Welcome to another edition of the
For this Sunday, February 3, 2019:
Rev. Al Fuertes is the Preacher
Hollie Chessman is Worship Leader.
Elza Ritter is the Musician.
this Sunday TAIZE SUNDAY AND COMMUNION SUNDAY. All are welcome!
Service begins at 10:00 a.m.
“Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”
Alice Walker, 21st century
STUFF THE BUS: Help feed Fairfax families! – As the holiday decorations come down and the cold winter months settle in, many people continue to go hungry in our community. Help us support our local nonprofit food pantries as they work to provide assistance for individuals and families in need throughout our community. Stuff the Bus has benefitted more than 32 community nonprofits by collecting enough food to provide 170,000 meals along with close to $50,000 in monetary donations, according to Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, which first started organizing the philanthropic event nine years ago. Please check Fairfax County’s Stuff the Bus page to see the Stuff the Bus locations in the area, and donate if you can. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus
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. For more information, please call George: 703-865-5830.
WELLSPRING PASTORAL CARE TEAM
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.”
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.