Leesburg United Methodist Church

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C4 - Connecting with God, Connecting with others, Connecting in ministry, and Connecting in mission in ways that share the life-giving good news of God's love for all humanity.

We have 5 services on Christmas Eve at Leesburg UMC. We hope that you will join us at one of the services. Our 7 pm service is a Lessons & Carols service with music led by Raising Praise, its a delight for everyone.

Remember to be the light today: 14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" Matthew 5:14-16

On Christmas Eve, at our 3:00 service, we have an interactive Lessons & Carols service for young kids. It's fun for the whole family as the children experience the joy of he Christmas story. Have you ever been to the 3:00 service? What's your favorite part?

We hope you will join us for one of our Christmas Eve services. What's your favorite Christmas Eve service at Leesburg UMC?

Only a few slots and a few days remain! Have someone candy caned this weekend!
https://leesburgumc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/177534

Thanks to our GBP and LUMC kids, we collected 15 bags of healthy snacks for Loudoun Hunger Relief! Loudoun students who rely on school for daily meals often go without during the holiday break; your generous donations mean they’ll have access to healthy foods while school is not in session. Thank you to all who donated and attended our Gather Group cookie decorating/bag packing event last Sunday!

Good morning from the Class of 2019 on the High School Retreat

Join us and start off the season with Advent tomorrow December 1st at LUMC!

Start the Advent Season off with events this Saturday, December 1st.

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Candy Caning Order Form - Leesburg United Methodist Church

Candy Caning has begun! Time to have your family and friends "candy caned"!
Place your order today...
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leesburgumc.churchcenter.com Have a few dozen large candy canes placed in a friend's yard for about 48 hours to send them Christmas greetings! Our youth will be sneaky as they "deliver" and remove the candy canes and your friends will wake up to a fun surprise! All proceeds help our youth fund their summer mission trip. To choo...

Celebrating the wonderful fellowship that happened over a delicious brunch. Thank you for coming and thank you to all who made the brunch possible! Enjoy these photos of our time together.

[11/06/18]   I've lived through 12 different presidents in my lifetime, and I've been eligible to vote in 11 presidential elections.

As we await the results of this year's mid-term elections, here's my observation. When the person I did not vote for was elected to the Oval Office, the world did not end during their administration. When the person I did vote for won, America did not become the ideal society, even when they served two terms. Hmmm...

Reality check: tomorrow morning, do not wake up to the news of who won or lost these mid-term elections with an abundance of joy or the depths of despair. If you do, it may a symptom of placing too much hope and trust in human institutions, usually referred to negatively in scripture as "the nations."

Regardless of who wields political power, followers of Jesus Christ are called to place our trust, our security, our hope, and our joy in the God of our salvation. Don't get me wrong - there's nothing "wrong" with celebrating when your candidate wins, or feeling somewhat deflated when your candidate loses (you will over your lifetime experience both). Just remember, whichever side of the fence you are on, to lift your prayers tomorrow and every day for God to bless and to guide all of our elected leaders.

And to God be the glory as the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ is still Commander in Chief - yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever!

Grace and peace to all!

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

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Monday evening, during the Vigil for Pittsburgh at Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burke raised the question, "What about tomorrow? What will we do to make a difference?" We mourn the deaths of 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue. We gather to pray for their loved ones and for this congregation.

But about tomorrow? What will we do? We will continue to pray - for the grieving, for the wounded including the law enforcement officers, for all who have been harmed; and for an end to hate.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

And here are some practical ways from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/com_ten_ways_to_fight_hate_2017_web.pdf

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/d6_legacy_files/downloads/publication/Ten_Ways_2010.pdf

Even if you and I cannot do all 10 we can do one (or more), and the most important act to go with our action is to PRAY.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil..." (Ephesians 6:12).
Just remember -
"for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These belong to the Christ-denying world..." (1 John 4:4-5 The Message);
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5 NIV).

Let the Christ light shine through you!

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[10/27/18]   TODAY IN PITTSBURGH

Preparing the past few weeks for our Advent worship in December, several of us have been reading and reflecting on our Narrative Lectionary texts for each of the four Sundays. We read from the prophet Habakkuk, for the first Sunday of Advent, who was likely a contemporary of Jeremiah and prophesied during some of the darkest days of Israel's history. The "book" that bears his name, is a collection of "oracles" about the Babylonians (who were besieging Jerusalem) and a closing song.

Here's some of what we've been reading, in chapter 1: "2 How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! 'Violence is everywhere!' I cry, but you do not come to save. 3 Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery?"

Those words were brought to life once again today, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a man bursting into the oldest Jewish synagogue in the city killing 11 adults and wounding 6 others, including 4 responding police officers. We are so deeply saddened by this heinous and evil act of hatred, prejudice, and violence. And yes, it is appropriate to cry out to God asking, "How long, O Lord?"

While writing this, I received an email from Rabbi David Greenspoon of Congregation Sha'are Shalom here in Leesburg. He/they have invited all people of faith to participate in a Vigil for Pittsburgh, on Monday evening, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Prayers for the victims and families, including the law enforcement officers, will be offered (sincere appreciation to all who serve in law enforcement). There will be a offering for a yet-to-be-determined beneficiary stemming from this attack.

Sha'are Shalom is located - 19357 Evergreen Mill Road - on the right, just past Heritage High School. I will be there on Monday. Join me.

I do not believe in coincidences. God has directed us at LUMC to Habakkuk for a reason - and God directs us to stand with those who suffer; to pray for and work for justice and peace.

