We had a wonderful Stop Hunger Now event on Jan 29. We packaged 60,000 meals, which brings Vale’s total to 389,000 meals over seven years. At this rate, we will package our 500,000th meal in 2019. Put it on your calendar. It’s good for us to have such a record. At one point we were – and perhaps still are – the largest single-sponsor event for Stop Hunger Now (now called Rise Against Hunger). Who would have thought this “little white church on the corner” would do so much? But that’s not all we do – just drive by the church any evening and you’ll see a bustle of activity. And that doesn’t show the activity beyond these walls that reaches around the county, into SE DC, Southeast WV, and Guatemala. But it shouldn’t be a secret, so during Lent, we will be exploring the many ways we are and can be in mission into the world. We will have a variety of people – from Vale, the local community, and the greater UMC – sharing the missions of the church. Then, on April 2, we will have a brief service with Holy Communion and then “go into the world” and serve in one of several short mission events in the area. We’ll come back here for lunch and a celebration. I hope you can make room in your schedules to participate.
Please continue to keep Vale Church, the UMC, the congregation, and leadership in your prayers. I’m praying for you. See ya Sunday! — Pastor Jeff
All rehearsals are in the sanctuary, and ALL are welcome!
Interested in singing in the choir, but can't make a long-term commitment?Handel's 'Hallelujah Chorus' is being rehearsed from approx. 8:30-9pm each Wednesday - join us to prepare this fantastic work for Easter! Can't make rehearsals, you are still welcome to sing the "Hallelujah Chorus" with the Choir on Easter. Please contact Jan Smith at Music@ValeChurch.orgfor more information. Back to Top ^
Sing and Jam With Us on March 9th!
Our monthly community acoustic jam-sing (on the 2nd Thursday of every month) will take place on March 9th from 7pm to 9pm, in the Vale Church Fellowship Hall. This is an informal group of musicians and singers, so beginners are totally invited and welcome to participate! All singing abilities and all kinds of acoustic instruments are welcome: We usually have musicians who play guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, cajon, bongos (or other small drums), fiddle, ukulele, etc. We've even had folks play washboard, spoons and the bones. We provide music binders full of song sheets (folk, pop/rock, country, gospel, bluegrass, etc.). Feel free to bring additional song sheets for us if you want to teach us one of your favorites. Or just tell us the key, play the melody and teach us the words - We'll catch on.
If there's a song you want to request beforehand, send your request to Clint O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can prepare the song sheet in advance.
Sunday, March 12th, 3:00- 5:00pm Get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit early, by listening to -- or singing along with! -- a fun mix of beautiful and rowdy Irish songs performed by a group of Vale musicians who just plain love Irish tunes. We've picked a great set list of about 20 songs, including Danny Boy and other familiar ballads and romps, plus some lesser known songs, old and new. Feel free to wear green and plan to sing along -- or just sit back and enjoy. We'll be in the Fellowship Hall, and provide a few light refreshments in keeping with the season. See you on March 12th at 3 pm!
During Lent this year, Vale Church is excited to be launching the Paths of Light Initiative. To help us gain a fresh perspective on being followers of Christ, the entirety of our worship services March 5 – 26 will emphasize mission, service and the sacrifices we make in response to God’s great sacrifice to redeem us through Jesus Christ.
Highlighted Mission, Sunday and Collection Items March 5Guatemala March 12The ClosetNew socks and/or new underwear for adults and children. Shepherds Center March 19SE DC MinistryGrocery items and Giant dollars. Homeless Ministries March 26White DoveGently worn prom dresses. Alternative HousePersonal care items.All Month – March 5th through March 26th, 2017
We will be collecting items for some of our highlighted missions (see list above). Collection bins will be located in the Fellowship Room and in the sanctuary on the Sundaywhen the mission is highlighted.
Mission display with a twist - view the mission posters set up in the fellowship Hall eachSunday for the latest information about our mission areas and find clues to solve a puzzle.
Each Sunday, a special offering envelope will be available in the pews. This will allow you to make a donation directly to the highlighted mission of the week.
April 2: All Church Service Day At the conclusion of our Lenten Series, there will be one abbreviated worship service at 10:15. Afterwards, we will go out into our community for the various service projects listed below (10:45 am - 1:00 pm), followed by a light lunch provided by the UMW and a sharing of our experiences back at Vale.
Sign Up Genius for service projects and lunch will be available by March 12th. If you are unable to use the site and would like to participate, please see Mary Morran or Deb Cohen.
The Closet - sorting project. Chris Olsen, team leader SE DC Kids Ministry - Special food delivery, meet and greet the neighbors. Mary Morran, team leader Homeless Ministry - Specfics to be announced. Linda Potts, team leader Sunrise Assisted Living, Hunter Mill Music Ministry - bring your instrument and / or your voice. Jan Smith, team leader First Sunday - Youth of the church are invited to prepare, deliver and serve a meal to the homeless at Franklin Square in DC. Neighbors Feeding Neighbors: "Backpack" food packaging for Crossfield Elementary students who live in poverty. Back to Top ^
Vale UMC Preschool
Vale UMC Preschool is a special place and is very blessed to have highly qualified teachers with many years of classroom experience on our staff. Our very low teacher student ratio and small maximum student registration makes our school quite unique. We have Chapel with Pastor Jeff, Movement with Miss Chris and Music with Miss Cathy twice each month.
