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  • A”Rise” Against Hunger: Church-Campus-Community Partnership Almost 200 people took a stance against hunger on November 14, 2017 by participating in Rise Against Hunger. The event was hosted by Arise Campus Ministries and generously sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located in Annandale, Virginia. The activity was aptly scheduled during Hunger and Homelessness week at George Mason University. The weather was ... Read More
  • Lake Junaluska Statement on Racism SEJ UMC Annual Conference Leaders and Communicators, At the October 2017 ​Lake Junaluska Assembly ​Board of Trustees Meeting the attached Statement on Racism was unanimously approved. This was initially encouraged by a motion of the Holston Conference but was also in response to the tragedy of Charlottesville, VA. The purpose of the statement is to acknowledge ... Read More
  • Christmas at Rising Hope Rising Hope Mission Church is celebrating and sharing a Christmas Day meal with the homeless and those in need on December, 25 2017  from 12:00-2:30 pm. We are putting out a call for this Christmas Day for both food and volunteers willing to prepare and drop off food or volunteer some of their time for ... Read More
  • A New Thing … Update #3 Well, here we are … our 2017 Charge Conferences are finalized, Isaiah 43:18-19 has been recited approximately 150 times, clergy compensation and lay leadership decisions have been made, 75+ lay servants have been approved, State of the Church reports and Pastors’ reports have been shared, and 1,331 new things have been noted and listed!!  Thank ... Read More
  • Light In the Empire’s Shadow “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city ... Read More
  • The Hardest Thanksgiving My hardest Thanksgiving was 1999, the year my Mother died. At Thanksgiving, she could still shuffle to the car, and Dad brought her over. She was dying of cancer. Weeks earlier, the doctors had told her there was nothing more they could do. Before dinner, my Dad cornered me in the kitchen, “Will you say ... Read More
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