University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Friday, April 17, 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 – April 19, 2015:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor following 11 a.m. worship for refreshments and fellowship. 
2.     The worship leader for today will be Julie Ponting.
3.     The nursery attendants during 11 a.m. worship today are Hui-Yen Chang and Emma Yeager.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
          8:30 a.m. – Worship (Chapel)
          9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel and Parlor)
         11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary) 
         12:30 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes (Fellowship Hall)
          6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
          7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Looking Ahead
Super Choir Set (April 26)
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 praises to God.
Mother’s Day Breakfast (May 10)
In lieu of our regular potluck luncheon, all women are invited to enjoy breakfast prepared by the men of UUMC on Sunday, May 10th, at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. This breakfast is open to ALL women because we understand that it takes a village to raise a child. Please come and share in the hospitality of our men. For more information contact Douglas Powe at
Graduate Recognition Sunday (May 17)
We are looking forward to recognizing all of our UUMC high school and college (including grad school) graduates on Sunday, May 17th, at the 11 a.m. worship. If you are a 2015 graduate, please let us know by completing a graduate information card and placing it in the offering plate. You can also call or email the church office with your graduation information. All information needs to be received by May 11th.
SERVE Sunday (May 31)
On May 31st at 10 a.m., we will have a brief time of devotion before dispersing around the church (inside and outside) for a time of service. The trustees will make available the specifics for each project. We will need volunteers for the following: (1) to assist with projects, (2) to donate items for the projects, and (3) to provide food and drinks for our hard working volunteers. Of course, we need everyone to be in prayer that all we do will be to the glory of God. Please plan to serve from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.  
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).  The total donations received so far for 2015 is $2059.11. Please remember to bring your Lenten boxes with donations. Your name and membership number should be on your box if you want this donation to appear on your Annual Giving Statement. 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.
Other Announcements
Plastic Easter Egg Recycle
Are you wondering what to do with those plastic Easter eggs once the candy is all gone? Return them to the church for recycling. There is a collection box in the narthex for them.
Readiness 360 Survey Overview
Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the Readiness 360 online survey.  Your input is invaluable.  Copies of the survey overview report are in the narthex and parlor.  Please feel free to pick up a copy and bask in the results that UUMC is READY and WILLING to engage in faithful and effective ministry as a vital entity in this community.
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)   College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Initiative Financial Support
There is a donation container in the parlor to support the Hispanic New Church Start under the leadership of Pastor Israel Suarez. Donations can also be placed in the offering plate in an envelope clearly marked Hispanic Initiative or in the container in the parlor marked “Hispanic Initiative.”
(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. 
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.)
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.