University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, March 29, 2015
We are seeking to be like Christ



University United Methodist Church 
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 
301-422-1400  - - Check our website for the announcements.
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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.

Today’s Announcements – March 29, 2015:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor following 11 a.m. worship for refreshments and fellowship hosted by Herman and Marcia Daly.
2.     The nursery attendants during 11 a.m. worship today are Emma Yeager and Elizabeth Eber.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
            9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Parlor)
            11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary) 
            6:30 p.m. – Finance Meeting
             7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
            7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Tenebrae Service (Sanctuary)
Holy Week Activities
April 2 - Maundy Thursday Cluster Worship at Good Shepherd (7:30 p.m.)
April 3 - Good Friday Tenebrae Service (7:00 p.m.)
April 5 - Resurrection Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt (11:00 a.m.)
Lenten Focus – Each 1, Reach 1
During this Lenten Season, I am asking everyone to spend time reflecting on their personal discipleship efforts. Have you done all you can to share and show the love of Christ to someone who does not believe? Have you committed to joining a Sunday School Class so that you will be more prepared to answer questions about Christ and Christianity? There are Lenten Discipline Cards in your bulletin and in the narthex. Please take the time to prayerfully consider one person you will try to reach for Christ during Lent. Place only the FIRST NAME of the person on the card and place the card in the offering plate or in the basket in the narthex. Sarah Elliott and I will join you in praying that this person’s heart will be strangely warmed and they may come to know Christ through your good works. Thanks, Pastor Sherri.
Lenten Mission Campaign – Africa University
As a congregation, Pastor Sherri is challenging us to reach one student at Africa University who is trying to get an education to not only better himself/herself, but his/her community.  Our goal for 2015 is to raise $2,700 (half of the cost for a student to attend Africa University, a fully accredited United Methodist-related educational institution located in Zimbabwe and established by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church).  As a Lenten Discipline, a “Giving from Abundance Calendar” has been developed to keep us focused each day on helping a student at Africa University.  The calendars and Lent Offering Boxes can be picked up from the narthex.  Donations (cash or check) can also be put in an offering envelope with the notation “Africa University” on the outside and placed in the offering plate. (note: The 2015 goal of $2,700 does not include donations made in 2014). The total donations received so far for 2015 is $1085.
Looking Ahead
Early Worship Teaser
When 8:30 a.m. worship resumes on April 12th a new format will be introduced. Our intern, Sarah Elliott, will be preaching an interactive sermon series based on the book, Who Is This Man?, by John Ortberg. All are welcome to explore this new sermon approach and learn the inescapable impact Jesus has had on society.
Strategy Session II (April 13th)
Are we making a difference in our community? Is there more that we can be doing to utilize our gifts? Are we taking seriously our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? Come and learn the results of our Readiness 360 survey on April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor. Let’s plan together where we go from here to build on our vitality in this community. ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!!
Rummage Sale Alert!     April 18 is Fast Approaching
The spring rummage sale is one month away; just enough time to look through your closets, kitchen cupboards and basements to find all those items you no longer want or need. Gently used clothing (see * below), household items, children’s toys and games, books, linens, tools, small electronics, furniture, and special items are all appreciated. However, tires and large appliances cannot be accepted. Please put your contributions on the stage in the gym.    Questions? Call Sarah Wakefield: 301-262-7262.   (*Clothing that is clean and in good shape sells well; we ask that you sort carefully and discard any items that are stained, ripped, etc. Thank you so much.)
The UUMC sponsored SUPER CHOIR will return to our worship service on Sunday, April 26. This unique “join the choir for a day” program was started many years ago and church members, students, neighbors, relatives and friends are all invited to ONE rehearsal and then a performance at the 11:00 AM Worship Service. The 45 minute rehearsal begins upstairs in the choir loft at 10 AM, allowing ample time to rest before performing 2 selections during worship service. Organizers are going all out for us to have the largest turnout ever (the record was 48 participants about six years ago).   Participants, of all ages, are asked to join the choir for this one-time only performance at the 11:00 AM service on Sunday, April 26. Experience the fun of singing great music with strong singers all around – which allows the less experienced singers to enjoy singing without pressure. Mark your calendar and bring your friends and neighbors - to break our attendance record – and sing wonderful praise to God.
Spring Dinners/Gatherings
In case you have not had a chance to have your Annual Lenten Dinner/Gathering, there is still dinner. Dinner plans begin during Lent, but continue well into the spring. Hosts should be inviting guests soon. Be on the lookout for communication from your host. The purpose of these groups is two-fold: it is an opportunity for the members to fellowship and get to know one another, while at the same time sharing in fellowship with someone who may not have a church home. This is a great opportunity to try to reach one for Christ. You should be hearing from your dinner host soon.  
Other Announcements
LIVING DIFFERENTLY - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor's Class (Parlor)
Who is this man that we worship?  Who is this man that gave his life for us?  Come learn more about this man we call Jesus during our Lenten Small Group study every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor.  We are using the book, Who Is This Man, by John Ortberg.  Books are available for purchase in the Church Office for $12.
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.
Step Up and Make a Difference at UUMC, in our cluster, and in our community.
(1)   Loaves and Fishes (April 19)
We serve a free hot lunch the third Sunday of 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. A special thanks to everyone who volunteers and supports this ministry. Contact Susan Howley (, Sarah Wakefield (, or Ellen Brown ( with questions. 
(2)   College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative ESL Volunteers
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  .
(3)   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. 
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 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.)

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: Decisions will be made as soon as the situation has been assessed and the building manager/trusteescan advise based on the condition of the property. We will make every effort possible to make decisions at least one hour prior to worship or an event. Please tune in to Channels 7 and 8, go to the church’s website, or check your UUMC email messages for delay or cancellation notifications. If at all possible, Pastor Sherri will NOT cancel Sunday worship. PLEASE make decisions based on your safety and your personal situation. 


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.