Weekly E-Bulletin, August 24, 2011

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Beloved in Christ,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I hope you all survived the earthquake which struck our area yesterday. We really thank God for his protection. At the same time, this should be a warning for us to revisit and apply the word of God to our daily life: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” (Mark 13: 32-33). Therefore, let us be prayerful and watchful.

We are heading slowly but surely to a highlight of our year, the annual parish picnic. A sign-up sheet for the picnic is available on the bulletin board downstairs.  The parish will provide the basics – pork barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and drinks. But please indicate on the sign-up sheet whether you will bring a side dish or dessert, and how many will come with you to this event. The picnic is set for September 18 at Fort Hunt Park (the same park as last year and the same picnic space). By that time, our new rector, Fr. John Roddy, should be among us, and this gathering will be a great time and way to welcome him. Please note that there will be just two services on Sept. 18: 7:45 and 10 a.m.

The parish’s Men’s Group will meet next on Saturday, September 17, 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. If none are forthcoming, be forewarned that individuals will be “volunteered” by the group!

The annual DMAS Pre-Advent Retreat will be held November 11-12 at St. Alban’s Parish in Richmond, VA. More detailed information will be distributed at a later date.  Please mark your calendars for this event.

God’s love extends to our animals – some of whom give us so much as our beloved pets – so our compassion and love extends to them as well. Bless the Animals Alexandria (BTAA) offers blessings for sick and injured animals; help with care and feeding; and a means for homeless animals to find the love they so deserve. There is a desperate need for food for the kittens being rescued by Animal Allies, our partner in Bless the Animals Alexandria. Please be generous by donating food for these babies.

Please leave Kitten Food donations on the designated table in the church undercroft.

Peace and blessings to you All.

Fr. Thierry