Bishop's Visitation, this Sunday.  If you wish to be confirmed or received by Bishop Lerow during his annual visitation to our Parish, or if you are unsure of your status, please contact Fr. Roddy immediately

Grace and Peace be unto you. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Epistle says today that the Church of Jerusalem sent Barnabas from Jerusalem to Antioch to teach & preach. Antioch is located 300 miles north of Jerusalem. With a half of million people, Antioch is the third largest city in the Roman Empire. And Antioch is the second most corrupt city - the first being Corinth. Its magnificent buildings was called "Antioch the Golden, Queen of the East." The streets were miles long, with marble road & colonnades. And it had lighted streets at night. So the night life was festive with pagan sexual energy and life. This type of lifestyle attracted wealthy Romans in the baths and gamblings. So Barnabas and Paul were sent to win the pagan Gentiles into Christ.

Now, Barnabas was a Syrian Jew and his name means Son of Encouragement (Acts 4:36). And he is also related to Mark's mother. Later, Mark would cause a rift between Paul and Barnabas on their missionary journey. But, Barnabas was chosen because he had the Holy Ghost & faith that was required for his missionary work at Antioch. He then went to Tarsus to find Paul on his journey to Antioch because he knew Paul was chosen to minister to the Gentiles. After many became believers of Christ, they were first called Christians in Antioch. Christian means Christ and "ians" means belonging to or those belonging to Christ.

And at that time Agabus one of the seventy disciples from Jerusalem travelled to Antioch to meet Paul on his missionary work . And Agabus predicted that there would be a great famine in Antioch during Claudius Caesar reign. Agabus even predicted that Paul would be captured. Agabus sent his prophetic message to Antioch Christians because they are Spiritual brothers as in today's Gospel reading. There, Agabus was chosen by God to be a prophet. He had to bring forth fruit by notifying them of the coming famine, even though he could not stop it. And this is the message in today's Gospel, God commanded us to love one another by helping our Christian friends. Because God loves us, we are to love our brothers as well just like Barnabas & Agabus had done. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and of faith.

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

-- Fr. Anton +

All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee
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Upcoming Events

Bishop's Annual Visitation this Sunday: Services, 7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, & 11:15 AM (for online participation for the services go to: )

Sunday School, 10:30 AM

Wednesday at Noon – Holy Communion and anointing for healing (for online participation, check info under Sunday Services)

Saturday, June 17, 8:30 AM, Men's Group in the undercroft with breakfast by Chef Claude Crump and Bible Study with Bob Boyd. Food, fellowship and Bible study with other men of the parish.

Next Vestry meeting September

Annual Parish Picnic, Sunday October 8 at Fort Hunt Park, following a 10 AM service, more details closer to event.

Your support of the Food Bank and MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center is greatly appreciated. The lists below tell what is needed.  The MaRIH Center list was updated recently. (Please note that at this time the MaRIH Center is not accepting clothing)  If you cannot bring items to the church, you can also click on the donate button above and then on the drop down menu that appears on the donation page choose Charity and Mercy to give a cash donation.  In the comment box you can specify if the donation is for the Food Bank and/or for the MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Thank you.

Food Donations 
Please help this month with a food donation if you are able. Christ House is very thankful for the food we provide to them each month. Please also buy low sugar cereals (and not the kid's types that have lots of sugar).  Current needs include the following:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• jelly
• tuna
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium)
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• cereal (low sugar)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar 

Updated List of Needs for MaRIH Center (crisis pregnancy center)
MaRIH Center with its all volunteer staff has been providing help to mothers-to-be and mothers in need.  If you can provide some of the items that are needed, please do so. (You can leave the donations where the food for the food bank is collected on the pew in the undercorft.)

Especially Needed
Bold and  * are a critical need.

Diapers (sizes newborn, 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, & 6*)
Baby wipes
Diaper rash ointment
Baby shampoo
Baby blankets
Sleeping -- Pack-n-Play* (not individual pieces of clothing)
Formula:  Simulac Advance Formula*
Wash clothes
Hooded towels
Grocery gift cards*

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