University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Saturday, January 31, 2015
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 – January 25, 2014:  

  1. Please join us in the parlor following 11 a.m. worship for coffee hour hosted by Titi and Tom Leverance.
  2. The worship leader for today is Frances Notley. 
  3. The nursery attendants during 11 a.m. worship today are Elizabeth Eber and 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. – Trustees (Parlor)
            6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
             7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Looking Ahead
Black History Month Concert (February 22nd)
February 22nd at 3 p.m., UUMC will present “A Concert of Song” featuring Millicent Scarlett, soprano, and Jeffrey Watson, piano, with Herman Burney, double bass, and Joseph Connell, drums. Also participating in this concert: Mimi Williams, Leila Gheitu, Donna Southwood-Smith, Emily Olmsted, Frances Notley, Howard Leathers, Zinhle Essamuah, Anisa Adkins, Theresa Edwards, Kathleen Borgueta, Liesl Semper, and The Wind Quintet. There will be a reception following the concert to meet the artists. Save the Date!! You will not want to miss this concert!!
Safe Haven (March 1-8)
The rotating winter shelter for homeless men comes to UUMC the week of March 1. Plan now to serve as an overnight chaperone, prepare or serve dinner, or work the check-in desk. If you are interested in helping to organize this mission, please contact Susan Howley, at or (301) 937-7202.
Other Announcements
Go Electronic
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do some things differently. 
-       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 Vanco by going to the church’s website ( and clicking the “donate online” button on the home page.  (Please note that Vanco charges a fee.)
Flower Chart
The new flower chart for 2015 is now posted on the bulletin board by the kitchen/gym.  Flowers are still $40 per week for two arrangements.  Flower payment 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.
Giving Statements and Offering Envelopes
What do you know about the Book of Psalms? Whether it’s your favorite book of the Bible or you’re curious about its treasures, join us for a 6-week study on the Book of Psalms this January 4 – February 8.
Mary’s Sunday School Class (Chapel)
Currently 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. No one is too old to learn.
Giving Differently
Looking for ways to do things differently in 2015?  Consider giving differently.  Check out the UUMC Ways of Giving pamphlet.  It outlines 12 different ways you can give to UUMC both now and in the future.  Pamphlets are located on the table in the narthex as you exit the sanctuary.
Step Up and Make a Difference at UUMC, in our cluster, in our community, and globally.
            AT UUMC
(1)   Ushers
We are looking for people to serve as ushers during worship by greeting people as they enter the sanctuary and giving them bulletins. Sometimes ushers are called upon to assist people in navigating our building. If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Pastor Sherri or David Notley. You can also sign up on the sheet in the narthex as you enter the sanctuary.
(2)   Sound Technicians
We are looking for people to serve as sound technicians on Sundays and for special occasions. Generally, the sound technician ensures quality sound is projected for worship and other events/activities. If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Pastor Sherri or David Notley. You can also sign up on the sheet in the narthex as you enter the sanctuary.
(3)   Nursery Volunteers
We are looking for nursery volunteers to assist our nursery attendants during 11 a.m. worship. Volunteers must have a Laity Sexual Misconduct Survey on file with the Pastor. Surveys can be picked up in the narthex or the parlor. Completed surveys can be given directly to the Pastor or placed in her mailbox across the hall from the Men’s Restroom. If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Pastor Sherri or sign up on the sheet in the narthex as you enter the sanctuary.
(4)   Website Administrators
Are you interested in learning how to update a website? Soon Ryan McCulley will be stepping down as the UUMC website administrator and he would like to find someone to take over this responsibility. The website editing software is visual and simple to use, and you do not need to know HTML or any other computer language to make updates. Contact Ryan ( or 240-687-2901) to get more information. He can also provide a demo to help you decide if this ministry is right for you!
(5)   Worship Leaders
We are looking for people to serve as worship leaders for 11:00 a.m. worship. Generally, the worship leaders guide the congregation through the beginning of worship.  If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Pastor Sherri or Frances Notley. You can also sign up on the sheet in the narthex as you enter the sanctuary.
(6)   Loaves and Fishes Café
During 2015, we are continuing to serve a free hot lunch the third Sunday each month 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. For this next meal (Feb. 15), we will NOT need food donations; we'll purchase meat and will draw from the food we have in the pantry and freezer to round out the meal. This also gives cooks a chance to save their talents for the upcoming Safe Haven week.  Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 
(7)   College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative
Our Cluster Hispanic Initiative could use our support.  Volunteers are needed for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes held at College Park UMC weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.  Contact Pastor Israel Suarez for more information 301-310-2158 or .
(8)   Help the 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. 
(9)   Africa University
As a part of a university community, we recognize the importance of education. Students at Africa University – a fully accredited United Methodist-related educational institution located in Zimbabwe and established by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church – are trying to get an education to not only better themselves, but their communities. Our goal for 2015 is to raise $2,700 (half of the cost for a student to attend Africa University. 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. 
Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: 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.