June 2nd News and Notes

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up this Saturday.  We still do not have enough people to help out especially in the afternoon and packing up.  Please sign up here or email ckdeacon@yahoo.com if you can help out.

Rechartering Sunday

This Sunday, June 5th is our Rechartering Sunday.  During worship, there will be time to tell your story.  Come prepared to share a story about your faith or the church.

One Great Hour of Sharing

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, so we will be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing.  This month, we will be dedicating OGHS to the SMA walk.  Speaking of which….

SMA Walk

Our congregation will be hosting a walk n roll to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 11th.  The walk will be one mile at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  This is an opportunity to both commit to hands on mission and raise our viability in the neighborhood, so let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

 Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going bu June 12th.

 Two Week Outlook

Friday, June 3rd

  • Book Club, 7:00, Barbatos residence

 Saturday, June 4th

  • Bowiefest, 8:00 – 6:00

Sunday, June 5th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Rechartering Sunday
  • CYF committee meeting, 5:00

Monday, June 6th

  • Worship Team, 4:00

Tuesday, June 7th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Thursday, June 9th

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

Friday, June 10th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30, Location TBA

Saturday, June 11th

  • SMA Walk,  10:30 – 1:00

Sunday, June 12th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • CYF appreciation luncheon

Thursday, June 16th

  • Men’s Night Out, 6:30

Looking Ahead

  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 22nd: Watoto
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June 1st Weekly E-votional

As you may have heard, the Metro is about to become even less convenient than usual.  Some stations will be shut down, some routes will become one track for periods of time, and they will even shut some route segments and even complete routes down temporarily.  The Metro has a lot of problems and there has been a lot of discussion on how to fix it.  After discussing shutting the entire system down for a long period of time, the Metro administrations have settled on a year of significant disruptions.

The question is why are these this necessary.  Why impose these significant disruptions on a population that has come to depend on the Metro system?  The short answer is years and years of shortcuts in maintaining the system.  When you don’t perform proper maintenance on something, it will eventually fall apart.  Just ask anyone who has decided they don’t need to change their car’s oil!

Our faith is no different.  For many of us, once our faith is developed, we stop working at it.  We stop growing in our faith and we do little to maintain it.  I think that is one of the issues I have with “saved” theology, the idea that you are saved at a specific point in time when you accept Christ into your heart.  I think that following Christ is a lifelong journey, one that requires constant work and, yes, maintenance.   A faith that is not a work in progress is a faith that is dying.

How do we work on our faith?  Participating in worship is one way, but it cannot be the only way.  We need to enrich our relationship with God through prayer, through scripture reading, through study, through participating in the life of the Body of Christ, and through whatever spiritual practices draw you closer to God. Our faith should be a constant work in progress.  If it isn’t then, like the Metro, it will fail us one day when we need it.
2 Peter 3:18   “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To God be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

May 25th News and Notes

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up June 4th.  Sign-up sheets for helping out available in the Narthex.  The Burgess’s, who usually head this up, are unavailalbe this year, so we are still looking for a Project Lead to oversee everything.

Rechartering Sunday

Sunday, June 5th is our Rechartering Sunday.  During worship, there will be time to tell your story.  Come prepared to share a story about your faith or the church.

SMA T-Shirts

You can order an UPB vs SMA t-shirt for the rock n roll for $15.00 with the proceeds going towards finding a cure for SMA.  Please order one here or through the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

SMA Walk

Our congregation will be hosting a walk n roll to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 11th.  The walk will be one mile at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  This is an opportunity to both commit to hands on mission and raise our viability in the neighborhood, so let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

 Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going bu June 12th.

 Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, May 26th

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

Sunday, May 29th

  • Worship, 10:00

Saturday, June 4th

  • Bowiefest, 8:00 – 6:00

Sunday, June 5th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Rechartering Sunday
  • CYF committee meeting, 5:00

Monday, June 6th

  • Worship Team, 4:00

Tuesday, June 5th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00

Looking Ahead

  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 22nd: Watoto

May 24th Weekly E-votional

When I am asked to officiate a funeral, I always ask to meet with the family of the loved one who has past.  This is so that I can get to know the loved one through the family’s eyes.  Usually one of two things happens.  Either the family shares with me basic facts, where they worked, where they lived, etc or the family gets started telling stories.  I so much prefer that later.  Not only is it a way of providing tribute and healing, but it really helps me to see the loved one through the family’s eyes.  Stories are powerful.  Stories are important.

Stories help us to grow in relationship.  Think about that for a minute.  What would help you get to know somebody better, knowing facts about them (height, eye color, where they are from, etc.) or hearing them tell a story about when they were growing up?

Stories are also how we learn best.  Hannah loves to have us read stories to here and we love to see as she makes connections between the stories and life.  Maybe this is why Jesus taught so often through stories and they are some of the passages that are most remembered today, the story of the Good Samaritan, the story of the Prodigal Son, and so on.

Stories are powerful.  They teach us, move us, they connect us, and they inspire us.  On June 5th, we will be celebrating Rechartering Sunday and I am going to ask you to share your story.  During the service, there will be time for anyone who wants to come forward and share their story.  It can be a story of a time when their faith carried them, a story about how they came to follow Christ, or a story about a particular moving time in the church.  Come, share your story, and let it teach us, move us, connect us, and inspire us.

May 12th News and Notes

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is tonight 7:00 at DuClaw.  We will be discussing prayer.

Church Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling at Crofton Bowling Center from 12ish – 2.   The church will pay for the bowling and shoes and you can buy lunch there.  This is an event for all ages, so plan to join us!

Pentecost

We will be celebrating Pentecost this Sunday.  Wear red if you have it!

Bowiefest

Bowiefest is coming up June 4th.  Sign-up sheets for helping out will be available this Sunday.

SMA T-Shirts

You can order an UPB vs SMA t-shirt for the rock n roll for $15.00 with the proceeds going towards finding a cure for SMA.  Please order one here or through the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

SMA Walk

Our congregation will be hosting a walk n roll to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 11th.  The walk will be one mile at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  This is an opportunity to both commit to hands on mission and raise our viability in the neighborhood, so let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

 Singing for Pearl

Let’s put a song in Pearl’s heart on Sun., May 22, at 11:30 a.m. Adults and kids are invited to join the choir when we go to Pearl Donovan’s home to sing several hymns for her.

Pearl was a faithful worshiper with us and an enthusiastic teacher of children in our church before her massive stroke. One of her favorites is, “This Little Light of Mine.”  So kids, let your lights shine and help us make music for Pearl.  Meet in the narthex at 11:15 a.m., and we’ll car pool (if you wish) to her home at 15807 Pinecroft Lane.  See Shirley Bickel for more details.

 Two Week Outlook

Thursday, May 12th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45am, Nautilus Diner
  • Theology on Tap, 7:00 pm, DuClaw

Friday, May 13th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 am, Bonefish Grill in Crofton

Sunday, May 15th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Pentecost
  • Crisis Center Meal Due
  • Sunday School following worship 
  • Family Outing, Crofton Bowling Centre, 12ish-2:00

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Sunday, May 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew following worship
  • Rev. Carolyn Tilley filling the Pulpit

Wednesday, May 25th

  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 22nd: Watoto

May 4th News and Notes

SMA Walk

Our congregation will be hosting a walk to raise money for SMA on Saturday June 11th.  The walk will be one mile at 10:30 and we will have a celebration afterwards.  This is an opportunity to both commit to hands on mission and raise our viability in the neighborhood, so let’s all get involved so we can put an end to SMA!

Children, Youth, and Family Outing

On May 15th, following Sunday School, we will be going out for lunch and bowling at Crofton Bolwing Center from 12ish – 2.   The church will pay for the bowling and shoes and you can buy lunch there.  This is an event for all ages, so plan to join us!

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap will be Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 at DuClaw.  We will be discussing prayer.

 

Mars Hill

The Mars Hill mission trip will be July 10th-16th this year.  Please let Chris know if you are interested in going.

Singing for Pearl

Let’s put a song in Pearl’s heart on Sun., May 22, at 11:30 a.m. Adults and kids are invited to join the choir when we go to Pearl Donovan’s home to sing several hymns for her.

Pearl was a faithful worshiper with us and an enthusiastic teacher of children in our church before her massive stroke. One of her favorites is, “This Little Light of Mine.”  So kids, let your lights shine and help us make music for Pearl.  Meet in the narthex at 11:15 a.m., and we’ll car pool (if you wish) to her home at 15807 Pinecroft Lane.  See Shirley Bickel for more details.

 Two Week Outlook

  Wednesday, May 4th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Friday, May 6th

  • Book Club, 7:00 pm, discussing The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Sunday, May 8th

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

Monday, May 9th

  • Worship Team, 4:30

Wednesday, May 11th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Thursday, May 12th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45am, Nautilus Diner
  • Theology on Tap, 7:00 pm, DuClaw

Friday, May 13th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 am, Olive Garden

Sunday, May 15th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Pentecost
  • Crisis Center Meal Due
  • Sunday School following worship 
  • Family Outing, Crofton Bowling Centre, 12ish-2:00

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Choir Rehersal, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • June 4th: Bowiefest
  • June 11th: SMA Walk
  • June 26th: Church in the Park
  • July 10th-16th: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 25th-29th: Art and Music Camp
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 22nd: Watoto

April 28th Weekly E-votional

Christmas in April is this Saturday, starting at 8:00.  Have you ever wondered why it is called “Christmas in April”?  I was laying awake the other night and that random thought came into my head.

As you know, during Christmas in April, different churches put together teams to work on homes of people who are in need.  My first thought was we called it “Christmas in April” because it is a gift for those we are helping.  It makes sense, after all, Christmas is a time we give gifts, right?

Then I thought a little bit deeper.  I thought about what Christmas is really about.  At Christmas, we celebrate Christ’s birth.  At Christmas, we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us.  At Christmas we celebrate Christ coming into the world and being present with us.  Maybe that is why we call it “Christmas in April”.  It gives us a chance to be Christ’s presence in the world.  At Christmas we celebrate God’s love shown through Christ’s presence with us.  During Christmas in April, we are able to show God’s love to others by being Christ’s presence to them.

Christ lived a live of service.  In Matthew 20:28 he said he “came not to be served but to serve”.  As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same.  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he writes that we are the body of Christ.  As such, we are called to continue the work of Christ.  How are you continuing the work of Christ?  How are you serving others?  How are you Christ’s presence in the world?

Matthew 25:40  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”