September 26th E-votional

“How are things going?”  “Crazy, busy, life has been like a circus!”  How many times have we described something like a circus.  Whether it be our job, what’s going on in Washington, or what has been going on in our lives.  If it has been especially busy, we say life is like a three ring circus.  There is just so much going on!  Surely it isn’t just me, surely we have all been there when life gets busy.  And isn’t life always busy?  I feel like 75% of being an adult is saying “if I can get through this month, things will slow down.”

Except it isn’t quite right.  I don’t think it is correct to say that life is like a three ring circus.  I think life, especially when it is busy, is more like a carnival.  When I was little, I used to get the idea of the circus and the idea of a carnival mixed up.  There is one important distinction that I would like to lift up.  A three ring circus has a ringmaster, pointing your attention.  The ringmaster points your attention to the center ring where the lion tamer is or the far ring where the clowns are.

Carnivals have barkers.  Each attraction has it’s own barker trying to gain your attention.  “Step right up and try your strength.” “Come and see the bearded lady!”  “Pop three balloons and get a prize!”  “Hot funnel cakes!”  Many different barkers all competing for your attention, trying to entice you.  Doesn’t that sound a little bit more like life?

So what barkers are competing for your time and attention?  Who is calling you?  Power?  Wealth?  Sports?  Politics?  Relationships?  Pleasure?  Possessions?  What about Christ?  Which voice are your following?  Which call will you answer?

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

September Board Corner

Spring-Summer Board Corner                                                      –    

The work of the United Parish of Bowie is overseen by an elected, volunteer Board* of church members.  The Board disseminates the Board Corner to let parisioners know what the Board is doing.

In May, Pastor Chris and Erma Baron attended a meeting of the United Church of Christ Central Conference.  Pastor Chris was elected to and installed on the Justice and Witness Committee while Erma was elected and installed on the Higher Education Committee. Terry Drown is working on a statistical report for the UCC.

In March, Pastor Chris attended a meeting of the National Capital Presbytery.  In July, the newly elected Executive Presbyter of the National Capitol Presbytery, John Molina-Moore, led worship at UPB.  As he has been getting to know the churches of NCP, he has been recording short videos about what he is learning about the congregations.  Board Secretary, Sharon Doughty, presented the Board minutes to the Presbytery’s annual record review and they were found in compliance.

The Board had input into an application for a Lily Endowment grant in support of the pastor’s sabbatical.  Unfortunately, a grant was not awarded at this time but we were encouraged to reapply.

   Regular Meeting Activities:

1. The Board enters into worship with prayer and Bible discussion (1-2 chapters of 1 Corinthians and how they might apply to the life of UPB, our lives, and the community).  A Board member shares thoughts on a lesson from recent Sunday services after which the Board sings a hymn. Quarterly, the Board shares a meal prior to the meeting.

2. The Pastor reports on his activities in the church and  the community.

3. The Board “checks in” on church members and regular attendees.

4. Board member liaisons with church committees report on committee activities.

5. The Board reviews a financial report.

 

The Board discussions in spring and summer 2019 covered varied topics, including:

  1. Use of church facilities by non-affiliated third parties. Currently the building and/or yard are used by the a child care center; the First Community Church congregation; for a community association’s meetings; and a neighboring business for a garden party.
  2. Security in the building: The Board discussed access to the church.
  3. Facilities and Equipment: The Board has approved purchase of new telephones, purging files and purchasing a locked file cabinet for retained files. The Board decided to donate out-of-use items and equipment, and to offer out-of-use supplies and commemorative plates to those who want them.  The Board approved a contract with a professional cleaning service.  The Board is considering ways to preserve the piano
  4. Legal Requirements: The Board is reviewing insurance policies, the conflict of interest forms, and sexual misconduct policy
  5. Life of the Church: The Board agreed to establish a Pray-ground in the sanctuary to bring children closer to the service. The Board followed and contributed to the progress of planning, execution and follow-up of church activities such as Lenten dinners, Art and Music Camp, Kick Off Sunday, the Buddy Program, and Cross-Generational Sunday school.
  6. Community Involvement: This year the Board approved a biannual schedule for the SMA walks, and decided to forego a UPB booth at Bowiefest this year. The church continued to provide meals for Warm Nights. The Board kept informed of and supported activities such as the SEEDS, Mars Hill Mission, Christmas in April
7. Vision Statement Review:  Referring to Mission and Vision Statement Renewal Workbook for Churches by Rev. Jessica Crane Munoz, the Board is drafting a succinct vision statement which will be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in December.

 

*The Board members are:  Erma Barron, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert, and Herb Shepard.  Moderator:  Rev. Chris Deacon

 

 

September 18th News and Notes

 

 

Buddy Program

We will be restarting our “Buddy” program soon.  If you are interested in being an adult “buddy” to a child in our church or your child would like to have a “buddy” please let Chris Deacon or Sue Kennedy know.

