GIFTS OF LOVE 
Christmas Offering for the WSUMC Early Education Fund
Our Christmas Offering will again be going to the Washington Street UMC Early Education Fund, which is managed by ACT for Alexandria to provide financial support for low-income families in the City of Alexandria to send their children to preschool. Getting acclimated to a school day and learning the basics of letters and numbers is of vital importance for a child’s long-term educational growth. Be a part of helping all our neighbors provide an early educational opportunity for their children. You can give to the Christmas Offering in the weekly offering plate, or by giving online at wsumc.com/give.
WSUMC Preschool Book Collection
Washington Street UMC Preschool is once again partnering with InspirLit, an Alexandria non-profit organization, to collect new and gently used children’s books for low-income Alexandria families. We all know the importance of early literacy and how meaningful it is for children to be read to at home, and have access to a variety of books. Kindly drop off your donation from now through our Christmas Program, on December 15. There will be a box available in the back of the sanctuary. Thank you for your generosity!
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
On Sunday, December 24, we will hold a special worshipping Christmas Eve Brunch at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. Along with sharing around the table our favorite Christmas morning breakfast items, we’ll enjoy some Christmas songs and a brief Christmas Eve message. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks.
We will also hold the traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30pm on Sunday, December 24. Come and join as we celebrate the gift of God in the birth of Christ! Childcare will be available, but all children are welcome to join in worship.
EDUCATION
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!

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 TBD Sunday in the new year 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.