University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Friday, November 27, 2015
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.


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

Monthly Announcements – November 29, 2015:  

Staff Appreciation Gift

As the year comes to a close, we are asking the congregation to show their appreciation for the UUMC staff.  The church employees work very hard every day of the year to make sure that worship is a great experience, the office runs efficiently, and the building is in good shape.  We ask that you recognize the efforts of Pastor Sherri, Kim, Kenny, John, Mary, Sarah, Veronica, Doug, and Lisa by giving a donation for a staff holiday gift.  Please put your donations in the collection plate during worship with “staff gift” written on the check or envelope.  We will be accepting donations through November and early December.  Let’s thank our staff for all they have done over the past year. 

2016 Calendars

Calendars are popping up everywhere, but you will be surprised that there are many people looking for 2016 calendars. Take one or leave one. A small box will be placed on the ledge near the kitchen. Feel free to take a calendar, if you need one, or leave a calendar, if you have more than you need. 

Looking Ahead
Advent (Worship is 11 a.m. only unless otherwise indicated)

Advent this year will focus on preparing the way for Christ’s Second Coming instead of remembering Jesus’ birth. 

Advent 1 - Blessing of the Advent Wreath   
Hope - Luke 21:25-36
Advent 2 - Communion and Chrismons 
Forgiveness - Luke 1:68-79
Advent 3 – Cantata and Christmas Potluck  
Self-Giving - Luke 3:7-18
Advent 4 - Dramatic Reading  
Eradicate Suffering - Luke 1:46b – 55
Christmas Eve Worship        

5:30 p.m. Family Worship with Communion (This year we will present an original play by Allendra Letsome).

7:30 p.m. Candlelight Worship with Communion
Hanging of the Greens (December 5)

Please come and help us decorate the church in preparation for our Advent season.  We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 11 a.m. 

Celebration of Life for Elizabeth (Betty) Bowers (December 6)

There will be a Celebration of Life for Elizabeth Bowers (affectionately known to most of us as Betty) on Sunday, December 6th, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the University of Maryland Golf Club House.

Christmas Potluck and Sweets for our Sweeties at Home (December 13)

We are looking forward to sharing a delicious meal as we fellowship and sign cards for our members who are no longer able to attend UUMC.  If you are able, please bring a dish to share. We are also asking for homemade sweets that can be easily delivered to our sweeties at home. The clergy staff will be visiting our sweeties to let them know how much UUMC cares about them and misses them. 

Annual Staff and Leadership Christmas Gathering (December 14)

Pastor Sherri invites all UUMC staff and persons serving in positions of leadership to attend our Second Annual Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall (gym).  A catered meal will be provided as thanksgiving is offered for the many blessings of the past year. 

Cluster Churches Activities

  1. Cluster Christmas POTLUCK Celebration (December 12)

    This year UUMC will be hosting the UMC Upper Prince George’s County Cluster Churches during our Second Annual Cluster Christmas POTLUCK Celebration. We will share the joy of Christmas with carols and a potluck meal on December 12, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

  2. Longest Night Worship (December 22)

    This year the Cluster Churches will come together for the Longest Night Worship at Cheverly UMC (2801 Cheverly Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20785). It is a worship service scheduled around the winter solstice (the longest night of the calendar year) and it just happens to fall on or around December 21st every year, resulting in the longest nights of the year being just before Christmas. This can be metaphorically true for those experiencing darkness and grief faced by living with loss, hurt, and pain, both personally and in the world. Come find hope in Christ this Christmas. For more information: (301) 773-1314.

  3. Christmas Eve Worship (December 24)

    First UMC-Hyattsville (6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD , 20782) is having Christmas Eve Worship at 9 p.m. for persons looking for later worship. For more information: (301) 927-6133.

  4. Watch Night Worship (December 31)

    First UMC-Hyattsville (6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD , 20782) is having New Year’s Eve Worship on December 31st at 10 p.m. Bishop Violet Fisher will be the guest preacher. All are welcome to ring in the New Year in worship. For more information: (301) 927-6133.

    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.

    Weekly Activities
    Spanish and English Classes

    This six-week session of the Spanish and English Classes are coming to an end the week of December 6th. We thank Jeannie and Luis for their commitment to this ministry and look forward to the next session.   Please contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi at for more information.

    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 ( or the church office.

Living Differently

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

Chapel Sunday School Class

 It meets in the chapel every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Currently, the class is studying ‘The Acts of the Apostles’. Come 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.

Pastor’s Small Group Class

Pastor Sherri is leading a small group class on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. During Advent, we will continue our format of looking at recent events and relate them to the Advent texts.

Advent 1 - Overcoming Oppression: Refugee Crisis/War - Luke 21:25-36 

Advent 2 - Forgiving the Unforgivable: Prison Re-Entry - Luke 1:68-79

Advent 3 - Self Giving NOT Selfish Living: Common Good - Luke 3:7-18

Advent 4 - Stop Suffering: Homelessness and Hunger - Luke 1:46b -55

Making A Difference
Advent Mission Opportunities
  1. Buck Lodge Middle School Positive Behavior Rewards  

In an effort to encourage positive behavior, students can earn “positive behavior bucks” to spend at the school store. We will be receiving monetary donations to buy items that the students can receive for good behavior, along with providing scarfs and gloves. Monetary donations can be placed in an offering envelope marked Buck Lodge through January 3rd.

  1. Mission Trip Support

    Our intern, Sarah Elliott, will be going on a school immersion/mission trip December 28 - January 12.  She will be traveling as part of a group of 14 students from Wesley Theological Seminary to South Africa.  The group will immerse themselves in the culture and do mission work during their two-week stay.  Let us support Sarah with our prayers, as well as financial assistance.  The cost of the trip is $5800.  If you would like to make a contribution, please make donations payable to UUMC and place them in the offering plate in an envelope marked "WTS Mission Trip."  We will be collecting donations through December 13th.

  2. Toys for Tots 

    The Nursery School is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys that will go to the Toys for Tots campaign.  Toys may be dropped off in the box in the church entryway through Sunday, December 13th.

Safe Haven (January 3 - 9)

Safe Haven comes early to UUMC this year, Jan. 3 - 9. Hopefully this new week will prove a better fit for people's schedules. Plan now to help us provide a week of hospitality to 15 homeless men who will stay with us each night. We'll need overnight chaperones (2 per night), desk workers, cooks, and people to serve and clean up after dinner. Questions? See Ellen Brown, Susan Howley, Craig Lasher, or Sarah Wakefield.


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. 

Go Electronic
  • Sign up to receive weekly bulletin announcements, church reminders and other important information by sending an email to

  • 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.)

    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

Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,
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.