There’s something about snow in Northern Virginia. It makes us anxious, and it encourages us to complain about other drivers, but it also forces us to slow down—something we often don’t do on our own. This past week UPWARD was impacted just like everyone else. There were questions about whether or not the church would be open or the parking lot would be clear. There were squirrely children who needed to get out of the house and frazzled parents who would have been happy to take their children anywhere. In the midst of it all, however, there also was silence—enough silence for us to hear our own thoughts, examine what we are doing, and think about what direction we want to take.

Next year UPWARD will celebrate its tenth anniversary. It’s hard to believe that Herndon UMC has hosted an UPWARD program for almost 10 years. During that time we have served thousands of children and their families. We have handed out hundreds of Bibles, delivered at least as many devotions, and trained far more coaches and referees. Mostly importantly, however, we have shared the love of Christ in very tangible ways. Herndon UMC has created a warm, welcoming environment where families long to be—even in the midst of a snow storm. Thank you for making that possible.

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