From the Pastor . . .

What You Don't See . . .

We gather for the Divine Service every week. Things are ready and in place. All (usually) goes off without a hitch. Did you know it's not that easy? There's a lot that goes on that you don't see . . .

You elect our officers and board members, so you know they're working for you. Our musicians practice and prepare for weeks in advance and do a wonderful job for us. Our Sunday School teachers, too, prepare every week and show such love to our children! But I thought that maybe I'd point out a few other folks and jobs that you might not know about, but that we could not do without.

Did you know
that Randy and TJ Myers are our "mailmen?" They go to our post office box every week to get our mail. That might not sound like a big deal, but when we were at the Libby's for so long, that was a long drive for them every week! Thank you!

Did you know that Dave Fields counts the offering and deposits it in the bank for us every week? Yes, he's our Financial Secretary, but that is not part of the Financial Secretary's job. Dave goes above and beyond the call of duty for us. Thank you, Dave!

Did you know that Peter Brondos shows up to church early every week to fill the altar candles? It's a messy job that you probably don't take any notice of . . . until the candles aren't burning right! Thanks Pete!

Did you know that my wife Laurie and TJ not only set up communion every Sunday, but also take home and lauder the linens we use on the altar and during communion every week? Thanks!

Did you know that now that we are back in the church building in Vienna, that my family arrives early every week (along with Pete) to take down all the Adventists' stuff and set up church for us? It's a lot of work! Thanks to my family!

As a small church, there are lots of job that all of you do for us, and we appreciate you all and all you do! But I thought I would point these out because they are done for us every week and are largely unseen . . . and so unnoticed . . . and so often unthanked. But we couldn't have church without them. So I thank you! And if you see these folks, make sure you thank them, too.

And one other thank you I want to include here . . . and that is to Peter Brondos, Scott Killian, and Neely Owen, who spent a good many hours pouring over our church's constitution and by-laws and revising them for us, to make sure they serve us well now and into the future. Thank you guys!

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Back in our building . . .

It's been almost 10 full months (!) since the tree fell on the church building on Kingsley Road. Two things about this . . .

First and foremost, thank you to the Schruhl's and especially to the Libby's for allowing us to use their homes for church all this time. Rich, Elizabeth, Robert, and Grace, we will not be able to thank you enough for stepping up during our time of need!

And second, it's been tough being in a temporary location. But think a bit . . . How has God blessed us through this? What good has He worked? And what challenges (like, paying the rent!) now lie ahead for us as we return? Pray for our church. Pray for your involvement - how can you help? Pray that God provide what we need to continue our work. And pray especially in thanksgiving for all that He has done for us!

His servant and yours,

          Pastor Douthwaite

Missouri Synod
Church Location: 114 Kingsley Road SW, Vienna, VA  22180
Mailing Address: 3057 Nutley Street Suite 822, Fairfax, VA  22180
703-455-4003                       Rev. James Douthwaite, Pastor
Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church