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The Messenger

April 15, 2013 Volume XXIII, No. 4 Nationalchurch.org

Vacation Bible School Children of the Metropolitan and Wesley communities, step right up to Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together. This year's Vacation Bible School, the third year we have held VBS in this format here, will encourage children to explore and experience God's welcoming love. The fun begins every morning from July 8 to July 12, 9am - noon. VBS is open to children who are at least four years old to rising sixth-graders. This year's adventures include interactive Bible fun and great music, cool crafts, hands-on mission work, global games, and more. Our VBS centers around a world's fair theme. Children will learn about welcoming neighbors, through the story of Abraham and Sarah; the power of giving, through the story of the poor widow; how to be a bold neighbor, through the story of the Good Samaritan; neighbors forgiving each other, through the story of Zacchaeus; and being a good neighbor, through the story of Peter and Cornelius. Along the way, children will learn customs from Mexico, Australia, Zimbabwe, Japan, and the United Kingdom. By now, I hope our congregations have learned the importance VBS plays in outreach efforts for our church, what a great way to welcome families into our congregations through this fun and relaxed setting. We have been blessed with a growing VBS census for the past two years and we hope to see an even larger group of kids frolicking in our hallways this July. If you know of a family that may be interested in our low-key summer camp, please direct them to our website nationalchurch.org/ vbs or give them one of our flyers. VBS is a great way to connect with the young people of our church and our community. Please consider volunteering for our VBS week. Actors and storytellers, craft leaders, recreation leaders, musicians, set builders, and foodies to concoct snacks are all needed to transform our church into a God's Everywhere Fun Fair. Please join us.

Director of Children's Ministries P.S. Special note to grandparents: if you have ever considered asking your grandchildren to visit Washington DC during the summer, please consider VBS week. Kids can come to learn and play during the morning and then spend the afternoon with you. Better yet, volunteer to work during the morning to spend even more time with them!

Spring Sermon Series "Spiritual, But Not Religious?" Now Through April 28

In the face of the decline of mainline religious denominations, last year’s Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report was no real surprise: the most rapidly rising religious demographic in the country are those who identify as “None of the Above.” But the report also noted that many of these people are not disinterested in religion, they just don’t believe that the church is the answer to their spiritual needs. Join us as our Metropolitan community explores what the church may offer the “Nones” for their spiritual journeys, and at the same time speak to our church about how we can be the community that welcomes people who may be on different spiritual journeys. During the month of April, we look at the art of going deeper (how we are enriched by digging into a discipline), the art of going broader (how we grow by the challenge of other people and ideas), cultivating a sense of mystery in the rituals of our faith, and the power of the accountability and support of the community. All of the New Testament readings come from Acts, reflecting on the formation of the early Christian community. This is a great series to invite your friends who may be on their own spiritual quest! Please share this link with friends and family, nationalchurch.org/Praising/Sermons_Podcasts, which has information and a video discussing our new series.


Life at Metropolitan Memorial Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Nirmal Mondol, a long time member of Wesley, who died on Thursday, April 4. A memorial service will be held in June at Wesley UMC

Eunice Mathews will be celebrating her 99th birthday on Monday, April 29! If you would like to send along your greetings, please mail your cards and letters to the church office, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. They will then be delivered to Eunice on her big day!

Congratulations

to Mary Townsend on the birth of her granddaughter, Avalyn Marie Silver on March 23

to Verdon and Susan Staines on the marriage of their son Warrik Staines to Katie Christiansen on April 5

to Rafael and Yasmine Reyes on their marriage on Thursday, April 11

Welcome New Members

We welcome Robin Fillmore and John Sankey, who joined us on Sunday, March 17. Robin and John have 5 children and have been married for 10 years. Robin sings in our Dayspring choir, while John is interested in our service and advocacy activities, including Volunteers in Mission group, Metropolitan House and ASP.

We welcome Susan Fratzke who joined us on March 31. Susan has been attending Crossroads since she moved here almost three years ago. Susan is very excited to attend this year’s Annual Conference, and is looking forward to the opportunity to better understand the structure and functioning of the UMC. She is also excited to be a part of efforts to further engage with and serve the Glover Park community. If you see Robin, John or Susan in worship, please give them a warm welcome!

