Galilee United Methodist Church
45425 Winding Road
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You’re invited into the light!
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, and there’s no better time to see that light shine
than during the season of Advent leading to Christmas. Christmas is about lights, right?
On the Sundays preceding this holiday, we’re going to focus on the ways in which Christ
shines through the darkness of the world to reach us, to enlighten us, to heal us, and to
point us toward the glory that awaits us beyond our ordinary cares and our deepest wor-
The keynote of our worship series “Lights” is from Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light
has come.” As you join us in worship, be aware that we are asking you to shine like a
You’re welcome here.
Backpack BPB Night Memory Cafe
Buddies (BPB) 12-2pm
in MR - 10am 5 - 9PM
in MR - 10am
Christmas Eve OFFICE CLOSED
5-7-9-11PM DEC. 25-26-27
Room 208 following
God told us He would
give us Jesus.
Jesus has been born.
The angels tell
December 8 Week 4
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
A Night in Bethlehem
Children's Christmas Musical Luke 2:1-20
God gave us Jesus
10:15am in Sanctuary because He loves us.
Wise men come to
see God's son.
Galilee Youth Ministry
Grow Hour - Sunday 10:15am - Youth Center
Dec. 1 - "Got Questions?"
No Grow Hour: Dec. 8, 15, 22
YOUTH GROUP SUNDAYS 7-8:30PM
Let's Get Winning Prize
Ready to and Hot
December 15, 7-8:30PM
Bring a gift to exchange
($10 or less)
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
Tales from the Madhouse – This series imagines discussions with minor characters
in the New Testament: people who encountered Jesus, had the opportunity to be
transformed through him, and – for their own reasons – chose to pass. More broadly,
these vignettes will allow us to explore those things in our own lives, world, and
selves that can keep us from embracing the life God has set aside for us.
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.
November book is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.
Because of Thanksgiving we will meet Dec. 8.
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 - Will meet offsite on Dec. 16 and
will NOT meet December 23 or December 30
Join us for dinner and study.
Max Lucado loves Christmas. Let the sleigh bells ring. Let the carolers sing. The more
Santas the merrier. The more trees the better.
He loves it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big
deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with
And the answers he’s found give us all hope. God knows what it’s like to be a human.
When we talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He’s
been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven.
Led by Pastor Jason Duley
10:00am - Lansdowne Woods
7:00pm - Ashby Ponds
Join Pastor Jason each Tuesday this fall ....
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 lessons of belief have their roots in these
At Galilee Church, we offer regular, intentional
opportunities for people to grow in faith. We strive to
prepare people of all ages for a deeper relationship
with God. Our greatest tool for growth is the small
group, where people come together to study the
word and build understanding, faith, and strong
relationships. Our small groups are open to everyone
at any time. Feel free to drop in when you are able to
see if a group is the right fit for you.
More information on Galilee’s Small Groups can be found at galileeumc.org/small-groups
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study
Led by Emilie Beckelhimer
9:30am - Adult Flex - Ends Dec. 4
A new study will begin January 8.
From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important
role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the
nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable
lessons for all of us. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines
Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. Absent from much of the
biblical narrative, Joseph never spoke a word, but his courageous
actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan
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
Do you find it hard to believe that the One who made everything
keeps your name on His heart and on His lips? Did you realize
that your name is written on the hand of God (Is. 49:16)? Perhaps
you’ve never seen your name honored. And you can’t remember
when you heard it spoken with kindness. In this book, Lucado offers the inspiration
to believe that God has already bought the ticket-with your name on it.
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 - Thru Dec. 5 A new study will begin in Jan.
Thru December 5 we will study John Ortberg’s “Soul Keeping -
Caring for The Most Important Part of You”.
Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost
touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not
turned toward God can only wither away.
In Soul Keeping, bestselling author John Ortberg sheds light on the most overlooked,
underrated, and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant
approach, he shows how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea--it’s the
only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction.
Thursdays: Bread & Wine Small Group
Small Group will meet Dec. 5, 19
Led by Heather Cox
This small group is limited to 6 participants. If interested please email:
[email protected] for more info. Hospitality doesn’t mean you have to have a
perfect house or a perfect meal. It’s just about being together. Join us as we read
Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes and together
create the recipes included with the devotionals.
Join Galilee's children and youth as they present
a very special version of the Christmas story.
9am and 11am
The Christmas story is one of hope; a message for
each of us at any stage of life's journey reminding
us that in our own dark nights,
Christ, the Light of the world, has come.
at Galilee Church
45425 Winding Road, Sterling, Virginia
3 pm Christmas at the Chapel
Communion at Lansdowne Woods
19375 Magnolia Woods Square
5 pm Family Service
Created especially for kids!
