Better Health


The vision of the Better Health Task Force is to create a caring community of vitality, health, and wholeness. As Spiritual beings, our physical health affects our spiritual health and vice versa. Paul has termed our bodies as temples of the living God. We are therefore stewards, custodians, and managers of God’s property; ourselves, our bodies, minds and spirits. We would like to motivate the congregation to follow a healthy lifestyle reflecting our affirmation of life as God’s gift. While health has a different meaning for everyone, the Better Health Team looks to provide educational programs for creating healthy minds, bodies, and spirits, as well as emotional and social support. Proposed programs include classes on nutrition and health, incorporating healthy choices, walking clubs, yoga, supper clubs, information on mental health issues, caregiver support, spiritual direction and family fun night. A caring congregation that promotes the physical and spiritual health of each church member and out into our community; that’s Better Health at FUMC!  We invite you to join our team! 

 Better Health brings you: Building Personal Resilience

This is a 6-week educational workshop designed to help you self-regulate your body’s response to stress and build inner resilience.  You will learn skills designed to increase wellbeing, personal performance, improve relationships, and more effective communication.  After the workshop participants have reported improved sleep patterns, overall ability to manage stress and increased composure in stressful situations. 

Participants will need to commit to the entire 6-week program as skill building incremental. 

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Small Group Studies*

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Walking To the Cross a Better Health Lenten Opportunity

The season of Lent provides all of us with the opportunity to more deeply reflect on our walk with the Lord. Lent is a time of preparation and self-sacrifice.  Instead of  giving up chocolate this season, why not make physical activity and reflecting on God’s word a part of the next 40 days.  Sacrifice works best if we replace it with something else that is meaningful.  The walking program, Walking to the Cross by Butch Odom, begins each week with an opportunity to set a movement goal or a reasonable physical challenge for yourself. Each day offers a passage of Scripture along with a reflection and prayer.  So get with a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, or just enjoy being alone with the Lord and walk the walk of faith. You can challenge your Sunday school class, your family, your friends, or just set a personal goal.  By walking you may become aware of opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  You may go a little out of your way to help someone, or to get to know someone better.  You can walk across the room…. Remember?   Through these acts we can enhance our faith and honor our bodies as way of honoring God.   To walk with God means you have aligned your will with His and seek Him every day!   Let’s get moving!   Onward to the Cross!

The Study is available for download or 8 paper-back books are available in the office.  


Mary McGhee-Pasternak – presentation  “When Did We See You…" (Based on Matthew 25:35-45)

Presentation - Seeing Fredericksburg Virginia through the eyes of Christ this presentation will download to your computer (downloads folder)

Fredericksburg is a patchwork community great wealth interspersed with poverty.

  • Population 27,025 *
  • George Washington’s Boyhood home
  • Known for its civil war and colonial history
  • Tourism is a major part of the economy
  • The average household income is $67,030*
  • 15.5% of the population and 10.4% of families were below the poverty line.*
  • 19.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
  • Unemployment 4.2% (664 unemployed)
  • Largest ancestry is from Ireland at 12.1%
  • Divorce rate is 11.2%
  • 1st in bars per capita. More bars per capita than anywhere else in Virginia

Lord, When did we see You… When I was hungry…

Fredericksburg UMC Outreach Food Pantry

  • The Food Pantry provides food for several days to those in need. This year, through May, our volunteers distributed 11,000 pounds of groceries providing 740 bags of food for 1,527 people.
  • The FUMC Outreach Food Pantry operates Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 110, immediately behind the Charlotte Street reception desk. There are presently 23 FUMC dedicated volunteers who administer the pantry to those in need.
  • The FUMC Food Pantry is the only one of several in the area that operates Monday through Friday throughout the year, except for holidays. It has been in operation for 25 years.
  • People requesting food assistance normally are from Fredericksburg and surrounding counties including Caroline and Fauquier. Clients include young families as well as senior citizens.

Community Dinners

  • Dinner - Cooking and serving a free community dinner at the church, primarily for our homeless population. Twice a month commitment, second and fourth Saturday.
  • Breakfast - Cooking and serving a hot breakfast to our homeless population at the church on Tuesday mornings.
  • Lunch - Fast Food made with Love! Each week, Micah distributes 300 lunches prepared ahead of time by volunteer groups including FUMC to individuals in our community.