University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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.

January, 2017 Announcements 

Spiritual Growth Opportunities


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.


Pastor’s Small Group Class       


There will be no Bible Study on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Bible Study will resume January 8th at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor with a lectionary study of the Baptism of Jesus.


Worship Opportunities


8:30 a.m. worship resumes January 8.
January 8 – Baptism of Jesus


January 15 – Human Relations Sunday


January 22 – State of the Church


January 29 – Fifth Sunday Special Worship


Fellowship Opportunities


January Soup-er Potluck (January 8)


Did you eat too much during the holidays? Are you ready for something different? Our January potluck will feature soups and salads. Of course, breads and desserts will also be welcome. We are looking forward to a delicious meal featuring the dishes you bring to share as we fellowship.   


Mission/Outreach Opportunities


(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (January 15)


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)   Safe Haven (January 1-8)


Safe Haven comes to UUMC on January 1st. There are still volunteer opportunities available.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway or speak with Susan Howley about mission needs for this outreach opportunity.


(3)   Buck Lodge Middle School Choir Support


UUMC is known in this community for its dynamic choir; thus, it is a blessing to be able to support the choir at Buck Lodge Middle School. These 7th and 8th grade young men and young women are in need of concert attire. The young ladies need to purchase black formal gowns and the young men need to purchase black pants and a black shirt. The average cost per student is $50. Let us make sure the students have appropriate attire for their dynamic performances. Donations can be made by placing a check or cash in an envelope and writing Buck Lodge on the outside. Our goal is 20 outfits. We are halfway there with one Sunday left in Advent. Let’s support these talented young people.


(4)   CUCE (Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment) Day Center


UUMC is a member of CUCE, hence a partner in the new Day Center housed at University Christian Church (6800 Adelphi Rd. in Hyattsville).  During the month of January, we will be accepting men’s t-shirts and socks of all sizes to benefit the guests of the CUCE Day Care Center.  The collection bin is in the narthex.  If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Pastor Nathan Hill of University Christian Church at 


(5)   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. 


General Announcements


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, Renee, and Veronica by giving a donation for staff appreciation gifts.  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 the end of the year.  Let’s thank our staff for all their work during the past year. 


Card/Gift Set Boxes


If you have card boxes or small gift set boxes that you do not need, please bring them to the church so we can provide protective storage for our Chrismons.


Flower Chart


The flower chart for 2017 is posted on the bulletin board by the kitchen/gym.  Flowers are only $40 per week for two arrangements.  Flower payments may be placed in the offering plate or sent to the church office.  Please remember to make your payment at least one week before your sign up date.


Hand Sanitizer


It’s that time of year when there seems to be more coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. There is hand sanitizer in the sanctuary, chapel, and parlor to help try to control the spread of germs. 


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


UUMC provides recycling services for paper and cardboard through the Hanna Paper Retriever Company. You can 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 (


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,

           Stephanie Brewer: Director Nursery School,

                                                                                           John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                            Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,

Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,

Veronica Beckley: Ministry Intern,

Renee Richardson: Wesley Intern,

Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Ruth Bright: Musician,
Beverly Babcock: Musician,