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At Christmas, we’re invited into the light of Christ.
Many of us do feel a renewed sense of holiness and mission when we hear the beloved
Christmas story. We start the new year with the best of intentions. With resolution, even.
To begin to grow in faith is, for some, the most difficult part. We ruminate, procrastinate,
and might even fail with our first steps. We get stuck in the muck. That’s OK, because God
meets us in the mess. He sent his Son to show us the way.
Our worship series in January is “Begin.” We’re starting the year with Biblical stories of
new beginnings. It’ll be messy, but there is inspiration in the example of Adam and Eve,
Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and more.
“Begin!” Start to focus on what matters each Sunday at Galilee.
Backpack OFFICE Memory Cafe
Buddies (BPB) CLOSED 12-2pm
in MR - 10am BPB Night
in MR - 10am Ashburn
4 - 8PM
Room 208 following
Water to Wine
Jesus can do
Jesus can do things
that we can't.
Nothing is too
hard for Jesus.
Family Grow Hour Week 4
Walking on Water
We're taking a break from Grow Hour Matthew 14:22-33
in January to start something new. Jesus can do what
Join us for an all-new FAMILY GROW is impossible.
HOUR launching February 2nd.
reBOOT $2.25/game-Bring snack money
Jan. 10-12 Bowl America
Jan. 26 - 7PM
See you at
Skycroft 46940 Woodson Dr., Sterling, VA
Equipping and encouraging students in grades 6-12
Grow Hour For more information about
Youth Ministry contact:
Sundays • 10:15AM
Jan. 5: Fellowship & Worship
Jan. 12: No Grow Hour - reBOOT For schedule see:
Jan. 19: Old Testament Questions galileeumc.org/youth
Jan. 26:Fellowship & Worship;
Are you connected?
Band members rehearse text @galileeyo to 81010
with Mr. Minnick in
Sundays: Friends in Faith
10:15am · Adult Flex
Led by Bill Johnson
What do you know about how we received the Bible? Would you like to
know more about how it came down through the centuries to us?
The Bible is the source of our understanding about our Christian faith.
This series, How the Bible Came to Be, will provide you with a back-
ground and appreciation of the importance of this great book. Led by
Bill Johnson in the Adult Flex room.
Sundays: Sunday Small Group
10:15am · Room 202
Led by Chris Richter
Everybody, Always – Following Christ means more than just putting a toe in the wa-
ter when it comes to loving others. It means grabbing your knees and doing a can-
nonball! And, as Jesus revealed, it means loving the difficult ones. This five-session
video Bible study, following the book by Bob Goff, will provide practical steps to
help you take that journey.
Galilee Book Club
Led by Chris Smith, Jennifer Shah & Mario Brathwaite
5:30pm - Adult Flex Room
4th Sunday of each month -
Be a part of the Galilee Book Club. We choose one title a month and meet at Galilee on
the fourth Sunday of each month @ 5:30 for a light meal
and open discussion. Contact [email protected]
for details and to learn what we are reading now.
December - January books are The Handmaid’s Tale and
The Testaments, both by Margaret Atwood. These will be
discussed on Sunday, January 26.
Monday Women’s Evening Group
Led by Mary Ann Myers & Jenny Castle
6:30pm - Adult Flex - Join us for dinner and study.
Does God care? Is He fair? Is He even there? Although you may know
all the right answers, they don’t always feel right. This Missing Pieces:
Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense - Bible Study Book provides a
personal study experience for this video-driven women’s Bible study.
Explore these and other questions in this look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of
faith. God’s ways don’t always make sense, but He is trustworthy. Come close to Him. Trust
Him more than your feelings. God will reveal Himself and fill in your missing pieces.
Experience unexpected peace in spite of unexpected heartache
Hang on to God’s answers when you feel you are at the end of your rope
Move forward when you feel stuck in your circumstances
Have a greater sense of peace through every storm you face
Strengthen your faith when you feel beaten down by life
Survive unexpected storms knowing God is in your boat
Experience stability when tidal waves of emotion hit
Trust God more than your feelings
Led by Pastor Jason Duley
10:00am - Lansdowne Woods
7:00pm - Ashby Ponds
Join Pastor Jason each Tuesday ....
