January 29th News and Notes

Soup-er Bowl!

Tomorrow begins our Souper Bowl challenge! There will be a basket for the San Francisco 49ers and one for the Kansas City Chiefs. Vote for the team you think will win the Super Bowl by placing a canned good in the basked and Pastor Chris will match the winning team with everything going to the Bowie Food Pantry.

Chili/dessert cook-off

Thank you to everyone who participated in our chili/dessert cook-off yesterday. We raised $535.00 for our Mars Hill mission trip. Congratulations to our chili winner Diane and our dessert winner Hannah!

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be after worship on February 9th.

Warm Nights

The Mission and Service Committee is coordinating  a Warm Nights with Village Baptist Church on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The menu will be Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and desserts.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you’d like to provide food and or help serve.   Drop off is at 6pm.

Art and Music Camp

We will meet this Sunday following worship this Sunday to discuss this summer’s Art and Music Camp.

Snow Procedures

As we head into the season of inclement weather, here is a reminder of our inclement weather policy for worship.

Should the board feel that we should cancel church due to weather conditions, we will decide by 7:00 AM.  Decisions to close will be me announced in the following manner:

–       An email will go out via the upbannounce@gmail.com email address.

–       Facebook

–       Website

–       WJZ-TV (CBS) Baltimore

–       WJLA (ABC) DC

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 29th

  • SEEDS, 5:45 PM
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:15 PM

Saturday, February 1st

  • Board Meeting, 10:00 AM

Sunday, February 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Art and Music Camp following worship

Wednesday, February 5th

  • SEEDS, 5:45 PM
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:15 PM

Sunday, February 9th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Annual Meeting following worship

Wednesday, February 12th

  • SEEDS, 5:45 PM
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:15 PM

 

Looking Ahead

  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 5th, Palm Sunday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill
  • July 27th-31st, Art and Music Camp
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Winter Board Corner

2019 Fall Board Corner                                                         

The UPB Board feels it’s important that we share with the Congregation updates as to the activities of the Board on a regular basis to maintain transparency. To that end please see a summary of key areas that the Board has been working on below. Please note that Board Meeting Minutes are stored in the Church Library should you wish to see more detail; or feel free to approach any Board Member for clarification.

September 10th Board Meeting: The Board continued its review of our UPB Vision and Mission Statements with the objective of revising them to better reflect who we are and what we want to be as a Church.

October 8th Board Meeting: The Board began a discussion of what officially constitutes a “member” of UPB. We have members who were formally inducted into the church in the past who we rarely see. On the other hand, we have members who have never “officially” joined the church who attend regularly. Rev. Deacon was asked to check with our denominations for clarification. All are welcomed at UPB but this clarification is necessary to comply with our denominations record keeping and per capita assessments that we are obligated to pay. These obligations have required a great deal of time for compliance by Sharon Doughty (Board Secretary) and Terry Drown (Board Treasurer). The Board is looking to streamline these obligations while still maintaining accuracy and compliance.

November 12th Board Meeting: The Treasure’s report was reviewed in closer detail as we neared year end. The year began with a projected deficit of $12,800 however circumstances and efforts to alleviate this have reduced this to $8,800. Some required expenses beyond our control (utilities, cleaning, etc.) made up the bulk of this difference. Currently the projections for 2020 giving and financial obligations don’t balance. This has been magnified due to some long term members relocating. This is despite increased pledges for 2020 by the remaining congregation. The Board directed a review by each committee to look at how they could reduce their funding requirements for 2020. In addition, our membership roles were reviewed by the Board and Rev. Deacon was asked to contact the seemingly inactive members identified to determine if they wish to maintain their membership at UPB.

December 17th Board Meeting: Our principal discussion involved budget considerations for 2020 based on the Treasurers Projections and feedback from Committees. On a positive note all of the Committees at UPB came back with reduced budget requests for 2020 with the only exception being Stewardship and Finance which covers UPB fixed expenses which have gone up. In addition, Rev. Deacon declined an increase in his effective salary. The Board looked at ways to assist Rev. Deacon in other ways which were deemed mutually agreeable. It was also determined that the manner in which our Pastor’s performance is evaluated be revised. Sue Kennedy, Erma Barron, and Mary Bird agreed to conduct a review of this process. Terry Drown has completed his Service to the Board (term limit). Elsie Carroll was elected by the Congregation to fill his vacancy. Cathie Lambert (who agreed to serve another term) was elected by the Board to assume Board Treasurer duties in light of Terry’s departure. Herb Sheppard and Sharon Doughty agreed to continue in their roles of Vice Moderator and Secretary for 2020.

2019 In Summary: There is a great deal of “good” at UPB. We continue to actively engage with both of our supporting denominations in a positive way. Our various Committees are all doing a wonderful job.

