Several Chapel leaders participated in the Fresh Expression #FutureChurchSummit this weekend. It was full of fruitful discussion during this uncertain time. We considered ways to future fit, think imaginatively and provide an on ramp to experience and encounter the transformative love of God.
We are in need of a Food Drive volunteer tomorrow. Sign up here.
Come expecting a blessing!
After such a stormy and dismal February, we are ending the month with the promise of Spring! We are grateful for the beautiful sunshine and the warmer temperatures.
We have celebrated Black History Month in our worship music this month. Several genres of African American music have been featured including Spirituals, Gospel music, and Jazz. This Sunday the Walker Chapel Choir has prepared a contemporary arrangement of the spiritual "Keep Your Lamps" arranged by Andre Thomas. The Prelude is a brand new interpretation of Jazz hymn by Duke Ellington, "Come Sunday" which is found in the United Methodist Hymnal. The beautiful jazz arrangement of Come Sunday is composed and played by our own Vlad Gabay. We also premiered the theme song for our Lenten worship series, "Roll Down Justice '' beautifully interpreted by singer/songwriter, Aubrey Grant. You will be hearing more songs by Mark Miller throughout the season of Lent.
Youth on Social Justice - On Sunday we will also hear from our Youth Group, who are preparing to bring us a message in their continued work for social justice.
Several members of Walker Chapel were involved in the Fresh Expression retreat this weekend in which we came together with churches from all across the United States and beyond. All of us are wondering what the future looks like and how God is equipping us to meet the future. The leaders of the workshop offered this Centering Prayer: God, we thank you for......
God, we are seeking wisdom for.....
God, our church longs for......
God, we confess that.......
God, we trust you for......
Eternal God, you never fail to give us each day all that we ever need and even more. By your Spirit, give us joy in living and peace in serving Christ that we may gratefully make use of all your blessings, seeking our risen Lord in everyone we meet. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Lectio Divina | Lenten Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM on Zoom | February 24 - March 31
Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice that combines contemplative prayer with reading scripture.
During this season of Lent, we’re partnering with Mt. Olivet to provide an online space where we'll explore this unique and engaging practice together. We’ll be led by Pastor Lynne and Pastors Ed Walker and Teer Hardy from Mt. Olivet. Please register using the link below so you’ll have access to the Zoom meeting.
Out of the shadow of the Pandemic comes the light of Resurrection. You can become a part of that light for people who are sick, hungry, poor, homeless, addicted, and made more desperate by Covid-19. 100% of Walker Chapel’s Lent-Easter Special Offering goes to organizations serving people here and around the world who need your help. Profiles of each of these benevolence organizations may be viewed at http://www.walkerchapel.org/benevolence/.
With a goal of $10,500, this offering is one of the special activities by which our congregation annually raises all its funds for our church’s carefully selected benevolences. Please make a generous donation, either by mailing a check to the church office (marked “Lent/Easter Offering”) or by donating on-line (visit the website at http://www.walkerchapel.org/payments/ and then select the “Lent/Easter Offering” fund option.) Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Please join us for a virtual baby shower for new Walker Chapel member Rachel Nyswander Thomas Parham who is expecting twins.
We hope you can join us for an hour of fun and games. Please RSVP so a party box can be dropped off at your door a few days before the shower. Please be prepared to introduce yourselves during our meet and greet and give Rachel a few departing words of encouragement or advice when we say our goodbyes.
Hosts: Walker Chapel UMC (Liesl Wright and Jennifer Hatcher)
Rachel would like you to know that no presents are necessary, but if you would like to send a present, then books or baby clothes (for both genders up to age 2) would be welcomed. Please RSVP to Liesl Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (703) 533-7357
Community Building Directory
We are working on improving our ability to reach out and communicate with members and friends of Walker Chapel. Right now, I'm working with Office Manager Derek Dye and congregation liaison Lucy Cunningham to update and expand our Directory. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and let us know what information you'd like to include in your Directory listing. We want to make sure we are as up to date as possible, and provide only the information you choose to share in the Directory. Below you'll find the format we are following:
Adult Names: (Last, First)
Names of Children in the household:
Address & Zip:
Phone number(s): (Please indicate if you are providing a landline &/or cell phones. If cell, whose numbers?)
Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. Thank you very much for your help with this project. Together we can renew our commitment to reach out and build joyful community as 2021 unfolds!
Students Meet to Plan Monthly Youth Sundays
Walker Chapel’s Meadow was once again enlivened this wintertime by our teen group, Hands of God: Students for Social & Environmental Justice. Late afternoon on Sunday, January 24th, our students built and tended a campfire in a portable fire pit, while sharing ideas about how they would like to participate via Pastor Lynne’s invitation to continue their active role at Walker Chapel. In response to Student interests concerns, they plan to offer material monthly on Sunday mornings, addressing their interest in:
Black History & BLM
Women’s History & Rights
Earth Day & Eco-activism
Walker Chapel’s Monarch Migration Meadow
Organic Garden season #2
Reconciling Congregation status for the LGBTQ community
Meeting by Zoom on February 13, Students spent time together catching up on their lives and collaboratively developing plans for their contributions to February 28th Sunday morning service and Sunday’s Cool Children’s class. They have a valuable message to share, and hope you will join them tomorrow!
If you have ideas to share or would like to help with future Student Initiatives, please reach out to Sandra Kammann, Director of Student Ministries, Spiritual Practices and Community Outreach at 301-758-5606 or email@example.com.
Main Cemetery Licensing Open
The Council and Trustees have authorized the opening of the main historic cemetery for new burial licenses. The proposed opening datetime is noon on Monday, March 1, 2021. There are about thirty-five gravesites being made available in this first round. As we get closer to March 1st, this number may change, but the number of sites is limited!
The Cemetery layout and list of open gravesites will be available one week in advance on the Cemetery website at www.cemetery.walkerchapel.org under the Care Options / Main Cemetery tab. The applications are to be submitted online through the website or by email to the cemetery team at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure an impartial date-time stamp on all applications. Applications need only be simple email messages showing interest in licensing with contact information. Selection will take place later according to the process outlined on the website.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3pm at the Chapel. There will also be other volunteer opportunities (that are in accordance to our Healthy Church Team's important requirements), helping load the AFAC truck etc. Together, we will see this crisis through and ensure that our neighbors have dignified access to food.
Read more about how COVID19 has impacted food insecurity in our community here.
Family and friends of Christiane Roehler who are sick with COVID -- the father of her closest friend, her mother's dear friend who recently died, her Aunt who is very ill the virus.
Chen and Lynda Elliott
The family of Ivan Elmer
Timmons/ Olson family
All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
Prayers for the World
For the families of the more than 500,000 people in the U.S. who have died from COVID-19, more than the number of U.S. people killed in WW2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. We give thanks that more than 40 million people have now gotten vaccinated for the virus.
For the General Assembly and the Governor of Virginia for passing a ban on the death penalty. We give thanks for the long opposition of The United Methodist Church to the death penalty. We lament that in 400 years of the death penalty in Virginia, most of the people executed were black men.
For the death of democracy in Hong Kong as the Chinese Communist Party government is now bypassing entirely the elected local government of Hong Kong as it plans for the upcoming election.
For the people of Myanmar who have continued to protest against the military coup earlier this month.
For the people of Texas recovering from days of record low temperatures that left much of the state without electricity or water and damaged many homes and businesses.
For the families of the three members of a U.N. convoy killed while going to visit a school in eastern Congo. The ambush occurred as the convoy was traveling from Goma, Congo's eastern regional capital, to visit a World Food Program school project in Rutshuru,
For the family and friends of Angela Hill, a 58-year-old mother and grandmother, who died last week under the I-295 overpass in D.C., where she’d lived for several years. We pray for the thousands of other homeless people who live outdoors and especially for the families of the nearly 200 homeless people who died outdoors in D.C. last year.
You can submit prayer requests to email@example.com. All prayers are confidential and only shared with the pastoral team unless otherwise noted.
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