University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Monday, December 22, 2014
We are seeking to be like Christ
 University United Methodist Church


A Reconciling Congregation

3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 

301-422-1400 - Check our website for the announcements.

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Office Hours – Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4 pm   Closed Friday

Today’s Announcements – December 21, 2014:   

Please join us in the parlor following 11 a.m. worship for fellowship and refreshments with a Mexican flair.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
               9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Robinson Room)
              11:00 a.m. – Las Posadas - Service of Shelter for the Holy Family (Sanctuary)
              12:30 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes (Fellowship Hall)
               5:30 p.m. – Darkest Night Worship (Chapel)
             5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Worship with Communion (Sanctuary)
             7:30 p.m. – Candlelight Communion Worship (note time)
Looking Ahead
11:00 a.m. worship only through January 4th. 8:30 a.m. worship resumes January 11th.
Office Closed
The office will be closed December 24 – January 4. Phone messages and email messages will be checked periodically during this period. If there is an emergency, contact Pastor Sherri at 301-963-1459 (h) or (preferred), Tim Snyder 202-359-0663 (cell), or Bob Slack 301-927-1080 (h).
Christmas Eve Worship
For persons interested in attending late worship on Christmas Eve, here is information from our cluster churches: First UMC-Hyattsville is having candlelight worship at 9 p.m. and Cheverly UMC is having candlelight worship at 11 p.m. Although not in our Cluster, Emmanuel UMC is in close proximity and is having 11 p.m. worship.
New Year’s Eve Worship
Good Shepherd UMC (9701 New Hampshire Avenue, corner of Adelphi and New Hampshire) is having New Year’s Eve Worship and Communion on December 31st at 11 p.m. All are welcome to ring in the New Year in worship with one of our sister Cluster Churches.
Other Announcements
Nursery during Worship
FINALLY!!! The UUMC nursery during 11 a.m. worship starts TODAY. Please take the time to meet Emma Yeager and Elizabeth Eber, both students at the University of Maryland, who will ensure a safe environment for potty trained children up to 4 years of age while parents attend worship. The nursery will open at 10:45 a.m. and close at 12:15 p.m. Children must be signed in and out by their parent or authorized adult. The nursery is located on the lower level. Just follow the signs. 
Flower Chart
The new flower chart for 2015 is now posted on the bulletin board by the kitchen/gym.  Flowers are still $40 per week for two arrangements.  Flower payment may be placed in the offering plate or sent to the church office.  Please remember to make your payment at least one week before your sign up date.
Prayer Line
This is a reminder that 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.
(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café
Every third Sunday UUMC offers a free hot lunch to feed the hungry in our area, including UMD students.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway to sign up to VOLUNTEER to set up, to serve, to clean up, to COOK, tobring food, or to SUPPLY napkins or sandwich fixings so that our guests can pack a second meal to take with them, as well as individual toiletries (including travel sized) of hand cream, shampoo, deodorant, soap, chapstick, etc. Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 
(2)   College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative
Our Cluster Hispanic Initiative could use our support.  Volunteers are needed for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes held at College Park UMC weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.  Contact Pastor Israel Suarez for more information 301-310-2158 or . 
(3)   Africa University
The world is our parish and we are called to “make a difference” at home and abroad. It currently costs $5,400 for a student to attend Africa University with the hopes of returning home to make a difference in his/her community. So far UUMC has raised $445. Let’s see if we can increase donations to support this fully accredited United Methodist-related educational institution located in Zimbabwe and established by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Donations (cash or check) can be put in an offering envelope with the notation “Africa University” on the outside and placed in the offering plate. 
(4)   Help the Help-by-Phone Food Bank
We can “make a difference” in our community by continuing to support the work of Help by Phone, Ltd.  Pantries still look for your food donations from the following list.  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.  You have made it possible for this ministry to continue and we are grateful.
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            oups              
All foods must be canned or dried and in sealed containers to meet health department requirements.  Please confirm that the expiration dates have not passed.  Donations can be placed in the wooden box in the narthex. 
Advent Mission Opportunities (contact Rachel McNamara for more info -
(5)   Buck Lodge Middle School Uniforms and Groceries  
Help with our annual campaign to send gift cards for groceries and uniform items to Buck Lodge Middle School, our partner school.  Monetary contributions can be made any time from now through Sunday, December 28.  We'll send contributions to the school once it's back in session for the new year.  Please note on your check/envelope that the contribution is for Buck Lodge.  Last year, we raised $600.  Let's try to beat that this year.
LIVING DIFFERENTLY - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class (Robinson Room)
What do you know about the Book of Psalms? Whether it’s your favorite book of the Bible or you’re curious about its treasures; join us as we study the Book of Psalms this January.
Mary’s Sunday School Class (Chapel)
This quarter the class is studying ‘Hope and Confidence Come from God’. Meet new people and grow in the knowledge of God and His will for you. You don’t know what you are missing. No one is too old to learn.

United Methodist Campus Ministry (Wesley Foundation)  
For more information about the campus ministry, please visit their website at or contact You are welcome to email the chaplain, Brett Pinder at


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Senior Pastor,
  Carole Trone: Director Nursery School,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern,
Mark Wakefield: Lay Leader
Mary Norman: Organist
Please submit all announcements to the church office no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Please confirm that announcements are in ready to print format, that they are brief and include a title.