University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Saturday, July 30, 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.

August, 2016 Announcements 

Mission Statement 

To make disciples for Christ for the transformation of the world 'by uniting the two so long divided - knowledge and vital faith'. 

Prayer Challenge

We have been challenged to spend a minimum of one (1) hour in prayer daily. If one hour seems 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 prevailing.

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

We have a new paper recycling company, Hanna Paper Retriever Company. You can still 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 (

Time of Transition

Retirement of Mary Norman, Organist Extraordinaire

In preparation for the retirement of Mary Norman, our organist for over 57 years, our front bulletin board is a tribute to her. Please stop by to sign the memory quilt and post notes to Mary that will be given to her in a memory box as a parting keepsake.

New Bishop for Baltimore Washington Area

Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling has been assigned as episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, effective Sept. 1. Easterling becomes the first female bishop in the 232-year history of the BWC. Easterling was ordained a deacon in 1995 and an elder two years later. She graduated from the Boston University School of Theology summa cum laude in 2004 after earning her bachelor’s degree and law degree at Indiana University. Before entering full-time ministry, she worked as a mediator and as a Human Resources Manager and Director. An Indianapolis native, Easterling, 51, is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling, Jr., the pastor of Parkway UMC in Milton, Massachusetts. They are the parents of two sons, Garrett Walter and Miles Teronza.

Looking Ahead

All-Congregation Informational Meeting (August 8)

Everyone is invited to attend an All-Congregation meeting scheduled for August 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. The primary purpose of this meeting is to receive information regarding two projects in our community: (1) New Day Center and (2) Pending Development of University Baptist Church. Please come learn about the potential effects of these projects for UUMC.

Pastor Sherri’s Vacation (August 13-17)

Pastor Sherri is scheduled to be on vacation with her family August 13-17. During this time, our ministry intern, Renee Richardson, will provide pastoral care. Renee can be reached at 202-744-7396 or 202-635-2515 if there is an emergency.

Summer Cook-Outs (August 14)

The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you are interested in serving as a grill master or assisting with set-up please contact Sarah Wakefield.

Spanish and English Classes (Beginning September)

The next 6-week session of classes will begin in September. Spanish classes will be on Mondays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting September 12th. The 6-week session of English classes will be on Saturdays at 11 a.m. starting September 10th.  Classes at UUMC are held in the parlor. Contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi for more information at or 608-445-1876. 

Preparing The Way Through Spiritual Transformation
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. 

Chapel Sunday School Class

The Chapel Sunday School Class is led by Mary Norman and meets in the chapel at 8:30 a.m. during the summer months. Currently, the class is studying ‘Lessons on Faith’.  Come 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. 

Pastor’s Small Group Class

During the month of August, the Pastor’s Small Group Class will take a journey through the Gospel of John with our Lay Leader, Doug McNamara, leading the class. The class will convene at 9 a.m. in the parlor.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at College Park UMC (August 8-12)

All are welcome to attend VBS at College Park UMC (9601 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park, 20740) the week of August 8-12. The schedule includes dinner at 5:30 p.m. with classes for all ages following. In order to prepare ample food, please register at 301-310-2075. There is also a registration event July 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. at College Park UMC. This event is free. 

Preparing The Way Through Missional Involvement

(1)   Buck Lodge Middle School Supply Drive

Prepare the way for students to excel at Buck Lodge Middle School by donating school supplies and other necessities. Please drop off items in the box in the church narthex through August 21st.  Monetary donations can also be made by placing cash or a check in an envelope and notating Buck Lodge on the outside of the envelope. Donations may be placed in the collection plate.

       Subject dividers     Index cards         Ink pens (Blue, Black, Red)       Tissues       Hand Sanitizer     Sharpies

       #2 pencils              Pencil pouches    Highlighters (Yellow)      Post-Its (all sizes)   Rulers    Dry Erase Markers

 Loose leaf notebook paper (college ruled)     Spiral One Subject Notebooks (college ruled)  2” three ring Binder with zipper   3” three ring binder with zipper                    

Target Gift Cards for Uniform Items

(2)   University of Maryland Student Welcome Bags

Below is a list of some of the most forgotten items on the UMD Move-In List. Let us be instrumental in preparing the way for these students to survive away from home by gifting them with these items. Please drop off items in the box in the narthex through August 21stMonetary donations can also be made by placing cash or a check in an envelope and notating UMD on the outside of the envelope. Donations may be placed in the collection plate. 

      Scissors                      Small Staplers & Staples              Surge Protectors                        Umbrellas

      Liquid Soap                 Hand Sanitizer                  All Purpose Cleaning Wipes        Tissue Pocket Packs 

(3)   Loaves and Fishes Café (Every third Sunday)

After worship we will be serving a hot meal to 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. During the summer months we need extra volunteers to fill in for the students and others who are not available to serve during the summer. SPECIAL REQUEST: WE ARE IN NEED OF TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRY ITEMS.

Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 
(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. 

Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,
Stephaine Brewer: Director Nursery School,
                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                        Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,
Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,
Jeannie Panesi: Missionary,
Luis Panesi: Missionary,
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.