25th Anniversary of Our Reredos

On Sunday, March 24, we celebrated the 25h anniversary of the installation of our Reredos above our altar. Designer, artist Catherine Kapikian, began the morning with a close viewing of the Reredos followed by a discussion in the Great Hall of the needlepoint masterpiece. Many hands helped to create our altar piece and below, Eugenia Evans shares her personal reflections of her involvment in creating this masterpiece. “The red velvet Dossal was dirty and deteriorating, so a committee began discussions about replacing it. Quite a few preferred the idea of a stained glass window to complement the Transfiguration window. A painting was suggested, along with other ideas. Then Mimi Darrow, our chairperson who was working at Wesley Seminary, brought in slides representing the work of an artist none of us knew anything about. Everyone was enchanted, and Catherine Kapikian was asked to design a piece for the area above the altar. Once the design was approved by the Administrative Council, work was begun to implement it. Fran Cleaver talked with people at the National Cathedral and got many pointers about how to proceed. She chose “Point of It All” to supply the wool and canvas and settled on a particular needlepoint stitch. Then members of the congregation were invited to submit samples of their work to be selected to stitch the Reredos. But before they could begin there was a process for deciding on the final colors for each piece. I was happy to be part of that process. Once or twice a week several of us went to Cathy’s home and glued yarn to a brown paper mock-up of the design, so that the artist could determine how the light would reflect off the yarn. She had created many fabric designs but had never done a needlepoint piece before. I seem to remember that we worked on this for most of the summer. It was a very pleasant experience! Before the stitchers could begin, someone had to transfer the pattern onto the canvas and after they were completed, they had to be stretched and mounted on frames to be installed into the framework that an artisan in Virginia created according to Cathy’s specifications. Fran was very busy coordinating everything. One final decision was the color of the frame. Clara Diehl, Fran and I met in the sanctuary with Cathy, and we considered a wide spectrum of colors, finally agreeing that one color would work best. About an hour later Cathy realized that that color would never work and chose the blue-gray that worked perfectly. However, when it was first installed, before the panels were in place, the choir came in on Thursday night and were horrified. They thought it looked like a battleship. But when it was completely assembled, everyone was thrilled, and it has continued to draw rave reviews.” -Eugenia Evans

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The Arts at Metropolitan Memorial

Jazz@Wesley and East River Jazz present “Happy Birthday Mr. Ellington” with The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Ensemble Saturday, April 27, 6:30pm, Wesley*

Tickets available online at www.instantseats.com. Sweet and Savory items available for purchase. Complimentary Coffee and Tea. Bring a nonperishable food item or lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. Donations for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. $10/Adults; $7/Seniors; 12 and under free. *5312 Connecticut Ave., NW

Friday, April 26, 8pm Sunday, April 28, 2pm

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, on their way to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Tickets: $10/Adults | $5/Students

Metro Players Throw Their Hat in the Ring 48 Hour Film Project

Metro Players is planning to create a film as part of the 48 Hour Film Project. This involves making a 4-7 minute film the first weekend in May that is submitted and screened at Silver Spring Theater. There are many talents needed in addition to acting. All ages are encouraged to participate. There are some activities that can be done prior to May and some that MUST occur during that week-end (5/3-5/5). Talent needed: Core Crew: Camera Operator, Sound Operator, Editor, Graphics; Creative: Screen Writers, Song Writers, Performers (Acting/Singing); Support: Logistics, organization, set-up, odd jobs. If this sounds interesting to you, please send your contact information to Kris Oberdick, koberdick@verizon.net, and mention your area(s) of talent - you will be put on the distribution list for more detailed notices of upcoming events.

Art Exhibition “Light” Receives Glowing Review

Below is an article written by Jane Kreisman of Examiner.com reviewing the recent piano concert and art exhibition sponsored by the arts council.

UMC Arts Council shines 'Light' on DC - March 17, 2013 By Jane Kreisman, examiner.com

