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Pastor's Letter

March 4, 2016
Dear Friends,
When was there a time when you were led to move from a situation that was comfortable and familiar to one where you faced the unknown?   Was it a move to another part of the country for a job? Or to finally branch out in business on your own?   To ask that special someone to marry you?   To make the decision to have children? Life is full of experiences that call us to leave that which we know in order to journey to, for us, uncharted territory.  
In our Lenten journey, as we reflect on what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, it may not come as a surprise that sometimes Jesus calls us to make the journey into the unknown for the sake of helping people come to experience the love of Jesus. This Sunday we will talk about what this looks like for you and I, as we seek to be faithful to Jesus' call.
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, March 6th Worship at 8:45am and 11:15am. Following in the Footsteps of Jesus - You Have to Get in the Boat.  
   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, March 6th - 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)

NOTE: Pastor Linda will be out of he office on Tuesday 3/8 attending an all-day event on Worship Planning and Leadership. The following are rescheduled.
  • Lenten Study scheduled for Tuesday will be rescheduled this week to Wednesday 3/9 @ 10:30am
  • Pastor's Hours @ Panera's will be rescheduled to Thursday 3/1 2 12:30-3:00pm 

Tuesday, March 8th Choir Rehearsal @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 9th - Lenten Study @ 10:30am (rescheduled from 3/8)
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?
Thursday, March 10th   Pastor's Time at Panera's 12:30- 3:30pm (rescheduled from 3/8)

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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