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Growing Pains

by commdir@coee.org

Dear Friends, When I joined the vestry two years ago, Hillary told us that we were entering a critical period in our congregation’s history (and in that of the broader church, but that’s for another Hump Day message). We were growing rapidly and would soon undergo a phase shift in which our previous modes of more »

From Seldon

by commdir@coee.org

Dearest Epiphany, Please let me begin this Hump Day Message by saying: Thank YouEpiphany. Thank you for all of your love; thank you for all of your support; thank you for all of the cards; thank you for all of the warm meals and delicious goodies; thank you for all of your visits; thank you for mourning with us the loss of our infant child, Adelia Sue; and more »

Important Message From Jane

by commdir@coee.org

Dear Congregation, It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you. As many of you know, I work a full time job as an elementary music and chorus teacher for Fairfax County. I also have three kids that keep me very busy with sports and other kid “stuff.” I recently approached more »

Making Memories

by commdir@coee.org

“Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12 Dear Friends: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. If only I could get my New Year’s Resolutions to work. My resolutions are too vague. Like, “pray more” more »

Dear Santa…

by commdir@coee.org

“Nothing is impossible with God…” Luke 1: 37 Dear Santa: Is it too late to send you my Christmas list? It’s a BIG list. You might want to share it with God and all God’s people… I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I more »

Who Are You?

by commdir@coee.org

“They asked, ‘Who are you?  We need to give an answer to those who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?’” John 1:22 Dear Friends: Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?  It seems these days, we wonder and question a lot about who people are and what they have to say more »

Shoes Outside

by commdir@coee.org

“Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children.” Mark 10:14b Dear Friends: Today is St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of brides, thieves, sailors, prisoners, students and especially children. Often mistaken for Santa Claus, St. Nicholas is legendary in his gift giving. It seems more »

Four More Days!

by commdir@coee.org

“ the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16 Dear Friends: We’re four days away from Advent. Advent means, “arrival”. Advent is the time of the year when we prepare, get ready, keep awake and watch for more »

Express Gratitude

by commdir@coee.org

“He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” Luke 17:11-19 Dear Friends: What gets in the way of gratitude? It is said that misery loves company. Ten men are bound together by a debilitating skin disease in chapter seventeen of Luke’s gospel. And, while Judaic Law requires their isolation from society, family, more »

Youth Speak

by commdir@coee.org

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (KJV) Dear Friends: Annual Convention for The Diocese of Virginia was held Saturday November 4th in Richmond. I had the great pleasure of participating in Convention with our delegate, Bill Forbes and alternate youth more »