Shoes & Socks Drive for Trinity West Elementary

In just 3 weeks, Avery UMC collected 201 pairs of socks and 45 pairs of shoes! Mrs. Melissa Emery-Gillo, the school nurse, shared with us that many students come to school with inadequate footwear. Instead of learning in the classroom, they’re at the nurse’s office getting their shoes taped back together! Many families in this school district cannot afford to replace socks and shoes with holes in them.

“Is there any way Avery can help?” she asked. And you answered! Thanks to your donations, students will be able to focus on learning and growing instead of socks with holes and shoes falling apart. These socks and shoes were blessed in worship on Sunday, April 8. Trinity West Principal Mrs. Carol Lee was in attendance, and expressed heartfelt thanks for all that we do to help the school achieve its mission. Our Washington District UMC Superintendent Brad Lauster also participated in the blessing.

Thanks for this wonderful expression of generosity and support for the school and the children of our community!

Lenten Lunches at First UMC Washington

Wednesdays, 11:45—12:50 pm

Soup and sandwiches followed with music and a reflection from the preacher of the day.

Feb. 21 Rev. Ross Pryor, pastor of West Washington and  Jefferson Avenue UMCs

Feb. 28 Rev. Debra Mason, pastor of John Wesley UMC

March 7 Rev. Erik Hoeke, pastor of Avery UMC

March 14 Rev. Brad Lauster, District Superintendent, Washington District of UMC

March 21 Rev. Kelley Schanely, pastor of First UMC


2018 Lenten Sermons: “I AM”

Each week we will explore one of the seven “I AM” sayings of Jesus, and consider how each statement of his identity impacts how we ought to live today. Each week will also offer a Lenten Challenge to help us begin to live with a growing awareness of the need for Christ’s presence in our world.

Feb. 18 “I AM the Bread of Life”

Feb. 25 “I AM the Light of the World”

March 4 “I AM the Gate”

March 11 “I AM the Good Shepherd”

March 18 “I AM the Vine”

March 25 “I AM the Way, the Truth, & the Life” (Palm Sunday)

April 1 “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” (Easter)