Children, Youth, and Family continue to find innovative ways to support our young people. Seeds, Trunk or Treat, Cross Gen, Buddies, Ginger Bread Houses, and Pray Ground are programs that have had an impact on our young people. In addition, who can forget the wonderful Christmas Play put on by our youth under the guidance of Diane Eades and Sue Kennedy.

Mission and Service continues to participate in the local Warm Nights Program with other churches. We also consistently provide food and supplies to the Bowie Food Pantry. In addition, we supplied filled backpacks and Christmas stockings to the Pantry for those in need. Collections on “Giving Sunday” continue to support local causes with merit. For example, our recent contribution to the PG County Family Justice Center of gift cards was most appreciated. Let’s also not forget our annual ongoing outreaches at Christmas in April and Mars Hill.

Stewardship and Finance manages to keep our finances in order covering maintenance, salary, and other financial obligations. Managing Stewardship is always a challenging undertaking but year after year a way is found to keep UPB in a position to contribute to charities and the greater community.

Christian and Spiritual Formation continues to provide wonderful music and activities to make our church services both welcoming and memorable. Our Greening of the Church renders our Sanctuary a beautiful and warm place to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Membership and Fellowship continues to hold social activities such and Men’s Night out and Men’s Breakfast on a regular basis.

Communications Committee in conjunction with Rev. Deacon continue to provide uplifting E-Votionals and News & Notes to provide Christian focus and solace for our busy lives. Remember the Bulletins are printed every week. The hymn lyrics for the Sanctuary monitors always miraculously appear too.

The Board would like to thank the Congregation as we enter 2020 for all their support and understanding over the past year. We prayerfully wish to continue to serve UPB to the best of our abilities and ask God through Jesus Christ to work through us to better serve him and our world.

 

January 15th News and Notes

Cross-Gen

We will have our cross generational Sunday School class, cross-gen, following worship this Sunday, January 19th.

Annual meeting and chili/dessert cook-off

It is that time of year again!  On January 26th, we will have our annual meeting!  This will coincide with our chili and dessert cook-off to raise money for our Mars Hill mission trip.  Make your best chili or your best dessert and we will vote with our money.  Each dish will have a bag where people can vote by placing money in the bag.  The dessert and the chili that raise the most money will be declared the winner!

De-greening the Church

We will meet on Monday, January 20th at 10:00am to undecorate from Christmas.  Anyone who is available to help would be appreciated!

Adult Education

On the fourth Monday of each month, we will gather at 7:00 for Adult Education.  We will discuss what we have read in the “Bible in a year” program the previous month.  The first meeting will be the 27th.

Snow Procedures

As we head into the season of inclement weather, here is a reminder of our inclement weather policy for worship.

Should the board feel that we should cancel church due to weather conditions, we will decide by 7:00 AM.  Decisions to close will be me announced in the following manner:

–       An email will go out via the upbannounce@gmail.com email address.

–       Facebook

–       Website

–       WJZ-TV (CBS) Baltimore

–       WJLA (ABC) DC

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

Thursday, January 16th

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

Sunday, January 19th

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

Monday, January 20th

  • Removing the Greens, 10:00 am

Tuesday, January 21st

  • Board Meeting, 3:00 PM

Wednesday, January 22nd

  • SEEDS, 5:45 PM
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:15 PM

Thursday, January 23rd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, January 26th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Annual Meeting, following worship
  • Chili and Dessert Cook-off, following worship

Wednesday, January 29th

  • SEEDS, 5:45 PM
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:15 PM

 

Looking Ahead

  • January 29th, Annual meeting
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill
  • July 27th-31st, Art and Music Camp

January 2nd News and Notes

Reading the Bible in 2020

As we enter into 2020, several members of UPB will be working through the Bible with the goal of reading it in one year.  If you would like to join us, the Bible we will be reading is available through Amazon here.  If you would like to receive reflection questions the end of most weeks, please email UPBannounce@gmail.com

Cross-Gen

We will have our cross generational Sunday School class, cross-gen, following worship on Sunday, January 19th.

Annual meeting and chili/dessert cook-off

It is that time of year again!  On January 26th, we will have our annual meeting!  This will coincide with our chili and dessert cook-off to raise money for our Mars Hill mission trip.  Make your best chili or your best dessert and we will vote with our money.  Each dish will have a bag where people can vote by placing money in the bag.  The dessert and the chili that raise the most money will be declared the winner!

Adult Education

On the fourth Monday of each month, we will gather at 7:00 for Adult Education.  We will discuss what we have read in the “Bible in a year” program the previous month.

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, January 5th

  • Worship
  • Communion

Wednesday, January 8th

  • choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, January 9th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am, Nautilus Diner

Sunday, January 12th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Dottie LaPenta filling the pulpit

Monday, January 13th

  • Board Meeting, 3:00
  • Worship Team, 4:00

Wednesday, January 15th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, January 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, place TBD

 

Looking Ahead

  • January 29th, Annual meeting
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill
  • July 27th-31st, Art and Music Camp