Genesis - Not simply the first book of the Bible, this study will explore the family tree of
our faith! Some of the most amazing characters, and some of the most significant les-
sons of belief have their roots in these powerful stories.
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study
Led by Emilie Beckelhimer
9:30am - Adult Flex - Begins January 8
Many women are wired to control. You’re the ones who make sure
the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the
children are dressed, and everyone gets to work, school, and other
activities on time.
But trying to control everything can be exhausting, and it can also
cause friction with your friends and family.
This humorous, yet thought-provoking book guides you as you discover for yourself the
freedom and reward of living a life “out of control,” in which you allow God to be seated in
the rightful place in your life.
we're not meant to do life
FOR ALL AGES
Wednesday: PrimeTimers Luncheon
Led by Ferd Wagner Prime
PrimeTimers is a fellowship and Bible study group that meets throughout the year. They
are studying the book of Romans. The meeting begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m.
They have begun teaming up with Backpack Buddies to sort and pack food monthly and
have started a monthly card ministry for shut-ins. For more information see Ferd Wagner or
David or Laura Leroy or email the church office, [email protected]
Son-Rise Thursday Morning Study
6:30am We meet every Thursday morning at 6:30am
Newcomers are welcome. Contact: [email protected]
Location: The Holiday Inn: 45425 Holiday Drive, Sterling, VA 20166
Tony Dungy says it’s time...for every man to choose an Uncommon
life! This Super Bowl-winning coach has spent his life shaping young
men. Now, Tony Dungy is ready to share core truths he wants every
man to understand, live by, and pass on to others. Examine your life—and aspire to a
life of renewed integrity…influence…and faith. With this Bible study you’ll tackle key
principles found in Tony Dungy’s UNcommon (Tyndale House Publishers).
You’ll explore Scripture, engage in discussion, encounter character-building in-
sights—and uncover what it means to live a life of true significance.
Come join other Galilee members as we read and discuss this book on Thursday
Thursday Morning Sisters in Christ Study Group
Led by Nancy Epperson
10:00am - Adult Flex
1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Dalal Abu Suleiman, an only child and heiress to one of the wealthiest
and the most influential families in Lebanon, comes to know Christ as
her personal Savior, through the influence of her Christian classmate
and next-door neighbor.
The new Christian faith adopted by this pampered teen-age girl—as her name sug-
gests—causes her to lose everything at one point. She is torn from her own home
and country, forsaken by her own mother and family, loses her identity and goes
through the shadow of the valley of death for the sake of Christ
God, in his mercy and grace, is faithful to the girl that loves Him so much, sacri-
fices her life for Him, and endures persecution for His Holy Name, by giving her the
desire of her heart, the man “whom her soul loveth”.
In response to a previous Financial Town Hall and the Financial Survey, Galilee will now
include financial information in the monthly bulletin. The following table shows financial
results for November 2019.
November 2019 Variance YTD 11/30/19 Variance %
Actual Forecast $ % Actual Forecast $
Total Income 85,404 105,309 (19,905) (18.9)% 1,021,884 1,081,638 (59,754)(5.5%
Staff 45,401 45,726 324 0.7% 497,352 502,977 5,625 1.1%
Operating 26,377 25,751 (626) (2.4)% 244,227 299,893 55,666 18.6%
Sub-Total 71,778 71,477 (301) (0.4)% 741,579 802,869 61,290 7.6%
Apportionments 8,540 10,531 1,990 18.9% 102,190 108,164 5,974 5.5%
Mortgage 20,077 20,081 4 0.0% 220,842 220,888 46 0.0%
Sub Total 28,617 30,612 1,995 6.5% 323,033 329,052 6,019 1.8%
Total Expenses 100,395 102,088 1,693 1.7% 1,064,612 1,131,921 67,310 5.9%
ChangeinNetAssets $(14,991) $3,220 $(18,211) (565.5)% $(42,728) $(50,283) $7,555 15.0%
January 11 Memory Cafe is a supportive place for people with mild to mid-stage
2nd Saturdays memory loss and their caregivers.
12:00pm - 2:00pm Bring your own lunch. Soft drinks and dessert will be
provided. Resources will be available for you to take home. Meet new
friends, socialize, and relax.