Coram Deo - grace and shalom,

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

Today, Thursday October 25th at 9:30, join us for the first day of Seamless! We hope to see you in Wesley Hall. Childcare provided.

Looking to meet women in the church and grow in your understanding of the Bible? Come join a new women's Bible study starting Thursday, October 25th at 9:30 am. Join other women of all ages and stages for 7 week study called Seamless. Childcare is provided. Study meets in Wesley Hall.

No community office hours this Wednesday 10/24/2018. Rev. Heather will be back next week to share some coffee and conversation.

Join us for play group this morning at Trinity House Cafe. You can park at the church and walk up or meet us there. We hope to see you for some yummy coffee and conversation while the kids play!

A new women's Bible study is starting this week. Thursday, October 25th at 9:30 am, they begin a 7 week study Seamless. Childcare is provided. Study in Wesley Hall.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Play & Learn will meet tomorrow at Trinity House Cafe for our weekly play group. Park at the church and walk to the coffee shop. We hope to see you there around 9:15.

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Join us tomorrow, Sunday October 14, at 9:45 for Worship In The Park. Come enjoy creation, support our preschool Great Beginnings, and celebrate God with us. Our traditional services, at 8:30 and 11:00, will be meeting at their regular time and place.

This Sunday, come out and worship God in creation! 9:45 at Bolen Park, hope to see you there!

Join us on Sunday October 14 at 9:45 for Worship In The Park. Come enjoy creation, support our preschool Great Beginnings, and celebrate God with us. Our traditional services, at 8:30 and 11:00, will be meeting at their regular time and place.

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Rev. Heather will be at the Edwards Ferry Starbucks today, October 3rd, from 9:00 until 12:30. Stop by for coffee, stay for the conversation.

Join Rev. Heather tomorrow, Wednesday October 3, for Community Office hours from 9:00 to 12:30 at the Edwards Ferry Starbucks. Come chat and have a cup of coffee. Hope to see you there!

[09/26/18]   Cancelled: Rev. Heather's Community Office Hours at the Edwards Ferry Starbucks will not happen this morning, September 26th. Sorry for any inconvience they will continue next week.

Genesis & Exodus Oct. 2 at 7:30
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Judah and Moses. How do their stories instruct our faith today? How do we reconcile the challenges they face as they their journeys lay the groundwork for our own journey? How do we pick up the baton of faith from people such as these?

A deeper dive into the stories of Genesis & Exodus and how they fit into the epic narrative of the Bible.

Minimum of 5 registrants required.
https://leesburgumc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/157100

It's not too late - the final Town Hall Meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm. Learn more here: http://leesburgumc.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=432646

Generations Rise Against Hunger together

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Judah and Moses. How do their stories instruct our faith today? How do we reconcile the challenges they face as they their journeys lay the groundwork for our own journey? How do we pick up the baton of faith from people such as these?

Register here: https://leesburgumc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/157100

Join Rev. Heather for our first virtual book club, on September 26th at 8:30, where we will discuss Jen Hatmaker's faith changing book Interrupted. Please read the book prior to our virtual meeting. Our meeting will take place from the comfort of your own home and we will connect via Zoom Meeting (a closed online face to face meeting using your own device, smartphone or computer)

Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8c435a3f25a58cf24ac87b605f06faf5

Want to get to know some other Leesburg families? Come join us today, Tuesday the 18th from 9:15 - 10:30, for open gym at our free weekly play group. We'll have out tumble mats, balance beams, and different sorting exercises to help with developmental skills. Open to the public, ages newborn to 5 years old.

Rainy days and toddlers can mean a lot of pent up energy. Come join us tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th, for open gym at our free weekly play group. We'll have out tumble mats, balance beams, and different sorting exercises to help with developmental skills. Open to the public, ages newborn to 5 years old.

Do you have a hard time getting back to church for weekly studies but still want to meet people in our community and grow in your faith? Join in on Leesburg UMC's first Virtual Book Club on Wednesday September 26 at 8:30 pm. We'll be discussing Jen Hatmaker's faith changing book "Interrupted". The meeting will be held via Zoom meeting, register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8c435a3f25a58cf24ac87b605f06faf5

A New Hallelujah!

One Worship Service Today! 10 am September 16th. Gallery and Children's Sunday School will begin then as well. We hope to see you there as we celebrate what God is doing in and through LUMC.

Have you heard? We're excited because tomorrow we have the opportunity to worship together as one church family. Great preaching, fantastic music, and we get to hear about our NLI Innovations. We hope to see you there!

Two more days! Join us on Sunday September 16th at 10:00 am for one worship service. Set a reminder now so you don't forget!

We have the opportunity to worship together as one church family this Sunday September 16th at 10:00 am. We're celebrating our NLI Innovations weekend by worshiping together. Set a reminder and we'll see you there!

Join us today, Thursday 13th, at 9:30 am in Wesley Hall for our first day of Ruth: Journey in the Wilderness. We can't wait to see you there!

Sunday Schedule Change! Our NLI Innovations weekend is finally here. We're celebrating by worshiping together as one church at 10 am on September 16th. Come hear some fantastic preaching, a joint song between the Chancel Choir and Raising Praise, and learn all about our Innovations. We hope to see you there!

Wanting to get involved at LUMC but not sure where to start? There's a women's Bible study forming this week on Thursday at 9:30. A 5 week study on the Book of Ruth. Hope to see you there!

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