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Pastors Points

Beloved Church,

This Sunday we will be reflecting on Mark 9:2-9, the story of Jesus's "transfiguration" - a story that leaves us scratching our head in wonder, but its importance is undeniable as we mark the end of epiphany and journey towards lent. We are called to head down, off the mountain in wonder, and into the unknown, the same way that Jesus moves off the mountain towards Jerusalem. The lenten season (which starts this week with Ash Wednesday on 2/14), is often marked as a time of sacrifice and preparation. It is a marker in the Christian calendar reminding us that we, too, are called to follow the righteous steps of Christ, even when the road will be difficult. Christ knew what was to come... the rejection, betrayal, the suffering, even the cross...but he courageously went towards Jerusalem, anyway. 

And so, we are called to go, too! But as Mark tells this gospel story, the cross is synonymous with the resurrection! You cannot have one without the other.

The work of being a disciple of Jesus is not to simply live the "comfortable life" and stay "high" on the mountaintop moments of our spiritual life together in the church. Things like the celebrations of baptisms, remembering the "golden era" of church, and of potlucks (ha!). These are simply glimpses of the dazzling miraculous light that Christ reveals to us over time. Like the sun, it seems like we can't look directly at all of God's glory in one experience or it will be too much for us to handle. So, Jesus reveals himself to his followers in bits and pieces along the journey of spiritual formation. That is the transfiguration. The unveiling of who Christ is and who we are called to live into as the body of Christ. 

When we experience these moments, it is easy to want to build a tent and stay up on the mountain like Peter. But these moments are simply preparation and a refueling station to help us through what is to come in the real work of ministry. You know, like, the "bearing your own cross," part. 

Transfiguration is a supernatural occurrence for the disciples (one of many with Jesus). But this time, Jesus reveals who he truly is, and in so doing, the disciples are commanded (by a voice from above) to "Listen to him." But Church, are we listening to Him? Do we believe that Jesus is who he says he is? Or, are we as clueless as the disciples as told from the gospel of Mark?

Jesus gives us a glimpse of who he is in the moments of suffering AND in the supernatural occurrences which reveal what is possible in His name. 

The question is, Church, are we willing to continue moving forward in this work, together? Are we clinging to the mountaintop because we don't want to do the real work of ministry together? We know that the road will not be easy, but when we do this work, together, and carry our burdens, together, with Jesus in the center of our ministry together....resurrection is the promise, and it is fulfilled through the power of Jesus. 

Can't wait to see you on Sunday! 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chelsea

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All the February things..

Start Ash Wednesday with a prayer walk!

Anyone is welcome at our morning prayer walk with our Fit-Faith Fun group of parents! We start at the cross in the parking lot and we'll head down to the riverfront park, exercise and reflection to start the morning of Lent!

Questions? Email us

February 14th

A Pancake Supper will be provided by the United Methodist Men this Wednesday ahead of our evening Ash Wednesday services. WHERE: Kobler Hall WHEN: 5 - 6:30 PM Cost : Donations welcome and go to the United Methodist Men and mission programs

WHAT: Blueberry & buttermilk pancakes with sausage, gluten-free pancakes available as well.

Services on 2/14

Noon(12:00 PM) - service in the Sanctuary with the imposition of ashes

3:00 - 7:00 PM Pop-by during the day, - there will be availability to receive ashes in the upstairs chapel.

6:00 PM A family-friendly service will be held in the Sanctuary, led by the Children's Ministry.

7:30 PM, there will be a Traditional service in the Sanctuary with the imposition of ashes.

Honoring the program!

Upward Sunday is on February 18th! Each year we feature our Upward basketball program in worship (mainly 9:45 am) and invite all players, refs, and coaches to attend and participate in worship. There will be NO Children's Sunday School that morning.

Come hear from players , organizers, and see highlights! This is always a special Sunday!


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About Us

New!! United Women in Faith group!

We're starting a new "circle" of friends! Join us for an intro meeting with this dynamic group of women, moms, and seasoned ladies!

We'll be meeting once a month, but this first meeting is... SUNDAY, February 25th starting at 4 pm in room


Questions? Would you like to help organize? Email Anne Blosser

United Women in Faith-Social Action/Green Team


Easy things to do to be better Caretakers of God’s Creation!! .

Pollution from our fuel-dependent transportation choices can harm our environment. It pollutes the air and runs off into our waterways, killing habitat, harming animals, and ultimately us. Choose the least polluting, most fuel-efficient means of personal transportation, and/or try and combine trips when you do go out!


Tuesdays with Tim: Pastor Tim would love to get to know you, so he's reserved lunch time (Noon-1:30ish) on his Tuesday calendar for individuals or small groups to share a meal and conversation together. Bring a brown bag lunch or he will come to a restaurant near your work (Dutch Treat), and share some time together.  To set up lunch email Pastor Tim at


Thursday Table Talk with Tim: Do you love Coffee and Conversation? Pastor Tim loves both, so on Thursdays, Pastor Tim will be at Agora Coffee Shop (520 Caroline St.) at 7:30 AM. Drop on by and share to coffee and Table Talk. No agenda but a time to connect and share life. He hopes to see you there!

Let's GOOO!

This is just 2 weeks away ... Are you walking with TEAM FUMC? 2/24/2024!

We want you to be a part of the quest to alleviate homelessness in the Fxbg region!

We are walking (5k or a mile!)

to raise funds and awareness for Micah Ministries during the "COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR".

Last year, we were the TOP fundraising team in the NATION!

And as of this reading, we are over half way to our fundraising goal!

Read more about this and the WHY - HERE

Bishop Sue to be in Fredericksburg

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will be in our district on Sunday!

Bishop Sue will visit the Mission Rivers District this weekend. She will preach at Peace UMC and hold Laity Sessions at Tappahannock Memorial UMC and Crooks Memorial UMC.

Please make plans to join us for the Laity Sessions and make her visit memorable!

Preaching: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10:00am

Peace UMC

801 Maple Grove Drive, Fredericksburg

Laity Session: Sunday, Feb. 11 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Tappahannock Memorial UMC

345 Earl Street, Tappahannock, VA 22560

Laity Session: Sunday, Feb. 11 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Crooks Memorial UMC

204 Cook Road, Yorktown, VA 23690

A Mission Activity to help stock a local food pantry will be held 30 minutes before each Laity Session. Please bring your cans of soup and stew, as well as other non-perishable food.

Clergy Session: Monday, Feb.12 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Williamsburg UMC

500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Fredericksburg  UMC

308 Hanover Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401