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How are You Called to Serve?

When I was growing up, the calendar in our kitchen was always full of Mom’s notes about her volunteer activities. She was active in the PTA for a while as well as multiple nonprofits and regional committees related to causes she was passionate about. My dad’s way of supporting her passion usually involved helping to set up or put away chairs at an event or making endless pots of his signature chili beans and cornbread for potlucks and fundraising events. Given their examples of service, it’s no surprise that I ... Read More »

Volunteering as a Family

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Think for a moment about someone you know who is a whiz at math or puzzles. You might also know someone who can whip up a meal from a jar of pickles, Cheez Whiz and some stale potato chips. Then there’s that neighbor who can listen to the strange noise your car is making and diagnose the problem within seconds. We all have gifts that God has given us. Some are visible, such ... Read More »

The Joys of Volunteering

Ever since I was little I have enjoyed volunteering. When I was younger I loved helping my mother, an elementary school teacher, design and put up her classroom bulletin boards. When I got a little older I loved to organize just about anything in the house—spools of thread, spices in the cupboard and shirts in a closet. I know, I was a weird kid. As I hit my teen years and was able to drive I found myself joining clubs that emphasized volunteering. Any task that had to do with ... Read More »

Spiritual Fervor

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” – Romans 12:11 I am what I like to call a professional volunteer. That’s usually what I say when people ask, “So what do you do?” I’ve been a professional volunteer ever since I joined Floris UMC a little over 12 years ago. On occasion I do a bit of consulting work (very little), and on and off for a few years I received a paycheck for other short-term jobs, but my everyday ‘profession’ really is being ... Read More »

eNote from Rev. Tom Berlin – February 23, 2012

Dear Floris Family, I have an unusual request for you this week. Many years ago our older members, who have been so instrumental to Floris UMC’s vitality over the years, were very disappointed when the Post Office on McLearen Drive was named Oak Hill rather than Floris. Floris has been the traditional name of this area since 1892. We now have an opportunity to provide our input to the naming the new metro stop in our area. Metro and Fairfax County have launched an online survey to provide input on ... Read More »

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