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Evolution Weekend Celebration at St. James in Lovettsville

February 1, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Evolution Weekend Celebration at St. James in Lovettsville

In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will host a presentation by Dr. Mark Lupisella:

Evolution Weekend was founded nine years ago by The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/) to counter the undermining of evolutionary science and the belief that faith and science are incompatible. Attacks on evolution have often also defamed Charles Darwin as an enemy of compassion and morality, falsely associating his work with the unrelated concept of “social darwinism.” In fact, Darwin’s writing “reveals caring, love, moral evolution and education as the prime drivers” of human advancement toward justice and compassionate community, says the Rev. Don Prange. … Continue Reading

Francis Makemie Society

January 15, 2014 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Francis Makemie Society
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By Mark Gunderman

Protestant dissenters in Virginia first obtained religious liberty due to Francis Makemie’s petition to Colonial Governor Francis Nicholson.

In 2013, Makemie Park near Temperanceville, Virginia has been the site of archeological digs on the former site of Reverend Francis Makemie’s 17th century residence. Following the same archeological procedures used at Jamestown and Saint Mary’s, the Francis Makemie Society marked out a 90’ by 40’ area with string and large nails over what many believe is the foundation of Makemie’s house. Today the entire area is under scrutiny to learn more about both the foundations and a trove of early colonial artifacts. … Continue Reading

Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling

December 14, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling
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The Temple of Healing Waters COGIC (www.healingh20.org) will hold its 6th Annual Red Sunday Celebration on Sunday, December 22, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The 2013 celebration will be held at The Temple of Healing Waters (Healing H2O), 44900 Acacia Lane, Suite 105, Dulles, VA 20166.

Red Sunday is a way for the Church to give back to their community, especially those who are struggling during the Holiday Season. Healing H2O’s goal for 2013 is to feed 600 hungry people and the congregation is confident in reaching this objective with the support of the local community. … Continue Reading

Restoring Hope

November 16, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Restoring Hope
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By Mark Gunderman

Have you ever been depressed because of your finances? There’s a feeling of loneliness as well as one of being run over by a Mack truck. It’s not a good feeling. If that happens to you, don’t run away! Pick up the phone and get help. Financial matters are not rocket science; they just seem that way. There is a method to the madness of recovering from financial mayhem, no matter how bad you may think the situation has become. There is a proverb that states “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). This verse states that if you stay stuck where you are without reaching out and talking to someone, you are “deferring hope.” However, once you pick up the phone and see what your options are, you bring “life” to the situation. … Continue Reading

David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams

September 25, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on David’s Tent DC 2013 Seeks Worship Teams
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David’s Tent DC is seeking worship teams as they meet on the Ellipse of the White House beginning September 24 – November 5 for a time of prayer in the Capital City. To sign up or to receive information on leading worship from the main stage, scheduled in two-hour time slots, switching on the odd hour, e-mail worship@davidstentdc.org.

The night-watch is unplugged and is particularly anointed. There is a city ordinance that disallows amplification from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. But the worship goes on! A good old-fashioned strings-and-hammers piano along with hand drums and acoustic guitars are made available. If you are interested in the uniqueness of acoustic sets and the draw of an intimate time with Jesus during the night-watch and wish to lead worship during the night hour, e-mail nightwatch@davidstentdc.org. … Continue Reading

A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools

August 28, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on A Request to Pray for Loudoun Schools
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By Mark Gunderman

A call for intercessory prayer before school begins on September 3.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

When I served as president of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) in 1999-2000, the Loudoun County Public School system comprised 44 schools with enrollment at 26,787. Nearly 15 years later, LCPS has almost tripled in student size and doubled in the number of schools. I am again compelled to begin the school year with community prayer. … Continue Reading

Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

August 20, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing Rooms Open 2 Days a Month

By Mark Gunderman

The Healing Rooms of Purcellville, located at 221 North 21st Street @ The Well in Purcellville, is directed by Alan and Linda Watkins is a ministry that exists to serve the community and the entire Church. The Healing Rooms are staffed by trained volunteers who pray for those who are sick. The ministry takes place in one of several designated healing rooms as ordinary people believe God for extraordinary answers to their prayers. Those visiting the Healing Rooms will receive focused prayer for approximately twenty to thirty minutes and are free to return for additional prayer as needed.

