University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Wednesday, May 04, 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.


To make disciples for Christ for the transformation of the world 'by uniting the two so long divided-knowledge and vital faith'.


May, 2016 Announcements 


Pentecost Preparation


Pentecost Sunday is May 15th. The Acts scripture informs us that on the Day of Pentecost everyone heard in their own language. Do you speak a language other than English? If so, please see Pastor Sherri or Frances Notley. They will be available after worship or you can email Pastor Sherri at or Frances Notley at 


Laity Cluster Group Meeting


Our Cluster is starting a Laity Cluster Group to assist in facilitating activities between the Cluster Churches (University, College Park, Mowatt, Good Shepherd, Ager Road, Grace, First, and the College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative). Doug Mangum (CPUMC) is heading up the development of this group. If you are interested in participating, please email Doug at to let him know what time work best you. His goal is to set up the first meeting in the next 2 weeks.  The meeting will only be 1 HOUR.  The proposed times are for a: Monday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (that is a range); Wednesday 5:30 p.m. for dinner and brief hour meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at CPUMC's Vespers gathering; Friday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (again that’s a range); or as a last resort is on a Sunday  between  4 p.m. and 7 p.m.   The location is to be determined. All are invited and all should try to attend - remember it is only an hour, and it is a great way to coordinate all the cluster activities.  


Lawn Care Assistance Needed


UUMC is in need of volunteers to help maintain our 6+ acres of land. For many years Bob Roberson and Richard Kidwell have maintained the land and we are extremely grateful for their service. They are ready to train up others to participate in this important ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please see Bob Roberson, Richard Kidwell, or any trustee.


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


Spring is upon us and many of us soon will be traveling. This is the perfect time to go electronic.


-       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.)


Looking Ahead


May Intern Appreciation Potluck (May 1)


DATE CHANGE!! We have changed the date of the May potluck so that it does not conflict with all the Mother’s Day dinner reservations. Our monthly potluck will be held on May 1st following 11 a.m. worship. We will show our appreciation to the interns for all their hard work during the year and give Sarah a heart-warming send-off as she prepares to begin her first pastoral appointment at the Susquehanna Charge which includes Hopewell UMC and Wesleyan Chapel UMC. Please bring a dish to share and plan to attend this time of fellowship.


Summer Worship Schedule (May 8 – September 11)


We will move to our summer worship schedule of one worship service at 10 a.m. beginning May 8th. This decision was made by the Church Council based on the schedule of the interns and the University of Maryland. The last Sunday for our interns, for this school year, will be May 1st. Since they have primary responsibility for the early worship time this will be the last 8:30 a.m. worship service until September. We will resume our regular worship times of 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on September 18th after we have celebrated Welcome Sunday with the University of Maryland students. Questions/concerns should be addressed to our Lay Leader, Doug McNamara ( 


Muffins for Mom (May 8)


I know you don’t want to ruin your appetite for dinner, so we will have light refreshments for our time of fellowship following 10 a.m. worship (NOTE THE WORSHIP TIME CHANGE TO OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE). Men are asked to sponsor coffee hour and bring muffins for the moms to enjoy. Every woman is a mom because we recognize that it takes a village to raise a child. Don’t worry – there will NOT be a repeat of last year. Plans are already underway for Doughnuts for Dad in June.


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)   English Classes at Buck Lodge Middle School (April 11- June 6)


Do you have a little extra time on Monday evenings to devote to a very worthy cause? We are partnering with Buck Lodge to offer English Classes to Adults. This is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our partnership with the school and assist the community. Volunteers will assist the teacher with the lessons. Classes begin April 11th and are scheduled for eight weeks not including the Memorial holiday. Class time is 6 p.m. Please contact the office for more information or to volunteer.


(2)   Loaves and Fishes Café (May 15)


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


(3) 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.

  1. grits                        pancake mix & syrup                 baby food                      beef stew          pudding & jello

    dry milk                  coffee & tea                              cocoa                            cold cereals       macaroni & cheese

    rice                         peanut butter & jelly                canned tuna & chicken   applesauce        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. 


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,
Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern,
Veronica Beckley: 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.