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November 29th News and Notes

From the Gap Pastor

I am impressed and delighted by all of your Christmas decorations! Yesterday I saw three lovely creches, lights galore, an Advent wreath with its five candles, more bright ornaments than are countable, pretty angelic tree toppers, and treasured Chrismons – some made by church family children who are now adults.

I just learned that Chrismon trees were first used by North American Lutherans back in the 1950’s, though the practice has since spread to other denominations like ours. The evergreen tree itself, for Christians, symbolizes the eternal life Jesus Christ provides. The Chrismon tree differs from the traditional Christmas tree in that it is decorated with only clear lights and Chrismons made from white and gold material, the liturgical colors of the Christmas season.

They are ancient symbols for Christ or some part of Christ’s ministry: the descending dove, fish, Celtic cross, Jerusalem cross, shepherd’s crook, chalice, shell, and others. Laurence Stookey, former professor at Wesley Seminary, wrote that “because many symbols of the Chrismon tree direct our attention to the nature and ultimate work of Christ, they can be helpful in calling attention to Advent themes.”

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 4
Second Sunday In Advent
Images of the Season: Belts
Communion
Congregational Meeting after Worship

Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday in Advent
Images of the Season: Trees

Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Children’s Christmas Play

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Lessons and Carols

Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Day
Images of the Season: Hearts

NOTE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, Sunday, December 25th:

  1. Members have been invited by Pastor Caroline Wilson to join with the Christian Community Presbyterian Church at their Christmas day service. The church is located at 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Phone 30l.262.6008. The service begins at 10:00 a.m.
  2. Members have been invited by Pastor Andy Kort at First Presbyterian of Annapolis. The church is located at 171 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD. 410.267-8705, The service begins at 10:00 a.m. The Hillman parking garage is under construction, so plan to leave in plenty of time to find a parking space. This link has parking information.
  3. We have been invited by Pastor Clara Young to Greenbelt Community (UCC) Church where services will begin at 10:15 on Christmas morning. The church is located at 1 Hillside Road in Greenbelt. The phone there is 30l.474.6171.
  4. National Capital Presbytery is hosting an online service that can be viewed on Christmas morning. A link will be made available once received.

Food Pantry

Your donations of food items are always appreciated. A check made out to UPB earmarked “Food Pantry” will enable the pantry to buy discounted grocery gift cards.

Bible Study

A group is forming to begin meeting in the library after church on January 8th. Please join us even if you have not shown interest previously.

Prayer Group

Join us on Zoom at 7:30 each Tuesday night on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/159967508?pwd=VFlySnpyc2xZb3ZQUkdaZ0w5ZU5rZz09

We Care for One Another

Gene Barbato is under care for a torn Achilles tendon and pneumonia.

Bob Bell is under treatment for brain cancer. He and Joann now live on Cape Cod.

Sharita Williams-Smith, Sharon Doughty, and Joey Drown are each recovering from recent surgeries.

Betsy Burian is doing much better!

Bill Wallace is at Future Care Capital Region on Brightseat Road in Landover.

Thanks

To those who decorated the church for Advent and Christmas last Sunday, and provided a delicious lunch for all.

To those who have pledged to support the church’s mission in 2022. (If you haven’t yet sent in your pledge card, please contact Gene Barbato, Stewardship Chair, as soon as possible; or simply bring your pledge to church next week.)

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 at 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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November 21st News and Notes

From the Gap Pastor

Even as I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations are up in stores and on neighborhood houses. And, of course, the internet is full of ads. Yes, Advent begins next Sunday, the 27th – perhaps even before the leftovers get eaten! UPB’s holiday schedule is posted below for you to mark your calendars. I look forward to this spending this season of reflection, preparation and joy with you.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule

Sunday, November 27
First Sunday in Advent
Images of the Season: Gates
Church decorating party after worship

Sunday, December 4
Second Sunday In Advent
Images of the Season: Belts
Communion
Congregational Meeting after Worship

Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday in Advent
Images of the Season: Trees

Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday in Advent
Images of the Season: Trees

Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Children’s Christmas Play

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Lessons and Carols

Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Day
Images of the Season: Hearts

NOTE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, Sunday, December 25th:

  1. Members have been invited by Pastor Caroline Wilson to join with the Christian Community Presbyterian Church at their Christmas day service. The church is located at 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Phone 30l.262.6008. The service begins at 10:00 a.m.
  2. Members have been invited by Pastor Andy Kort at First Presbyterian of Annapolis. The church is located at 171 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD. 410.267-8705, The service begins at 10:00 a.m. The Hillman parking garage is under construction, so plan to leave in plenty of time to find a parking space. This link has parking information.
  3. We have been invited by Pastor Clara Young to Greenbelt Community (UCC) Church where services will begin at 10:15 on Christmas morning. The church is located at 1 Hillside Road in Greenbelt. The phone there is 30l.474.6171.
  4. National Capital Presbytery is hosting an online service that can be viewed on Christmas morning. A link will be made available once received.

