May 10th Weekly E-votional

I saw a video that really resonated with me this week, although not necessarily for the reasons intended.  It is a video about 14 wolves released into Yellowstone park in 1995.  Because scientists released 14 wolves into the park, amazing changes took place!  Deer started to avoid certain areas of the the park.  Because the deer were absent from these areas, more plants and trees began to grow in the areas.  This brought more berries and bugs, which brought different bird species back to the region.  The new trees also brought beavers back to the region.  Their dams attracted otters, muskrats, and different reptiles.  The wolves also killed coyotes, which led to the mice and rabbit population growing.  This attracted red foxes, weasels, badgers, hawks and even bald eagles.  Reintroducing wolves to the park even changed the geography!  The added vegetation stabilized the banks of the rivers, decreased erosion, narrowed channels, and formed pools.  The rivers now stayed more fixed in their paths.

This video was meant to demonstrate how amazing nature can be.  While I won’t disagree, that isn’t all that I took away from it.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed.  We are called to further the Kingdom of God.  However, I am only one person!  We are only a small congregation!  How much influence can we really half.  These 14 wolves drastically changed Yellowstone Park.  Yellowstone Park is approximately 3,471 square miles.  That is just under 248 square miles per wolf!  If that few wolves can change that big of an ecosystem without even trying, how much more can we do when we answer God’s call?  How much more can we do when we listen to the Holy Spirit?  I may only be one person.  We may be a small congregation, but when we listen to God, we can change our community, and even the world.  We are called to further the Kingdom of God here on Earth and we can make a difference!

Matthew 17:20  “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” “

April 20th News and Notes

Confirmation

We will confirm our confirmation class this Sunday, April 23rd.  We will celebrate them with an extended Chat & Chew that day.  Please bring a finger food or desert to share.

Art & Music Camp

There will be a meeting after Sunday School, this Sunday, April 23rd for those interested in helping out with Art & Music camp.

Seeds

Seeds begins back Wednesday, April 26th.  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex to help with food!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April will be April 29th.  We participate in this mission project to help people in need in Prince George’s county by working on lower income housing.  We are in need of workers of all skill levels.  If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex or email Herb Sheppard.

SMA Walk

The SMA walk will be June 10th!  Mark your calendars and start raising money!

Mars Hill

It is time to start thinking about the Mars Hill mission trip.  It will be from July 9th-15th.  A group goes down to Madison County in North Carolina and stays at Mars Hill Campus.  Children 11 and under stay on campus for a vacation bible school like program.  12 and older can either help out with the children’s program or work on low income housing.  This mission trip is in cooperation with Christ Memorial Presbyterian of Columbia, MD and Shadyside Presbyterian of Pittsburgh, PA.  If interested or if you have any questions, please see Chris.

Pulpit Supply

Chris will be out of the office from April 24th-May 8th.  Rev. Dottie LaPenta will be filling the pulpit on April 30th and May 7th.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, April 20th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:15 pm, TJ Elliotts

Sunday, April 23rd

  • Board Breakfast for confirmation class, 9:00
  • Confirmation
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Extended Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following Chat & Chew
  • Art & Music Camp meeting following Sunday School

Wednesday, April 26th

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

Saturday, April 29th

  • Christmas in April

Sunday, April 30th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Rev. Dottie LaPenta filling the pulpit
  • Sunday School, following worship

Wednesday, May 4th

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

Looking Ahead

  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 3rd: Bowiefest
  • June 10th: SMA walk
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp

April 12th News and Noted

Maundy Thursday

To remember the last supper, we will have a Maundy Thursday potluck and meal at 6:15 on April 13th.  We will celebrate communion as part of the meal.  Please plan on joining us and bringing a dish to share. 

Good Friday

We will remember the crucifixion of our Lord with a Good Friday service will be April 14th at 7:30. 

Christmas in April

Christmas in April will be April 29th.  We participate in this mission project to help people in need in Prince George’s county by working on lower income housing.  We are in need of workers of all skill levels.  If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex or email Herb Sheppard.

Confirmation

We will confirm our confirmation class on Sunday, April 23rd.  We will celebrate them with an extended Chat & Chew that day.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, April 12th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am
  • Maundy Thursday Potluck, 6:15 pm

Friday, April 14th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch
  • Good Friday Service, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 17th

  • Easter
  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, April 19th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 20th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:15 pm, TBA

Sunday, April 23rd

  • Board Breakfast for confirmation class, 9:00
  • Confirmation
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Extended Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following Chat & Chew

Looking Ahead

  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 3rd: Bowiefest
  • June 10th: SMA walk
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp

April 5th News and Notes

Good Friday

Our Good Friday service will be April 14th at 7:30.  We are need nine readers to participate in the service.  You can sign up here.

Easter Baskets

The Mission and Service committee is putting together Easter Baskets for the children of the Crisis Center.  They are asking for small gifts such as candy, books, crayons, etc.  The baskets will be delivered April 9th.  Please note the new, earlier date.

Crisis Center Meal

The Crisis Center Meal for April will be an Easter Dinner on April 9th.  You can sign up here.

Easter Egg Hunt

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children following worship on this Sunday, April 9th.

 Holy Week

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9th.  On April 13th, we will have our Maundy Thursday potluck at 6:15, remembering the Last Supper.  Please bring a dish to share.  On April 14th, we will have our Good Friday Worship service at 7:30.  Please plan on attending one or both of these events as we remember the last week of the life of our Lord.

