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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

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...

On Death and Dying

Each year for the past seven years, talk about death and dying has been alive and well in Dumbarton's Adult Education hour. On Feb. 8 an experienced clinical social worker in our congregation led the discussion. "It's a good time to talk about this issue," she said, "when we're not distracted by the new life of spring."

Dumbartonians were not shy as they shared their thoughts and feelings on a topic often avoided in society. Here are some highlights of what they had to say:

On the dying process:
"I'm not afraid of physical deterioration but I do fear the extinction of consciousness."
"Suffering at the end seems like violence."
"It's comforting to contemplate gratitude when we're experiencing a sense of sheer loss."

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 mgmurray07@gmail.com 
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