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May 16th News and Notes

 

Mission Giving

We raised $330 for Cure SMA this past Sunday.

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  We are taking orders for this years T-shirt until May 21st.  They will be $15.00 and if there are any proceeds, it will go towards cure SMA.  You can order in the Narthex or online here.

Heroes of Faith

During the summer, we will be looking at some of the heroes from the Bible.  At the same time, we are inviting you to share with the congregation who has been a hero in the formation of your faith.  It could be someone you know like a Sunday School teacher, friend, or family member or it could be a public figure like Mr. Rogers or Billy Graham.

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Congregational Survey

The committee chairs have put together a survey to gauge interest in various areas.  We ask that everyone fill this out either electronically (available here ) or the paper form (located in the Narthex starting Sunday).  These will be available until May 27th.

 

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is June 2nd.  We are looking for people who are willing to help share who we are to the community!  Please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex.

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00.  If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

 

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Seeds, 5:45

Thursday, May 17th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 pm, TJ Elliotts

Sunday, May 20th

  • Pentecost Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, May 23rd

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, May 24th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, May 27th

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

Looking Ahead

  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
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May 10th E-votional

I recently saw a short video.  It was one of those “inspirational” videos that I usually dismiss as too hokey or too trite.  As I sometimes do, I watched it anyway.  It turned out to have some great ideas in it (there may be another e-votional in there about dismissing things too quickly!).  While it wasn’t explicitly Christian, it can definitely help us on our faith journey.

In the video, a man tells of a king who was about to die.  The king had four wives and was afraid of going into the afterlife alone.  The king loved his fourth wife the most, he always bought her jewelry and elegant clothing.  He asked her if she would die with him and accompany him to the afterlife.  She said simply, “I can’t do that” and walked away.

The king then called for his third wife, whom he also loved.  He always paraded her around and showed her off to neighbors.  He asked her to die with him and accompany him to the afterlife.  She replied, “I cannot.  I love life too much and plan to eventually remarry once you have passed.”

The king’s second wife had always been there in his time of need.  He called for her and asked her to die with him and accompany him to the afterlife.  She also said that she couldn’t.  However, once he was gone, she would arrange his funeral and carry on his memory.

Then a voice called out, “I’ll leave with you and follow you wherever you go, even to the afterlife.”  His first wife emerged from the shadows.  She was the wife, whom he neglected the most.  The king was embarrassed and confessed that he should have taken better care of her and given her more attention while he was living.

The man then goes on to explain the meaning behind the wives.  The first wife represents our body.  We dress it in nice clothes and decorate them with jewelry, but they are finite and we cannot take them with us.  The second wife is our possessions.  No matter how proud we are of them, how many of them we may have, once we pass the go to somebody else.  The second wife represents our friends and family.   As much as they love and cherish us, all they can do as we face the great hereafter is comfort us, remember us, and plan our funeral while we are gone.

The first wife, the one the man neglected represents our spiritual life.  For us, it represents our walk with Christ.  While Christ is always present with us, too often we neglect him or fail to pay our attention to our walk with him.  We prioritize ourselves, our careers, our possessions, and many other things over him.  Yet it is Christ who always walks beside us.  It is our walk with Christ that will carry us from this life to the next.  But we too often fail to nurture and appreciate our walk with Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

May 10th News and Notes

 

Multi-lingual?

Do you speak a language other than English?  Would you be willing to play a small role in worship on May 20th?  If so, please let Chris know!

Mission Giving

We will collect Mission Giving this Sunday.  For the month of May, our mission giving will go to Cure SMA.

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  We are taking orders for this years T-shirt until May 21st.  They will be $15.00 and if there are any proceeds, it will go towards cure SMA.  You can order in the Narthex or online here.

Sermon Series

From now until Pentecost (May 20th), we will be looking at Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  After Pentecost, we will be looking at the heroes of the Bible?  Who do you consider a hero from the Bible?  Email your answer to ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Congregational Survey

The committee chairs have put together a survey to gauge interest in various areas.  We ask that everyone fill this out either electronically (available here ) or the paper form (located in the Narthex starting Sunday).  These will be available until May 27th.

LIFT

This Sunday will be the last session of LIFT following worship.  Because this is a pilot program, we will be giving feedback to the organization that provides it.  If you have attended any sessions and would like to offer and feedback, positive or negative, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is June 2nd.  We are looking for people who are willing to help share who we are to the community!  Please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex.

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00..

If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

 

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, May 9th

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

Thursday, May 10th

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

Sunday, May 13th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Communion
  • Lift following worship

Monday, May 14th

  • Worship Team meeting, 4:00

Tuesday, May 15th

  • CYF committee meeting, 5:00

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Seeds, 5:45

Thursday, May 17th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 pm, place TBD

Sunday, May 20th

  • Pentecost Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00

Looking Ahead

  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

May 3rd News and Notes

 

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.  We are looking for people to help set up before worship.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

 

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  We are taking orders for this years T-shirt until May 21st.  They will be $15.00 and if there are any proceeds, it will go towards cure SMA.  You can order in the Narthex or online here.

Sermon Series

From now until Pentecost (May 20th), we will be looking at Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  After Pentecost, we will be looking at the heroes of the Bible?  Who do you consider a hero from the Bible?  Email your answer to ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is June 2nd.  We are looking for people who are willing to help share who we are to the community!  Please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex.

Multi-lingual?

Do you speak a language other than English?  Would you be willing to play a small role in worship on May 20th?  If so, please let Chris know!

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00..

If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Two Week Outlook

Saturday, May 5th

  • Warm Nights

Sunday, May 6th

  • Church in the Park, 10:00

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Board Meeting, 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

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

Thursday, May 10th

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

Sunday, May 13th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Lift following worship

Wednesday, May 16th

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

Looking Ahead

  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

April 25th News and Notes

LIFT

We have been selected to be a pilot church for “LIFT” – Living in Faith Together.  Our second LIFT section will be this Sunday, with Mary Bird and Diane Eades leading us.  I hope adults and children alike will join us!

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is this Saturday, April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  If you didn’t sign up and would like to help, please email Herb Sheppard.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.  We are looking for people to help set up before worship.

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  We are taking orders for this years T-shirt until May 21st.  They will be $15.00 and if there are any proceeds, it will go towards cure SMA.  You can order in the Narthex or online here.

Sermon Series

From now until Pentecost (May 20th), we will be looking at Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  After Pentecost, we will be looking at the heroes of the Bible?  Who do you consider a hero from the Bible?  Email your answer to ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Multi-lingual?

Do you speak a language other than English?  Would you be willing to play a small role in worship on May 20th?  If so, please let Chris know!

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00..

If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, April 26th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30, Old Bowie Town Grill

Saturday, April 28th

  • Christmas in April

Sunday, April 29th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship

Wednesday, May 2nd

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

Sunday, May 5th

  • Warm Nights

Sunday, May 6th

  • Church in the Park, 10:00

Wednesday, May 9th

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

Looking Ahead

  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

April 18th News and Notes

LIFT is Almost Here!

We have been selected to be a pilot church for “LIFT” – Living in Faith Together.  This is an intergenerational Sunday School program designed for all ages – children and adult!  We will be testing it for four weeks, starting an April 22nd with a potluck after church!  For more information, see last week’s e-votional.  I hope adults and children alike will join us!

 

Christmas in April

Christmas in April is April 28th.  This is a longtime mission project of UPB where we spend one day working on and repairing a home for someone in need.  Please see Herb Sheppard for more information or you can sign up in the Narthex.

Spring Warm Nights

On  Saturday May 5th the Mission and Service committee will be partnering again with the Spring Warm Nights at All Saints Lutheran Church. This is Cinco de Mayo so any Mexican dish is welcomed as well as tacos, as we’ve done in the past. Please sign up in the Narthex for donated food items or if you plan to serve.

The drop off and serving time will be determined soon.

Church in the Park

Church in the Park will be early this year!  On May 6th, we will worship at Allen Pond and have a picnic following worship.  We are looking for people to help set up before worship.

Sermon Series

From now until Pentecost (May 20th), we will be looking at Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  After Pentecost, we will be looking at the heroes of the Bible?  Who do you consider a hero from the Bible?  Email your answer to ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Multi-lingual?

Do you speak a language other than English?  Would you be willing to play a small role in worship on May 20th?  If so, please let Chris know!

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00..

If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, April 18th

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

Thursday, April 19th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship

Monday, April 23rd

  • Art & Music Camp meeting, 4:00

Wednesday, April 25th

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

Sunday, April 29th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LIFT following worship

Wednesday, May 2nd

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

Looking Ahead

  • April 28th, Christmas in April
  • May 6th, Church in the Park
  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th

April 12th E-votional

LIFT is coming!  We have been chosen to be a pilot church for LIFT and we will being on April 22nd, following worship. This will be the first of four LIFT sessions.  LIFT stands for living in faith together!  Doesn’t “living in faith together” sound lovely?  But, what is it?  Lift is an cross generational Sunday School program.  Building off of Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” LIFT is composed of Bible study (the apostles teaching), cross generational interaction (fellowship), a snack or meal (breaking of bread), and worship (prayers).  These four elements will be featured in every LIFT session.

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of inter-generational or cross generational activities.    I think there are many benefits to cross generational activities.  I think it is one way we learn generational literacy.  It seems every day there is a new articles about what the “Millennials”, or the “Gen-Xers”, or the “Baby Boomers” are or aren’t doing.  Instead of labeling people, lets get to know them.  Cross generational activities help us learn how to act.  Think of it this way, if you put ten 14 year old boys in a room together, you get “Lord of the Flies!”  If you have ten 14 year old boys in a group of 50 people ageing from 3-80, a natural hierarchy will form.  You can find all sorts of articles about the benefits here.

Theologically, we have to remember the words of Jesus, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”  There are several instances in scripture of households and communities coming together for learning, but I cannot think of any instance of being separated out by age.  It is also important to remember the promises we make at every baptism.  We promise to uphold and support the child being baptized in their life in Christ.  We make these promises on behalf of the church universal and they are made elsewhere on our behalf.  It all boils down to it being our responsibility as Christians to help raise the children among us, as we were raised.  It is also our responsibility to let the children come to us and to teach us how the Kingdom of God works.

I hope you will join us as we try out LIFT April 22nd, 29th, May 6th (in the park), and May 13th.  Each week will be a little different as we try different things.  Your feedback can help shape LIFT for our church and for the greater church as we offer our feedback to the program that designed it.

Matthew 19:1-5:  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”