April: Make It, Do It, Talk About It!

If you haven’t already played outside, I recommend turning off your screen to do so immediately.  Save some of these ideas for a rainy day and go get some Vitamin D with the people you love.

Once you need some ideas, check out this April edition of Make It, Do It, Talk About It.

Make It: Birdfeeders!

There are a zillion different varieties of these. Here are a few of my favorite:

Photo by Gary Mueller

No instructions here — just make a cool Lego house with empty space in the middle.  Once it’s the birdseed is all eaten, take it apart and make a whole new design.

Photo from 366 Days of Pinterest

This project is great for young fingers learning fine motor skills — all you need are pipe cleaners, cheerios, and a little string. Check out the full instructions here.


From Candice Ashment Art

If you want to get more creative, try painting or decoupaging a milk (or juice) carton.  You can see more instruction here.

Do It: Visit the Tulips &  Snow Goose Produce

Growing up in Anacortes, I remember spring meant dealing with “Tulip Traffic.” Now that I don’t live in the Skagit Valley, I understand why so many people want to visit the fields!

If you decide to visit the tulips, be sure to swing by Snow Goose Produce. It’s a fantastic seasonal farmstand that has fresh produce, fish, and what they’re really known for: immodest ice cream cones.

Talk About It: Love

As most of you know, I am getting married this month and have been in the beautiful whirlwind of planning and being excited for a wedding. My partner Andrew and I are always asking  what love means to ourselves, to each other, and to the family we are beginning to make.

Here are a few questions to ask any young person in your life about how they understand what love means:

  • Do you love pizza the same way you love your family?
  • Why do you think we use the same word for such different things? What other words can we use?
  • Who are the people who love you? How do you know?
  • When is loving someone easy? When is it hard?
  • Is love a feeling or something you do?
  • How do you experience God’s love?

Enjoy the sunshine!



Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2016

We are well into the Lenten season and fast—approaching Holy Week! Below is a schedule of WUMC’s events for the Easter week. Contact Pastor Ann (pastor@wallingfordumc.org) with any questions.

Sunday, March 20th: Palm Sunday Worship, 10:00AM

Journey with Jesus to Jerusalem at Palm Sunday worship, which will include a procession and waving of the palms. We will share a meditation on the theme, “The Rocks Will Cry Out.” Sunday School and Adult Ed are at 9:00AM and worship starts at 10:00.

Thursday, March 24th: Maundy Thursday Worship, 7:00PM

Celebrate the sacrament of Christ’s Last Supper with the WUMC community. We will commemorate the gift of the Lord’s Supper and pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. All are welcome to come worship at 7:00PM.

Friday, March 25th: Good Friday Tenebrae, 7:30PM

 We will observe the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death with a Tenebrae service at 7:30PM at WUMC. “Tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” and the Tenebrae service is one of diminishing light. During this service, we will read the Passion story, sing, and gradually extinguish the 12 candles representing the disciples and the Christ candle as we remember the events of the cross.

Sunday, March 27th: Easter!

 Easter Sunday is full of ways to celebrate at WUMC! All are welcome, and feel free to bring friends and family to these special services. Childcare will be available at each event.

Sunrise Service, 7:00AM, Gasworks Park

Climb to the top of Kite Hill early on Easter morning to greet each other and the beautiful creation around us with news that Christ is risen. Dress for the weather and prepare to celebrate!

Worship, 10:00AM, WUMC

Our celebration of the risen Christ and redemption of all creation continues at WUMC in story, song, and Scripture. Join in for a special service featuring the choir and brass and string music.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt, 11:15AM, WUMC

 We will fellowship after the service and enjoy two of our favorite WUMC Easter traditions: brunch and the children’s Easter Egg Hunt! Bring a dish to share and plan to meet after the service for food and cheering for our kids as they scour the grounds for eggs.

Holy Week: Make It, Do It, Talk about It

Make It: Naturally-dyed Easter Eggs

From Big Sis Lil Sis Blog

We’ll be doing an abbreviated version of this at Sunday School on Easter Morning (9am, K-8th grade — be there!). If you’d like to try it out at home, check out this great tutorial.

Do It: Table-Turning Monday

JESUS MAFA. Jesus drives out the merchants, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Holy Week is a dramatic, full experience. Staring with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter, we celebrate and weep and sing the alleluia in seven days. In addition to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, some faith communities also recognize “Table Turning Monday” as a time to act as Jesus did in the Temple, calling out injustice among God’s people.

Last year, different groups in Seattle recognized Table Turning Monday by demanding “No New Youth Jail” in Seattle.  Learn more about that event by reading this article.

This year, you and young people you know can take action to fight homelessness by taking one of these 10 Steps.

Talk About It: Resurrection


Until I was about 9-years-old, Easter made perfect sense to me. Jesus died, three days later he came back to life, and so obviously I got to eat my favorite thing on the planet: Marshmallow Peeps. This logic was flawless to my second grade self.

