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    “Six Days, Five Nights to Read Holy Bible”
    photoPatricia Phillips is a business woman with her own company, Phillips Resources, which helps make school lunches more nutritious. In addition to her involvement with the Bible Reading Marathon, she is active in the community and was recently elected as Chairman of the Loudoun Crime Commission. She and her husband Chris are 25 year residents of Sterling with two daughters and attend Potomac Falls Anglican Church.
    An Open Letter the Loudoun Community
    The 5th Annual Bible Reading Marathon | A Judeo ~ Christian Event
    by Patricia Phillips

    "All the people assembled as one man at the square…He (Erza) read from early morning until midday…and all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” (Nehemiah 8:1-3)


    The community is invited to be a part of a tradition that is thousands of years old! The word of God – the books that now comprise the Old Testament were collected by the Israelites and revered as divinely inspired by God for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. In fact the Old Testament recorded events where God’s people gathered and stood for hours, listening to the scriptures being read aloud. At that time of course, there were just a few copies of the sacred texts and the only way that people could learn God’s Word was to hear it read aloud.

    In that tradition, Loudoun Awakening hosts the 5th annual Bible Reading Marathon on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin at noon with the opening ceremony on the steps of the County Courthouse, and then move over to the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renewing at 6:00 a.m. each morning until Thursday, May 3rd, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.

    Your commitment and participation are truly needed and appreciated, as our goal is to successfully complete the reading in 90 hours, to the glory of God. The intent of the Bible Reading Marathon leading up to the National Day of Prayer is to prepare God’s people to pray for our nation consistent with His will, as revealed in the Bible. In “Old Testament Days” only the Priests were considered worthy of the honor of reading God’s word. Since Christ came and sacrificed himself for all people, the New Testament proclaims the priesthood of all believers.

    Therefore literally hundreds of volunteers (ages 5 to 95) will take turns reading the scriptures, beginning with Genesis and reading straight through to the end of Revelation. People may participate by signing up in advance to read (visit http://www.awakening.org) or may stop by and listen. Ideally, we would like for each church, synagogue, civic organization, Bible study group, choir, prayer group, youth group and their families and friends to fill an hour block of time by providing four or more readers (15 minutes each) to help proclaim the Word of God by reading it out loud from Saturday through Thursday. However, BRM is not just for people of faith – but for all people to come in contact with the all time bestselling book.

    Regardless of your ability to participate in some way with these community events from April 28 to May 3, individuals can have a “personal Bible Reading Marathon” by committing to read the Bible each day during the week. Suggested representative readings include:

    •The Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy which summarizes the history in Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus
    •Proverbs, which shares wisdom and advice, conveniently with 31 chapters, often read in accordance with the day of the month.
    •The Gospel of John, telling about the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
    •Acts, the story of the early Christian Church

    Bibles will be available for the asking at the site, while supplies last.

    Participants can sign up to read online at http://www.loudounawakening.org.

    Opening Ceremony
    Courthouse Steps
    April 28 12:00 noon to 1 p.m.
    Coordinator: Patricia Phillips
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    Bible Reading Marathon
    North side of the Law Library
    April 28 to May 3
    Coordinator: Annette Scheel
    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    Saturday: Saturday: 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.
    Sunday - Wednesday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Thursday: 6 a.m. - 12 noon

    National Day of Prayer
    Thursday, May 3
    12:00 noon, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison Street, Leesburg
    7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church
    Coordinator: Daryl and Paula Gilbert
    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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    Beers. No, I don’t know – I looked at the application for further clues, but it doesn’t say anything more. I assumed it meant “over age 15.” They are giving the winners certificates tomorrow night, so I will probably be able to figure it out then.I think you have it exactly right – she just thinks we are inappropriate, period. It’s revealing that she chooses something from 2005 to complain about – the infamous “two Daddies” sign (which was “carried” by a dog, incidentally). Some guy wrote a letter to the editor about how he had to explain to his five year old why he didn’t have two Daddies, which doesn’t really seem like a difficult thing to explain. Some people feel the need to go into way too much detail, when a simple “because your Mom and I love each other and you, and that’s our family” would suffice.Thank you very much for the kind words.

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    If your pictures are ivuclsine, I see nothing inappropriate about your float or signs, except maybe the We The People part, which is the Preamble of the Constitution (1787), not the Declaration of Independence.I guess she just thinks YOU are inappropriate.For crying out loud, unless you’re out there smooching each other in public, little 8-year-olds that don’t know about Equality Loudoun would, from what I can see, have no idea what your organization is about, and none could take offense.  Meanwhile, those who do know what you are about would immediately get the point, even if they do not agree with it.Nicely done, and, from that standpoint, the award is deserved.

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