Lent 2022 ~ between Sunday services at 10:15am

We hope you can join us for a gathering between Sunday services at 10:15am. On Zoom, there’s Sunday Morning Scriptures. In person, in the Gathering Space, we offer intergenerational activities: weekly through April 3, Prayer, Community, and Creative Arts and on April 10, Bake with the Bible. (Bake with the Bible will also be offered on Zoom.) All sessions will focus on the morning’s worship text through storytelling or reading. If you’d like more information, please be in touch by email (office@burkepreschurch.org) or phone (703-764-0456).

 

 

Youth Musical “Dear Edwina Jr.” on March 18 and 19

Our BPC Youth are excited to present “Dear Edwina Jr.,” a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up. Showtimes are Friday, March 18 at 7pm and Saturday, March 19 at 1pm and at 7pm. If you’d like to watch it online, there is a streaming option for the 7pm show on Saturday, March 19, as well as a video on demand option. Tickets are free, but donations are welcome and will help offset costs of licensing, lighting, streaming, and other overhead. Any excess will go towards youth program scholarships. For tickets, go to www.showtix4u.com/events/bpcyouth. Enjoy the show!

Our new 11:15am mask-optional policy

Starting Sunday, March 20th, worshipers at our 11:15 am Sunday service may choose whether to worship with or without a mask. At the 9:00 am service, masks are required unless speaking at the microphone. During our 9:00am service, we are are in the process of rebuilding our children’s programs, specifically Godly Play and Stepping Stones, which serve a population that is still ineligible for vaccines. Our Healthy Church team has been working hard to equip the Session on matters of public health and guide us in a measured approach to a renewal of church activities. Pastors Becca and Adam welcome your questions on these policies and anything else (office@burkepreschurch.org, 703-764-0456).

Black & White Through the Pastor’s Lens

On Sunday, February 6, from 2:00-3:15pm, Rev. Becca and Dr. Vernon Walton of First Baptist Church of Vienna will talk about their personal experiences with race and wonder together about faith. Watch the livestream. Or, join them in the large sanctuary of First Baptist Vienna, 450 Orchard Street, NW. If you plan to attend in person, please let us know.

“Enough” and the Art of Boundaries

Join us on January 23, from 7:00 to 8:15pm on Zoom, for a conversation with Marilyn Williams. As the daughter of a Methodist pastor, Marilyn understands church. As a therapist and social worker, she knows how liberating it is to have boundaries. In a world where the term “boundaries” is overused, but in real life, underutilized, this conversation will equip us, our families and our church, with healthy ways to discern where we end and others begin, as well as how to navigate the tender, shared space between us. Stay tuned for the Zoom link.

Black & White through the Pastor’s Lens

**THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE WINTRY WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON.** Rev. Becca and Dr. Vernon Walton of First Baptist Church of Vienna will talk about their personal experiences with race, wonder together about faith, and take questions and facilitate conversation among those in the room and online. This event, which was planned for January 16, is in the process of being rescheduled for a later date.

Christmas Eve Services 2021

Please join us on Christmas Eve!

4:00pm Family Service ~ in the parking lot

6:00pm Lessons and Carols ~ in person

9:00pm Communion ~ in person and online (Zoom or YouTube)

BPC Welcomes Rev. Becca Messman as Senior Pastor

Burke Presbyterian Church (BPC) is thrilled to announce the arrival of its new Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, the Reverend Becca Messman. She will preach at BPC’s Sunday morning worship service (10:00am, in person and online) for the first time on October 24, 2021.

Messman joins BPC from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, where she served for 15 years—5 years as co-pastor and 10 years as associate pastor. There, she ministered to a congregation of about 600 and helped to launch a new worshipping community of recent immigrants called Lunch for the Soul. “Becca has a profound commitment to social witness and mission,” said Eva Thorp, a member of the BPC Pastor Nominating Committee. “It really complements her gifts of pastoral care and preaching.”

A prolific writer, Messman has served as Vice President of the Presbyterian Outlook magazine and co-authored “Cultivated Ministry,” a book about church vitality. She was Co-Chair of VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. She served as a Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Guatemala and speaks fluent Spanish.

The ministry of the church includes vibrant and engaging programs for all ages, as well as strong local and international mission partnerships focusing on hunger, housing, health, and education. BPC recently completed a major construction project, adding a bright and spacious gathering space and expanding seating capacity in the main worship area. The BPC Preschool occupies the lower level of the building and provides a child-centered, developmental program for young children ages 3 to 5.

Farewell to Pastor David

Rev. Dr. David Ensign has served our congregation as Interim Pastor for almost two years. This Sunday, September 19, is his last Sunday with us. Please join us as you feel comfortable for worship, when we will reflect with much appreciation on Pastor David’s ministry with us.  A light reception will be held outdoors after the service. #receivelovegiveloverepeat

Introducing Our Next Senior Pastor/Head of Staff

We are thrilled to announce that Burke Presbyterian Church has called Rev. Becca Messman as our next Senior Pastor and Head of Staff. Her nomination was unanimously approved at a meeting of the congregation on August 22. Becca will begin her ministry with us on October 23, 2021.