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We are following AFAC and Arlington County Government's lead and cancelling our contactless food drive today due to ice and inclement weather. We hope to see you tomorrow Sunday from 1-3pm, weather permitting.  We do need a volunteer or two to staff the drive tomorrow and in the coming weeks. Sign up for tomorrow or the coming weeks here.
And stay safe out there! 

Come expecting a blessing! 

What’s a full weekend of holidays!  - A celebration of Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day all in one weekend.  I hope you find many reasons to celebrate!

On Sunday we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday, always observed on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The story of the transfiguration (changing of form) of Christ is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels.  For the past several weeks we have heard the stories of the ministry and miracles of Jesus - healing, feeding thousands, gaining followers.  The miracle of Transfiguration is sometimes described as a miracle that happens to Jesus himself - an acknowledgement or sign that Jesus is the Son of God.  The presence of Moses and Elijah are representative of the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament.

Here is part of the story from Mark’s Gospel

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus.Peter interrupted, “Rabbi, this is a great moment! Let’s build three memorials—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah.” He blurted this out without thinking, stunned as they all were by what they were seeing.  Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.”

On Sunday we welcome guest speaker Teer Hardy, one of the pastors from Mt. Olivet as part of our ongoing collaboration between Walker Chapel and Mount Olivet.  

This month we are including music from African American worship traditions in our Sunday Services.  This week the anthem is the Credo from Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass.  The text for the anthem is an adaptation of the the Apostle’s Creed.  The anthem is produced by the Methodist Discipleship Ministries and Communications in celebration of Methodist Heritage Sunday 2020.

Chapel Notes, Feb. 13
 

Ash Wednesday   I    February 17

The beginning of the season of Lent.  Join us this week for an Ash Wednesday Service on Zoom at 7pm ET.  Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83378750013

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. 
Register

Fresh Expressions Retreat I    February 26th and 27th

A Guided Planning Retreat for Becoming the Congregation of Tomorrow

The crises of 2020 have accelerated the need for churches to "future-fit" for our new world. You and your team need a planning retreat where you can craft a strategy to take your congregation into the future.

Future Church Summit brings futurists and missional practitioners alongside your team to chart a course for the road ahead.

This season has left us with many uncertainties.  When can our churches safely gather? How do we live in both a virtual and a physical congregation? How can we stay engaged with our people?

Yet, one thing we can be certain of - the future of our congregations doesn’t look like the past. The good news is that amidst this crisis, there is great opportunity. 

Registration information for Walker Chapel with be included in upcoming Chapel Notes. But look forward to planning a  future-focused strategy for the coming year and beyond!

Watch this video for more information:
 

Walker Chapel Preschool Registration for Fall 2021 is now open; more info here or email wcpreschool@comcast.net

Donate or volunteer your time at our ongoing contactless food drive.

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.

Sign up to volunteer here.  Thank you!
 
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Worship services are broadcast on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:30am ET and uploaded to YouTube soon afterwards.
Community Prayer requests--
Healing & Sympathy
  • 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
  • Liesl Wright
  • Timmons/ Olson family
  • Pam Swain
  • All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
Prayers for the World
  • For Columbia which has announced that it will legalize 1.7 million undocumented immigrants from Venezuela, so that they don't risk deportation.
  • For the families of at least 31 people in India who have died and the 165 people missing and feared to have died in a dam collapse caused by a rapidly melting glacier. Indian experts had warned that climate change would cause the melting of glaciers, threatening dams in the region.
  • For peace between the U.S. and China after two U.S. aircraft carrier groups conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea last week.
  • For peace in Myanmar after Myanmar's new military junta, which overturned the results of democratic elections when it seized power, has warned the public not to "destroy" democracy, following days of protests against the coup.
  • For the more than one million Chinese Uighurs, who are being held in camps by the Chinese government and for the Uighur women who are being forced to give up their children for adoption.
  • For the families of children who have become disabled and ill due to exposure to PFAS and other chemicals that have been linked to developmental issues affecting fetuses during pregnancy and infants who breast-feed.
  • For peace, environmental justice and health for all around the world. 
You can submit prayer requests to office@walkerchapel.org.
All prayers are confidential and only shared with the pastoral team unless otherwise noted.
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