Welcome to another edition of the
Wellspring Happenings!

For this Sunday, December 16, 2018:

Rev. Jerrold Foltz is the Preacher.
Myra Flemister will lead Worship.
Elza Ritter is the musician.

 

Service begins at 10:00 a.m.

Our service this week starts with our annual Christmas Play. All are welcome!

 

 “It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation… and instead to revel in the mystery.”

Jerusalem Jackson Greer, 21st century

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – Wellspring will once again celebrate Christmas Eve on 24 December 2018 at 7:00PM in the historic St.John’s chapel.  Please plan on joining us for this seasonal service of scripture and carols.

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Living the Questions Covenant Group
Everyone is welcome. This group meets on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. hosted by Dr. George Crossman in a meeting room at his residence at the Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The next meeting is Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The discussion will be on a series of lectures by the Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers. For more information, please call George: 703-865-5830.
  

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WELLSPRING PASTORAL CARE TEAM
On-call person for December is Jerry Foltz: JFoltzVA@gmail.com, 703-830-4194.
Jerry is available for pastoral needs, including illness and prayer requests, and outreach to visitors.

 

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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.”

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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.