Winter Board Corner

It continues to be important for the UPB Board to communicate the activities and discussions of the Board.  Minutes of the board meetings are filed in the church library.  Our Policy Manual can be found there as well.  All minutes include our Pastor’s report, Financial information, and committee reports.

In the past few month we have been working on the following:

  • Pastor Chris and the Board continue to study the Book of Acts. There is also a discussion, led by one assigned board member, of a sermon or verse from the previous month.  The board then closes in song.
  • The Board continues with a “Membership Check-In” where concerns or issues that have come up with the congregation can be discussed. Follow-up is made as necessary.
  • All church committees have a board member that gives a report at each meeting.
  • The Board members continue in participating in a “Holy Living” task. Each month a member is charged with a task.  For example a member is assigned to pray with each committee, our music program, and our pastor.  The prayers of the people are sent out each week to Board members so they can hold these people in prayer.
  • The Board voted to approve the Nominating Committee Policy.
  • The Board discussed the Christian Education Program. After realizing the LIFT program did not suit our needs it was decided to support a “Cross-Gen” program on the third Sunday of every month.  All generations have bee encouraged to attend and it has gone well.
  • The Board continues to look at adding policies to our manual. The By-Laws were edited (typos and duplications) and the board voted to present this for a vote, to the congregation, on January 27, 2019.
  • The Board continues to support our Mission Sundays and look into new organizations to help.  The Congregation is also encouraged to submit ideas.
  • The Board supported the CYF Committee start of our “Buddies Program”. This is an effort to get both adults and young people to know more about each other.  Pairs were created and activities have been planned.
  • The nominating committee, led by Board member Mary Bird presented a slate of nominations to fill our Board vacancies. Sharon Doughty has agreed to run for a second term and nominated Herb Sheppard and Ermas Barron to fill the other vacancies.  The committee also presented members from the congregation to serve of the committee next year.  They are Alex Barbato, Mary Jo Munnelly, and Dawn Pitsenberger.
  • The Board voted to utilize Mr. Hugh Blocker, CPA to assist our church treasurer with bookkeeping and multiple other tasks. The UPB treasurer will work closely with Mr. Blocker’s office and will continue to write checks, keep pledging information, and continue with sharing the status of our giving.


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 2019 are Terry Drown, Mary Bird, Cathie Lambert, Sharon Doughty, Sue Kennedy, Herb Sheppard, and Erma Barron.



January 15th News and Notes


Cross Gen

This Sunday is the third Sunday of the month, so join us for Cross Gen.  Bring a dish to share and plan on staying after worship for our intergenerational interactive Christian Education.

MLK Jr Interfaith service

Join the interfaith council as we gather on Monday, January 21st for our Martin Luther King, Jr worship service at 11:00 AM.  We will worship at Christian Community Presbyterian Church (CCPC)

Annual Meeting and Chili/Dessert Cook-Off

Mark your calendars.  On January 28th, we will have our Annual Meeting and our Dessert and Chili cook-off to benefit the Mars Hill mission trip!  At the annual meeting, we will be voting on the budget as well as some corrections to the by laws.

Super Bowl Challenge

The AFC championship and the NFC championship are both this Sunday.  This will tell us who will be playing in the Super Bowl.  Sunday, January 27th and February 3rd, you can vote for who you think will win the Super Bowl by bringing cans or food items in and placing it in that teams basket.  Pastor Chris will match the winning team with all food items going to the Bowie Food Pantry.

Adult Sunday School

We are gauging interest in an adult Sunday School.  If you are interested in participating and/or leading, please sign the sheet in the Narthex or sign up here.

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

Wednesday, January 16th

  • SEEDS, 6:00
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, January 17th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 PM, Glory Days, Edgewater

Sunday, January 20th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen, after worship

Wednesday, January 23rd

  • SEEDS, 6:00
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, January 24th

  • SEEDS, 6:00
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, January 27th

  • Worship, 10:00, worship
  • Annual Meeting, following worship
  • Dessert/Chili cook-off

Looking Ahead

  • January 27th, Annual Meeting
  • March 6th, Ash Wednesday
  • April 21st, Easter
  • April 27th, Christmas in April
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
  • July 22nd-26th, Art & Music Camp