As  I got older, I started to realize that many people didn’t go to church, and that some people (including my closest friends) didn’t think that Jesus actually came back from the dead. Or they thought he was a zombie. Or that he wasn’t the Christ in the first place. Or maybe they were just angry because they didn’t get Peeps.

It didn’t feel like my faith totally became unhinged, but these perspectives (along with several True Science Bible Specials on the Discovery Channel) caused me to sort my understandings of the world into either “sacred” and “scientific.”

If I learned something about God or love or people I cared for, then I tucked it into a little box in my brain, along with birthdays and Bible verses I was trying to remember.

If I learned something about science or the universe, that was tucked into a different box with my multiplication tables and a few favorite episodes of the Magic School Bus.

It wasn’t until much later that I started mixing up these boxes. I remember using a camera in college to capture images — little recordings of light that are just flat regurgitations of color. As I learned about aperture and ISO, I wanted to put photography into my “science” box, but when I looked the pictures and wanted to laugh or scream or fall in love, I knew they belonged in my “sacred” box. How could they be both?

Some how our bodies are designed to take the physical, scientific world around us and make holy, loving meaning from it. The idea of God experiencing this sensation by becoming human is one of the key ways that I understand who Jesus is.

Another is in nature. Every year we watch trees die in front of us, arms outstretched as all color leaves their bodies. Bulbs are buried and forgotten while the rest of us move on with our lives. Then spring starts — new life in sprouts and blossoms.

To me, this is Easter. This is the sacred and scientific resurrection.


Here are some questions to talk about with young people you know:

  • What do you know about why we celebrate Easter?
  • What is new life around you that you see right now?
  • How are you blossoming or growing after winter?
  • What part of you is coming back to life?




2016 Matters of the Heart Auction

Hello WUMC Members and Friends:

Our annual Matters of the Heart fundraising auction is less than two months away!

The auction is a silent and live auction with buffet dinner (including vegetarian and non-vegetarian items) that will be held at the Great Hall at Green Lake on Saturday, April 2nd starting at 5:00PM. The auction is an annual social event co-sponsored by the Wallingford United Methodist Church congregation and the Wallingford Childcare Center to raise funds for capital improvements and special needs for both communities. Donations are received from parents of children in the childcare center, from church members and from local businesses.

We are excited to announce that the auction website is activated and ready for you to use now. Visit http://wallingfordumc.maestroweb.com/ for ticket purchases, to enter your donations, and to preview auction items for the event.

Tickets are available at three levels:

  • Sponsored Attendee: $35 per person
  • Standard Ticket: $65 per person
  • Donor Level: $95 per person

We will also be selling tickets in person before and after services on Sunday mornings leading up to the auction if you do not want to purchase online. If you are using the website, you will be directed to sign in first so the system can receive your donor information. After that is complete, you simply fill out the online form and the donation automatically goes into our auction database system (Note: if you want to donate the same thing that you donated last year with no changes, you can just email Ann Joyce at m_ann_joyce@msn.com and she will reactivate that item that is already in our database system).

Some of the donated items are already available for viewing on the auction website. You can look at the auction items and create a “wish list” of things you want to make sure to bid on at the auction. More items and photos will be added each day leading up to the auction.

Items already up include:

  • Tickets to the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses
  • Private wine and chocolate tastings
  • Professional garden consulting session
  • One month unlimited dance classes
  • 6 free rental hours at Kenyon Hall
  • Home-made pie delivered to you each month
  • Locavore, Brazilian, and Ethiopian dinner parties
  • A kayaking adventure
  • And much more to come!

We encourage everyone to find a way to participate in the auction. We are currently looking for volunteers who can give a few hours of their time to organize ticket sales, pick up procured items from businesses and encouraging parents to donate items.

Please save the date of Saturday, April 2nd and let Ann Joyce (m_ann_joyce@msn.com), Lisa Cooper (lismcooper@msn.com), or Tom Pouliot (Pouliot@outlook.com) know if you can volunteer prior to the auction or the night of the auction. Thank you!


Ash Wednesday & Lent at WUMC

Lent is a powerful season of reflection and response. Join WUMC for worship and fellowship throughout the season.

  • Ashes-to-Go, Feb. 10th, 4:30PM-6:15PM: This drop-in Ash Wednesday service is great for families and other busy folk. Swing by to receive ashes and meditate briefly. Kids will enjoy an interactive sensory experience.
  • Ash Wednesday Service, Feb. 10th, 7:30PM: Gather for an evening of prayer, story, and song on Ash Wednesday. This service will feature Taizé music and the imposition of ashes as part of our worship.
  • Lenten House Churches: This year’s Lenten House Churches will gather throughout Lent to share in a book study. The book engages in topics such as connecting with God, relationships and more. House church sign-ups are posted in the narthex. Gatherings are scheduled for: Sunday 6:30PM, Tuesday 7:00PM and Wednesday 7:00PM. Contact Pastor Ann for more details (206-551-5918).