Lenten Dinners and Inter-generational Devotionals

Our Lenten dinners are every Wednesday during Lent from 6:00-7:15.  We will be exploring how to experience God through the five senses.  You can sign up to participate or bring food here.

Christmas in April

Christmas in April will be April 29th.  We participate in this mission project to help people in need in Prince George’s county by working on lower income housing.  We are in need of workers of all skill levels.  If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex or email Herb Sheppard.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, April 5th

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Sunday, April 9th

  • Palm Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, April 12th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am
  • Maundy Thursday Potluck, 6:15 pm

Friday, April 14th

  • Good Friday Service, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 17th

  • Easter
  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, April 19th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Looking Ahead

  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 3rd: Bowiefest
  • June 10th: SMA walk
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp

March 30th News and Notes

Bowiefest meeting

There will be a meeting this Sunday, April 2nd, following Sunday School for those who want to help with Bowiefest

Easter Baskets

The Mission and Service committee is putting together Easter Baskets for the children of the Crisis Center.  They are asking for small gifts such as candy, books, crayons, etc.  The baskets will be delivered April 9th.  Please note the new, earlier date.

Crisis Center Meal

The Crisis Center Meal for April will be an Easter Dinner on April 9th.  You can sign up here.

Easter Egg Hunt

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children following worship on Palm Sunday, April 9th.

Good Friday

Our Good Friday service will be April 14th at 7:30.  We are looking for readers to participate in the service.  You can sign up here.

Holy Week

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9th.  On April 13th, we will have our Maundy Thursday potluck at 6:15, remembering the Last Supper.  Please bring a dish to share.  On April 14th, we will have our Good Friday Worship service at 7:30.  Please plan on attending one or both of these events as we remember the last week of the life of our Lord.

Lenten Dinners and Inter-generational Devotionals

Our Lenten dinners are every Wednesday during Lent from 6:00-7:15.  We will be exploring how to experience God through the five senses.  You can sign up to participate or bring food here.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, April 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, after worship
  • Bowiefest Meeting

Tuesday, April 4th

  • Board Meeting, 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5th

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Sunday, April 9th

  • Palm Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, April 12th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am
  • Maundy Thursday Potluck, 6:15 pm

Looking Ahead

  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp

March 23rd News and Notes

Clean up Day

There will be a church clean-up day March 25th.  We will be working outside the church beginning at 9:00.

Easter Baskets

The Mission and Service committee is putting together Easter Baskets for the children of the Crisis Center.  They are asking for small gifts such as candy, books, crayons, etc.  The baskets will be delivered April 9th.  Please note the new, earlier date.

 New Member Class

We will be having a new member class soon.  If you are interested, please let Chris know.

Good Friday

Our Good Friday service will be April 14th at 7:30.  We are looking for readers to participate in the service.  You can sign up here.

  Lenten Dinners and Inter-generational Devotionals

Our Lenten dinners are every Wednesday during Lent from 6:00-7:15.  We will be exploring how to experience God through the five senses.  You can sign up to participate or bring food here.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, March 23rd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies’ Night Out, 6:30, TBA

Saturday, March 15th

  • Church Clean-Up Day, 9:00

Sunday, March 26th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew, following worship
  • Sunday School, after worship
  • Children, Youth, and Families committee meeting, 5:00, Deacons’ house

Wednesday, March 29th

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Sunday, April 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, after worship

Tuesday, April 4th

  • Board Meeting, 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5th

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp

March 14th News and Notes

Easter Baskets

The Mission and Service committee is putting together Easter Baskets for the children of the Crisis Center.  They are asking for small gifts such as candy, books, crayons, etc.  The baskets will be delivered April 16th.

Clean up Day

There will be a church clean-up day March 25th.  We will be working outside the church beginning at 9:00.

Christian Spiritual Formation meeting

The CSF committee will be meeting after Sunday School on March 19th to discuss new paraments.  If you are interested, please plan on attending.

Share your Faith

During Lent, we are inviting members to share their faith during Worship.  This can be how you came to follow Christ or a time when your faith impacted you or anything else you feel like sharing.  There are still a couple of spots open.  If you are interested, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

New Member Class

We will be having a new member class soon.  If you are interested, please let Chris know.

Warm Nights

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, UPB will provide the meal for warm nights hosted by Village Baptist Church.  We have been asked to prepare beef stew, salad, bread, and dessert.  Please sign up in the Narthex and plan to drop off your food offering directly at Village Baptist Church, 1950 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, Maryland, 6pm on Saturday, March 18.  Please bring the stew in a crock-pot with liner.  To sign up click here.

 Lenten Dinners and Inter-generational Devotionals

Our Lenten dinners are every Wednesday during Lent from 6:00-7:15.  We will be exploring how to experience God through the five senses.  You can sign up to participate or bring food here.

Two Week Outlook

 Wednesday, March 15th

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, March 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, TJ Elliotts

Sunday, March 19th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, after worship
  • CSF committee meeting, after Sunday School

Wednesday, March 22nd

  • Lenten Dinner, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, March 23rd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies’ Night Out, 6:30, TBA

Saturday, March 15th

  • Church Clean-Up Day, 9:00

Sunday, March 26th

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

Looking Ahead

  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp