God takes care of His people, the church is more than a building, and we are all called to mission. We celebrate all of these things this Sunday as we worship and picnic together at the pavilion at Frying Pan Park (2739 West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA 20171) at 10 am.
Epiphany’s tradition of picnicking for Pentecost began in 2012, when we were between facilities. While we worshipped in a hotel ballroom at the time, there was a Sunday when it wasn’t available. That Sunday was Pentecost, and the only space we could find for church was the pavilion at Frying Pan Park. It was a great service, and a great reminder to all of us that our church is “portable!” Since then, celebrating Pentecost in this way is a reminder of how God walked with us on that journey and provided for us as we travelled.
At the same time, going to the park isn’t just about the past, it’s also about Epiphany’s ongoing commitment to “go out” into our community. We focus on missions on Pentecost Sunday. This year, I’m glad to announce that we will have Chad Young with us as our preacher. Chad is the national director of the Southwest Region for the Cru college ministry. Epiphany has supported Chad’s ministry for many years.
Finally, Pentecost Sunday is about fun. After our 10 am service (there is no 8am service on Pentecost Sunday), we share a picnic lunch together, play games on the lawn, and otherwise enjoy being together as a church. Bring a picnic dish to share and something to drink for you and your family. If you have a safe lawn game, (no pointy-darts please) bring that too! We will provide plates and silverware, as well as water.
See you at the Park!