Family Wreath Making

Three families enjoyed making Advent Wreaths with Sue Kennedy on November 20th.

Three families enjoyed making Advent Wreaths with Sue Kennedy on November 20th.

Happy photos:

Bible Study

A group is forming to begin meeting in the library after church on January 8th. Please join us even if you have not shown interest previously.

Prayer Group

Join us on Zoom at 7:30 each Tuesday night on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/159967508?pwd=VFlySnpyc2xZb3ZQUkdaZ0w5ZU5rZz09

We Care for One Another

Gene Barbato is under care for a torn Achilles tendon and pneumonia.

Bob Bell is under treatment for brain cancer. He and Joann now live on Cape Cod.

Sharita Williams-Smith, Sharon Doughty, and Joey Drown are each recovering from recent surgeries.

Betsy Burian is doing much better!

Thanks

To those who bake and contribute goodies for the delicious Chat and Chews.

To those who have pledged to support the church’s mission in 2022. (If you haven’t yet sent in your pledge card, please contact Gene Barbato, Stewardship Chair, as soon as possible; or simply bring your pledge to church next week.)

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 at 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.

November 14th News and Notes

From the Gap Pastor

This is the Season of Thanksgiving! Appropriately, the church makes a special emphasis on stewardship during this time. With gratitude to God, we dedicate pledges for 2023 next week on the 20th – our “Celebration Sunday.” Pledge cards will be provided as you arrive for worship. I understand it is your custom to sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as pledges are brought forward at the conclusion of the service. I love this hymn of praise! Let me share its powerful third verse for your reflection:

Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide.

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Indeed, we are so abundantly blessed! And we will be a blessing to others through our support of the church.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The annual Bowie Community Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 20, beginning at 6:30 PM at St. Matthew’s UMC, on Rte 450 next to Bowie HS.

A hybrid opportunity will be provided, but it is not yet available.

The theme is “Reconciliation as a Form of Thanksgiving.” Our featured speaker will be Dr. Safi Kaskas, director of IQRA, an organization dedicated to teach Muslims and the rest of us the truth about what Quran teaches, as a way to combat the misinformation in the media and on-line, to lower the heat of Islamophobia a touch.

As always, we will take up a collection for the Bowie Food Pantry, of both canned and boxed goods and financial contributions.

Food Pantry Donations: An Important Change!

If you wish to contribute to the Pantry’s holiday programs, monetary donations are now preferred over gift cards. The Pantry receives a substantial discount when ordering gift cards in bulk, and it makes their accounting process much easier. Please write your check made out to the church earmarked “Food Pantry Donation.” Thanks for your generosity. Your food donations are also gratefully received.

Worship Schedule for November

November 20 Christ the King Sunday

Sermon: King Jesus

Celebration Sunday when your pledges will be received, followed by a Chat and Chew.

November 27 First Sunday in Advent

Sermon: Images of the Season: Gates

Church decorating party after worship.

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time. And we are back to passing the offering plates. So hold on to your checks/envelopes until the time of offering after the sermon!

Christmas Holiday Highlights

Everyone is invited on Sunday, November 20 from 3:00-5:00 to make a family Advent wreath.  All materials will be provided.  Every family will also receive a devotional with activities that can be used throughout Advent, including candle lighting.  In order to make sure we have enough materials, please let Sue Kennedy know by mid-week.  This is a great time for fun and fellowship so we hope you will come and join us.  It takes about 30 minutes to make the wreath, so it is ok if you are not able to come for the whole time.  Everyone is welcomed whenever you can get there. 

Advent begins this year on Sunday, November 27. We will decorate the church after worship that day; a light lunch will be provided.

Diane Eades is ordering the holiday poinsettias. Please let her know if you would like to purchase one or more.

The Children’s Christmas Play will be on December 18th during worship.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 7:00 on the 24th.

