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Prayer for General Conference

While prayer is needed for more than one hour, Christ Crossman is scheduled to pray for General Conference from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

Beginning May 10, 2016, 864 delegates (432 clergy, 432 lay) from around the world will gather in Portland, Oregon, to collectively discern the direction of The United Methodist Church. This is the only body which speaks officially for the UMC.

Here is a long, but reflective article on what is facing not only our delegates but also our entire denomination: Wonder, Love, and Praise: Sharing a Vision of the Church

Click here for information and news updates about General Conference 2016. (It will open in a new tab)

Exploring General Conference is a free, online course that allows participants to explore — at their own pace — how General Conference operates. Click here for more information.

Conversations on video are available to help us understand what General Conference is and the issues that are facing our church:

Pray for our delegates to General Conference, for their openness to the movement of the Holy Spirit, for their stamina, for their spiritual wellbeing:

General Conference Elected Clergy: General Conference Elected Laity:
  1. Tom Berlin   1. Martha Stokes
  2. Meredith McNabb   2. Warren Harper
  3. Denise Honeycutt   3. Shirley Cauffman
  4. Clarence Brown   4. Nathaniel L. Bishop
  5. Tammy Estep   5. Virginia Greer
  6. Ted Smith   6. Darlene Amon
  7. Ileana Rosario   7. Joyce Winston
  8. Peter Moon   8. Gene Mims
  9. Kendall Soulen   9. Beth Christian
10. Mark Ogren 10. Alison Malloy
11. Rob Vaughn 11. Marshall Bailey


A Possible Prayer

Oh Lord, we come to offer our praise and thanksgiving for your presence and gifts, your mercy and grace. We come to ask for strength and courage as we pray for our General Conference, for the delegates and for your United Methodist Church. We pray Lord, hold your delegates in the palm of your hand. Give them wisdom, compassion and understanding and a willingness to make difficult and necessary decisions to strengthen and grow your church as we walk this journey together. We acknowledge Lord that we are a diverse people, of different cultures, understandings, biases, beliefs and desires. Instill in us a sense of the Body of Christ, that we may in our differences be one Body of Christ. Where there is division, lead us to compromise and unity and maintain our focus on your mission that you have for us in the world, to make disciples in relationship with you.

“Give all delegates a love for your church – a desire not only to serve you as we now can but also a determination to bring unity to divided churches, that the world may more readily receive the Gospel and find in our manner of living it out the way of peace and unity. Through Christ who is the head of the body, the church. Amen.

Except for italicized quotation the prayer is offered by Don Jamison, Chair, Board of Discipleship. Italicized quotation is selected from This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer, by, Laurence Hull Stookey, p. 146. Copyright 2004 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission for local church worship.



#SnowSabbath for January 24, 2016


As part of our #snowsabbath, anyone who can WALK, RUN, or cross-country SKI is welcome to come to Christ Crossman on Sunday, January 24, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. We will have coffee and hot water for tea as we gather for uplifting conversation.

If you have to drive, then we request that you stay home. We will put up a note that morning for folks who would like a starting point for meditation, and/or family discussion.

Monthly Book Club

Every fourth Sunday of the month, Book Club will meet following worship.  Each month will focus on a different book.  Book club meetings are open to all.

February Read:  This month’s book club is “Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus” by Mike Slaughter.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event-Saturday Oct. 24, 1-3 PM

Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime.  Help us reach our goal to package 10,000 meals.  Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging events are a fun, family-friendly (all adults & children 4+), and hands-on way to make a difference and impact the lives of those suffering from hunger.

To volunteer at the event or to make a donation to the Christ Crossman event, visit the event page.

Faith Day with the Nationals!

Join us in celebrating faith and Nationals Baseball with Faith & Family Day at Nationals Park on Saturday, September 19th as the Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins!nationals_park_275x135

Everyone is invited.  This is the “official” Young Adult, Young Family, AND Youth Group activity, plus it’s a great opportunity for all of Christ Crossman to gather outside of church, and bring a friend!

The game begins at 4:05, and after the game there will be a special presentation of Nationals players testimonies and a concert featuring local area choirs.

Tickets are $12 ($5 from every ticket sold will help benefit The House DC, which aims to transform and empower the lives of inner city youth and their families through Jesus, by giving them hope, a productive future, and a changed community; the House DC seeks to meet the physical & spiritual needs of youth in Anacostia and beyond).

To claim your ticket in the CCUMC block, email the office .

See you at the ballpark!

Stuff the Truck

Along with other faith communities of Falls Church Community Service Council (FCS), we are participating in this year’s Stuff the Truck on Aug. 23.  Whether you wish to serve by donating items, or physically help stuff the truck on the 23, this is a great opportunity for hands on ministry in support of the food pantry.

Donations needed:

-canned fruit                                      -cooking oil

-spaghetti sauce                                -diapers & pull-ups (all sizes)

-jelly                                                     -wipes

-canned beef stew                             -paper towels

-laundry detergent

Please drop-off items by Aug. 23 in one of the donation bins by Aug. 23.

Small Group—Covenant Bible Study

This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks, in three sets of eight weeks. Unlike the learning you may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.

The first eight-week session—Creating–begins in late September and will finish up by Thanksgiving. As of now, two small group sessions are scheduled, though if you are interested in a different time and another place (such as a home), please contact Pastor Mochel.

Sundays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The cost of the participant’s guides is $50 for all three, or $17.50 for one of the eight week sessions. Payment will be collected at the first meeting.


Summer Book Club

We continue our summer book club with The Giver by Lois Lowry. We’ll read this short novel in two meetings in August.

Join us on August 9 for chapter 1-11 as we learn about the seemingly perfect life of Jonas and his community.

Finish the book with us (chapters 12-23) on August 23 as we examine the impact that having (or not having) choice makes in our lives.

We will meet following worship.  If you have never The Giver before, last read as a teenager, or have an emerging chapter reader at home, come join us for conversation.  Adults and youth are welcome to participate.  Copies of the books are available in the church office, at the library, and on audio book.

This Is Your Church: A Conversation


June 14, 11 a.m.

Everyone, youth and adult, is encouraged to join together after worship on June 14 for an important gathering over lunch, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.

We will discuss and learn about the mission, vision, and values of Christ Crossman and how God is calling us to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing the ways we organize and fund this ministry, especially with the opportunity for each of us to grow and serve together. The support and participation of all is needed as we continue to move forward faithfully and sustainably.

Child care and supervision is provided