CALLING ALL GRADUATES

We ask anyone in our congregation graduating from high school, college, or university to let the church office ([email protected]) know your school, degree, etc. so we can share the information on your milestone with the congregation on June 3, including a reception in your honor. Congratulations!

EDUCATION

Children’s Church on Sundays — Children’s Church provides an educational lesson for children during the time of the sermon on Sundays. Children’s Church is designed for children up to 12 years of age. Our children are 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, Hymn of Praise, and Opening Prayer. After the Invocation Chorus, the children are led by their teachers into the children’s classrooms. The children have a lesson and activity, and then return to the Sanctuary following the sermon to experience and participate in the Pastoral Prayer, Offertory, Communion, and the Sending 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!

FELLOWSHIP

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 a Sunday, in May and 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.

OUTREACH

The Community Computer Lab offers computer access on Monday mornings for Open Table guests to get online, check email, utilize Microsoft Office products, and print as necessary. We also open the Lab on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. If you have time to serve on Thursday afternoons, even if just once a month or once a quarter, please let us know at [email protected]

WALK FOR ALEXANDRIA’S CHILDREN! Since 1972 the ALIVE! Child Development (CDC) has provided high quality early education and day care to children from low income, working families. Now, more than ever, Alexandria’s children and families need our help. Join the community in supporting them at the 36th annual StepALIVE! Walkathon, Sunday, May 6, 2:00 –  5:00pm. This is a 5K or 5-mile stroll through Old Town Alexandria, followed by a catered picnic, live music and raffle. Come and join the fun! Please contact Brenda Bickel with your interest/questions = [email protected].

Collecting for Hygiene Kits for Conference: The Grace Circle is coordinating the collection of items for hygiene kits to be sent to the Virginia Conference in June. These kits are distributed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief to provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. We are asking church members to drop off items for the kits on Sundays during the month of May in the designated box in the fellowship area. Each kit contains the following new, unused items: 1 hand towel (15”x25” to 17”x27”); 1 washcloth; 1 sturdy comb at least 6” long; 1 metal nail file or clipper; 1 bath size soap in original packaging (3 oz. or larger, no Ivory or Jergens soap); 1 adult size toothbrush in original packaging; and 6 adhesive bandages (common household band aids 3/4”x1” size). Thanks so much for your support.

 

YOGA AT THE CHURCH

A free one-hour yoga class will be offered in the Fellowship Hall at 11am on Tuesday mornings, each week from June 5 – July 10. No registration is required, just come as your schedule allows. It is a class designed for beginners. For more information or if you have questions, contact Arya at [email protected].

 

SMALL GROUP LEADER TRAINING

June 3, 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in or currently leading or facilitating a small group is invited to join in this training. Along with learning more about being a small group leader, we will look at how to use our Online Community to schedule and communicate with small group members. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact Pastor Thomas at [email protected].

“MORE THAN BOOKS”

After worship this Sunday. This month = favorite  movies (based on books  or otherwise). There is no expectation that everyone in the group has read the book or seen the movie that is used to launch the month’s discussion. Drop-ins are welcome. All that is needed is an interest in reading and a willingness to share information about your favorite books and authors. Contact Catherine Fratrik, [email protected].
CONGREGATIONAL MOVING PARTY

June 3, 1:30 p.m. In preparation for the Sanctuary renovation, we need your help to move chairs and other sanctuary items downstairs on Sunday afternoon of June 3. Many hands make light work!  Gather for worship, celebrate the graduates, grab some lunch, and then come ready to work. Contact the office with questions.

JUNE WORSHIP SCHEDULE

June 3, 10:00 a.m. at WSUMC (as usual)

June 10, 11:00 a.m. at Downtown Baptist Church (212 South Washington Street)

June 17, 11:00 a.m. at Roberts Memorial UMC (614 South Washington Street)

June 24, 11:00 a.m. at Ft. Ward Park Ampitheater & Picnic Areas (4301 W. Braddock Road)