There will not be a Sunday morning, Christmas Day, service at UPB. However, the Board wants you to know the following options should you wish to attend a service:

  1. Members have been invited by Pastor Caroline Wilson to join with the Christian Community Presbyterian Church at their Christmas day service. The church is located at 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Phone 30l.262.6008. The service begins at 10:00 a.m.
  1. Members have been invited by Pastor Andy Kort at First Presbyterian of Annapolis. The church is located at 171 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD. 410.267-8705, M401 The service begins at 10:00 a.m. Hillman Garage is under construction, so plan to leave in plenty of time to find a parking space. Here is a link to parking information: First Presbyterian Parking
  1. We have been invited by Pastor Clara Young to Greenbelt Community (UCC) Church where services will begin at 10:15 on Christmas morning. The church is located at 1 Hillside Road in Greenbelt. The phone is (301)474-6171.
  1. National Capital Presbytery is hosting an online service that can be viewed on Christmas morning. A link is not yet available.

Prayer Group

Join us each Tuesday evening at 7:30 for our weekly prayer service via Zoom using this link. A reminder email will be sent on Tuesday afternoon.

We Care for One Another

Betsy Burian is soon to be released from her stay at Autumn Lake. She will be going to stay with her son as she recovers further.

Bill Wallace is in Prince Georges County Hospital in Largo.

Bob Bell is undergoing cancer treatment.

Gene Barbato has a healing Achilles tendon

Joey Drown and Sharon Doughty are both undergoing surgery this week.

Thanks

To the members who organize the Stewardship Drive, and those who so diligently manage our revenues and expenses.

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 this link to Paypal. 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.

November 1st News and Notes

From the Pastor

This past week I Zoomed with the Bowie Interfaith Pastors. There was a Lutheran, a Baptist, an AME, and a Rabbi sharing in a lively discussion. There will be an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Matthew’s Methodist Church on Sunday evening, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. You can attend in person or electronically. Once I receive the link, it will be forwarded to you along with further information on the main speaker, a Muslim leader.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule for November

November 6 Communion Sunday Sermon: Paul in Athens

November 13 Sermon: Dorcas a Strong Supporter

November 20 Christ the King Sunday Sermon: King Jesus Celebration Sunday when your pledges will be received, followed by a Chat and Chew.

November 27 First Sunday in Advent Sermon: Advent Images:Gates Church decorating party after worship.

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time. And we are back to passing the offering plates. So hold on to your checks/envelopes until the time of offering after the sermon!

Prayer Group

Join us each Tuesday evening at 7:30 for our weekly prayer service via Zoom using this link. A reminder email will be sent on Tuesday afternoon.

We Care for One Another

Betsy Burian between Anne Arundel Hospital and Autumn Lake Healthcare in Gambrills. Gene Barbato is under care for a torn Achilles tendon. Bob Bell is under treatment for brain cancer. He and Joann now live on Cape Cod. Flu and Covid Booster vaccines are what we can do to care for one another and ourselves.

Trivia Night Returns

UPB Trivia Night returns on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm. If you’ve always wanted to be on Jeopardy, this is the place to be. Join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9809442860

Thanks

To the ones who look after the building; inside and outside.

To the Bowie Interfaith Pastors who keep the welfare of the city and its churches in prayer, and through mission.

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.

October 25th News and Notes

From the Pastor

Friends, Trunk or Treat was a successful time of fun community interaction. Thanks to all the volunteers!

The Stewardship Campaign for ’23 has begun, and everyone has received an inspiring letter from Gene Barbato to encourage your generous giving in return for our many blessings. Celebration Sunday, when your pledges are received, will be November 20. Hopefully we will have a big, in-person worship service and Chat and Chew together that morning.

This month closes with the observing of All Saints Day. It is the day set aside on the Christian calendar to remember and give thanks for all of our sisters and brothers who have died and gone on to their eternal, heavenly rest. We will take special note of any saints who have passed on during the past year.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule for October

October 30 – All Saints Day Observance — Dean preaching on “Saint Ruth”

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time. And we are back to passing the offering plates. So hold on to your checks/envelopes until the time of offering after the sermon!

Bible Study

If a group of five or more commit, Dean would like to lead a class after worship. There are study guides requiring homework, but it isn’t onerous. The class could either focus on The Book of Acts, or an overview of the entire Bible. The group will chose either. Let Dean know if you are interested.

Prayer Group

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

We Care for One Another

Betsy Burian is receiving care at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Gambrills. Diane Eades is recuperating from knee replacement last Wednesday, and Ryan Eades as he also mends from knee surgery. Gene Barbato is under care for a torn Achilles tendon. Bob Bell is under treatment for brain cancer. He and Joann now live on Cape Cod. Flu and Covid Booster vaccines are what we can do to care for one another and ourselves.