Worship, interactive skits, and a
special Christmas message.
7 pm 9 pm 1 1 pm
Communion with candlelight
Nursery for ages 0-3 years available
at the 7pm service
No Experience Needed!
Party & Brunch
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 - 9AM
SNOW DATE - DEC. 19
It takes many hands to put together all the
Christmas Eve bulletins and candles for the
Candlelight Communion services.
You are invited to join us for breakfast, folding,
candle assembly and just plain fun!
Please call the church office,
703-430-2203 or email:
to let us know you will be
coming! We want to make sure
there is enough food!
GREATFORKIN' IT OUT FOR A
Benefit Night at Fuddruckers is a simple and easy way
to raise funds for our organization!
Here's how it works:
• It's easy! Just spread the word to everyone who might be interested in helping out. All they
have to do is eat at Fuddruckers at the time and date listed on this poster.
• Simply present your ticket to the cashier to let them know you are here to help raise funds for our
organization. The ticket helps track the donation to our group.
• At the end of the event, they'll total up the sales and we will receive a percentage of those sales.
Backpack Buddies - Galilee Church © 2008 Fuddruckers, Inc.
Wed, 12/11 / 5P-9P
44036 Pipeline Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year
Now offering full-day preschool with optional before and
after-school care for 3 and 4 year old students.
Half-day classes are available for children ages 2 to 5 years old.
After-school care for elementary age children is available for
K-5 students from the following schools:
Algonkian ES Countryside ES
Horizon ES Potowmack ES
For more information or to schedule a tour,
contact [email protected]
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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 October 2019.
October 2019 Variance YTD 10/31/19 Variance
Actual Forecast $ % Actual Forecast $ %
Total Income 83,019 88,965 (5,946) (6.7)% 936,480 976,330 (39,850)(4.1)%
Staff 46,412 45,726 (687) (1.5)% 451,951 457,251 5,301 1.5%
Operating 13,474 29,612 16,138 54.5% 217,850 274,141 56,291 20.5%
Sub-Total 59,887 75,337 15,451 20.5% 669,801 731,392 61,592 8.4%
Apportionments 8,302 8,896 595 6.7% 93,650 97,633 3,983 4.1%
Mortgage 20,077 20,081 4 0.0% 200,766 200,808 42 0.0%
Sub Total 28,379 28,977 599 2.1% 294,416 298,440 4,025 1.3%
Total Expenses 88,265 104,315 16,050 15.4% 964,216 1,029,833 65,617 6.4%
ChangeinNetAssets $(5,246) $(15,350) $10,104 65.8% $(27,737) $(53,503) $25,767 48.2%
December 14 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
December 5 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
Care Receivers Share How Their Stephen
Ministers Made a Difference
Although my needs changed as I went from wife to caregiver to widow, my
Stephen Minister’s love and support remained a constant. She was there at
every stage of my journey, helping me through some of the most difficult
moments of my life—so I could begin to heal. - Susan
My Stephen Minister was a consistent presence walking with me throughout my
divorce. He would always show up, and most importantly, he refused to give up
on me. I’ll forever be grateful for the way he changed my life. - James
My Stephen Minister loves me, listens to me, cares for me, prays for me,
supports me, and gives me a safe, confidential relationship where I can totally
share my heart. No matter how much I have to unload on her, she listens to
whatever is going on. - Celeste
I needed to know that there was one person in the world who knew the
good, the bad, and the ugly about me - and still cared for me. Experiencing
that through my Stephen Minister was a tangible expression of God’s love. It
changed my life. - Julia
These examples come from Stephen Ministries in St. Louis.
They are not part of Galilee. If you feel that you would like a
Stephen Minister to walk with you through whatever you are
facing, please email: [email protected] or call
the church office, 703-430-2203.
Galilee UMC is proud to partner with
Loudoun Hunger Relief to help feed
the hungry in Loudoun County.
Boxed Cereals (whole grain)
100% Fruit Juice
Canned Meats (tuna or chicken)
Mac & Cheese
Chef Boyardee products with Meat
Canned Vegetables (no green beans)
Canned Fruit in juice
Jelly or Jam (not in glass)
This month we are NOT asking for fresh foods
on the last Sunday of the month because LHR
will be closed until Jan. 2.
Mondays and Welcome to all who are interested in exercise and fun!
Fridays Intermediate Class: Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
No class Dec. 16, 23, 27, Beginner Class: Fridays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
30 or Jan. 3 Intermediate Review: Fridays 8:00pm
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
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 Galilee Church
NO Meeting in Dec. 45425 Winding Road
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
purpose.” 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
Youth Group // 7:00 - 8:30pm
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 January monthly bulletin is
December 8. Please email your
information to the church office: