November 14th News and Notes

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner this Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints.  There is also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Christian Spirtual Formation

The CSF committee will meet at 5:30 on November 19th at the church.  One of the things we will be discussing is Adult Sunday School.  If you would like to add to this discussion, but are not a committee member, but would like to add to the discussion, please plan on attending!

Hanging of the Green

After worship on November 25th, we will decorate the church for Advent.  We will have a Soup Supper.  Please bring a soup or a dish to share and plan on staying and helping to decorate the church!

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The items collected will be delivered this Friday!

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 9th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required by December 6th!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Advent Wreaths

On December 2nd, after church.  We invite everyone to join us to make their own family Advent wreath.  People of all ages are welcome and invited!

Congregational Meeting

We will have a brief congregational meeting after worship on December 2nd to elect members of the board and of the nominating committee for the coming year.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, November 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Sunday, November 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • CrossGen following worship

Monday, November 19th

  • Worship Team, 4:00
  • CSF committee meeting, 5:30

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, November 25th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Soup Supper
  • Hanging of the Green

Looking Ahead

  • November 25th, Greening of the Church
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
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November 8th E-votional

E-votional?  Is this something new Chris is trying?  I know, I know, it has been far too long since I have written a “weekly” e-votional.  I could go back and check, but I don’t want to be more disappointed in myself!  There are a myriad of reasons why it has been so long.  There were a few weeks when I had too much going on and it fell to the bottom of the priority list, there were a couple of weeks where the ideas I had just couldn’t develop.  Then there were weeks when I had ideas but I was just out of practice.  I try to keep a rhythm to my weeks (when possible!).  The e-votionals fell out of that rhythm and I got out of the habit.  That is the bottom line.  Everything else is just a reason (or an excuse!)

Our Habits are powerful.  Habits can build up our lives or tear them down.  We all agree that smoking is a bad habit that negatively affects our lives.  When I was at my healthiest, I was in the habit of getting up every morning and going for a run.  Those who are in the habit of expressing their feelings are more healthy emotionally, than those who are in the habit of holding their feelings in.  Children who are in the habit of doing their homework or practicing their sports are going to do better than most who don’t.  It is amazing how habits can positively or negatively impact our lives.

What about our spiritual lives?  What about our relationships with God?  Our walk in following Christ?  Habits definitely make a difference!  I’ve talked to many people who used to go to church but don’t anymore.  There reason?  They just got out of the habit!  When they were going every week, they were in the habit and it became automatic.  Once they stopped for a few weeks, for whatever reason, that habit was broken!

What habits can help your walk with Christ?  If you don’t regularly attend worship, start there.  If you do, maybe you start (or end) each day with five minutes of prayer.  Maybe you pick a book in the bible and read a chapter each day.  Maybe you pray together as a family before dinner.  Habits can be life giving and can help us grow closer to God!

 

Hebrews 10:23-25  “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

November 7th News and Notes

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints. We have decided on Chili Night. Mary Jo will put a sign up out in the Narthex. They also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The baskets will be delivered on November 16th in the am.

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 9th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required by December 6th!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Advent Wreaths

On December 2nd, after church.  We invite everyone to join us to make their own family Advent wreath.  People of all ages are welcome and invited!

Two Week Outlook

 

Thursday, November 8th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, November 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Buddies Luncheon following worship

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, November 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, location TBD

Sunday, November 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • CrossGen following worship

Monday, November 19th

  • Worship Team, 4:00
  • CSF committee meeting, 5:30

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

November 1st News and Notes

 

Mission Giving

This Sunday we will collect our November Mission giving.  Our organization for November is Chrysalis House.  Chrysalis House provides substance use and mental health treatment services for women 18 years of age and older, while allowing their children to live onsite during their mother’s program of recovery.  The mission of Chrysalis House Inc. is to transform the lives of women and children by providing comprehensive recovery programs and services that support the development of their inherent strengths, talents, and potential. 

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday night for Daylight Savings time!

Love, Factually

We are taking a group to the Kennedy Center on Thursday, December 6th at 8:00 to see Love, Factually.  Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you’re going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.

Tickets are 56.00 including all fees.  If you are interested in attending this show, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com by Sunday, November 4th.

Be warned, this is probably not “PG” rated!

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints. We have decided on Chili Night. Mary Jo will put a sign up out in the Narthex. They also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The baskets will be delivered on November 16th in the am.

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Two Week Outlook

 

Sunday, November 4th

  • Worship, including communion 10:00

Monday, November 5th

  • CYF Meeting, 10:00

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Election Day

Wednesday, November 7th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, November 8th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, November 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Buddies Luncheon following worship

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

October 17th News and Notes

 

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is October 20th from 4:00-6:00.  We invite the congregation to bring their car out, decorate if they choose, and pass out candy to the children from the community.  If you don’t want to hand out candy, we can use help in other areas!  Come out, support the community, give out some candy and have some fun!!  The more people we have, the bigger a success it will be.  We could really use some more cars to hand out candy, whether decorated or not!

