Dear Floris Family,

I have an unusual request for you this week. Many years ago our older members, who have been so instrumental to Floris UMC’s vitality over the years, were very disappointed when the Post Office on McLearen Drive was named Oak Hill rather than Floris. Floris has been the traditional name of this area since 1892. We now have an opportunity to provide our input to the naming the new metro stop in our area. Metro and Fairfax County have launched an online survey to provide input on station names for the new Silver Line, which will extend Metrorail service to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. The exciting thing is that one of the options for Station 8 is “Floris”. Wouldn’t it be great if we all took the survey and helped have the name of this community reflected in the station name?

Voting for “Floris” is a great way to honor our long-term members who have seen so much change and graciously welcomed all of us who came to the community and church in recent years. It would be great for them to know that the historical name of their community would be recognized, rather than forgotten, even as Metro comes to our area. Feel free to share this with your friends and neighbors who might help put Floris on the Metro map. Follow local news coverage of this effort or you may go directly to the survey. Be sure to take the survey by March 21. You can read more about the history of the Floris community.

Laptops for Haiti

Floris Haiti Mission volunteers are working with Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County to collect used laptops for delivery in March. If you have a laptop in good condition with a working battery, please consider donating it to this effort. These laptops are refurbished by volunteers and sent via missionaries to Haitian schools. Your donation will make difference in children’s lives in Haiti. For more information, contact Karen Berlin.

Volunteer for Read Across America

On Friday, March 2, Read Across America, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, will be happening in schools across the country. Each year, Hutchison Elementary invites Floris and community members to bring their favorite children’s books to the school to read to the students. Last year, more than 20 Floris members participated and had wonderful experiences sharing in the gift of reading. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Virginia Turner.

Kid Nation Summer Camps

Kid Nation is hosting several camps this summer for children preschool age through 8th grade, including VBS, a service camp and a drama camp that will support Floris’ production of “The Music Man” in August. We are expanding the size of our summer camps so there should be plenty of room for you and your friends and neighbors. Registration begins Thursday, March 1 at 9 AM on the Floris website. For more information contact Melissa Ciavarella.

This Week in Worship

Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Join us as we begin our Lenten Series on the Lord’s Prayer, Walk Humbly with God. We will begin with the phrase, Our Father, who art in heaven. Jesus promises his followers that he is the way to a new relationship with God and a new life as well. Scripture: John 14:1-11.

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the Lenten Small Groups Fair on Sunday, contact Cheryl Brock for information about how our small groups will be studying the practice of prayer during the weeks of Lent. You can find out about the books on prayer we will be studying and which groups are welcoming new members.

In Christ,

– Tom

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