University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Friday, October 31, 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 – November 2, 2014:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor after 11 a.m. worship for fellowship and refreshments hosted by Susan Howley.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
               8:30 a.m. – Worship (Chapel)
               9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Robinson Room)
              11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary)
               7:00 p.m. – SPRC Committee (Parlor)
               6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
               7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Practice Room)
Looking Ahead
Leadership Sunday (November 9)
Next Sunday is Leadership Sunday. Pastor Sherri would like for all persons currently serving in leadership at UUMC and those who were recently elected to serve in leadership for 2015 to attend 11 a.m. worship. Rev. Carroll Gunkel, former UUMC pastor, will be our guest preacher as we recognize our UUMC leadership.
Monthly Meal (November 9)
On November 9th after 11 a.m. worship we will have our monthly meal.  This will be a time for us to celebrate our current leadership thanking them for their service, especially those who will have a leadership sabbatical. We will also be welcoming and encouraging persons who will be joining our leadership team or moving to new leadership positions.  All who are able are asked to please bring a savory dish to share as we celebrate our UUMC leaders. If you are not able to bring a dish to share this should not prohibit you from participating in this wonderful time of fellowship.
State of the Church (November 16)
What is the State of UUMC? Are we making a difference in this place and space? Are we living differently and encouraging others to live differently? On November 16th during 11 a.m. worship the pastor will address these questions and many more as she highlights the accomplishments of 2014 and looks ahead to the possibilities of 2015. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be informed on the State of “Our Church.”
Cluster Churches Thanksgiving Eve Worship (November 26)
The UMC Upper Prince George’s County Cluster Churches (of which we are a part) will be joining Good Shepherd UMC (9701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring) for Thanksgiving Eve Worship with Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a gift to support the hungry of our community – money or non-perishable food or grocery store gift cards. For more information: 301-434-3331.
Other Announcements
Sexual Misconduct Surveys
Each year at this time we are asked to update our sexual misconduct surveys. In an effort to ensure that the children and any adults with special needs are safe, we are required to complete sexual misconduct surveys. Everyone is asked to please complete a survey and return it to the pastor. All information is held in strict confidence and maintained in safety as required by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Surveys can be picked up in the narthex of the sanctuary and in the parlor. You can hand the survey directly to the Pastor, give it to an usher, place it in the Pastor’s box across from the Men’s Restroom, or slide it under the Pastor’s office door. Please see Pastor Sherri if you have any concerns regarding this request.
Rummage Sale Round-up
Heartfelt thanks to all who helped make this fall's rummage sale the best ever!  We took in $2996.55, the highest total since the sale was changed to a one-day event. But more importantly, we reached a larger audience of people for whom the sale makes a real difference.  And we had fun doing it - as evidenced by the laughter and good-natured banter all around the gym.  Thank you all again.    Bob, Susan and Sarah
Hand Sanitizer
It’s coming to that time of the year when there seems to be more coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. There is hand sanitizer in the sanctuary, chapel, and parlor to help try to control the spread of germs. 
Faith, Fall, Fellowship, Fun, and Football
Information about helping out with football parking can be found on the yellow slips located in the Narthex. Please take one and contact Kenny Theodos ( or 203-437-5610) if you have any questions. Thank you!
(1)   Praying for Our Students
We believe in the power of prayer. We know the power of prayer. We are committed to praying for those in need. Please pick up a yellow strip with a name and email address for a University of Maryland student from the narthex (outside the sanctuary) and pray for the student during this school year. Once a month, email the student to let him/her know that you are praying for them and to inquire of specific prayer requests. Let’s make sure our students are covered with prayer.
(2)   Praying for Discernment
Many of you may remember that we held a strategy session in September as the initial step in a visioning process. As we continue in our visioning process, please be in prayer that God will reveal to us who GOD wants us to be as a faith community so that we can best serve God in this place and space.
(3)   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)   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 $400. 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. 
(2)   Loaves and Fishes Café
Every third Sunday of the month 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 side dishes, salads, dessert or bread, or to SUPPLY napkins or sandwich fixings so that our guests can pack a second meal to take with them.  Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (  
LIVING DIFFERENTLY - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class (Robinson Room)
We are exploring four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - and comparing the beliefs of each with Christianity using Adam Hamilton's book, Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask.  
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 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 or Carla Clemons of UUMC.
Disciple I
The Disciple I class meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at College Park UMC
Disciple II
The Disciple II class meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor at University UMC. 
Learning and Growth Opportunities at First UMC - Hyattsville
Fall and Winter Studies
There are several opportunities for you to learn and grow at First Hyattsville. Please check the spiritual growth bulletin board for more information.

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.