“Today, the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in NW held an extraordinary free piano concert in the Sanctuary and opened a stunning visual art exhibit called "Light" in their Great Hall. Funded by the UMC Arts Council, the concert featured two auspiciously talented young women, Wen-Yin Chan and Hanchien Lee performing piano music written or arranged for four hands. Chan holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale and teaches at the Levine School of Music in DC. Lee holds a Doctoral degree from the Peabody Conservatory and teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The audience was treated to three pieces, spanning 3 centuries: Sonata in C major for Piano Four Hands by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (18th C.); Danse Macabre, opus 40 by Camille Saint-Saens (19th C.); and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, (20th C.) Following the widely appreciated concert, the church Arts Council treated the community and six local artists to an opening reception for their exhibit, "Light." A six-woman collaborative named "Art Spirit" displayed nearly 50 works of 2 and 3-dimensional media. • Lorraine Arden inspired viewers with transformation-themed, ethereal mixedmedia paintings on treated paper, using oils and oil pastels. • Martha Finley Johnson delighted viewers with religious and secular mixed media collages and bold, geometric acrylic paintings. • Susan Due Pearcy impressed with both mono-types and mono-prints on handmade paper, incorporating unusual materials like aluminum. • Judith Simmons moved viewers with dreamy pastels, colorful oil pastels and one lithograph, titled "Big Bang." • Terry Svat offered the most diverse portfolio of media, including collagraphs on handmade paper, viscosity etchings, linoleum cuts, and a single mono-type. • Sandra Wasko-Flood thrilled viewers by cleverly incorporating electric light into her multi-media works about spirit and life-cycles. Wasko-Flood displayed groupings of photo montages in "light boxes." The Arts Council of Metro Memorial UMC "aims to promote the awareness that art is a gift of being and serves as a sacred bridge to our Creator, to ourselves, and to our world." The exhibition is on display through May 12, 2013.”

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Service and Advocacy Meet with Missionary Belinda Forbes, Nicaragua Wednesday, April 17, 7pm, Great Hall

Join Dr. Belinda Forbes, our missionary in Nicaragua, and hear about her work, what Volunteers in Mission teams from our church have done with her and Christian Medical Action, and learn about this year’s upcoming mission trip this summer! Belinda, who is from New England, was sent out in 1991 as a lay missionary from the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to use her dental skills in the Covenant relationship between that conference and the Association of Iglesias de Cristo of Nicaragua. A few years later she was commissioned by Global Ministries as a missionary and since the year 2000 has been assigned to Accion Medica Cristiana or AMC, a Christian, ecumenical non-profit health and development agency founded and run by Nicaraguans to serve their own people in some of the most remote and impoverished parts of the country. Dr. Forbes is AMC’s International Liaison for Community Health and will share her missionary journey. Dr. Forbes is married to Dr. Gerardo Gutierrez, a director at AMC, and together they dedicate their professions to serve others and the world. Questions? Contact Rev. Kate Murphey, kmurphey@nationalchurch.org.

Friendship Place Spring Symposium “Family Homelessness: DC’s Growing Crisis” Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm, National Presbyterian Church*

Join NPR’s Ray Suarez and a panel of experts for this important discussion about the rise of family homelessness in the District, and what we can do to reverse this trend. *4101 Nebraska Ave. NW

Campus Kitchen Project Saturday, April 20, 3pm, St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St., NW)

The Campus Kitchen Project empowers thousands of students each year to recycle food from their cafeterias into nourishing meals that are then delivered to those in need. How can you get involved? Join us from 3pm - 6pm at St. Luke’s Mission Center to prepare the food or join us at Regency House (5201 Connecticut Ave., NW) from 6pm - 9pm to serve. To volunteer, sign up at nationalchurch.org/servenow or contact Rev. Kate Murphey, kmurphey@nationalchurch.org.

Grate Patrol Last Sunday of Each Month 10:10 a.m., Vestry Kitchen

Join the Grate Patrol team to make sandwiches and prepare the meal bags that will be distributed the following day to those in need in our area. For more information or to volunteer go to nationalchurch.org/servenow.

Learn about the St. Luke’s Shelter Open House Sunday, April 21, 2pm – 4 pm

You are invited to an open house at the St. Luke’s Shelter on Sunday, April 21 from 2 to 4 pm. In 1991, St. Luke’s was the first homeless shelter to open its doors in Upper Northwest, DC. Today, after 21 years of continuous service, this neighborhood-based homeless program is stronger than ever. Open House guests are invited to tour the shelter, hear about the program’s tremendous success in moving residents into jobs and permanent housing, and meet some of the men whose lives have been transformed. Learn also about the popular meal donor program and other volunteer opportunities. The shelter is in the lower level of the St. Luke’s Mission Center, 3655 Calvert Street. Ample parking is available.

