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The Rock Spring News

December 2012

Vol. 12 No.10




Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

5010 Little Falls Rd. Arlington, VA 703-538-4886

Advent is all about Rooted Growth “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Isaiah 11:1 During worship this Advent we will be using the symbol of the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree was first used as a symbol to share the Christmas story in medieval times. The name comes from Jesse, the father of King David, of whom Jesus was a descendant. A branch is a sign of new life and new beginnings. Several artists in the congregation will be sharing their interpretation of the Jesse tree as part of our Advent decorations. Ellen Flores has also designed our Advent bulletin covers using this symbol. You will also note the return of royal blue as the liturgical color for the Advent season. Royal Blue is the color of royalty to welcome the coming of a King. It can also symbolize the night sky in which the star appeared to announce the birth of Jesus. Increasingly Protestant churches are using blue, rather than purple, to distinguish Advent from Lent. On Christmas Eve, the blue will be replaced with white and gold to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Please note: There will be only one worship service on Sunday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m.

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December Worship Highlights Mark your calendars for these worship highlights in the month of December

Celebrate Christmas at Rock Spring Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 4:30 p.m. Service of Angels & Shepherds a service designed for the whole family featuring the Choristers Choir. There is an opportunity for every child to participate as an angel or shepherd 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Featuring the Sanctuary and Youth Choirs 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Featuring Elizabeth KluegelNiblock, soloist, and communion

Rev. Anthony Robinson to Preach and Lead Congregational Gathering on Sunday, December 2 Anthony Robinson, a child of Rock Spring, a nationally known preacher, teacher, writer and consultant will be with us as a guest preacher on Sunday, December 2. He will preach at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services, judge our chili-cook-off (see page 15) and lead a Listening/Discernment Gathering for the congregation with respect to staffing models for the church. This is not a decision making gathering, but it is a time for the community to seek to discern together the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit as we speak, as we listen to one another, and as we listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Rev. Robinson will open with some comments about such times of transition in a congregation’s life and talk about “discernment” as a spiritual practice and one that was of special significance to our ancestors in faith, the early Congregationalists, suggesting some implications of this for our work today and in the weeks and months to come. We will then work through several “staff models,” eliciting people’s thoughts. After we have worked through these models, we will conclude that part of the meetings. There will be a period to talk about next steps and Rev. Robinson will offer some final reflections on the work we have accomplished and what remains to accomplish.

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1: 5

When Janet shared with me that she was a candidate for the Senior Minister position at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon, I quickly took a look at this congregation via their website. It took only a few minutes to see why they would be drawn to her, and she to them. I told her “I am happy for you and sad for us.” Janet has been a joy to work with and I will miss her as a colleague and as a friend - even as I celebrate with her this new chapter in her life. Especially on the heels of Hank also leaving to become the Transitional Minister for Faith Formation at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, this puts us in a time of uncertainty. The image that comes to mind is of driving in the dark of night. Even on familiar roads, there is a sense of uncertainty and caution because it is difficult to see the way and anticipate the turns. We can only see as far as our headlights can shine. While that may be enough to drive safely, we do so cautiously. Rev. Kathy Dwyer

Occasionally, I will be driving just before the dawn and as the first glimmers of light rise with the new day there is a sense of openness, new freedom on the road, and a sense of possibility that the new day brings. This is the promise of Advent. At the heart of our faith is the Christmas story which bears witness to the fact that in the midst of darkness, there is a flicker of light. That in the midst of difficulty and turmoil, love is born. Sometimes this comes in the form of a well timed phone call, an encouraging word, a look of knowing that brings laughter, a shared meal, or the cry of a small baby. The coincidence of having Anthony Robinson with us on December 2 as our guest preacher and now able to help us chart next steps feels like a flicker of light to me. (See article on page 3) I hope you will join me that day so that we can put our hearts and heads together as we think about the future. I couldn’t think of better traveling partners than you, the people of this faith community, with whom to make a way. Together this Advent, we will travel forward even as we wait for the light. Grace and peace, -Kathy

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“Thank You!” By the time you get this newsletter, you will have heard the news that I have accepted a call to be the new senior pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, OR. You may wonder what could possibly possess me to leave Rock Spring? Believe me, it has not been an easy decision. I have felt a strong pull to stay at Rock Spring because I truly love this congregation and have found my ministry here to be vibrant and satisfying (as well as challenging at times!). It took an even stronger pull to tear me away from Rock Spring, which has truly become my faith family over the last seven years.

Rev. Janet Parker

That pull grew from my deep discernment of a call to serve as a senior pastor during the climactic phase of my ministry career, and also my desire to deepen and strengthen my relationship with Robyn. In addition, I found a church that I believe I can come to love and serve in the way I have Rock Spring. It’s a church with a rich history and deep progressive streak (One of the first churches in Salem—160 years old—its first pastor was run out of town for welcoming blacks into the congregation. They became ONA in 1992). I hope that many of you will find your way to visit me there. They regularly engage in legislative advocacy in the Oregon State Capitol, support immigrants’ rights, shelter the homeless in their building, and have installed solar panels on their roof (Someday I will come back and find them on the roof of Carpenter Hall also!). None of this makes it easy to leave Rock Spring. In the coming weeks, I will have more to say about how much you have meant to me, but for now, I simply want to thank you for letting me be your pastor. I look forward to finding good ways to bring our pastoral relationship to healthy closure over the next 7 weeks. Faithfully,


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Spiritual Growth & Learning Rock Spring’s 2013 Confirmation Program to Launch December 2! This year’s class will be open to all ninth graders and to those who are older than ninth grade who have not yet experienced confirmation. We will launch part one of this year’s program on December 2 at 8:30 a.m. when those interested are invited to gather at the church. The class will do a site visit to St. Charles Borromeo. We will return to Rock Spring following the service to have some refreshments and debrief and then experience the 11:00 a.m. service with Tony Robinson. Read on to see how this day fits with the rest of the program. There are four parts to this year’s program: 1. A World of Faith This section will include an exploration of Abrahamic and other Christian faith traditions through visits to a variety of worship services (e.g. Dar Al-Hijrah, Sixth & I, St. Charles Barromeo, McLean Bible Church, and Covenant Baptist) with preparatory and debriefing discussions at Rock Spring. The goal here is to become familiar with other faith traditions,as well as other Protestant traditions, so that there is an understanding about what is unique about Christianity, the United Church of Christ, and Rock Spring before making a decision about membership. (This part begins Sunday, December 2).

4. My Story, My Faith These sessions will help youth develop their own faith statement and plan the Confirmation Service. In addition to these areas of content, we also look forward to developing important mentor relationships and including youth in worship participation and service throughout the year. We hope that this experience helps youth deepen relationships with members of the congregation as they discern their role at Rock Spring, discern what they personally believe at this point in time, and have fun! If you are interested in participating, please let us know! Questions? Please contact us! Kyle Wyman Kathy Dwyer or 703-531-7078

2. The Word of the Bible and Christian History We hope to provide an understanding of key developments of Christian history and the key narrative of the Bible. 3. Our Corner of the World: The UCC We will have a couple of meetings to cover the UCC history/culture and theology and then take a weekend road trip to the UCC Headquarters in Cleveland (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!)

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Spiritual Growth & Learning Caring Ministry Training Session on Saturday, December 8 Calling All New and Continuing Visitation Volunteers!

Come join Janet Parker and Marya Myslinksi for the second Caring Ministry Training session for this year, on December 8, from 9:45 a.m. - Noon in the Saegmuller Room. This special program will focus on rounding out the orientation to the caring ministry program for new volunteers and provide everyone with an opportunity to practice our skills. Topics covered will include appropriate boundaries (physical and emotional), use of touch in visitation, confidentiality review, visiting someone when others are in the room, visiting someone experiencing depression and/or suicidal ideation, and how to do an assessment of someone’s well-being and know when it’s necessary to report concerns to the pastors. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Susan Daniels at Also: Janet is looking for a volunteer to bring some refreshments for this session. If you would be willing to provide some light refreshments, please contact Janet. Thank you.

