September 15th News and Notes

 
 
Gap Pastor
 
The board has come to agreement with Dean McDonald to become our gap pastor as we search for an interim.  Dean will be with us from September 26th through the end of the year.  Dean’s husband, Jim, filled in while Chris was on sabbatical and Dean provided pulpit supply for us this past summer.  Come, welcome Dean on October 2nd.
 
 
Congregational Meeting
 
Chris has answered the call to serve Northwood Presbyterian Church as their pastor.  His last Sunday at UPB will be September 25th.  We will have a brief congregational meeting following worship on the 25th for the dissolution of the pastoral relationship.
 
 
Fundraiser
 

Interfaith Council of Bowie is hosting its first fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, from 3-4 p.m. at the Sycamore Club, 12600 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD. We are partnering with the Bowie Supportive Housing Corporation to raise funds to assist an Afghan refugee family settle into their new Bowie home.  It is free to attend, but donations will be appreciated!

 
Power Point Help
 
The board is in process of lining up people to help out with the power point for worship.  If you are able to help or have any questions, please contact Cathie Lambert.
 
Buddy Program
 

The Children, Youth and Family Committee is looking for adult volunteers to be buddies to the children in our church family by checking in on them once or twice a month with a card or note.   We hope this will build and strengthen relationships between our children and adults.   With all the challenges our kids are dealing with, we think it is more important now than before that our children know we love them, are there for them, and they are an important part of our church family.  

Buddies will be assigned for 3 months:  October-December, January-March, and April-June.  The number of buddies each adult has will be determined by the number of participating adults and kids.  As Chris mentioned on September 4, the buddy program helped to increase the sense of community during COVID.   We can only imagine what it will do now, as we start to get back to some sense of normal.

If you are interested in being a buddy, please let Sue Kennedy know by Tuesday, September 20.   In addition, if you have any questions or concerns, talk to Sue.   suepiano49@gmail.com

Listening Sessions
The Board has received the results of the CAT.  We are organizing a series of listening sessions (no longer meals!) to ask the congregation some questions about who we are and where God is calling us in the future!  There are only two left, tonight and Sunday following worship.  You can sign up here.  Please add your voice to this valuable conversation!
 
 
Junior High help wanted
 
The CYF committee is exploring creating a group for 6-8 graders who have aged out of SEEDS. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please contact Sue Kennedy.
 
Prayer Service

Join us each Tuesday evening at 7:30 for our weekly prayer service via Zoom using this link

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.

 

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