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    Loudoun Awakening hosts the 8th annual Bible Reading Marathon in Leesburg
    king street“The influence of the Bible is worldwide,” wrote Arthur Pink, the English Christian evangelist (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952). “Its mighty power has affected every department of human activity. The contents of the Scriptures have supplied themes for the greatest poets, artists and musicians which the world has yet produced, and have been the mightiest factor of all in shaping the moral progress of the race.” Photo is courtesy of Dwight Dopilka!
    "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" - Matthew 7:24.

    A Judeo-Christian Event

    Loudoun Awakening hosts the 8th annual Bible Reading Marathon (BRM) on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin Saturday at noon, May 2, 2015, at the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library patio. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 AM each morning until Thursday, May 7th, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the Leesburg National Day of Prayer.

    The BRM is seeking volunteers to participate by signing up in advance to read. Area pastors are the featured Scripture readers for the first hour. Each church, synagogue, civic organization, bible study group, choir, prayer group, youth group and ministry are encouraged to sign up to read the scripture for 1 hour. It is recommended that a least four people and as many as eight or ten plan to read during the hour.

    The call is to read the Bible from cover to cover (Genesis to Revelation) over the week-long event. During the six day-five night 90 hour readings, participating Marathoner's will come from many countries and read the Bible in many languages. This is an awesome opportunity for the body of Christ to come together, proclaiming and declaring the Word of the Lord for our community. This Bible reading event provides folks the opportunity to pray and worship with people and families while accomplishing their business in downtown Leesburg. So please come out and experience this blessed, spirit filled, anointed and mighty week. For more information or to sign up to read, visit

    The public reading of the scriptures from 6 am to midnight, Saturday through Thursday is a public proclamation that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3).

    The Bible is a book like no other. Even if you’ve never read the Bible, its stories and psalms, phrases and proverbs have trickled into our everyday lives. It is the book that has influenced Western culture more than any other. The sacred text has been judged the most influential book ever published.

    “The influence of the Bible is worldwide,” wrote Arthur Pink, the English Christian evangelist (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952). “Its mighty power has affected every department of human activity. The contents of the Scriptures have supplied themes for the greatest poets, artists and musicians which the world has yet produced, and have been the mightiest factor of all in shaping the moral progress of the race.”

    BRM Coordinator Gwen Armstrong agrees. “The word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword,” she said. “The word is alive - it comes alive in you as you read it. It changes people. How can you not read the scriptures and just fall in love with what God is telling you?”

    We’re reading the Bible publicly, not to draw attention to ourselves, but to draw attention to God and what God says to us in the Bible, which we believe to be His Word.

    Our reading from Psalm 19 says that the Word of God written in the Bible is more desirable than gold, sweeter than honey; it brings joy to the heart, enlightenment to the mind, and new life to the soul.

    People have asked about the value of a public reading of the Word of God. There is great Old Testament precedent for the recognition in that great book-centered worship service reported in Nehemiah 8:8, “They [the priests] read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave it sense so that the people understood the reading.”

    Our earnest desire is to reveal to our community the powerful Word of God. The Bibles transforming power is guaranteed. Jesus Christ set the example of how important the Word was to Him and should be to us. When tempted by Satan, Jesus quoted the Word. “Man does not live by bread alone; but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” – Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3.

    Gwen Armstrong
    Bible Reading Marathon Coordinator
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    Bible Reading Marathon Schedule:

    Saturday, May 2 - 12 p.m. (noon) - 12 a.m.
    Sunday, May 3 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Monday, May 4 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Tuesday, May 5 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Wednesday, May 6 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Thursday, May 7 - 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

    A final thought:

    The Bible is the set of writings understood by Christians to be God's Word, revealing his nature and his will for mankind. The word "Bible" is simply a transliteration of the Greek "biblion" which means "book" and by capitalizing it, the Bible is understood to be the preeminent book, the revelation of God.

    The Bible is a collection of 66 different manuscripts called "books" which describe the two Covenants between God and man. The Old Testament is the first 39 books, describing the Old Covenant, God's covenant with man through the nation of Israel. It was a covenant which met the needs of the people until the time that Jesus came into the world. Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah (or Christ), revealed the New Covenant which is recorded in the New Testament, the latter 27 books of the Bible. The New Covenant is an addition to the Old Covenant and describes the relationship that God desires to have with man, enabled by the work of his Son, Jesus.

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    Invitation to an International Easter Banquet in Leesburg
    easter danceWorship dance team from Ekklesia-USA in Reston bless the assembly with their rendition of “Jesus Is Risen." Photo is courtesy of Andy Cho.
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

    Invitation to an International Easter Banquet in Leesburg:
    Sunday March 29th
    4:00 to 8:00 PM
    Leesburg Community Church
    835 Lee Avenue SW, Leesburg, Virginia 20175

    Come, taste and experience what Easter is all about! And come find out what it means that God gave up His Son for the world. All are invited!

    International Learning Center - NoVA (ILC-NoVA*) and the churches of the Leesburg area are together hosting a banquet celebrating a very important holiday in America and all over the world. Come with your family and befriend our ESL/international families, and please invite your friends from other nations. We will have testimonies and singing in many different languages – Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu & of course, English. Childcare is also provided.