Worship Through Music The music department has had a busy fall and looks forward to an equally active Advent and Epiphany! The Sanctuary Choir rose to the challenge of learning the powerful and moving anthem “The Good Fence” for World Peace Sunday. They followed the next Sunday by singing another lovely performance of our commissioned Centennial anthem, “Come all You Blessed.” The Choristers, Bell and Youth choirs have also given us moving anthems this fall, and contributed beautifully to Thanksgiving Sunday and our Centennial Anthem. Advent brings our annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This year we return to the seasonal favorite, Handel’s “Messiah.” This performance will feature soloists and the wonderful Sanctuary Choir. If you are able, please bring a non-perishable item for the red AFAC barrels as your “ticket.” Our choirs will also be participating in our 3 Christmas Eve services. Please see the specifics on those services elsewhere in this issue of the Rock Spring News. January 6 brings a very special musical offering. The 11 a.m. Worship will featureg the one-act opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” by Gian Carlo Menotti. This tells the story of Amahl, a young crippled boy, and his encounter with the three Kings on their journey to the Christ Child. Our own Conor Kelly will be singing the role of Amahl! These musical events are open to all, and are not to be missed! ROCK SPRING RECITAL SERIES - 2013 All are at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary January 13 - Elisabeth Adkins, violin, & Edward Newman, piano February 10 - IBIS Chamber Music Society March 10 - Phillipe Chao, viola Open to all- suggested donation of $10.00 per person Rock Spring News December 2012 8

Children, Youth & Families Rev. Linda Carder to serve as Interim Director of Children’s Ministry Upon recommendation from the Christian Education Board and the Transition Team, the Council approved hiring the Rev. Linda Carder as Interim Director of Children’s Ministry. She will serve the congregation by working half-time to direct ministries and programs at Rock Spring related to children in pre-K through 5th grade. Many of you may know Linda as the leader of the experiential Sunday School class offered this fall during the 9:00 a.m. hour. Some of you may remember that she served Rock Spring as an interim associate pastor several years ago during Rev. Wildman’s tenure. Rebecca Womeldorf, co-chair of the Transition Team, said, “When we called the Conference office to ask who we might call upon to help us with Christian Education, John Deckenback (Conference Minister) said that we had ‘one of the best’ right here at Rock Spring!” Before heading to seminary, Linda was an art teacher. Upon graduation from seminar y, Linda served as the Associate for Program Development, Chesapeake and Potomac Associations of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC. She has also served as the Associate Minister at Westmoreland Congregational UCC in Bethesda, Maryland, Associate Conference Minister in the Iowa Conference of the UCC where she focused on education and the arts, and Associate Minister at Christ Congregational UCC in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rev. Carder has written church school curriculum and developed religion and the arts programs, as well as youth and camping programs. At Rock Spring, in addition to her work with children, Linda will continue to volunteer her time in a variety of ways. We are delighted to welcome Linda to our staff team!

A Greeting from Linda Hello and greetings! I am delighted to be a partner with all of you in Ministry with Children. I am Rev. Linda Carder a retired UCC minister coming out of the mothballs to see if I can still do this. When I was in ministry, I was always an associate minister and focused on programing for all ages and especially for and with children. I have taught church school, written church school curriculum, written articles on children in worship and taught teachers how to teach. I am also a member of this church. We at Rock Spring have also had a long and rich ministry in children’s ministry, so I think we can hope for an exciting and vibrant ministry together. I look forward to our time and ministry together. Rev. Linda Carder

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childRen, Youth & FAmilies Preparing the Way

