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.

Mission: "To make disciples who live transformed lives, influencing their generation and the next with God's love."

You've heard about all the recent and on-going midwest flooding? UMCOR helps with things like that! It's UMCOR Sunday tomorrow - help us help them. https://www.umcor.org

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VBS Summer Camp
Rising 5th & 6th Grades
Half-day
June 24-28
Click the link below to register today, $40 early bird pricing ends soon!

Half Day Summer Camp June 24-28 (9 am - Noon) https://leesburgumc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/196704 Early Bird Price: $40 (through April 11, then ...

Chilly first day of spring? Why not warm up with a cup of coffee and conversation. Rev. Heather will be at the Starbucks off of Edwards Ferry from 9:00-12:00. She'd love for you to join her.

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United for Christchurch Mosque Shootings | LaunchGood

Not again. Our hearts ache 😥, and we grieve 🙏with our Muslim family members, neighbors and friends, co-workers and classmates, fellow Americans, and the Muslim community around the world. Few of us can fathom the hate that prompted this act of violence and terrorism in New Zealand toward those who came together in Christchurch (what tragic irony!) for Friday prayers. Although half-way around the world, they are our sisters and brothers in a common humanity.

The worst of humanity displayed its hatred earlier today. It is time for the best of humanity to display our compassion, solidarity, desire for justice, and witness to life and to love, in the aftermath of death and terror (see below).

Pray for the victims (at least 49 dead; as many as 50 wounded), their families, loved ones, and friends. Pray God's grace to comfort and sustain, to help and to heal. Pray God's strength to support and sustain, giving resolve to not only change laws but to change hearts, and to change behavior - our behavior.

An act or expression of hate toward one person is an act of violence toward all humanity.

As many as can, please make time to come together for a Vigil this evening, 7:00 PM, at the ADAMS Mosques, Sterling. I'll be there.

Grace to sustain, peace to attain. As-Salam-u-Alaikum.

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

From Rizwan Jaka, Chair of the Board, ADAMS Center:

ADAMS Condemns Terrorist Hate Attack on Two New Zealand Mosques

Fri Mar 15th 7pm Vigil at ADAMS Sterling Mosque

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) is outraged, saddened and sickened by the terrorist hate crime in two New Zealand Mosques that killed 49 people and injured 20. We condemn this despicable and cowardly act. New Zealand Law Enforcement Agencies have captured 4 suspected terrorists and we call for absolute justice in prosecuting these heinous terrorist criminals.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, the New Zealand Muslim community, and all New Zealanders during this awful time. For this to happen in a house of Worship is especially appalling. We have seen too many instances of vicious attacks in Mosques, Synagogues, Temples, Churches and other Houses of Worship, and it is time to say, “No More!”.

Please support the New Zealand Muslim community victims and families - https://www.launchgood.com/project/support_for_the_families__victims_of_the_new_zealand_mosque_shootings#!/

We appreciate all the support and solidarity of Many Faith Leaders, Government Officials, and Law Enforcement.

ADAMS will be holding a Vigil this evening Fri Mar 15th 7pm-9pm at ADAMS Sterling – 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling, VA 20164. Faith Leaders and Government Officials will be giving remarks.

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Join Rev. Heather today, March 13th, at her community office hours at the Edwards Ferry Starbucks from 9:00-12:00. She'd love to sit and talk, pray, whatever you might need!

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2019VaNews_BishopPeteWeaver - Virginia United Methodist Conference

Read about our Virginia Conference interim Bishop, Peter D. Weaver, who will be serving while Bishop Lewis is on medical leave for the next 6 months.

vaumc.org March 6, 2019 -- The Rev. Tom Berlin, co-chair of the Committee on Episcopacy, shared today that Bishop Peter (Pete) D. Weaver will begin his duties as interim bishop of the Virginia Conference effective tomorrow, Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019. Peter D. Weaver was born into a parsonage family in Greenville...

This link has information about the two prayer initiatives we have going on during lent, and also links to the prayer guides. Have ready access to an online PDF if you don't have (or don't prefer) a paper copy. http://leesburgumc.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=434157

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2019VaNews_BishopPeteWeaver - Virginia United Methodist Conference

OUR VIRGINIA CONFERENCE BISHOP

Please pray God's healing grace for our Bishop Sharma Lewis as she undergoes surgery today in Richmond. This will be the first of at least two surgeries that she will have to have; and she will need to be on medical leave for six months to properly and fully heal.

It was announced that Bishop Peter D. Weaver will serve as our interim bishop of the Virginia Annual Conference, effective today, March 7, while Bishop Lewis is on medical leave. Please pray for Bishop Weaver as he comes to lead us, and is meeting this week with our Cabinet of District Superintendents. you can read more about Bishop Weaver at the Virginia Conference website, or click on this link for direct access:

https://www.vaumc.org/pages/news/2019vanews/2019vanews_bishoppeteweaver

I resonate with his life verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17, "If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!"