    *NOTE: ILC-NoVA offers ESL classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Worship Center, located at 19227 Gleedsville Road, Leesburg, VA 20175. US Citizenship Test classes will start in April. Contact Faith Cha for details – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 703.801.5880.

    Please let the organizers know if you plan to attend. For more information, please contact Pastor James Cha at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Faith Cha at 703.801.5880.

    Last year the Lord gave ILC-NoVA an excellent opportunity to celebrate the Easter Resurrection Day (“Jesus Is Risen”) Banquet with their international friends from all over the world. About 120 people (guests and volunteers) attended the afternoon gathering. Many of the guests were students of ESL classes.

    Pastor Alan Stanford, Pastor Jason Baird, and other staff members graciously opened up Leesburg Community Church for ILC-NoVA to celebrate this highest point of the Christian Church year in America. The Season of Easter is a time of praise, as Christians glorify the risen Christ. The scripture readings proclaim the power of the resurrection that gives strength in suffering, unity in diversity, consolation in sorrow, perseverance in adversity and faith in times of doubt.

    Through His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus gifting for all who believe in Him eternal life in Christ Jesus. "God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” (John 3:16-17).

    The families who attended represented 27 countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, USA, and Venezuela.

    Volunteers from Korean Central Presbyterian Church, led by David Shin, provided delicious Korean food for all the guests. Pastor Carlos Penaloza from Ekklesia-USA in Reston shared a powerful message, and the worship dance team blessed us with their program. Volunteers from other churches included Open Door Presbyterian Church, Hagerstown Korean Church, Cherrydale Baptist Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Cedar Run Community Church, The Community Church, and Crossroads Baptist Church to assist with setup, cleanup, and donations for food, drinks and gift Bibles.

    Please lift this event in prayer and also come and assist.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers.

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    JWCL Prom Wishes Event in Leesburg
    jwclThis year’s event will be held March 14, 2015 in the Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg and all teen girls are welcome. Regardless of the economic situation, JWCL has always opened the doors of this event to the public and served over 100 girls each year. Photo is courtesy/ JWCL.
    By Lori Rocker
    JWCL Prom Wishes Chairman
    Special to Community of Faith

    Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun Signature Event – Prom Wishes

    The Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun (JWCL) is preparing to host its annual Prom Wishes event, held 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Rust Library's Teen Center.


    The Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun (JWCL) is hosting its 13th annual Prom Wishes event on Saturday, March 14. JWCL collects prom dresses and accessories and then makes them available to high school girls in the community at a one-day boutique where they can select prom attire free of charge. To make the event successful, JWCL needs new or gently worn formal dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, accessories, and unopened cosmetics. JWCL accepts all styles and sizes of dresses. Tax deductible donations may be left at the following locations throughout Loudoun County until March 9th.

    • Ashburn: Ashburn Sports Pavilion, Studio PinkFIT
    • Leesburg: A.V. Symington Teen Center at Rust Library, Maggie’s Closet, Claude Moore Community Center & Salon Ten
    • Purcellville: Loudoun Valley Community Center
    • South Riding: Dulles South Community Center & Town Hall
    • Sterling: Sterling Community Center

    This year’s event will be held March 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Teen Center at Rust Library in Leesburg, Virginia and all teen girls are welcome. New for this year, extended hours and JWCL is providing options for pre-registration for a shopping time. Follow this link to register: This will allow teens that have work or sports commitments on Saturday the ability to sign up for a time that best works with her schedule. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are always welcomed!

    Over the last 12 years, we have helped over a thousand young ladies find dresses for their proms. Last year JWCL assisted 129 girls from 25 schools, including 15 Loudoun County Public Schools. All the dresses that are not selected are distributed to other organizations that hold similar events in Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Every dress finds a home. We received this message from a mom after our 2014 event, "Today my daughter found THE prom dress which she promptly fell in love with! I want to thank you for making this available to us, and to all the young ladies who benefited from your kindness and generosity today. My family and I are truly grateful to you!"

    In order to reduce wait times and hope to reach additional girls, we have added an hour to the event (runs until 3:00 PM) and the option of pre-registration this year. This will allow teens that have work or sports commitments on Saturday the ability to sign up for a time that best works with her schedule.

    For additional information, please visit the JWCL web site at or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). JWCL is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible.

    About Junior Woman’s Club of Loudoun

    JWCL has been serving Loudoun County since 1951. JWCL welcomes all women who live or work in Loudoun County to join in their mission to make a difference in the community. This year the theme is Keep Calm and Serve Others. JWCL is a broad-based interest organization and support the needs of the community and ideas that our members care about and bring to the attention of the membership.

    JWCL also supports March of Dimes 'March for Babies', Mobile Hope, High School Project Graduation events and the Loudoun Free Clinic. JWCL welcomes all women from Loudoun County to join in their mission to make a difference in the community. This year the theme is Volunteers Make Life Sweet for Others. Please consider attending a club meeting to experience JWCL and learn more about this organization. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month (August - June) at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is at the ALLY Advocacy Center, Paxton Campus, 601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg.
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    About the Blogger
    Mark Gunderman writes and solicits articles that reflect the Church ministries and faith-based organizations' spiritual rhythm and follows the seasons of the Church. The Church and its ministries are relevant for news articles all year round, not just during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Church and the media have many philosophical differences, yet common denominators link them together. Both have a message they want to articulate. An inherent responsibility for both is to communicate successfully.

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