May 20th News and Notes

Zoom Issues

We are sorry for eveyone who were affected by the Zoom issues last week.  They all seem to be cleared up.  If you missed worship, you can watch it here –

Midweek Children’s Sermon

With the virtual return of Seeds, the midweek children’s sermon will be going on hiatus and Chris will only be recording one children’s book a week for the forseeable future.

Worship Opportunities

Until we are able to worship together, we will worship through Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00, You can sign in with this link – or call  in at 1-301-715-8592, using meeting ID 159 967 508. When it prompts you for a user id, simply hit the pound sign.  A video of Sunday worship will be sent out shortly after it is completed.

Food Pantry

We will be doing another collection for the Bowie Food Pantry on May 27th from 10-11.  There will be a car parked with the trunk open an dyou can deposit the food in the trunk.  This will allow for safe social distancing whiel providing for those in need.  We will also be collecting for the Summer Fun Baskets!

Summer Fun Baskets

The Children, Youth and Family Committee will be delivering Summer Fun Buckets to all our UPB/SEEDS families in June.  We are asking for help from the congregation in providing items for the buckets.  For those who are not comfortable with shopping and would like to make a monetary donation, checks should be made out to United Parish of Bowie, with Summer Fun Buckets on the memo line.  Donations need to be at church by Wednesday, May 27.  Suggested items include:

  • Coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, markers
  • Construction paper and drawing paper
  • Other art supplies such as water colors, finger paints, or tempera paint stickers
  • Chalk, sidewalk chalk, play dough, stickers and sticker books
  • Bubbles, “cool” sunglasses, water balloons, beach balls (uninflated please!), and frisbees
  • Jigsaw puzzles, small games such as travel size Trouble, Connect Four, Checkers, playing cards, word search, sudoku, or crossword puzzles books
  • Magnetic letters and new books
  • Individual bags of pretzels, popcorn; freezer pops
We are looking at 13 families and about 25 kids.  Oriental Trading and Amazon are good places to order from.   If you have any questions, talk to Sue

Streaming Worship

We are looking to put together a team to explore what equipment might be necessary to stream worship once we are back in person.  If you are interested in helping with this, please let Russ know.

Prayer Services

We will continue with prayer services on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Thursday afternoons at 1:00.  This is a brief time of scripure, devotion, prayer, and a little catching up!  Services last approximately fifteen minutes and we would love to have you join us at


Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.


If any of our members who are “at risk” do not feel safe running errands, we have put together a team to help you out.  Please email me at and I will put you in touch with them.



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