April 18th News and Notes

LIFT is Almost Here!

We have been selected to be a pilot church for “LIFT” – Living in Faith Together.  This is an intergenerational Sunday School program designed for all ages – children and adult!  We will be testing it for four weeks, starting an April 22nd with a potluck after church!  For more information, see last week’s e-votional.  I hope adults and children alike will join us!

 

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  Please see Herb Sheppard for more information or you can sign up in the Narthex.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.  We are looking for people to help set up before worship.

Sermon Series

From now until Pentecost (May 20th), we will be looking at Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  After Pentecost, we will be looking at the heroes of the Bible?  Who do you consider a hero from the Bible?  Email your answer to ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Multi-lingual?

Do you speak a language other than English?  Would you be willing to play a small role in worship on May 20th?  If so, please let Chris know!

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00..

If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, April 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship

Monday, April 23rd

  • Art & Music Camp meeting, 4:00

Wednesday, April 25th

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, April 29th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
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April 12th E-votional

LIFT is coming!  We have been chosen to be a pilot church for LIFT and we will being on April 22nd, following worship. This will be the first of four LIFT sessions.  LIFT stands for living in faith together!  Doesn’t “living in faith together” sound lovely?  But, what is it?  Lift is an cross generational Sunday School program.  Building off of Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” LIFT is composed of Bible study (the apostles teaching), cross generational interaction (fellowship), a snack or meal (breaking of bread), and worship (prayers).  These four elements will be featured in every LIFT session.

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of inter-generational or cross generational activities.    I think there are many benefits to cross generational activities.  I think it is one way we learn generational literacy.  It seems every day there is a new articles about what the “Millennials”, or the “Gen-Xers”, or the “Baby Boomers” are or aren’t doing.  Instead of labeling people, lets get to know them.  Cross generational activities help us learn how to act.  Think of it this way, if you put ten 14 year old boys in a room together, you get “Lord of the Flies!”  If you have ten 14 year old boys in a group of 50 people ageing from 3-80, a natural hierarchy will form.  You can find all sorts of articles about the benefits here.

Theologically, we have to remember the words of Jesus, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”  There are several instances in scripture of households and communities coming together for learning, but I cannot think of any instance of being separated out by age.  It is also important to remember the promises we make at every baptism.  We promise to uphold and support the child being baptized in their life in Christ.  We make these promises on behalf of the church universal and they are made elsewhere on our behalf.  It all boils down to it being our responsibility as Christians to help raise the children among us, as we were raised.  It is also our responsibility to let the children come to us and to teach us how the Kingdom of God works.

I hope you will join us as we try out LIFT April 22nd, 29th, May 6th (in the park), and May 13th.  Each week will be a little different as we try different things.  Your feedback can help shape LIFT for our church and for the greater church as we offer our feedback to the program that designed it.

Matthew 19:1-5:  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

April 11th News and Notes

LIFT is coming!

We have been selected to be a pilot church for “LIFT” – Living in Faith Together.  This is an intergenerational Sunday School program designed for all ages – children and adult!  We will be testing it for four weeks, starting an April 22nd with a potluck after church!  Plan on joining us!

SEEDS

Seeds will resume April 18th.  If you are interested in providing part of the meal (main course, bread, or salad), please see Sue Kennedy or Diane Eades.

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  Please see Herb Sheppard for more information or you can sign up in the Narthex.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.  We are looking for people to help set up before worship.

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, April 11th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, April 12th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, April 15th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, April 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship
  • CYF Committee meeting

Wednesday, April 25th

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

April 5th News and Notes

 

Neutral Pulpit

We will be hosting a neutral pulpit on April 8th.  A neutral pulpit is when a pastor nominating committee invites a candidate to preach at a neutral location and is one of the final steps in the pastoral search process.   We will welcome a PNC and the Rev. Gloria Yi that morning.

SEEDS

Seeds will resume April 18th.  If you are interested in providing part of the meal (main course, bread, or salad), please see Sue Kennedy or Diane Eades.

LIFT is coming!

We have been selected to be a pilot church for “LIFT” – Living in Faith Together.  This is an intergenerational Sunday School program designed for all ages – children and adult!  We will be testing it for four weeks, starting an April 22nd with a potluck after church!  Plan on joining us!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  Please see Herb Sheppard for more information or you can sign up in the Narthex.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.

Two Week Outlook

Friday, April 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, April 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship
  • CSF committee meeting after Sunday School

Monday, April 9th

  • Worship Team, 8:00

Wednesday, April 11th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, April 12th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, April 15th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Seeds, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

Good Friday E-votional

Good Friday is a tricky day.  A lot of people skip Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.  They miss the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.  They miss the crucifixion of Christ on the Cross.  If we haven’t watched Christ suffer and die on the cross, where is the joy in the resurrection?  If we don’t see our God dead, then where is the power of the resurrection?

