August 30th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  You will provide the entertainment through karaoke!  There will be food, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and a pony ride!!  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!  If you are available to help set up, please let Chris know!

Choir

Choir has returned to rehearsing on Wednesday nights in the sanctuary at 7:30.  They will begin singing on September 9th.

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

United Campus Ministry

Rev. Holly Ulm of the United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland has reached out to us for help.  First, she asked for prayers for the students and they move in and return to campus.  They are also looking for someone who is willing to serve on the board of UCM.

Finally, they are looking for assistance with their L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program.  The idea behind this program is to have students interview people of faith to tell their “call” stories to be posted on the UCM website to be available to students on an ongoing basis.  They are interested in how the work of the Spirit let people to the work of their life, either professionally and/or living out their faith in the way of Jesus Christ?

This will help students to network and find role models in the fields they are interested in so another dimension is to try to connect students who are exploring various professions/life callings with local church members engaged in the students’ areas of interest.
AYoung people are in search of hope in these challenging times.  To hear how older people of faith have made it through many “toils and snares” is a true blessing and often inspiration for young people’s journeys.
This project is designed to make faith real and relevant to college-aged young people.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, September 2nd

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

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, September 9th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Kick-off Sunday celebration!

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Nautilus Diner
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
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August 23rd E-votional

It’s been a few weeks since we have wrapped up Art and Music camp.  As in previous years, it was another great camp!  The children, youth, and family committee has now moved on to planning fall activities such as Seeds, Kick-off Sunday, and Trunk-or-Treat.  One question that occasionally comes up is “do these events bring people into the church?”  If that is a question we are asking, then we need to re-frame what outreach is  about.

The Saturday after Art and Music camp, Heather, Hannah, and I went to a baby shower for my youngest cousin on my Dad’s side, Brianna. Her older brother and sister both flew in to celebrate the baby shower.  While  Brianna lives in the area and we see her once or twice a year, we have only seen Justin and Erica a couple of times over the past 15 years.  Weddings, funerals, momentous family occasions, that type of thing.  However, at the shower and at my Aunt and Uncle’s house afterwards, we fell into comfortable, usual patterns.  Besides catching up, it was like no time had passed.  Because we knew each other so well from when we were younger, there was a familiarity there that time did little to diminish.

I think that is what outreach is all about.  Building a relationship, creating a familiarity.  One day someone from one of our events might have a crisis.  They may have questions about God.  They may feel a call to something greater in their lives.  If that happens, they will remember the church where they heard of Jesus’ love, where they jumped in the bounce house, where they played games and sang songs.  They will remember the church that loved them and welcomed them and know that they have a place where they can go.

When I still lived in Illinois, I ran out to the grocery store one day.  I ran into a family, whose children had attended our vacation bible school the month before.  The little boy tugged on his mom’s sleeve and said, “Mom, mom…that’s my church person.”  He didn’t know the word pastor, but he knew I was from the church and I was there for him.  That is what outreach is all about!  Building relationships.  Building familiarity.  Letting people know that we are here for them and that just as God loves them, we love them!

If our outreach brings some people into the church along the way, that is great!  But, it is only the icing on the cake!  As Christians, we are not called to grow the biggest church possible.  We are called to create followers of Christ.  We are called to share God’s love and grace as shown in Jesus Christ.  We are called to love with the same love that we have been shown.  That begins with building a relationship, loving them without expecting anything in return.

Jeremiah 24:7 “I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”

August 23rd News and Notes

School Supplies

Thank you to everyone who donated School Supplies for the Bowie Food Pantry.  We had an incredible turnout and the pantry was thrilled!

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!

Choir

Choir has returned to rehearsing on Wednesday nights in the sanctuary at 7:30.  They will begin singing on September 9th.

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

United Campus Ministry

Rev. Holly Ulm of the United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland has reached out to us for help.  First, she asked for prayers for the students and they move in and return to campus.  They are also looking for someone who is willing to serve on the board of UCM.

Finally, they are looking for assistance with their L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program.  The idea behind this program is to have students interview people of faith to tell their “call” stories to be posted on the UCM website to be available to students on an ongoing basis.  They are interested in how the work of the Spirit let people to the work of their life, either professionally and/or living out their faith in the way of Jesus Christ?

This will help students to network and find role models in the fields they are interested in so another dimension is to try to connect students who are exploring various professions/life callings with local church members engaged in the students’ areas of interest.
AYoung people are in search of hope in these challenging times.  To hear how older people of faith have made it through many “toils and snares” is a true blessing and often inspiration for young people’s journeys.
This project is designed to make faith real and relevant to college-aged young people.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, August 23rd

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

Sunday, August 26th

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

Wednesday, August 29th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, September 2nd

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

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

August 16th News and Notes

School Supplies

The Bowie Food Pantry has started collecting school supplies. They are in need of the larger backpacks, 5th grade and up. In addition to any school supplies they also need Kleenex, wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, quart zip lock bags and liquid soap. These are items that teachers ask for but some families can’t afford. Please have these items in by this Sunday! They’ll be delivered on Monday the 20th.

Pearl Donovan

Our longtime member, Pearl Donovan, will celebrate her birthday this Wed., Aug. 22. She’s dependent on her husband and daughter for care since her stroke some years ago.  Her address is15807 Pinecroft Ln., Bowie, Md 20716

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!

Choir

If you sing in the choir, or would like to join, choir will begin rehearsing on August 22 at 7:30 in the sanctuary.  They begin singing again on September 9th.  If you would like to sing, but are not able to make it, please let Diane Eades know.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, August 19th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Last Day for School Supplies for Food Pantry
  • CSF committee meeting after worship

Monday, August 20th

  • Children, Youth, and Family committee meeting, 5:00

Wednesday, August 22nd

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, August 23rd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am, Nautilus Diner
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, August 26th

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

Wednesday, August 29th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

August 8th News and Notes

School Supplies

The Bowie Food Pantry has started collecting school supplies. They are in need of the larger backpacks, 5th grade and up. In addition to any school supplies they also need Kleenex, wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, quart zip lock bags and liquid soap. These are items that teachers ask for but some families can’t afford. Please have these items in by August 19th. They’ll be delivered on Monday the 20th.

Mission Giving

This Sunday we will collect our mission giving.  Steve Clark will join us to share about Champ House.  Champ House Recovery Inc. is a Residential Transitional Program for men located in Bowie, MD. Our primary focus is to rehabilitate men that admittedly suffer from addictions related to Alcoholism, Drug and other destructive addiction’s. Presently we provide housing & support services for adult men from the Tri-State Area. These men participate in a daily intensive 12 Step Program, spiritual in nature, coupled with long- term sobriety from drugs and alcohol. Also we firmly believe after completing our spiritual program these individuals are able to return to their respective communities as very productive members of society. Champ House is registered with Universities and Colleges to offer open services to their student who need assistance. Some must attend our meetings to graduate.

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, August 9th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, August 12th

  • Worship with communion, 10:00
  • Chat and Chew following worship

Tuesday, August 14th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, August 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, August 19th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Last Day for School Supplies for Food Pantry

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip