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Discipleship Opportunities: Serving – Learning – Worship – Fellowship

Discipleship Opportunities: Serving – Learning – Worship – Fellowship

Angela Becek, our Director of Discipleship Ministries, has prepared the following message and summary of opportunities for the people of Leesburg UMC to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ as the new program year gets underway.

by Angela Becek on September 11, 2020

SERVING – Learning – Worship – Fellowship

How have your first few days of school been? We are doing well with more structure and are finding a new household rhythm.  If you don’t have school-age children, did you even notice that it’s back to school time?

We have several opportunities for you to serve as a family this month or get together as a pod as your schedule permits. When you participate, remember to take just a few minutes to invite God’s presence to work within and through in your service to others.

Intentionally participating in Individual Works of Mercy as a Means of Grace (doing good works, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, feeding the hungry, and giving generously to the needs of others), we invite the Holy Spirit to come and work within and through us, which helps to strengthen and conform our faith. 

  • JK Community Farm: On Mondays, they have self-guided sessions for families to come and participate in sustainable agricultural lessons that provide fresh produce for Loudoun Hunger Relief and other local pantries. They have different activities designed for K-12, so indicate grade levels when you sign up. They do ask for a $5 donation per person, which helps this non-profit do their meaningful work.
  • Backpack Buddies Packing: LUMC will continue providing meals through Backpack Buddies and we’re looking for families to sign-up to come as household groups to prepare the bags. The September dates are almost full but check back for dates in October and coming months.
  • Provide a Dinner for an LUMC family: One of our families is in need of meals while mom goes through cancer treatments.
  • Join the Ampersand Pantry Project Facebook group and get updates on volunteer needs and donation requests.
  • Loudoun Hunger Relief: We collect non-perishable foods on the first Tuesday of each month and/or when you come for your Bible Adventure.

In October: We will have two shifts at JK Community Farm (9 – 10:30 and 10:30 – Noon). Sign-up here.

Thank you for serving Christ by serving others and our community.

Serving – LEARNING – Worship – Fellowship

Now it’s time to talk about our Spiritual Development.

Most of our traditional methods of Christian Education have become extra complicated, so we’ve worked to create (and are continuing to develop) some new methods to help us continue to teach and pass on our faith.

Intentionally participating in Works of Piety as a Means of Grace (reading, meditating and studying the scriptures, prayer, fasting, regularly attending worship, healthy living, and sharing our faith with others; regularly share in the sacraments, accountability to one another, and Bible study), we invite the Holy Spirit to come and work within and through us, which helps to strengthen and conform our faith. 

  • Bible Adventures – Wilderness Escape: An interactive experience that helps us explore how God is faithful to provide and guide us in our wilderness times while teaching and reminding us of the story of the Exodus.   It allows you, as a family, to gain a deeper understanding of God’s presence and these stories in a non-traditional format.  Weekend and evening dates are available; please sign-up here.
  • Confirmation: Youth (6th grade and up) who have not been Confirmed are encouraged to join this year’s Confirmation Class, which has been modified from recent years.
  • Kids’ Sunday School: Our kids are meeting via Zoom and will use the Bible Storybook to explore stories that compliment the monthly Bible Adventure themes. Each month we will have a new theme and new craft bags, so we ask that you sign-up every month so that we can get you the craft bags.
  • Find Your Spiritual Rhythms: Join Rev. Heather on this 6-week journey, as we explore the 6 areas of spiritual formation and how we can use them in our own lives. Begins October 2.
  • Disciple Bible Study: Pastor Jim is leading this in-depth study through the Scriptures beginning September 23.
  • Small Groups and UMW Circles: there are ongoing groups that would love to have you join them. If you are interested in a small group or UMW Circle, please let me know and I will be happy to connect you with the right person.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything that you’d like to see us focus on and develop in the coming weeks and months.

Serving – Learning – WORSHIP – Fellowship

When we think of “going to church” we generally think of our worship experiences. This is the part that has been most drastically changed and will continue to look and feel different for some time.

We are working toward creating more in-person opportunities and as you are comfortable, I would encourage you to try them. Worship and participating in the Sacraments (Holy Communion and Baptism) are also considered Works of Piety.

Intentionally participating in Works of Piety as a Means of Grace (reading, meditating and studying the scriptures, prayer, fasting, regularly attending worship, healthy living, and sharing our faith with others; regularly share in the sacraments, accountability to one another, and Bible study), we invite the Holy Spirit to come and work within and through us, which helps to strengthen and conform our faith. 

  • Online Worship on Sundays at 10 am. Our online worship will continue indefinitely, even as in-person worship experiences are added.  The Livestream begins at 10 each Sunday on our website and Facebook page, but can watched at any time after.
  • Outdoor Worship on Sundays at 7 pm (changes to 5 pm effective Sept. 20)  We gather in back parking lot for a short service with Communion.  We do ask that you preregister each time you come, so we can make to sure to create the right space and make sure not to exceed limits.
  • Indoor Worship will begin in the Sanctuary at 11:30 am on September 20. Preregistration is required so that we do not exceed limits and implement appropriate distancing measures.

Please note: all in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) require masks, distancing, and affirmation of the Health Acknowledgement Information.

Serving – Learning – Worship – FELLOWSHIP

Developing relationships within the Body of Christ is essential to all of the other components. We are called to gather to participate in the Means of Grace communally, as well as individually.

It is within the context of our relationships that we serve together, grow together, and worship together as we offer support and spur one another on to faith and good works.

Yet, our normal fellowship activities are the hardest to do right now, so…

  • Come to any in-person activities at your comfort level; anything in-person is an opportunity for fellowship.
  • Chat in the comments during on-line worship.
  • Call on your friends, initiate conversations, and get together (safely) with your church friends.
  • Respond to your neighborhood group coordinator. They are trying to gather people and are open to suggestions for how best to that, including merging with other neighborhood groups. They need to hear from you.  (If you haven’t heard from yours, please contact Heather Wray.)
  • Follow our public pages on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Join our private Facebook groups that help foster more community:

Please note: all in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) require masks, distancing, and affirmation of the Health Acknowledgement Information.

Blessings,
Angela Becek
Director of Discipleship Ministries

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