University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Saturday, February 25, 2017
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.

February, 2017 Announcements 


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: Decisions will be made as soon as the situation has been assessed and the building manager/trustees can 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 or check your UUMC email messages for delay or cancellation notifications. If at all possible, Pastor Sherri will NOT cancel 11 a.m. Sunday worship. PLEASE make decisions based on your safety and your personal situation. 

Mission Statement 

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

Spiritual Growth Opportunities 
Children’s Church

Children’s church is held on the second and third Sunday’s of each month. Persons interested in volunteering should contact Pastor Sherri or Jeannie Panesi.

Pastor’s Small Group Class       

All are welcome to join the Pastor’s Small Group Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. During the month of February we will studying the lectionary texts. 

Fellowship Opportunities 

Black History Month Concerts (February 5 and February 26)

We are excited to be hosting two concerts during Black History Month. The concert on the 5th at 3 p.m. will feature Robert Baker and Eileen Guenther, in addition to our own Millicent Scarlett. This concert will be based on the recent book publication of Guenther which traces the heart of the Spirituals and uses the history of this music to tell the compelling and the soul-crushing story of slavery in the United States.  

Our Third Annual Concert featuring Millicent Scarlett and friends will be on the 26th at 3 p.m. More information coming soon. SAVE THE DATE.

Renewal of Wedding Vows and Potluck Reception (February 12)

On February 12th, you and your spouse are invited to renew your wedding vows at UUMC during 11 a.m. worship. Please plan to remain after worship for a special wedding reception. We will play a “matching” game during the reception. We will have to determine which couple fits the trivia question. Cards will be available in the narthex for couples to write a snippet on how they met. This information can also be provided by sending an email to Pastor Sherri or leaving a message on her church voicemail.

Lenten Dinners – Coming Soon to a Home Near You 

Our congregation has a wonderful tradition of dinners, hosted at member’s homes during Lent, to provide a time of fellowship. These small gatherings make it possible for us to get know each other better. It is also a great evangelistic opportunity. People without a church home or not regularly attending a church can be invited to join your Lenten Dinner. Those who wish to host a Lenten Dinner in their home should contact Sarah Wakefield (301 262-7262) or Ann Matteson (301-441-2885). You can also sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

Mission/Outreach Opportunities

(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (February 19) 

Each month, after worship on the third Sunday, we share a hot meal with 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. Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 

(2)   CUCE (Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment) Day Center

UUMC is a member of CUCE, hence a partner in the new Day Center housed at University Christian Church (6800 Adelphi Rd. in Hyattsville).  We will be accepting men’s t-shirts and socks of all sizes to benefit the guests of the CUCE Day Care Center.  The collection bin is in the narthex.  If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Pastor Nathan Hill of University Christian Church at 

(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.   

General Announcements 
Office Schedule (February 13-21) 

Our Office Manager, Kim Cramer, will be on vacation February13-21. Volunteers will be occasionally checking voice and email messages, but most responses will need to wait until Kim returns to the office February 21st. Thanks for your understanding during this time.

Earth Day at UUMC (April 22) 

If you have any ideas for UUMC activities to mark this day, or want to be involved, join us for a discussion at coffee hour Sunday, February 5.  

Coffee Hour Hosts

Do you enjoy the refreshments and the fellowship each Sunday after worship? Do you know how easy it is to serve as a host for coffee hour? All you have to do to sign up is put your name on the lines for the Sundays you desire to host. Maybe you want to host during your birthday month or anniversary month? You can host to celebrate or honor a special occasion in your life. Let’s all volunteer for at least one Sunday this year.

Flower Chart 

The flower chart for 2017 is posted on the bulletin board by the kitchen/gym.  Flowers are only $40 per week for two arrangements.  Flower payments may be placed in the offering plate.  Please remember to make your payment at least one week before your sign up date.  If you sign the flower chart the week before you are ordering flowers, please contact the office. 

Hand Sanitizer 

It’s 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.  

Go Electronic 

Sign up to receive weekly bulletin announcements, church reminders and other important information by sending an email to

Prayer Line 

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.

Prayer Challenge

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

Electronic Giving 

Give electronically through your bank or by using Vanco. For your bank, (1) Go to your banking website; (2) Sign up for bill pay; and (3) Add University United Methodist Church as a payee. For Vanco, go to the church’s website ( and click the “donate online” button on the home page. (Please note that Vanco charges a nominal service fee.)

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

UUMC provides recycling services for paper and cardboard through the Hanna Paper Retriever Company. You can 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 (


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,

           Stephanie Brewer: Director Nursery School,

                                                                                           John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                            Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,

Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,

Veronica Beckley: Ministry Intern,

Renee Richardson: Wesley Intern,

Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Ruth Bright: Musician,
Beverly Babcock: Musician,