Welcome to another edition of the
Wellspring Happenings!

For this Sunday, January 19, 2020:

Myra Flemister is the Preacher
Jill Satterfield is the Worship Leader
Elza Ritter is the Musician

Service begins at 10:00 a.m.

 

“Sometimes grace works like waterwings when you feel you are sinking.

-Anne Lamott, 21st century

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Living the Questions Covenant Group – Everyone is welcome. The group meets next on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. at the the residence of Dr. George Crossman: Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information, please call Jeff Rhodes: 703-330-5068.

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WELLSPRING PASTORAL CARE TEAM – The on-call person for January is Myra Flemister, mflemister@earthlink.net. Myra is available for pastoral needs, including illness and prayer requests, and outreach to visitors. 

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2019-2020 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN – Wellspring’s Stewardship Season is approaching. Wellspring is in need of your support in order to continue to serve locally and globally. Stewardship forms will be mailed out soon. Please consider donating your time, talent and resources.

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2020 CROP WALK TO END HUNGER – Wellspring UCC will be participating in our second annual CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, April 28 at 9 am, on the track at Westfield High School. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

We will have a planning meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:15 pm, at Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, 4511 Daly Dr j, Chantilly, VA 20151. Please contact Alice Foltz (afoltzva@verizon.net) for information about the upcoming meeting.

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UCC CHURCHES, CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX OFFER HOSPITALITY TO MIGRANT FAMILIES RELEASED BY ICE

A United Church of Christ congregation in Phoenix that provides a safe space for migrants seeking asylum in the United States has been extremely busy since Monday, offering an extravagant welcome to more than 100 people. Busloads of immigrant families who have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are routinely dropped off at Shadow Rock UCC for a meal, clothing, supplies and a place to stay while they try to connect with relatives and friends around the country.

“Hospitality is one of the ideals we hold as people of conscience in this country,” said the Rev. Ken Heintzelman, Shadow Rock pastor.

Scores of immigrants waiting to have their cases heard have come through Shadow Rock, bussed in by ICE, since 2016 — but never more than a few dozen at a time. And not with a lot of advance notice.

“We got a call on Friday that they wanted us to take 100 people,” said Abeth Spencer, the church’s director of communications. “We had a weekend to get organized before they arrived Monday night, and they all stay here until we take them to the Greyhound Station.”

Read more here: UCC Churches Hospitality

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SET-UP & REFRESHMENTS!
If you can arrive about 20-25 minutes early or stay a little later, we are in need of volunteers to SET UP and BREAK DOWN.  Set up consists of placing the seating, bulletins, hymnals, preparing the social hour area, etc.  Break down is the reverse. We also NEED REFRESHMENTS each Sunday for the Social Hour after church.  Please bring what you are willing to share and we will do the rest.

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