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.

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 February 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. Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. back at La Madeleine. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, our discussion will begin with children’s or young adult books you want to pass along. 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, February 19. 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.  February = The Birthing of a New Community (Galations). One-time or returning visitors welcome!
 
PRESCHOOL

Mark your calendars now for the next Washington Street Preschool Restaurant Night! Please join us for our restaurant fundraiser on Wednesday, February 22, from 5:00-8:00 at Nando’s Peri-Peri at 702 King Street in Old Town Alexandria! Nando’s has graciously agreed to donate 40% of sales to Washington Street Preschool! Give yourself a break from cooking dinner and support our preschool while meeting fellow preschool families. This is good for Dine in or carry out! You can even place your on-line order in advance for a quick pick-up. Either way, make sure you present your flyer when making payment. You can print or download the flyer online at wsumc.com. It’s great food and a great cause!

Here is an easy and FREE way to raise money for Washington Street Preschool. If you shop at Harris Teeter, please link Washington Street Preschool to your VIC card. It is super easy!Visit: http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/tie.aspx. Click on “Link to your School” on the left of the page and follow the easy directions on this page. Thank you!

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.