Throughout this fall, we have had a Sunday School Class during our 9 a.m. worship for children in the 2nd through 5th grade that was different from anything we have offered before. Preparing the Way has been taught by Linda Carder and Janice Langholz. It was an experiential journey through Hebrew Bible. We made a huge bubble out of plastic to serve as our tent and then used it on our journey with Abraham and Sarah, met Isaac, Jacob and Esau, followed Joseph into Egypt and Moses out of Egypt, wandered in the wilderness, got the ten commandments, turned our tent into a tabernacle, went with Joshua into the land of milk and honey (even eating baklava when we got there), were taken into exile, wrote our stories there, and then found out what it was like to live as a Hebrew under the Romans. We are now ready to learn about Jesus’ life and ministry. We will do that beginning in January with a curriculum entitled JESUS AND HIS KINGDOM OF EQUALS. We are thrilled to announce that Courtney Klamar will be the lead teacher for this class. We have had about 20 children participating in this class. Parents have told us that having a class at 9:00 is perfect for them, and some especially appreciate it since they have soccer games around noon on Sunday. Thank you to all of the parents. We could not have done this without them helping us set up and take down each week. Linda and Janice

In the classrooms on World Peace Day, Nov. 11

Thanks to Kathy Dwyer, we had a special curriculum that day. Among other things, the children heard stories, sang songs, and then thought about what peace meant to them and drew pictures or murals of peace. In at least one of the classes, our children got to hear what worship was like in a mosque and in a temple.

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Children, Youth & Families Children’s Church during Advent

During Advent, all children in the 1st grade through the 5th grade will leave the Sanctuary after the children’s time and go over to upper Neighborhood House for a special seasonal experience. Each week, the children will meet a person from the Christmas story, hear their personal story, learn some Christmas carols, and have a worship experience designed just for them. The children will meet Mary and Joseph, go into Bethlehem where Mary and Joseph can only find lodging in a shed with the animals, hear the stories of the angels and the shepherds, and even meet the magi. Courtney Klamar will be the lead teacher and YORS are being invited to play roles and help out in various ways. On December 30 we will have a carol sing as our worship and there will be no Sunday school. Regular Church School Classes at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will resume on January 6. Throughout the Advent season we will also be having an offering during Children’s Church in which we will pass a laundry basket and fill it with new socks for A-Span.

Christmas Eve

Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, bring them all! The Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 p.m. is created for all children. All little ones can become shepherds and angels (we provide the shepherd hooks and the wings). There will be carols to sing, wonderful things to see, and a real live baby! Hope to see you there.

Youth of Rock Spring (YoRS) MH YoRS Middle High YoRS took November by storm! We’ve had a large and lively group participating and hope to see it keep growing. We began by talking about our hopes & dreams for the year, establishing ground rules for our meetings, and enjoying chocolate fondue together. Next we talked about hunger and what it would be like to eat on just $4 per day. And we filled not one, not two, but THREE Thanksgiving bags for Shaw Community ministries! Thanks to our generous youth and their families! Finally, we were happy to help our Senior High friends with the Harvest Breakfast fundraiser for their mission trip. We know that we are paying it forward, helping now so that others will help us when it’s our turn to go on the mission trip. In December we’ll continue our community service, making chocolates and delivering them while Christmas caroling to Rock Springers, as well as doing some Secret Santa shopping for needy families and participating in the December 5th Sundays event. We’ll also continue to play lots of games, enjoy fellowship, and snack well. If you’re in 6th-8th grade and haven’t given YoRS a try in a while (or ever!) please come join us. Send an email to Ashley Martinage ( or for more information and to be added to our email list.

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Children, Youth & Families SH YoRs November was a month of fun, fellowship, and service for Senior High YoRS. We started off with Game Night featuring nighttime glow in the dark Frisbee, indoor foursquare, pizza, and some planning for 2013. A winter ski trip is high on the wish list for this winter. If you want to get in on the fun, let us know. Game Night was followed with an evening of making yummy enchiladas for the day workers at the Shirlington Education and Employment Center, with enough left over for our own dinner.