Thanks

To the tech wizards who make sure our church newsletter, correspondence, and worship service are available via email and on the screens every Sunday morning.

To the church treasurer and assistants who diligently handle our revenue and expenses.

To the Board who are thinking ahead to have clear and doable priorities for 2023.

To the contributors to “Water for Life.” Cathie reports that a check for $250.52 was sent to that organization. The collection jug is now back, sitting on the table in the narthex.

Water for Life uses a combination of appropriate water technologies, water health education and basic research so that communities can identify and solve their water problems. Our mission is not to simply provide safe water to those in need, but to train individuals and communities to create and maintain their own local water resources. We do so by a highly interactive process combining formal instruction with hands-on training.

Trivia Night Returns

UPB Trivia Night returns on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm. If you’ve always wanted to be on Jeopardy, this is the place to be. Join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9809442860

Items for your Calendar

Advent decorating will be done on November 27 after worship. The 27th is the First Sunday in Advent. A light lunch will be provided.

The Christmas Eve service will be held at 7:00 on Saturday, December 24th.

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.

October 18th News and Notes

From the Pastor

Friends, I will be away for several days this week; Tuesday – Thursday. Jim and I had planned a little trip before my coming to UPB. This week the Worship Team meets on Monday. Plans for November, Advent and Christmas are taking shape.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule for October

October 23 – Dean preaching on “Commanding the Spirits”

October 30 – All Saints Day Observance — Dean preaching on “Saint Ruth”

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time.

Events

Trunk or Treat: Sign-up with Sue Kennedy for decorating your car, handing out treats and/or helping with the film on October 22 with Sue Kennedy.

Bible Study

If a group of five or more commit, Dean would like to lead a class after worship. There are study guides requiring homework, but it isn’t onerous. The class could either focus on The Book of Acts, or an overview of the entire Bible. The group will chose either. Let Dean know if you are interested.

Local Outreach Needs

The Mission and Service Committee is collecting food for the Bowie Food Pantry. We deliver monthly now. Thank you for your donations. They are always so appreciated by the pantry folks.

Below is their greatest need at this time: Spaghetti & sauce Low sugar cereal Tuna Canned beans and fruit Applesauce

Please note: REGULAR SIZE ITEMS ARE PREFERRED. The Pantry has a few large families, but most households consist of 1 to 3 members.

Additionally, we are presently collecting grocery store gift cards instead of doing Thanksgiving baskets. The Pantry doesn’t have the room because the food distribution area has grown. Many more families are using the Pantry weekly.

Prayer Group

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

We Care for One Another

Betsy Burian will probably be able to return to rehab at Autumn Lake Health Care in Gambrills early this week..

Flu and Covid Booster vaccines are what we can do to care for one another and ourselves.

Thanks

All those who work diligently to prepare and show the Power Points for Worship. Volunteers for the Trunk or Treat and volunteers in various area settings; those tutoring in local school and/or regularly caring for grandchildren.

All those who work diligently to prepare and show the Power Points for Worship.

Items for your Calendar

Advent decorating will be done on November 27 after worship. The 27th is the First Sunday in Advent. A light lunch will be provided.

The Christmas Eve service will be held at 7:00 on Saturday, December 24th.

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.

October 11th News and Notes

From the Pastor

Friends, on Wednesday night I meet with the Board for the first time at its monthly business meeting. Among other things on the agenda, is a discussion of each member’s ideas for how UPB might move forward into the future. I’m eager to hear what is shared as they reflect on the input from the various listening groups. Stay tuned for a report back to you.

Remember my phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule for October

October 16 – Dean preaching on “Atoning for our Sins”

October 23 – Dean preaching on “Commanding the Spirits”

October 30 – All Saints Day Observance — Dean preaching on “Saint Ruth”

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time.

Events

Trunk or Treat: Sign-up with Sue Kennedy for decorating your car, handing out treats and/or helping with the film on October 22 with Sue Kennedy.

Bible Study

If a group of five or more commit, Dean would like to lead a class after worship. There are study guides requiring homework, but it isn’t onerous. The class could either focus on The Book of Acts, or an overview of the entire Bible. The group will chose either. Let Dean know if you are interested.

Prayer Group

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

Prayer Concerns

Betsy Burian is receiving care at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Gambrills. She is able to have visitors (visiting hours are 9am-7pm. All visitors must wear a mask and are required to check in. Cards can be sent to

Betsy Burian, 1221 Waugh Chapel Road, Room #107, Gambrills MD 21054

Diane Eades is recouperating from knee replacement last Wednesday,

Ryan Eades as he also mends from knee surgery.