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, October 21st.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Stewardship Update

Thank you to everyone who came to Celebration Sunday and made a pledge for next year.  We received 27 pledges.  Of those, 4 were new and 13 showed increases.  Our pledges were up 3.6% over 2019.  If you were not able to be here and would like to pledge, please contact Gene Barbato.

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints. We have decided on Chili Night. Mary Jo will put a sign up out in the Narthex. They also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The baskets will be delivered on November 16th in the am.

Love, Factually

We are taking a group to the Kennedy Center on Thursday, December 6th at 8:00 to see Love, Factually.  Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you’re going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.

Tickets are 56.00 including all fees.  If you are interested in attending this show, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com by Sunday, November 4th.

Be warned, this is probably not “PG” rated!

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, October 18th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Saturday, October 20th

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 21st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen, following worship

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 25th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Men’s Breakfast, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, October 28th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Carolyn Tilley filling the pulpit

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Trunk or Treat
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

October 4th News and Notes

Mars Hill fundraiser

We will be hosting a fundraiser for next year’s Mars Hill mission trip at Texas Roadhouse on October 9th.  If you bring in a flyer (which will be sent out as soon as we get them), UPB will receive 10% of the proceeds from your meal.  We will have a raffle there to win four tickets to see the Washington Redskins vs the Carolina Panthers on October 14th! It is also kid’s night, so there will be face painting and balloon twisting.  Tell a friend and come out and eat for a great cause! 

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be October 14th.  On this day, we will bring our pledges for 2019 forward in the church in celebration of all that we have been blessed with!  What is a celebration without ICE CREAM!  Join us after worship on Celebration Sunday for an ice cream social!

Love Does

Our book study on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff meets Monday nights at 7:00 this fall until October 15th.  You do not have to have read the book and each session is independent, so if you miss a class you will not be lost the next week.  Join us next Monday!

Seeds

Seeds started back earlier this month.  We had 15 children come and learn about Noah and the rainbow!  If you would like to help provide the meal for Seeds, please sign up here! 

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Buddy Program

The CYF committee is looking to build relationships between the children and the adults of our church.  They are exploring putting together a “buddy” program.  We sent an email out a couple of weeks ago, if you need a copy of it, please let Chris Deacon or Sue Kennedy know.

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be Sunday, October 21st.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is October 20th from 4:00-6:00.  We invite the congregation to bring their car out, decorate if they choose, and pass out candy to the children from the community.  If you don’t want to hand out candy, we can use help in other areas!  Come out, support the community, give out some candy and have some fun!!  The more people we have, the bigger a success it will be.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, October 7th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • World Communion Communion

Monday, October 8th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Tuesday, October 9th

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser 4:00-8:00

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, October 14th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Celebration Sunday
  • Ice Cream Social after worship

Monday, October 15th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, October 17th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • October 20th, Trunk or Treat
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

Board Corner

It is important to the Board that our congregation is kept informed on discussions that are taking place and decisions that are being made for the good of the United Parish of Bowie.  Minutes of Board meetings, along with agendas, monthly financial statements, and the pastor’s report, are kept in a binder in the church library.

In the past few months, the Board has been at work in several different areas including:

  • Pastor Chris and the Board continued a discussion of the Acts of the Apostles during the July, August, and September Board meetings. Also, individual Board members led a discussion on a sermon or scripture passage from a worship service from the previous month at the July and August Board meetings.
  • Pastor Chris introduced the plan to hold a FUNdraiser at Texas Roadhouse during a monthly family night there. The restaurant returns 10% of the food cost to the organization using special coupons
  • Another plan to complement the coupon donation was to hold a raffle at the same time and place. Further inquiries yielded four donated tickets to the Washington NFL team’s local game.
  • Future possible Mission Giving opportunities include Wider Circle and Chrysalis House in Silver Spring
  • The Barber Shop across Mount Oak was interested in using our facilities for a post-repairs celebration of sorts  using our parking lot and yard.
  • Celebration Sunday (formerly known as Consecration Sunday) will be on October 14th.
  • The Board continues to review and update existing UPB policy documents, including identifying those that have not yet been developed. Some policies that still need to be developed are: Recordkeeping by the Treasurer, Disaster Preparedness, Communications, and Receiving Gifts.

The Board is meant to represent the membership of the United Parish.  Please feel free to contact any Board member or Pastor Chris with your ideas, suggestions and/or concerns. Board members for 2018 are Gene Barbato, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert and Nancy Snyder.