It was a year ago when we realized that the few week pause would turn into a long term situation. We spent our time hoping and praying that at the end of summer, then by Christmas, and, lastly, we hoped to be back to normal by Easter. The vaccine has brought new hope and change, but the transmission rates are still high in the area. The Mid Atlantic District is in encouraging congregations to use local information such as vaccine rates and transmission rates to determine when to start meeting for indoor in-person services. With the difficulty in obtaining vaccines and the limited individuals that currently qualify for vaccines, the Board has decided to continue to suspend in-person worship until the end of June.
The Board of Directors has begun the process of creating a pastoral search committee. This is the first step to finding a pastor. The committee will work with the Mid-Atlantic District Executive to create a congregational profile, select and interview pastoral candidates, and represent our congregation in the search for a new pastor. We will be seeking an interim pastor to fill the pastoral role until we are able to find a new pastor for our church.
Lastly, the Board of Directors has decided to complete the Spring Congregational Forum meeting by providing the written reports to the congregation. A packet containing the reports will be emailed out via constant contact and made available for pick up at the church.
Please make it a point to participate in Love Feast this Thursday, April 1, at 7 PM as we remember the Last Supper. We will gather by Zoom (or by phone) to share in Fellowship and Worship.
Of course, this won’t be the traditional Love Feast. We won’t share a meal together, and we cannot wash one another’s feet. It strikes me that Jesus had to put together the Last Supper that we commemorate on the fly as well. He wasn’t at home, surrounded by the comforts of his local synagogue. He was basically displaced with his group of disciples. He was making due with a borrowed donkey and a loaned upper room.
In the spirit of “community while displaced,” please join in this meaningful (but different) service. Please have your communion elements with you as we gather. If you don’t have “traditional elements,” feel free to use your own crackers or cookies and some water or juice.
Please contact the office for Zoom information – we don’t publish that online
On Good Friday, we observe and commemorate Jesus’ death. This year, with the constraints of COVID, we are offering a self-directed time of reflection and meditation in the church parking lot – available between sunrise and sunset on Friday, April 2.
On this journey to the cross, we will follow Jesus through his walk, as recorded in the Gospels, and we will see how we can love each one as Jesus in our world today. Each station will include an organization with resources or ways you can give your time or money, as you are so moved.
You are encouraged to spend time at each station, praying the prayer provided, considering Christ’s suffering, contemplating how God is speaking to you today. All are welcome!
Spring is in the air; daffodils are coming up! It is time to place your order for spring flowers to decorate the front of the sanctuary Easter Sunday.
Our vendor is offering tulips (pink, purple, red, yellow) and hyacinths (blue, pink, white). We cannot choose colors. The tulips have 4-5 bulbs; the hyacinth has 3 bulbs, planted in 6-inch pots and covered with green foil. The cost for each plant is $8.00.
Since the order time is short, please call me, Gayle Hawkins, 703-987-5395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. You may send me a check or include in your offering envelope, clearly marking for Easter flowers. Orders must be in by Wednesday March 17th.
Please call it you have questions.
Let’s fill our sanctuary with spring showing our love for our risen Lord!
Join us as we partner with the Manassas and Oakton COBs this year to offer a Longest Night Service on Zoom. This service, held near the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, is a quiet and reflective service meant especially for those who carry heavy burdens and emotions into the Christmas Season. Focusing less on Christmas cheer and more on the power of Christ’s light to overcome darkness, this worship holds up hope in the face of grief and brokenness. You are welcome to join us. Contact the office for the Zoom link or call-in information.