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INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE to be held on Wednesday, November 25,
2009, at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Burke Presbyterian Church with our friends and neighbors
from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Congregation Adat Reyim, and the Rumi Forum. Please
join us in great fellowship and joyous celebration of Thanksgiving and our different faiths.
Burke Presbyterian Church is located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive in Burke, VA. For more
information, please visit our website at www. BurkePresChurch.org or call the office at 703-
764-0456.

A CHEVY CHASE CHRISTMAS - Sunday, December 6, 2009, 4:00 PM, Admission Free,
An offering will be accepted, The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase
Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20015, An annual tradition of the singing and ringing choirs of
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas. The
candlelight processional is traditional as is the choirs and audience carol singing. You can’t
help but leave in the Christmas spirit. Following the concert there will be a reception to
meet the artists and greet one another. For more information, call Julie Vidrick Evans, 202-
363-2202 X33


IMPORT PEACE OLIVE OIL
Import Peace is an organization that partners with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and
others to foster economic growth opportunities and improve the quality of life for
Palestinians living in Palestinian Territories occupied by Israel. The goal is to ease poverty
and hardship through the creation of export markets for fair trade products made in
Palestine by crafters or farmers.
Import Peace olive oil is certified organic and fair trade cold pressed extra virgin oil. The
net proceeds from each bottle sold are reinvested in Palestine for olive plantings and other
local development projects.
Import Peace is looking for churches in NCP that would be interested in selling olive oil, olive
oil soap, or zatar as part of a Fair Trade program or holiday bazaar. The products are
imported in Minnesota and sent from there to churches and other organizations that want to
sell them. More information about the products is available on www.importpeace.org
If your church would be interested in promoting these products, please contact Peter Mann
at 218-963-0942 or by email at pgmann@importpeace.org


News from Meadowkirk - Jim Bonner, CEO
We have lots of good news this month! We were successful in bringing the Coming Home
Project to Meadowkirk for Memorial Day Weekend of next year. This is a weekend for
veterans returning from combat duty that reunite with their families. Not only is it a truly
good cause, but it will be the largest group every to come to Meadowkirk, larger in one long
weekend than any previous month total for the entire property. Special thanks to Wheaton
7th Day Adventist Church; they very graciously agreed to move their weekend group to
allow us to accommodate this group. We will need this type of teamwork and sacrifice to
make it here. We also have booked another group for next June that involves adopted
children of Korean ancestry to experience a weekend of their home culture, as we branch
out to find additional groups. We were very excited to attract these types of groups to our
wonderful facility.

The biggest news is we were able to be a guest of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau
at a nationwide convention for Christian and Religious Meeting Planners. This allowed us to
meet with 50 to 60 people who plan religious conventions throughout the country. As the
only small retreat center at the convention, we were greeted with enthusiasm and received
an excellent response from everyone we met with. This type of convention is usually
reserved for large 500 to 1000 room hotels, so it was certainly an unprecedented
opportunity to slip under the radar and pitch our unique facility to some very important
people in the world of Christian conventions. We took full advantage of the opportunity to
market Meadowkirk on a nationwide stage – we even had the waiters at one of the major
lunches wearing “Meadowkirk” T-shirts. These conventions book 1-3 years out, so the fruits
will bear out over time - but I expect more large bookings from this effort over the next 6
months!

Keep us in your prayers and God Bless.


NOTICE FROM THE STATED CLERK
Clerks and Moderators—Presbytery Council has taken two important actions regarding
potential overtures to General Assembly which you or your Session may be working on or
thinking about.
     First—Council has set Tuesday December 15 2009 as the deadline for submission
       of overtures which you are asking National Capital Presbytery to approve and send to
       General Assembly 2010. Regardless of the nature of your overture, this is the drop-
       dead date. Keep in mind that your overtures must be sent to me for the Bills and
       Overtures Committee’s consideration.
     Second—Council has decided that all such overtures will be considered at a Special
       Presbytery Meeting which is set for Tuesday February 9, 1010, 10am at National
       PC.
By long-standing policy, presbytery’s Bills and Overtures Committee does not accept
overtures from individual ministers or elders. Instead, all overtures must come from the
Session of one of our congregations.

Be in touch—240-514-5352 or rmcfail@thepresbytery.org-- with any questions

				
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