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Snowy March

Worship in March

Worship in March will take us through the season of Lent. The Narrative Lectionary takes us to the parables in the Gospel of Matthew. We will ap- proach these parables through the lens of liberation theology.

Church begins at 11 a.m. and adult ed and children's education at 10 a.m. Child care is available. Children's activities are planned during the service except on March 15, which is a child-friendly service.

March 1—Matthew 20:1–16. Communion will be celebrated

March 8—Matthew 22:1–14. The Rev. Sheila McCurdy will be guest preacher.

March 15—Matthew 25:1–13. The worship will be child-friendly, and com- munion will be celebrated.

March 22—Matthew 25:31–46. We will remember Archbishop Oscar Romero

"Principalities and Powers"

"We wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers" (Ephesians 6:12). But what are these "principalities and powers"? And how do we wrestle with them? On March 1 guest speaker Rick Elgendy launched the first of two Adult Ed discussions on this Biblical concept. Elgendy is visiting professor in public theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. 

For Elgendy, principalities are and powers are not just governments but a "pattern of irregularities" which separate us from the love of God. Said Elgendy: "Taking personal responsibility to reverse this pattern is hard, because we are simultaneously victimized by and complicit in the principalities and powers." according to Elgendy, we make choices which are only relatively better or relatively worse.

Assembly This Saturday!

Escape Cabin Fever! Dream Together!
Dumbarton Assembly this Saturday, March 7, 2015  
We will gather at Silver Spring United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 from 9:30a.m. -3:30p.m. We will play and pray, we will dream and plan, we will build community and share lunch. YOU, yes, YOU are a very important part of Dumbarton and we hope that you will attend.
We will be in the fellowship hall of Silver Spring UMC. The entrance is on the end of the building facing Ballard St. Parking is behind the church. The church is about seven blocks from the Silver Spring Metro Station.

Coffee and water will be provided.

Lunch will be soup and finger foods. Please bring a pot of soup or finger foods to share.

New Music Director: A.J. Welch

Dumbarton music directorA.J. is excited to be joining the team at Dumbarton United Methodist Church on March 15! In addition to serving as Director of Music Ministries at Dumbarton, A.J. is an active pianist and conductor in the Washington D.C. area.

As a performer, he has played at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Congress and at numerous area embassies and universities. He is the resident keyboard artist with the Georgetown Chorale, conducts a Chevy Chase-based singing group, and teaches piano lessons both in a private studio and at the Wolf Trap Education Center.

He is pursuing a master's degree in music at the University of Maryland. Away from the performing arts, Andrew enjoys reading, baseball and the outdoors.

A.J. replaces Thew Elliott, who has moved to Portland, Maine.

A Place to Make Friends

Going to church to commune with God is all well and good, but communing with Ava is where it's at...

Talking Service Program for Veterans

Dumbarton is serving as a site for the "Talking Service" program, an 8-week program sponsored by the Great Books Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, for veterans, their families, and caregivers.
The program involves reading and discussing literature in an anthology with pieces from Homer to the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars as a way of enabling veterans to have a safe place to discuss their own experiences.
It will also serve as a way of developing critical thinking skills for those returning vets who are contemplating additional education.  The 8-week session culminates in a creative piece by each participant.
Melinda Murray is one of the facilitators and hopes to start the program at the end of January.  You may contact her at 
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