However, Good Friday loses a lot of it’s impact for us.  We know the end of the story!  We know that Christ will rise.  We know that death is not the end.  We don’t know what it is like to be Simon, carrying the cross of Jesus.  We don’t know what it is like to be the beloved disciple watching his teacher and friend die.  We don’t know what it is like to be Nicodemus, having to help bury the person who changed the course of his life.  We don’t know what it is like to be Mary, watching her son cruelly executed right in front of her.  We don’t know the pain of thinking that our savior is killed and our hope along with him.

Does our knowing the end of the story diminish the power of Good Friday?  There is no denying that some of the emotional heft, some of the loss of hope, some of the despair is lost.  The impact is not lost.  It is not lost that Jesus would suffer on the cross for us.  It is not lost that Jesus would die for us.  It does not die that even in his last moments, Jesus would say, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

So we gather on Friday.  We put our hope on the back burner.  We forget that death has no victory.  We enter into faux despair.  We remember the pain and agony suffered by a man on our behalf.  We remember that Christ died, willingly, for us.  We remember that God died for us.  Nothing can lessen the impact of that.

John 19:30 “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Maundy Thursday E-votional

I heard a new song this week, “Come to the Table” by the Sidewalk Prophets.  You can listen to it here.   I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of a lot of “contemporary Christian” music.  So much of it is either poorly written, had poor theology, or is just plain bad.  I am not dismissing all of it, by I tend to approach much of it with skepticism.  “Come to the Table” really spoke to me, though, and I felt it was especially fitting for Maundy Thursday, the day we remember the Last Supper.

“He said come to the table
Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior now
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table

Come meet this motley crew of misfits
These liars and these thiefs
There’s no one unwelcome here, no
So that sin and shame that you brought with you
You can leave it at the door
And let mercy draw you near”

These lyrics remind us that when we gather around Communion, it is Christ that invites us.  Christ welcomes us.  Christ welcomes all, nobody is unwelcome.  We must remember that in the Gospels, Jesus broke bread with the disciples, the prostitutes, the tax collectors, the pharisees.  Jesus sat at the table with people from all walks of life.  In fact, that was one of the criticisms of him by religious officials – he must be a glutton and a drunkard because of the company he kept.

The most powerful part of the song is:

“To the thief, to the doubter
To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier
To the young, to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst
All the last, all the first
All the paupers and the princes
All who fail you’ve been forgiven
All who dream, all who suffer
All who loved and lost another
All the chained, all the free
All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who’s been let down
All the lost you have been found
All who’ve been labeled right or wrong
Everyone who hears this song”

We are reminded who was there at the Last Supper.  Judas, who would betray Christ that night.  Peter, who would deny Christ that night.  Thomas, who would doubt Christ a few days later.  As well as other disciples who would fall asleep in the garden or abandon him at the cross.  The disciples all let Jesus down in one way or another, yet Jesus loved them, welcomed them, broke bread with them, and ultimately, died for them.  That should give us great comfort, knowing that even when we let Jesus down, he still loves us, he still redeems us, he still welcomes us to the table.

As you remember the Last Supper today (or anytime you celebrate Communion), remember that Christ took the bread and declared it to be his body, broken for us.  Remember he took the cup and said it represented the new covenant, sealed in his blood that was poured out for us.  We remember that he invites all people to the table, even those that disappoint him, betray him, deny him or doubt him.    We remember that he invites sinners and saints.  We remember that he invited the “thief and the doubter, the hero and the coward…”  We remember that he invited me and you.

 

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

 

March 28th News and Notes

 

Maundy Thursday

Mandy Thursday is March 29th.  We will celebrate communion during a potluck meal, beginning at 6:00.  You can sign up here.  Plan on joining us!

Good Friday

Good Friday is March 30th this year.  We will have a worship service at 7:30.

Thank You

Thank you to all who contributed to the Easter Baskets for the Food Pantry and who helped out with the Easter Egg hunt last Sunday!

Mission Giving

April is the traditional time for the collection of One Great Hour of Sharing.  This Sunday, our mission giving will go towards One Great Hour of Sharing.

 

 

Neutral Pulpit

We will be hosting a neutral pulpit on April 8th.  A neutral pulpit is when a pastor nominating committee invites a candidate to preach at a neutral location and is one of the final steps in the pastoral search process.   We will welcome a PNC and the Rev. Gloria Yi that morning.

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  Please see Herb Sheppard for more information or you can sign up in the Narthex.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, March 28th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:15

Thursday, March 29th

  • Maundy Thursday Potluck, 6:00

Friday, March 30th

  • Good Friday Service, 7:30

Sunday, April 1st

  • Easter
  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, April 4th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:15

Friday, April 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, April 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship
  • CSF committee meeting after Sunday School

Looking Ahead

  • April 1st, Easter
  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th