EARLY RESPONSE TRAINING (ERT)
When disasters happen, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding — that disaster response is local — forms the foundation for The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) U.S. disaster training and response. When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR works with the conference disaster response ministries to provide a variety of services through trained volunteers. Washington Street has partnered with the regional UMCOR training team to hold an Emergency Relief Training (ERT) session on Saturday, March 17 here at Washington Street. The class runs from 8am to 4pm and lunch is provided. The cost is $55 per person. http://bit.ly/ERT-WSUMC.
Children’s Church on Sundays — our Children’s Church opportunity provides an educational lesson for children during the time of the sermon on Sundays. Children’s Church will be designed for children up to 12 years of age. Our children will be invited to begin the worship hour in the Sanctuary as a part of the full community so that they can share in the Call to Worship, Opening Hymn, and Opening Prayer. During the Passing of the Peace, the children will be led by their teachers into the children’s classrooms. The children will have a lesson and activity, and then will return to the Sanctuary following the sermon to experience and participate in the Pastoral Prayer, Offertory, Communion, and the Closing Hymn each week.
Our caring nursery staff watches infants through age 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. each Sunday in Classroom 1 on the first floor.
The Hal Fisher Adult Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. One-time or returning guests welcome!
A one-day membership training class, called Pizza with the Pastor, is offered every other month. The class is intended to provide information about the history and theology of the United Methodist Church (on the global scale), the history of Washington Street UMC, and some information about what it means to be a member of this church. The next class will be on Sunday, March 18 will meet from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pizza and childcare will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to [email protected]”Fellowship Fifteen” — All are invited to join in the church’s social time in the Church Café after worship each Sunday from 11:00-11:15 a.m.Join in conversation and fellowship with Pastor Thomas at one of the weekly Coffee House Chats. Each week, Pastor Thomas will spend one morning at a local coffee shop. All are invited to stop in for a few minutes or a couple hours for conversation over a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch.
Carpenter’s Cook-Off is one of Carpenter’s Shelter’s signature events held in the spring. The afternoon’s celebration will consist of more than 20 top-rated local restaurants showcasing their delicacies (you get to taste and judge), live music by the Alpha Dog Blues band, a Children’s Corner, an award presentation, live and silent auctions and raffle prizes. This is a family friendly affair that’s fun for all! Sunday. April 22, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Tickets are available March 1-Apr. 20 (Prices are $100 VIP, $50 adults and $20 for children [12 and under]). Please visit www.CarpentersShelter.org/cook-off to purchase tickets.
Carpenter’s Shelter – WSUMC prepares and serves lunch once a month at Carpenter’s Shelter (2nd Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. – next time is March 10), a homeless shelter at the corner of 1st and Henry Streets in Alexandria. Join in this meaningful ministry. (This is a two hour time commitment.) Contact Erin Lee, [email protected] or Kelli Back, [email protected]
The group meets to work on sewing (or knitting or crochet or needlepoint, etc.) projects and share fellowship. We plan to get together every other Thursday (next time is March 8) at 7:00 p.m. at Christine Hagan’s, 2704 Dartmouth Road, #3, Alexandria, VA 22314. If you are interested in joining, contact Dana Payne ([email protected]) or Christine Hagan ([email protected]). Please bring a project to work on!