Collecting Toys for Children in Need/Volunteers Needed

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Collecting Toys for Children in Need/Volunteers Needed

Time: November 18, 2018 to December 6, 2018
Location: Narthex or Fellowship Hall
Street: 3900 King Street
City/Town: Alexandria
Phone: 703.212.8528
Event Type: toys, collection
Organized By: Mark Elder and Lana Hurdle
Latest Activity: Nov 2

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Event Description

Gifts Needed for Christmas Party for All God’s Children

Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 pm


You can help make it a success. We are collecting toys for our annual Christmas party to benefit 175+ children from local homeless shelters and organizations. In lieu of toys, you can write a check to “FUMC” and put “Homeless Christmas Party” in the memo line. BUT if you love to buy toys, we need toys for ages 0-15. Please do not wrap your gifts. Buy whatever you choose, but here are some gift ideas: infant toys; board games; soccer, basketball & other sports balls; dolls/barbies; pretty ponies; trucks; action figures; matchbox cars; blocks; educational toys; legos; craft or art supplies; jewelry; watches; purses/ bags; and hand-held games. Please include batteries for toys that require them. Consider preparing a complete gift bag for one child (1 larger item, ~3 smaller items, ~$75 value max; indicate age and gender – let Lana know if you plan to do this). You may drop off your gifts in the box located in the narthex by Thursday evening, December 7. In addition to toys, we are collecting books, new or gently used, suitable for ages 2 through 16. Please put your book donations in the collection box in the narthex. Volunteers are also needed for: kitchen, crafts/games, drivers, behind the stage, on stage, set-up, making treats, packing gift bags. To volunteer click here to download the form or pick up a form on the Connect Boards at church. 

Contacts: Mark Elder 703-212-8528, or Lana Hurdle 703-243-6809,

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Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?


Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.


Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 


No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder



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We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

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Follow this link to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!


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