April 28th Weekly E-votional

Christmas in April is this Saturday, starting at 8:00.  Have you ever wondered why it is called “Christmas in April”?  I was laying awake the other night and that random thought came into my head.

As you know, during Christmas in April, different churches put together teams to work on homes of people who are in need.  My first thought was we called it “Christmas in April” because it is a gift for those we are helping.  It makes sense, after all, Christmas is a time we give gifts, right?

Then I thought a little bit deeper.  I thought about what Christmas is really about.  At Christmas, we celebrate Christ’s birth.  At Christmas, we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us.  At Christmas we celebrate Christ coming into the world and being present with us.  Maybe that is why we call it “Christmas in April”.  It gives us a chance to be Christ’s presence in the world.  At Christmas we celebrate God’s love shown through Christ’s presence with us.  During Christmas in April, we are able to show God’s love to others by being Christ’s presence to them.

Christ lived a live of service.  In Matthew 20:28 he said he “came not to be served but to serve”.  As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same.  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he writes that we are the body of Christ.  As such, we are called to continue the work of Christ.  How are you continuing the work of Christ?  How are you serving others?  How are you Christ’s presence in the world?

Matthew 25:40  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

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April 27th News and Notes

SMA Walk

During worship this Sunday, Kyle Bickel will be giving a presentation about SMA.  Our congregation will be hosting a walk to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 10th.  The walk will be one mail at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  Kyle will be doing a special presentation to the youth Sunday School class on April 24th and to the entire congregation on May 1st.  Let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is this Saturday.  We will be working on a townhouse near PG college (10167 Scotch Hill Dr in Largo).  There will be decluttering, drywall repair, painting, a stair rail needs to be installed, some light fixtures to be replaced, a new faucet for the kitchen sink, as well as other tasks.  Doughnuts, bagels, and coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will also be provided.  Please contact Chris or Herb Shepard if you can help out.  Please plan on being there between 7:30 and 8:00.

One Great Hour of Sharing

We will be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday.  This month we have designated the funds to go to the UCC movement to help the community in Flint, Michigan.

Committee Chair meeting

The committee chairs will meet this Sunday following worship.  If you have not emailed your reports to Chris, please do so ASAP.

Seeds

We are looking for help providing the meal for May 4th.  If you would like to provide food for the children of Seeds, please click here.

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

Board Meeting

The board will meet Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

Watoto

The Watoto children’s choir is coming back.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd.

 Two Week Outlook

 Wednesday, April 27th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Thursday, April 28th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Saturday, April 30th

  • Christmas in April, 8:00

Sunday, May 1st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Committee Chair meeting following Sunday School
  • Warm Nights

Tuesday, May 3rd

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

 Wednesday, May 4th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Friday, May 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00 pm, discussing The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Sunday, May 8th

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

Monday, May 9th

  • Worship Team, 4:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 22nd: Watoto

April 13th News and Notes

SMA Walk

If you read last week’s special weekly e-votional by Kyle Bickel, you know that we will be hosting a walk to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 10th.  The walk will be one mail at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  Kyle will be doing a special presentation to the youth Sunday School class on April 24th and to the entire congregation on May 1st.  Let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April will be Saturday, April 30th in Largo, MD.  The tasks will include repairing, painting, cleaning, organizing, and more.  All skill levels are invited to join in.  Coffee, bagels/donuts, and lunch will all be provided.  Please contact Herb Sheppard with any questions.

Art and Music Camp

Their will be a meeting for those interested in Art and Music camp following worship this Sunday.  Please plan on attending if you are able to help out.

Seeds

Seeds begins again tonight and run through March 11th.  If you would like to provide food for the children of Seeds one evening, please click here.

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling.  Everyone is invited, so plan to join us!

Watoto

The Watoto children’s choir is coming back.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd.

 Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, April 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, April 17th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Art and Music camp meeting following Sunday School
  • Family Crisis Center meal

Wednesday, April 20th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Thursday, April 21st

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, April 24th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Rev. Carolyn Tilley filling the pulpit

Wednesday, April 27th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • April 30th: Christmas in April
  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 22nd: Watoto

Special Weekly E-votional

Friends,

On June 11th, our congregation will be hosting a walk to raise money to cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA for short).  To announce this I have turned this week’s weekly e-votional over to someone else.

Dear United Parish of Bowie Members,

My name is Kyle Bickel, I’m eleven years old, and I have been a member of the United Parish of Bowie church since I was a baby.  I’m not sure if you know this, but in 2014 I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA for short.  SMA is a genetic neuromuscular disorder.  It is considered the most common rare disease.  There are four types of SMA.  People with type 1 typically die when they are infants.  People with type 4 discover SMA when they are adults.  I am very fortunate that I have type three SMA. This allows me to be more active and I have an easier time doing regular tasks.

You might be wondering how this impacts my life.  This impacts my life by making it harder for me to move around, run, walk, and play outside.  My doctor said my leg muscles look like Swiss cheese and a regular day for me is like you carrying a 50-pound book bag everywhere you go.  I sometimes feel left out because I can’t play with my friends.  Since I’ve been diagnosed my family has done fundraisers to help cure SMA and it makes me happy to know people really care about me and others with SMA.

Recently Pastor Chris and Ms. Kennedy asked me if I would be ok with the church doing a walk for SMA and I said yes.  So Pastor Chris and Ms. Kennedy have been trying to get approval to do the walk.  I am very excited for this walk and I am thankful the church is considering it.  I can’t wait to see how much money the United Parish of Bowie will raise!

Sincerely,

Kyle Bickel

 

We look forward to your participation!