August 8th News and Notes

School Supplies

The Bowie Food Pantry has started collecting school supplies. They are in need of the larger backpacks, 5th grade and up. In addition to any school supplies they also need Kleenex, wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, quart zip lock bags and liquid soap. These are items that teachers ask for but some families can’t afford. Please have these items in by August 19th. They’ll be delivered on Monday the 20th.

Mission Giving

This Sunday we will collect our mission giving.  Steve Clark will join us to share about Champ House.  Champ House Recovery Inc. is a Residential Transitional Program for men located in Bowie, MD. Our primary focus is to rehabilitate men that admittedly suffer from addictions related to Alcoholism, Drug and other destructive addiction’s. Presently we provide housing & support services for adult men from the Tri-State Area. These men participate in a daily intensive 12 Step Program, spiritual in nature, coupled with long- term sobriety from drugs and alcohol. Also we firmly believe after completing our spiritual program these individuals are able to return to their respective communities as very productive members of society. Champ House is registered with Universities and Colleges to offer open services to their student who need assistance. Some must attend our meetings to graduate.

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!

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, August 9th

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

Sunday, August 12th

  • Worship with communion, 10:00
  • Chat and Chew following worship

Tuesday, August 14th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, August 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Sunday, August 19th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Last Day for School Supplies for Food Pantry

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 25th, Christmas
  • July 7th-13th 2019, Mars Hill Mission trip
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July 19th News and Notes

 

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp begins this Monday, July 23rd.  If you are interested in helping any/or all days, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.  We will finish decorating the church at 4:00 on Sunday the 22nd, if you are available to help.

Art & Music Celebration

We will be inviting the children of Art & Music camp to help lead worship on Sunday the 29th.  After worship, we will have a celebration with hot dogs, a bounce house, face painting, and ice cream Sundays!  Plan on joining us!

Stitch-In

On July 28, from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns, light refreshments and instruction will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $6.00.

If you plan to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Joey Drown.

School Supplies

The Bowie Food Pantry has started collecting school supplies. They are in need of the larger backpacks, 5th grade and up. In addition to any school supplies they also need Kleenex, wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, quart zip lock bags and liquid soap. These are items that teachers ask for but some families can’t afford. Please have these items in by August 19th. They’ll be delivered on Monday the 20th.

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, July 19th

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

Sunday, July 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Decorating for Art & Music Camp, 4:00

Monday, July 23rd

  • Art & Music Camp, 9:00-12:00

Tuesday, July 24th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9:00-12:00

Wednesday, July 25th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9:00-12:00

Thursday, July 24th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9:00-12:00

Friday, July 25th

  • Art & Music Camp, 9:00-12:00

Sunday, July 29th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Art & Music Camp celebration, following worship

Looking Ahead

  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday
  • October 14th, Celebration Sunday
  • December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • December 25th, Christmas

July 19th E-votional

It has been a while since I have written an e-votional.  To say it has been a busy summer would be an understatement!  We started June with both Bowiefest and the SMA walk.  I then traveled to Louisville for two weeks for my doctoral studies.  At the end of the two weeks, Heather and Hannah flew out and joined me so that we could drive to Illinois for a wedding.  We then drove back to Maryland.  Less than two weeks later, we left a day early and took Hannah to Great Wolf Lodge.  We went from there to Mars Hill, North Carolina for our mission trip.  We are only half way through July and we have several other adventures planned!

Long story short, we have done a lot of driving!  A few times people have asked me how we got there.  They want to know what route we took.  Almost every time I had the same answer, “I don’t know!”  When I go somewhere, especially a long trip, I plug the address into my GPS and goes where it tells me.  I don’t really pay attention to what road I am on or where I am, I just follow the GPS.  I have complete and total faith in my GPS.

I wish I followed Jesus as faithfully as I follow my GPS.  I wish I could have the same faith in Jesus that I have in my GPS.  My GPS tells me to go somewhere and I go.  Jesus calls me to do something and I question, reason, think about it, pray.  If it is something I am excited about, I jump right in.  If it is something I am hesitant about, I look for justifications why I shouldn’t do it.  That isn’t the case with my GPS.  If it tells me to go somewhere, I go with almost no question!  Why is that?

It could be that the GPS is much more tangible.  It might be the it is very clear when the GPS is telling us to go somewhere.  It could be that I can clearly hear the GPS, it might be that the GPS only deals with directions, or it could be any host of things!  It could even be that I don’t have quite as much faith in Jesus as I like to think I do.

Jesus tells us to follow him.  That is what we, as Christians, are supposed to do.  We are supposed to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.  Jesus speaks this command 22 times in the Gospels.  Sometimes we do a better job than others.  Sometimes we follow our GPS more faithfully.  But following Christ is what we should strive to do in all things!

Matthew 9:9 “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.”

June 27th News and Notes

 

 Mission Giving

We will collect our mission giving this Sunday.  Our Sunday mission partner is Prince George’s Child Resource Center.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center (PGCRC) helps create healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting their families and educating their caregivers. PGCRC strives for quality and accessible child care; strong families; a connected and informed community; and integrated, community-focused policies and practices in Prince George’s County.

 PGCRC addresses families’ immediate needs while also helping to break the cycle of poverty, drugs, physical abuse, and limited education. Through direct services for families, training for child care providers, and collaboration, we work to ensure that children have a secure bond with their parents, grow up in homes free of abuse and neglect, and thrive in quality early childhood environments.

Mars Hill mission trip

Our Mars Hill mission team will be leaving for their mission trip on July 8th.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Our team consists of: Chris Deacon, Heather Deacon, Hannah Deacon, Sue Kennedy, Gene Barbato, Jan Barbato, Dave Deacon, Cathie Lambert, Herb Sheppard, Ray Williams, Sherita Williams, Serayah Williams, Jamari Williams, and Kai Williams.

