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The Only Way to Peace is Love

By the RePilgrims arrive at plymouth Rock dumbartonv. Mary Kay Totty

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday in part to commemorate the safe arrival of European ancestors to North America, where they sought to live free of religious persecution. Today, many in our country would deny a welcome to other refugees seeking to live free of religious persecution.

So much fear and hatred are swirling as governors and Congress seek to make it impossible for Syrian refugees to settle in our country. They are so very afraid that a terrorist might sneak in under the guise of being a refugee. Sure that could happen, but it's highly unlikely given US screening protocol for refugees. We need to offer hospitality to refugees. We need to love the refugees. For we will change the world through love.

Join Us on Sunday

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 29, the first Sunday in Advent, when Rev. Mary Kay Totty will talk begin a series based on the writings of Hildegard of Bingen.

Stay after the service for an Advent Workshop to make Christmas wreaths and other decorations. Children will especially enjoy this. Bring your friends. There will be no adult ed or regular children's ed or Godly Play.

Child care is available, and refreshments will be served downstairs after the service.

"Holy Chaos": Child-Friendly Service

At our child-friendly service on Sunday, we picked parts of the world to hold in prayer.

Thanksgiving Breakfast

At around 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26, DUMCers and their families and friends will gather for the 46th annual Dumbarton Thanksgiving Breakfast at Turkey Run Park in Virginia (just off the George Washington Parkway, about 1½ miles north of Chain Bridge Road).

ALL are invited, and those who gather will bring something for a potluck breakfast; warm themselves, if necessary, at camp stoves; and have fun.

The Washington Post, June 12, 2009, reported,
“Turkey Run Park is part of the Potomac Gorge and the largest intact forest within the Beltway, home to more
than 200 rare plants and a host of trails, many flat, that feature streams, waterfalls, wooded areas, and abundant wildlife.’” Contact Mike Beard with any questions.

Our Home-Grown Effort to Help Honduran Youth

“It all started right here in (Dumbarton UMC) Sunday School.” So says Justin Eldridge Otero, the co-founder of Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), the nonprofit organization created to help the youth of Honduras overcome poverty and violence. On Tuesday, OYE received the US President’s Arts and Humanities award, the only international organization so honored this year. Youth leaders of the organization will accept the award at a special White House ceremony, hosted by Michelle Obama on Thursday.

In the 10 years since its birth, OYE has expanded from a scholarship program to an organization that provides safe space, mentors for youth, job training, peer group discussions, recreational activities, a radio station, and a wide range of life skills training to over 100 youth.

Christmas Mart Dec. 12

You can find holiday gifts and help with world peace and understanding by shopping at Dumbarton's Christmas Mart on Saturday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Dumbarton youth group will be selling global, hand-made, fair trade items. Local artists will offer a variety of their art, jewelry, and crafts. A portion of all sales goes to fund the 2016 youth work trip.

For more details, contact the church at 202-333-7212.
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