This Saturday, 9/5, we will have our monthly our collection of food and other items for the OLQP Food Bank. The OLQP Food Drive does not provide for the current demand -- an average of 170 bags of food are distributed to area residents each week to help supplement their grocery needs; nearly 9,000 bags a year -- making food donations necessary throughout the month. Contents of our food bags include cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, meat or tuna, pasta, pasta sauce or tomato products, macaroni and cheese, rice, and beans. Participants are also offered a choice of finely ground corn flour for making tortillas or vegetable oil. Many weeks there are also produce items and bread.
It is election season once again at D/NoVA. All officers and board member positions are up for election for a term of one year starting January 1, 2016. According to our bylaws, nominations for the board are due to the Secretary by September 30, 2015. All individuals who have been a members of D/NoVA since March 31, 2015 are eligible to hold a position on our board.
No third party nominations may be made without the consent of the potential candidate. All candidates for office must submit a written statement to any incumbent member of the BoD or to the Secretary. The written statement must include the candidate's name and address, an indication of the office sought, and a brief statement of qualifications and reasons for seeking office.
Such statements can also be submitted by mail to the Dignity NoVA at P. O. Box 100566, Arlington, Virginia 22210-3566. These mailed statements must be received by September 30. In the event that there is not at least one candidate for each Officer and/or Director position, the Secretary may extend the deadline for nominations up to and through the date of the election.
After all nominations are received, the Secretary will determine and announce the form of election which will be dependent on whether there are any contested board positions. If there is a contested election, the Secretary will announce the details. If there is no contested election, the date of the election which will coincide with our Annual Meeting in October or November.
We have received some positive response to our proposed group to attend the Signature Theater production of "La Cage Aux Follies". At present, it appears that there is some agreement to attend the performance on June 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm, but we have less than 10 people interested so far. Tickets will probably be about $100 each.
Since the survey was anonymous, please let the Treasurer know if you are interested in joining the group. Once we know who is interested in buying tickets this far in advance, the group can decide if it is worthwhile or not. There is a discount for groups of 10 or more people. Ticket exchanges may be possible if it turns out that you are not able to attend the June 3, 2016 performance. However if the exchange drops the group number below 10, then everyone would have to pay an upcharge and loose the discount.
Believe it or not, the theater says that some evenings are already sold out for this show and that tickets are "a little tight" for June 3. So we must act on this soon or just forget about trying to do the group event.
There will not be a D/NoVA mass this Saturday, July 4, 2015, at ICOH.
It's a busy time of year, but the U.S. Supreme Court schedule calls us together! As we approach the U.S. Supreme Court hearing of the four marriage equality cases on April 28th, you, your friends, and your faith community are invited to be part of the Interfaith Prayer Service sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. The service is:
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
(Parking on South Garfield Street)
There are a number of ways you can support this important effort:
Commit to attend the service. Invite friends and neighbors to join you. Clergy need to know that Virginians want them to speak out for LGBT lives.
Invite your clergy to participate. Attending clergy will be asked to sit together and join voices together for a reading. Ask clergy to contact email@example.com
for more information.
Invite your faith community to be included on the list of congregations who support the service. This list will be included on the event Facebook page, on flyers to be posted to the general public, and on the program distributed at the event. To be listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the exact listing, including website address and Facebook page address.
Promote the service.a
. Share on your Facebook page. Service event can be found atwww.facebook.com/POFEVNOVA
. Invite friends and contacts to like the page and come to the service.b
. Post full-page flyer (attached) in your faith community, in coffee shops, community centers, libraries....any place with a bulleting board!c
. Organize a group to car pool together to the service.
As part of the service, we will create a banner of names to be carried to the steps of the Supreme Court. Join in to lift up LGBT loved ones and their families, our children, our grandchildren, and all who seek to live in a world where all individuals and families are honored. On Tuesday morning, April 28, we will meet at the corner of Maryland Avenue NE and First Street NE with the banner.
Hope to see you on April 26 and April 28!
Elizabeth and Kim
Keeping Faith: Interfaith Prayer Service to Embrace the LGBT Communities before the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Cases
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00pm
(Parking on South Garfield Street)
On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments whether same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and if state anti-marriage laws should be struck down as unconstitutional.
Join with Northern Virginia faith communities to embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities at this hopeful and vulnerable time.
Supporting faith communities include:
· Congregation Etz Hayim, Arlington
· Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale
· Clarendon Presbyterian Church, Arlington
· Commonwealth Baptist Church, Alexandria
· John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Annandale
· MCC of Northern Virginia, Fairfax
· Bethel United Church of Christ, Arlington
· Emmaus United Church of Christ, Vienna
· Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
· Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington
· St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston
· St. George's Episcopal Church, Arlington
· Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church
· Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
· Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton
· Unity of Fairfax, Oakton
Additional faith communities are expected to add their support.
Please note: Those who identify as male are asked to cover their heads with kipot. Congregation Etz Hayim will provide an ample supply for all to use. Those who identify as female are invited (though not required) to do the same.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Network of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Founded in 2006, POFEV is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people working together for greater welcome and affirmation in faith communities and civil equality for LGBT Virginians.
Thanks to all those who were able to attend our Easter Vigil mass and who brought wonderful goodies to share after mass. A special thanks to Harry and Kevin for all their efforts to make it work. Another special thanks to Father Joe for arranging for the venue and presiding at mass. And thanks to all those who pitched in to do what was necessary to make our Easter Vigil a great success.
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
from Pippa Passes
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His heaven—
All's right with the world!
This Saturday, 4/11/15, at ICOH, will be our First Saturday collection for items for the Food Pantry at OLQP. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items are collected during Mass and delivered to the OLQP Food Pantry which provides close to 500 bags of food each month to our neighbors in need. Our donations are also shared with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Contents of the food bags include canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, cereal, meat or fish, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans (bulk bags of both stretch our resources), and, occasionally, dessert. In addition, clients can choose to receive instant corn flour (i.e. Maseca) and/or vegetable oil.
We need to start mass as near as possible to 6:30 pm on Saturday so please make every effort to be a few minutes early.
After mass, Father Joe will present the first of our 6 sessions on the seven sacraments. Each session will last about 15 or 20 minutes. You can brush up on the seven sacraments of the Church here:
The Dignity USA 2015 Convention in Seattle, WA.