Reminder that the Church Yard Sale was postponed until October 10.

The United Methodist Women’s annual 2015 Fall Retreat “Journeying to Spiritual Maturity: A Day of Reflection, Renewal and Refining” is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.The retreat will be held at nearby St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church where we will use the labyrinth as a part of our prayerful experience.  Morning snacks and a full lunch provided.  There is no charge for the retreat.  Sign up begins Sunday, September 13.  All Washington Farm UMC women invited to participate!

Disciple - Fast Track:  Bible Study for Busy Lives is Coming!
On October 4 an Information Session will be held following the 9:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m. worship services. We’d like as many persons to attend as possible this important, no obligation meeting about this new Bible study. Washington Farm is one of 500 churches nation-wide which is participating in a Beta 2 test of the materials. That means we will be playing a role in the development of a study that has already transformed 2 million men, women, and youth in 10,000 churches across 30 denominations. At the meeting you’ll receive information about the contents of the study and discuss when participants may be available to attend class. We project the class starting the week of October 18. Class meeting will be held based upon your availability. So, if you’ve never been in a Bible Study, haven’t been in one for a while, or already been part of a Disciple study, please come and check out this informational/transformational study. Call the Pastor if you have any questions. See you there!

Piano and Guitar classes will begin on October 4.  We offer Guitar 1 and 2 (for 4th grade and up) and Piano 1 and 2 (for 2nd grade and up). Adults are welcome too. Please email if you are interested and missed the sign up at the open house.

God uses our shoeboxes filled with simple gifts to share His love and the true meaning of Christmas to children around the globe!  Last year 10.4 million shoebox gifts were delivered to girls and boys in 118 countries by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.  The story of Jesus in the local language where a box will be shipped is added to the gift shoebox.  Washington Farm UMC has participated in the OCC Project for many years.  In 2014 we donated 122 filled shoeboxes.  The Girl Scout Cadettes who meet at the church joined us in this project, and they plan to again this year!
Families and individuals can pack as many boxes as they choose; we have ordered 200 flat shoeboxes.  This is how to pack a gift box for a trip around the world.
1.     Start with an empty shoebox (to be provided with complete instructions).
2.     Choose boy or girl for each box, and age category:  2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
3.     Fill shoebox with small toys, school supplies, perhaps a T-shirt and hygiene items.  (Note the suggestions given and the prohibited items listed.) 
4.     Inside, include a $7 check for shipping and securely tape the shipping label provided to the top of the lid.  Or, donate $7 online and you will be able to print a shipping label from email instructions that will enable you to track your box to a specific destination.
5.     Pray for the child who will receive your gift.
6.     Return your filled shoeboxes to church by November 15 to be delivered to an official drop-off location with others from our church.
Starting on October 11, flat cardboard shoeboxes and all instructions for selecting and packing the gifts will be available on the Friendship Patio after each Sunday worship service for several weeks. 
Faith Armstrong and Anne Smith will coordinate again this year.  You will receive such a blessing by participating!  Filled boxes will need to be returned to church no later than Sunday, November 15.

Our Mission at WFUMC
We present Jesus Christ to all persons so that they will want to enter into a personal relationship with Him and to grow in faith through commitment, worship, service, study, and fellowship within the community of believers.  We will reach out to individuals, the community, and the world to minister as Christian sources of leadership, assistance, and spiritual growth.

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