Wherever you are, we hope you are relaxing and enjoying a safe😷, beautiful🌻 weekend. As we celebrate the contributions and achievements of American frontline workers this holiday, may we not lose site of the ongoing challenges and difficulties many in our country are facing as they return to work or face continuing unemployment, furloughs and the ongoing threat of COVID19.
We have a few exciting announcements for you along with some updates on ongoing initiatives. First,
The Susanna Wesley Circle will meet on Zoom Monday, September 14 @ 7:30 pm.
The zoom link for us to log in on our computers and see each other is below: Join Zoom Meeting:
If any of you has some difficulty with Zoom or using a computer that supports Zoom, then email Allison Foster (aafoster [at] aol [dot] com) and/or Derek in the church office (just reply to this email) and we will make sure we work out something so you can connect with the group! Also, if there is anyone else whom you have spoken to over the last months that wants to connect with us, please feel free to forward this email to her.
Blessing of the technology, students and teachers
Speaking of technology, during the month of September we are making plans to bless the technology and those using it during this time that has revolutionized the way we interact with one another and the Word of God. On September 20th, we would like to celebrate our teachers and students, many who are faced with the incredible challenge and back to school learning and teaching through these mediums that can be a blessing, but sometimes a curse. If you or someone you know is a teacher or a student please send us a picture of them, their name and their school so that we can include them in our service that day.
CNN: The image of a frustrated kindergartener shows one reality of virtual learning. [Full story]
Speaking of students, Walker Chapel's Hands of God: Students for Environmental and Social Justice have been busy all summer with a number of projects.
Hands of God: Students for Social & Environmental Justice
Taking inspiration from Earth Day and moved to action by their concern for life on Planet Earth, all summer the Students have been collecting donations to help elephants, orangutans and the Australian wildfire endangered species.Lia Musser was inspired to paint an original work of art to serve as the backdrop for the Students’ Lakota Earth Chant video, offered on Youth Sunday for their Earth Day Service. Lia’s painting has been available this summer on 100% organic cotton t-shirts and on 100% recycled paper as fine art prints. The shirts you’ve ordered have just arrived in the mail and will be printed locally this week. Many thanks to all who’ve placed orders! They will be available for pick up at the Walker Chapel Food Drive the weekend of September 12 & 13.
In The Meadow
Meanwhile, in the Meadow, the Students’ beautiful organic vegetable and herb garden continues to produce a bountiful harvest! After Students participated in planting the garden in June (while practicing safe physical distancing and the wearing of masks), they have been tending the garden and collecting ripe produce to donate to local Arlington families in need due to the pandemic. For many of these families, the harvest from Walker Chapel’s Garden is their only fresh produce. Special thanks to Audrey Ogea for her dedicated leadership, Dana Musser and Sid Ogea for their support, and Meg Ogea for her steadfast help as Parent Liaison. Thanks as well to lay leader James Wright, who kindly built the garden bed, complete with deer fence, and created a state of the art water wagon. Once we are back in the Fellowship Hall, the Students plan to install a compost bin, which will eliminate food waste and support the garden.
Upcoming Plans and Ideas:
Student Picnic on the Meadow!
Sunday, September 13th @ 12:30 PM
This event will include a picnic, creation of a giant splatter paint mural, planting of bulbs among the old grove trees, and a brainstorming session for Fall Social & Environmental Justice actions (while practicing safe physical distancing and the wearing of masks).
Fall Student Bonfire and Percussion Party!Early on a Saturday evening this Fall, date TBA.
Smores, stories and drumming (while practicing safe physical distancing and the wearing of masks).
Family Drive-in Movie Night!
Students have volunteered to host the first movie night to explore Black Lives Matter issues through cinema. To be held in the Walker Chapel parking lot, assuming we can organize the technical aspects of the evening. They have chosen Hidden Figures as a positive, family friendly film (to be viewedwhile practicing safe physical distancing).
If you have ideas or resources to share, please contact Sandra Kammann, Director of Spiritual Practices & Staff Liaison, Students for Social & Environmental Justice. email@example.com or 301-758-5606
Our Civil Conversations on Race met this past Monday evening and discussed what some next steps might be. Our conversation centered around Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s concept of a beloved community.
After taking a look at the United Methodist - General Council on Race and Reconciliation’s list of 25 Traits of The Beloved Community (linked here: https://www.gcorr.org/25-traits-of-the-beloved-community-2/) we began discerning some ways the Walker Chapel might engage and help build a beloved community. More on that soon.
As always, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow (or today at the food drive from 1-3pm) for Sunday's Cool! at 10am and worship at 10:30am on Facebook Live!
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