University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Tuesday, September 02, 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 – August 31, 2014:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor, immediately following worship, for a time of fellowship sponsored by Ann Matteson.
2.     The worship leader for today is Tim Snyder.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
                  8:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel)
                 10:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary)
MON, SEPT 1 – Office Closed - Holiday
                 7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal
                 10 a.m. – Knitting Ministry (please phone 301 725-8037 for location)
Looking Ahead
Wesley Foundation Welcome Cook-Out (September 3)
The Wesley Foundation will sponsor a cook-out at the chapel on the campus of the University of Maryland at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3rd. UUMC has been asked to have a presence at this event and assist, as needed, with the logistics of the cook-out. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up in the parlor during coffee hour or see Rachel McNamara or Pastor Sherri.
Movie Night (September 12) NEW DATE
Everyone is welcome to come out for an evening of chocolate. At 7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, there will be a showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for the young people and those young at heart. Please bring your favorite chocolate treats to share. There is a rumor that there may be a chocolate fountain.
Welcome Sunday Worship and Brunch (September 14)
This year, the University of Maryland has moved Family Weekend to September.  As is our custom, we have informed the families of UMD students that they are welcome to join us for worship and brunch. We need your help to make this event a success!  A sign-up sheet/chart will be located in the parlor to coordinate this event.  Please prayerfully consider where you can help.  We need volunteers for set up, clean-up, purchasing/preparing the meal, clean-up of the church entry way, sanctuary, and nursery, Sunday School, or any other ways you can help make this event a success.  In addition, your monetary donations will be used for food, welcome bags for guests, and updating/replenishing supplies for children's worship bags.  Please submit any monetary donations through the offering plate in an envelope marked "Welcome Sunday" or through the office. Please help publicize the event by picking up flyers to distribute or sharing the Facebook event page (see  We'd love to see lots of new and familiar faces on Sunday, September 14th.  Thank you for helping to make Welcome Sunday a success!  
Loaves and Fishes Café (September 21)
Starting September 21, UUMC will be offering a free hot lunch every third Sunday of the month to feed the hungry in our area.  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.  We anticipate serving approximately 20-25 people (based on attendance at St. Andrew's Episcopal on the first Sundays of the month).   Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (  
Congregational Strategy Session (September 27)
Where are we going as a congregation and how do we plan to get there?  Let's talk about it with the strategist for the Greater Washington District, Christie Latona.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parlor.  Everyone is invited to come and share dreams, thoughts, and vision as we discern God's will for UUMC.
Faith, Fall, Fellowship, Fun, and Football (electronic only)
Information about volunteering for football parking is available on the University United Methodist Church homepage ( under the "UMD Football Parking Visitor & Volunteer Info" link. If you have any questions about volunteering for football parking, please contact Kenny Theodos (203-437-5610or Thank you!! 
Other Announcements
Science and Religion Retreat
WesleyNexus is holding an overnight retreat for all interested in conversations and discussions on science and religion at West River Conference Center, September 19-20. The retreat will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, and finish at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The retreat will address topics like: What does "created in the image of God" mean in the 21st century? How do new discoveries re: DNA impact our thinking about humanity? What does brain science have to say about our self-identity as humans? How is our witness as Christians impacted by our taking science seriously? For more information and registration, visit the WesleyNexus website at
(1)   Buck Lodge Middle School Supply Drive (September 7)
Each year we “make a difference” in the lives of the students at Buck Lodge Middle School by collecting school supplies and other necessities at the beginning of the academic year. This year the school received a donation of 700 stuffed back packs, so the school is asking that we make donations towards uniforms. If you haven't already donated school supplies, consider making a monetary donation for school uniforms.  Monetary donations can be put in an offering envelope with the notation “Buck Lodge” on it and placed in the offering plate. We'll be collecting donations through September 7. Please contact Rachel McNamara with questions [  /540-247-0852 (cell)].
(2)   Childcare Volunteers Needed for 11 a.m. Service (Beginning September 14)
Are you being called to “make a difference” in the lives of young children at UUMC. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to work with our young people ages 4 and under during 11 a.m. worship. This ministry will allow parents to worship knowing their children are in a safe, caring and friendly environment. All who are interested should contact Mark Wakefield in person or at We hope you can be a part of this important ministry.
(3)   Greater Washington District Youth Initiative
WE NEED YOU to “make a difference” in the lives of our youth!!  The Greater Washington District is launching a new youth initiative with the purpose of taking an active role in developing middle school aged youth to lead.  This is a great opportunity for us to work with our district and our partner school - Buck Lodge Middle School.  If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or volunteering to participate with this initiative please contact Pastor Sherri.
(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. 
(5)   Imagine No Malaria
Our Change for Change Campaign total donations to date are $1273.88. Let’s work to raise $1500 by the end of 2014. There is a jar in the narthex for change (and dollars) or you can place a check in the offering plate with the notation “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Thanks UUMC for “making a difference” in the lives of those threatened by malaria.
(6)   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 $245. 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.  
LIVING DIFFERENT - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class Begins September 7 at 9:30 a.m. (Robinson Room)
We will explore four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - and compare 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.
Mary’s Sunday School Class
 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
Disciples Orientation Meeting (September 15)
There will be an orientation meeting on Monday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at College Park UMC to distribute class materials and provide information about the Disciples classes being offered this year. Commitments for the classes are necessary so that materials can be purchased. For additional information or questions about the study 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 who participated in the Disciples I Class last year at College Park UMC and will be sponsoring the Disciples II Class this year at UUMC.
Disciple I (Begins September 22)
This class will convene on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at College Park UMC. The class will meet for 34 weeks ending June 1st with a two week break around Christmas/New Years.
Disciple II (Begins September 25)
This class will convene on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor at University UMC. The class will meet for 32 weeks ending June 4th with a two week break around Christmas/New Years.


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

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