Art & Music Camp

Art & Music Camp begins July 23rd.  If you are interested in helping any/or all days, please see Diane Eades or Sue Kennedy.

 

 

Two Week Outlook

Thursday, June 27th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Ladies Night Out, 6:30 PM Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, July 1st

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Mission Giving
  • Communion

Sunday, July 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew
  • Mars Hill mission trip begins

Looking Ahead

  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday

Summer Board Corner

Board Corner – Summer, 2018

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 Board meetings, along with agendas, monthly financial statements, and the pastor’s 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:

  • Pastor Chris and the Board continued a discussion of the Acts of the Apostles during the April, May and June Board meetings. Also, individual Board members led a discussion on a sermon or scripture passage from a worship service from the previous month at each Board meeting.
  • The Board approved the Nominating Committee Policy document, and it was decided to present the amended/corrected UPB Bylaws document to an approval vote at a future congregational meeting.
  • During May, the Board presented the Congregational Survey developed by the committee chairs to the congregation for their input.
  • The National Capital Presbytery annual review of UPB’s records was conducted on April 21, 2018. Sharon Doughty, our UPB Board Secretary, prepared the many documents and represented UPB at the review. UPB’s documents were well received and the church passed the review, thanks to Sharon’s efforts.
  • The Board has instituted a “Membership Check-in” portion of each Board meeting. Board members discuss problems and issues that have come to their attention affecting various members of the congregation. Actions are discussed, if appropriate.
  • The Board continues to review and update existing UPB policy documents, including identifying those that have not yet been developed. Some policies that still need to be developed are: Recordkeeping by the Treasurer, Disaster Preparedness, Communications, and Receiving Gifts.

The Board is meant to represent the membership of the United Parish.  Please feel free to contact any Board member or Pastor Chris with your ideas, suggestions and/or concerns. Board members for 2018 are Gene Barbato, Mary Bird, Sharon Doughty, Terry Drown, Sue Kennedy, Cathie Lambert and Nancy Snyder.

June 5th News and Notes

 

 

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be this Saturday, June 9th.  Set-up begins at 9:00.  Come out and join us.  If you can’t join us, but still want to donate, you can do it here.

Christian Education Appreciation

This Sunday, we will be recognizing those involved in Christian Education.  We will have a special Chat & Chew following worship.  Please bring a finger food or dessert to share!

Mission Giving

We collected $860 to support our Mars Hill mission team last Sunday.  Thank you!

Heroes of Faith

During the summer, we will be looking at some of the heroes from the Bible.  At the same time, we are inviting you to share with the congregation who has been a hero in the formation of your faith.  It could be someone you know like a Sunday School teacher, friend, or family member or it could be a public figure like Mr. Rogers or Billy Graham.

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know by June 15th.

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00.  If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

 

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, June 6th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 9th

  • SMA Walk, set-up begins at 9:00

Sunday, June 10th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Special Chat & Chew

Wednesday, June 13th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, June 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 10:00 AM

Saturday, June 16th

  • Stitch-In, 7:30

Sunday, June 17th

  • Worship, 10:00, Dottie LaPenta filling the pulpit.

Looking Ahead

  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th
  • September 9th, Kick-off Sunday

May 31st News and Notes

 

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is June 2nd.  We are especially in need of people for the afternoon and tear-down.  If you are interested and available, please email hadeacon@gmail.com

Mission Giving

We will take up our mission giving offering this Sunday.  It will go towards expenses for our Mars Hill Mission Trip.

SMA Walk-N-Roll

The SMA Walk-N-Roll will be Saturday, June 9th.  If you are interested in helping out, please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex.  Even if you can’t help, please come out and participate in this great event!

Heroes of Faith

During the summer, we will be looking at some of the heroes from the Bible.  At the same time, we are inviting you to share with the congregation who has been a hero in the formation of your faith.  It could be someone you know like a Sunday School teacher, friend, or family member or it could be a public figure like Mr. Rogers or Billy Graham.

Mars Hill Mission Trip

Our Mars Hill mission trip will be July 8th-14th.  If you are considering going, please let Chris know (you do not need to commit yet)

Congregational Survey

The committee chairs have put together a survey to gauge interest in various areas.  We ask that everyone fill this out either electronically (available here ) or the paper form (located in the Narthex starting Sunday).  This is the last week to provide input.

Stitch-In

On June 16, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., we will co-host a Stitch-in with the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to knit and crochet chemo caps for a local chemotherapy clinic in Lanham.  We hope to make at least 25 hats.  Yarn, patterns and light refreshments will be provided.  The Stitch-in will take place in the Historic Rectory of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 13106 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20720.  Please bring size 7 or 8 straight or circular knitting needles and/or a size H or J crochet hook.

Donations to defray the cost of the yarn would be greatly appreciated; yarn to make one hat costs about $3.00.  If you have any questions, please contact  Joey Drown:  301-249-1454,  tmdrown@verizon.net

 

Two Week Outlook

Saturday, June 2nd

  • Bowiefest

Sunday, June 3rd

  • Rechartering Sunday
  • Worship, 10:00
  • Communion

Tuesday, June 5th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, June 6th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Saturday, June 9th

  • SMA Walk

Sunday, June 10th

  • Worship, 10:00

Wednesday, June 13th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, June 14th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Looking Ahead

  • June 2nd, Bowie Fest
  • June 9th, SMA walk
  • Mars Hill Mission Trip, July 8th-14th
  • Art and Music Camp, July 23rd-27th