Whole Life Christian Education – Back to School

September is here and we celebrate the beginning of a new programmatic year.  Church school for children 2 years through 5th grade begins Sunday, September 9th after Time with Our Children during our 10 A.M. worship service.  For our children the most important thing they learn in church school is that God loves them and their church loves and supports them.  We are grateful for the dedicated volunteers who teach our children and help build community in our church school.  Judy Lipman and Judy Norton will be teaching our nursery school class and Lisa Peterson and Kristen Wheeler will be teaching
our Elementary Age class.

This fall we are excited to have three youth entering our confirmation program.  They will be working with Pastor Kristen and mentor volunteers as they explore the Christian faith and their own beliefs.  We will celebrate Confirmation on Sunday, May 19th, 2013. In addition to Confirmation, we are working to build a youth program through quarterly gatherings with our youth.  If you are interested in working with our youth, let Pastor Kristen know.  There is a growing youth program in the Potomac Association and we are excited to connect our youth with others in the area.

We will also kick off our adult education programs this month.  On Wednesday, September 12th the adult Study Group will begin weekly meetings again at 7:15 pm.  Our opening sessions will follow the lectionary scriptures that are the focus of worship on the following Sunday.

In addition to weekly Bible Study we are preparing a series of three retreats this fall; two day retreats and a weekend retreat. The first retreat, Senior Adult Day Retreat: Transiting Well with God, is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dominican Retreat Center in McLean,VA.  We will come together through scripture, prayer, spiritual readings, and shared experiences to remind ourselves on how to keep God at the center as we live through the challenging transitions that come late in life. Program cost is $25 and includes morning pastries with coffee and a hot lunch.

In February we plan to offer a weekend day retreat for couples focusing on couples communication and conflict resolution.  No matter how long you and your partner have been together there is always room to strengthen and nurture your relationship.  Childcare will be available.

An exciting programmatic year with something for everyone is about to begin.  We hope you will join us!

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