August 9th News and Notes

 

Family Crisis Center Meal

The Family Crisis Center meal is August 20th.  There are still several slots open, please see the clipboard in the Narthex.

 UPB at the Baysox

On August 19th, everyone is invited to see the Baysox take on the Erie Seawolves at 6:35.  It is Kids Appreciation Night with free backpacks to the first 500 kids, ages 3-12, as well as kids only raffles, contests, and more.  It is also Halloween celebration night and there will be fireworks after the game.

 

Bowie Food Pantry School Supplies

The Bowie Food Pantry is collecting supplies and in need of the following: New backpacks (middle and high school), 3 ring binders (3 inch, 2 inch), new New 2-Pocket Folders (plastic), Subject Dividers, Flash Drives – any size, Pocket dictionaries and thesauruses, Post-it Notes, all sizes Highlighters, Dry erase markers, Graph Paper, Crayons – 8 and 16 packs, 3 X 5 index cards, Copy paper, Quart and gallon ziplock bags, Paper towels, Clorox disinfectant wipes, and Liquid hand soap.  The mission and service committee asks that you leave the donated school supplies in the basket in the Narthex.

Back to School Pool Party

The Children, Youth, and Family committee is hosting a back to school pool party at Whitehall pool from 12-4 on August 27th.  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share.  You must let Pastor Chris know you are attending by August 23rd.

Kick-Off Sunday

Kick-Off Sunday will be Sunday, September 10th.  Stick around after church for fun, activities, and games!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, Aug 10th

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

Friday, Aug 11th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch

Sunday, Aug 13th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Committee Chair Meeting following worship

Wednesday, Aug 16th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Sunday, Aug 20th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Crisis Center Meal

Looking Ahead

  • September 10th: Kick-Off Sunday
  • September 20th: Seeds begins
  • September 30th: SMA walk
  • November 26th: Hanging of the Green
  • December 17th:  Children’s Christmas Program
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve
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August 9th E-votional

For this week’s e-votionals, I wanted to share something that two people wrote about Art & Music camp.  They were going to share these messages on the Sunday after camp, but could not make it to worship.

“Hello, this was my fourth year being a camper.  This year I was in Ms. Carol’s Blacksmith’s group.  I had a lot of fun learning how God made us, how He is always for us, how He is always with us, how His love will alst forever, and that God has plans for us.  I really enjoyed camp, especially art, drama, and the snacks.  Thank you Pastor Christ and everyone else that took time to make this past week so special for all of us.”

“Hello, I was a helper this year in Mr. Terry’s Potter’s group at Art and Muisc Camp.  This was my second year being a helper and both years brought me exciting, fun, and new experiences everyday.  Being a helper is just like being a camper because we get to do all the fun activiies that the campers do, but we also get to watch the kids and make sure they’re having a good time.  Thank you to Pastor Chris, Ms. Diane, Mss. Sue, and all the adult volunteers for making this a fund time for both me and th ecampers.  I really enjoyed being here the past four years.  Thank you again.”

Both of these young people will probably never attend our church regularly, in fact they belong to other churches.  That isn’t why we participate in Art & Music camp.  These notes remind us why we put in long hours working not just for Art & Music camp, but for all the other missions and ministries of UPB.  We do it to reach out, to share God’s love, to help people, and to hope that they draw closer in their own walk with God.  We don’t engage in mission work, hoping to get anything in return, but instead, to try to further the Kingdom of God.  It isn’t about us, it is about God and the work God has called us to.

Mark 9:36-37: “Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.'”

July 19th E-votional

Hannah loves Communion!  She gets excited every time she sees that we are celebrating Communion.  She practices Communion at home with some wooden bread she has in her toy kitchen.  She has even stood up in Panera, taken her piece of bread, tore it, and declared “This is my body, broken for you.”

We have worship every night in Mars Hill, except one.  On Friday, we invite everyone to share stories about where they have seen God working during the week and then we celebrate Communion by intinction.  Hannah, of course, was one of the first people in line, so I went through the line with her.  Then she went back and got in line with Heather.    Then she wanted to get back in line!  Of course we didn’t let her, twice was more than enough!  Some people may look down on her for that!

Then I got to thinking.  What is wrong with Hannah (or anyone) wanting to take Communion more often?  Communion can have many different theologically sound meanings.  For some, Communion is about the joining in the fellowship of believers and experiencing the presence of Jesus Christ.  For some, it is remembering Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  For others, it is a visible sign of God’s invisible grace.

Who wouldn’t want these things?  Who wouldn’t want as much fellowship of believers?  Who wouldn’t want to experience the presence of Christ as much as possible?  Who doesn’t want to remember Christ’s enduring love and sacrifice?  Who doesn’t want more grace?

I sincerely doubt that Hannah had any of these things in mind, when she got in line again.  She was probably thinking about how much she enjoys bread and grape juice.  There is a lesson in this, too.  Often our minds are elsewhere when we take Communion.  Next time we gather around the Lord’s table, we should be thinking about what it means to us.

1 Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?”

June 21st E-votional

I wouldn’t normally share a story of revenge as part of an e-votional, but I read a story this week that I had to share.  If we can get past the revenge aspect, it has a deeper message for us.  An arborist in Redondo Beach, California had a 30 year old pepper tree that he loved.  Unfortunately, the trees roots grew to the point that it started to crack the sidewalk in front of his house.  The city forced him to cut down his tree at his own expense.  He wrote that the tree, which he had named Clyde, felt like a child to him.  For revenge, he planted 45 Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards, and state properties around the cities.  These trees can live up to 2,500 years.  They were planted three years ago, and already the root system will have grown 30 feet in diameter and be deeply embedded in the ground, making them difficult and costly to remove.

