STAY CONNECTED

For those who are looking for social interaction, we are continuing to provide online Zoom conference calls. We will be regularly updating the online list at signupgenius.com, so check back each week and see what opportunities exist this week for online engagement. Pastor Thomas is hosting Coffee (at your) House Chat on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:30am. We will also have a Prayer Gathering on Thursday nights at 7pm. We start a new online book study on the book White Fragility on July 15th 12:15pm and will start discussion groups, Conversations on Race on July 16 at 7:30 pm OR July 11 at 9:00 am. Check out signupgenius.com for all of our small group Zoom opportunities.

For Families: Due to the continued concern regarding COVID-19, we have had to cancel our in-person Summer Camp at WSUMC. In lieu of an in-person camp, we have decided to offer an online gathering each week. While this is not how we envisioned this year’s Summer Camp to take place, we are excited to provide opportunities for engagementcommunity, and learning. We are making these camp sessions free for everyone who wants to participate! The camp is designed for children ages 3-7. To support your children and give them an opportunity to engage with each other, we will be hosting a virtual meeting space Wednesdays at 10:00am through WSUMC’s zoom platform. We envision using this space for questions, games and other structured social interactions. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, July 8th. To protect the children participating, we are not making the Zoom information public. Please take a quick moment and register online to get a link for Wednesday’s Live gathering.

STAY ENGAGED

We also have updated the Community Needs page at wsumc.com. Along with the continuing needs at the ALIVE! House, and Carpenter’s Shelter, we’ve been asked to help provide some games and other activity supplies for the women at Friends of Guest House. The address where the games can be shipped or dropped off is listed online at wsumc.com.

We have been blessed in this season with a grant from ACT for Alexandria, which has allowed us to expand the Open Table Breakfast Ministry. We are now serving breakfast on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. To help support the local community, and to limit the risk for our volunteers, we are partnering with the Old Town Deli and A La Lucia to make these breakfasts possible. These locally owned restaurants are preparing breakfast and lunch sandwiches for Open Table. While this means we have fewer shopping and volunteer needs, we are still in need of 2-3 volunteers to serve each morning of breakfast. To offer your time, contact the church office. You can also donate to support the ministry financially. When you click to give online, you can designate your gift to Open Table.

We are now partnering with ALIVE!, the Royal Restaurant and Volunteer Alexandria (and other organizations) to create a food distribution center at the Charles Houston Recreation Center providing a hot meal and bags of groceries. From this combined effort, we hope to serve 150 families every other week through the end of July.  (To volunteer, you can sign up at Volunteeralexandria.org or you can provide financial support at WSUMC.com/give (designating the “Missional Community Fund”).

STAY WORSHIPFUL

Our weekly worship services are available at the newly updated WSUMC.LIVE. The streaming website has a chat feature available that will allow you to connect with one another beginning 10 minutes before worship begins, and another 10-15 minutes after worship ends. You’re invited to gather each week to share in the blessing of community as we gather from afar to worship with one another!