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Surprising Moments of Grace

Have you ever been surprised by a moment of God’s grace? Maybe you haven’t been bopped over the head by a tidal wave of undeniable grace, but what about a precious moment? Living with our hearts and eyes open helps prepare the soul for an encounter. I had one recently. It happened so fast; I wasn’t prepared. But it was definitely God’s grace. I’ve been volunteering at Hutchison Elementary School with the PALS program since it’s inception nine years ago. (This program matches elementary students with adult mentors once a ... Read More »

Waiting: Camp Hutchison

I am one of two Serve Ministries’ interns at Floris UMC this summer. I had the privilege of serving in this same position last summer and was overjoyed to learn that I would be able to return again this year. My fellow serve intern, Mason, and I are in charge of planning and executing Camp Hutchison with the help of many amazing volunteers. Camp Hutchison is a summer camp that helps students retain reading and writing abilities often lost over the summer in a fun and creative environment. Because camp ... Read More »

Three Important Factors for Breaking Cycles of Poverty

Recently, Floris UMC has announced through the Imagine Campaign a desire to break cycles of poverty. One of the questions that comes up regularly is this: “How does a church break cycles of poverty?” I should mention that this question can sometimes be asked with a fair amount of sarcasm or apprehension. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the complex social and economic issues that plague the world thus making any action seem superfluous. I do believe it’s possible for a church to play a significant role in breaking cycles ... Read More »

Why Would a Church Start an After-School Program?

My sister and I went home to an empty house from 3 to 6 p.m. every day. We knew whom to call in case of emergency, but we were unsupervised until my mother came home from work. There were rules that we were told to follow. For example, we knew not to open the door for strangers. We actually followed them quite well. One time, a man from the gas company came to our house to read the meter. After not getting an answer to the doorbell, he left for ... Read More »

A Very Successful Clothing Drive by Jake McGlothin

  Over a three-week period, we collected winter and fall clothing for the annual Hutchison Clothing Drive.  In my conversations with staff at Hutchison, I discovered that many children and families get their winter and fall clothing through this event.  This year, more than 30 volunteers assisted with the delivery, organizing, and sale of the clothing to families at Hutchison Elementary.  It was truly amazing to see the hundreds of coats, shoes, and other clothing that was available to the families.  Each year, proceeds from the clothing drive support Hutchison’s ... Read More »

FCPS Recognizes Floris UMC Partnership with Hutchison by Jake McGlothin

I had the pleasure of joining Tom, longtime Hutchison volunteers Jane and Bob, and Hutchison faculty members Ross and Lisa on Friday, October 14, to receive an award from Fairfax County Public Schools recognizing our ten year partnership with Hutchison.  In addition to receiving the award, we were able to meet other organizations and corporations that are working with schools in addition to FCPS staff that are engaged in serving students that live in difficult situations. It is a blessing and honor for me to work with congregation that is ... Read More »

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