University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Thursday, October 23, 2014
We are seeking to be like Christ
 University United Methodist Church


A Reconciling Congregation

3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 

301-422-1400 - Check our website for the announcements.

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Office Hours – Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4 pm   Closed Friday

Today’s Announcements – October 19, 2014:  

1.     Please join us in parlor after the 11 a.m. worship for fellowship and refreshments.
2.     The worship leader for today is Susan Howley.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
                  8:30 a.m. – Worship (Chapel)
                  9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Robinson Room)
                  11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary)
                   7:00 p.m. – Finance Committee (Parlor)
                   6:30 p.m. – SPRC and Staff Meeting (Parlor)
                   6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
                   7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Practice Room)
                   8:00 a.m. – Blood Drive (Fellowship Hall)
                   9:00 a.m. – Rummage Sale (Memorial Hall)
Looking Ahead
Catching Fire – A Concert for Inclusion and Equality (October 17)
UUMC is one of the sponsors of a benefit concert to mark the 30th anniversary of the Reconciling Ministries Network to be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m., at Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. There will be a book signing and reception with special guest Rev. Frank Schaefer at 6:30 p.m. The artistic director for the concert will be Dr. Eileen Guenther. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Book signing and reception only $10 (no advance purchase), Concert-preferred seating $50, general admission $25, student $20.
Red Cross Blood Drive (October 25)
UUMC will be hosting a blood drive in the fellowship hall (in the basement) on Saturday, October 25th from 8 am to 1:30 pm.  This is the same day as the fall Rummage Sale so we are hoping for a big turnout from workers and shoppers!  We are looking for donors to fill all of the time slots.  As long as you are over 14 years of age you are eligible to donate blood.  If you are interested in donating please reach out to Tim Snyder at 202-359-0663 or  This is a great way to help out UUMC, the College Park community, and your neighbors.  If you have any questions please contact Tim or Sarah. 
Fall Rummage Sale (October 25)
Top 5 Ways YOU Can Make The Rummage Sale A Success:
     Bring your rummage items to the stage ASAP
     Take a flyer from the coffee hour table and post it in your neighborhood
     Stay after church today to help set out items
     Help with pricing items during the day, this Mon.–Thurs. anytime between 9 and 3
     Work at the sale on Saturday, the 25th. Sign up with Sarah Wakefield today.
Need help transporting large items?? Call Sarah Wakefield: 301-262-7262 or Bob Roberson: 301-779-0623. 
Fall Fest is Quickly Approaching (October 26)  
Fall Fest is October 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed! This event is one of many outreach events UUMC runs to welcome the community.  We'd like to fill our gym with kids in costumes and reach out to families young and old.  We plan on sharing a meal and hosting games and crafts. Help is needed first to plan the event and then to set up and run.  Please let Megan McCulley know that you can help! email: phone: 937-219-8859.
Other Announcements
(1)   Imagine No Malaria
WE DID IT!! Congratulations UUMC!! We reached our goal of $1500 for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Thank you for “making a difference” in the lives of those threatened by malaria.
(2)   Africa University
The world is our parish and we are called to “make a difference” at home and abroad. It currently costs $5,400 for a student to attend Africa University with the hopes of returning home to make a difference in his/her community. So far UUMC has raised $380. Let’s see if we can increase donations to support this fully accredited United Methodist-related educational institution located in Zimbabwe and established by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.   Donations (cash or check) can be put in an offering envelope with the notation “Africa University” on the outside and placed in the offering plate. 
(3)   Loaves and Fishes Café
Every third Sunday of the month UUMC offers a free hot lunch to feed the hungry in our area, including UMD students.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway to sign up to VOLUNTEER to set up, to serve, to clean up, to COOK, tobring side dishes, salads, dessert or bread, or to SUPPLY napkins or sandwich fixings so that our guests can pack a second meal to take with them.  Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (   
(4)   Help the Help-by-Phone Food Bank
We can “make a difference” in our community by continuing to support 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                      canned fruits & veggies                       pasta sauce                            oatmeal                 soups                    
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. Donations can be placed in the wooden box in the narthex. 
Nursery School News:
Thanks so much to all of you who have donated used electronics and printer cartridges over the years to the Nursery School's collection for the Think Recycle program.  It has been a great feeling to avoid throwing these items in the trash, while also earning a bit of money for our school.  Unfortunately, the list of accepted items has changed so dramatically over the past two years that most previously accepted items are no longer eligible for recycling.  As a result, a school as small as ours now doesn't reach the minimum threshold for earning funds, so we are discontinuing the program.  Thanks again for your support.
UCNS is excited to announce that we raised $517.50 for the Jessie Rees Foundation through our Courage Cupcakes stand on Saturday.  Nearly twenty dozen donated cupcakes and muffins were available for a donation, and they were snatched up by hungry customers and sellers at the UP Clothing Co-op Sale.  It was a great feeling to help "Take a bite out of childhood cancer" through our efforts.  Learn more about Jessie Rees and her Joy Jars for children with cancer by visiting Carole Trone
LIVING DIFFERENT - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class (Robinson Room)
We are exploring four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - and comparing the beliefs of each with Christianity using Adam Hamilton's book, Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask.  It is recommended that participants purchase and read the book to enhance the class discussion. Books can be purchased online from Amazon. 
Mary’s Sunday School Class (Chapel)
 This quarter the class is studying ‘Hope and Confidence Come from God’. Meet new people and 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.
Cluster Disciple Classes
For additional information or questions about the Disciple classes contact Douglas A. Mangum of College Park UMC by email ( or by phone (301-474-7874). You can also speak with Candy Fosta or Carla Clemons of UUMC.
Disciple I
The Disciple I class meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at College Park UMC
Disciple II
The Disciple II meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor at University UMC. 
Learning and Growth Opportunities at First UMC - Hyattsville
Fall and Winter Studies
There are several opportunities for you to learn and grow at First Hyattsville. Please check the community bulletin board and/or the spiritual growth bulletin for more information.
Women of the Bible
The United Methodist Women of First Hyattsville invite you to experience the stories of Women of the Bible, a dramatic presentation, by Anita Gutschick on Saturday, October 18th, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. They are asking for a donation of $5. For more information there is a flyer on the community bulletin board in the front entryway or you can contact Allendra Letsome.

United Methodist Campus Ministry (Wesley Foundation)  
For more information about the campus ministry, please visit their website at or contact You are welcome to email the chaplain, Brett Pinder at


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Senior Pastor,
  Carole Trone: Director Nursery School,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern,
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.