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January 26th News and Notes

Seeds Canceled Tomorrow

 

Seeds follows the Prince George’s County School system.  Because Prince George’s County is closed tomorrow, there will also be no Seeds tomorrow night.

Annual Meeting, Townhall Meeting, and Chili Cook-off

The annual meeting, townhall meeting, and chili/dessert cook-off will all be February 7th after worship.  Please make every effort to attend.

Movie Night

We will have a family film night on February 19th starting at 6:30 pm.  The film is TBA.

Ash Wednesday

We will have our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 pm

Lenten Dinners

We will begin our Lenten dinners and intergenerational devotional activities on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00.  We will be looking at “Praying the Psalms”.

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap returns Thursday, February 11th.  We will meet at DuClaws at 7:00 and discuss the topic of “Lent”.

Super Bowl Challenge

It is the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7th.  As we did last year, there will be a basket set up for each team and you can “vote” for which team you think will win by placing canned goods for the Food Pantry in their basket.  Pastor Chris will match the canned goods donated for the winning team.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, June 27th

  • Seeds – Canceled

Thursday, Jan. 28th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, location, TBA

Sunday , Jan. 31st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Communications Committee meeting

Monday, Feb. 1st

  • Newsletter Submissions are due

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd

  • Seeds
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Friday, Feb. Feb 4th

  • Book Club, 7pm

Sunday, Feb. 7h

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Annual Meeting and Town Hall Meeting, following worship
  • Desert and Chili cook-off

 

Looking Ahead

January 24th……………Annual Congregational Meeting                       February 10th………….Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins                             March 27th…………….Easter                                                                           June 26th………………Church in the Park                                                     July 10th-16th…………Mars Hill Mission Trip                                                 July 25th-29th…………Art and Music Camp

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January 21st News and Notes

Inclement Weather

As you may have heard, they are predicting a large “snow event” for this weekend.  We have preemptively rescheduled the annual meeting/chili cook-off/ town hall meeting for February 7th following worship.  You can sign up for the chili/dessert cook-off here.

If worship is canceled Sunday morning, the board will make a decision as early as possible.  We will put it on facebook, send out an email, and let the local television stations know.  If church goes on as planned, we ask that you remain as safe as possible!

A note from the SEEDS team

In case of inclement weather, SEEDS will follow the Prince George’s County Public Schools.  If evening activities are canceled, an early dismissal, or schools closed for the day, there will be no SEEDS.

Ash Wednesday

We will have our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 pm

Lenten Dinners

We will begin our Lenten dinners and intergenerational devotional activities on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00.  We will be looking at “Praying the Psalms”.

Men’s Night Out

The men of the church will meet for dinner tonight at Red Robin at 6:30.  Please join us!

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap returns Thursday, February 11th.  We will meet at DuClaws at 7:00 and discuss the topic of “Lent”.

Super Bowl Challenge

After this weekend, we will know who is playing in the Superbowl.  As we did last year, there will be a basket set up for each team and you can “vote” for who you think will win by placing canned goods for the Food Pantry in their basket.  Pastor Chris will match the winning team.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, Jan. 21st

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Sunday, Jan 24th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chili and Dessert cook-off following service POSTPONED UNTIL FEB 7th
  • Annual Congregational Meeting and Town Hall Meeting POSTPONED UNTIL FEB 7th

Wednesday, Jan. 27th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thrusday, Jan. 28th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, location, TBA

Sunday , Jan. 31st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School following worship
  • Communications Committee meeting

Monday, Feb. 1st

  • Newsletter Submissions are due

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

 

Looking Ahead

January 24th……………Annual Congregational Meeting                       February 10th………….Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins                             March 27th…………….Easter                                                                           June 26th………………Church in the Park                                                     July 10th-16th…………Mars Hill Mission Trip                                                 July 25th-29th…………Art and Music Camp

January 14th Weekly E-votional

Last week in worship, we celebrated Epiphany.  Epiphany  is the day that we celebrate the Magi arriving to find the Christ child.  As most of us remember, the Magi followed a star until they found Christ.  We don’t know how many Magi there was, we don’t know when they arrived (anytime after birth to two years after the birth).  We do know that they journeyed, following that star, gave gifts, and then returned home.

As part of worship, everyone was given a star word.  If you weren’t there, these were small stars with different words on it.  The idea behind this was to give you a “star” to follow as we enter into 2016, a “star” to guide you.  The reactions were interesting as people looked at their words and thought about them.  If you were not here last Sunday and would like a star word, there are some in a basket on the sign-up table in the narthex.  No, you may not switch yours out if you didn’t like it!  If you do not make it to church regularly, leave a comment and we will let you know what your star word is!

