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Scenes From Ash Wednesday

I’ve been attending Floris UMC for a little over a year. One of my favorite things about my new church home is the commitment our church has to caring for ‘the least of these.’ One of my favorite memories from this past year was the opportunity to spend Ash Wednesday serving at the Floris Guest House. Fairfax Area Christian Emergency Transitional Service (FACETS), a local county agency, works with local area churches during the cold winter months to provide shelter for our neighbors who have no home of their own. ... Read More »

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Remember Fred Rogers? He was the very gentle host of a children’s television show called, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Many kids were completely enthralled with Mr. Rogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mr. Rogers had none of the quick-moving story elements of “Sesame Street” or the color and energy of a Saturday morning cartoon. What Mr. Rogers offered was simple friendliness. Fred Rogers taught children how to be a good neighbor. Fred knew everyone in his neighborhood: King Friday, Daniel Tiger and Mr. McFeely. He was interested in their lives; he ... Read More »

Coming Home

There is nothing quite like going to a Virginia Tech football game. Of course I’m biased but returning to Blacksburg for a game, even after graduation or as a guest, feels like coming home. Before the game starts, you walk up to this magnificent stadium, surrounded by thousands of excited fans all in maroon or orange and all screaming: “Let’s Go!” “Hokies!” You’re swept into the stadium and find your seat just in time for the players to enter the field (the best part). Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” starts to play, ... Read More »

Just Jordan

Last Sunday, a girl named Jordan captured me after church. She told me she hoped I would come by her bake sale from 1-3:30 p.m. on Labor Day where she would be raising money for children in Sierra Leone. Who can resist a 7-year-old with a sincere smile, a passionate plea and a great cause? Just as I was thinking, “Hey! I could share this on my Facebook page,” Rev. Tom Berlin swept by and, in a stage whisper, told her, “You should give your paper to her. She’ll post it on her ... Read More »

Looking for Answers

Sometimes, life as a young adult can be overwhelming. Sure, I don’t have children to take care of or a mortgage to pay. I barely even have bills to pay (thanks to my wonderful parents). And the day-to-day things that I deal with really aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. But sometimes life sneaks up on you and reminds you of all those questions that you’ve been asked over the past few years: “What are your career goals? How do you plan to achieve them?” “Where ... Read More »

A Father’s Legacy

There are many things my Dad taught me that are practical—how to ride a bike, how to change a tire, how to play lacrosse, but it’s the character-building lessons that shaped me and made me who I am. There were many of those lessons: be a good steward, be generous, love your neighbor, take care of family, honor those who serve our country, be grateful for every day and be true to your word, but I think the most important lesson my Dad ever taught me was that God loves ... Read More »

The High of My Day

It started in college. A group of my friends and I ate dinner regularly in the dining hall together. We called them family dinners. We only lived a few rooms apart, but throughout the day we went our separate ways and had very different schedules so there was lots to share at dinnertime. It was my friend that came up with it. I think she saw it in a movie. We called it “High/Low/Flavor.” Basically, we went around the table and everyone shared the high part of their day, the ... Read More »

The Power of Words

We’ve all been there. Maybe an illness caused it. Maybe a late-night party caused it. Maybe it was due to allergies. But for some reason you lost your voice. Do you remember how frustrating it was? You wanted to communicate with your family, friends and coworkers but all you could do was to helplessly gesture or write down what you wanted to say. If you’ve ever been a parent you know how frustrating it can be to have a baby. Sometimes babies cry and you just don’t know why! We can’t ... Read More »

Floris’ Summer Interns

The church needs reinforcements during the summer months when activity ramps up among the Children’s, Students and Serve Ministries. College students interested in a career in the church and education need practical hands on experience. Floris’ summer internship is a beautiful answer to the situation where everyone benefits, including our community. Vacation Bible School, Camp Hutchison and mission trips all take a lot of planning and manpower to run smoothly. Summer interns are an integral part of their success at Floris. Ashley Allen, Student Ministries Director and intern supervisor, says ... Read More »

Thank You, Bennett, For The Way You Played The Game

There’s nothing quite like playing a game with a kid. Pull out the equipment; explain the rules and you’re off! When they’re small, you may need to correct them, re-route them, or help them a bit. As they grow, you may show them a few tricks and, every now and then, have to caution them when they get too rough or bend the rules in their favor. But somewhere along the way, if you’ve played your cards right, they start teaching you new ways to play the game. That’s when ... Read More »

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