Winter Board Corner

 
 
 
 
 

United Parish of Bowie (UPB)

Board Corner

October – December 2021

 The October-December quarter was characterized by changes and transitions.   

In October, the Interim Pastor, Rev. Jim McDonald  moderated his last UPB Board meeting and completed his service to UPB as pastor, moderator, and prayer service leader.  The Board as well UPB benefitted from the rich content he shared throughout his tenure.  At this his last meeting, Rev. McDonald shared with the Board his observations and some suggestions.  He shared with the Board a sermon/talk that he gave in South Korea which contained some questions he thought the UPB Board should ask of the congregation in looking to the future.  Some of his observations were:

  • He felt welcomed and appreciated during his time at UPB and encouraged us to continue to be welcoming.
  • He felt that the Board and other committees/leaders were engaged and well functioning and he was impressed by the time and talent shown with everyone stepping up to fill-in.
  • He was impressed with us calling members of the congregation

Also in October, the Board prepared for the return of Pastor Chris Deacon from his sabbatical along with his family, Heather and Hannah.  The Membership and Fellowship Committee planned a special Chat and Chew with cookies and lemonade and a card was placed in the Narthex for the congregation to sign.

The nominating committee reported that the members leaving the Board were Sharon Doughty, Erma Barron and Herb Sheppard and UPB members who agreed to fill the vacancies are Linda Rawlings, Judy Farrell and Sue Kennedy.

Other happenings during the quarter were:

  • The financial records were reviewed
  • Collections for the Bowie Food Pantry continued
  • Chris introduced the idea of the congregation using the Congregational Assessment Tool. The Presbytery is supportive of this tool to help congregations determine what their needs are, where their passions are and where our energy is.  Additional information was needed so the discussion was tabled.
  • Amendments to the Bylaws were proposed to allow the Treasurer and/or Secretary/Clerk to be non-Board members. The proposed Bylaws amendments were scheduled to be voted on by the congregation in December
  • Incoming members of the Board joined the current Board at the December meeting
  • Cathie Lambert agreed to continue as Treasurer during the upcoming year
  • The Secretary/Clerk position remained vacant
  • Erma Barron agreed to continue as UPB’s representative to UCC
  • The Christmas play was scheduled for December 19 during church service.

Let us remember to keep Christ at the center of our lives!

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February 23rd News and Notes

 
 
 
 
 
Lenten Devotion
 

The Children, Youth and Family Committee is putting together a Lenten Family Devotion from Illustrated Ministry.   It has seven weeks of Scripture, reflection, discussion, activities, prayer, and coloring pages – one for each week in Lent and Easter.  Scripture passages come from Luke, John and Mark.  Discussion/Activities include how we can have the strength to make good choices, different ways to communicate our feelings, creating a cloud in a jar (this is really cool!!), how to encourage others, creating a family band out of recyclable materials, and different ways to pray (this uses a flashlight!).  If you are interested in this for your family, please let Sue know by Tuesday, March 1.

Trivia
 

Our next Trivia night will be March 2nd.  Mark your calendars!

Easter Baskets
 
The Mission and Service Committee will be taking food over to the Bowie Pantry at the end of February.
Their greatest need for this month is:
☆Childrens snacks for lunches
☆juice boxes
☆canned meat
☆Reduced soduim soups
☆tea bags/hot chocolate 
☆paper products 
Additionally the Bowie Pantry is accepting Easter Baskets this year for their families in need.
We will provide the baskets. 
If the congregation could please bring candy, pencils, puzzles, books, etc to fill the baskets, that would be greatly appreciated.
We’ll also be collecting gift cards to help out the adults as they shop for Easter.
 
Mars Hill
 

We are currently in conversation with Shadyside Presbyterian Church to see if our Mars Hill mission trip will happen this summer! This is a mission trip to Mars Hill, NC.  People 12 years and older go and rehabilitate homes during the week.  Some adults stay on campus and lead a children ministry for our children 11 and under.  Volunteers can do either! The mission trip will take place July 10-16. If you are interested or would like more information, please let Chris know!

In Person Worship

We have returned to in person worship. The previous Covid protocols are in place. Masks are required, we are limiting our singing to three hymns, we will not pass the peace, and social distancing is recommended. 
 
