University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, June 26, 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.


June, 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'.



June 2016 Announcements


In Memory of Tom Leverance


Titi is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to UUMC in Memory of Tom Leverance. 


University of Maryland Wesley Foundation


Effective July 1st, the University of Maryland Wesley Foundation will be partnered with First UMC-Hyattsville. Rev. Brett Pinder will be appointed to First UMC-Hyattsville as associate pastor, while continuing as University of Maryland Campus Minister. Pastor Sherri and the members of the Wesley Board were excluded in this decision, so have little additional information to provide at this time. A meeting with the District Superintendent and Conference representation has been requested.


Intern from Wesley Theological Seminary


We are blessed to have Renee Richardson serving as a ministry intern from Wesley Theological Seminary. Renee is a Masters of Divinity student in the early stages of the ordination process for the United Methodist Church. Doug McNamara, UUMC Lay Leader, has agreed to serve as her Lay Learning Partner. Renee is planning to begin her internship June 19th and continue through the coming school year.


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.


Go Electronic


It is always a good time to go electronic. Just think, you can stay informed and financially contribute wherever your travels or schedule may lead you.   


Get your weekly bulletin announcements on Thursday and be ahead of the game. All you have to do is send an email to You will also receive important reminders and be informed of church cancellations or delays.


-       Give electronically through your bank or by using Vanco. It is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Step 1 – Go to your banking website. Step 2 – Sign up for bill pay. Step 3 – Add University United Methodist Church as a payee. Another option is to use the Vanco bill pay by going to the church’s website ( and clicking the “donate online” button on the home page. (Vanco charges a nominal service fee.)


Time of Transition


Retirement of Mary Norman, Organist Extraordinaire


In preparation for the retirement of Mary Norman, our organist for 57 years, our front bulletin board will be 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.


Musician Search


The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), the Human Resource entity of each local United Methodist Church, will soon engage in a search for a new musician. Please help us spread the word that UUMC is seeking a spiritually inspired and musically gifted person skilled at playing a 30-rank Aeolian/Skinner pipe organ and piano. Rachel McNamara, chair of SPRC, will be leading this search. Inquiries can be directed to the church office or


New Bishop for Baltimore Washington Area to be Announced


For the past four years, Bishop Matthews has served the Baltimore-Washington Conference. As he prepares to retire and begin a new season of life, we pray for the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in this season of transition. Let us also pray for the members of the Jurisdictional Conference who are charged with the responsibility of electing the next bishop to serve this area. This year they will also be considering a change in annual conference borders or configuration. The Northeast Jurisdictional Conference will take place July 11-15 in Lancaster, Pa.  


New District Superintendent for Greater Washington District


Bishop Marcus Matthews has named the Rev. Gerard A. “Gerry” Green, Jr. to serve as superintendent of the Greater Washington District. His appointment begins July 1. Green will replace the Rev. Joseph Daniels, who has been serving as a superintendent and senior pastor of Emory UMC in Washington. Beginning in July, Daniels will focus more fully on Emory and the congregation’s creation of a $56 million affordable housing project. Rev. Green has served in Extension Ministry since 2011 as a staff pastor and pastoral counselor at Asbury Methodist Village, a continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg. Prior to that, he served for 13 years at Epworth UMC in Gaithersburg and Metropolitan UMC in Severn. Before entering the ministry, he worked for 34 years as an educator and counselor in the Howard County Public School System. Rev. Green is also a licensed clinical professional counselor. His doctoral degree is from Loyola University in Maryland. He has two Masters Degrees from Boston College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. 


Looking Ahead


Annual Conference (June 1-4)


The 232nd session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be held from June 1 to June 4, 2016, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. This annual event is an opportunity for United Methodists from 631 churches in Washington, D.C., Maryland, the panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda to gather for worship, fellowship, learning and holy conferencing as they conduct the business of the church within this Annual Conference. Pastor Sherri and Jeannie Panesi, Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference, will attend on our behalf. 


June Cook-Out (June 12)


The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you are interested in serving as a grill master or assisting with set-up please contact Sarah Wakefield.


Donuts with Dad (June 19)


I know the ladies and kids have made wonderful dinner plans for the guys and we don’t want to interfere, so stop by the parlor briefly for sweet treats and light refreshments for our time of fellowship following worship on Father’s Day, June 19th. All ladies are asked to sponsor coffee hour and bring donuts to share with the men. Every man at UUMC is honored as a dad making a difference in the lives of many as you walk with the Lord.


Laity Cluster Group Meeting (June 27)  


The Laity Cluster Group is up and running!  The group’s goal is to assist in facilitating activities between the Associated Churches (University, College Park, Mowatt, Good Shepherd, Ager Road, Grace, First, and the College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative).  If you have any questions, you can contact Doug Mangum (CPUMC) or Candy Fosta at  The next meeting will be on June 27th (6:30-7:30 p.m.) at First UMC-Hyattsville (6201 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782).  The theme will center around children and youth ministries including upcoming VBS.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Independence Day Fireworks (July 4)


We are hosting our annual Fourth of July event on the church lawn and this year we are hoping to provide pre-fireworks music again. We will have a hospitality table for the community and are in need of assistance with set-up, clean up, and cupcake donations. If you can help, please sign up (sheet on Loaves and Fishes bulletin board) or contact Sarah Wakefield.  To drop off treats, bring them to church on Sunday, July 3rd, or coordinate with Sarah to ensure that the church will be open.


Spanish and English Classes (Beginning Week of June 5)


Spanish and English Classes are back for the summer. We will offer a 6-week session of Spanish classes on Mondays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. beginning June 6th. The 6-week session of English classes will be on Saturdays at 11 a.m. beginning June 11th. All classes will be held in the Robinson Room. Please contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi at for more information. 


Preparing The Way Through Spiritual Transformation


Children’s Church


There will be NO Children’s Church this month. 


Chapel Sunday School Class


The Chapel Sunday School Class is led by Mary Norman. Beginning May 8th, class will meet in the chapel at 8:30 a.m. Currently, the class is studying ‘Lessons on Faith’.  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


Beginning May 8th, Pastor Sherri’s small group class will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the parlor. All are welcome to join this discussion class. 


Preparing The Way Through Missional Involvement


(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (June 19)


After worship we will be serving a hot meal to 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. During the summer months we need extra volunteers to fill in for the students and others who are not available to serve during the summer. SPECIAL REQUEST: WE ARE IN NEED OF TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRY ITEMS.


Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 




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