I would like to share some of the information about the Memorial Garden that Richard included in the 2017 Christ Church prayer book. We have not mentioned the garden often enough for some of our newest parishioners to even know that it exists. It was designed by Sheila Heider (a former Sr Warden) and her committee and dedicated to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the lives of Jean and Donald Callaham on All Saints Day 2004. Four other stone markers are in place besides the one for the Callahams. They are for Janie Clute Crute (mother of Jane Sowards), Eugene G. Kearney (member and former Sr Warden of CCL), Ray Lynch (a friend of former vicar, Rev. Pete Gustin), and William G. Mattia (brother of Rev. Lou Mattia who served this church twice. Lou and his wife, Joan, were here when it reopened in the late 80’s and they were here as vicars ten years ago.) The garden is between the church and Church House. There is additional information about the Memorial Garden in the back of the prayer book.
Beth brought some flyers announcing the WALK for HOPE which will take place Saturday, Sept 25 in downtown Leesburg to benefit residents of Loudoun County who are living with mental illness. If you would like to participate in the one-mile walk you can register with loudounfriends.org. The suggested donation is $50 per walker. You may also contribute $25 gift cards from Wal-Mart, any grocery store or any local restaurant.
Many thanks to Beth for her message last Sunday. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist this Sunday with Rev. Tom Prinz as our guest clergy. The lector is unknown at this time (volunteers?) but will be in place Sunday and the intercessor will be Linda.
I just got off of a Clergy Call (a Tuesday afternoon activity every two weeks) with Bishop Susan and she said that we can sing as long as we are wearing masks!!! She suggests that we limit singing to no more than 2 verses of the hymn so that our masks don’t get “yucky”.
Our Wednesday Morning Prayer/Bible Conversation alternating with Morning Prayer/Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume Wednesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. in the church. Nancy Sutton will lead the Prayer Shawl ministry and Lisa O’Donnell will lead a study on the subject of prayer for our Bible Conversation time. Our first meeting will be with Lisa. Since these meetings are held during the day I am aware that some of you can’t participate due to work responsibilities. If you would like to see an evening session of either the Bible Conversation or the Prayer Shawl Ministry please speak to me so we can arrange that for you.
The readings for Sept. 19 are Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1 (BCP p. 585); James 3:11-4:3; and the gospel is Mark 9:30-37.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5: 16