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Epiphany Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation in historic Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia.  We are a welcoming and affirming Christian community that lives with a daring confidence in God’s gracious love for all people.

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5521 Old Mill Road
Alexandria, VA

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Updated 4/11/2019

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This Sunday, April 14, is the Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday.  Weather permitting, we will start the 9:30 a.m. service on the patio outside the front door, and then process into the church together with palms.

The readings for the service are:
Entrance Gospel with Palms:  Luke 19:28-40
First Reading:  Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm:  Psalm 31:9-16
Second Reading:  Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel of the Passion:  Luke 22:14-23:56

The Parish Planning Council will meet after the service.

Next week Lent concludes on Thursday, and we begin the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection culminating in next Sunday’s Easter celebration.

On Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. we will gather for a Maundy Thursday service.  In this service we conclude the penitential season of Lent with an extended confession and forgiveness, celebrate the washing of one another’s feet in obedience to the command of Jesus at the Last Supper, continue with Holy Communion, and end the service in silence with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

On Friday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. we will gather for our Good Friday service.  In this service we proclaim the Passion according to John, join in extended prayers for the needs of the whole world for which Jesus died, and conclude with the procession of the Cross.

On Sunday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. we will gather for our Easter Sunday service.  For those who can participate, we will begin with breakfast at 8:45 a.m., and we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for the children at 10:30 a.m., after the service is concluded.

Lent Book Club:  We will conclude our discussion group on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with Chapter 5 of the book.  There is a free PDF of the book available online here.

Handbell Choir:  The handbell choir will rehearse for Easter on Thursday, April 18 from 6-6:45 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Reading Group:  The Bible reading group meets each Wednesday in the narthex from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  We will be continuing our reading of the First Book of Samuel.

Epiphany Weekday School:  On Spring Break April 15 to 22, resuming April 23. Parent/teacher conferences will be April 23-30.  The last day of school is May 24.  Summer Camp weeks will be June 3-7 and June 10-14, registration for summer camp ends on May 1.

Upcoming Events

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service of Prayer and Praise at 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21, sponsored by Ventures in Community, on the grounds of the Mount Vernon Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2000 George Washington Parkway (entrance via Lucia Lane).

Metro DC Synodical Women’s Organization will hold its annual conference on Saturday, May 4, at the brand-new St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 222 M St., S.W., in Washington, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The theme is “Acting Boldly: Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future.”  Pastor Elizabeth Platz, the first woman ordained as a pastor in the ELCA, will be the keynote speaker, and among the offerings will be a "delicious Bible Study: Living the Chocolate Life” and an update on the border situation from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.  There are flyers available in the back of church, or you can click here for more information.

The 7th Annual Alexamdria Thrivent Shred Day event will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the side parking lot at Nativity Lutheran Church, 1300 Collingwood Road.  RSVP to Sheri Swackhamer, Thrivent Financial Associate.

f you know of anyone who is sick or in the hospital, please let us know by sending an e-mail to ELCMountVernon@gmail.com.  We want to be able to reach out and include everyone in our community, even if health prevents you from joining us in worship.