Healing Rooms believe that in the presence of God there is power for them to be healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because His Word says so. 1 Peter 2:24…”By whose (Jesus) stripes we were healed.”

Kingdom authority rests on those who have believed and signs and wonders accompany those who have believed in His name. … Continue Reading

The Gifts Within

July 18, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Gifts Within
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Submitted by Linda Simpkins

Second Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hamilton will be sponsoring “The Gifts Within” – the second Annual Project Blessing Program and Family Entertainment Night to be held Saturday, July 20, at 6:00 pm. This event will be held at Tuscarora High School, 801 North King Street in Leesburg. Come out and enjoy this night full of family fun, featuring:

The Gospeliers, Manassas, Golden Tones of Northern Virginia, Berryville, Mt. Zion UMC Men’s Choir, Hamilton, Harmony UMC Choir, Hamilton, Soloist, Julia Braxton, Grace Annex UMC, Purcellville; Mimes, Dion and Djon, Herndon; Praise Teams, Calvary Baptist Church, Fairfax, and First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Leesburg. The evening will also include the Ushers’ Walk from First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Second Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Zion UMC, and Providence Baptist Church, and much more! … Continue Reading

Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary

July 11, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christian Community Church at St. Paul’s to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary

Pastor Roland England announces the church’s 15 year anniversary celebration for Sunday, July 28 at 10.00 a.m., Christian Community Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, held its first public service on the first Sunday of January, 1998, in Purcellville at the Loudoun Valley community Center. In May, 2000 the congregation moved to its present location to reopen the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, in western Loudoun.

The guest preacher for the occasion is Area Conference Minister, Marie Bacchiocchi; Adair McConnell will join organist Frank Lamm in playing for the service. The recognition and dedication of a number of recent improvements to the building and grounds will be included. The public is invited to the service and the pot luck dinner to follow; or stop by in the early afternoon to see the restoration work accomplished in 13 years since the church sat empty from 1970-2000.

Joshua’s Hands Donates Quilts to Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont

June 2, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Joshua’s Hands Donates Quilts to Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont
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By Mark Gunderman

In January 2011, Joshua’s Hands gathered volunteers from around Loudoun County to work on quilts for wounded warriors. In a ten-day session, volunteers made twenty-nine quilts and realized that this would not be a one-time effort. People loved the opportunity to gather in support of our troops and to “do something” with tangible results to help. What they also appreciated was the opportunity to work with other volunteers of all ages and abilities in a mentoring environment. When the session was completed, everyone learned something and all involved felt deep satisfaction with the final product. … Continue Reading

Bible Marathoners Kick Off Spirit Filled Week

April 30, 2013 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bible Marathoners Kick Off Spirit Filled Week

By Mark Gunderman

Loudoun Awakening hosted the 6th annual Bible Reading Marathon Opening Ceremony on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It began when the bells chimed at noon on the steps of the County Courthouse, and then moved over to the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The readings will continue until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 a.m. each morning until Thursday, May 2, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.

The opening ceremony was highlighted by Anglican Bishop John Guernsey; from the Mid-Atlantic Diocese who provided reflections and encouragement. Bishop Guernsey’s message included a reading from Psalm 19 that cites that the Word of God written in the Bible is more desirable than gold, sweeter than honey; it brings joy to the heart, enlightenment to the mind, and new life to the soul. … Continue Reading

St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration

February 2, 2013 Events, Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on St. James United Church of Christ To Host Evolution Weekend Celebration
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St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville will participate in Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to oppose the undermining of science, and specifically the basic principles of evolution, in the name of religion. Organized eight years ago by The Clergy Letter Project (http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/) around the birthday of Charles Darwin,

“Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.” … Continue Reading

The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Christ of Christmas
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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


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Holiday Open House

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

30 Nov 2016

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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11. “This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These …

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What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

30 Nov 2016

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By Amanda Clark Henry Carlson – Purcellville “For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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