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40 Years of God’s Faithfulness Celebration

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We want to be sure you know about the planned festivities to celebrate 40 years of God’s faithfulness through the Yates’ years here at our church. These events will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2019.

On Saturday, May 25, we will have a parish-wide celebration at Bishop O’Connell High School (6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22213) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll enjoy light refreshments from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a fun program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be an informal gathering for celebration, laughter, skits, testimonies, etc. (similar to our old parish retreats at Shrine Mont, for those who remember those days). We planned the schedule to be convenient for families with young children. Childcare will be provided for children ages 0-4 during the 6-7:30 p.m. program.

On Sunday, May 26, we will gather again for worship at Bishop O’Connell at 10 a.m. and celebrate John’s last Sunday as our rector. Bishop Guernsey will be present as well as all of John and Susan’s children and grandchildren. The bishop will bless John and Susan and formally launch Sam Ferguson as our new rector that morning, giving thanks for such a happy transition! We will have childcare for children ages 0-4 during this service.

Do you need childcare for your 0-4-year-old on Saturday evening and/or Sunday morning? Please let us know so we can plan accordingly.


We are inviting everyone—of all ages—to participate in this special weekend by writing personal letters of tribute, thankfulness, memories, and answers to prayers that will be presented to John and Susan at the Saturday night celebration. They cherish the written word and will open and treasure these personal expressions of love and appreciation from you in the days and weeks following John's final sermon as rector on Sunday morning, May 26.

You can bring your sealed letter addressed to John, Susan, or both of them to Sunday worship in May. We'll have friends with boxes by the doors throughout the month to collect these tributes. Please also consider including a photo of yourself or your family for John and Susan to enjoy.

If you prefer to mail your tribute, please send to:

Yates 40th c/o Georgi Barker
8201 Briar Creek Drive
Annandale, VA 22003-4640

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn (6430 Arlington Boulevard)
The Hampton Inn will offer guests who refer to our Corporate ID Number with the hotel (0002666921) a 15% discount on their rates in effect. If the guests make their reservation on line through the Hampton website, they should fill in the "Special Rate Code" field with the corporate number.

The Hilton Garden Inn (706 W Broad Street)
The Hilton Garden Inn is holding a block of rooms for us at the rate of $133 per night, May 23 - 26. The cut-off date when our block of rooms will be released to the general public is April 26, 2019. When reserving, the guests should mention that they are part of the Yates Retirement Celebration weekend. Click here for a direct link.

The Clarion Hotel (next door to the church at 6565 Arlington Blvd.)
The Clarion Hotel is offering a rate of $89 per night for May 23 - 2. The Clarion will release any unused rooms to the public on May 8, 2019. To get this rate, the guests have to mention that they are reserving for the Yates Celebration Weekend.

Earlier Event: May 25
Guys Go Cycling
Later Event: May 27
The Conquer Series