Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - The Rev'd Lige White preaching - Reception for Holli Bowers after 9:30 service. Confirmation Classes: May 10 @ 10am May 11 after 9:30 service Romans Study Begins: Tuesday, May 13 @ 7pm at the Farmhouse & meets weekly throughout the summer. Parish Meeting and Voting: Voting for two New Vestry Members - after May 18, 9:30 service. Confirmation with Bishop Julian Dobbs May 21, 7pm @ the Farmhouse
We have several important events coming up in May. Beginning on Tuesday evening, May 13th, we will begin a new series of Bible Studies on the Book of Romans. Please join us and bring a friend.
Confirmation Classes continue as well. Then on Wednesday, May 21, Bishop Julian Dobbs will confirm our candidates at a 7pm service at the Farmhouse. This service will only be for families of the confirmands because of limited space. On Sunday May 18th, 2014, the annual parish meeting will be held for the purpose of electing two members of the vestry for three year terms.
We are grateful for the hard work this particular Vestry has had to do. We are also grateful for their work on the new building and the work they will continue to do!
Special thanks to our retiring Vestry members, Steve Price and Ed Schulze. Steve has been our Treasurer and Ed has been in charge of the church building project.
On Sunday, May 4th, the Rev'd Lige White will be preaching, and after the service, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall for Holli Bowers, who after many years of leading the Altar Guild is stepping down as head. Criseld Bell is now in charge of the Altar Guild. Also, we are thankful for Christine Homer's work on the Altar Guild. She and Michael are moving to Martisburg, West Virginia. We wish them God's blessings in their new home! - JAB
Loudoun Interfaith Relief Effort:
Please continue to bring non-perishabe food items to the Parish Hall. Criselda Bell is picking up the food and taking to the Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Thank you for your generosity, which we need to continue.
Parish Meeting - May 18th after 9:30am Service On Sunday, May 18th, 2014, the annual parish meeting will be held for the purpose of electing two members of the vestry for three year terms. If anyone is interested in running for the Vestry, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee: Rob Noyes, Dave Olimpi or Steve Price.
Red Bud Trees Have you noticed the piles of tree stumps just north of Church of Our Saviour? Our current church building and future church building lie along the 180-mile Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway. most of the 620,000 men who died in the Civil War fought on battlefields concentrated between Monticello and Gettysburg. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is commenmorating the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War by plating one extremely hardy red bud tree for each of the soldiers who died. Church of Our Saviour will site along the first 180-mile landscaped alley in the world. Each tree will have a Geotag to allow visitors to learn the name and story of the young man for whom the tree is planted. Anyone can make contributions and select which soldier they wish to honor. http://www.hallowedground.org/Get-Involved/Plant-a-Tree/About-Living-Legacy.
Is 'Heaven For Real' Real?
What are we to make of the intense interest in near death experiences (NDE) as popularized by the book, Heaven is Real?
Now we have Heaven is Real. An excellent analysis, from a biblical point of view, is one from Dr. David Jones who teaches at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary which you can find here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/25/a-biblical-and-theological-analysis-of-near-death-experiences.
The first thing that needs to be said is that Christians need to test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thes 5.21), and to be aware of false spirits, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4.1).
Another point he makes is that NDE are similar to the historical heresy Gnosticism which claims special enlightenment for a select few who have had a mystical experience.
So, yes, Heaven is Real; and it has been prepared for those who, 'are called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:29).
A readable bok on this topic is Heaven by Randy Alcorn (Tyndate, 2004).