OUTREACH

Bring in your Box Tops for Jefferson-Houston School — The Box Tops for Education program is a great way to support Jefferson-Houston School. Bring in your Box Tops and we will donate them to the school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. There are hundreds of products that participate in the program, for example Kleenex facial tissues, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury products, Ziploc sandwich bags, and Cheerios. Look for this logo, cut it out, and drop it in the collection tin at the back of the sanctuary. Contact Erin Lee at els51@yahoo.com for information.

 

Our Open Table guests are in need of men’s T-shirts (Large and Extra-Large). You may bring these shirts to the Church Café.

SMALL GROUPS

Table Fellowship — “Fermenting Discussions,” as we lovingly call our Table Fellowship gathering, seeks to create authentic and faithful relationships with one another in the church. We gather once a month for fellowship and conversation. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at a local bar or restaurant. Our next gathering will be March 28, from 5:30-7:30pm, location TBD. Come and join in fellowship and conversation each month! For more information, contact Pastor Thomas at pastor@wsumc.com.

“More than Books” Group is going to meet on times other than Wednesday evenings for the next few months in order to be able to include more people. Next time is Sunday, April 2 around 11:15 (immediately following church). As we will be coming up on Easter, it will be time for us to discuss some inspirational or spiritual reading we’ve done. Questions? Contact Catherine Fratrik, Catherine.england@gmail.com.

EDUCATION
Children’s Church on Sundays —  our NEW 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.
 
Children’s Sunday School takes place on the 3rd Sunday of each month during the worship hour. The next time is Sunday, April 16. Children are invited to begin the morning in worship, during which we will have a Children’s Message. Following the Children’s Message, children will gather downstairs for Sunday School, which will last the remainder of the worship time.
 
The Hal Fisher Adult Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. March: God’s eternal, preserving, renewing love. April: God’s caring, saving, and upholding love. May: God’s Pervasive and sustaining love. One-time or returning visitors welcome!
 
PRESCHOOL

Washington Street UMC Preschool is partnering with InspireLit, a new 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. Please help these families to build a home library. Kindly drop off your donation this Sunday for an upcoming ACPS Preschool Fair. Washington Street Preschool will continue to collect books on an ongoing basis for InspirLit as well as for the ACPS Summer Reading Book Drive. Thank you for your generosity!

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 Sunday, March 26 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 office@wsumc.com.

“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.