Week of February 18, 2018
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First Sunday in Lent

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring”. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.


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Thank You from The Mount Olivet Players
Youth Mission Play

 
Thanks to all who attended and made a donation at the Revenge of The Space Pandas by David Mamet! Your support raised $22,000 and will enable our youth to show God’s love to nearby communities this summer during the youth missions trips.

Preparing For A Way Forward: Spiritual Formation Sessions for Laity
February 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Annandale UMC

Our Bi-District (Arlington and Alexandria) Clergy have several meetings each year featuring well-known speakers and topics. In 2018, these speakers will each hold an evening session designed specifically for church leaders or anyone who wants to grow spiritually. The next session will be on February 21 from 7:00—8:30 p.m. at Annandale UMC. Rev. Brian Brown, pastor of Woodlawn-Faith UMC and trained Arbinger facilitator will offer training on the book Anatomy of Peace, a suggested reading from the Commission on a Way Forward. Cost for each session is $10/person.

A Message From Caretakers Of God’s Creation

Fasting is a practice often associated with Lent, variously focused on abstaining from a particular food or worldly practice (think social media). Some traditions abstain from meat on Friday and substitute fish. Approximately 25% of Filet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonald’s are sold during Lent, which is when they were introduced many years ago. If you choose to eat more fish during Lent, make sure it is sustainably sourced, either from your favorite fast food restaurant, upscale restaurant, grocery store, or fish market.
 


 

The Living Room | Small Group For Parents & Young Couples
Continues on this Sunday, February 18 and every other Sunday

Living Room is a small group for parents and young couples. You don’t need a babysitter…bring the kids! We will go through studies together so we can better understand our children and support one another in this season of life. This group is also a place where we can create community and encourage each other through study, fellowship, activities and service. Please RSVP by contacting Lanny Shepherd.
 
Contact: Heather & Lanny Shepherd | Lannyshepherd@gmail.com
 

Lenten Devotionals For Children

As we start this Lenten season please pick up a Journey Round Jerusalem devotional book on the information wall in the Gathering Space. Take a tour of Jerusalem throughout the season of Lent as we follow Jesus on his Holy Week journey to the cross. Each day, a colorful sticker is added to the easy-to-assemble Jerusalem centerpiece. Scenes of Jesus’ Jerusalem journey come to life as the weeks of Lent pass. When Easter arrives, gather with the women ‘round the open tomb and celebrate the Savior who died and rose so that we may join him ‘round his heavenly throne.


Family Night

Join other families for Family Night on March 9 at 5:00 pm in the Youth Area. Dinner, games, crafts, singing and dancing. RSVP below.
 

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VBS Save The Date

Vacation Bible School (VBS) for ALL will be held the evening of Friday, June 22 and the morning of Saturday, June 23. Dinner will be included on Friday night.

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Chat N Chew 2.0
Saturday, February 24
Ebenezer UMC in Stafford, VA

Bishop Lewis will be hosting a listening session on Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford, VA. The event is both for laity and clergy from the Alexandria, Arlington, Rappahannock River, and Richmond Districts. It will focus on the work from The Commission on The Way Forward regarding unity and human sexuality, allowing lay and clergy voices across the conference to engage directly in this important conversation. Cost per person is $10 and includes lunch.
 
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Faithful Resistance with Arlington Commons
Every Friday in March from Noon-1:00 p.m.
Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Join Arlington Commons for lunchtime conversation that grounds a modern movement of resistance in Christian stories and witness. Every Friday in March, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce (at Courthouse Metro, 2009 14th Street North, Suite 100) — come to one or some or all, depending on your schedule and topic of interest. Facilitated by Kate Floyd and Kyle Tau. BYOL (bring your own lunch).
 
March 2: Resist Economic Inequality
March 9: Resist Violence
March 16: Resist Environmental Degradation
March 23: Resist Toxic Masculinity
March 30: Resist Nationalism