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On Sunday, November 18 SH YoRS prepared and served the Harvest Breakfast with the help of the Middle School YoRS. This is a major fundraiser for the summer mission trip, so thanks to all who joined us for breakfast and dropped a contribution in the collection basket. In December, we will be helping with the Secret Santa program, making chocolates to be distributed during Christmas Caroling, and finding time to play games. Any and all Senior High youth are welcome to join.

One of the special aspects of the Christmas Fund is that the funds do not support programs, make grants to institutions, or fund advocacy programs; instead they provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay employees.

For more information or to be added to the email list, email Kathy or John Morland ( or

Five for Five

Christmas Fund 2012 will be all about 12-12-12: Twelve Days of Bringing Gifts The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a unique Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ that affords us an opportunity to recognize and honor those who serve our beloved Church.

Beginning on December 12, 2012 (12-12-12), we will celebrate Twelve Days of Bringing Gifts in support of this year’s Christmas Fund. Over the years there have emerged many varied traditions around the 12 days of Christmas – many of them culturally specific – but all focusing on the gifts given by God to God’s people. We will be creating one more tradition this year. For 12 days, we will publish devotions, stories and interpretations of the life-giving possibilities gifts to the Christmas Fund generate. The celebration will culminate as we bring our Christmas Fund gifts to our local congregations on Sunday, December 23. We will be serious, and we will have some fun. Ever wonder how much it would cost to buy a partridge in a pear tree or five golden rings? We will find out and also learn what a gift of that same value to the Christmas Fund can mean in the life of someone who served or is serving the United Church of Christ. For more information, contact the Board of Social Action and Mission at

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Social Justice Secret Santa

As part of the annual Secret Santa project, the Board of Social Action and Mission is partnering with three local organizations to provide Christmas gifts for families and children. The three organizations are Shaw Community Ministry (SCM), Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR), and Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). Sign-ups will be held from November 18th – December 2nd, and wrapped gifts will be collected on December 9th. Please watch the bulletin and TW@RS for more details.

Rock Springers are Invited to Attend the Shaw Community Ministry Holiday Party

The party will be Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Lincoln Temple (about 11th and R Streets NW). Secret Santa gifts, some of which are provided by Rock Springers, are distributed at this party. Please come and share some holiday joy.

Volunteer for “Safe Haven”

Since December 2010, Rock Spring Church has provided the food and the volunteers to prepare and serve a hot lunch once a month during the winter to the homeless and hungry in the Seven Corners area of Falls Church. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Route 7 provides the facilities, and the Fairfax County government provides two part-time employees to coordinate and manage the weekly program of food, fellowship, and social services. Several Northern Virginia churches rotate the actual food purchasing and preparation for approximately 100 guests. Starting on December 18, Rock Spring will be responsible for lunches on the third Tuesday of the “hypothermia months” -- December, January, February, and March -- and on occasional dates during the remainder of 2013. Our seasoned crew of Safe Haven volunteers have formed deep bonds of friendship and learned new perspectives on direct service as part of Rock Spring’s Wider Mission. They would welcome new volunteers to the team who can commit to three hours a month in the middle of a weekday (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and who can chop onions! Some knowledge of Spanish is useful but not essential. If you are interested, please contact one of the team leaders -- Don Johnson, Dan Kois, and Donna Hawley -- or email to

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Task Force Corner Proposed Constitutional Changes Available for Review The Constitution Task Force is now circulating its current draft of proposed revisions to the Rock Spring Constitution, which are the result of 18 months of work. The congregation previously voted to suspend a portion of the Constitution to give the congregation the opportunity to experiment with a more flexible board structure. These revisions are designed to resolve that suspension, and to make some additional amendments that that task force believes should not be controversial. The current plan is for Church Council to review the proposed amendments at its December meeting and then present the revisions for final approval by the congregation at the annual meeting in January. By sharing the current revisions with the congregation now, we hope to be able to address any questions or concerns before those meetings, as well as to incorporate any helpful suggestions. The draft revisions and an explanatory memo can be reviewed at Copies of this document will also be available by request in the church office. Please also feel free to contact a member of the task force if you have questions or concerns.