Registration for 2017-18 school year openened on January 27. A visit prior to registration is recommended for all prospective families.
For more information about our church’s preschool offerings, contact Ruth Anne Luckenbaughat Preschool@ValeChurch.org or 703-400-1577. Please share information with your friends and neighbors who have young children, word of mouth is our best advertising.
Preschool Scholarship Need
All children need the chance to learn and grow in a safe place, but for some families, the cost of a quality early childhood education is simply out of reach. We hope, with your support, to make our preschool available to one child in particular this year. This family came to the United States as Christian refugees (originally from Russia) fleeing religious persecution. Terri Lowry met them through her ESL classes and we welcomed one of the children to our school two years ago. Now, we wish to offer a spot to the younger sibling. The cost of preschool at Vale for a four year old is about $3600/year. This breaks down to $400 a month, or $100 per week or $25 per day.
If you are able to contribute any amount to help us offset the cost of this child’s first educational experience, please speak to Ruth Anne Luckenbaugh. We will have a display during coffee hours or you can e-mail Preschool@ValeChurch.org or call 703-400-1577.
Thursday, March 16, at 7:30pm, Vale UMC will host a seminar on ways churches can respond to the immigration situation.
A staff member from Just Neighbors (an immigration legal services provider and ministry of the Arlington District of the UMC) will provide a briefing on the recent actions by the new administration, the impact on immigrants, how churches can respond, and an overview of Just Neighbors and how they are responding.
On Sunday, March 26, at 6:00pm, Vale will have a fundraising lasagna dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will support Just Neighbors. Dinner for adults will be $20 and $5 for children 12 and under. Sign Up Here or on Vale UMC's Website to help provide food and/or attend the dinner. Visit www.justneighbors.orgto learn more.
Get Ready for the 23rd Annual United Methodist Women’s Easter Eggstravaganza!
Once again handmade chocolate Easter Eggs will be available from the UMW for your Easter baskets and gifts. This is the only fundraiser the United Methodist women have during the year. The money raised goes to the missions they support. Feel free to let your friends, neighbors and co-workers know about the fundraiser. The earlier you can place your order will help us in gathering the supplies.
Additional information is on the order forms available in the fellowship hall. Make checks payable to Vale UMW and place in marked Easter Eggstravaganza box in the narthex or Fellowship Hall. Back to Top ^
This will be Vale's 23rd Auction for Local Missions, which over the years has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for outreach programs supporting those in need. We are counting on a big turn out from the Vale congregation to help make it a success. By participating in Vale's Auction , you'll be supporting more than a dozen local outreach programs that fight hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community.
Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers—anyone you know who is up for a good time ... and all for a good cause.
An Auction link with more details and list of items being offered will be posted on Vale's website shortly.
All men interested in small group spirituality and support are invited to join us eachSunday at 7pm. We are studying Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible. You can find this book online. Vic Larson is leading the group.
On Saturday, March 18th, all men of the church are invited to a joint breakfast gathering of United Methodist Men, hosted by Oakton UMC (2951 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton). Breakfast starts at 8:00am followed by special speaker, details TBD. Please RSVP to Ed Lowry at email@example.com or 703-620-6632 if you plan to be there for breakfast. Back to Top ^
The adult fellowship monthly luncheon is Sunday March 19 at noon. We will meet at Famous Dave's (on Route 123 in the Oakton Shopping Center), for lunch, conversation and fellowship. Join us! No advanced commitments needed.
Did you know that we can earn 6% - 8% of all the items you purchase from Amazon.com for Vale Church Missions? Simply use the link on the Vale Website valechurch.org, scan using the QR code below, or type it in directly: bit.do/Vale
Once you are on the Amazon page you can bookmark it for all future uses of the Amazon Site. Happy shopping, and thanks for supporting Vale's missions!
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors - Vale's Exciting New Mission!!!
Vale has embarked on a new, ongoing initiative to address hunger in our local schools. We are partnering with Crossfield Elementary, Generosity Feeds, other local churches, and local grocery stores to package and provide nutritious meals for breakfast, snacks and weekends for local school children living in poverty.
On February 25th, 25 volunteers formed a Vale/Crossfield team for an interfaith food packaging event in Vienna. They helped package 15,000 meals to share with local schools as part of the Generosity Feeds program www.generosityfeeds.com. 500 meals were brought back to Vale to be given to Crossfield Elementary School (Vale's 1st school partner), to meet their hunger needs. Thanks to everyone who helped out!
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming events:
March 19: Vale's Jr./Sr. High Youth packaging event to prepare weekend food “Back Packs” for local students.
April 2: As Part of Vale's Lenten Points of Service, we will have a team packaging weekend "backpacks" for Crossfield Elementary Students.
April 30: (Tentative) Food Collection at Fox Mill Giant.
Look for the above logo in your church bulletins, Vale's website, and this newsletter for more updates and ways you can help as we continue to expand on our Neighbors Feeding Neighborsinitiative.
A new schedule for our volunteer days at The Closet is posted on the mission board. It covers the next 2 months: our days are: March 7th & 25th (Tues & Sat), and April 15th & 27th (Sat. & Thurs.). This non-profit thrift store serves the local area by selling gently recycled clothes and wares at nominal prices and returns the profits to local charities and in scholarships to five area high schools. It also runs a truck mission to poorer areas in western VA where the goods are given to the needy.