University United Methodist Church
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740
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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.
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.
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
The gym is open Tuesdays between 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for pick-up basketball games. For more information, contact Doug McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office.
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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
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.
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.
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 http://www.bwcumc.org/ministries/campus-ministries/form and complete the College Student Form.
Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor, email@example.com
John Wakefield: Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Cramer: Office Manager, email@example.com
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern, email@example.com
Veronica Beckley: Ministry Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.