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The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Christian goal is to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas.

God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.” … Continue Reading

Year of the Bible

September 25, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

By Rev. Dr. David Milam, Pastor

In October 2012, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 West Main Street, Purcellville, will be starting on an exciting journey: The Year of the Bible is a comprehensive, congregation-wide program of Bible reading. We are challenging everyone at our church, along with our neighbors and friends, to read the entire Bible in one year. In addition to reading the Scriptures, there will be help along the way. Weekly sermons, small groups, Christian Education from kids to adults, worship and devotions are focusing on the Year of the Bible.

Our pastors David Milam and Jessica McClure Archer have put together a weekly reading guide. In addition to daily readings, each week will have an overview of the books of the Bible we’re reading, devotions, some thought-provoking questions to ponder, and space for your questions and journaling. This resource will be valuable for your own personal use and for use in small groups. The reading plan booklet is available for download from our church website at www.standrew-pres.org. Also, visit our Facebook page (St. Andrew Presbyterian Church) and like us to keep up to date with all that’s happening with the Year of the Bible. … Continue Reading

Homeless Walk through Historic Leesburg Coming September 15

August 15, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Opportunities abound to bring your friends and family. Public School and Home School groups are invited. Churches, youth pastors, Sunday school classes, civic organizations, MOMS Clubs, etc. are all invited. Invite a group from your business, school, church or neighborhood. Wear your company or church T-shirt or display a company or church banner. We want to show our community that we care and raise support for homeless programs and services in Loudoun County.

GSA has served the homeless and those living in poverty in Northern Virginia since 1983.

The Good Shepherd Alliance 8th Annual Walk for Shelter … Continue Reading

Back to School Prayer Walk August 25

August 14, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

By Mark Gunderman

Capital Community Church (CCC) will conduct its annual Back to School Prayer Walk on August 25 at 10:00 a.m. For the past several years CCC has prayed for the schools, families and surrounding communities prior to the start of the school year. Last year CCC covered almost 60 elementary, middle and high schools and facilities in various communities and townships throughout Loudoun County, which encompassed multiplied thousands of families and tens of thousands of souls.

Among the topics for which Capital Community prayed were, protection for students and staff of each school against all forms of harm; strength and wisdom for faculty and staff members; a fruitful and productive year for all; the strengthening of marriages and families in the surrounding communities; and restoration of broken homes. This year CCC would like to invite all interested churches in Loudoun County to join in as the body of Christ for this year’s walk. If you would like to have your church participate, e-mail CCC Prayer Coordinator Samantha Francis at Sfrancis@CapitalCommunity.org.

Kirk Cameron & “Love Worth Fighting For” Tour Coming to Washington D.C. Area

July 14, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Warren Barfield Joins Cameron at Feed Your Faith Event

Kirk Cameron, star of the runaway hit movie Fireproof, will be the featured speaker at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Va. on Saturday, July 28 at 6 p.m. and Trinity Assembly of God in Lanham, Md. on Sunday, July 29 at 6 p.m. Cameron, along with musical guest Warren Barfield (who wrote “Love Is Not A Fight” featured in the movie Fireproof) are taking part in Feed Your Faith’s national “Love Worth Fighting For” tour, an event designed to strengthen and encourage all marriages. … Continue Reading

Sikh Musicians featured in Lovettsville

April 20, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Faith, Lifestyle, Music Be the first to comment
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Musicians from the Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies in Sterling will be featured Sunday, April 22 at St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville, along with a special observance of Earth Day that celebrates “a spirituality of COVENANTING WITH ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH.”

The program is part of an interfaith, multicultural music series celebrating the spirit of ‘resurrection’ and ‘life,’ continuing through the Easter Season.

Future program offerings (all Sunday programs begin at 11:00 a.m.):

Sunday, April 29: Some lively Jewish music featuring Laurie Mangold and Glenn Stern from the Sha’are Shalom in Leesburg.

Sunday, May 6 will feature the musical talents of St. James members of all ages.

Sunday, May 13 presents the jazz music of pianist/vocalist Adrienne Chapman, joined by friends George Crowley on vocals and guitar and Tara Linhardt on mandolin.

Saturday May 19, at 6:00 p.m.: Traditional Gospel music offered by “The Golden Tones” of Purcellville.

Sunday, May 20 features some Islamic musicians from the ADAMS Center in Sterling.

