Bonnie Darling who had been valiantly fighting cancer transitioned to home eternal Saturday, February 20, 2021. We extend condolences and deepest sympathies to her family and we will continue to pray mightily for them. In lieu of flowers, Bonnie's family has asked that gifts be made to Walker Chapel or to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Come expecting a blessing!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?....
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
These are words that we affirm when we gather to worship virtually on a cold Ash Wednesday night and when we come together on Sunday. And we claim the promise of God’s presence as we walk a path that is not always clear to a place that we don’t know. The season of Lent is an observation of a journey from a place of darkness to resurrection and light. Lynne challenged us on Wednesday night to find time for contemplation and stillness in this season.
This is the first Sunday of Lent. Our worship during the six weeks of Lent will feature the music of a wonderful contemporary Methodist composer, Mark Miller. You may remember the Welcome Song that we were accustomed to sing at the beginning of worship - that is one of Mark’s songs. Listen this Sunday for two Mark Miller compositions - “Roll Down Justice” is the theme song for our Lenten worship series; and “Child of God” is a beautiful song of welcome and inclusion.
Remember that on Wednesday night we will begin the contemplative practice of LECTIO Divina with Mt Olivet Methodist Church. All the details are found in this email, but if you have questions - please contact Derek or Dawn for more information.
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 contact me for Rachel's address. 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 via Facebook live!
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 people of Brunswick County, North Carolina where a tornado destroyed more than 50 homes killing at least three people and injuring many more.
For a year of fighting COVID-19 in Virginia. A year after the first cases, over 553,000 Virginians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, including over 153,000 in Northern Virginia. Over 43,000 Virginians have been hospitalized for symptoms of the virus, treated and released. And over 7,000 Virginians have died from the virus, including over 1,700 in Northern Virginia. We pray for all who have contracted the disease and for the families of those that have died.
For indigenous elders around the world who are dying of COVID-19 at a high rate, threatening the loss of much of the oral culture of their tribes.
For the families of the 17 people killed by Winter Storm Uri in Texas and for the 4.5 million people in the state of Texas who lost power due to the storm.
For the 11 million immigrants who may become eligible for citizenship under a new proposal from the Biden Administration.
For peace in Libya as a new UN-brokered government starts to rule the country after years of war.
For Black-owned businesses which have been hit substantially harder by the coronavirus pandemic than companies overall, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Black-owned companies are shutting down at twice the rate of other businesses.
For peace, environmental and economic justice, and health for all around the world.
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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