The end of the Sunday School Year is now upon us, offering us the opportunity to celebrate the ministries that have enriched and enlivened our congregation over the past year.
First up is our Sounds of Pohick Concert, held this Saturday, June 3rd at 4 pm, with reception following. Come on out and enjoy the joyous strains of all of our choirs, as well as the Pohick Pickers! At this time, we will also be launching a campaign to renovate our organ as it enters its fiftieth year of service.
The next day, Bishop Shannon Johnston will be with us to baptize two new members and pray over more than twenty young people and adults who will be presented for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation at our 10 am service. Don't forget that we will begin our summer schedule of services (8 and 10 am) that same day.
The following week will be Youth Sunday, when our Young People will take a greater role in leading worship at the 10 am service. We will also be honoring our High School graduates, Sunday school students, Acolytes, and Sunday School and EYC staff at that time--as well as announcing the second recipient of the Robert and Bernice Kilmarx Scholarship.
Afterwards, we will be continuing an old Pohick tradition: the Parish Picnic, which will be held the Common room and Annex, with picnic tables outside. As a "thank you" to all of our volunteers, the Vestry will be cooking and providing the burgers, hotdogs and drinks. We ask everyone else to bring a side dish or dessert to share. At that time we will not only be welcoming several new families to our congregation, but also recognizing three of our longtime members with a Lifetime Acheivement Award.
In this month's E-Post, our Rector writes about the recent scientific research on the practice of gratitude, the subject of this year's parish retreat. Elsewhere, our Assistant discusses her experiments with prayer, while our Senior Warden addresses the thorny problem of how Christians should deal with beggars. Don Brownlee reports on the establishment of an Institute for Peace and Reconciliation in our diocese, while. Bob Munson writes about religious freedom as a matter of government policy.
Read about these items and much, much more in this month's E-Post!
We are continuing to accept applications for our Shrine Mont parish retreat, June 23 - 25, whose theme this year will be, "Finding an Attitude of Gratitude: How a Spirit of Thanksgiving Can Change Your Life." Please, don't let cost be an issue: there is plenty of scholarship money available for parishioners who would like to participate in the sessions; simply speak to the Rector privately. For your summer planning, don't forget Vacation Bible School on July 10 - 14.
Remember that our website makes use of Google Calendars, so if you have a gmail account (or sign-up for a free one), you can now superimpose the church calendar on top of your other calendars. And it's all updated in real time! Click here to add the church calendar to your account.
Also, if you haven't "liked" Pohick Church on Facebook, we invite you to do so to keep up with upcoming events and lots of photos of happenings at Pohick. We're up to 297 "likes" and climbing nearly every week. Let's get at least three more so we can make it to 300! There's also a linked Instagram account ("Pohick") for those who prefer that form of Social Media.
As always, don't forget to send your Pohick Post Articles and event photographs to Lori Buckius at email@example.com before the monthly deadline (15th).Pass on any comments or concerns about these pages in an email to Dick Heintze at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Rector at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 3
Sounds of Pohick Public Concert, 4 pm
Sunday, June 4 Scripture readings
Services, 8 am Holy Communion
10 am, Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions
Episcopal Visitation by Bp. Johnston
Sunday, June 11 Scripture readings
Trinity Sunday/Youth Sunday
Services, 8 & 10 am
Parish Picnic 11:15 am
Sunday, June 18 Scripture readings
Services, 8 & 10 am
Friday - Sunday, June 23 - 25
Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont
Sunday, June 25 Scripture readings
Services, 8 & 10 am