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July 28th News and Notes

 
 
 
Food Pantry Collection
 
The Mission and Service Committee will return to in church food donations for the Bowie Food Pantry. Please leave food either in the hall by the side door closest to the Pastor’s office or in the basket in the Narthex.
 
School Supply Collection
 
The Mission and Service Committee is collecting school supplies and backpacks for those in need. Please donate any kind of school supplies by Tuesday, August 10th. 
 
Sabbatical
 
Chris is on sabbatical until October 18th. 
 
During his absence,  contact Jim McDonald – jlmcdc@gmail.com or 415-747-1663 – for emergency pastoral care. 
 
If you have anything to send out via UPBannounce, please contact Mike Mehl – rcjhawk@gmail.com.  
 
Dina Bickel – rundcb02@gmail.com will be sending out the News and Notes every other week, or as needed.   
 
You can contact any of the board members with any other concerns.  Herb Sheppard – herbshep@aol.com will be the point person for the board.   
 
For more information, you can read this letter from Chris and this introduction letter from Jim.
 

Covid Protocols

The board reviews the Covid protocols every month.  Beginning this Sunday, we will have hymnals available again.  They will be on a cart as you enter the sanctuary and ask that you be sure to return them after worship.

The following protocols are still in place:

  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
 

Art and Music camp

Art and Music camp is underway!  Thank you to all the campers and volunteers for making this week possible. Come to worship on Sunday to see the sights and hear the sounds of the eventful week!
 
 

Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.  
 

Trivia

Mark your calendar!  Our next trivia night will be Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00PM.  Here’s the Zoom link
 

Worship Livestream

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

July 22ND News and Notes

 
 
 
Food Pantry Collection
 
The Mission and Service Committee will return to in church food donations for the Bowie Food Pantry. Please leave food either in the hall by the side door closest to the Pastor’s office or in the basket in the Narthex.
 
School Supply Collection
 
The Mission and Service Committee is collecting school supplies and backpacks for those in need. Please donate any kind of school supplies by Tuesday, August 10th. 
 
Sabbatical
 
Chris is on sabbatical until October 18th.  During his absence,  contact Jim McDonald for emergency pastoral care.  If you have anything to send out via UPBannounce, please contact Mike MehlDina Bickel will be sending out the News and Notes every other week, or as needed.   You can contact any of the board members with any other concerns.  Herb Sheppard will be the point person for the board.   For more information, you can read this letter from Chris and this introduction letter from Jim.
 

Covid Protocols

The board reviews the Covid protocols every month.  Beginning this Sunday, we will have hymnals available again.  They will be on a cart as you enter the sanctuary and ask that you be sure to return them after worship.

The following protocols are still in place:

  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
 

Art and Music camp

Art and Music camp begins next week on Monday, July 26th!  Please stay after worship on Sunday, July 25th to help move chairs and set up.  The more we have the less work there will be!
 

Newspapers needed

We are collecting newspapers for Art and Music camp.  Please bring any newspapers you might have and leave them in the CE room.
 

Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.  
 

Trivia

Mark your calendar!  Our next trivia night will be August 4th at 7:00.  A zoom link will be sent out closer to that date.
 

Worship Livestream

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

July 15th News and Notes

 
 
Sabbatical
 
Chris begins his Sabbatical following worship this Sunday unitl October 18th.  During his absence, you should contact Jim McDonald for emergency pastoral care.  If you have anything to send out via UPBannounce, please contact Mike MehlDina Bickel will be sending out the News and Notes every other week, or as needed.   You can contact any of the board members with any other concerns.  Herb Sheppard will be the point person for the board.   For more information, you can read this letter from Chris and this introduction letter from Jim.
 

Covid Protocols

The board reviews the Covid Protocols every month.  Beginning this Sunday, we will have hymnals available again.  They will be on a cart as you enter the sanctuary and ask that you be sure to return them after worship.

The following procols are still in place

  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
 

Art and Music camp

Art and Music camp begins July 26th!  We are asking people to stay after worship on July 25th to help move chairs and set up.  The more we have the less work there will be!

 

Newspapers needed

We are collecting newspapers for Art and Music camp.  Please bring any newspapers you might have and leave them in the CE room.
 

Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.  
 

Trivia

Mark your calendar!  Our next trivia night will be August 4th at 7:00.  A zoom link will be sent out closer to that date.
 

Worship Livestream

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

July 6th News and Notes

 
 
Men’s Breakfast
 
The men of the church will be meeting at Nautilus Diner in Crofton, this Thursday, July 8th at 9:00 AM for the Men’s Breakfast.  Come and join us!
 

 
Meet and Greet
 
Come and meet Rev. Jim McDonald who will be filling in part time while Chris is on Sabbatical.  He will be joining us in worship this Sunday with a time of fellowship following worship.
 
Sabbatical Information
 
Chris will be on Sabbatical from July 19th- Oct 18th.  Here is a letter from Chris for more information.  Rev. Jim McDonald will fill in on a part time pastor, leading worship and providing emergency pastoral care.   Here is a letter Jim wrote introducing himself.  Jim will be joining us in worship and for a time of outdoor fellowship on June 11th to come and meet the congregation!
 

UCC Happenings

 
Check out this article on some powerful work by area UCC churches !


