September 5th 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 or grill hot dogs during the event, please let Chris know!

Cross-Gen Sunday School

We are trying an experiment with Sunday School this fall.  We are moving to have Sunday School once a month on the third Sunday of the month.  It will be a inter-generational Sunday School.  It will be a combination of fellowship, worship, discussion, and interactive activities.   We ask everyone to bring a finger food (think appetizer or dessert).  Plan on joining us for our first Cross-Gen on September 16th!

Choir

The choir will return to worship this Sunday!  We are overjoyed to have them sharing their gifts in worship!

Mission Giving

We will collect our mission offering today.  Our mission partner for September is Ardmore.  “Ardmore is an established non-profit in Bowie that has been supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1963. Our mission of promoting empowerment, choice and voice is acted out daily in the lives of the 200+ people who participate in our customized employment, community learning, and community living programs. Historically people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have denied the option to live where and with whom they want or to choose their job, leisure activity, or education. We believe that each person, regardless of disability, has the ability to have control over their life. Recognizing that our jobs, our families, and our neighborhoods are all enriched by the communities that we build with eat other, Ardmore strives to break down barriers to community for the people we support while empowering them to live the life of their choosing.”

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 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

Sunday, September 16th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen Sunday School

Monday, September 17th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, September 19th

  • 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
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