Lend a Hand! Rebuilding Together Workday Saturday, April 27, 9am - 5pm

If you’re handy with household repairs and would like to make a big difference in just one day, be part of this year’s Rebuilding Together workday. Rebuilding Together (formerly known as Christmas in April) is a nationwide program that connects volunteers with low-income and elderly homeowners in need of home repairs. Under the leadership of our veteran team captain Lee Crockett, our team will be working this year at the southeast DC home of an 89-year-old widow who has lived in the house for 60 years. The crew will work to make the doors and windows more airtight. There will also be some painting and small repairs. Please email Lee Crockett, leecrockett@ verizon.net, if you are able to help and let him know whether you can work all day, in the morning, or the afternoon.

Join the Reconciling Team!

Help Plan September’s Reconciling Ministry Network’s Convocation! The Reconciling Ministry Network will hold their biennial National Convocation (referred to as the Convo) in the Washington Area Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 3. On Sunday evening, September 2, Metropolitan Memorial will host a gala celebration and reception for the attendees and local reconciling congregations. Festivities will include a community sing with the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, music from a mass choir of D.C. area congregations, awards for outstanding achievements in the Reconciling movement, and more. To learn more about the Convocation or to register go to rmnetwork.org. To learn more about our reconciling team contact, Kerm Towler, flautobasso@yahoo.com or Suzanne Forsyth, suzanneforsyth@aol.com.

Serve Now! Sign up for our many ongoing parish service activities! It is easier than ever for you to get connected with our online volunteer scheduling system at nationalchurch.org/servenow!

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Caring and Learning April AARP Meeting Monday, April 15, Vestry

Please join us on Monday, April 15 in the Vestry. Murray Howder will give a musical program on orchestral masterpieces. Social time is at 12:30pm, and the meeting starts at 1pm. Refreshments will be served.

Lunch and More Thursday, April 18, Noon, Great Hall

Join us on the third Thursday of each month for lunch and a choice of activities: a movie, Bible study, and games including bridge. We would love more bridge players - right now we usually have one table, but would love to have 2 or 3 tables each month. April’s movie will be The Help beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the parlor. Contact Phyllis Kokus, PKokus@ aol.com or Mary Jo Marchant, mjmarchant@verizon.net for more information.

Soup and Study Wednesday, April 24, 6pm, Vestry

Join us for “Soup and Study,” Metropolitan’s Wednesday evening study program. Supper of soup, bread, salad and dessert will be served at 6pm with classes beginning at 7pm. Questions? Contact Barbara Green, bgreen@nationalchurch.org. Classes include: Disciple I - Leader: Barbara Gaskill; Bible Study - Leader: Charlie Parker; Cloud of Witnesses: Christian Writers - Leader Barbara Green.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Sunday, May 19, 1:30pm Tuesday, May 21, 12:30pm

Join us in the parlor for a time of knitting, crocheting, fellowship, ministry and fun! Interested in joining? Contact Barbara Tate, Bdtate@verizon.net.

Bereavement Support for Widowed Persons

Widowed Person Outreach—Helping and Healing offers support groups for people who have been widowed two years or less. An ongoing group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 2pm at Sibley (5255 Loughboro Rd., NW). For more information, call 202-537-4942.

Club Memory

A supportive social group for people with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia, along with their caregivers or family. Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the Great Hall at MMUMC from 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Call Sibley Senior Association for more information 202-364-7602 or Drema McAllister-Wilson, dwilson@nationalchurch.org, 202-363-4900 ext. 19.

Weekly Meditation Practice Wednesdays, 8:30am, Sanctuary

Join us every Wednesday morning in the sanctuary for meditation. This guided and walking meditation (20 minutes of each) will nurture a sense of inner peace, calm and balance. Under the guidance of Betty Rogers, participants will share an opportunity for health and emotional benefits that include receptivity to the presence of Spirit, increased self-awareness, and skills to manage stress and release from negative emotions. All are welcome from beginners to experienced meditators. For more information, contact Betty Rogers, betty.rogers24@verizon.net.

