Year in Review: 2018
A look back at 2018!
Communion at the 8 PM Christmas Eve service.
It was an afternoon of laughter, games and great food at the Staff Christmas Party.
It was a day of reflection, meditation and prayer for many who experienced Advent Quiet Day.
The handbell ringers performed All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.
The Christmas Festival was a joyous, well-attended and uplifting event that got us in the Christmas spirit! We saw many of our music groups perform, including the liturgical dance group, Total Praise.
We united with our Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighbors and gave thanks give thanks diversity in our community at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. It was a beautiful service that included prayers, music and reflection from various faith traditions.
$5,492 given to the Harvest Offering to support Herndon-Reston FISH. The generosity of those at UCP continues to be remarkable! Learn more about this special offering:
The Reston Community Orchestra (RCO) gives UCP an award for our dedicated community service and support. On behalf of UCP, Pastor Marcus accepts the award.
We had so much fun the the Fall Festival, Art & Craft Fair and Preschool Open House. We raised over $1000 for FISH. a local non-profit helping residents facing financial crisis.
The Justice & Peace Ministry Team hosted the Fall 2018 Justice & Inclusion Conference. Workshop topics included the #MeToo Movement, climate change and gender. Check out highlights from the event.
It was a beautiful day for Blessing of the Animals! We love our furry friends!
Pastors from our four denominations placed their hands on Pastor Marcus, as part of the Installation Service to officially welcome Rev. Dr. Marcus Leathers as co-pastor of UCP.
Reston's Divas Benefit Concert raised $2,815 to support Reston residents in crisis. It was a beautiful evening of music for the heart, soul and mind. Musicians include: Reston's Divas, Menda Ahart & Beverly Cosham, Michael Girdy, Sr., Misha Tumanov and Dave Tiller.
We are getting excited!
We love the children at UCP. During worship, there is a special time for children to hear a message.
As part of Works Sunday, volunteers enjoyed a yummy meal with the residents of Hunters Woods Fellowship House.
UCP supported the United to Love rally, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. Below is a video Pastor Marcus took from the event:
We supported the Mindful Response hosted by the Western Presbyterian Church to rally around love and to mindfully respond to the hateful rallies of supremacist groups by writing messages, in chalk, of God's love.
Donors gave 21 pints of blood at the INOVA Bloodmobile that visited UCP.
It was an active week exploring Babylon at this years Vacation Bible School. Children crafted projects in the Marketplace, played Bible games, visited with Daniel, went sliding down water slides and made new friends along the way.
We are very excited to officially welcome Rev. Dr. Marcus Leathers as co-pastor!
UCP hosted Reston's Families Belong Together Interfaith Vigil.
We honored and celebrated Jane Plum, who is retiring on July 31, after serving for 14 years as Preschool Director.
UCP was a proud co-sponsor of the first ever Reston Pride.
Pro Arte Chamber of Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACOdc) performed as part of the United Christian Parish's Concert Series.
It was an important occasion for many of our youth taking the next step in their faith journey on Confirmation Sunday.
The Justice & Peace Ministry Team hosted the Social Justice & Inclusion Conference. Community members united to focus on advancing social justice, equality and peace through educational workshops and discussion. Various organizations and speakers were present.
Many of our four-legged friends received a blessing at Reston Town Center's Pet Fiesta.
We celebrated Earth Day and God's gift of the earth. The Youth Group led the Earth Day worship services.
The heat was on at the chili cookoff. Attendees tasted various chili in support of Rise Against Hunger.
The cross on Good Friday.
A total of $9,811 was collected for One Great Hour of Sharing. The offering will be given to people facing disaster, domestically and internationally.
Pastor Marcus gets on the floor during children's time to teach an important message on Jesus' love for His disciples and His children.
The Mardi Gras celebration was an evening of great entertainment! Over 130 people attended. We met new people, heard music from some of Reston’s top talent and enjoyed delicious food.
The Christian Church Capital Area-Disciples of Christ hosted their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute & action service at UCP. The event ended with a panel discussing Dr. King's legacy and its future implications.
Meals packaged at the November 19, 2017 Rise Against Hunger Event were shipped to the Dominican Republic.
As one of our holiday serve opportunities, UCP hosted a toy drive through FISH. Toys were given to local families who face economic hardship.
We put up the Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary, which is lit 24/7 during Advent to remind passersby that there is hope in the world. One can see the light from the street.
We gave thanks for diversity in our community. We celebrated in unity with our Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian neighbors. an evening of unity as we give thanks for the diversity in our community.
10,152 meals were made at the Young Adult Rise Against Hunger event. The meals made puts United Christian Parish as making a combined total of 163,084 meals made through Rise Against Hunger.
The Justice & Peace Ministry Team hosted a Racial Inclusion discussion in an effort to establish a platform to openly discuss race and how we can work as a community to be more inclusive. Pastor Marcus is wearing the hat that is used to facilitate whose turn it is to speak.
The third annual craft fair! From jewelry to paintings to quilts to wood pieces and more, the fair featured a variety of hand crafted items from juried vendors.
Genesis Choir, UCP's children's choir, celebrated Halloween rock star style.