Joey and Terry Drown as they feel better after Covid.

Flu and Covid Booster vaccines are what we can do to care for one another and ourselves.

Thanks

To those contributing food donations for our neighbors in need

To the musicians who enrich our worship

Volunteers for the Trunk or Treat

News from the National Capital Presbytery regarding new Moderators for 2022-2023

Shani McIlwain, Moderator, and our guest preacher last Sunday. She is a Ruling Elder at Faith Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC), serving on CPM, Spiritual Formation, Co-Chair for the Young Adult Volunteer Board, Co-Moderator of Black Presbyterians United, and a NEXT Church strategy team member. You can also find her serving as a pulpit supply preacher, retreat leader, and sought-after conference speaker.

The Rev. Dr. Chris Deacon, Vice-Moderator, currently serves as the Stated Supply Pastor for Redevelopment at Northwood Presbyterian Church. He previously served the United Parish of Bowie for 8 years and the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, IL for 6 years. He has served as chair of the New Things team and currently serves on CDC, Leadership Council, and as Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery. Within his local community, he has served as a community mentor for High School students and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Bowie Interfaith Coalition.

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.

October 4th News and Notes

From the Pastor

Friends, I am glad to be among you as your “gap” pastor through December, as the search for a permanent pastor is in progress. Yours is a warm and friendly congregation with a strong history of being a beacon of God’s light in the Bowie community. Know that I am available by phone or email when you need to be in touch with pastoral concerns or program questions. My phone is 415.747.1662; my email is dean.mcdonald@me.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Worship Schedule for October

October 9 – Guest Preacher, Rev. Shani McIlwaine

October 16 – Dean preaching on “Atoning for our Sins”

October 23 – Dean preaching on “Commanding the Spirits”

October 30 – All Saints Day Observance — Food Pantry donations are needed, especially as the weather cools.Dean preaching on “Saint Ruth”

Announcements, Joys and Concerns are now being shared at the beginning of the worship service. This is a change in the regular service format. Your prayer requests are encouraged at this new time.

Events

Trunk or Treat: Sign-up with Sue Kennedy for decorating your car, handing out treats and/or helping with the film on October 22 with Sue Kennedy.

Bible Study

If a group of five or more commit, Dean would like to lead a class after worship. There are study guides requiring homework, but it isn’t onerous. The class could either focus on The Book of Acts, or an overview of the entire Bible. The group will chose either. Let Dean know if you are interested.

Prayer Group

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

Prayer Concerns

Betsy Burian is recovering from a fall

Diane Eades as she recuperates from knee replacement surgery on Wednesday, and Ryan Eades as he mends from his knee surgery, too.

Thanks

For the delicious “Chat and Chew” last Sunday

For the pretty chrysanthemums in the yard

For the willingness of volunteers to learn Power Point for worship from Cathie

Don’t Forget

Flu and Covid Booster vaccines are what we can do to care for one another and ourselves.

Food Pantry donations are needed, especially as the weather cools.

September 22nd News and Notes

 
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.
 
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.
 
 
Mission and Service needs
 
Please remember the Mission and Service Committee is always collecting food for the Bowie Food Pantry.
This month their greatest need is Spaghetti, tuna, low sugar cereals, canned beans and fruit. 
 
They will again be collecting only gift cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This allows the families to do their own personal shopping.
Our committee will begin collecting those cards in October.
 
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

 
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.

 

Board Corner – Special Edition, September

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 the board meetings, along with agendas, monthly financial statements and the
pastors 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:

• Art and Music camp was held in July and was deemed a success

• Listening sessions have begun to follow up on the CAT survey results while looking to the
future of the church. A few sessions remain for anyone who hasn’t attended one yet.
• Three children were baptized into the church in the past few weeks
• Pastor Chris has resigned his position at UPB and it was decided his last Sunday on the
pulpit will be September 25th
• Board has had Zoom calls with representatives from both Presbytery and UCC to find out
next steps for UPB in search for a new called pastor
• Dr. Dean McDonald has agreed to be the Gap pastor for UPB and will cover the pulpit until
the end of the year with a start date of September 26th

• Board working on updating UPB website
• Diane Eades has decided to step down as Vice Moderator of the Board as of October 2,
2022 due to personal reasons but will remain on the board. Sue Kennedy has volunteered to
take over the Vice Moderator of the Board position for the rest of the year.