University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, August 30, 2015
We are seeking to be like Christ



University United Methodist Church 
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 
301-422-1400  - - Check our website for the announcements.
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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.

Monthly Announcements – August 30, 2015:  





  • Worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. resumes September 20th.
  • Child care during 11 a.m. worship resumes September 20th.
  • Pastor’s Small Group Class resumes in October.
    Welcome Sunday Worship and Cook-Out (September 13)

    UUMC is excited to welcome the University of Maryland students to our Annual Welcome Sunday Worship and cook-out. We will have worship in the sanctuary, accompanied by the Sounds of Brass, before moving to the front lawn to feast on hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the sides of a summer cook-out. The church will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, and beverages. Members are asked to please bring a side dish or dessert to share, if you are able. We are always glad to have assistance with set up and clean up. Please contact the church office if you are willing to help out.

    Loaves and Fishes (September 20)

    School will be in session soon for the University of Maryland and we want to be ready to welcome students and the community with a free hot lunch.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway to sign up to VOLUNTEER to set up, to cook, to serve, to clean up. A special thanks to everyone who volunteers and supports this ministry. Contact Susan Howley (, Sarah Wakefield (, or Ellen Brown ( with questions. 

    Spanish and English Classes

    Would you like to practice and improve your Spanish in a conversational setting? There are Spanish/English conversation classes and book discussions on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Robinson Room.  The next six week session of the language learning classes will begin mid-September. Please contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi at for more information. 

    University Church Nursery School Openings

    Our nursery school has a few openings in the 4 year old class. If you know of someone looking for a fantastic preschool where their child can learn and have fun in a safe environment, this is it. Please have them contact Stephanie Brewer at 301-422-1400 x14 or


Looking Ahead


Wesley Theological Seminary Interns


We are blessed to have Sarah Elliott returning to serve with us for a second year. Sarah is a Masters of Divinity student and a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Candy Fosta serves as her Lay Learning Partner.  


We are blessed to have a second intern joining us this year, Veronica Beckley. Veronica is a Masters of Divinity student and ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church serving in the Washington Annual Conference. Susan Howley will be serving as her Lay Learning Partner.  


Please join Pastor Sherri as she prays that these will be fruitful relationships for all involved.


September Preaching Series


Get ready for an exciting preaching series in September from the UUMC clergy. Each clergy person will be preaching from a different scripture on the theme “Many Members, One Body”. We are blessed that God has provided us with several persons to offer clergy support, each with different gifts, but all members of the body of Christ serving the Lord at UUMC. You don’t want to miss this preaching series.


Football Parking Begins (beginning September 5)

If you are interested in volunteering for the parking ministry, please see the bulletin insert from Kenny Theodos or go to our website.  The first UMD home football game of the season is September 5th against Richmond.


TNB – Tuesday Night Basketball (beginning in September)

Beginning on September 8th, there will be a weekly open gym time on Tuesdays between 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for pick-up basketball games. Any and all are welcome to come and play. For more information contact Doug McNamara ( or the church office. 


Friday Night Youth Gatherings (date TBD)

Pastor Sherri is looking to partner with an organization to provide a safe place for youth to gather on Friday evenings. More details coming soon. 


Living Different


Dive in and make a difference through our learning & spiritual growth opportunities. 


Mary’s Sunday School Class

Currently, 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 if you are not in a Sunday school class. No one is too old to learn more. 


Cluster Disciple Classes

For additional information or questions about the Disciple classes contact Douglas A. Mangum of College Park UMC by email ( or by phone (301-474-7874). You can also speak with Candy Fosta, Carla Clemons, or Frances Notley of UUMC who participated in the Disciple Classes last year.


Disciple I (Begins September 14)

Disciple 1 Class (the red book) is tentatively being scheduled for Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. with orientation on September 14.  The location will either be College Park UMC or Mowatt Memorial UMC.  The class will meet for 34 weeks (not including orientation) with a two week break around Christmas/New Years.


Disciple II (Begins September 24)
Disciples II Class will be held at UUMC (parlor) on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. beginning on September 24.  There will be an orientation session held on September 17.  The book for this class is “Under the Tree of Life,” (yellow book).   Old Testament books examined will be Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and Song of Solomon.  New Testament books examined will be the Gospel of John and Revelation.  The study is a 32-week time for renewal of our faith journey - consider it an opening of our hearts, minds, and doors.  What doors do we each need to open a little wider this year?  What "REVELATION" is waiting for us at the end of this year's study journey? Note:  Everyone is invited to participate in the Disciples II study, even if the individual has not taken a Disciples 1 class, as long as the person understands the study commitment.


Making A Difference


Step up and make a difference through our community outreach and missions opportunities.


            IN OUR COMMUNITY
       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. 
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 

Campus Ministry

Do you know a student in college or on their way to college for the first time? Connect them with a campus ministry program or a local church near campus. Go to and complete the College Student Form

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Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern,
Veronica Beckley: 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.