The message we can draw from this isn’t one of revenge.  Instead, it comes from the idea of the 45 Redwoods and the 82 Sequoias carrying on the legacy of the Pepper Tree that was cut down.  This reminded me of our relationship with Jesus.  Jesus was crucified, was cut down.  Unlike the Clyde, the tree, he rose from the grave.  He then ascended into Haven and was no longer on the Earth.  That doesn’t mean that his work on Earth was done.  Instead he left us, the Redwoods and Sequoias, to continue his work, to continue his legacy.  Like the trees, if we let the roots of our faith dig deep and wide, the work we do, the mission of Jesus Christ, will last long after we are gone!

Galatians 2:20 “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

June 8th News and Notes

Church in the Park

On Sunday, June 25th, we will meet at Allen Pond for worship at 10:00.  We meet in the pavilion next to the parking lot.  Please bring a dish to share because there will be hot dogs and a potluck following worship!

Summer Sermon Series

This Sunday, we begin our Summer Sermon series about obscure women of the Bible by talking about Deborah!  Join us throughout the summer as we discuss lesser known women such!

Family Crisis Center Meal

The Family Crisis Center meal is June 18th.  There are still several slots open, please see the clipboard in the Narthex.

 Mars Hill

It is time to start thinking about the Mars Hill mission trip.  It will be from July 9th-15th.  A group goes down to Madison County in North Carolina and stays at Mars Hill Campus.  Children 11 and under stay on campus for a vacation bible school like program.  12 and older can either help out with the children’s program or work on low income housing.  This mission trip is in cooperation with Christ Memorial Presbyterian of Columbia, MD and Shadyside Presbyterian of Pittsburgh, PA.  If interested or if you have any questions, please see Chris.  Deadline to sign up is June 19th.

SMA Walk

The SMA walk has been postponed until September 30th.  Mark your calendars!

Sunday School

Sunday School is done until after Labor Day.

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music camp is July 24-28th!  Please consider helping out with this great ministry, even if only for a day.  For more information, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.

Church in the Park

On June 25th, we will have service at Allen Pond and will have a picnic following worship.  Plan on worshiping with us in the park on June 25th!

  Two Week Outlook

Friday, June 9th

  • Women’s Luncheon, 11:30, First Watch
  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, June 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship

Thursday, June 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, TJ Elliotts

Sunday, June 18th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Rev. Dr. Karen Brown filling the pulpit
  • Family Crisis Center

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30, Iron Rooster, Annapolis

Looking Ahead

  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp
  • September 10th: Kick-Off Sunday
  • September 30th: SMA walk

June 7th E-votional

“Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  We have all heard this childhood saying more times than we can count.  But is it really true?  I think many adults would agree that words can wound.  Additionally words can heal, words can comfort, words can enrage.  Words are powerful.  There is a fascinating trial going on right now that attest to the power of words.  Michelle Carter is being tried for  the manslaughter of her boyfriend when she was 17 years old.  What makes this fascinating is that she wasn’t present when he died.  In fact, her boyfriend committed suicide.  She is on trial because there is a long trail of text messages where she was encouraging him to kill himself.  The trial boils down to if her words were weapons that caused the death of her boyfriend.

Scripture speaks to the power of words.  James 3:5 says, ” So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”  Even Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   There is no doubt the Bible acknowledges the

As followers of Christ, we should be especially careful of our words.  We should remember the power of words at all times and realize our words may be the only exposure that some people have to Christ on any given day.  Do our words include or exclude?  Do our words welcome or reject?  Do our words spread love or do they spread discord?  We must choose our words carefully both as individuals and as a congregation. We never know who might be listening.

 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.”

 

June 2nd News and Notes

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up next week!  Come, help us show our community who UPB is!  You can sign up here  We are in  special need for people for the afternoon/teardown!

Book Club

The book club will met Friday, June 9th to choose the upcoming books.  Please come prepared with some book suggestions.  See Jan Barbato for more information.

 Mars Hill

It is time to start thinking about the Mars Hill mission trip.  It will be from July 9th-15th.  A group goes down to Madison County in North Carolina and stays at Mars Hill Campus.  Children 11 and under stay on campus for a vacation bible school like program.  12 and older can either help out with the children’s program or work on low income housing.  This mission trip is in cooperation with Christ Memorial Presbyterian of Columbia, MD and Shadyside Presbyterian of Pittsburgh, PA.  If interested or if you have any questions, please see Chris.

SMA Walk

The SMA walk has been postponed to a TBA date in the fall.  Listen for details!

Sunday School

Sunday School is done until after Labor Day.

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music camp is July 24-28th!  Please consider helping out with this great ministry, even if only for a day.  For more information, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.

Church in the Park

On June 25th, we will have service at Allen Pond and will have a picnic following worship.  Plan on worshiping with us in the park on June 25th!

  Two Week Outlook

Saturday, June 3rd

  • Bowiefest

Sunday, June 4th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Pentecost
  • Rechartering Sunday

Tuesday, June 6th

  • Parish Board, 7:00

Thursday, June 8th

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

Friday, June 9th

  • Book Club, 7:00

Sunday, June 11th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship

Thursday, June 15th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30, TJ Elliotts

Looking Ahead

  • June 3rd: Bowiefest
  • June 10th: SMA walk
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2017: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2017: Art & Music Camp