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October 17th, 2019

I successfully avoided temptation yesterday.  I’m not talking about the cheesecake left in the fridge at church (although I avoided that too!)  I’m talking about an email I received.  I had a ten dollar reward certificate to Eddie Bauer that expired today.  Additionally, they had 40% off everything!  Now, you may not know this about me, but Eddie Bauer is my favorite clothing store, especially during the fall!  I saw a new Henley or sweatshirt in my future, just in time for the cooler fall weather!  So, I checked our budget and saw that we had to have a plumber out and we had bought Hannah some fall and winter clothes earlier this month.   We just didn’t have enough left in our budget, so I reluctantly let my certificate expire.

That is one of several reasons why we pledge.  By pledging a specific amount, we include it in our budget like our mortgage, student loans, or utilities.  It is a way of putting God into all of our decisions.  When we bought a new car this past year, we looked at our budget to see if we can afford it.  Our pledge was part of that decision, as it is part of every decision we make.

The bigger reason is that we aren’t giving to God out of what is left.  Practically, there often isn’t as much left at the end of the month as we would like and we wouldn’t be able to give as much to the church as we could.  Secondly, and more importantly, God has given us so much and God did not give to us out of what is left, but out of the completeness of God’s love!

This Sunday is our Celebration Sunday, and we will pledge ourselves to UPB’s ministry for the upcoming year.  As you prayerfully consider what to pledge, I ask that you to prayerfully consider how you give.  Does your gift reflect the completeness of God’s love or do you give over what is left?

2 Corinthians 9:7 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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October 16th News and Notes

 

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be this Saturday, October 19th from 4-6!  Come and decorate a car (or just hand out candy!)  This event has grown each year and is always a good time!  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex.

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be Sunday, October 20th.  Instead of a meal this year, we will have a “super” chat and chew!  Plan on joining us and celebrating all God has done in our lives as we pledge ourselves to the ministry of UPB for the upcoming year!

Christmas Play rehearsal

We will begin rehearsal for our Christmas play tonight!  We need people to provide meals for the children!  If you would be interested in providing a meal, please sign up in the Narthex!

Mission and Service Committee

The Mission and Service Committee is gearing up for colder weather and the holidays. 
Please sign up in the Narthex for the fall Warm Nights at All Saints on Thursday, November 14th.
We will be serving Chili (turkey, vegetarian or beef), cornbread, salad and desserts.
🦃For Thanksgiving we will donate 5 baskets along with 5 turkeys to the Bowie Food Pantry. Please bring in any of the following food items to add to our Baskets; Gravy, cranberry sause, stuffing, corn, green beans, potatoes or sweet potatoes. Due by November 15th
🎄For Christmas we’re collecting items for the Senior Citizen stockings at the Bowie Food Pantry.  Pens, word searches, lotions, nail polish, kleenex, stationary, etc. are all much appreciated. Due by December 13th.

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee is currently meeting to consider officers for next year.  Please prayerfully consider if you are being called to serve!

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, October 16th

  • Christmas Play practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 17th

  • Men’s Night Out, 7:30 am, Ledo Pizza, Bowie

Saturday, October 20th

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 20th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Celebration Sunday
  • Chat and Chew, following worship

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Christmas Play practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 24th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, October 27th

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

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • November 24th, Hanging of the Green
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill

October 10th E-votional

A few weeks ago, it was all the rage!  Now, it is all but forgotten.  Of course I’m talking about the Popeye’s chicken sandwich!  I don’t remember any fast food product being as in demand as this chicken sandwich.  I’ll admit, I bought into the hype.  I stopped on the way home from church to grab lunch and was disappointed to see a sign on the door announcing they were sold out.  So many people were coming in to get the sandwich, it was easier to post a sign then to tell every one of them!  A man from Tennessee (why is it always Tennessee?) went so far as to sue Popeye’s for always being out of the sandwich.

