Leesburg Presbyterian Church

June 19th, Summer Worship: 9:30 AM Worship 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Church School 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Worship 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nursery Care is provided from 8:15am to 12:15pm for infants to age 3. Church School is offered from 9:45am to 10:45am for children age 3 to 6th grade. Godly Play is offered from 11:20am to 12:00pm, for children age 4 to 3rd grade. Godly Play provides age appropriate worship for children. At the 8:30am and 11:00 am services, we ask children who are in 4th grade and up to remain in the sanctuary to participate in worship.

Mission: Online sign up for photo shoot for church directory. https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/leesburgpresbyterianchurch/index.php?page=10

Last night was a great discussion with Henry G. Brinton about his new book "City of Peace."

Did you see yesterday's double rainbow?
This is the day that the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

What keeps you singing on this Monday morning?

Today we highlight Sunday School teacher Nicole Morgenthau! She teaches in the third to fifth grade class and shared her thoughts about teaching:
"I think my overarching feeling about Sunday school is that it is such a joy to watch the kids make connections drawing their learning of the Bible to their lives at school and at home. They are truly developing their own spiritual lives."

We are looking for new Sunday School teachers for next year. If you are interested, please send us a message!

There is one more week in this adult studies class!

What Makes a Marriage a Christian One?
(according to the Presbyterian Church)

Some questions we will be exploring are as follows:
1. With more and more marriages beginning with strictly secular ceremonies and officiated by non-ordained persons (or ordained by online businesses), what makes a marriage a Christian one?
2. What does a Christian wedding ceremony include that a non-religious one does not?
3. Can a Christian marriage include a marriage between persons of the same gender?
4. Does our denomination (PCUSA) allow same-sex marriages?

Today we highlight Sunday School teacher Juli Barnes! Juli shared this memory from this year's third to fifth grade class.
"The most memorable Sunday school lesson I taught this year was the one that was the hardest for me to teach. The lesson was the Battle of Jericho, which I think is one of the more horrifying stories in the Old Testament. The highlight of the class was when the kids marched around the perimeter of the classroom 7 times ( just like the Hebrews around Jericho), then I played a recording of ram's horns blowing and the kids all shouted as loud as they could. They were really into it, which for me is the most gratifying part of teaching. Also, hopefully they will remember some of the lesson."
We are looking for new Sunday School teachers for next year. If you would like to volunteer, or just know more about it, send us a message.

As our Sunday School year is in its last month, we are highlighting our teachers.
Brenda Bengtson teaches in the kindergarten to second grade class this year and had this recollection to share:
"Although my time was shortened because of ankle surgery, I am grateful for moments with the K-2 class. I enjoyed listening to student responses and creating tangible ways to remember the Bible stories."
Thank you Brenda!

Deacon Paul Fraker shows us how easy it is to make coffee!
Comment or message us if you are interested in helping with church coffee hour.

Thank you for your love and wisdom Rachel Held Evans, and we pray for your family.

A powerful feminine voice has been lost. Thank you Rachel Held Evans.

The children have been practicing with Angela Helge and Wayne Helge!
Come and hear them sing at the 11 a.m. service tomorrow.

Sunday School classes this week are learning about "The Great Commission."
Do you know what that means?

Matthew 6:28-34 The Message (MSG)
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Don't miss this adult studies class on May 5 & May 12

What Makes a Marriage a Christian One?
(according to the Presbyterian Church)

Some questions we will be exploring are as follows:
1. With more and more marriages beginning with strictly secular ceremonies and officiated by non-ordained persons (or ordained by online businesses), what makes a marriage a Christian one?
2. What does a Christian wedding ceremony include that a non-religious one does not?
3. Can a Christian marriage include a marriage between persons of the same gender?
4. Does our denomination (PCUSA) allow same-sex marriages?

Thank you so much to Margie Lang-Garnhart and Geff Garnhart for providing the beautiful music at yesterday's service!

Don't miss Sunday School tomorrow!
The children will be learning about the joyful surprise of the Empty Tomb. Kindergartners through fifth graders, join us at 9:45 a.m.

Thank you Jennifer Troell Morris and J. Morris Flowers for the beautiful Easter flowers in the sanctuary!

We know what it is like to stand with Peter in that place of denial and broken promises.
We know what it is to deny the truth about ourselves, to think more highly of ourselves and our trustworthiness than we should.
We know what it is like to deny the way of Jesus, which is the way of love and forgiveness and huge-hearted hospitality.
But as God's people, we know what it is like to be next to the Easter fire, warmed by the grace and the forgiveness of the risen Lord. We know what it is to learn that we are loved not because of who we are -- but who God is. This Easter morning, we hear that Jesus, the risen Lord, welcomes us in all our ingloriousness to simply rest and be nourished in his presence.
Debbie Dodson Parsons

Donuts with Daddies was a hit with our preschoolers!

Donuts with daddies was enjoyed in the PreK class today. We had daddies and mommies and a great grandfather visit and share in this fun event. One dad stayed to be our guest reader! The book was “ish”. It is a favorite and the kids decided to show that with a hug.