For more information, contact: [email protected]
Location: Youth Center
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
January 2 The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group is specifically for caregivers
1st Thursdays and family of people experiencing dementia. It is not intended for
12:00pm - 1:30pm those afflicted with dementia (see Memory Cafe
Lansdowne Woods above). Attendees are welcome to bring lunch,
otherwise light snacks & water are provided.
For more information contact Deb Harney at
Location: Madison Room at Lansdowne Woods
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
4 PM – 8 PM
WITH HELP FROM THE
GALILEE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
SQUISITO PIZZA AND PASTA 44050 ASHBURN SHOPPING PL, ASHBURN, VA
Galilee is filled with generous people both in and out of the pews. Donations to
LHR, especially fresh produce, have been very successful and really make a
difference in our Loudoun communities. But, it wouldn’t be possible without our
volunteers who deliver donations every month. So, a big “shout out” of THANKS to
Jan Palmer and Rich Sall David Lurie Allyce Staffen
Chris Smith Julie Dula Ferd Wagner
Kath Race Cheryl & Tom Heitfield Matt Miller
Apples Garlic Beets Oranges
Carrots Plantains Ginger root
Potatoes Lemons/Limes Onions
Peppers Turnips Yucca
Please bring in all donations of fresh food on the LAST Sunday of each month.
Please feel free to continue to donate throughout the month shelf-stable items
such as rice, beans, cereal, flour, sugar, peanut butter, jelly/jam and canned
Line Dancing Welcome to all who are interested in exercise and fun!
Intermediate Class: Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mondays and Beginner Class: Fridays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fridays Intermediate Review: Fridays 8:00pm
Not meeting Jan. 3
Mondays Monday evening Pickleball!
7:00pm - 9:00pm For more information contact: [email protected]
Location: Galilee Gym
Wednesdays Looking for a new way to get light exercise? We play Pickleball
12:00pm - 2:00pm every Wednesday in the gymnasium. Active adults welcome.
Location: Galilee Gym
Prayer Shawl Ministry
1st Sundays The Prayer Shawl Ministry makes shawls for those in the
10:15am - 11:00am hospital or in need of comfort. Knitters or crocheters are
welcome, as is anyone interested in learning.
New people of all skill levels welcome as well as any yarn donations.
Location: Conference Room
Men’s Night Out
3rd Thursday Bungalow Lakehouse
6:30pm 46116 Lake Center Plaza
Sterling, VA 20165
The Men’s Group will be meeting at Bungalow Lake House Bring a friend or make
some new ones. All are welcome!
For more information you may email: [email protected]
Meet the Pastors
REV. JASON DULEY - SENIOR PASTOR
At Galilee, we talk about “ordinary people” and “extraordinary pur-
pose.” That’s because we believe we’re all just regular people called
to do something beyond the norm. For instance, I’m an
ordinary person—my extraordinary purpose is to shepherd people in
faith, hope, and love.
Everyone has an extraordinary purpose that some time spent in
relationship with God and others can help reveal. I am here to help you discover your
extraordinary purpose and connect your gifts with that purpose.
I invite you to connect with me at Galilee.
REV. GEITRA MICKELSON - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Geitra Mickelson, Galilee’s newest addition to our clergy staff, is an
Ohio native who comes to our church with a background in music,
education, and theater. Active in church throughout her life, Geitra
responded to the call to ministry here in Virginia, where she has
lived since 2001.
“I responded to a call when God’s love convicted my heart. I’m
eager to share that love with a hurt and broken world. Jesus has
made all the difference in my life, and I believe he can make a
difference in yours—no matter what!”
“My goal is to work alongside others who are passionately committed to helping those in
Geitra serves in Galilee’s ministries and at the Chapel at Lansdowne Woods, and is
pursuing the completion of her Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Every Week at Galilee
Morning Worship // 9:00am & 11:00am
Grow Hour // 10:15am
Women’s Study Group // 6:30pm
Galilee Praise Project // 7-8:30pm
Women’s Bible Study // 10:00am
PrimeTimers Luncheon // 11:30am
Galilee Singers (Chancel Choir) Rehearsal // 7:00-8:30pm
Men’s Son-Rise Study // 6:30am
Sisters in Christ Bible Study // 10:00am (1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month)
Wesley Ringers (Handbell Choir) Rehearsal // 7:00-8:30pm
The deadline to submit information
for the February monthly bulletin is
January 15. Please email your
information to the church office: