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October 19: Cornucopia Sunday, when we will receive pledges for 2015 as we give thanks for the generosity of the congregation and the abundance of our resources. Mary Kay Totty will offer the witness to the word. Communion will be celebrated.  

Why We Give

Money is a taboo topic in many circles. Not so in the Oct. 12 Adult Ed. To start the conversation, Dumbarton 's financial chair, Joan Countryman, asked the brave participants this question: When you were young what messages did you get about giving to the church?

Responses ranged from "money was never discussed" to "in our cars, we had budget books" to "my parents tithed." One participant said that each week she put money into a little wooden box in Sunday School. Another said
her father cautioned, "The church is always asking for money, so be careful." Still another Dumbartonian joked, "My father talked about the value of money, though he wouldn't tell me how much he made."

"Have you kept the same pattern you grew up with?" challenged Countryman. Most said no. For one Dumbartonian, giving has become an individual decision. "I didn't give for the family. I gave for myself. Sometimes I made my pledge, sometimes not."

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 12

Curiosities of Our Christian Faith

What is the meaning of "chapel"? Where did the Passing of the Peace originate? Why is there a dollar sign in one of Dumbarton's stained-glass windows? Dumbarton's Stuart Johnson has had a lifelong interest in questions like these. On Sept. 21 Adult Ed participants listened eagerly to vignettes Johnson shared from his research on church history. Here are some highlights:

"Chapel" was the place where the monks used to leave their capes.
As for passing the peace: "In the 5th century, when Europe became less secure, an oath was invented for entrants to a town. Visitors had to respond to "the Lord be with you" by saying "and with thy spirit."  According to anecdotal records, most  criminals were reluctant to violate the oath.

City Paper Article: How Dumbarton Defied the Reagan Administration and Helped Salvadoran Refugees in the 1980s

On March 24, 1985, a “tiny Salvadoran woman, her face shielded by a flowery white veil” entered the sanctuary of Georgetown’s Dumbarton United Methodist Church. The dreary weather that greeted her—fog, rain, and wind—didn’t make for the most hospitable of welcomes. But, as the Washington Post reported at the time, she was escaping a nightmare. In 1980, her teenage son had been arrested and detained for three months as a “suspected subversive,” tortured, forced to make a false confession, and sent to prison for seven months. Not long after, her husband, a bricklayer, was arrested and tortured by government police, eventually dying from his injuries.

Marissa Helps Serve Communion

Still Point Worship Oct. 19

Still Point Worship, a service of simple song, scripture, and silence in the style of Taizé, is held every third Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm at Dumbarton. All are welcome.

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