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June 27th News and Notes

 

 Mission Giving

We will collect our mission giving this Sunday.  Our Sunday mission partner is Prince George’s Child Resource Center.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center (PGCRC) helps create healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting their families and educating their caregivers. PGCRC strives for quality and accessible child care; strong families; a connected and informed community; and integrated, community-focused policies and practices in Prince George’s County.

 PGCRC addresses families’ immediate needs while also helping to break the cycle of poverty, drugs, physical abuse, and limited education. Through direct services for families, training for child care providers, and collaboration, we work to ensure that children have a secure bond with their parents, grow up in homes free of abuse and neglect, and thrive in quality early childhood environments.

Mars Hill mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission team will be leaving for their mission trip on July 8th.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Our team consists of: Chris Deacon, Heather Deacon, Hannah Deacon, Sue Kennedy, Gene Barbato, Jan Barbato, Dave Deacon, Cathie Lambert, Herb Sheppard, Ray Williams, Sherita Williams, Serayah Williams, Jamari Williams, and Kai Williams.

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp begins July 23rd.  If you are interested in helping any/or all days, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.

 

 

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, June 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 PM Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, July 1st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Mission Giving
  • Communion

Sunday, July 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew
  • Mars Hill mission trip begins

Looking Ahead

  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
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Summer Board Corner

Board Corner – Summer, 2018

It is important to the Board that our congregation is kept informed on discussions that are taking place and decisions that are being made for the good of the United Parish of Bowie.  Minutes of Board meetings, along with agendas, monthly financial statements, and the pastor’s report, are kept in a binder in the church library.

In the past few months, the Board has been at work in several different areas including:

  • Pastor Chris and the Board continued a discussion of the Acts of the Apostles during the April, May and June Board meetings. Also, individual Board members led a discussion on a sermon or scripture passage from a worship service from the previous month at each Board meeting.
  • The Board approved the Nominating Committee Policy document, and it was decided to present the amended/corrected UPB Bylaws document to an approval vote at a future congregational meeting.
  • During May, the Board presented the Congregational Survey developed by the committee chairs to the congregation for their input.
  • The National Capital Presbytery annual review of UPB’s records was conducted on April 21, 2018. Sharon Doughty, our UPB Board Secretary, prepared the many documents and represented UPB at the review. UPB’s documents were well received and the church passed the review, thanks to Sharon’s efforts.
  • The Board has instituted a “Membership Check-in” portion of each Board meeting. Board members discuss problems and issues that have come to their attention affecting various members of the congregation. Actions are discussed, if appropriate.
  • The Board continues to review and update existing UPB policy documents, including identifying those that have not yet been developed. Some policies that still need to be developed are: Recordkeeping by the Treasurer, Disaster Preparedness, Communications, and Receiving Gifts.

The Board is meant to represent the membership of the United Parish.  Please feel free to contact any Board member or Pastor Chris with your ideas, suggestions and/or concerns. Board members for 2018 are Gene Barbato, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert and Nancy Snyder.

June 5th News and Notes

 

 

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be this Saturday, June 9th.  Set-up begins at 9:00.  Come out and join us.  If you can’t join us, but still want to donate, you can do it here.

Christian Education Appreciation

This Sunday, we will be recognizing those involved in Christian Education.  We will have a special Chat & Chew following worship.  Please bring a finger food or dessert to share!

Mission Giving

We collected $860 to support our Mars Hill mission team last Sunday.  Thank you!

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 by June 15th.

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, June 6th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 9th

  • SMA Walk, set-up begins at 9:00

Sunday, June 10th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Special Chat & Chew

Wednesday, June 13th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, June 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM

Saturday, June 16th

  • Stitch-In, 7:30

Sunday, June 17th

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

Looking Ahead

  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday

May 31st News and Notes

 

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is June 2nd.  We are especially in need of people for the afternoon and tear-down.  If you are interested and available, please email hadeacon@gmail.com

Mission Giving

We will take up our mission giving offering this Sunday.  It will go towards expenses for our Mars Hill Mission Trip.

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  If you are interested in helping out, please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex.  Even if you can’t help, please come out and participate in this great event!

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).  This is the last week to provide input.

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

Saturday, June 2nd

  • Bowiefest

Sunday, June 3rd

  • Rechartering Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Communion

Tuesday, June 5th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, June 6th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 9th

  • SMA Walk

Sunday, June 10th

  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, June 13th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, June 14th

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

Looking Ahead

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

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

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