During these last few months of “stay-at-home” policies, there have been lots of things that have created struggles for families. Most likely, mealtime has become a time for deep meaning and relationship. Making dinnertime really is worth the effort-- a chance to spend time together offering love, giving, and receiving. I encourage you to notice daily blessings and name them before the meal.
This Sunday, May 10 is Mother's Day and the Festival of the Christian Home Sunday. This year's theme for Christian Home family month (May) in the UMC is Families Called to Hope. How appropriate a theme for the current context in which we find our daily lives?
We live in a tumultuous time; the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we view the world. Television news and social media inundate us with images and stories of the pandemic, including accounts of political controversy, inequality, and protest. The church is not exempt from what is happening in the society around us. Sin, violence, and corruption surround us and can take the joy out of our days. We have much to fear. Yet, as Christians #FullofFaith, we are called to be a people of hope,#EmptyofFear. Together we can hope for a better world, where everyone will feel and experience God’s love, peace, justice, and grace.
In celebration of the Christian Home, for this week's worship service, we want to get pictures of as many of you and your families as possible! Would you give us a quick minute and send a photo to Derek at email@example.com? It can be a picture of your family sharing a meal, a Zoom video conference screenshot, a shot of you all out for a walk for some afternoon fun, or whatever you come up with (be creative!). Please send photos by Friday, May 8th at noon!
Our hope is to receive photos from all who have been worshiping with us at Walker Chapel! Even if you don't necessarily live in Northern Virginia.
I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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