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Hold Hands and Pray

Some of the best moments of my life have been marked by the decision to hold hands and pray. One of the places where I have learned the most about holding hands and praying is The Lamb Center, a day shelter for homeless and poor individuals in Fairfax. Many of the guests that spend the night at our church when we host the Floris Guest House each year spend their days as guests of The Lamb Center. At The Lamb Center, we hold hands and pray at least six times a ... Read More »

Islam: A Question of Faith

The Muslim observance of Ramadan chanced to fall during the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup (June 28-July 28, 2014). As a sport scientist I knew that fasting or even skipping meals was not a recommended nutritional practice for sports participants, so fasting from sun up to sun down? That couldn’t go well. Wouldn’t this put observant Muslim athletes at a disadvantage? What a terrific angle to pursue for my sports blog! Unfortunately, I knew very little about Islam or the Muslim observance of Ramadan, but I knew someone who did. An ... Read More »

Sanctuary

Several years ago I woke up one morning to the sound of a chicken clucking. This seemed odd as I lived in a residential neighborhood, and as far as I knew, there were no chickens living near us. I decided I must have been dreaming. We did live near Frying Pan Farm Park but not that close. As I was getting breakfast I heard it again, very faint and kind of pathetic. But again I dismissed it. Still later that morning one of my children came to me and said, ... Read More »

Growing Up Catholic

I grew up in Long Island, New York in a Catholic household. For the most part, I have very good memories growing up as a Catholic. Every Sunday we went to Mass. During the week, we went to confession. Saturday mornings, we went to confraternity. I spent many Saturday afternoons at the church with my Mom, who routinely volunteered at the book fairs, bake sales and other charity events. One of my earliest childhood memories is that of my Mom praying the rosary in her bedroom, in the dark, on ... Read More »

My Roman Catholic Family

Growing up I understood two things about my friends who were Roman Catholic: they could not skip church on Sunday morning, and they could not eat meat on Friday. The first prohibition made me sad for them—and for me when I spent the night at their house on a Saturday night. The second rule made me happy because I had choices like grilled cheese and pizza for my school lunch on Fridays. After college, I met and became engaged to Jerry who was not only Roman Catholic, but he also ... Read More »

I Wonder as I Wander

Christmas is a season of giving as Christians celebrate God’s most wondrous gift, Jesus Christ—God with us, born in a manger, a Savior for all the world. In response to what God has given, Floris United Methodist Church (Floris UMC) has a tradition that celebrates Christmas through giving. Using themes such as “Blessed to be a Blessing,” or “It’s Not Your Birthday,” those attending Christmas Eve services at Floris UMC are invited to give generously to an offering that is dispersed locally, domestically and abroad to both do good and ... Read More »

The Value of Nature

I love taking personality tests. Myers-Briggs, Enneagram—you name it. I love the insights these tests give into who I am and how I am uniquely created. Most of the time, the assessments are right on the money. I’m an ENFJ, no question! But sometimes I struggle with the results. About two years ago I took a personal values assessment. The results of that test nagged at me, and ever since then I’ve been on a mission to “fix it.” Here’s why: at the very bottom of the list of 50 ... Read More »

Why Do We Go on Mission Trips?

Editor’s Note: In May 2016, a group of Floris UMC adults traveled to South Carolina to assist in rebuilding houses affected by recent floods. The following is a blog submitted by those group members. When we pulled up to our worksite, it was about 100 degrees outside. We arrived at a small, one-story house that had been victim to a flood that damaged the walls and floors and left the roof barely functional. After looking around a bit, the veteran mission trip members in our group hit the ground running. ... Read More »

How Blessed

Editor’s Note: Last week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Laney Hartin. My week in Costa Rica has been an incredible experience of learning and connecting with new people. I came into this mission trip not expecting much; however, I have bonded with not only other teens from the church but also with ... Read More »

Surprised by Community

Editor’s Note: This week 30 high school students and six leaders traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help with construction projects, work with children at a Vacation Bible School program and help meet the needs of the local, under-resourced community. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Erin Dare. Going into this mission trip, my anxiety was through the roof. Not only was this my first mission trip, but also my first mission trip would be in another country. I kept putting off the fact that the trip was ... Read More »

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