Thierry