My word is “serenity” and it is already making a difference.  The very next day I had a meeting that ran longer than I expected.  I was in a hurry to get home because I knew dinner was ready and it was past Hannah’s dinner time.  Traffic was bad, especially where Laurel-Bowie Rd goes down to one lane.  Then I got stuck in the one lane behind someone going 15 MPH under the speed limit.  This is one of those instances that typically drive me crazy!  However, I took a deep breath and thought “serenity”.  Then I prayed for serenity and it worked.  I have faced several similar scenarios to different extents and they were met with various levels of success (hint – toddler tantrums and pizza places forgetting the order for seeds – not as serene as I would hope!)  However, I can tell that it is making a difference and it is only the first week.  I truly hope I continue to pursue “serenity” throughout the year.  I can’t wait to hear how your star words have affected you!

Matthew 2:9b-11:  “they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 ”

 

January 13th News and Notes

Ungreening of the church

We will meet Saturday, January 16th at 9:00 to take down the Christmas decorations.  Remember many hands make light work, so please help in any way you can.

Family Crisis Center Meal

This Sunday, January 17th is the Family Crisis Center Meal.  We only have three people singed up right now and a lot of opens slots.  Please consider helping out.  You can sign up here.

Annual Congregational Meeting/Town Hall Meeting

On Sunday, January 24th, we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting.  At the meeting, we will approve the budget and elect the nominating committee for 2016.  We will also have a Town Hall meeting where we will discuss how and in which direction we would like our church to grow.

Chili and Dessert Cook-off

On January 24th, during the town hall meeting, we will have a chili and dessert cook-off to raise money for the Mars Hill mission trip.  We invite you to bring chili, dessert, or cornbread/crackers.  We will vote on the best chili and dessert by putting money in a paper bag and whichever dish raises the most money wins!  Sign up here.

Book Club

The Book Club will meet this Friday, January 15th at 7pm to discuss Dreamland.

Nursery Attendant

If you haven’t had the chance, stop by and introduce yourself to our new nursery attendant, Autumn.

SEEDS

Seeds had resumed until we begin our Lenten studies on Feb 7th.  The Seeds team is providing pizza, but asks for help in providing salad and dessert.  We ask that the dessert be fruit themed, as the kids will be studying the fruit of the Spirit.  To help, click here.

Litugist

We do not have anyone signed up as liturgist for the foreseeable future.  Please consider signing up, whether you are a regular or have never done it before.  You can sign up here.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, Jan. 13th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, Jan 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45am, Nautilus Diner

Friday, Jan 15th

  • Book Club, 7 pm

Saturday, Jan 16th

  • Ungreening the church, 9am

Sunday, Jan 17th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center meal due

Monday, Jan 18th

  • Bowie Interfaith Council MLK Jr service, 11am,  Bowie United Methodist Church

Wednesday, Jan. 20th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, Jan. 21st

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

Sunday, Jan 24th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chili and Dessert cook-off following service
  • Annual Congregational Meeting and Town Hall Meeting

 

Looking Ahead

January 24th……………Annual Congregational Meeting                       February 10th………….Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins                             March 27th…………….Easter                                                                           June 26th………………Church in the Park                                                     July 10th-16th…………Mars Hill Mission Trip                                                 July 25th-29th…………Art and Music Camp

December 24th E-votional

This year is the the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown” Christmas. After fifty years, it remains one of the most beloved and popular Christmas “specials”. I know I have seen it more times than I could possibly remember, chances are you have too.

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article that pointed out something I had never noticed before.   In fact, I had to go back and watch it to make sure it was there!  It is a small detail, but once I noticed it, I realized that it had a vital message.  When Linus tells Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about by quoting Luke 2:8-14, he drops his blanket.

You may be thinking, “so what?  Why is his dropping his blanket important?”  We have to realize that some characters have traits that represent who they are.  Charlie Brown always has the yellow shirt with the black zig-zag.  Schroeder is almost always at the piano.  Pig-Pen is always surrounded by a cloud of dirt. Linus has his blanket and is often seen sucking his thumb.  It isn’t any blanket that he carries around, but a security blanket, a blanket that brings him comfort.

Linus isn’t just dropping his blanket as he tells the story of Christ’s birth.  He is dropping his need for security and comfort from it because he finds comfort and security somewhere else!  Instead of his blanket, his earthly possession, he finds security and comfort in the story of Christ’s birth.