Worship Livestream

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Covid Protocols

As we continue to gather in person, we observe certain protocols for the protection of the community. These are evaluated each month at the board meeting.
  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

June 30th News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Communion
 
We will be celebrating Communion during worship this Sunday.  If you are joining us from home, please have elements of bread and cup handy!
 
Sabbatical Information
 
Chris will be on Sabbatical from July 19th- Oct 18th.  Here is a letter from Chris for more information.  Rev. Jim McDonald will fill in on a part time pastor, leading worship and providing emergency pastoral care.   Here is a letter Jim wrote introducing himself.  Jim will be joining us in worship and for a time of outdoor fellowship on June 11th to come and meet the congregation!

UCC Happenings
 
Check out this article on some powerful work by area UCC churches !

Worship Livestream
 

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Covid Protocols

As we continue to gather in person, we observe certain protocols for the protection of the community. These are evaluated each month at the board meeting.
  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
 
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

June 17th News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Worship Livestream
 

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg

Covid Protocols

As we continue to gather in person, we observe certain protocols for the protection of the community. These are evaluated each month at the board meeting.
  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.
Worship Livestream
 

We will be collecting food for the Food Pantry June 30th at the church from 10-11.

Worship Team

We will have another collection for the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry on Wednesday, June 30th from 10-11.
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
 
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.

 

May 27th News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Worship Schedule
 

This Sunday, May 30th, we will worship on Zoom.   On June 6th, we will return to the sanctuary for worship.  For more information about returning to the sanctuary, here is a copy of the letter laying out the safety precautions that will be in place.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KBzjc2F9_BQlOp4KEvYcevLeqjY8safa/view?usp=sharing

Worship Team
 
The worship team is looking for people to help preparing the PowerPoint for worship during Chris’s Sabbatical.  If you are familiar with PowerPoint and willing to help, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com
 
Trivia
 
Our next Trivia night will be on Wednesday, June 2nd.  The link will be emailed out.
 
Livestreaming
 
When we return to worship in the sanctuary, we will livestream our services, instead of Zoom.  You will be able to watch them live on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqqDRraxyFzFTQNz9ppOuWg
 
Tech team
 
Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.
 
Prayer Services
 
Beginning in June, we will discontinue the Thursday afternoon prayer service.  We will continue with our prayer services on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, though.  There will also be no prayer service on Tuesday, May 25th and June 1st.
 
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  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.

 

May 21st News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Worship Schedule
 

We will worship outdoors at 10:00 this Sunday, May 23rd.  On May 30th, we will worship on Zoom.   On June 6th, we will return to the sanctuary for worship.  For more information about returning to the sanctuary, here is a copy of the letter laying out the safety precautions that will be in place.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KBzjc2F9_BQlOp4KEvYcevLeqjY8safa/view?usp=sharing

Worship Team
 
The worship team is looking for people to help preparing the PowerPoint for worship during Chris’s Sabbatical.  If you are familiar with PowerPoint and willing to help, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com
 
Food Pantry
 
The Mission and Service committee will be collecting food again for the Bowie Pantry in the church parking lot on Wednesday May 26th between 10 and 11:00 a.m. 
 
Their greatest need again is canned meats, canned fish, and peanut butter.
 
Stop the Hate rally
 
The Interfaith Coalition of Bowie will be hosting a “Stop the Hate” rally, Sunday, May 23rd, at 3:00 at the Allen Pond amphitheater.   This really is in response to the upcoming anniversary of the death of George Floyd, as well as marking the observance of Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month.
 
Prayer Services
 
Beginning in June, we will discontinue the Thursday afternoon prayer service.  We will continue with our prayer services on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, though.  There will also be no prayer service on Tuesday, May 25th and June 1st.
 
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  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.

 

May 14th News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Worship Schedule
 

The next two Sundays,  16th, and 23rd, we will have outdoor worship behind the church, weather permitting.  Please bring a blanket our chairs.  Everybody must wear a mask and sit with members of their own household.  Outdoor services will also be broadcast on Zoom.  May 30th will be on Zoom due to Chris being on vacation.

CYF Meeting
 
The Children, Youth and Family Committee will be meeting Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30 on Zoom. Anyone who enjoys working with kids or has some ideas or suggestions for the CYF, is welcome to join us.  Please let Sue know if you are interested.  
 
Food Pantry
 
The Mission and Service committee will be collecting food again for the Bowie Pantry in the church parking lot on Wednesday May 26th between 10 and 11:00 a.m. 
 
Their greatest need again is canned meats, canned fish, and peanut butter.
 
Prayer Services
 
Beginning in June, we will discontinue the Thursday afternoon prayer service.  We will continue with our prayer services on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, though.
 
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  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.

 

May 6th News and Notes

 
 
 
 
Worship Schedule
 

The next three Sundays, May 9th, 16th, and 23rd, we will have outdoor worship behind the church, weather permitting.  Please bring a blanket our chairs.  Everybody must wear a mask and sit with members of their own household.  Outdoor services will also be broadcast on Zoom.

Survey
 
The board is trying to “take the temperature” of the congregation to help in deciding when in how to return to in-person, indoor worship.  We are asking everybody to fill out this survey by Sunday, May 9th to assist in this.
 
Setting up Chairs
 
We are looking for some vaccinated people to help set up the sanctuary chairs.  They were moved when they and the carpets were cleaned.  We would like to set them up in socially distanced clusters so that we can see what the capacity of the sanctuary is with social distance limitations.  If you are willing, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com
 
Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  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.