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July 18th News and Notes

Art and Music Camp

Art and Music Camp begins next Monday!  We have closed registration and are at capacity!  We will finish decorating Sunday at 4:00.  If you are free to decorate or any day next week, we can use your help!

Art and Music Camp celebration

On Sunday, July 28th, we will have a celebration after worship.  We will have hot dogs, face painting, and a bounce house!  Come and join in the fun!

Men’s Night Out

Join the men of the church for dinner out, tonight at Red Robin at 6:30!

Backpacks 

The Mission and Service Committee will be collecting school supplies and large back packs for the Bowie Pantry.  Please leave your donations in the Narthex.  They will be delivered during the week of August 18th

Pulpit Supply

Chris will be on vacation July 29th – August 4th.  The new Executive Presbyter of National Capitol Presbytery, John Moline-Moore, will fill the pulpit on August 4th.  Come out and meet the new Executive Presbyter! 

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, July 18th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm, Red Robin

Sunday, July 21st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Decorating, 4:00

Monday, July 22nd

  • Art & Music Camp meeting, 8:15
  • Art & Music Camp, 9-12

Tuesday, July 23rd

  • Art & Music Camp, 9-12

Wednesday, July 24th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9-12

Thursday, July 25th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9-12

Friday, July 26th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9-12

Sunday, July 28th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Art & Music Camp celebration after worship

 

Looking Ahead

  • September 8th, Kick-off Sunday
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill
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May 297h News and Notes

MOM’s

Our UPB MOM’s (Mothers of Minors) will meet for coffee on Saturday, June 1, at 8:00 AM at the Panera in Bowie Town Center. Please RSVP to Heather Deacon (hadeacon@gmail.com) if you plan to attend so we know how big of a table to grab!

Appreciation Sunday

This Sunday we will be celebrating Appreciation Sunday.  Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share after worship.

Mission and Service

The Mission and Service Committee will be collecting: Small water bottles, infant diapers and packs of snacks during the month of June. They will be delivered on June 27th to the Family Justice Center in Upper Marlboro.
This facility has an array of services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse. These donations will be available as the survivors begin to learn about the many resources that this model has to offer.

Mars Hill Mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 7th-13th this year.  The theme is “Serving One Another”.  If you are interested, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp is around the corner.  If you are able to help out, please let Sue Kennedy or Diane Eades know.  If you know anyone who would like to attend, they can register here.

Mission Giving

We will take up our mission offering on June 9th.  Our June organization is Bowie FISH.  FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, dedicated to providing transportation and other services to people who need to get to doctor, hospital, or other appointments.

Pulpit Supply

Chris will be on Study Leave June 3rd-16th.  LeQuan Turner will fill the pulpit June 9th and Dottie LaPenta will fill the pulpit June 16th.

Address

Rusty and Kent are busy getting settled in Wyoming.  If you would like to write to them, their address is: 2503 Spring Creek Dr, Laramie, WY 82070

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

Saturday, June 1st

  • M.O.M.s coffee, 8:00 am, Panera, Bowie Town Center

Sunday, June 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Appreciation Sunday

Sunday, June 9th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • LeQuan Turner filling the pulpit

 

Looking Ahead

  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
  • July 22nd-26th, Art & Music Camp
  • September 8th, Kick-off Sunday

May 23rd E-votional

A few weeks ago, I preached about how Christianity is a faith that must be practiced in community.  I firmly believe this.  There were several images that I considered to illustrate that we are stronger together such as a rope or a chain, but decided not to use.

There was one idea that I have used previously that might have fit.  At the church I interned at in seminary, as well as the church in Farmington, I preached about the unity of the church at various times.  At each place, I bought a jigsaw puzzle and put individual pieces in ziplock bags and stapled them to each bulletin.  During the sermon, I would say something to the effect of “you are like these puzzle pieces.  You will not fit with everyone and you may not fit with the person sitting next to you, but you do fit perfectly with more than one person here.  Above all, it takes all of you together to make a complete picture.”  I easily could have tied it into the sermon.

There was only one problem.  I know every metaphor is imperfect, but the more I thought about the more the imperfections outweighed the message.  Yes, it takes all of us to make the picture of God’s Kingdom here on earth a reality.  Yes, we may not be a great fit with everyone at church, but there will be people we fit with.  The biggest problem with this is that it denies the dynamic nature of church.  Whether we are talking about the local church or the global church, it changes.  People are born and people die.  People come to the church and people leave the church.

A puzzle has edges, the picture is set.  There is no room for growth.  How can you add new pieces, if there is no room.  Additionally, what if someone moves, dies, or leaves the church for any other reason?  Is the picture forever incomplete?  Absolutely not!  We need to think of the church as expansive, always room to grow.  We also need to think of the church as dynamic, always changing.  The reformed tradition’s motto is “Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda” – always reformed, always reforming.  The more accurate theological translation is always reformed, always being reformed by the Holy Spirit.  The point is the church is a body in constant motion, constant change.

