University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, November 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 – November 23, 2014:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor after 11 a.m. worship for fellowship and refreshments hosted by Herman and Marcia Daly.
2.     The worship leader for today is Frances Notley.
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)
            8:00 a.m. - Football Parking
Looking Ahead
Cluster Churches Thanksgiving Eve Worship (November 26)
The UMC Upper Prince George’s County Cluster Churches (of which we are a part) will be joining Good Shepherd UMC (9701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring) for Thanksgiving Eve Worship with Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a gift to support the hungry of our community – money or non-perishable food or grocery store gift cards. For more information: 301-434-3331.
Advent Worship (Begins November 30)
Don’t forget that during Advent (November 30 – December 24) we come together for one time of worship at 11 a.m. 
November 30 – Blessing of the Advent Wreath
December 7 – Hanging of the Greens (Prep on December 6, volunteers welcome between 9:30 and 11 a.m.)
December 14 – Hanging of the Chrismons and Advent Cantata
December 21 – Las Posadas (Service of Shelter for the Holy Family)
Cluster Christmas Celebration (December 13)
The UMC Upper Prince George’s County Cluster Churches (of which we are a part) will be coming together to share the joy of Christmas during a potluck meal on December 16, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at College Park UMC (9601 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park. MD). Everyone is encouraged to please attend.
Other Announcements
World Aids Day
First UMC of Hyattsville (6201 Belcrest Road) will be observing World Aids Day with a free luncheon followed by a speaker for adults and a workshop presented by Kaiser Permanente for teens in grades 8-12. This event will take place on Sunday, November 30th, at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Janis Sloane at
Sexual Misconduct Surveys
Each year at this time we are asked to update our sexual misconduct surveys. In an effort to ensure that the children and any adults with special needs are safe, we are required to complete sexual misconduct surveys. Everyone is asked to please complete a survey and return it to the pastor. All information is held in strict confidence and maintained in safety as required by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Surveys can be picked up in the narthex of the sanctuary and in the parlor. You can hand the survey directly to the Pastor, give it to an usher, place it in the Pastor’s box across from the Men’s Restroom, or slide it under the Pastor’s office door. Please see Pastor Sherri if you have any concerns regarding this request.
Staff Appreciation Gift
As the year comes to a close we are asking the congregation to show their appreciation of 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, Sarah, and Lisa by giving a donation for a staff holiday gift.  Please put your donation in the collection plate during worship with “staff gift” written on the check or envelope.  We will be accepting donations through November and early December.  Weekly classes, sermons, special music, answering phones, printing bulletins, running the office, maintaining the building - our staff does it all.  Let’s thank them for all they have done over the past year. 
Faith, Fall, Fellowship, Fun, and Football
UUMC is looking for volunteers to help with football parking at the final home game (November 29). Football parking is a huge service that provides hospitality to the community as well as some revenue to the church. 2014 is UMD's 1st year in the Big Ten, and we have sold out almost every game! NO EXPERIENCE is necessary (instructions are provided), just a willingness to help!  If you have any questions or comments about assisting with football parking, please contact Kenny Theodos (203-437-5610 or Thank you and GO TERPS!!!
Volunteers can sign up for the November 29th game here:
Weekly Church Envelopes – 2015
We are ordering weekly church envelopes for 2015.  If you currently receive envelopes and wish to continue, you don’t need to do a thing.  If you don’t currently receive envelopes and would like to have a box for next year, or if you currently receive envelopes and no longer need them, please contact the church office or Joel Miller at, (301) 386-3566.
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. 
Church Keys
The Office Manager, Kim Cramer, is conducting a key inventory. If you have keys to the church, please contact Kim by email or phone and let her know what keys you have and an approximate date of when you received the keys. Since we have changed several of the locks, we are doing this in order to make certain that persons who need keys have the keys they require. Thanks for your assistance with this task.
(1)   Praying for Our Students
We believe in the power of prayer. We know the power of prayer. We are committed to praying for those in need. If you picked a UMD student to pray for this year, please email the student to let him/her know that you are praying for them and to inquire of specific prayer requests.
(2)   Praying for Discernment
Many of you may remember that we held a strategy session in September as the initial step in a visioning process. As we continue in our visioning process, please be in prayer that God will reveal to us who GOD wants us to be as a faith community so that we can best serve God in this place and space.
(3)   Prayer Line
This is a reminder that 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.
(1)   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 $425. 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. 
(2)   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 (  
(3)   College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative
Our Cluster Hispanic Initiative could use our support. Do you have a little time to help someone learn English? 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 .
Advent Mission Opportunities (contact Rachel McNamara for more info -
(4)   Salvation Army Angel Tree Warehouse 
The Salvation Army has a limited number of opportunities for volunteering in their Angel Tree Warehouse for Saturday, December 13.  If you'd like to help sort, tag, and organize Angel Tree gifts for needy children in our area, please see Rachel to be added to the contact list.  The Salvation Army will contact us the week of December 8 to let us know if volunteers are needed and what time we should arrive at the warehouse.  Volunteers must be at least 14.
(5)   Toys for Tots 
The Nursery School is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys that will go to the Toys for Tots campaign.  Toys may be dropped off in the box in the church entryway through Sunday, December 14.
(6)   Buck Lodge Middle School Uniforms and Groceries  
Help with our annual campaign to send gift cards for groceries and uniform items to Buck Lodge Middle School, our partner school.  Monetary contributions can be made any time from now through Sunday, December 28.  We'll send contributions to the school once it's back in session for the new year.  Please note on your check/envelope that the contribution is for Buck Lodge.  Last year, we raised $600.  Let's try to beat that this year.
LIVING DIFFERENTLY - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class (Robinson Room)
Advent is right around the corner (begins November 30). For our Small Group Advent Study we will be using Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam, by James W. Moore. The study takes a look at how Christ breaks into our chaos and confusion and brings Christmas. Books can be purchased from Pastor Sherri for $12.
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. No one is too old to learn.
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. 

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.