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Pastor's Letter

February 26, 2016
Dear Friends,
As I was growing up, one house we lived in had a faulty foundation. Depending on the amounts of melting snow from New England winters, water would seep in. After a couple of times of this happening, my parents had the foundation repaired and, after that, it remained sound. The storms of this past week remind us of how important a strong, sound foundation is to the sturdiness of a house.
Strong foundations are necessary, not only for buildings, but for lives, as well. What are the values on which we build the foundations of our lives; our children's lives; our grandchildren's lives?   In this week's message, we'll look at the foundation Jesus laid out for we who would follow him; a foundation that enables us to live well, and also withstand the storms of life.    Prior to worship, please try to read Matthew 5:1 through 7:27.
I look forward to worshiping this you this Sunday. Please be in prayer for people who do not have a church home and for how God is calling each of us, at Buckhall United Methodist Church, to reach out to them.
Yours in Christ,
We need eggs! We need wrapped candy! We need non-candy items! The Easter Egg Hunt is coming !   Saturday, March 19th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. This is a significant opportunity for Buckhall UMC to welcome our community's children and their families to join us in some fun. So all hands on deck!  We need hands to help with preparations, set-up, presentation, and clean-up.   Please prayerfully consider being one of the coordinators for next year's Easter Egg Hunt.

Weekly Announcements

What's Happening This Week

Sunday, February 28th Worship at 8:45am and 11:15am. Following in the Footsteps of Jesus - Foundation for Life
   10:00am Sunday School for Children and Youth
   This Sunday, fellowship time for adults @10:00am. The Adult small group studying "The Story," will meet this Sunday.
Sunday, February 28th KaMP (Kids and Mission Projects) . Children and families, join us at Quarry Station (around 12:30pm) as we prepare for spring by making pine-cone bird feeders with some of the Quarry Stations residents.
Sunday, February 28th - Youth are invited to meet at BUMC @ 6:00pm and we carpool over to join with youth from St.Thomas UMC @ 6:15pm (at St. Thomas UMC)
Tuesday, March 2nd - Buckhall will serve as a polling place.  
Tuesday, March 2nd - Lenten Study @ 10:00am (for this Tuesday only)
A 6-session Lenten Study, a DVD-Discussion series, "The Way: Following in the Footsteps of Jesus. "   We will look at Jesus' ministry, see via DVD the places he walked, and place ourselves in the crowd. Discover for yourself: What does Jesus' journey mean for me and my faith journey?
Tuesday, March 2nd @ 12:30pm to 3:00pm Pastor's Hours @ Panera's on Liberia. Join Pastor Linda for conversation and share what's on your mind!
                                           6:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Looking Ahead
March 19th - Easter Egg Hunt - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
March 20th - Palm Sunday
March 24th - Maundy Thursday service @ 7:00pm
March 25th - Sanctuary open for prayer and reflection 10:00am to 8:00pm (prayer guide will be provided)
March 27th - Easter Sunday
April 10th - Prayer Vigil (3:00pm to 4:00pm) Join Linda in the sanctuary for either the entire hour, or for a part of that hour. Buckhall UMC is part of the Alexandria and Arlington Districts -wide prayer vigil; and 3:00pm to 4:00pm is our time to pray. A prayer guide will be available.
We will be praying for wisdom and guidance as the United Methodist Church gathers for its General Conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference occurs every 4 years and delegates from conferences all over the world gather to make decision regarding the ministries of the United Methodist Church.  
Saturday, April 30th 9:00am to 3:00pm - Worship That Connects with Your Neighborhood; Mount Olivet, Arlington, VA.    This is an event that will allow those attending to leave armed with an action plan for the planning and implementing of better worship - relatable worship that will connect with the demographics outside the doors of your specific church's community.
Registration is $55 for church teams of up to 5 (clergy participation mandatory - plus up to 4 lay persons), additional laity can attend - cost $11each. Please let Linda know of your interest. We need to register soon.
April 30th - 9:00am to Noon - All Church Clean-up.

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