Grace and peace,

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

vaumc.org March 6, 2019 -- The Rev. Tom Berlin, co-chair of the Committee on Episcopacy, shared today that Bishop Peter (Pete) D. Weaver will begin his duties as interim bishop of the Virginia Conference effective tomorrow, Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019. Peter D. Weaver was born into a parsonage family in Greenville...

Pancake supper is ready and open until 7!

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A WEEK LATER…

Last Tuesday, our 2019 General Conference concluded. Our Bishops, 864 delegates, and all observers had to clear the Convention complex at 6:30 PM to make room for - a monster truck rally. Your imagination can make of that what you will…

Since then, our church, LUMC, like many UM churches in Virginia and in the U. S., experienced a range of reactions and emotions.

Many of you have shared your deep disappointment that the One Church Plan was rejected. You firmly believed that this was the way forward to keeping the United Methodist Church together.

Some have been unsure exactly what to feel, but you have seen and heard the pain of your sisters and brothers.

Those with LGBTQ+ family and friends have shared your hurt and anger that the General Conference decisions have once again conveyed the message, “You are not welcome.” As your pastor, and as one with a niece married to her same-sex partner, I feel your pain and I am sorry for the hurt that so many feel.

Some have shared feelings of relief and appreciation that the Traditional Plan was approved, despite the uncertainty over some of its provisions. We will have greater clarity following Judicial Council review, April 23-25. I appreciate that those gladdened by General Conference have, nevertheless, been sensitive and caring to others who have experienced disappointment and hurt. I have seen, and been part of, the conversations, hugs, and shared feelings in the sanctuary, in the hallway, in the parking lot.

LUMC you are living through what it truly means to be a church family and church community. Deeper reflection reminds us that our church and the UM Church does much good! We have a mission and vision of discipleship that unites us, motivates us, and energizes us!

But like any family, we experience times of conflict; times of discord; times of grief and anguish; times of uncertainty. This is one of those times. As our Bishop Sharma Lewis shared in her message Monday, “for such a time as this” God has placed us together in community and in family.

Like any family, it is easy to love when things are going well and we're all in agreement - we struggle to love when they're not and we're not. So where do we find the capacity to love one another? Because here's the deal: if we cannot live authentic love for one another in the church, including those with whom we disagree, how can we speak of God’s love and welcome to those outside? I invite you to draw strength and love from the assurance in Romans 5, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit…”

Love means we share each other’s pain. Love means we listen. Love means we ask questions to better understand, rather than make statements to make a point. Love means we get angry – but do not sin or harm others with our anger (words, actions, attitudes). Love means we look for solutions and not for scapegoats. "Love is patient..." (1 Corinthians 13.4-8).

Recall that when asked “who is my neighbor?” with respect to loving one’s neighbor, to whom did Jesus point? To a Samaritan – ENEMY to the Jews. He who said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” also told us to “Love your enemies.”

Moving forward, we are called to be "Followers of Jesus" who said, "love one another, just as I have loved you. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples" (John 13:34-35. My particular calling to pastoral ministry, my ordination, and my pastoral authority comes through the flawed, freckled, and multi-faceted United Methodist Church. Despite it’s flaws – our/my flaws and imperfections – I love our Church and I love LUMC. Now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate that Love Unites My Community (and my church), and this means we must extend God’s love and welcome in new ways, bold ways, and genuine ways to our surrounding community – including LGBTQ+ persons.

So, three things with more to come. First, our Church Leadership Team has appointed a “task force” whose purpose is to pray for our way forward, and to give direction on how we will move forward together. We will have broader conversations and opportunities to listen.

Second, accurate information is essential. For those who have not seen it, here is a link to what was approved at General Conference. Our Judicial Council, April 23-25, will determine “constitutionality” of each.
http://www.vaumc.org/ncfilerepository/GeneralConference/LegislationSummary.pdf . Check out umc.org/gc2019. Also, the best sources for accurate information are umc.org, umcom.org, and vaumc.org - official Church websites.

Third,… pray for God to lead us forward. Use the Breakthrough Prayer as a basis. Any and every significant work of God has always been preceded by, and accompanied by, sincere, intentional and continual prayer. We have significant work to do - to keep doing - together.

“For such a time as this” we hold on to the promise, “God works all things together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)!

Coram Deo,

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

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State of the Church by Virginia Conference UMC

Join us today, March 4th,at 10:00 am or 7:00 pm in the sanctuary as we stream Bishop Lewis address to the conference following the General Conference from last week. We will have discussion afterwards. All are welcome.

livestream.com Watch Virginia Conference UMC's State of the Church on Livestream.com. State of the Church: Where do we go from here?” on Monday, Mar. 4, following the Special Session of General Conference 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with time for Q& A. Questions for this Q &A period may be sent to wayforward...

This evening we opened our sanctuary for a time of prayer and processing following General Conference. If you were not able to make it tonight but would like to participate the prayer stations are set up in Rev. Heather's office and will be available all morning on Sunday March 3rd. She will also be there to pray with you or talk with you.

