University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Monday, March 02, 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 1, 2015:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor following 11 a.m. worship for refreshments and fellowship hosted by Ann Matteson.
2.     The nursery attendants during 11 a.m. worship today are Elizabeth Eber and Emma Yeager.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
              9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Parlor)
             11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary) 
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
              7:00 p.m. – Trustees (Conference Call)
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
              6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
              7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
              6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
            10:00 a.m. – Knitting Ministry
             6:00 p.m. – Safe Haven (Fellowship Hall)
Lent/Easter Activities
11 a.m. worship only during the month of March and Easter Sunday
Lenten Sermon Series – Essential Questions
As part of our discipleship focus we will take a look at questions that may be asked by persons trying to decide what to make of the man named Jesus and this religion called Christianity.
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).
Lenten Dinners/Gatherings (February 18 – April 5)
UUMC Annual Lenten Dinners/Gatherings are coming to a home near you. 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. If you are interested in hosting a group, attending a group, or learning more about these Lenten gatherings, please see Sarah and John Wakefield or Ann Matteson.  
Cluster Lent and Laughter Talent Explosion (March 28)
On Saturday, March 28th, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Upper PG County Cluster of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will have its first talent explosion at First UMC – Hyattsville. If you are interested in showcasing your family appropriate talent, please sign up on the bulletin board near the kitchen. For more information, contact Pastor Sherri, Sarah Wakefield, or go to the UUMC website. Deadline for registration is March 15th.
Holy Week Activities
March 29 - Palm Sunday Worship and Cantata
April 2 - Maundy Thursday Cluster Worship at Good Shepherd
April 3 - Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 5 - Resurrection Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt
Looking Ahead
Hispanic Initiative Joint Worship (March 8)
On March 8th, Pastor Israel Suarez of the College Park/Hyattsville Latino Initiative will be sharing with us in worship and fellowship. Please welcome Pastor Israel as we offer blessings upon his work in our community. There will be a donation container in the narthex and Memorial Hall. Persons can also put donations in the offering plate by placing them in an envelope clearly marked Hispanic Initiative.
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 will be 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)   Safe Haven (March 1-8)
The rotating winter shelter for homeless men comes to UUMC this week. We need people to help unload the vans immediately following worship. There are still volunteer opportunities available to serve as overnight chaperones, prepare or serve dinner, or work the check-in desk. If you are interested, please contact Susan Howley at or at (301) 937-7202. You can also check the bulletin board or go to our website for the doodle sign up link.
(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.