WFUMC INFO FOR May 14
*Unfortunately, we will not be having our Annual Music Camp this Summer due to the Pandemic. It is impossible to keep the instruments germ free with that many students. We are planning on doing VBS with much smaller classes and doing via zoom, online. That would not work with Music Camp. Hopefully we can figure something out by next Summer for our music students.
Our Virginia Conference District Superintendents are using Sunday, May 17 to thank all of our local pastors for helping us stay connected during this pandemic time. Each District Superintendent (DS) is preaching the sermon via on-line to give our pastors that Sunday off from preaching. What a wonderful idea! Reverend Jeff Mickle, our Alexandria DS, will be giving our sermon this Sunday. You will tune into your normal link, we will have our normal service, but he will be doing the sermon. Hope you all can join us as he is a delightful man.
*R.O.C.K. Update: there is no new information on when the Elks Lodge will reopen for serving lunch and resume needing our support
WFUMC is still online. If you choose to participate in any in-person service or ministry, please use best practices in hand washing, disinfecting touched surfaces, and social distancing.
Live streaming links: For 10 AM Sunday Services
*Do you need help with zoom or other on-line technology? We can help with that! Let us know and with a phone call or two we can walk you through how to connect in this strange new world we are now living in. Call Nancy at 703-780-4696.
The Order of Worship will be accessible on the Web Site Sunday morning. I will also send it out to you tomorrow.
I am still working from home and will be for the foreseeable future. You still can reach out and touch me by either phone (church phone is forwarded to my cell phone 703-780-4696) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
GIVING – While our ministry, programs and access are very different than a few weeks ago, the life of the church continues, as do our obligations. Our WFUMC family always has been generous with gifts and donations for our church, and to support our local outreach and connectional ministries as well as see to our staff and maintenance costs. Please consider all these needs as you look at your giving plans. You can mail donations to WFUMC, PO Box 36, Mt. Vernon, VA, 22121-0036, or give online. If you have any questions about online giving, please call or email Bob Enck: 571-329-5940, email@example.com
*Alexandria District Office: Are you looking for a unique way to help Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church while also staying healthy and safe in quarantine? Join our first Virtual 5K on Saturday, June 27! The need for Rising Hope’s services continues to grow, and food and financial support is needed now more than ever. This is a perfect outdoor socially distant event to get your exercise and raise funds to help the most vulnerable among us. For a $25 registration fee, participants get access to weekly training and mission tips through a private Facebook group and great swag. The first $5,000 raised will be matched by a generous donor, so the more you donate the more funds Rising Hope receives! Participants are also encouraged to set up their own fundraising pages and join with their friends in this opportunity to stay socially connected while physically distant. Sign up for the Virtual 5K at: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/rising-hope-virtual-5k.
*UMW- It is not too late to write a check for our Virtual Yard Sale. Any amount you may choose to donate to WFUMC – Women’s Account and put Scholarships in the memo line* or donate online at www.washingtonfarmumc.org, click on Give and follow prompts. You also can mail checks to WFUMC, P.O. Box 36, Mount Vernon, VA 22121-0036.
May 14 Update from Pastor Christina
*If you are wondering what is going on with the church or how you can help, visit our website: https://washingtonfarmumc.org/latest-news/
*I want to check in with you and see what you are thinking about when it will be time to gather back together on campus and the how to do that safely as well as check in with where you are now. Just as we did last time, I have prepared a survey that will take two-five minutes. You can access it here: WFUMC Re-Opening Assessment It will be available until 6/20/2020. The time limit helps keeps my understanding of your thinking current, especially since I am not seeing you every week.
Come and join us at Wednesday Night Bible Study on Zoom at 7:00 PM. Our study is based on Margery deVega’s book “Embracing the Uncertain”, six gospel stories that “are signposts in the gospel narrative…pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, obedience, and the hope of the resurrection.” Registration for Bible Study Zoom is required. Please go to:
Even if you are already registered with Zoom, you still need to register for this Bible Study at the link provided above. Think about this like knocking on the pastor’s door.
If you or someone in your household becomes ill, please let me know so we can support you. Although we are apart, your wellbeing, both physically and emotionally, is ever on my heart and mind. I am here for you!
Ways to connect together and help our community during this time:
• Devotions and prayer twice weekly. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00, a devotion and time of prayer. (Zoom Phone number: 301-715-8592 use Meeting ID: 512 615 779, You do not need a participant ID…just press # when asked)
• Virtual Sunday School for all ages– All Sunday School Classes are being held online at 11 am. If you have not received a link to a class, have any questions, or trouble with the technology please contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571.276.9041.
• Can you sew and are you interested in making masks for use in our community? Please contact Sam Barnes at email@example.com or 571-276-9041 when you’re ready to have them picked up to be distributed or if you have questions. Thus far, we have sent over 50 masks into our community, to include 25 to Rising Hope. We will need a supply of masks on hand for whenever we re-gather for worship so any additional mask makers would be greatly appreciated!
• Make a donation to Rising Hope! Bring it to the church or let us know and we will come pick it up. Or make a monetary donation to the church. Did you know that $13,200 of our budget goes to support local organizations we partner with?
Information on how to help our community partners such as New Hope Housing, Good Shepherd, Rising Hope UMMC, etc. is on our website under the COVID-19 tab.