June 21st E-votional

I wouldn’t normally share a story of revenge as part of an e-votional, but I read a story this week that I had to share.  If we can get past the revenge aspect, it has a deeper message for us.  An arborist in Redondo Beach, California had a 30 year old pepper tree that he loved.  Unfortunately, the trees roots grew to the point that it started to crack the sidewalk in front of his house.  The city forced him to cut down his tree at his own expense.  He wrote that the tree, which he had named Clyde, felt like a child to him.  For revenge, he planted 45 Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards, and state properties around the cities.  These trees can live up to 2,500 years.  They were planted three years ago, and already the root system will have grown 30 feet in diameter and be deeply embedded in the ground, making them difficult and costly to remove.

The message we can draw from this isn’t one of revenge.  Instead, it comes from the idea of the 45 Redwoods and the 82 Sequoias carrying on the legacy of the Pepper Tree that was cut down.  This reminded me of our relationship with Jesus.  Jesus was crucified, was cut down.  Unlike the Clyde, the tree, he rose from the grave.  He then ascended into Haven and was no longer on the Earth.  That doesn’t mean that his work on Earth was done.  Instead he left us, the Redwoods and Sequoias, to continue his work, to continue his legacy.  Like the trees, if we let the roots of our faith dig deep and wide, the work we do, the mission of Jesus Christ, will last long after we are gone!

Galatians 2:20 “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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June 8th News and Notes

Church in the Park

On Sunday, June 25th, we will meet at Allen Pond for worship at 10:00.  We meet in the pavilion next to the parking lot.  Please bring a dish to share because there will be hot dogs and a potluck following worship!

Summer Sermon Series

This Sunday, we begin our Summer Sermon series about obscure women of the Bible by talking about Deborah!  Join us throughout the summer as we discuss lesser known women such!

Family Crisis Center Meal

The Family Crisis Center meal is June 18th.  There are still several slots open, please see the clipboard in the Narthex.

 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.  Deadline to sign up is June 19th.

SMA Walk

The SMA walk has been postponed until September 30th.  Mark your calendars!

Sunday School

Sunday School is done until after Labor Day.

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

Friday, June 9th

  • Women’s Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch
  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, June 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship

Thursday, June 15th

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

Sunday, June 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Rev. Dr. Karen Brown filling the pulpit
  • Family Crisis Center

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30, Iron Rooster, Annapolis

Looking Ahead

  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp
  • September 10th: Kick-Off Sunday
  • September 30th: SMA walk

June 7th E-votional

“Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  We have all heard this childhood saying more times than we can count.  But is it really true?  I think many adults would agree that words can wound.  Additionally words can heal, words can comfort, words can enrage.  Words are powerful.  There is a fascinating trial going on right now that attest to the power of words.  Michelle Carter is being tried for  the manslaughter of her boyfriend when she was 17 years old.  What makes this fascinating is that she wasn’t present when he died.  In fact, her boyfriend committed suicide.  She is on trial because there is a long trail of text messages where she was encouraging him to kill himself.  The trial boils down to if her words were weapons that caused the death of her boyfriend.

Scripture speaks to the power of words.  James 3:5 says, ” So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”  Even Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   There is no doubt the Bible acknowledges the

As followers of Christ, we should be especially careful of our words.  We should remember the power of words at all times and realize our words may be the only exposure that some people have to Christ on any given day.  Do our words include or exclude?  Do our words welcome or reject?  Do our words spread love or do they spread discord?  We must choose our words carefully both as individuals and as a congregation. We never know who might be listening.

 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.”

 

June 2nd News and Notes

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up next week!  Come, help us show our community who UPB is!  You can sign up here  We are in  special need for people for the afternoon/teardown!

Book Club

The book club will met Friday, June 9th to choose the upcoming books.  Please come prepared with some book suggestions.  See Jan Barbato for more information.

 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!

Sunday School

Sunday School is done until after Labor Day.

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

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

Friday, June 9th

  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, June 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship

Thursday, June 15th

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

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

June 1st E-votional

There have been two separate events on my mind from the past week.  The first is Memorial Day this past Monday.  Many people treat Memorial Day as just a three day weekend, forgetting that it is a day that is set aside to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

The other event that has been on my mind is the tragic events in Portland, Oregon last Friday.  A man was verbally berating two women riding a commuter train.  When three men tried to intervene, the man stabbed them, killing two of them.

Between Memorial Day and the murders in Portland, I have been thinking about self-sacrifice.  Too often in society, it is about what we can do or what is in it for us.   We often approach life from a very selfish point of view.  Unfortunately, this goes counter to the Gospel.

As Christians, we follow the one who came not to be served, but to serve, the one who taught “those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”  John 13:34 tells us that we should love one another as Christ loved us while 1 John 3:16 tells us “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”

When we think of the soldiers who gave their lives for us or the two men who died protecting two teenagers, we should look at them as inspirations for our walk with Christ.  We should be inspired to be more Christ like.  We should be inspired to be less selfish.  We should be inspired to think of others more.  We should be inspired to be more like Christ, who laid down his life for all of us.

John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”