We are still singing!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above Alleluia!
praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
praise him, all ye heav'nly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

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Today the #PCUSA is celebrating Earth Day! “…God’s work in creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful, too good to be desecrated…Restoring creation is God’s own work in our time, in which God comes both to judge and to restore…” —PC(USA) Environmental Policy
http://bit.ly/2I6NYPH 🌍 🌳 🌻 ♻️

Some pictures from Easter Sunday at LPC

Leesburg Presbyterian Church's cover photo

We are busy getting everything ready for Easter morning.
Services are at 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Breakfast is in Fellowship Hall from 9-11 a.m.
Please join us!

From Matthew 27
The Death of Jesus
45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Maundy Thursday Service tonight
March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
A reader’s theater presentation of “Those who Ate with Jesus” and
celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Easter Sunday, April 21
“You shall be called repairers of the breach”
-Isaiah 58
In Isaiah 58, God issues a call and a challenge—to love one another more deeply by sharing what we have with those in need. One Great Hour of Sharing is our direct response to the ways in which God has called us to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.
Give to One Great Hour of Sharing—the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.
Look for offering envelope in your Easter bulletin.

A great palm Sunday service today with a baptism.

Hosanna! Hosanna!
Join us tomorrow for Palm Sunday services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.!

The Way of the Cross Processional through Historic Leesburg
Good Friday, April 19
6-7:30 p.m.
Please join us for this walking route to the six Stations of the Cross. Here is an approximate schedule.
6 p.m. Station 1: Leesburg Presbyterian Church
6:20 p.m. Station 2: Old Stone Church Cemetery, hosted by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
6:35 p.m. Station 3: St. James' Episcopal Church Leesburg, VA
6:50 p.m. Station 4: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
7:15 p.m. Station 5: Leesburg Town Green, hosted by Christ Church Lucketts
7:30 p.m. Station 6: Leesburg United Methodist Church

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Sara Sadler answers Angela Helge's question, "Why do some people say trespasses and some people say debtors in the Lord's Prayer?"

Keep in mind our schedule for Holy Week as you make your spring plans.

Are you spending some time this afternoon thinking about the question Debbie Dodson Parsons gave the congregation this morning?
Imagine someone approaches you as you are about to enter church on Sunday morning and says to you, "Tell me, what is it in there that you believe?"

Don't forget our Loaves & Fishes collection tomorrow for Loudoun Hunger Relief.
The new location for food drop off is in the closet to the right as you enter the church's sanctuary. If you have questions, please refer to one of the ushers and they can direct you to the new location.
The following items are usually the most needed:
1. Dry beans
2. Whole grain pasta, rice
3. Fresh fruits & vegetables
4. Cereal
5. Canned meats (tuna or chicken)
6. Mac and Cheese
7. Peanut butter
8. Hearty soups
9. Cooking oil

You are welcome to us for Easter breakfast April 21 from 9-11 a.m.!
Look for the sign up board this Sunday, or fill out the bulletin insert.

There are plenty of signs of spring outside our doors!

Here is some Wednesday inspiration.

Good morning!
Start your day with Sunday's Call to Worship:
In the morning, O Lord, you hear our prayers.
In the light of this day we praise your name.
Through the abundance of your steadfast love
You have gathered us into your house.
In the holiness of your presence,
We bow down to worship and adore you.

Can you guess what the children learned about in Sunday School yesterday?
Matthew 17:5b

Will you be joining us for Easter morning breakfast?
Please sign up to tomorrow after both services to let us know what you can bring.

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Our next Ask a Theologian question is "What do we know about Jesus in his youth?" See Sara Sadler's answer.

Here is some Monday morning inspiration.

On this Third Sunday in Lent we are meditating on a piece of Scripture from the Book of Romans.

Tomorrow in Sunday School children will be learning about Jesus feeding the 5,000.
Join us at 9:45 a.m.!
We will also be joined by guest preacher Rev. Leslianne Braunstein at both 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Spend some time with the charge we are saying at the end of our services during the season of Lent:
The cross
WE SHALL TAKE IT

The bread
WE SHALL BREAK IT

The pain
WE SHALL BEAR IT

The joy
WE SHALL SHARE IT

The gospel
WE SHALL LIVE IT

The love
WE SHALL GIVE IT

The light
WE SHALL CHERISH IT

The darkness
GOD SHALL PERISH IT. AMEN

From Debbie Dodson Parsons's message on Sunday:
Our truth is complicated. Within us is both faith and doubt, buoying us up and bearing us down, giving us courage and feeding our fears, supporting our weight on the wild seas of our lives and sinking us like stones.
That is why at the heart of our lives we need the one who speaks, “Courage, I am, do not be afraid.” If we never sank—if we could walk on water and skate in confidence and victory through all the storms of life—we would not need a Savior. Then we would not know who we are and whose we are. We would not know possibilities and the limitations of what it means to be a human.
Peter sank and cried out to Jesus. Jesus reached out his hand and saved him, with a word of grace and, yes, also a word of judgment, but not rejection.
He placed Peter back in the boat with the others. They would continue to the other side of the sea and back on the road following Jesus, holding onto those words they heard from the middle of a storm.
Courage, I AM, do not be afraid.
Matthew 14:22-34

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