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Today I Saw God

When was the last time you saw God? I’m not talking about burning-bush-type-God sightings; I’m talking about those moments in life that cause you to pause and take a second breath because they are so beautiful that you cannot help but think that God is behind them. I see God the most in my kids. When I’ve got them lying on their backs, feet up in the air, laughing so hard as I tickle their bellies. With smiles so big and laughter so loud that I look into their faces ... Read More »

Extending God’s Love

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”. John 13:34-35 The first week of Camp Hutchison 2013 is coming to an end. I never thought that when I started this internship, in the middle of May, that this week would come and go so quickly.  It has been quite the week and I’m so grateful for the experience, the volunteers and ... Read More »

Filling Up With New Knowledge

We are quickly settling into a routine here at Camp Hutchison. Compared to the first day, Command Central is much calmer—with everything set up and running smoothly, the camp’s organizers are pretty much sitting back and letting everything run by itself. That’s not to say there isn’t still work to do—attendance records don’t fill themselves out, equipment needs to be moved and installed, substitutes have to be found for absent volunteers, and of course the runners have to be ready for any unexpected situation. Even so, there is a noticeable difference between ... Read More »

The First Day of Camp Hutchison

“Welcome to Camp Hutchison! It’s going to be an exciting first day for all you kids! My name is Hutch, and I will be helping you make new friends!” When working with children of this age, that’s the kind of language you must use, and there was a lot of it this morning. Camp Hutchison began July 8. There are close to a hundred kids attending this year, with half as many volunteers here. On the first morning, everything is a whirlwind of activity as the volunteers scramble to unpack ... Read More »

Funeral Information for Bennett Rill

Dear Floris Family, As many of you know, Derick and Carolyn Rill’s 14-year-old son, Bennett Rill, died on Tuesday, June 18 in a tragic accident. The visitation will take place at Floris United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Monday, June 24 at 1 p.m. with a reception following. To assist with the reception, please contact Jeanette Debernardi at 703-793-0026 Ext. 121 or jdebernardi@florisumc.org Read More »

Notification of Death of Bennet Rill

Dear Floris Family, It is with great sadness that I share the news of Bennett Rill’s death. Bennett completed the 8th grade yesterday at Rachel Carson Middle School and died during a tragic accident last night. He is the son of Derick and Carolyn Rill, members of Floris UMC. Tim Ward and I were with the Rill’s last night and communicated the love and support of the congregation on your behalf. At this time I do not have information pertaining to the funeral. We will send another email as soon as ... Read More »

A Caring Community

This past weekend I took my three small children on a road trip to Philadelphia to visit two college friends of mine. I did this for two reasons. The first reason was that each of my college friends had a baby last summer and I wanted to meet them. The other reason was that my husband had been out-of-town for 10 days and I needed a change in scenery. So we packed up the car and drove to Philadelphia. Philadelphia was great. We spent an afternoon at the Please Touch ... Read More »

So God Made Relationships by Susan Ward

I’ll admit it. I watch the Super Bowl for the ads. My major in college concentrated in advertising and public relations so I am far more excited about the Super Bowl ads than the teams playing each year. Prior to the game, instead of reading up about the teams, I read articles analyzing the ads that will be shown. I didn’t even know the head coaches were brothers until the game started. I take my bathroom breaks during the game, not the commercials. Each year, I watch for a favorite. This ... Read More »

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