Acts 1:1-14. Recently, I’ve been in a number of conversations around what it means for us to be church and, for now, a “church without walls.” So as it turns out, I found that the recommended texts for the coming four weeks are from Acts, the story of the Church’s beginnings. I began to ask, “What can we learn about being church from those early characters in the Bible stories when the Church was beginning?” We start this week with Acts 1!
The 35th annual Step ALIVE! Walkathon will be held at 2pm on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to raise funds for ALIVE!’s Child Development Center (CDC), a preschool program serving children of low-income working parents. Want to help local families? Choose to participate in a 5k or 5-mile stroll through beautiful Old Town Alexandria. The walk begins and ends at First Christian Church, 2723 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Each registrant receives a specially designed T-shirt. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for youth, under 12 is free. More info can be found here: http://bit.ly/1M4oNhJ
Yes, it is Easter! Gather with us this Sunday to celebrate new life and new hope. As usual we gather at 11-ish in our temporary space at The Hermitage in Northern Virginia or you can join us online. We hope you’ll join us.
Ephesians 3:14-21. After five weeks thinking together about spiritual disciplines including playfulness, generosity, joy, letting pain be pain, and letting go, we will tie them all together under the umbrella of “diving deep.” What is the very fabric that ties our spiritual lives together? What is the discipline that is key to all the others? Join us in worship to discover just that!
1 Corinthians 1:22-25. We hold so many things tightly in our lives, un able to let go. Few people think “letting go” is a spiritual discipline. The trouble that comes with holding too tight is that often the things we think we hold are the things that are really holding us. We are called to stretch ourselves so that we are only held by God. This Sunday that is what we will talk about.
We have a great opportunity to be a presence in our community. Saint James has been asked to again sponsor TC Williams’ varsity baseball team. Please consider a donation above normal giving to support our local team. Our banner will be at Simpson Field and a part of their annual golf tournament. We are seeking to raise $500. Checks should have baseball in the memo section. See Linda Patterson for more information on this outreach opportunity.
We have talked about the spiritual disciplines of Playfulness, Generosity, and Joy. This week we turn to perhaps one of the more difficult disciplines, that of letting our pain be pain rather than masking it or running away from it or avoiding it altogether. Just how do we let pain be pain? I would like to tell you it requires an elaborate and complex plan but that is not true. The answer sounds simple but it is not. What is it? You’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out in person or online at around 11-ish AM. Or wait to hear a recording of it later. Look forward to “seeing” you!
Stanley, a local senior will be hosting our Rebuilding Together team on Saturday, April 30th. Saint James folks will be cleaning up the yard, repairing a shed roof, fixing a fence, doing some small electrical and plumbing work, along with some other items.
Here’s what we still need:
1) Pray for Stanley and our team of 13 folks.
2)Donate above your normal giving (mark House on checks or through your text or online giving. We still need $1,100.
3)Help: we need someone to handle lunch for us that day. You would be given the order in advance, would call it in, pick it up and deliver it to the house. Saint James would reimburse you.
Questions? see Linda Patterson or email Linda@sjumc.net