November 14th News and Notes

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner this Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints.  There is also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Christian Spirtual Formation

The CSF committee will meet at 5:30 on November 19th at the church.  One of the things we will be discussing is Adult Sunday School.  If you would like to add to this discussion, but are not a committee member, but would like to add to the discussion, please plan on attending!

Hanging of the Green

After worship on November 25th, we will decorate the church for Advent.  We will have a Soup Supper.  Please bring a soup or a dish to share and plan on staying and helping to decorate the church!

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The items collected will be delivered this Friday!

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 9th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required by December 6th!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Advent Wreaths

On December 2nd, after church.  We invite everyone to join us to make their own family Advent wreath.  People of all ages are welcome and invited!

Congregational Meeting

We will have a brief congregational meeting after worship on December 2nd to elect members of the board and of the nominating committee for the coming year.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, November 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Sunday, November 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • CrossGen following worship

Monday, November 19th

  • Worship Team, 4:00
  • CSF committee meeting, 5:30

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, November 25th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Soup Supper
  • Hanging of the Green

Looking Ahead

  • November 25th, Greening of the Church
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
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November 8th E-votional

E-votional?  Is this something new Chris is trying?  I know, I know, it has been far too long since I have written a “weekly” e-votional.  I could go back and check, but I don’t want to be more disappointed in myself!  There are a myriad of reasons why it has been so long.  There were a few weeks when I had too much going on and it fell to the bottom of the priority list, there were a couple of weeks where the ideas I had just couldn’t develop.  Then there were weeks when I had ideas but I was just out of practice.  I try to keep a rhythm to my weeks (when possible!).  The e-votionals fell out of that rhythm and I got out of the habit.  That is the bottom line.  Everything else is just a reason (or an excuse!)

Our Habits are powerful.  Habits can build up our lives or tear them down.  We all agree that smoking is a bad habit that negatively affects our lives.  When I was at my healthiest, I was in the habit of getting up every morning and going for a run.  Those who are in the habit of expressing their feelings are more healthy emotionally, than those who are in the habit of holding their feelings in.  Children who are in the habit of doing their homework or practicing their sports are going to do better than most who don’t.  It is amazing how habits can positively or negatively impact our lives.

What about our spiritual lives?  What about our relationships with God?  Our walk in following Christ?  Habits definitely make a difference!  I’ve talked to many people who used to go to church but don’t anymore.  There reason?  They just got out of the habit!  When they were going every week, they were in the habit and it became automatic.  Once they stopped for a few weeks, for whatever reason, that habit was broken!

What habits can help your walk with Christ?  If you don’t regularly attend worship, start there.  If you do, maybe you start (or end) each day with five minutes of prayer.  Maybe you pick a book in the bible and read a chapter each day.  Maybe you pray together as a family before dinner.  Habits can be life giving and can help us grow closer to God!

 

Hebrews 10:23-25  “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

November 7th News and Notes

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints. We have decided on Chili Night. Mary Jo will put a sign up out in the Narthex. They also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The baskets will be delivered on November 16th in the am.

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Gingerbread Houses

On December 9th, we will have a Christmas activity for all ages!  We will meet at 5:00 and build gingerbread houses.  The cost will be $5.00 per house kit, as well as a bag of candy to share for decorating.  Pizza will be provided.  Sign up is required by December 6th!  You can sign up here or in the Narthex at church.

Advent Wreaths

On December 2nd, after church.  We invite everyone to join us to make their own family Advent wreath.  People of all ages are welcome and invited!

Two Week Outlook

 

Thursday, November 8th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, November 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Buddies Luncheon following worship

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, November 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, location TBD

Sunday, November 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • CrossGen following worship

Monday, November 19th

  • Worship Team, 4:00
  • CSF committee meeting, 5:30

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

November 1st News and Notes

 

Mission Giving

This Sunday we will collect our November Mission giving.  Our organization for November is Chrysalis House.  Chrysalis House provides substance use and mental health treatment services for women 18 years of age and older, while allowing their children to live onsite during their mother’s program of recovery.  The mission of Chrysalis House Inc. is to transform the lives of women and children by providing comprehensive recovery programs and services that support the development of their inherent strengths, talents, and potential. 

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday night for Daylight Savings time!

Love, Factually

We are taking a group to the Kennedy Center on Thursday, December 6th at 8:00 to see Love, Factually.  Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you’re going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation.

Tickets are 56.00 including all fees.  If you are interested in attending this show, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com by Sunday, November 4th.

Be warned, this is probably not “PG” rated!

CrossGen

Our next CrossGen will be this Sunday, November 18th.  Join us after worship for our intergenerational Sunday School!  Please plan on bringing some finger food to share!

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Warm Nights

UPB will be providing dinner Thursday November 15th for the Warm Nights program held at All Saints. We have decided on Chili Night. Mary Jo will put a sign up out in the Narthex. They also always need extra hands with serving the families.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Mission and Service Committee will begin collecting the following items to pack up five Thanksgiving Baskets for the Bowie Food Pantry: Cranberry sause, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, yams, sweet potatoes and green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn muffin mix. Please place these items in the container labeled “THANKSVING BASKETS”. The baskets will be delivered on November 16th in the am.

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Two Week Outlook

 

Sunday, November 4th

  • Worship, including communion 10:00

Monday, November 5th

  • CYF Meeting, 10:00

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Election Day

Wednesday, November 7th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, November 8th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, November 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Buddies Luncheon following worship

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Christmas play practice, 5:45
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip