University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Monday, October 24, 2016
We are seeking to be like Christ



University United Methodist Church 
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 
301-422-1400  -
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Pastor Sherri can be reached after hours at 301-963-1459  It is better to contact Pastor Sherri by email when possible.

October, 2016 Announcements 

Mission Statement 

To make disciples for Christ for the transformation of the world 'by uniting the two so long divided - knowledge and vital faith'. 

Prayer Line

UUMC has an electronic prayer line. Persons wanting to share a prayer request or praise report can send a message to You can also send a message to the same email address with the subject notation “ADD ME” if you would like to receive prayer line messages.

Prayer Challenge 

We have been challenged to spend a minimum of one (1) hour in prayer daily. If one hour seems like a lot, you can break it into manageable segments of 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or whatever you prefer. The goal is simply to spend one hour in conversation (talking and listening) with God each day. As you pray, please don’t forget to pray for the pastor and UUMC congregation, as well as the violence, hatred, and despair that seems to be plaguing our world.

Electronic Giving 

Give electronically through your bank or by using Vanco. For your bank, (1) Go to your banking website; (2) Sign up for bill pay; and (3) Add University United Methodist Church as a payee. For Vanco, go to the church’s website ( and click the “donate online” button on the home page. (Please note that Vanco charges a nominal service fee.)

Fragrance Allergies

Allergens are everywhere!! Please be respectful of persons in the congregation with fragrance allergies and strive to limit the amount of fragrances you bring into the sanctuary. Fragrances can be found in lotions, perfumes, hand sanitizers, shampoos, and many other items. Persons extremely sensitive to fragrances may want to consider sitting near the front or in the sections just to the left or right to try to prevent an allergic reaction. 

UUMC Recycling

We have a new paper recycling company, Hanna Paper Retriever Company. You can still use the yellow and green recycle bin in the parking lot for ALL paper recycling, including cardboard, poster board, etc. Cardboard boxes must be broken down before putting them in the bin. Please recycle at UUMC and encourage others to do so, as we do our part to reduce our carbon footprint and help the environment.

TNB – Tuesday Night Basketball

The gym is open Tuesdays between 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for pick-up basketball games. For more information, contact Doug McNamara (

Spanish and English Classes

For more information on the next six-week session of English and Spanish Classes contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi at or 608-445-1876. 

Preparing The Way Through Spiritual Transformation


Children’s Church

There will be children’s church on the second and third Sunday of each month. Persons interested in volunteering should contact Pastor Sherri or Jeannie Panesi.

Chapel Sunday School Class

The Chapel Sunday School Class, led by Mary Norman, meets in the chapel at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join Mary’s class in October as she concludes her time at UUMC. 

Pastor’s Small Group Class       

Let’s go deeper – deeper into the Word of God. All are welcome to join the Pastor’s Small Group Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. as we review the previous week’s sermon. Was something said in the sermon that left you needing clarity? Are you wondering what you can do to live and love more like Christ? Join this class for an opportunity to grow in your knowledge of the Word.  

Cluster Disciple Study

Disciples 3 (Purple Book), Remember Who You Are: OT Prophets and Letters of Paul, examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. All are welcome to attend this 32 week course on Thursdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the parlor at UUMC. No previous Disciple class participation required. Contact Doug Mangum, Candy Fosta, or Carla Clemons, for more information. 

Looking Ahead

Concerts Across America to End Gun Violence (September 25)

On Sunday, September 25, at 3:00 p.m., we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic as part of the Concerts Across America. Joining others across America, we will be singing for peace to raise the volume on the national effort to save lives from gun violence. Plan to attend and invite others. 

Charge Conference (October 2)

Every year, the congregation meets with the District Superintendent to present highlights from the previous year and address concerns. This year, we will NOT have a Cluster Charge Conference. The UUMC Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, at 1 p.m. We will serve heartier refreshments during the time of fellowship following worship. EVERYONE is strongly encouraged to attend, especially persons holding leadership positions. 

Leadership Nominations

At Charge Conference we must present a slate of officers to serve for 2017. Each position has a one year term renewable for three years. Please review the Leadership Nominations 2016 information on the bulletin board in the hallway and pray over where God wants you to serve. The Church cannot operate without persons serving in leadership positions. UUMC NEEDS YOU! 

Potluck Honoring Mary Norman (October 9) 

The October potluck will be devoted to Mary Norman. Come prepared to share your favorite “Mary Moments” as we enjoy a potluck meal. Members are asked to please bring a dish to share, if you are able. With the summer picnics over, we will need entrees, as well as side dishes and desserts. We are always in need of assistance with set up and clean up. Contact Sarah Wakefield for more information. 

Family and Friends Sunday (October 16)

In conjunction with Family Weekend at the University of Maryland, we will have Family and Friends Sunday on October 16th. Please invite your family and friends to join us in worship. There will be special music at 11 a.m. worship with a delicious meal immediately following. A gift will be given to the person who has the most guests to attend. 

Retirement Celebration for Mary Norman (October 21)

After more than 58 years of service to University UMC, Mary Norman, our beloved organist, is retiring. Please join us Friday, October 21st, at 7 p.m. as we celebrate her dedicated service. More information coming soon. 

Rummage Sale (October 28 & 29) 

Our fall rummage sale is fast approaching and now is the time to begin filling a bag or box with items you no longer want or need. Please place your donations on the stage in the gym. Contact Sarah Wakefield (301-262-7262) or Bob Roberson (301-779-0623) to schedule large item donation drop-offs. Set up for the Rummage Sale will be Sunday, October 23rd, in the gym. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up all week. Sarah Wakefield and Bob Roberson can provide daily set up times. The sale will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. Volunteers are also needed on Saturday after the sale for break down and clean up. 

Preparing The Way Through Missional Involvement


(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (Every third Sunday) – Second Year Anniversary 

Each month, after worship on the third Sunday, we share a hot meal with the community. Volunteers are always welcome to visit with our guests, help serve, or assist in the kitchen. Set up and clean up assistance is needed also. Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (  

(2)   Help-by-Phone Food Bank  

We can “make a difference” in our community by continuing to support Help by Phone, Ltd.  Our eight food pantries, open five days a week, continue to meet needs of large numbers of people who simply do not have enough food on any given day.  Pantries need the following canned or dried food donations in sealed containers to meet health department requirements.  Please confirm that the expiration dates have not passed.   

grits                  pancake mix & syrup                 baby food                    beef stew          pudding & jello 

dry milk                        coffee & tea                              cocoa                           cold cereals      macaroni & cheese 

rice                   peanut butter                             jelly                              tuna                  pork and beans 

pasta                canned fruits & veggies                         pasta sauce                  oatmeal                        soups                

Donations can be placed in the wooden box in the narthex.  


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,


           Stephanie Brewer: Director Nursery School,


                                                                                          John Wakefield: Director of Music,


                                                                                            Kim Cramer: Office Manager,


Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,


Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,


Veronica Beckley: Ministry Intern,


Renee Richardson: Wesley Intern,


Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,


Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,


Ruth Bright: Musician,


Mary Norman: Organist


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