Grace and peace. Advent is a season of expectation and wonder. Last night, I did something that I have never done before resulting in an aura of wonder and joy. I asked Jennifer Lee to marry me and she said, “YES!” We are filled with lots of expectation, hope, and love. I had grand plans of proposing in the Bishop’s Garden at the Cathedral, but then it got really windy and the temperature dropped, so we had a nice dinner and then I proposed in the living room of my apartment. Jennifer is a physician working with Capital Caring’s Hospice and Palliative Care team on the east side of DC. Before she specialized in hospice care, she was a family practice doctor in Alexandria for eight years. She was born and raised in Bethesda, graduated from Whitman High School and George Washington University before attending medical school. She is a member at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria (although she stops by St. Patrick’s from time to time). We met through a social group that plays board games on Friday night about two years ago. This will be the first marriage for both of us. There are many details that we have not decided about the impending nuptials, but we are already excited about this new stage in our lives. Please keep us in your prayers.
There are many events happening this Sunday. In addition to our regular services at 9am and 10:30am, we will also be greening the church for Christmas, delivering Christmas dinner bags to St. Philip’s, and our youth caroling event at the Oasis at Sibley Hospital (memory care facility). If you haven't already, let me know if your child will be caroling with us on Sunday afternoon at Sibley. I do hope to see you this Sunday and for Christmas in a week and a half.