The public is cordially invited. St. James is located at 10 East Broad Way in Lovettsville, www.stjamesucc-love.org.

Interfaith Music Series in Lovettsville

April 14, 2012 by Contributor Events, Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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Throughout the Easter Season, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will present a series of interfaith, multicultural musical programs celebrating the spirit of ‘resurrection’ and ‘life.’ The first program will be Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m., featuring Andy Johnston, Director of Loudoun Cares, singing some songs out of the cultural music of Appalachia and the southern mountains that will include some of his own original music.

The remaining series schedule is as follows (all Sunday programs begin at 11:00 a.m.): … Continue Reading

Wilson New Rector of Our Saviour Oatlands

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

The Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands has selected the Rev. Dr. William E. Wilson as its new Rector effective November 1.

Dr. Wilson, 55, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, was a stockbroker there and in Charleston, South Carolina, before earning a PhD in Finance at the University of Indiana in 1991. He taught corporate finance and real estate in the Business Schools of the University of Hawaii, George Washington University and Georgetown University. … Continue Reading

Faith, Food and Fellowship

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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By Sue Thompson
The television sitcom ‘Cheers’ ran for 11 seasons, earning 27 Emmy awards and ranking number 18 in the top 50 greatest TV shows of all time. Every week a core group of colorful characters made their way to their favorite local bar to commiserate. Perched on wooden stools, nursing a cold one, they shared their troubles, offered bad advice, traded a few good barbs and hoped for an epiphany. The little bar in Boston existed in a season of perpetual advent, expectant of something good that never quite arrived. Cheers fans everywhere fondly remember the words to the show’s theme song: “Sometimes you want to go – where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see – our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.” … Continue Reading

LINK Feeds and Clothes 4,500

November 23, 2011 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment

By Lisa Lombardozzi, LINK President

What an incredible day we had. God’s amazing power was all around and LINK was able to share its abundance with a record number of families from Ashburn, Sterling and Herndon.

The 2011 economy was still dealing a tough blow to many of our neighbors. Each month groceries were delivered to more and more families who weren’t able to make ends meet. Donations poured in each month from so many caring and giving individuals, churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations. As the Thanksgiving Holiday Basket date neared, LINK decided to continue the level of assistance it offered in 2010. Over 750 families registered in person for the Holiday Basket Programs. Even more poured in as we reached our number and were added to the waiting list. The LINK Board decided to add the wait list guests to the registration list and it increased to over 820 total families. … Continue Reading

Pastors Gather West of Lucketts

October 18, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment

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By Mark Gunderman

The pastors represented various church denominations and came from many townships to join in united prayer for God’s blessings on all the churches and all 312,000 citizens of Loudoun. The Prayer Watch coordinators are praying to realize an increase in the number of such gatherings and in pastoral participation across Loudoun County and Northern Virginia. Photo courtesy Community Prayer Watch. … Continue Reading

Breakthrough International Ministry of Intercessory Prayer

August 31, 2011 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle 2 comments

By Mark Gunderman

The present Catherine Marshall Center was originally the Lincoln school, built in 1879. It was purchased by Catherine Marshall LeSourd and Len LeSourd in1978 to house Chosen Books, now a division of Baker Books. Today it serves as headquarters for Breakthrough International Ministry of Intercessory Prayer in Lincoln, Virginia. Breakthrough is always open to new Christian Intercessors joining this ministry. As the number of requests for prayer grows, Breakthrough seeks a greater number of Intercessors. Breakthrough believes that God chooses and calls individuals to this ministry. Please pray for His leading about entering this work. Photo courtesy/ Breakthrough Prayer Ministry.

For more information you can contact Breakthrough by:
E-mail: Breakthrough@intercessors.org
Website: www.intercessors.org

St. James UCC To Host Interfaith Tenth Anniversary Commemoration of September 11, 2001

August 29, 2011 by Contributor Events, Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
A peace wreath will be outside the sanctuary, to which people can add flowers as a memorial to all the victims of indiscriminate violence.

Following the traditional ringing of the church bells by Lovettsville Mayor Elaine Walker, St. James United Church of Christ will mark the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a morning of interfaith remembrance, with a call to confession, compassion and commitment to renewed listening and community building. The sanctuary will remain open to all for silent prayers and meditation, beginning with the first ringing of the church bells at 8:46 a.m. All are invited to stay for fellowship and an 11:00 a.m. interfaith service following the bell ringing. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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