June 27th News and Notes


 Mission Giving

We will collect our mission giving this Sunday.  Our Sunday mission partner is Prince George’s Child Resource Center.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center (PGCRC) helps create healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting their families and educating their caregivers. PGCRC strives for quality and accessible child care; strong families; a connected and informed community; and integrated, community-focused policies and practices in Prince George’s County.

 PGCRC addresses families’ immediate needs while also helping to break the cycle of poverty, drugs, physical abuse, and limited education. Through direct services for families, training for child care providers, and collaboration, we work to ensure that children have a secure bond with their parents, grow up in homes free of abuse and neglect, and thrive in quality early childhood environments.

Mars Hill mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission team will be leaving for their mission trip on July 8th.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Our team consists of: Chris Deacon, Heather Deacon, Hannah Deacon, Sue Kennedy, Gene Barbato, Jan Barbato, Dave Deacon, Cathie Lambert, Herb Sheppard, Ray Williams, Sherita Williams, Serayah Williams, Jamari Williams, and Kai Williams.

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp begins July 23rd.  If you are interested in helping any/or all days, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.



Two Week Outlook

Thursday, June 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 PM Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, July 1st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Mission Giving
  • Communion

Sunday, July 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew
  • Mars Hill mission trip begins

Looking Ahead

  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday

Summer Board Corner

Board Corner – Summer, 2018

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 April, May and June Board meetings. Also, individual Board members led a discussion on a sermon or scripture passage from a worship service from the previous month at each Board meeting.
  • The Board approved the Nominating Committee Policy document, and it was decided to present the amended/corrected UPB Bylaws document to an approval vote at a future congregational meeting.
  • During May, the Board presented the Congregational Survey developed by the committee chairs to the congregation for their input.
  • The National Capital Presbytery annual review of UPB’s records was conducted on April 21, 2018. Sharon Doughty, our UPB Board Secretary, prepared the many documents and represented UPB at the review. UPB’s documents were well received and the church passed the review, thanks to Sharon’s efforts.
  • The Board has instituted a “Membership Check-in” portion of each Board meeting. Board members discuss problems and issues that have come to their attention affecting various members of the congregation. Actions are discussed, if appropriate.
  • 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.

June 5th News and Notes



SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be this Saturday, June 9th.  Set-up begins at 9:00.  Come out and join us.  If you can’t join us, but still want to donate, you can do it here.

Christian Education Appreciation

This Sunday, we will be recognizing those involved in Christian Education.  We will have a special Chat & Chew following worship.  Please bring a finger food or dessert to share!

Mission Giving

We collected $860 to support our Mars Hill mission team last Sunday.  Thank you!

Heroes of Faith

During the summer, we will be looking at some of the heroes from the Bible.  At the same time, we are inviting you to share with the congregation who has been a hero in the formation of your faith.  It could be someone you know like a Sunday School teacher, friend, or family member or it could be a public figure like Mr. Rogers or Billy Graham.

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know by June 15th.


On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00.  If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net


Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, June 6th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 9th

  • SMA Walk, set-up begins at 9:00

Sunday, June 10th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Special Chat & Chew

Wednesday, June 13th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, June 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM

Saturday, June 16th

  • Stitch-In, 7:30

Sunday, June 17th

  • Worship, 10:00, Dottie LaPenta filling the pulpit.

Looking Ahead

  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday