University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Tuesday, December 06, 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.

December, 2016 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       

Advent Study, November 27 – December 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. All are welcome to participate in this discussion and take a different look at the birth of Jesus. 

Worship Opportunities

8:30 a.m. worship resumes January 8.
Theme: Advent 
November 27 – Blessing of the Advent Wreath
December 4 – Hanging of the Chrismons

December 11 – Aldersgate Choir performs is A Christmas Cantata: “For Us a Child is Born” by J. S. Bach 

December 18 – Christmas Dramatization

December 21 – Cluster Longest Night Worship (First UMC – Hyattsville at 7 p.m.)

December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship with Communion at 5:00 p.m. 
December 25 – Lessons and Carols

Fellowship Opportunities

Hanging of the Greens (December 3)


Advent is upon us.  Let us make preparations for this season by decorating this beautiful edifice.  We will be hanging the greens around the church.  Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd, at 9 a.m.  

Christmas Potluck and Sweets for our Sweeties at Home (December 11)

We are looking forward to sharing a delicious potluck meal on the second Sunday of December. As we fellowship, we will sign cards and pack sweets for our sweeties who are no longer able to regularly attend UUMC. If you are able, please bring a dish to share for the potluck. We are also asking for homemade sweets and Christmas tins that can be easily delivered to our sweeties at home. The clergy staff is planning to do visitations on December 13th.

Annual Christmas Dinner (December 12) 

One of the MANY benefits of serving in leadership at UUMC is the Annual Christmas Gathering. Pastor Sherri invites all UUMC staff and persons serving in positions of leadership to attend our Third Annual Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 12th, at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall (gym).  A catered meal will be provided in appreciation for the service rendered this past year. Please confirm your attendance with Kim Cramer by calling (301-422-1400) or emailing ( the church office.

Mission/Outreach Opportunities 

(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (December 18)

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)   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. Let’s support these talented young people. 


Safe Haven (January 1-8)

Safe Haven comes early to UUMC this year, Jan. 1 - 8.  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, or email Susan at

To sign up, see the bulletin board OR sign up online at
(4)   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, please consider showing your appreciation for the UUMC staff by donating for the Staff Christmas gift.  Our 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, Veronica and Renee as well as Kim (Office Manager), Kenny (Building Engineer), John (Music Director), Beverly (11 am musician) and Ruth (8:30 am musician) through your donation.  Donations can be placed in the collection plate during worship with “staff gift” written on the check or envelope.  We will be accepting donations through December 18th.  If you have questions, please contact Rachel McNamara, SPRC Chair.

Office Closed (December 23-January 2)

The church office will be closed December 23 – January 2 so that the office staff can enjoy time with family and friends. The office email and voice mail will be checked periodically. Pastor Sherri will be on vacation. Veronica will be handling pastoral duties during her absence.

2017 Calendars

Calendars are popping up everywhere, but you will be surprised that there are many people looking for 2017 calendars. Feel free to take a calendar, if you need one, or leave a calendar, if you have more than you need. You can find the calendars or leave calendars in the parlor. 

Hand Sanitizer 

It’s coming to that time of the 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,