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On Sunday, March 28, Join us on a Moving and Educational Opportunity to Help Dismantle Structural Racism in our Country!
 

Our Lenten “Becoming a Matthew 25 Church” series will end with a special opportunity on Palm Sunday, March 28. As we focus on dismantling structural racism, Pastor Michelle Thomas has agreed to give us a tour of the historic “African American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont,” at 2 pm. Pastor Michelle has a wealth of knowledge about the life of the people who used the site during their enslavement at the Belmont Plantation just up 7 from the spot. It is a worthwhile field trip to gain knowledge of local history and a greater context of how race has affected our national life. The story of the cemetery has also taken on a very personal meaning for Pastor Michelle and her family, who lost their teenaged son, Fitz, last summer. Special allowances were made to have Fitz buried with the ancestors at the site. which is at the intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road. It is a moving and educational opportunity for an outdoor outing, appropriate for all ages. Please sign up on the Sign-Up Genius link below.

 

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As we celebrate Palm Sunday, you must have the strength to follow Jesus when he says, ‘Take up your cross and follow Me’ 
 
 
In the Bible, Jesus carried a cross that has come to be symbolic of the world’s problems. Therefore, when people carry their own crosses, they are dealing with their own burdens. Sometimes, people use this phrase to refer to personal burdens. Others use this phrase to refer to more “big picture” topics. They might say that problems like world hunger are the crosses that people must carry by helping each other.
SERVE SUNDAY
 
St. Andrew Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm we announce the Serve Sunday plans for Sunday, April 18th. The day will start at St. Andrew with a brief service of blessing, after which you will be able to go on your way to either:

 

For those who want to get their hands dirty, head off to the Chapman DeMary Trail, in the heart of Purcellville. You will be able to do some mulching and planting of two rather sturdy trees. Five helpers are needed to plant each tree. Your inner peace will be fed by the charming trail which flows through a variety of terrains, with a quiet, babbling brook. The woods are filled with creatures that you may not see; but, you will certainly hear the calls of the birds who make the area home. What a great contribution for beautiful Purcellville.

For those who want some exercise with a little clean up, you can sign-up for a CCH Walk With Us virtual fitness event this year! Come log some of your miles for CCH with others from St Andrew – participants (up to 15 people maximum) will be able walk the W&OD Trail, while picking up trash along the way. Please wear your masks when social distancing is not possible. Sign up for the Virtual Fitness Event directly with CCH (www.cchaiti.org/events; cost is $35/person and includes a t-shirt). Use this sign-up genius to indicate your intent to join other church members for this project on Serve Sunday.

If you would prefer to use your organization skills, you will be able to go to Leesburg to assist Mobile Hope with organizing their office. As the move was quickly done, they have yet to organize their donations. Ten people, led by a Mobile Hope Volunteer, are needed to sort and place the items to maximize the space in their new location. This will be a COVID-19 safe indoor/outdoor event.

 

It will be a wonderful Serve Sunday for us all.