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Christians throughout Northern Virginia are encouraged to take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to save unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. This campaign is an international effort to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils. Everyone can help in some way.
Members of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic came out for testimonies, praise, worship and fellowship during the first annual Diocesan Synod on November 18-19 at All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge, Va.
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 Saturday, September 17, parishioners of All Saints’ Church walked the nearly 5 mile stretch from their former church building on Saratoga Lane to the new church on Gideon Drive. The march began with prayer and praise as children and adults left the old parking lot, too small to handle the Sunday morning traffic, and ended with laughter, clapping, and cheering upon entering the new parking lot, large enough to hold more than double the capacity of the new building. Once at the new building, a few hundred parishioners gathered to celebrate the completion of the 10 year building project with the annual church picnic and tours of the new facility.
In Remembrance is a “pop up” (temporary) contemporary, interactive, sculpture installation. The installation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The installation will be on display from 9am to 11pm Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11. The garden features life-size sculptures and corresponding poetry by Virginia artist Karen Swenholt.
Church of the Holy Spirit’s Historic Faith Ministries was present at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Manassas Reenactment on July 24th, 2011 with a public worship service led by the Rev. Clancy Nixon, Senior Pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, Va. Clancy preached an 1862 style message to an audience of more than 230 people gathered in 93 degree heat at 7:30 Sunday morning under a large tent pitched near an encampment area by the battlefield. During his message Clancy said to the congregation several times, “It is hot now, but it might be hotter if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.” The audience reacted with nods of approval and laughter.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
On August 6, 2011, Central Union Mission and Mission Partners will be hosting Operation Backpack, an annual event where children in need, grades Pre-K through High School, are given backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Your help with the event will be instrumental in making it successful.
The fundraiser was an unbelievable success. Just over $200,000 was donated in cash and pledges for the purpose of building a primary school at St. Nicholas. An overwhelmed Tony Moscati exclaimed, “To God be the glory! We are thrilled to be building a school at St. Nicholas. The August 20 ground¬breaking that the Archbishop announced in faith will become a reality. We now have about 2/3 of the construction costs for Phase I of the school and every expectation that God will continue to provide.”
Restoration Ministries (RM) seeks to bring healing to men, women and children who are trapped in the slavery of sex trafficking and lead them into the freedom of Jesus Christ. RM is a member of the DC Task Force for Human Trafficking and International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), as well as a member of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). ADV member parish St. Brendan’s in the City is very supportive of RM’s work.
I first heard of 40 Days for Life a few years ago, after I began attending Christ the Saviour Anglican Church. There were announcements describing the campaign in several of their newsletters, and I sensed the Holy Spirit’s nudging to not only join in the prayers and fasting for an end to abortion, but to actually go to the vigil site to pray. I had never done anything like that before, and the thought was rather intimidating, but with God’s help I finally gathered the courage to go. It turned out to be a blessing, and not difficult at all.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
CANA concluded its Annual Council meeting on Saturday, July 24 in Herndon, Va., with an ordination ceremony for three new chaplains. Attendees also voted to recognize and affirm the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes and the Anglican Diocese of the South, both part of the Anglican Church in North America, as well as to support the "Anglican 1000" church planting movement.
The Rev. Neal Brown and St. Margaret's Anglican Church hosted the first ADV Anglican Fourth Day (A4D) Ultreya on Saturday, July 10.
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in a picnic that was sponsored by the ADV for all of its youth. It was such a wonderful time of coming together as a Christian family to serve the Lord in a way that even I didn't expect.
The 2010 ADV Men’s Spiritual Life Weekend recently held at the Clarion Conference center in Shepherdstown, WV was filled with excitement as the men of the ADV listened to Holy Spirit-inspired teaching, worshiped together, and spent time in fellowship in small groups or around a meal.
While most ADV churches continue the family-friendly tradition, some churches are introducing new ways to capture the youth and to celebrate those that are beginning to have a mature understanding of the Gospel. At Truro Church, the youth have a lot to look forward to leading up to the Easter celebration this year.
Finger foods, games, girl talk, gifts...not altogether surprising for a baby shower, but the event Church of the Messiah's women's ministry is hosting on March 16 will be extra special.
Fr. Walter Barrientos is the Rector of Jesus, El Buen Pastor Church in Tarija, Bolivia. The church, which he founded in 2006, has become the second fastest growing church in South America.