For those who are looking for social interaction, we are continuing to provide online Zoom conference calls. We will be regularly updating the online list at signupgenius.com, so check back each week and see what opportunities exist this week for online engagement. Again, check out signupgenius.com to sign up for any of our Zoom opportunities.
We also have updated the Community Needs page at wsumc.com. Along with the continuing needs at the ALIVE! House, and Carpenter’s Shelter, we’ve been asked to help provide some games and other activity supplies for the women at Friends of Guest House. The address where the games can be shipped or dropped off is listed online at wsumc.com.
We have been blessed in this season with a grant from ACT for Alexandria, which has allowed us to expand the Open Table Breakfast Ministry. We are now serving breakfast on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. To help support the local community, and to limit the risk for our volunteers, we are partnering with the Old Town Deli and A La Lucia to make these breakfasts possible. These locally owned restaurants are preparing breakfast and lunch sandwiches for Open Table. While this means we have fewer shopping and volunteer needs, we are still in need of 2-3 volunteers to serve each morning of breakfast. To offer your time, contact the church office. You can also donate to support the ministry financially. When you click to give online, you can designate your gift to Open Table.
We are now partnering with ALIVE!, the Royal Restaurant and Volunteer Alexandria (and other organizations) to create a food distribution center at the Charles Houston Recreation Center providing a hot meal and bags of groceries. From this combined effort, we hope to serve 150 families every other week through the end of July. (To volunteer, you can sign up at Volunteeralexandria.org or you can provide financial support at WSUMC.com/give (designating the “Missional Community Fund”).
Our worship focus through June will be on the book, “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything,” by Rev. Michael Mather. The book brings forward a unifying question that is pertinent for us in this seasons of social distancing and COVID-19 concern: “What makes us the church?” With so many churches and business trying to return to life as “normal,” Mather’s book begs the question, what if returning to normal isn’t the call for the church? What is establishing a new normal is a more faithful path? Pick up a copy of the book, and join in worship in the coming weeks.
From the Pastor
Blessings, and peace be with you. I pray for each of you, that in the midst of this prolonged season of unexpected challenge, as you are trying to find things to fill the space, that you also find peace in the space. I hope you’ll find time to rest, to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and to engage with your family. For a NOVA & DC community whose normal response to “how are you?” is busy, I hope you’ll find this season as an excuse for sabbath. Not that an excuse for sabbath is ever needed, it’s been provided for you anyway.
May God continue to strengthen and uphold you. May we as a community continue to lift up one another in prayer, and continue our work as a people of faith in claiming and proclaiming God’s love for all people.
Peace and grace,