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IN THE WAKE OF VANDALISM: A CALL TO ACTION

On July 17, vandals desecrated Faith United Methodist Church’s sanctuary doors, the very doors that we are committed to keeping open as sanctuary to ALL. Vandals marked us a “FAKE CHRUH.” We beg to differ.

 

At Faith, we welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital and social status, and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed.

 

We are committed to inclusiveness because each person is beloved, made in the image of God, and created uniquely to serve and light the world. We recognize that we are on a journey and do this work of inclusion imperfectly, relying on God’s grace, praying for guidance and growth.

Trustee chair Nancy Kuhn offers this response: As a long-time member of Faith United Methodist Church and a supporter of a community of faithful people who love and welcome all individuals, I am saddened by these repeated acts of vandalism at Faith.  I am sad that there is someone that has so much hate in their heart against their fellow neighbors that they resort to the destruction of property.  We have increased security at Faith and hope that we can stop these acts of vandalism.   All are welcome at Faith.  


This is the sixth vandalism incident targeting our pride flag and our reconciling (fully inclusive) stance this calendar year.

 

As incidents escalate, we at Faith believe it is necessary to call on our neighbors and friends to fully embrace the call that we understand from Jesus – a call that is common to many faith traditions – a call to love God and neighbor.

We have been heartened by expressions of support, and we know that so many of our neighbors seek a community where people are safe and celebrated for their gifts.

Safe communities cannot tolerate hate, especially in a climate of growing division in our country. Allowing hate to go unnoticed, unseen, unchallenged, and uninvestigated normalizes hateful behavior.

 

In a recent sermon, our pastor, the Rev. Dr. Laura Norvell, said:

The world lacks gentleness. And I think that we lack gentleness in part because we do not receive the grace and love, expressed as deep gentleness, that God has for us. I think we find ourselves in starkly divided times in part because we don’t accept that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who delights in us.

So, to our neighbors and friends, we ask this: be a source of love and light in the community. Do not look the other way when hate shows up. If you see vandalism or hate speech that threatens another’s identity, please reach out to the Montgomery County Police Department’s (or your local jurisdiction’s) non-emergency number and file your concern. Abide no hatred.

 

And please know this: if you or someone in your family are experiencing hatred and need a safe faith community of which to be a part, you are welcome at Faith. Reach out to our pastor at 301.881.1881.

Linked on this page is a letter of support from the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church.

 

Faith United Methodist Church is located at 6810 Montrose Road in Rockville. Serving the community for 60 years, we have 150 active worshipers and 350 members. We have become a congregation that seeks the well-being of the place in which we find ourselves (Jeremiah 29: 7 paraphrased). That means acting for justice and compassion. Learn more about Faith on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FaithUMCRockville

 

For information, please contact Rev. Dr. Laura Norvell at office@faithworkshere.com or Nancy Kuhn, trustee chair at nkuhn@shulmanrogers.com.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.    -Hebrews 11:1-3

In a world that clamors for us to do and be more and more, community - one rooted in values like love, faith, service, compassion and justice - offers an anchor and a place to bloom and grow.

That's what we seek to be - a place to belong, to become, to believe.  Together we seek to grow first as people who are changed by a relationship with God, finding faith in things we hope for and cannot see.  Then we seek to become disciples of Jesus Christ who share light and love in the world.  We worship together, serve together, learn together, pray together.  We also laugh together, share life and eat together (like good Methodists do).

Take a look around.  Join us for worship on Sunday morning or try our Messy Church on Saturday afternoons.  Come as you are.  God receives you just as you are and so will we.

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Faith UMC is a
Lighthouse Congregation

As of May 1, 2023 Faith UMC was approved as an official Baltimore-Washington Conference Lighthouse Congregation!

What does this mean? In light of the current split in our denomination, some congregations have voted to leave the United Methodist Church. As a Lighthouse Congregation, we make it clear that we chose not to disaffiliate, and that we offer a place of healing, rest, and discernment for those people who wish to remain United Methodist although their home church is disaffiliating.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.   ~Matthew 5:16

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We celebrate God's
gift of diversity.

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Join us for worship
Sunday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. 

A Summertime Worship Series begins!
 

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Join us for Messy Church
Saturday, August 24
4:30-6:30 p.m.
 

Did I hear you say what is Messy Church?

It is a quarterly inter-generational worship service which emphasizes being together (fellowship), making things together (creativity & service), eating together, and celebrating God together through preaching, music, and prayer.

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