Prayground

We will debuted our prayground last Sunday!  For the first Sunday, it went well.  We asked for patience as we work out the bugs.  We did establish rules last Sunday.  They are: 1.  Share with others.  2.  Be kind.  3.  No pushing.  4.  We must be quiet.  5.  We should remember we are here to worship God.  6.  We should clean up after ourselves.

Free stuff

We recently came across some commemorative UPB plates.  They are up for grabs in the Narthex.  There is also a table of stuff we are trying to find new homes for!  First come, first serve!

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, September 18th

  • SEEDS, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm, Glory Days, Edgewater

Sunday, September 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, September 25th

  • SEEDS, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 16th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30, RIPs

Sunday, September 29th

  • Worship, 10:00

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill

September 12th E-votional

This past Sunday, we celebrated kick-off Sunday.  The choir was back from their summer break and sounded incredible (as always).  Seeds returned last night, Cross-Gen is back this coming Sunday.  The new programming year is underway!  After church we had a celebration, and it seemed everyone who was able to stay had a great time!  We had karaoke, a bounce house, the facepaint lady, pony rides, and a mini petting zoo.

In the petting zoo, there were goats, a miniature cow, a tortoise, rabbits, ducks, and chickens.  As they were breaking down the pens, Jan Barbato said, “look, new life.”  Sure enough one of the chickens (I suppose it could have been a duck) had laid an egg.  New life.  Now I know not all eggs hatch, not all eggs produce new life, but it is a pretty good symbol.  New life.

What better words to express kick-off Sunday then new life?  It is a new program year.  It is time for new beginnings.  It is time for new life!

What better words to express our faith than new life?  After all, what else does Christ offer other than new life?  Not just the promise of life after death, but a new life here on Earth!  A fresh start, a clean slate, a new way of being!  Remember what Paul wrote to the Romans, “we too might walk in newness of life.”

New life.  Emblematic or our faith.  Emblematic of the new program year.  New life.  The Holy Spirit breathes new life into us.  We breath new life into the church.  Where are you experiencing new life?  Where is their new life in your faith journey?  How are you breathing new life into UPB?

2 Corinthians 5:17: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

September 11th News and Notes

 

SEEDS

Seeds will return tonight!  Please consider providing a meal sometime during the fall.  You can sign up in the Narthex!

Cross-Gen

Cross-Gen, our intergenerational Sunday School returns September 15th.  Make plans to join us!

Buddy Program

We will be restarting our “Buddy” program soon.  If you are interested in being an adult “buddy” to a child in our church or your child would like to have a “buddy” please let Chris Deacon or Sue Kennedy know.

Prayground

We will debut our prayground this Sunday, September 15th.  This will be a place for our littlest disciples (up to 2nd grade) to engage in worship on their level!

Commemorative Plates

We recently came across some commemorative UPB plates.  They are up for grabs in the Narthex.  First come, first serve!

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, September 11th

  • SEEDS, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 12th

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

Sunday, September 15th

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

Wednesday, September 18th

  • SEEDS, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm place TBD

Sunday, September 22nd

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

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill

September 4th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday

We will kick-off the 2019-2020 program year on September 8th.  Make plans on joining us and invite a friend!

SEEDS

Seeds will return on September 11th.  Please consider providing a meal sometime during the fall and look for sign up sheets soon!

Cross-Gen

Cross-Gen, our intergenerational Sunday School returns September 15th.  Make plans to join us!

Buddy Program

We will be restarting our “Buddy” program soon.  If you are interested in being an adult “buddy” to a child in our church or your child would like to have a “buddy” please let Chris Deacon or Sue Kennedy know.

Prayground

We will debut our prayground on Sunday, September 15th.  If you are interested in helping to set it up, please join us at 6:00 on September 9th.  Pizza will be provided!

Traftons’ New Address

The Traftons’ new address is 2600 Barracks Rd. Apt 382, Charlottesville Va 22901

Mission Giving

The children of the SEEDS program will be adopting at least one family through the Bowie Food Pantry and buying Christmas gifts this year.  They will be raising money and shopping for them.  The mission offering this Sunday will go to help them out.

Commemorative Plates

We recently came across some commemorative UPB plates.  They are up for grabs in the Narthex.  First come, first serve!

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, September 4th

  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, September 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Kick-off Sunday

Monday, September 9th

  • Setting up Prayground, 6:00

Tuesday, September 10th

  • Board Meeting, 6:30

Wednesday, September 11th

  • SEEDS, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 12th

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

Sunday, September 15th

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

 

Looking Ahead

  • September 8th, Kick-off Sunday
  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill