September 26th News and Notes

Mars Hill fundraiser

We will be hosting a fundraiser for next year’s Mars Hill mission trip at Texas Roadhouse on October 9th.  If you bring in a flyer (which will be sent out as soon as we get them), UPB will receive 10% of the proceeds from your meal.  We will have a raffle there to win four tickets to see the Washington Redskins vs the Carolina Panthers on October 14th! It is also kid’s night, so there will be face painting and balloon twisting.  Tell a friend and come out and eat for a great cause!

You can also order a Texas Roadhouse gift card (available in $15, $25, $50, $75).  They can be used at any Texas Roadhouse and never expire.  10% of the gift card goes to the mission trip.  You can double dip.  If you buy a gift card and use it on the 9th, 10% of the gift card AND 10% of the meal will go towards the mission trip.  To get the cards in time for the meal, they have to be ordered by this Sunday.  

Love Does

Our book study on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff meets Monday nights at 7:00 this fall until October 15th.  You do not have to have read the book and each session is independent, so if you miss a class you will not be lost the next week.  Join us next Monday!

Seeds

Seeds started back last night.  We had 15 children come and learn about Noah and the rainbow!  If you would like to help provide the meal for Seeds, please sign up here! 

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be October 14th.  On this day, we will bring our pledges for 2019 forward in the church in celebration of all that we have been blessed with!

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Buddy Program

The CYF committee is looking to build relationships between the children and the adults of our church.  They are exploring putting together a “buddy” program.  Watch your email for more details coming soon!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, September 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, Old Bowie Town Grille

Sunday, September 30th

  • Worship, 10:00

Monday, September 31st

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, October 7th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Communion

Monday, October 8th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Tuesday, October 9th

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser 4:00-8:00

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
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September 20th News and Notes

Love Does

Our book study on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff meets Monday nights at 7:00 this fall until October 15th.  You do not have to have read the book and each session is independent, so if you miss a class you will not be lost the next week.  Join us next Monday!

Seeds

Seeds started back last night.  We had 15 children come and learn about Noah and the rainbow!  If you would like to help provide the meal for Seeds, please sign up here! 

Mars Hill fundraiser

We will be hosting a fundraiser for next year’s Mars Hill mission trip at Texas Roadhouse on October 9th.  If you bring in a flyer (which will be sent out as soon as we get them), UPB will receive 10% of the proceeds from your meal.  We will have a raffle there to win four tickets to see the Washington Redskins vs the Carolina Panthers on October 14th! It is also kid’s night, so there will be face painting and balloon twisting.  Tell a friend and come out and eat for a great cause!

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up in the Narthax or signing up here.

Celebration Sunday

Celebration Sunday will be October 14th.  On this day, we will bring our pledges for 2019 forward in the church in celebration of all that we have been blessed with!

Sermons Online

Did you know that our sermons are posted on our website, usually a week after worship?  You can find them here.

Buddy Program

The CYF committee is looking to build relationships between the children and the adults of our church.  They are exploring putting together a “buddy” program.  Watch your email for more details coming soon!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, September 20th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm, Red Robin

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Worship, 10:00

Monday, September 24th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, September 26th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, Old Bowie Town Grille

Sunday, September 30th

  • Worship, 10:00

Monday, September 31st

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

September 13th News and Notes

Cross-Gen Sunday School

We are trying an experiment with Sunday School this fall.  We are moving to have Sunday School once a month on the third Sunday of the month.  It will be a inter-generational Sunday School.  It will be a combination of fellowship, worship, discussion, and interactive activities.   We ask everyone to bring a finger food (think appetizer or dessert).  Plan on joining us for our first Cross-Gen this Sunday, September 16th!

Choir

The choir will return to worship this Sunday!  We are overjoyed to have them sharing their gifts in worship!

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

Seeds

Seeds returns September 19th!  If you are interested in helping to provide the meal, click here.  We are looking for people to provide the main dish, salad, bread, or dessert.

Mars Hill fundraiser

We will be hosting a fundraiser for next year’s Mars Hill mission trip at Texas Roadhouse on October 9th.  If you bring in a flyer (which will be sent out as soon as we get them), UPB will receive 10% of the proceeds from your meal.  We will have a raffle there to win four tickets to see the Washington Redskins vs the Carolina Panthers on October 14th! It is also kid’s night, so there will be face painting and balloon twisting.  Tell a friend and come out and eat for a great cause!

Navy Vs Tulsa

On Saturday, Nov 17th, we will have a group go to the Navy/Tulsa game in Annapolis.  The game starts at 3:30 and tickets are $35.00.  You can sign up by telling Mike Mehl or signing up here.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, September 16th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen Sunday School

Monday, September 17th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 20th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30 pm, location TBD

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Worship, 10:00

Monday, September 24th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, September 26th

  • Seeds
  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, Old Bowie Town Grille

Looking Ahead

  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 9th, Gingerbread Houses
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

September 5th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  You will provide the entertainment through karaoke!  There will be food, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and a pony ride!!  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!  If you are available to help set up or grill hot dogs during the event, please let Chris know!

Cross-Gen Sunday School

We are trying an experiment with Sunday School this fall.  We are moving to have Sunday School once a month on the third Sunday of the month.  It will be a inter-generational Sunday School.  It will be a combination of fellowship, worship, discussion, and interactive activities.   We ask everyone to bring a finger food (think appetizer or dessert).  Plan on joining us for our first Cross-Gen on September 16th!

Choir

The choir will return to worship this Sunday!  We are overjoyed to have them sharing their gifts in worship!

Mission Giving

We will collect our mission offering today.  Our mission partner for September is Ardmore.  “Ardmore is an established non-profit in Bowie that has been supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1963. Our mission of promoting empowerment, choice and voice is acted out daily in the lives of the 200+ people who participate in our customized employment, community learning, and community living programs. Historically people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have denied the option to live where and with whom they want or to choose their job, leisure activity, or education. We believe that each person, regardless of disability, has the ability to have control over their life. Recognizing that our jobs, our families, and our neighborhoods are all enriched by the communities that we build with eat other, Ardmore strives to break down barriers to community for the people we support while empowering them to live the life of their choosing.”

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

United Campus Ministry

Rev. Holly Ulm of the United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland has reached out to us for help.  First, she asked for prayers for the students and they move in and return to campus.  They are also looking for someone who is willing to serve on the board of UCM.

Finally, they are looking for assistance with their L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program.  The idea behind this program is to have students interview people of faith to tell their “call” stories to be posted on the UCM website to be available to students on an ongoing basis.  They are interested in how the work of the Spirit let people to the work of their life, either professionally and/or living out their faith in the way of Jesus Christ?

This will help students to network and find role models in the fields they are interested in so another dimension is to try to connect students who are exploring various professions/life callings with local church members engaged in the students’ areas of interest.
AYoung people are in search of hope in these challenging times.  To hear how older people of faith have made it through many “toils and snares” is a true blessing and often inspiration for young people’s journeys.
This project is designed to make faith real and relevant to college-aged young people.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, September 9th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Kick-off Sunday celebration!

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Nautilus Diner
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30

Sunday, September 16th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Cross-Gen Sunday School

Monday, September 17th

  • Love Does Book Study, 7:00

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

August 30th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  You will provide the entertainment through karaoke!  There will be food, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and a pony ride!!  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!  If you are available to help set up, please let Chris know!

Choir

Choir has returned to rehearsing on Wednesday nights in the sanctuary at 7:30.  They will begin singing on September 9th.

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

United Campus Ministry

Rev. Holly Ulm of the United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland has reached out to us for help.  First, she asked for prayers for the students and they move in and return to campus.  They are also looking for someone who is willing to serve on the board of UCM.

Finally, they are looking for assistance with their L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program.  The idea behind this program is to have students interview people of faith to tell their “call” stories to be posted on the UCM website to be available to students on an ongoing basis.  They are interested in how the work of the Spirit let people to the work of their life, either professionally and/or living out their faith in the way of Jesus Christ?

This will help students to network and find role models in the fields they are interested in so another dimension is to try to connect students who are exploring various professions/life callings with local church members engaged in the students’ areas of interest.
AYoung people are in search of hope in these challenging times.  To hear how older people of faith have made it through many “toils and snares” is a true blessing and often inspiration for young people’s journeys.
This project is designed to make faith real and relevant to college-aged young people.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, September 2nd

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

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, September 9th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Kick-off Sunday celebration!

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Thursday, September 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30, Nautilus Diner
  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip

August 23rd E-votional

It’s been a few weeks since we have wrapped up Art and Music camp.  As in previous years, it was another great camp!  The children, youth, and family committee has now moved on to planning fall activities such as Seeds, Kick-off Sunday, and Trunk-or-Treat.  One question that occasionally comes up is “do these events bring people into the church?”  If that is a question we are asking, then we need to re-frame what outreach is  about.

The Saturday after Art and Music camp, Heather, Hannah, and I went to a baby shower for my youngest cousin on my Dad’s side, Brianna. Her older brother and sister both flew in to celebrate the baby shower.  While  Brianna lives in the area and we see her once or twice a year, we have only seen Justin and Erica a couple of times over the past 15 years.  Weddings, funerals, momentous family occasions, that type of thing.  However, at the shower and at my Aunt and Uncle’s house afterwards, we fell into comfortable, usual patterns.  Besides catching up, it was like no time had passed.  Because we knew each other so well from when we were younger, there was a familiarity there that time did little to diminish.

I think that is what outreach is all about.  Building a relationship, creating a familiarity.  One day someone from one of our events might have a crisis.  They may have questions about God.  They may feel a call to something greater in their lives.  If that happens, they will remember the church where they heard of Jesus’ love, where they jumped in the bounce house, where they played games and sang songs.  They will remember the church that loved them and welcomed them and know that they have a place where they can go.

When I still lived in Illinois, I ran out to the grocery store one day.  I ran into a family, whose children had attended our vacation bible school the month before.  The little boy tugged on his mom’s sleeve and said, “Mom, mom…that’s my church person.”  He didn’t know the word pastor, but he knew I was from the church and I was there for him.  That is what outreach is all about!  Building relationships.  Building familiarity.  Letting people know that we are here for them and that just as God loves them, we love them!

If our outreach brings some people into the church along the way, that is great!  But, it is only the icing on the cake!  As Christians, we are not called to grow the biggest church possible.  We are called to create followers of Christ.  We are called to share God’s love and grace as shown in Jesus Christ.  We are called to love with the same love that we have been shown.  That begins with building a relationship, loving them without expecting anything in return.

Jeremiah 24:7 “I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”

August 23rd News and Notes

School Supplies

Thank you to everyone who donated School Supplies for the Bowie Food Pantry.  We had an incredible turnout and the pantry was thrilled!

Kick-off Sunday

Kick-off Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th.  We will kick-off our fall programming with a celebration after worship.  Plan and joining us and invite a friend!

Choir

Choir has returned to rehearsing on Wednesday nights in the sanctuary at 7:30.  They will begin singing on September 9th.

Love Does

We will be starting a study based on the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff this fall.  It will begin on September 17th at 7:00.  It is a five week class and will meet on Mondays.  You do not need to buy the book (but it is an excellent read!)

United Campus Ministry

Rev. Holly Ulm of the United Campus Ministry at the University of Maryland has reached out to us for help.  First, she asked for prayers for the students and they move in and return to campus.  They are also looking for someone who is willing to serve on the board of UCM.

Finally, they are looking for assistance with their L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program.  The idea behind this program is to have students interview people of faith to tell their “call” stories to be posted on the UCM website to be available to students on an ongoing basis.  They are interested in how the work of the Spirit let people to the work of their life, either professionally and/or living out their faith in the way of Jesus Christ?

This will help students to network and find role models in the fields they are interested in so another dimension is to try to connect students who are exploring various professions/life callings with local church members engaged in the students’ areas of interest.
AYoung people are in search of hope in these challenging times.  To hear how older people of faith have made it through many “toils and snares” is a true blessing and often inspiration for young people’s journeys.
This project is designed to make faith real and relevant to college-aged young people.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, August 23rd

  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 pm, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, August 26th

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

Wednesday, August 29th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Sunday, September 2nd

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

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Choir rehearsal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • September 19th, Seeds begins
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 9th, Congregational Meeting
  • December 16th, Kids Christmas program
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip