WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE ATROCIOUS WEATHER ON SUNDAY.
Our church’s bad weather policy: If the pastor can get to the church, we will have worship for those who come. Sometimes in such circumstances, we have gathered around the piano up in the altar area for a time of informal singing, reflection, and prayer. So don’t stay away if you can come safely.
The Christmas Fellowship Potluck that was scheduled for December 8 has been cancelled in light of snowy weather and the probability of deteriorating road conditions after noon. Plan to stay next week after worship (December 15) and enjoy a meal.
PS: That evening, December 15, anyone interested in caroling is invited to come at 5 pm so that we may go and sing carols for some of our homebound members. Youth and others are invited to use our driving time as an opportunity to participate in a “Christmas Light Display Scavenger Hunt”. The idea will be to look at different yard displays and decide the best in each category. People should bring cameras to “record” their opinions.
Let there be peace in our nation legislature and between the legislative and executive branches of our U.S. government, or at least a constructive working dialogue.
Our government needs to be funded.
Especially those who know Christ’s call to his followers to “love neighbor as self” as part of their responsibility to honor and love God, should be open to the idea of social welfare programs. To love God means to love those whom God loves as God would love them. In light of this, the true needs of our people and our nation as a whole should be respected by Christians as we strive with our fellow citizens to work for a national community where everyone is thought of as important enough to be able to have access to the basic necessities — water and nutritious food sufficient to support basic bodily functions (including vision, hearing, chewing, and thinking), shelter or housing that meets legal standards for the person(s) who own or rent such, education or training sufficient to allow people to develop their best gifts as they prepare for survival and self-sufficiency in our economy, and also meaningful participation in our communities, AND basic health care.
ON HEALTH CARE — Perhaps we should also remember that every great society change or innovation involved a period of experimentation. The first steam-powered locomotives, the first steam-boats, the first automobiles, the first airplanes, the first telephones, the first computers, and lots of other “first versions” of today’s sophisticated equivalents all needed to be improved before they really were useful. The fact that the first models of such things needed revision does not mean that they were bad, bad, bad. Why can’t we as a society take the positive vision represented in the “Affordable Care Act” and do what we need to do in order to make it fabulous?
April 1: Through the Bible In One Year Challenge starts on April 1: Begin by reading 3 or 4 chapters per day of Genesis. By April 18, you will be ready to start Exodus. You also will read that at the rate of 3- 4 chapters per day in order to finish by May 1.
Those involved are invited to meet after worship twice a month (in April on the 14th and 28th) during cafe to ask questions, raise concerns, etc.
If it is after April 1 and you would like to join the challenge, start reading the Bible today and do your best to catch up. Grace abounds! If you find you have to go at a slower pace, that’s O.K. as long as you keep going.
Gather with others who have cancer or are cancer survivors, or who have been close to someone with cancer.
Next Meeting: March 2, 9:30 AM
Place: Bruen Chapel UMC, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031 (1 block north of Route 50)
Members and friends of Bruen Chapel are invited to become part of our “Prayer Tree Ministry.” Prayer Tree members are notified when someone requests prayer for themselves, a family or friend, or others they may know. The basic idea: when you are called or e-mailed with a prayer concern, please include that person in your prayers. Note: There are times when the information you receive along with the call for prayer may seem fairly vague; that may mean the person being prayed for does not want a lot of details shared. It is enough simply to lift that person up to God by name.
To join our Prayer Tree, please fill out the form below, copy it into an email, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER TREE FORM
________________________Please include me in the Prayer Tree.
I would prefer to be called at _____________________________.
I would prefer to be e-mailed at ___________________________.
Please return to church office by e-mail (May also be sent by regular mail or brought to church in person.)