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Spring 2013

In This Issue...

w Outreach at St George’s UMC w Irish Clergy to Speak w Pastor’s Corner w Youth Musical w Preschool w Warriors Program w Confirmation w Sunday School w VBS Plans w New Staff

Pastor’s Corner


pring is here. And what a relief it is to move from the dark and cold of winter into the bright, blustery and beautiful days of Spring! The colors and the fragrances and the sights are a gift to us all. More importantly for us, as Christians, Easter is here! As we move from Easter Sunday into the Season of Easter, I invite you to take time to savor the gift of resurrection and eternal life that is offered so freely to each one of us! The Great Good news of the Gospel is that Christ is risen and because he lives, we shall live also. But grief and loss are real. In talking Pastor’s Corner, page 2

Outreach opportunities focus on helping others Sharing love in Christ and beyond has always been one of the major missions of St. George’s. Time and time again the congregation has shown its concern and generosity for those in need. Traditionally, the church has supported such important outreach projects as FACETS, Lamb Center, Rising Hope Church, Christmas stockings, annual school supply drive and our food pantry, to mention a few.

and middle school children during spring break when school lunches weren’t available. And next month, we will begin making UMCOR kits for the Virginia Conference.” . In addition to a full plate of activities as a mom and wife, Denise has led the Cherub Choir and sponsored a girl scout troop at the church. Cindy serves as a chaplain for Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and will be part of the confirmation Cindy Hardy with Outreach’s new project This year, the Outreach teachers’ team this year. the Change for Change jar. Work Area, co-chaired Both women are leaders by Denise Jones and Cindy Hardy, with a strong commitment to helping is undertaking even more. “We’re others. organizing a new or supporting an Here at St. George’s here is an existing outreach project each month active group that can help you get this year,” said Cindy Hardy. “Last involved in many outstanding outreach month we helped provide Camp missions. As Jesus told us, “Just as Highroads with crafts and sports gear you did it to one of the least of these... for the upcoming season. Recently, you did it to me.” (Matt 25:40). we provided meals for elementary

Irish Clergy to Speak

St. George’s is pleased to welcome guest speaker Rev. Dr. Gary Mason on Sunday, April 7, as he brings a message on searching for peace in a conflicted area. Dr. Mason is a Methodist clergyperson in Belfast, Ireland, and serves as the Senior

Minister and Mission Superintendent at the East Belfast Mission..

Rev. Dr. Mason

Dr. Mason will lead our adult Sunday School on this topic at 9 a.m. before the 10 a.m. fellowship time. All are invited to hear his message. And bring a friend!

Spring 2013

Rev. Denise Childers

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with some of you and in my personal reflection on the year past, I realize that each of us and all of us are impacted by loss. Deaths of dearly loved family members and church family members mark our lives. Sometimes we feel caught between what we feel and what we need to be about as God’s people. Gratefully, I believe that God is at work even when you and I don’t see it, even when you and I don’t feel like it, and even when you and I are not up to the task. I love the Hymn entitled “Hymn of Promise” written by Natalie Sleeth. It speaks to us of the hope that is ours in

Christ. This is the first verse: “In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” And verse four closes with these words: “In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” My friends, let’s keep our eyes and our ears and our hearts open for the stirrings of the Spirit. Blessings in these wondrous days ahead! Pastor Denise

Musical Presents a “Happy Day”

Spring at the Preschool

On Sunday, April 14, the Hosanna and Alleluia Choirs will present “Happy Day” at the 10:30 Worship Service. “Happy Day” is an energizing musical celebrating the feast of Easter. Featuring simple narration and energetic songs, all will enjoy this presentation about the amazing day Jesus Christ rose from the grave...what a happy day! The choirs have been working on this presentation during the past month. Choir members participating are Katrina Ricard,Jake White, Devin Haley, Jack Haley, McAllister Tucker, Michelle and Marcus Rodriguez, and Zack Summer. We are grateful to all the “moms” who are working behind the scenes to make this a rewarding production for the choirs as well as for the congregation. We hope all of you will plan to come and celebrate the Resurrection with these young people. Sylvia Mulherin

The preschool is very excited for spring to arrive! There are so many interesting topics that the classes will be studying this spring. Some topics include Earth Day, Ocean Life, Insect Life Cycles, Pets, Families/Moms, and Mad Scientists. The older classes will be preparing for their transition to kindergarten. There also will be a special assembly in April called “Under the Sea” presented by marine biologists who come with live animals. The children will learn about the ecology of the ocean, and the characteristics and adaptations of marine animals such as crabs, sea snails, clams, and fishes. Summer Camp is coming soon, too. Church families will be invited to register in May. “Rumble in the Jungle” will be May 28-31 from 9 a.m,. to 1 p.m. “Ocean Commotion” will be June 3-7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you’re still looking for a class this fall, there are a few more openings. Please contact the preschool office for more information about summer camp or fall classes at or call 703-385-4422. Julaine Ricard

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United Methodist Men Leads the Coalition of Local Churches to Support Our Veterans

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St. George’s UMM is taking the leadership of a coalition of 9 local churches which will provide support to returning veterans and their families. This outreach goes beyond the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and reaches out to the aging Vietnam veterans. This effort is a consortium of the following Methodist churches: St. George’s, Christ, Grace, Messiah, Pender, Buckhall and Centreville, along with Lord of Life Lutheran, representing many of the major faith-based communities in our immediate area. Others also may join.