So often life tries to force us into accepting a mindset of scarcity.  There is not enough.  It is a competition to get our stuff first!  We must get ours before somebody else gets it!  Popeye’s chicken sandwich is one example.  How about when Cabbage Patch Kids first came out or the mad rush for Furbies during Christmas one year?  While these things are scarce, they also aren’t important.  My life is no worse because I have never tried Popeye’s chicken sandwich.

God, on the other hand, wants us to accept and live into a mindset of abundance.  God gives to us in abundance.  There is more than enough to go around!  Love.  Grace.  Peace.  Acceptance.  If God loves me, that does not mean that God loves anyone else less.  The grace that God offers you does not diminish the grace that God offers anyone else.  We worship a God of abundance and because of it our cup overflows.  When life tries to force us into a mindset of scarcity, we must remember that we worship a God of abundance!

As we approach celebration Sunday on October 20th and you prayerfully consider what you will pledge to the church’s mission next year, ask yourself, are you giving out of scarcity or out of abundance?  Are you pledging in response to scarcity or God’s abundance?

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

October 9th News and Notes

 

 

Cross-Gen

Cross-Gen will be on the second Sunday in October.  Join us this Sunday, after church, bring a snack, and join us in our inter-generational, interactive Christian Education experience!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, October 19th from 4-6.  Come and decorate a car (or just hand out candy!)  This event has grown each year and is always a good time!  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex.

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be Sunday, October 20th.  Instead of a meal this year, we will have a “super” chat and chew!  Plan on joining us and celebrating all God has done in our lives as we pledge ourselves to the ministry of UPB for the upcoming year!

Christmas Play rehearsal

We will begin rehearsal for our Christmas play on October 16th.  If you would be interested in providing a meal, please sign up in the Narthex!

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee is currently meeting to consider officers for next year.  Please prayerfully consider if you are being called to serve!

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, October 2nd

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

Sunday, October 6th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • World Communion Sunday

Tuesday, October 8th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, October 9th

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

Thursday, October 10th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:15 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, October 13th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen, following worship

Wednesday, October 16th

  • Christmas Play practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, October 17th

  • Men’s Night Out, 7:30 am, Ledo Pizza, Bowie

Saturday, October 20th

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 20th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Celebration Sunday
  • Chat and Chew, following worship

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Christmas Play practice, 5:45
  • Choir Rehearsal, 7:30

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • November 24th, Hanging of the Green
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill

October 2nd News and Notes

 

 

Cross-Gen

Cross-Gen will be on the second Sunday in October.  Join us after church on October 13th, bring a snack, and join us in our inter-generational, interactive Christian Education experience!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be Saturday, October 19th from 4-6.  Come and decorate a car (or just hand out candy!)  This event has grown each year and is always a good time!

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be Sunday, October 20th.  Instead of a meal this year, we will have a “super” chat and chew!  Plan on joining us and celebrating all God has done in our lives as we pledge ourselves to the ministry of UPB for the upcoming year!

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, October 2nd

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

Sunday, October 6th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • World Communion Sunday

Tuesday, October 8th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, October 9th

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

Thursday, October 10th

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

Sunday, October 13th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen, following worship

 

Looking Ahead

  • October 20th, Celebration Sunday
  • November 24th, Hanging of the Green
  • December 1st, Advent Begins
  • December 15th, Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • February 26th, 2020, Ash Wednesday
  • April 12th, 2020, Easter
  • April 25th, Christmas in April
  • July 12-18th, 2020, Mars Hill

September 26th E-votional

“How are things going?”  “Crazy, busy, life has been like a circus!”  How many times have we described something like a circus.  Whether it be our job, what’s going on in Washington, or what has been going on in our lives.  If it has been especially busy, we say life is like a three ring circus.  There is just so much going on!  Surely it isn’t just me, surely we have all been there when life gets busy.  And isn’t life always busy?  I feel like 75% of being an adult is saying “if I can get through this month, things will slow down.”

Except it isn’t quite right.  I don’t think it is correct to say that life is like a three ring circus.  I think life, especially when it is busy, is more like a carnival.  When I was little, I used to get the idea of the circus and the idea of a carnival mixed up.  There is one important distinction that I would like to lift up.  A three ring circus has a ringmaster, pointing your attention.  The ringmaster points your attention to the center ring where the lion tamer is or the far ring where the clowns are.

Carnivals have barkers.  Each attraction has it’s own barker trying to gain your attention.  “Step right up and try your strength.” “Come and see the bearded lady!”  “Pop three balloons and get a prize!”  “Hot funnel cakes!”  Many different barkers all competing for your attention, trying to entice you.  Doesn’t that sound a little bit more like life?

So what barkers are competing for your time and attention?  Who is calling you?  Power?  Wealth?  Sports?  Politics?  Relationships?  Pleasure?  Possessions?  What about Christ?  Which voice are your following?  Which call will you answer?

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

September Board Corner

Spring-Summer Board Corner                                                      –    

The work of the United Parish of Bowie is overseen by an elected, volunteer Board* of church members.  The Board disseminates the Board Corner to let parisioners know what the Board is doing.

In May, Pastor Chris and Erma Baron attended a meeting of the United Church of Christ Central Conference.  Pastor Chris was elected to and installed on the Justice and Witness Committee while Erma was elected and installed on the Higher Education Committee. Terry Drown is working on a statistical report for the UCC.

In March, Pastor Chris attended a meeting of the National Capital Presbytery.  In July, the newly elected Executive Presbyter of the National Capitol Presbytery, John Molina-Moore, led worship at UPB.  As he has been getting to know the churches of NCP, he has been recording short videos about what he is learning about the congregations.  Board Secretary, Sharon Doughty, presented the Board minutes to the Presbytery’s annual record review and they were found in compliance.

The Board had input into an application for a Lily Endowment grant in support of the pastor’s sabbatical.  Unfortunately, a grant was not awarded at this time but we were encouraged to reapply.

   Regular Meeting Activities:

1. The Board enters into worship with prayer and Bible discussion (1-2 chapters of 1 Corinthians and how they might apply to the life of UPB, our lives, and the community).  A Board member shares thoughts on a lesson from recent Sunday services after which the Board sings a hymn. Quarterly, the Board shares a meal prior to the meeting.

2. The Pastor reports on his activities in the church and  the community.

3. The Board “checks in” on church members and regular attendees.

4. Board member liaisons with church committees report on committee activities.

5. The Board reviews a financial report.

 

The Board discussions in spring and summer 2019 covered varied topics, including:

  1. Use of church facilities by non-affiliated third parties. Currently the building and/or yard are used by the a child care center; the First Community Church congregation; for a community association’s meetings; and a neighboring business for a garden party.
  2. Security in the building: The Board discussed access to the church.
  3. Facilities and Equipment: The Board has approved purchase of new telephones, purging files and purchasing a locked file cabinet for retained files. The Board decided to donate out-of-use items and equipment, and to offer out-of-use supplies and commemorative plates to those who want them.  The Board approved a contract with a professional cleaning service.  The Board is considering ways to preserve the piano
  4. Legal Requirements: The Board is reviewing insurance policies, the conflict of interest forms, and sexual misconduct policy
  5. Life of the Church: The Board agreed to establish a Pray-ground in the sanctuary to bring children closer to the service. The Board followed and contributed to the progress of planning, execution and follow-up of church activities such as Lenten dinners, Art and Music Camp, Kick Off Sunday, the Buddy Program, and Cross-Generational Sunday school.
  6. Community Involvement: This year the Board approved a biannual schedule for the SMA walks, and decided to forego a UPB booth at Bowiefest this year. The church continued to provide meals for Warm Nights. The Board kept informed of and supported activities such as the SEEDS, Mars Hill Mission, Christmas in April
7. Vision Statement Review:  Referring to Mission and Vision Statement Renewal Workbook for Churches by Rev. Jessica Crane Munoz, the Board is drafting a succinct vision statement which will be presented to the congregation at the annual meeting in December.

 

*The Board members are:  Erma Barron, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert, and Herb Shepard.  Moderator:  Rev. Chris Deacon