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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 »

I’m the Lucky One

This week is high school graduation week. As a volunteer leader for a small group of 12th grade girls, this is a big week for the students with whom I have formed friendships over the past six years. I’ve attended countless graduation parties and end of the year celebrations. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect. I wanted to share my reflections with you. I first met them when they were 11 years old. They were in seventh grade and not really sure how to interact with adults. Most of ... 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 »

Change in Plans by Susan Ward

My Monday mornings are pretty much the same every week. I arrive at work around eight-thirty. I check my email. I attend to the immediate. By nine, I usually start writing the Monday morning blog post. Most mornings I have an idea what I’ll write. I usually take notes during the sermon, then let those thoughts marinate in my head for the rest of the day on Sunday. While I’m getting ready for work on Monday morning, I usually have the post almost written in my head. So when I ... Read More »

Fall in Love with the World by Susan Ward

I’ve written before about the time I spent in Japan. When I was 21 years old, knowing no one there, I travelled to Tokyo to live for 3 months. While I lived with Americans, I spent most of my day with native Japanese people. Years of prior language and cultural study helped a bit, but there was so much I didn’t know; I felt I was constantly asking for help from strangers. For the most part, no matter whom I asked I was treated with the highest level of kindness. ... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy: A Letter From the Homeowner

Dear Floris UMC, On October 29th, 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. My town, Ortley Beach, became known as ground zero. Although no lives were lost in my area, less than 1% of the town’s homes received no damage. There are close to 2,500 homes. My parents, Mike and Audrey, have owned their home for 52 years. It is where I grew up. Although the house survived the storm, we lost everything inside and out and sustained major flooding to the interior. My dad is in a wheelchair, needs ... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy Mission Team Day 5–The End

Editor’s Note: This is the last post from the Floris mission team that went to New Jersey to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. You can read about their entire trip here. Submitted by Team Leader Steve Bracewell Monday, March 26 After being very impressed with Eric serving us, his “southern guests,” grits earlier in the week, Lacey UMC’s tireless chef prepared a New Jersey classic for breakfast:  fried egg, cheese, and “Pork Roll” sandwiches.  Good Eats NJ Style!  Some folks, who shall remain nameless, had two. We pulled the few ... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy Mission Team Day 4–Palm Sunday

Editor’s Note:  Read this latest blog post about the Hurricane Sandy mission trip to hear about the team’s experience!  If you’ve missed the other posts, click here to read them. Submitted by Carol Burns Sunday, March 24, 2013: At 7:00 AM, we started our Palm Sunday by eating breakfast together with our team.  Our breakfast composed of eggs, oatmeal, and French toast.  Members of Lacey Church were cutting and splitting palms for the congregation and us as we ate.  Afterwards we went upstairs to the beautiful sanctuary, each holding a ... Read More »

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