University United Methodist Church
A Reconciling Congregation
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740
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Office Hours – Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4 pm Closed Friday
Today’s Announcements – December 8, 2013:
1. Please join us in the gym today for our monthly potluck and Christmas Chateau with crafts and treats for all ages.
2. The worship leader for today is Douglas Powe.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
SUN, DEC 8
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
11 a.m. – Worship Service (Sanctuary)
MON, DEC 9
7 p.m. – Church Council Meeting (parlor)
THURS, DEC 5
7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
December Worship - Sundays at 11 a.m. only
The nursery will be available for families with infants and toddlers on December 8th and December 15th.
TODAY, December 8th
Worship will include a Service of the Hanging of the Greens Worship. We will hang the greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life and the chrismons that remind us of God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ.
We will have our annual Christmas Cantata, in which The University United Methodist Church Aldersgate Choir, under the direction of John Wakefield, will present carols and special songs of Christmas. The Cantata will also feature longtime organist, Mary Norman, soprano soloist, Millicent Scarlett, and other soloists from the choir, along with musicians from the University of Maryland. A brass quartet will provide Christmas carols during our time of gathering beginning at 10:50 a.m.
Christmas Eve Worship – 5 p.m. Family Worship and 11 p.m. Candlelight Worship
Please plan to join us on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. All are welcome to share with us as we celebrate.
Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunity – UUMC Opportunities
Sunday School Class
Come join our Bible Study class every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel. This quarter we are studying in Genesis and Exodus. Meet new people and grow in 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.
During the entire month of December, Pastor Sherri is leading an Advent study called First: Putting GOD first in living and giving. We are examining what it means to live and give for Christ. Rachel and Doug McNamara are leading the online study group at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays using Google Hangout. If you have not purchased your book, it is not too late. Books can be purchased in the parlor after worship. The study book is $10. There is also a devotional that participants may choose to purchase for $6. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this study, especially all leaders (current and incoming), as we strive to put GOD first in all things.
Advent Missions Opportunities - Help Local Families This Winter
Through the end of December UUMC is receiving cash donations to purchase uniform sweaters and grocery gift cards for families at Buck Lodge Middle School.
Volunteer with UUMC at the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Warehouse - Saturday, December 14
Help sort gifts for needy families at the Salvation Army National Capital Region Warehouse in Washington, DC. Sorting will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Those who are interested can carpool from the church. Volunteers must be over the age of 12. Please sign up with Rachel McNamara (email@example.com).
Contact Rachel McNamara for details (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any of our Advent Missions opportunities.
Our sympathy goes out to the family of Charlotte Schramm. Charlotte passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 1st. Charlotte and Carl were long time members of UUMC. A service will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 10:30 a.m. at the Riderwood Retirement Village Chapel in Silver Spring, MD. Condolences may be sent to her husband Carl, at 3112 Gracefield Rd., Apt 624, Silver Spring, MD 20904.
Nominations Phase II
Each of us has a gift that God has given us to share with others. What is your gift? What is your passion? What is God calling you to do to benefit God’s kingdom? We have lots of ministry opportunities for you to use your gifts and if you don’t see a place already established for your gift, please let Pastor Sherri know and she will be happy to work with you to establish a ministry that fits your gift. We hope to have nominations complete by the end of November. Please contact Pastor Sherri or any Church Council Member and let them know you are interested in serving.
Current Ministry Opportunities
Worship (Ushers, Greeters, Altar Guild, Acolytes) Sound
Hospitality Young Adults
Communications Sunday School Teachers
Sunday Nursery Personnel Card Making and Scrapbooking
Missions and Outreach Lay Leadership Nominations
Children’s Ministries Family Ministries
Lawn and Landscape Small Group Leaders
Church Council Chair
We are in desperate need of a Church Council Chair. This can be one person or a team of persons who will prepare and communicate the agenda for meetings, lead the meetings, follow up actions by assigning responsibility for implementation, coordinate the activities of the leadership team, and maintain a healthy and growing spiritual life. If you discern that God is calling you to this position, please inform Pastor Sherri or any member of the Church Council.
Staff Appreciation Gift
We are now requesting donations for our annual staff appreciation gift. Please help us show Kim Cramer, John Wakefield, Mary Norman, Kenny Miller, and Lisa Goheen how much we value their contributions to UUMC over the past year. If you would like to donate, please place your donation in the regular offering plate with the designation of “Staff Appreciation” on the check or on the envelope. If you wish, you can drop donations by the church office as well, again with the purpose clearly identified.
Children's Sunday School
We are excited to announce that once a month we are committed to having children's Sunday School during 11 a.m. worship. If you would like more info or would like to volunteer, please contact Alice LaRusso or Alison Wakefield.
Check Us Out
If you have not done so lately, check out our website (uumcp.org), especially the photo albums, and our Facebook page (facebook.com/uumcp). Ryan and Doug are working hard to keep both sites current. A special thanks to both of these guys for assisting the church to get the word out on our activities and events.
Our church has an active prayer ministry. People request a prayer for themselves or others. Within hours, members of the prayer line receive the information so they are able to include the request in their personal prayers. In trying to make our prayer line more accessible and publishable, we have created a new email. When you see mail from email@example.com in your inbox, it will be our church's prayer line. Also, if you wish to request a prayer or to send a prayer update, please write to the same address.
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Help the Help-by-Phone Food Bank
Thank you for your continued participation in the work of Help by Phone, Ltd. Pantries still look for your food donations from the following list. 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. You have made it possible for this ministry to continue and we are grateful.
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 pasta sauce oatmeal soups canned fruits & veggies
All foods must be canned or dried and in sealed containers to meet health department requirements. Please confirm that the expiration dates have not passed. Please place your donations in the wooden box in the narthex.
Students - Please make sure to pick up an "encouragement" bag as you depart worship!
Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Senior Pastor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carole Trone: Director: Nursery School, email@example.com
John Wakefield: Director of Music: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Cramer: Office Manager: email@example.com
Susan Howley: Lay Leader
Mary Norman: Organist
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