Our first outreach is to support the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program which is headed up by the former President of the PGA and includes talent of many PGA Tour professionals. Funding will be important and Messiah UMC begin fund-raising with a catered dinner at their church on May 16. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to support this important outreach program. Members of SGUMC have been incredibly generous and I know I can count on your continued support. Please know that your contributions are being well spent. Keith Saddler, UMM

CONFIRMATION IS COMING! Beginning Sunday, April 7, it’s that time of the year when 7th and 8th grade youth are invited to take part in a journey of Confirmation. Confirmation classe as are a time of learning about faith, growing in faith and then deciding how best to live one’s faith through the life of the church. We have five youth planning to participate. Classes will be offered on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and will include joining other youth from around the Virginia Conference in a retreat weekend on May 3-5 at Westview, a United Methodist camp on the James River. The Confirmation Leadership Teaching Team will include Buck Gibson, Cindy Hardy, Ann Platenkamp and Pastor Denise, and each youth will be assigned an adult mentor or “friend-in-faith.” The youth and their mentors will participate in a mission opportunity together, will talk together regularly about living as a faithful disciple, will participate in classes together, and will serve together in the life of the church. Confirmation Sunday will take place on June 9. Please pray for our Confirmation students and their families and for our leaders and mentors. What a joyful opportunity to grow together in faith! Pastor Denise

Sunday School Provides Learning for All

The Children’s Sunday School program moves into Spring 2013 with the Grow.Proclaim.Serve study materials. The spring themes are around Unit 1: New Life – God promises new life through Jesus; Unit 2: a New Paul – When I believe that Jesus is God’s Son, my life changes; Unit 3: New Believers – As a Christian, I am called to care for others. The Youth Sunday School class follows the Lenten study, The Way. Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought. This 40-day focus guided our youth to grow deeper in their faith, learn more about the life of Christ. They will continue this program as their study goes forward. The Adult Classes joined together to focus on Forgiveness. “If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread; if they are thirsty, give them water to drink.” Proverbs 24:17. Adam Hamilton not only reminds us about the importance of reconnecting the broken pieces of our lives, but shows how the process of grace and forgiveness is possibly our most complete picture of God. Average Sunday School Class attendance is running around 60 people for fellowship study so there is plenty of room for others to join in at the 9:00 time. Wendy Williams, SS superintendent

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Plan Now for Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming to St. George’s on July 22-26. The theme this year is “Everywhere Fun Fair, Where God’s World Comes Together.”

We are excited to welcome all four-year-olds through rising 4th graders to this summer’s VBS experience. At the Global Fair, children will experience the love of Jesus, meet welcoming neighbors from the Bible, and explore the daily life of neighbors from Japan, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico. Our children will learn that God’s love welcomes everyone, as they understand how to love and serve God and be a neighbor to the world. Rising 5th and 6th graders will participate in a Mission Camp, where they will travel locally for hands-on mission projects.

We have new hours this year: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The cost is $25.00 per child/ $50.00 per family, and scholarships are available. Registration will open at the end of April, and information and registration forms are on the church’s web site. Volunteers are always welcome! We have many different ways to help. Whether you want to help lead the children from station to station or work in a station, there is a place for you. We also offer child care for children of volunteers (ages 6 months to 4 years). Please see the Volunteer Form on the Bulletin Board or Welcome Table in the Narthex. Questions can be directed to Julie Moore, VBS Director, at

Good Friday service, Mar 29, 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, Mar 31 Sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. Fellowship at 10 a.m. Easter worship at 10:30 a.m.

St. George’s has two new staff members: Beth Dash and Kevin Phillips

Beth is the new administrative assistant. She comes with great skills in word processing and data management. Beth lives in Fairfax Station and claims to be “from all over” as her father was in the military. She has lived in the Middle East and Europe, and graduated from school in Munich.

Kevin is serving as the church’s technology guru, managing the Web site, FaceBook page, Twitter account and data bases. You may already have seen some of his changes to the church Website. After learning about the church’s systems, his plans include establishing a discussion room for church members and exploring other ways of improving church electronic interactive communications.

Beth is an artist by trade, doing her own creative projects but also teaching young people to paint and draw. She has her own studio in her Beth Dash home. Beth has a 14 year old daughter, Samantha, who attends South County school.

Kevin is from Northern Virginia and is a full-time online student with Liberty University majoring in psychology. He’s very impressed with online learning programs now being offered at many universities.

Beth’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. five days a week. She can be reached at the church at 703-3854550 or Welcome! Visit St. George’s UMC Website Find directions to the church, read the weekly Bulletin, and join FACEBOOK to get even more information, including the Calendar of Events. You can always be up-to-date at

Kevin generally will be at the church in the afternoons. He, too, can be reached at the church office at 703-385-4550 or office@ Welcome!

Kevin Phillips

The Sentinel is published bi-monthly by St. George’s United Methodist Church, 4910 Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, Tel: 703-385-4550, e-mail: office@stgumc. com. The deadline for newsletter material is the 15th of the month prior to publication. Information for the newsletter may be left with the church administrative assistant, sent to the church e-mail at or to the editor’s e-mail at The following are key people: Denise M. Childers Beth Dash Sylvia Mulherin Jen Youngen Kevin Phillips Julaine Ricard John Nash

Pastor Administrative Assistant Interim Director of Music Youth Coordinator Web Master Director of Preschool Sentinel Editor

Church office: 703-385-4550;

Fax: 703-385-7771;

Preschool: 703-385-4422

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The March 2013 edition of The Sentinel