This leaves us with three questions.  Where is UPB growing?  How is UPB changing?  Where is the Holy Spirit at work in UPB?  A more important question we should ask ourselves is what am I doing to help?

Isaiah 43:19 “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

May 22nd News and Notes

MOM’s

Our UPB MOM’s (Mothers of Minors) will meet for coffee on Saturday, June 1, at 8:00 AM at the Panera in Bowie Town Center. Please RSVP to Heather Deacon (hadeacon@gmail.com) if you plan to attend so we know how big of a table to grab!

Address

Rusty and Kent are busy getting settled in Wyoming.  If you would like to write to them, their address is: 2503 Spring Creek Dr, Laramie, WY 82070

Mars Hill Mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 7th-13th this year.  The theme is “Serving One Another”.  If you are interested, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp is around the corner.  If you are able to help out, please let Sue Kennedy or Diane Eades know.

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, May 22nd

  • Final Seeds, 5:45

Wednesday, May 23rd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30, TBD

Sunday, May 26th

  • Worship, 10:00

Saturday, June 1st

  • M.O.M.s coffee, 8:00 am, Panera, Bowie Town Center

Sunday, June 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Appreciation Sunday

 

Looking Ahead

  • May 19th, Church in the Park
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
  • July 22nd-26th, Art & Music Camp
  • September 8th, Kick-off Sunday

May 16th E-votional

A couple of months ago, we decided Friday night would be family movie night.  We would get take out, have a “picnic” in the living room and watch a movie together.  We usually give Hannah the most input on what the movie is.  It was about three weeks in, when she said she wanted to watch “Star Wars”.  Since then, by her choice, we have watched a Star Wars movie every week, except one.  We have watched the original trilogy and have started on the prequels.   Hannah LOVES Star Wars.  She talks about her favorite characters, Yoda and “Butter Fett”.  She pretends she is using a light saber.  She always wants to read her “Little Golden Book” Star Wars books.

Of course, as someone who grew up on Star Wars and dreamed of being Han Solo, I am thrilled.  On one hand, it is easy to say that she inherited the love of Star Wars from me.  On the other hand, though, I was very careful not to force it on her, so in a way she came about it naturally.    While I didn’t force it on her, she has always known about my love of Star Wars.  I have read her books like “ABC-3P0”, “OB-123”, and “Goodnight Darth Vader.”  She has heard me talk about Star Wars more than once.  She has been around Star Wars paraphernalia all her life and her knowledge of my love of Star Wars made her want to check it out.

To me, that is how we should share the Gospel.  When you force something on somebody, it turns them off, at best.  At worst, the completely reject and rebel what they have been taught.   You cannot force anyone to want to follow Jesus Christ.  However, when we live our lives in a way that reflects our deep love of Jesus.  When we talk openly about our faith and we show that our faith is vitally important to us, people around us may want to find out more.   We don’t force our faith on them, but we lead them to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do the rest!

Proverbs 22:6  “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”

May 15th News and Notes

Church in the Park

This Sunday, May 19th, we will worship at Allen Pond park instead of in the sanctuary.  Following worship, we will have a potluck cook-out.

Mars Hill Mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 7th-13th this year.  The theme is “Serving One Another”.  If you are interested, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp is around the corner.  If you are able to help out, please let Sue Kennedy or Diane Eades know.

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, May 15th

  • Seeds, 5:45

Thursday, May 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Sunday, May 19th

  • Church in the Park, 10:00
  • Potluck following worship worship

Wednesday, May 22nd

  • Final Seeds, 5:45

Sunday, May 26th

  • Worship, 10:00

 

Looking Ahead

  • May 19th, Church in the Park
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
  • July 22nd-26th, Art & Music Camp
  • September 8th, Kick-off Sunday

May 8th News and Notes

Church in the Park

On Sunday, May 19th, we will worship at Allen Pond park instead of in the sanctuary.  Following worship, we will have a potluck cook-out.  Mark your calendars!

Ladies Luncheon

Ladies will meet 11:30 at First Watch on May 9, 2019.  You can contact Barbara Trafton at barbara.trafton@AOL.com if you are planning on attending.  All are welcome.

Mars Hill Mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 7th-13th this year.  The theme is “Serving One Another”.  If you are interested, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

Mission Giving

Our mission giving this Sunday will go to help supplement the Mars Hill Mission trip.  If you know of a ministry or mission that you would like to see supported, please let Chris know.

Art & Music Camp

There will be a meeting for those interested in helping out with Art & Music Camp on Monday, May 13th at 4:00 at the church.

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, May 8th

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

Thursday, May 9th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, May 12th

  • Worship, 10:00

Sunday, May 13th

  • Art & Music Camp meeting, 4:00

Tuesday, May 14th

  • Board Meeting, 6:30

Wednesday, May 15th

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

Thursday, May 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, location TBA

Sunday, May 19th

  • Church in the Park, 10:00
  • Potluck following worship worship

 

Looking Ahead

  • May 19th, Church in the Park
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
  • July 22nd-26th, Art & Music Camp