University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Tuesday, February 09, 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.

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.



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


February 7, 2016 Announcements 

Lent 2016

Our theme for 2016 is “Preparing the Way”. We are preparing for Christ to move in a mighty way in this place we call UUMC. Are you ready? After Jesus’ baptism there was a time of preparation before he began his ministry. We will engage in a time of preparation over the 40 days of Lent with an in-depth look at hospitality in February and evangelism in March. We want to be ready to be fully engaged as disciples of Christ.

Ash Wednesday Worship (February 10)

There will be two services on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes.  There will be an abbreviated service at 1 p.m. in consideration of people wanting to attend during their lunch break and the traditional service will take place at 7 p.m.  The clergy staff is also planning to offer the imposition of ashes on Campus Drive around noon as pedestrians walk to and from the University of Maryland campus. This is a great way to start the Lenten season.

Lenten Dinners – Coming Soon To A Home Near You

Our congregation has a wonderful tradition of Special Dinners, hosted by members during Lent, to provide fellowship by sharing a meal together. These small group gatherings make it possible for all of us to get know each other better over a meal in a home setting. 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) for more information. Invitations to all will be forthcoming soon.

UMD Student Lenten Dinner (March 6)

All UMD Students attending UUMC are cordially invited to join Pastor Sherri and the clergy staff for a Lenten Dinner on Sunday, March 6th, at 1 p.m. This will be a great time of fellowship with the UUMC young adults over a nice meal. Please confirm your attendance by responding to the electronic invite or signing the sheet in the narthex.

Cluster Lent and Laughter Talent Explosion (March 19)

On Saturday, March 19th, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Upper PG County Cluster of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will have its Second Annual Lent and Laughter Talent Explosion. 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 or go to the UUMC website. 

Lenten Mission Campaign – Africa University

This Lenten Season, Pastor Sherri is lifting the needs of Africa University again. Last year, we faithfully raised over $2700 to cover 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). This year, Pastor Sherri is challenging us to raise $1000 to go towards building a health and sports complex on the campus of Africa University. We know that it is important to be healthy physically, spiritually, and mentally. The Lent Offering Containers can be picked up from the table in the narthex. If you received a box of offering envelopes, you can use your Easter donation envelope. 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.

Family Profile

It’s that time of the year again: time to update your UUMC profile information. If you have not completed a Profile Card or need to update your information, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can pick up a card from the narthex. Once completed, please place the card in the offering plate, give to an usher or Pastor Sherri, or place in Pastors Sherri’s mailbox across from the men’s restroom on the main level. Thank you for your cooperation.

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 ( or the church office.

Looking Ahead
Church Conference (February 13)

Do you know the mission that this congregation has developed? Are we living out and living into this mission? There will be a church conference on Saturday, February 13th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast, to discuss the mission, plan for the year ahead, and vote for leaders not voted on at Charge Conference. EVERYONE with a vested interest is encouraged to attend. That means ALL OF US. 

Renewal of Wedding Vows and Reception (February 14)

On Valentine’s Day, 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 our monthly potluck with a “wedding reception” theme. If you are able, please bring one of your favorite dishes to share. Pastor Sherri is asking all married couples to please submit a wedding photo with the couples’ names and complete wedding date for a digital display. The photos will be returned to the couples by the end of February. 

Black History Month Concert (February 28)

UUMC proudly presents its Second Annual Black History Month Concert on February 28th at 3 p.m. You will not want to miss this concert. Pick up a flyer from the narthex and help us spread the word. 

Spring Rummage Sale (April 23)

Save the date. The UUMC Spring Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, April 23. It's never too early to be winnowing out your books, cleaning a closet or reordering your kitchen cupboards. Put the date on your calendar!! 

Preparing the Way through Spiritual Transformation
Chapel Sunday School Class

The Chapel Sunday School Class is led by Mary Norman. It meets in the chapel every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Currently, the class is studying ‘The Acts of the Apostles’. 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 more.

Pastor’s Small Group Class

Pastor Sherri’s small group class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. During the month of February we will be studying hospitality. What does it truly mean to show Christian hospitality? How can we exhibit this trait in our homes, on our jobs, at our school, and as we go about our daily lives? All are welcome to engage in this important discussion.   

Children’s Church (February 14)

It is just as important for our young people to be living out our mission as it is for our adults; therefore, we are bringing back Children’s Church on the Second Sunday of each month. After the passing of the peace, the children (ages 2 and up) will be dismissed to the chapel for Children’s Church. This will be a time for the children to sing, learn Bible stories, and have crafts associated with the lesson for the day. As a bonus, the children will also learn some songs in Spanish. The children should be picked up from the chapel after worship. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. This is a great opportunity for our college students to get involved also. If interested, please see Pastor Sherri. 

Preparing the Way through Missional Involvement
  1. Loaves and Fishes Café (February 21)

    Every third Sunday UUMC offers a free hot lunch to feed the food insecure in our area. Please see the bulletin board in the hallway to sign up to VOLUNTEER to set up, to serve, to clean up, to COOK, tobring food, or to SUPPLY napkins or sandwich fixings so that our guests can pack a second meal to take with them, as well as individual toiletries (including travel size hand cream, shampoo, deodorant, soap, chap stick, etc.). Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield ( 

  • Help the Help-by-Phone Food Bank
    1. We can “make a difference” in our community by continuing to support the work of Help by Phone, Ltd. Pantries still look for your food donations from the following list. 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. You have made it possible for this ministry to continue and we are grateful.

      grits                        pancake mix & syrup                 baby food                      beef stew          pudding & jello

      dry milk                  coffee & tea                              cocoa                            cold cereals      macaroni & cheese

      rice                         peanut butter & jelly                 canned tuna & chicken   applesauce       pork and beans

      pasta                      canned fruits & veggies               pasta sauce                   oatmeal            soups              

      All foods must be canned or dried and in sealed containers to meet health department requirements. Please confirm that the expiration dates have not passed. Donations can be placed in the wooden box in the narthex. 

  • Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,
                                                                                           John Wakefield: Director of Music,
                                                                                            Kim Cramer: Office Manager,
    Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,
    Sarah Elliott: Ministry Intern,
    Veronica Beckley: 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.