2022 Kibwezi Silent Auction ~ September 25 through October 2

The 2022 Silent Auction to support our ministries in Kenya is on for the next week! Check out the offerings and make some bids today!

This year’s auction includes delicious treats, amazing experiences, valuable services, and pieces of art from Kibwezi. It’s a hybrid of online items and different items displayed at BPC.

  • To view and bid on the online items, use this link: https://www.32auctions.com/KibweziAuction2022
  • To bid on the items displayed at BPC, visit the Gathering Space. You’ll find the items set up near the door to the church office, with clipboards of orange bidding sheets ready to receive your bid. If you’d like to look at the items ahead of time, you can find photos of them on our BPC Facebook page.

If you would prefer to make a flat monetary donation instead of bidding on an item, you have two options:

  • Using the online auction site – choose the “A Donation” item within the auction. This “item” is from a generous donor who will match all donations up to  a total of $1,000!
  • Without using the auction site – make a donation by check or online. Make checks payable to BPC with “Kibwezi donation” in the memo line and mail them to the church or put them in the offering plate.

Asante sana (thank you very much) for participating!

Free shred event, Saturday, September 17 from 9am to noon

Gather, Shred & Share for Good on Saturday, September 17, from 9am to noon in our lower parking lot, rain or shine

Have your documents securely shredded – Along with your paper, CAN shred paper clips, binder clips, staples, butterfly clips, spiral notebooks, notebooks with a binding spine, metal-tabbed hanging folders, and the thin metal strips that are on presentation folders. CANNOT shred cardboard, x-rays, three-ring binders, or CDs.

Donate non-perishable food items to ECHO – Most needed items include cooking oil/olive oil, bags of red/black beans, bags of white/basmati rice, tomato sauce/paste, honey, flour, cereal, tea, coffee, canned fruit, and boxed pasta. For a complete list, visit www.echo-inc.org.

 

 

Sunday School for Adults starts September 18

Join us in person, beginning Sunday, September 18 at 10:15am, for two new drop-in adult Sunday School classes: Confirmation Class (for Adults!) and FaithLink. Sunday Morning Scriptures continues on Zoom, but at a new time of 8am. Questions? Need more information? Please contact the church office at 703-764-0456 or office@burkepreschurch.org.

  • Confirmation Class (for Adults!) Come learn about the basics (and the depths) of what Presbyterians believe about God. We’ll address salvation, purpose, heaven and hell, Jesus, and all sorts of theological matters that often Christians are shy to talk about. Pastor Becca and Pastor Catherine will teach this class, along with other BPC teachers. We’ll meet in Room E4/E5 (enter the front doors and take a left).
  • FaithLink. The world is complicated. Let’s work through it together. If you are interested in how faith connects to the issues and events making the headlines, please join us in the library.
  • Sunday Morning Scriptures. We gather together, usually with Rev. Becca, on Sunday mornings at 8:00am on Zoom to read and discuss the sermon text for morning worship.

Get Connected Gathering & Sunday School Kickoff ~ September 11, 2022

Children, youth, and adults! Join us on September 11 at 10:15am for bagels in the Gathering Space. We’ll meet Sunday School teachers for the fall, and children and youth will be invited to their classes. Adults will be invited to a Get Connected event, which will include information on the many different ways to engage with the life and ministries of BPC. Sunday School classes for adults will begin on September 18 at 10:15am.

Youth Kickoff on Sunday, August 28!

For all youth (grades 7 – 12), Sunday, August 28 from 4 to 6pm ~ come to BPC for games, food, and fun! Bring a white t-shirt (one that it’s OK to ruin) and a towel. We’ll conclude the event with our annual Color Dust Competition (aka “tossing fun-run powder at each other”). You’ll want to have the towel to sit on for your ride home.

For parents of youth, Sunday, August 28 at 11:30am ~ please join us in the Gathering Space or on Zoom. We’d like to tell you all about our programs for youth, including Youth Connections, IMPACT Youth Choir, and the 2022-23 Confirmation Class.

Please let us know if you have questions or would like more information. Email Pastor Adam (adam@burkepreschurch.org), Director of Music Ministries Julianne Erbrecht (julianne@burkpreschurch.org), or Youth Elder Karyn Niles (keniles@icloud.com).

Rummage Sale on Saturday, August 13 from 8am to noon

Our IMPACT Youth Choir is having a rummage sale on Saturday, August 13, from 8am to noon, inside at BPC, to help fund their annual music and mission tour. We are seeking “merchandise” to sell and welcome donations that are clean and in good condition. Household items, children’s clothes/toys/gear sell best. No old electronics or books other than children’s books. Thanks in advance for your support!

SummerFest

Our third and final SummerFest evening is Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 8pm. We’ll hear from BPC Youth who just returned from the Montreat Youth Conference. Energizers, small groups, Lake Anna, rock hopping, key note and preaching, ‘tensil Tuesday, and back home groups… What is an energizer, you ask? What is a ‘tensil? What does their faith look and sound like? What does this community of BPC friends mean to them? And what hopes do they have for this church and The Church? Come and see. We are also so glad to welcome Sarah (Miller) Evans to BPC as she shares live music with us.

SummerFest is a time to gather, share a meal, and deepen our church connections on three consecutive Wednesdays at BPC from 6:00 to 8:00pm: July 20, July 27, and August 3. Each evening includes a church supper for all, followed by other activities and break out sessions. All are welcome — singles, pairs, families.

Community Table ~ Mesa Comunitaria

Free dinner, all are welcome!  Cena gratis, todos son bienvenidos!

Tuesday, August 9 ~ 9 de Agosto

Doors open at 5:30 ~ Apertura de puertas a las 5:30pm

Dinner served at 6:00pm ~ Cena servida a las 6:00pm

July Sermon Series

Our July sermon series is called “Encounter: Surprising Ways God Meets Us.” Here’s a preview: July 10 – God meets us in struggle; July 17 – God meets us in beauty; July 24 – God meets us in purpose; July 31 – God meets us where we are.