Even more poignant is the point at which Linus drops his blanket.  He drops it when the angel says “Fear not!” to the shepherds.  “Fear not” is phrase found numerous times in the Bible and it is almost always said when God is about to be revealed.  Linus has no need for comfort from earthly goods because God is about to be revealed?

Isn’t that what Christmas is all about, that in the birth of the Christ child, God’s very nature is revealed?  In the birth of the Christ child, God’s grace is revealed.  In the birth of the Christ child, God’s compassion is revealed.  In the birth of the Christ child, God’s love is revealed.  That is something that we can find comfort in, not just on Christmas, but everyday.

Merry Christmas!

December 17th Weekly E-votional

I had planned about writing something about Star Wars this week and how it has or hasn’t held up over time, because I’m really excited about the new one coming  out tonight.  Then I read something that touched me in a way I didn’t expect and I wanted to share it with you.

I read an article expecting to laugh a little and maybe be a little shocked.  It was about memorable mall Santa encounters.  Different people wrote in to share their memorable encounters.  Most were from people who had worked as mall Santas and some were from people who went to see Santa.  Some were funny, some were crude, but one really made me think about Christmas.  Reddit user Daytodave wrote:

A friend and I went to ZooLights a few years ago, where the zoo opens at night lit up with Christmas lights, and you can buy hot chocolate + Baileys or apple cider + whiskey and walk around listening to music with the animals. Of course we stood in line to get our picture with Santa.

When our turn came he pulled us in and whispered, “I have had three kids tonight ask me if I can get their dads a job for Christmas. The world is messed up, and you young guys have to do something about it.”

Whenever I make a big decision, I still think about whether I’m being true to my mission from Santa.

Three children had asked Santa to get their unemployed dads jobs for Santa.  He went to these young men and said, “The world is messed up, and you young guys have to do something about it.”  The world is messed up and it’s not going to get any better unless we fix it.

Approximately 2015 years ago, Christ was born and was supposed to usher in an age of peace, love, goodwill, and hope.  If we look around the world, we find these things severely lacking.  Some say that is because when Jesus returns, then his work will be complete.  While I think that is true,I think there is more to that.  I think Jesus changed the world by changing us.  By giving his followers a task.  By giving you and me a task.  The world is a messed up place, and it is up to us to do something about it by sharing God’s love, by spreading joy and goodwill, by working for peace, and by providing hope.

Jesus gave us a mission and at Christmas, and every other time of the year, when we make a decision, we should ask ourselves if we are being true to it.

 

Isaiah 9:6   “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

December 16th News and Notes

Christmas Play

Our Christmas Play will be Sunday, December 20th, during worship.  A special thank-you to Diane Eades and Sue Kennedy for all their work during the program. Please bring an appetizer or desert to share for a special Chat & Chew following the program.

Christmas Play Rehearsal

We will have rehearsal for the Christmas play on:

  • Wednesday, December 16th, 5:45
  • Saturday, December 19th, 2:30-5:30
  • Sunday, December 20th, 8:00 am

Christmas Open House

Chris and Heather Deacon would like to invite the entire congregation to their Christmas Open House (12500 Rockledge Dr, Bowie) on December 20th from 3:00-6:00.  Feel to stop in at any time and stay as long as you like!

Christmas Eve

The Christmas Eve service will be December 24th at 7:00.  We are in need of seven more people to participate in the service.  If you are interested in reading scripture, please speak with Chris Deacon.

Receipts

Please have any reimbursements into Mike Mehl by Dec. 31st.

Nursery Attendant

We have hired a new nursery attendant.  Assuming background checks come back clear, she will be introduced during worship on December 20th!

Pulpit Supply

Chris will be out of town Dec. 25 – January 8th.  Rev. Carolyn Tilley will be filling the pulpit in his absence.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, Dec. 16th

  • Play Practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, Dec. 17th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, Red Robin

Sunday, Dec. 20th

  • Christmas Rehearsal, 8:00 am
  • Worship, 10:00, Christmas program
  • Chat & Chew, following Christmas program
  • Crisis Center meal due

Thursday, Dec. 24th

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 27th

  • Worship, 10:00

Looking Ahead

December 20th………..Children’s Christmas program                      December 24th………..Christmas Eve Service                                           January 24th……………Annual Congregational Meeting                       February 10th………….Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins                             March 27th…………….Easter                                                                           June 26th………………Church in the Park                                                     July 10th-16th…………Mars Hill Mission Trip                                                 July 25th-29th…………Art and Music Camp