August 17th - Evening Worship, 6 pm

Dress casually and bring a friend to our evening worship on August 17.

We will be “child-friendly” and “family-friendly” as much as possible.

The theme of our evening worship will be mission-related. Stay after for dessert.

P.S.: There will be no worship service on the morning of August 17. Church will be open for prayer, August 17, 10:30 am - 11:30 am.

VISION AND PLANNING MEETING - AUGUST 24th after Worship

Whether you are an officially elected leader, or just want to be involved, stay after worship for light lunch and a Fall 2014 through December 15 vision and planning meeting. There are a number of smaller ideas and a couple of big potential “future directions” for our church to consider.

FOOD FOR OTHERS and SCHOOL SUPPLIES - MISSION EMPHASES THIS SUMMER

Schools are out for the summer and many families travel, but hunger never goes on vacation - even in affluent Fairfax County.

We support “Food for Others” through on ongoing effort to collect packaged and canned foods that can be distributed to those in need. We also accept donations of cash that our designated shoppers use to buy quantities of staple foods (identified by Food for Others as ‘top priority’).

At this point in the summer, we also are beginning to collect school supplies for children who will need them as they go back to school in 6 weeks. Take advantage of the upcoming Virginia sales tax holiday and buy just one small thing a needy student can use or buy a backpack and fill it with lots of things. Another alternative - make a cash donation and help one of our “back to school” shoppers fill a backpack or whole shopping cart full of needed supplies.

YOUTH!

Youth are invited to participate in this Wednesday evening, “Jesus and Java” Youth Bible Study sponsored by our Arlington and Alexandria Districts.

** Jesus & Java (J & J) “Romans & Milkshakes” Summer Bible Study for all Youth, Friendship UMC, 7:00-8:30 PM, runs Wednesdays beginning July 2 and finishing Aug. 27. Come any time and join in, every week or whenever you can! All are welcome! Contact Jim Harrington to RSVP (because having enough milkshake supplies is important!)

Friendship UMC is on Gallows Road; if you are traveling from Arlington Blvd (50), it is about 3/4 mile south of Fairfax Hospital and on the left.

Friendship UMC Contact Info: Phone 703 560-5454. E-mail Address friendshipUMC@vacoxmail.com. Leave messages for Jim there.

Worship and Other Stuff During the Summer

WORSHIP - We are going “casual” for the summer. This means - sanctuary chairs in a semi-circle and fewer of them so we sit closer together. Dress up or dress down - wear clothes that you enjoy or just feel right. The pastor will be telling the story of Israel’s early ancestors, starting with Abraham and Sarah, as well as stories related to the life and ministry of Jesus. She will invite those gathered to think about how these ancient stories are related to our story now, the church’s story and God’s story. In every service, we’ll sing and pray as well. ON THE THIRD SUNDAYS OF JULY AND AUGUST, we’ll have evening worship at 6 pm, instead of morning worship. Watch separate announcements for details. Whether you are coming to worship at Bruen Chapel in the morning or evening, please bring a friend.
August 3 - Holy Communion

August 10 - The Rev. Ashley Allen, Associate Pastor at Floris UMC will bring the morning message.

August 17 - 6 pm Evening worship instead of Morning worship. Mission Emphasis and Hymn Sing. The church will be open in the morning for prayer.

August 24 - 11 am Morning worship

August 31 - 11 am Morning worship

Meetings:

Every Week for YOUTH! Jesus and Java at Friendship UMC, Gallows Rd., 7pm Wed. at Friendship UMC, Gallows Road (on left going south, about a mile beyond Fairfax H osptial.

August 24th - After 11 am worship. Light Lunch and “Leader’s” Vision and Planning session. In truth, everyone at Bruen Chapel UMC is either a leader or a potential leader - so, if you are interested, come!

Coming in the Fall:

ESL Classes on Mondays and Thursdays starting in September. Are you interested in teaching or helping out in another way - refreshments, child-care, etc. - please talk to Jill Zabel or Daniel Pierce.

Covenant Bible Study - for persons interested in in-depth Bible study with a group.