May 25th News and Notes

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up next week!  Come, help us show our community who UPB is!  You can sign up here

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.

SMA Walk

The SMA walk has been postponed to a TBA date in the fall.  Listen for details!

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music camp is July 24-28th!  Please consider helping out with this great ministry, even if only for a day.  For more information, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.

Church in the Park

On June 25th, we will have service at Allen Pond and will have a picnic following worship.  Plan on worshiping with us in the park on June 25th!

  Two Week Outlook

Thursday, May 25th

  • Ladies Night Out, Old Bowie Towne Grill, 6:30 pm

Sunday, May 28th

  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, May 31st

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 3rd

  • Bowiefest

Sunday, June 4th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Pentecost
  • Rechartering Sunday

Tuesday, June 6th

  • Parish Board, 7:00

Thursday, June 8th

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

Looking Ahead

  • 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
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May 24th E-votional

Today is exactly one month since my surgery.  I appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and support, you guys provided to me during my recovery.  It has meant a lot to me, Heather, and Hannah.

One of the more difficult things about this surgery is the stringent diet afterwards.  I was on a liquid diet for three weeks and then last week I was able to introduce 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of “soft foods” twice a day.  One more week and I will be able to consistently have solid food!  Hunger hasn’t really been an issue.  It has been mentally challenging, but I expected that.

There was a challenge that I didn’t expect.  Before the surgery, Heather and I made sure that we ate dinner as a family every night.  It was important that the three of us sit down and have dinner together.  It was a time to catch up with one another for the day.  Since the surgery, we have not been eating together.  I am on an eating schedule that doesn’t align with when we usually eat.  More than that, though, is it is difficult to sit and watch others eat when you can’t have solid food!  So Heather and Hannah have dinner together while I go for a walk or do something else.

I’ve missed having dinner with them.  Of all the difficulties, it is the one I didn’t expect.   I feel like something is missing. I don’t feel like we are quite as connected.  This got me thinking about Communion.  What is Communion, if not, a family dinner where the body of Christ gathers around a table together?  Communion is a time when our connection is strengthened, when we remember that we are connected by the one whose body was broken for us, by the one who invites us to the table.  When we gather around Christ’s table, it is not an obsolete ritual, it isn’t just something we do, it is a way of strengthening our connection with Christ and with one another.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

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.” “