One change is that  Pastor Chris will take a rapid Covid test within 24 hours of each service. If it is negative, he will not wear a mask or face shield while speaking from the pulpit. He will put on a mask while singing. If it is positive, worship will transition to virtual for that Sunday only. If you see him wearing a face shield, it does not mean that he tested positive, but that he did not have a test available to take.
 
We will still livestream through our YouTube channel

Church Directory

We have a new Church Directory available.  You can access it here.
 

.Weekly Prayer Meeting

Join us for the weekly Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30PM via Zoom. You can join us through this link.

 
Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.

Tech Team

Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.

YouTube Channel

We are posting our virtual worship to our YouTube channel each week in case you miss worship – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Giving

If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   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.

 

February 16th News and Notes

 
 
 

In Person Worship

We will return to in-person worship this Sunday, February 20th. The previous Covid protocols will be in place. Masks will be required, we will limit our singing to three hymns, we will not pass the peace, and social distancing is recommended. 
 
One change is that  Pastor Chris will take a rapid Covid test within 24 hours of each service. If it is negative, he will not wear a mask or face shield while speaking from the pulpit. He will put on a mask while singing. If it is positive, worship will transition to virtual for that Sunday only. If you see him wearing a face shield, it does not mean that he tested positive, but that he did not have a test available to take.
 
We will still livestream through our YouTube channel
 
CYF Committee
 

The Children, Youth, and Family Committee will meet tonight at 7:30 via Zoom.  Please contact Sue Kennedy, if you would like to participate!

Easter Baskets
 
The Mission and Service Committee will be taking food over to the Bowie Pantry at the end of February.
Their greatest need for this month is:
☆Childrens snacks for lunches
☆juice boxes
☆canned meat
☆Reduced soduim soups
☆tea bags/hot chocolate 
☆paper products 
 
Additionally the Bowie Pantry is accepting Easter Baskets this year for their families in need.
We will provide the baskets. 
If the congregation could please bring candy, pencils, puzzles, books, etc to fill the baskets, that would be greatly appreciated.
 
We’ll also be collecting gift cards to help out the adults as they shop for Easter.
 
Trivia
 

Our next Trivia night will be March 2nd.  Mark your calendars!

 
Church Directory
 

We have a new Church Directory available.  You can access it here.

 

.Weekly Prayer Meeting

Join us for the weekly Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30PM via Zoom. You can join us through this link.

 
Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.

Tech Team

Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.

YouTube Channel

We are posting our virtual worship to our YouTube channel each week in case you miss worship – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Giving

If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   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.

 

February 10th News and Notes

 
 
 

In Person Worship

We will return to in-person worship on February 20th. The previous Covid protocols will be in place. Masks will be required, we will limit our singing to three hymns, and social distancing is recommended. 
 
One change is that  Pastor Chris will take a rapid Covid test within 24 hours of each service. If it is negative, he will not wear a mask or face shield while speaking from the pulpit. He will put on a mask while singing. If it is positive, worship will transition to virtual for that Sunday only. If you see him wearing a face shield, it does not mean that he tested positive, but that he did not have a test available to take.
 
Church Directory
 

We have a new Church Directory available.  You can access it here.

Online Worship
 

Although COVID numbers are starting to trend down, we are opting to remain virtual. Our goal is to return to in person worship February 20th. You can join us Sunday at 10:00 here.

 
Weekly Prayer Meeting

Join us for the weekly Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30PM via Zoom. You can join us through this link.

 
Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.

Tech Team

Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.

YouTube Channel

We are posting our virtual worship to our YouTube channel each week in case you miss worship – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Giving

If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   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.

 

February 3rd News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Church Directory
 

We have a new Church Directory available.  You can access it here.

Online Worship
 

Although COVID numbers are starting to trend down, we are opting to remain virtual. Our goal is to return to in person worship February 20th. You can join us Sunday at 10:00 here.

Communion

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion this Sunday, February 6th.  Since we will be worshipping virtually, remember to have elements of bread and cup prepared!
 

Weekly Prayer Meeting

Join us for the weekly Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30PM via Zoom. You can join us through this link.

 
Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.

Tech Team

Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.

YouTube Channel

We are posting our virtual worship to our YouTube channel each week in case you miss worship – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Giving

If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   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.