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    JWCL Prom Wishes Event in Leesburg
    jwclThis year’s event will be held March 14, 2015 in the Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg and all teen girls are welcome. Regardless of the economic situation, JWCL has always opened the doors of this event to the public and served over 100 girls each year. Photo is courtesy/ JWCL.
    By Lori Rocker
    JWCL Prom Wishes Chairman
    Special to Community of Faith

    Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun Signature Event – Prom Wishes

    The Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun (JWCL) is preparing to host its annual Prom Wishes event, held 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Rust Library's Teen Center.

    ** ALL TEEN GIRLS WELCOME - COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE **

    The Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun (JWCL) is hosting its 13th annual Prom Wishes event on Saturday, March 14. JWCL collects prom dresses and accessories and then makes them available to high school girls in the community at a one-day boutique where they can select prom attire free of charge. To make the event successful, JWCL needs new or gently worn formal dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, accessories, and unopened cosmetics. JWCL accepts all styles and sizes of dresses. Tax deductible donations may be left at the following locations throughout Loudoun County until March 9th.

    • Ashburn: Ashburn Sports Pavilion, Studio PinkFIT
    • Leesburg: A.V. Symington Teen Center at Rust Library, Maggie’s Closet, Claude Moore Community Center & Salon Ten
    • Purcellville: Loudoun Valley Community Center
    • South Riding: Dulles South Community Center & Town Hall
    • Sterling: Sterling Community Center

    This year’s event will be held March 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg, Virginia and all teen girls are welcome. New for this year, JWCL is providing options for pre-registration for a shopping time. Pre-registration is not required. Walk-ins are always welcome. Follow this link: https://jwcl.wufoo.com/forms/jwcl-prom-wishes-2015/

    Over the last 12 years, we have helped over a thousand young ladies find dresses for their proms. Last year JWCL assisted 129 girls from 25 schools, including 15 Loudoun County Public Schools. All the dresses that are not selected are distributed to other organizations that hold similar events in Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Every dress finds a home. We received this message from a mom after our 2014 event, "Today my daughter found THE prom dress which she promptly fell in love with! I want to thank you for making this available to us, and to all the young ladies who benefited from your kindness and generosity today. My family and I are truly grateful to you!"

    In order to reduce wait times and hope to reach additional girls, we have added an hour to the event (runs until 3:00 PM) and the option of pre-registration this year. This will allow teens that have work or sports commitments on Saturday the ability to sign up for a time that best works with her schedule.

    For additional information, please visit the JWCL web site at http://www.jwcl.org/home/prom-wishes or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). JWCL is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible.

    About Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun

    JWCL has been serving Loudoun County since 1951. JWCL is a proud member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), the world’s oldest and largest non-political, non-denominational volunteer organization for women which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. There are 3 additional Federated clubs in the area, Woman’s Club of Loudoun, GFWC Ashburn Area Woman’s Club and Sterling Park Woman’s Club. JWCL is a broad-based interest organization and support the needs of the community and ideas that our members care about and bring to the attention of the membership.

    JWCL also supports March of Dimes 'March for Babies', Mobile Hope, High School Project Graduation events and the Loudoun Free Clinic. JWCL welcomes all women from Loudoun County to join in their mission to make a difference in the community. This year the theme is Volunteers Make Life Sweet for Others. Please consider attending a club meeting to experience JWCL and learn more about this organization. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month (August - June) at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is at the ALLY Advocacy Center, Paxton Campus, 601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg.
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    The Lenten Experience
    lent_2015“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry” – Luke 4:1-2.
    "We are indeed mortal – we are dust, and to dust we shall return" - Genesis 3:19. The Church now calls us back once again to the graces of our baptism, to do penance, and amend our lives.


    Ash Wednesday, in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable Fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, or spring, the time of year when the days begin to lengthen.

    This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with services, February 18 and ends on Holy Saturday, April 4, the day before Easter Sunday. The day before Lent begins, some churches will hold Shrove Tuesday pancake dinners, following the Lenten tradition of using up all the butter, eggs and yeast in the kitchen before Lent actually begins.

    Lent is a season of repentance, self-examination and quiet contemplation of the mysteries of God. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.

    Most people are quite familiar with the practice of giving up something desirable for Lent. This discipline is meant to foster a stronger will, one that intentionally chooses to make room for God amidst all the competing distractions. Say no to these desires so that we can say yes to God. The journey through Lent follows Christ to the cross, the tomb, and resurrection. Believers gain a better understanding of their own frailties and the Lenten season nurtures an enhanced knowledge and love of Christ.

    Some denominations practice the wearing of ashes on the forehead in the sign of a cross on Ash Wednesday. Ashes symbolize true heartfelt repentance. More important than the outward symbol of ashes is the inner reality of a contrite heart. God promises: “I will give you beauty for ashes” - Isaiah 61:3.

    The Bible does not mention the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21. To learn more about Wednesday Lenten services, contact your local church. Lent is generally celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Greek Orthodox, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and some Baptist and Mennonite congregations.

    For a great Lenten read, see Leesburg Patch article, “Invitation to a Holy Lent”, by Rector Clancy Nixon, Church of the Holy Spirit – Leesburg.

    http://patch.com/virginia/leesburg/bp--invitation-to-a-holy-lent

    Calendar of Dates for Lent and Easter 2015 (United Methodist Church)

    Ash Wednesday - February 18, 2015

    First Sunday in Lent - February 22, 2015

    Second Sunday in Lent - March 1, 2015

    Third Sunday in Lent - March 8, 2015

    Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 15, 2015

    Fifth Sunday in Lent- March 22, 2015

    Liturgy of the Palms - March 29, 2015
    Sixth Sunday in Lent

    Liturgy of the Passion - March 29, 2015
    Sixth Sunday in Lent

    Easter Sunday - April 5, 2015

    Mark Gunderman
    Sterling Park, Va.
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    Big Bad Drama presents The Little Town of Christmas
    Big Bad Drama Company Presents The Little Town of Christmas. Big Bad Drama was established in 2002 and the Troupes logo was designed by one of their own. The theater group goals and objectives are based on New Testament Acts 20:35, ‘...It is more blessed to give than to receive...' Students and senior citizens provide family-friendly entertainment to local schools, restaurants, nursing homes, churches, and community centers. This performance is Free, but it is suggested that everyone bring a non-perishable food item or a toy to support various charities.
    The Little Town of Christmas is comprised of twelve yuletide sketches entertaining audiences with such old favorites as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Caro." Also included are interviews with the elves and reindeer and even an interview with Mrs. Santa Claus. Of course there will be some singing and Santa will get a Pop Quiz. The play was written by Pat Cook.

    The Troupes vision based on Acts 20:35 is to provide high school, middle school and senior citizens with opportunities to use their time, talents and treasures to serve their community, while learning about teamwork and gaining new dramatic skills in a loving, happy and fun-filled environment. Big Bad Drama Company is comprised of 17 teens who have been practicing every Saturday for 3 months. The majority of these kids travel from Leesburg, Hamilton and Purcellville to practice in Lovettsville. The Troupe presents at sites around the community and this reflects the talent of the kids as they are able to adapt to each different venue without having practiced on each "stage" space.

    Big Bad Drama representative Lisa Moen said, "the most treasured comment that we had last year was from a senior citizen at the Madison House who said she did not think that she was going to have Christmas that year but we brought it to her." The Troupe seeks out places that will donate space to stage a play and then solicits food or toy donations in lieu of a ticket fee. The Troupe also reaches out and presents in locations where some people would not otherwise be able to attend or afford the price of a ticket.

    Previously Big Bad Drama has preformed at The Carver Center in Purcellville, Dominion Academy in Leesburg, Providence Academy in Leesburg, The Madison House in Leesburg, INOVA Loudoun Nursing and Rehab in Leesburg, Morningside House in Leesburg, Sunrise Assisted Living in Leesburg and a "Dinner Theater" at the Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville.

    Some of the other productions Big Bad Drama has presented are: The Three Fractured Pigs by Chris Stiles published by Brooklyn Publishers, The Christmas Cafe by Burton Bumgarner published by Brooklyn Publishers, Good Cop, Bad Cop by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello published by Brooklyn Publishers and Sonoma White by Vin Morreale Jr. published by Eldridge Publishing Company.

    Big Bad Drama will be preforming on the Following Dates:

    Dec 12, 2014 6:30 pm at the Lovettsville Firehouse 12837 Berlin Turnpike, Lovettsville, Va. Tickets: We are requesting an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots and/or a non-perishable food item for the Lovettsville Food Pantry.

    Dec 13, 2014 6:30 pm at Destiny Church 37 Catoctin Circle Leesburg, Va. Tickets: We are requesting donations for Interfaith Relief.

    Dec 14, 2014 2:00 pm at the Carver Center 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville, Va. Tickets: We are requesting donations for the Tree of Life Ministries

    Dec 20, 2014 2:00 pm at the Madison House 25 Monroe Street, Leesburg, Va. Tickets: We are requesting a donation to any of the above charities.

    Lisa Moen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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    About the Blogger
    Mark Gunderman writes and solicits articles that reflect the Church ministries and faith-based organizations' spiritual rhythm and follows the seasons of the Church. The Church and its ministries are relevant for news articles all year round, not just during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Church and the media have many philosophical differences, yet common denominators link them together. Both have a message they want to articulate. An inherent responsibility for both is to communicate successfully.

    "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant to all" (Mark 9:35).


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