Articles from November 2011
Here is one testimony, from St. Brendan’s in the City, offered by Jason, a 26 year-old with a life filled with broken relationships, addiction and prison, who has been touched and transformed by Jesus Christ through the ministry of His people.
On November 6, CCV started to gather weekly for Sunday worship, but on Monday, November 7 we all went to live our lives to the glory of God and to bless the town of Vienna. I am not sure where we will be in a few years, after all, as a kid eating tater-tots in the cafeteria at Louise Archer I never imagined I would be leading a church in that same room. But for now, I am grateful that God has given us this new gospel driven, externally focused mission for Vienna, Va. Wherever he takes us next is up to him anyhow.
Last week, we held our first Clergy Day as 60 of our priests and deacons gathered at The Falls Church. We began with the Eucharist and I preached on 2 Timothy 4:1-5, focusing on Paul’s two commands: “preach the Word” and “do the work of an evangelist.” We then spent all but the last hour of our time together sharing about the joys and challenges of our ministries in these two areas and praying for each one to be more effective in proclaiming the Gospel. (That’s the priority I’m hoping we’ll live out in this Diocese: give most of our time to the central work of our mission and let the business matters fill in as needed.)
Christ the Saviour Anglican Church (XTS) began without a building or a priest, but with a group of parishioners from a Mount Vernon, Va., Episcopal Church meeting one night a week for Bible Study around the dining room table of one of the participants.
The Rev. Richard Treacy at member church St. Brendan't in the City imported an Irish tradition of giving thanks to God for his bounty and provision during the fall season.
In early September, the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic learned of a budding partnership between Kirsten Ball, a parishioner of Truro Church, and Angela Clark, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas. Through a connection via Pro-life Unity, the two began discussion and partnership to defend the sanctity of life through a mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center (PRC), considering strategic locations for the center at universities, abortion clinics and PRCs without ultrasound. Anglicans for Life, which Kirsten heads up, has supported the initiative, as well as Dan Steiner of Mission Pre-born in Indianapolis, which donated an RV and ultrasound to Angela in hopes that her ministry could hit the road. We are delighted to see the unity and support being built across the parishes and ministries involved. Below are excerpts from an article shared with permission from Katie Bahr of the Catholic Herald, who re