[03/02/19]   COME TO THE TABLE OF GRACE

Dear LUMC Sisters and Brothers

Tomorrow, March 3, we will gather as we do every Sunday to worship, to study, to discuss, to pray, to learn, to minister, and to care. Unlike every Sunday, we come in the aftermath of our called General Conference that met last Saturday through Tuesday.

Because of what happened at General Conference, there are many in our church family who are hurt, angry, disappointed, confused, and conflicted. In a word, members of our church family are grieving. Together, as the body of Christ, we are called to share our grief; to bear one another’s burdens. As your pastor, I feel your pain. So does Rev. Heather. Whatever pain we experience reflects how deeply we feel and care for LGBTQ+ family members and friends who are wondering this Sunday if the United Methodist Church, which proclaims the gospel of grace, has grace and room for them. Let them hear from LUMC a resounding YES, knowing that we are all in need of the grace of God.

So tomorrow, Sunday, we will come together to worship, to study, to discuss, to pray, to learn, to minister, and to care as we always do. We will come also to the table of grace. God’s grace. As we declare almost every first Sunday with respect to Holy Communion, “This is God’s table, not ours. Christ invites all to his table.” While so much has changed, for this Sunday, much of what we do will be the same.

Some time ago, in preparing a schedule for worship and preaching, I asked Rev. David Graves to preach. I knew that my wife and I would be helping our daughter move from Fairfax to Silver Spring this week and, at the time, we did not know whether the move take place on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or a combination. The move took place on Thursday. So, I’ve spoken with Rev. Dave and I will be preaching tomorrow. I will also speak briefly about the General Conference both in the beginning of worship, and prior to Holy Communion. There will be some printed information that I’ll pass on. All will be invited to write out our questions, our hopes, our hurts, and present them at the altar when we come forward for Communion. These will help inform our ongoing conversation, prayers, and action.

Although we will not have much time in worship for dialogue, several of the discipleship classes and groups will be devoting time tomorrow morning for dialogue. Also, Rev. Heather will have her office open all morning for prayer and conversation. In addition, she and I have set aside time on Monday morning and Monday evening to be with you as we hear from our Bishop, engage in dialogue, and spend time in prayer for our church. Although not yet on the calendar, we will continue the healing and discerning process in the days and weeks to come. Our Church Leadership Team has appointed a task force of leaders to come up with recommendations for how we, as a church, can respond to what has been decided at General Conference and what we, as a church, will do to more actively reach out to LGBTQ+ individuals to share God’s welcome and love for all.

We’ve spent the last month in worship talking about God’s welcome. It’s time now to see how we walk the talk. Those present in worship last Sunday remember (I hope) that God, the host, sets the guest list for the banquet, and we get to extend the invitation! God’s table is set and ready. Let all come to the table of grace!

See you in worship!

Rev. Jim Wishmyer

[03/02/19]   HEALING VIRGINIA (#HealingVa)
Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 at 4pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

LUMC family, I just heard about this earlier today...
Several of us attended the excellent gathering a month ago at Mt. Zion with Judge Gregory. This is more comprehensive and will include our VA Attorney General, Mark Herring, time for conversations and prayer together. I plan to attend, with a short break after NLI Town Hall.
Record college basketball and watch the game(s) later - this is important. It's going to be a blessed day!

Grace and peace - Pastor Jim

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HEALING VIRGINIA (#HealingVa)
Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 at 4pm
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

Join the NAACP, Loudoun Freedom Center, Loudoun’s interfaith community, elected officials and more, for a courageous conversation on racial reconciliation, a path-forward work session, and prayers with Attorney General Mark Herring.

We will discuss concrete actions for #HealingVa and for countering systemic racism and inequities that still exist in education, criminal justice, economic development, historic preservation, and public policy.

We must all continue to acknowledge and learn from the deep pain and stain of slavery, segregation, lynching, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, institutionalized racism, explicit bias, implicit bias, confederate statues, micro-aggressions, mockery, dehumanization, division, bullying, marginalization, and inequities. At the same time we are also dealing with a rise in hate crimes and bigotry against many minority communities. Please rsvp to [email protected].

Agenda:
3:30pm-4:00pm - Pastors & Elected Officials Meet and Greet
4:00pm-6:00pm - Courageous Conversations & Work Session
6:00pm-6:30pm - Healing VA Prayers

Pastor Michelle C. Thomas, President, NAACP Loudoun

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LUMC is a multi-generational, mission-minded, congregation of Christ-followers and seekers from Leesburg and the surrounding area. We have three worship times to choose from, along with Sunday morning discipleship @ 9:45 for kids, youth & adults. Our 8:15 and 11:00 AM worship is traditional and our 9:45 worship features contemporary music and less formality. On-street parking on Sunday mornings is free on weekends; so is parking in the Town of Leesburg Public Parking Garage. The garage is located 300 feet East of our location, on West Market Street. We also have parking across the street (next to the Exxon station) and behind our church building (access via Liberty St.). For directions from your location, please find our church here on Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/LeesburgUMC
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