University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, August 28, 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.

September, 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'. 

Sunday Schedule


Beginning September 18th, our Sunday schedule will be as follows:


8:30 a.m.  Worship


9:30 a.m. Sunday School


11:00 a.m. Worship


Noon Fellowship


Go Electronic


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


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 (Beginning September)


The next 6-week session of classes will begin in September. Spanish classes will be on Mondays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting September 12th. The 6-week session of English classes will be on Saturdays at 11 a.m. starting September 10th.  Classes at UUMC are held in the parlor. Contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi for more information at or 608-445-1876.


Time of Transition


Retirement of Mary Norman, Organist Extraordinaire


Messages of Love


In preparation for the retirement of Mary Norman, our organist for over 57 years, our front bulletin board is a tribute to her. Please stop by to sign the memory quilt and post notes to Mary that will be given to her in a memory box as a parting keepsake.


Save the Dates


Sunday, October 9 – At the potluck in October, we will honor Mary Norman for her service to UUMC.


Friday, October 21 – Retirement Celebration for Mary Norman at 7p.m. More information coming soon.


Looking Ahead


Welcome Sunday Worship and Picnic (September 11)


UUMC is excited to welcome the University of Maryland students to our Annual Welcome Sunday Worship and Picnic. We will have worship in the sanctuary, accompanied by the Sounds of Brass, before moving to the front lawn for a wonderful picnic (weather permitting). 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. Call the church office for more information.


Stop Hunger Now (September 17)


UUMC is teaming up with Methodist Churches in our cluster for a meal packing event with STOP HUNGER NOW (an organization committed to eradicating hunger in our lifetime). Our goal is to pack 1000 meals in only two hours (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) on September 17th. This event will take place at Mowatt Memorial UMC (40 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770). Transportation will be provided from UUMC for students. Sign up in the narthex, if interested. 


Concert Across America to End Gun Violence (September 25)


On Sunday, September 25th, at 3:00 p.m., we will remember the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic as part of the Concert 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)


Save the Date


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 three year term. Please review the Leadership Nominations 2016 insert and pray over where God wants you to serve. The Church cannot operate without persons serving in leadership positions. UUMC NEEDS YOU! 


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 is led by Mary Norman and meets in the chapel. On September 4 & 11, class will meet at 8:30 a.m. Beginning September 18th, class will start at 9:30 a.m. Currently, the class is studying the book of Romans. 


Pastor’s Small Group Class


Beginning September 4th, the Pastor’s Small Group Class will discuss what it means to “Live the Five.” We will focus on applying insights from five principles based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission to our daily lives as we strive to be doers of God’s word. Class will meet in the parlor at 8:30 a.m. on September 4 & 11, then change to 9:30 a.m. on September 18th.


Preparing The Way Through Missional Involvement


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


September marks the Second Year Anniversary of the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. 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,
Stephaine Brewer: Director Nursery School,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,
Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,
Jeannie Panesi: Missionary,
Luis Panesi: Missionary,
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.