Sara Fitzgerald, Chair Jacki Brown Peggy Greenwood Tom Johnson Allen Moore Donna Moss Kathy Dwyer, Staff liaison 703-538-4886

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Rock Spring Review Donations for Christmas Poinsettias

Continue a wonderful Rock Spring tradition this holiday season by making a donation for poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary at Christmas. There will be sign-up sheets for your donations (any amount) and dedications in the Saegmuller Room after both services on November 25, December 2, and December 9. The deadline for dedications is December 11 by noon. The dedications will be printed in the worship program for the Christmas Eve services. Please make checks payable to Rock Spring Church and add the note “poinsettias” in the memo line. If you have questions, please contact Dick Metzger at

Who Is the Rock Spring Chili Champion? Find Out with Special Guest Rev. Anthony Robinson

Who makes the best chili in the Rock Spring Congregation? YOU DO, of course. This is your opportunity to show us. Please help spice up RS life by contributing to the first Advent Chili Cook – Off, being held on Sunday, December 2 following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. We will have both a meat and a vegetarian category. We can also use cornbread and slaw if those are more your style. Contact Ashley Martinage to let her know what you’ll be bringing, or sign-up in the Saegmuller Room. And even if you don’t compete, plan to join us in a congregational lunch with our Centennial speaker Rev. Anthony Robinson who will facilitate a discussion on Rock Spring’s next hundred years.

Holiday Dinner

On Tues, December 25, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. the Arlington Interfaith Council will hold its 8th Holiday Dinner at Central United Methodist Church. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, serve and clean up. They are also looking for groups that would contribute scarves, hats, socks, and gloves, $5 McDonald gift certificates, and the following food: 3 cooked turkeys, hams, pumpkin pies, instant mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce (jellied), Coke or Pepsi, coffee, gravy mix (bottled or in packages) and large boxes of stuffing mix. Monetary contributions may be made to Arlington Interfaith Council, PO Box 5161, Arlington, VA 22205. For information, contact Ann Rudd at 703.536.8270 or arudd100@

Holiday Cheer – Give and Receive!

On Sunday, December 16, you are invited to both give and receive holiday cheer. On the giving side, we will have our annual Christmas Caroling outing from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Meet in Carpenter Hall at 3:00 p.m. to receive music and directions to a few homes of Rock Springers who can use some extra holiday cheer. Everyone is invited to join the Youth of Rock Spring for this holiday tradition. On the receiving side, Kathy and Dale Dwyer will host their annual Open House at the Parsonage from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All Rock Springers, from the youngest to the oldest, are invited to drop by to say hello, enjoy some light refreshments, and spend time with others in a relaxed and festive setting.

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Social Justice Around 5:00 p.m., the giving and receiving will merge. The final stop for our carolers will be at the Parsonage. We will sing a few songs and then go inside to warm up and enjoy Kathy and Dale’s hospitality. Please plan to join us for either or both events. Please contact Ashley Martinage at or 703.237.4925 with any questions, or to let us know that you plan to join in the caroling.

Fill the Red Barrels for AFAC

Thank you to all who help fill the Red Barrels for AFAC. 1600 families a week depend on AFAC for supplemental food. Most-needed items include cereal, canned meats, fruits, beans, vegetables and soup. Another way to give is to participate in the Virtual Food Drive at “Design Your Own Yoga Practice” at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ A special yoga workshop will be offered by Laura Dow on Friday evenings at 6:30p.m. during January and February in the Saegmuller Room. Participants will learn how to design their own individualized at-home yoga practice. Please be aware that the emphasis is on understanding how to put together a safe at-home practice; therefore, the workshop is not a regular yoga class, running through poses. It is an educational event with lecture and discussion, as well as a small amount of movement. Workshop dates: 1/11; 1/18; 2/1; 2/8; 2/15 and 2/22. No class 1/25; 6 classes total, 45 minutes in length, class size limited to 15. Fee for Rock Spring UCC members for all six sessions is $65. Preregistration required. Contact Laura directly.

Yoga Class at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

A winter session yoga class will be offered Saturday mornings at 8:30a.m. starting January 5 in the Saegmuller Room. Taught by experienced yoga teacher, Laura Dow, the class is a traditional Hatha yoga style and slower-paced. Laura’s teaching method emphasizes breathing, proper alignment, safe biomechanics, and of course, having fun. Laura loves helping people learn more about their bodies through movement and breath. Come join her and see what yoga may offer you! If you are interested but question whether the class is suitable for you please contact Laura at Winter session dates: Saturdays January 5 through March 23. Note: no class 1/19, 1/26 and 2/23. 9 classes total, 1 hour in length, class size limited to 15. Fee for Rock Spring UCC members for complete session of 9 classes is $122. Session fee may be pro-rated. Pre-registration required. Contact Laura directly. Laura Dow, RYT-200, is an experienced health and fitness professional, holding multiple certifications in personal training, health coaching, corrective exercise, and yoga. In addition to teaching yoga classes in Arlington and Reston, Laura also works as a personal trainer at Ballston Sport and Health Club and is a life coach for residents at The Jefferson, an assisted living complex in Ballston. Rock Spring News December 2012 16

Special Events Calendar Save the date for these events in December Sunday, December 2 Guest Preacher Anthony Robinson at both services 12:00 p.m. Chili Cook-off - Carpenter Hall Saturday, December 8 9:45 a.m. Caring Ministry Training - Saegmuller Room Sunday, December 9 4:00 p.m. Christmas Concert - Sanctuary Tuesday, December 11 12:00 p.m. Christmas poinsettia dedication deadline Saturday, December 15 11:00 a.m. Shaw Community Miistry Holiday Party - Lincoln Temple Sunday, December 16 3:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling - Gather at Rock Spring 4:00 p.m.

Parsonage Open House

Monday, December 24 4:30 p.m. Service of Angels & Shepherds 9:00 p.m. Service of Lessons & Carols 11:00 p.m. Service of Lessons & Carols (with communion) Tuesday, December 24 2:00 p.m. Arlington Interfaith Coucil HolidayDinner Central United Methodist Church Sunday, December 30 10:00 a.m. One Service, Hymn SIng 11:00 a.m.

5th Sunday event -Carpenter Hall

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Spiritual Growth & Learning

There’s No Place Like Home A Rock Spring 5th Sundays Event Sunday, December 30, 2012 There really is No Place Like Home, especially around the holidays. But for too many in our community, safe and affordable housing is not currently available. For Rock Spring’s next 5th Sundays hands-on service event, we will be helping to make life just a little bit better for those who are homeless or in transitional housing. On Sunday, December 30 at approximately 11:00 a.m. (following the one worship service at 10:00 a.m.), we will gather in Carpenter Hall for a light brunch. We will learn more about homelessness and local organizations that are helping to address this problem. Working together, we will assemble cleaning and kitchen kits for families moving into apartments at the Shelter House family shelter, as well as personal care kits for A-SPAN clients. We will also make cards to include in these kits, providing a warm greeting to let people know that they are not forgotten. What a wonderful way to end Rock Spring’s Centennial year, with people of all ages working together to meet a real need in our community. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun, meaningful, and low-stress event. All supplies will be provided, so all you need to do is show up! There’s No Place Like Home will conclude no later than 1:00 p.m., and you are welcome to come for any portion of the event. Even if you can’t participate on December 30, we welcome monetary contributions to help offset the cost of the materials. To contribute, please make your check payable to Rock Spring UCC with “5th Sundays” in the memo line and put it in the offering plate or send it to the church office.

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ceLebrate chriStmaS at rocK SPrinG chriStmaS eve mondaY, december 24 4:30 p.m. Service of Angels & Shepherds a service designed for the whole family featuring the Choristers Choir. There is an opportunity for every child to participate as an angel or shepherd 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Featuring the Sanctuary and Youth Choirs 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Featuring Elizabeth Kluegel-Niblock, soloist, and communion

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