Take Charge/Age Well Begins Wednesday, April 10 4pm, Iona Senior Services*

This group is designed for retirees (or those planning their retirement) who are eager to remain active, engaged, and connected. Group members will learn how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of aging through presentations that offer expert advice, wellness coaching, guidance on critical decision-making and planning for the future. Discussion topics include: • volunteering • encore careers and community engagement • community resources for aging in place • creativity and personal growth • wellness to enhance life • and navigating changing relationships. The group will meet every other week for seven sessions (April 10 - July 3). Fee: $70. Scholarships available. To register call Iona, 202-895-9448 and select option 4 or email register@iona.org. * 4125 Albemarle Street NW, WDC 20016

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Youth Ministries Meet Patrick Landau, New Director of Youth Ministries

My name is Patrick Landau and I am excited to be the new Director of Youth Ministries. I was born and raised in Kansas City on the Missouri side and am a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I went to college just outside Kansas City majoring in music composition. Over the past ten years, I have worked in special education, as a middle school math teacher, as a violin instructor, in church ministries, and in an interfaith nonprofit. Having recently finished seminary, I am excited to continue ministering to young people here at Metropolitan. I believe that young people have the ability to be leaders in church and can help us move into the 21st century. Their creativity and energy are exactly what we need as our culture moves further and further away from any religious affiliation. As a youth minister, I will lead programs, service events and trips, and outreach to middle school and high school students. Also, I will offer pastoral care and support to our teens and their parents through the joys and difficulties that adolescence brings. The opportunity to do all this in such a wonderful congregation as Metropolitan is a true joy. If you are interested in helping with the youth ministry or simply learning more about our programs for tweens and teens, please contact me at youthministry@nationalchurch.org.

Patrick Landau April 21 - Youth in Mission Auction. April 28 - Youth and Parent Potluck. June 23 - 28 - Youth 4 the DC Cause, middle school mission week. July 6 - 13 - ASP, High School mission trip. If you or your teen is interested in attending any of these events, please contact Patrick, youthministry@nationalchurch.org or 202.363.4900.

Youth and Parent Potluck Sunday, April 28 6pm, Great Hall

We invite all youth and their parents to come to our Youth and Parent Potluck. We will have dinner, a fun game, and announce our programs for the fall and our schedule for the summer. For more details, please contact Patrick at youthministry@nationalchurch.org.

Youth in Mission Auction Sunday, April 21, 12:30pm, Vestry

Join us for our annual Youth in Mission Auction. This year, we will have a pasta lunch, silent auction, and talent show to raise money for our two major summer mission projects. Our high school students will be going on ASP again this year, while our middle school students will be participating in our second Youth 4 the DC Cause experience. If you would like to donate an item for our silent auction, please fill out the form below and return to the church office or email Patrick Landau, youthministry@nationalchurch.org.

Youth in Mission AUCTION Donor Form

The Youth of Metropolitan Memorial will serve in Appalachia and participate in other mission ministries this year. Please help our kids raise money for these life-changing experiences by supporting the annual auction. Donations could include but are not limited to: specialty foods, sporting events, musical entertainment, vacation homes, gift certificates, services, parties, and more. Item or service to be donated ________________________________ Description of Item ________________________________________________________________________________ VALUE OF ITEM $_________ Name ______________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________ Telephone & Email__________________________________________ I prefer to make a monetary contribution of

$_______

Checks payable to MMUMC, Mission Youth in memo line. Please return this form to the church office, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Thank you for your donation!

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Children’s Ministries Summer Sundays of Service Volunteers Needed Three Dates in June and Two in July! The budding of spring, brings the hope for new life and a promise of lazy summer days ahead. Metropolitan’s own butterfly garden this week burst forth with beautiful colors of spring. Pausing to take in the colors of the garden is a wonderful reminder of summer and the Sunday mornings that our children spend in service work here. Last summer, our children took a break from their usual Sunday School routine to complete service work for others. One of their projects was making beautiful stepping stones for the garden, located next to the playground. We are planning for another set of Summer Sundays of Service throughout June and July. Each Sunday the children will tackle a different service project such as building bags of grace for the homeless, making sandwiches for Grate Patrol, planting the St. Luke’s community garden, and creating school bags for the Brighter Day Ministries summer day camp. We are looking for volunteers to lead the work one Sunday for one hour during this season. Pick a Sunday that fits into your summer calendar and think of a service project (or one can be provided, as long as you’re willing to lead it). Three volunteers have already stepped forward, so we only need five more! Won’t you please help out? The Sundays we are looking for volunteers are June 16, 23, 30 and July 7 and 21. June 9, July 14 & 28 have been spoken for! If you can step forward to help, please contact Anita Seline at aseline@nationalchurch.org.

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you,

Anita Seline, Director of Children’s Ministries

Sophie Posner Brown

Sophie Posner Brown is a member of our church family who has been bravely and successfully fighting brain cancer since she was three years old. Sophie attended Metropolitan’s Nursery School and this year started attending our Godly Players class for kindergarteners with her twin sister Isabelle. Sophie Bear, as she is known, loves to sing in our Cherub Choir. She can often be heard during Sunday mornings belting out “Jesus Loves Me” and “B-I-B-L-E.” Sophie also attends Mann Elementary School.

L-R: Sophie, Gabby, Isabelle, Carolyne, and Ali

Sophie has had several brain surgeries since her tumor was discovered. In addition, she has received periodic chemotherapy treatments and last year, entered a clinical trial. The Posner-Brown family received blessed news last month when an MRI showed her tumor is shrinking because of the new drug therapy.

Her family has joined an effort to raise awareness in pediatric cancer drug research, particularly in the area of brain cancer. May 5, the Sophie Bear team will take to Freedom Plaza to raise money for more research through the Race for Hope, a 5K Run Walk. For details and to support the Sophie Bear team, see: braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR?team_ id=57795&pg=team&fr_id=2021&fl=en_US&et=qFLiza3281Ba9WOfJwvcEg. It has been an honor to be a part of Sophie Bear’s caring team and those who know her are impressed with her fierceness and strength. It is amazing that such resolve can reside in such a small body. Please continue to keep Sophie Bear in your prayers.

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Our Mission

Building an inclusive, caring Christian community that invites others into a deepening relationship with God and challenges them to grow as disciples for the transformation of the world.

Our Vision

Extending radical hospitality, transforming lives, and pursuing justice.

Reconciling Statement

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church affirms that all individuals are of sacred worth without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, education, marital circumstances, economic status, physical and mental condition, or criminal history. We declare ourselves in support of the reconciling movement and welcome the full participation in the church of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons and their families, as a reflection of God’s unconditional love. At the same time, we recognize differences of opinion on issues of sexuality and seek to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.

Pastoral and Administrative Staff - 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, DC - 202.363.4900 www.nationalchurch.org - Pastoral Emergency Number - 202.510.8555 Rev. Dr. Charles Parker –– Senior Pastor, ext. 11, cparker@nationalchurch.org Rev. Jimmy Sherrod — Associate Pastor Evangelism, Lead Pastor at Crossroads, ext. 24, jsherrod@nationalchurch.org Rev. Kate Murphey — Associate Pastor Service/Advocacy, Lead Pastor at Wesley UMC, ext. 21, kmurphey@nationalchurch.org Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson — Minister of Congregational Care, ext. 19, dwilson@nationalchurch.org Rev. Barbara Green – Director of Learning, ext. 25, bgreen @nationalchurch.org Rebecca Ballard — Director of St. Luke’s Mission Center, rballard@nationalchurch.org Bruce Caviness — 11a.m. Organist-Choirmaster, ext. 15, bcaviness@nationalchurch.org Jeff Clouser — Director of Communications and Outreach, ext. 23, jclouser@nationalchurch.org Dona Collary — Pastoral Care Assistant, ext. 19, dcollary@nationalchurch.org Casey Elliott — Dayspring Choir Director and 9 a.m. Worship Leader, ext. 12, celliott@nationalchurch.org Caleb Frazier — Campus Ministry Coordinator, ext. 14, campusministry@nationalchurch.org Kristianna M. George — Cherub Choir Director, aseline@nationalchurch.org David Hosey — Campus Ministry Coordinator, ext. 14, campusministry@nationalchurch.org Patrisha House — Director of Worship, Music and Arts, ext. 28, phouse@nationalchurch.org Patrick Landau — Director of Youth Ministries, ext. 24, youthministry@nationalchurch.org Bill Potts –– Executive Director of Operations, ext. 17, wpotts@nationalchurch.org Rafael Reyes — Director of Building and Grounds, ext. 20, rreyes@nationalchurch.org Anita Seline — Director of Children’s Ministries, ext. 22, aseline@nationalchurch.org Helen Simon — Executive Assistant to Dr. Parker, ext. 42, hsimon@nationalchurch.org Linda Smith — Director of Nursery School, 202.362.8746, lsmith@nationalchurch.org Ian Urriola — Interim Children’s Music Director, aseline@nationalchurch.org

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