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A Message from Father Daniel - April 2020
I share with you ‘A Collect for Guidance’ (pg.100, Book of Common Prayer)
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I have been grounding myself in prayer more deliberately each day as a reminder that we are held and loved by God. I feel sustained, blessed, and grounded by the ministry of so many Saint Gabrielites who help carry the load of others. Our identities as a faith community are hospitable, caring for others, having fun, mission and service-mindedness are visible in big and in small ways. About thirty parishioners are calling everyone in the parish directory and will continue doing so in order to stay in touch in this time of personal distancing. Of the approximately 125 families in the parish directory we have no reports at this time of anyone being infected. We ask you to please inform the person who calls you or your clergy if you or a family member become ill with the virus; prayer works and we are a people of prayer!
Here are some other examples of how St. Gabrielites are doing the work of Christ for others in our community: seamstresses are sewing washable face masks and they are being distributed around town; the Prayer Shawl ministers are sewing/crocheting/knitting/quilting up a storm; the Rice family are baking bread and delivering the loaves to Deacon Holly so that she, Isamar and Eva can deliver them to parishioners and friends of the parish; Patricia has been volunteering as receptionist at Loudoun Hunger Relief; Carmelo (3pm music director) is driving the Mobile Hope bus to deliver food to seniors at the Leesburg Senior Center and throughout Loudoun County; Abi and Dillon are gathering youth every Saturday on Zoom; Deacon Holly and Dillon offer midday prayer at 1pm every weekday (see the parish calendar for the link); and the liturgy team meets weekly to plan and review our virtual services. I feel like the virtual orchestra director ensuring that the music continues to flow! In the words of Julie Andrews, “these are a few of my favorite things”!
A few parishioners and treasurer Steve Rice are taking steps to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program portion of the new federal CARES Act since we are eligible as a faith-based nonprofit – we will apply and will also keep you informed of the outcome. That said, if you are able to continue giving your pledge please do so, we made the commitment in the early stages of the virus that we would continue to pay our staff, all of our staff. Everyone, especially needs to have income, including our hourly wage earners at St. Gabriel's!
More people are getting creative from home: some are taking virtual art classes, working on puzzles, taking virtual ESL classes, cooking and eating more with the family, reaching out to friends and family, even walking with Christ! What are you doing? Let us know!
Please be careful not to unduly put yourself or family at risk. Like any virus, it is invisible and transmissable, so wear a mask and gloves whenever you leave your home or if anyone comes to your home! Remember to trust that with God all things are possible and that this too shall pass. That’s it for now! Remember to pray, take a walk outside (wear a mask and gloves when you do), reach out to a friend or family member, take a deep breath, and to love one another as Christ loves you.
St. Gabriel’s Calendar updates:
1. BBQ is postponed to a future date. We don’t want to cancel the BBQ since we rely on the funds raised to support the youth ministry and to help defray the cost for Stop Hunger Now (a parish food packing event for hungry people in South American, Central American or African countries). We are hoping for a fall congregational food packing party with Stop Hunger Now.
2. The Shrine Mont Parish retreat has been postponed. We will find an alternative date late summer/early fall.
3. Bishop Susan informed that the date to return to worship is now Sunday June 14th due to the governor’s ordinance. While we will have a virtual Easter celebration this Sunday, our first regathering will be a celebration of resurrection!
4. As of now, Shrine Mont camps are still on.
5. REACH camp will not be in North Carolina and the date may be pushed out. For those who have paid more than the deposit please contact the office. For those who paid the $50 deposit we ask to hold it so that you can decide if you’ll join the alternative mission project once St. David’s Youth Ministry decides what we’ll do this summer.
BELIEVE OUT LOUD
ST GABRIEL'S IS A BELIEVE OUTLOUD CONGREGATION!
At the September 20, 2017 meeting, St. G's vestry voted to affiliate with Integrity USA and became a BELIEVE OUT LOUD congregation, click here and check out their website. We explicitly welcome and affirm our LGBT sisters and brothers as members of the one Body of Christ.
AMY REYES IN VIRGINIA EPISCOPALIAN
Congratulations to our parishioners Amy Reyes, daughter of Maxi and Gerardo, sister of Chelsy and Andie, who was chosen as one of the top ten young Episcopalians under the age of 20 in the Diocese of Virginia who contributes to the ministries of their churches as they walk with Christ.
Click here for the story and scroll to page 18 of The Virginia Episcopalian magazine.
OUTDOOR SUMMER WORSHIP
If you love the outdoors, worship God at the Chapel in the Woods. St. Gabriel´s starts worship outdoors with a sunrise Easter service and then monthly during the Summer months. Pets are always welcome to the Chapel in the Woods!
St. Gabriel's Chapel in the Woods is located at the corner of Battlefield Parkway and Fort Evans Road, Leesburg. Parking is available at the Atlantic Union Bank in the Fort Evans II Plaza. Park. To reach the outdoor chapel, cross Battlefield, walk South toward Fort Evans Road. See the St. Gabriel's flag at the entrance. Entrance is directly across from the two blue water towers.