University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Thursday, September 18, 2014
We are seeking to be like Christ
 University United Methodist Church


A Reconciling Congregation

3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 

301-422-1400 - Check our website for the announcements.

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Office Hours – Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 4 pm   Closed Friday

Today’s Announcements – September 21, 2014:  

1.     Please join us in the parlor after worship for refreshments and fellowship.
2.     The worship leader for today is Anisa Adkins.
Week at a Glance: UUMC
                  8:30 a.m. – Worship (Chapel)
                  9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School (Chapel)
                 11:00 a.m. – Worship (Sanctuary)
                 12 noon – Loaves and Fishes Café (Fellowship Hall)
                  6:30 p.m. – Finance (Parlor)
                   6:30 p.m. – Disciple II Class (Parlor)
                   7:30 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Practice Room)
                  9:00 a.m. – Congregation Strategy Session (Parlor)
Looking Ahead
Loaves and Fishes Café (Sunday)
Starting Sunday, UUMC will be offering a free hot lunch every third Sunday of the month to feed the hungry 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, to bring side dishes, salads, dessert or bread, or to SUPPLY napkins or sandwich fixings so that our guests can pack a second meal to take with them.  We anticipate serving approximately 20-25 people (based on attendance at St. Andrew's Episcopal on the first Sundays of the month).   Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (  
Congregational Strategy Session (September 27)
Where are we going as a congregation and how do we plan to get there?  Let's talk about it with the strategist for the Greater Washington District, Christie Latona.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parlor.  Everyone is invited to come and share dreams, thoughts, and visions as we discern God's will for UUMC.
Charge Conference (October 11)
It’s that time of the year again - time for us to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and set goals for the upcoming year. This means, it is time for our annual Charge Conference. This year we will have a Cluster Charge Conference. All of the churches in our cluster (First-Hyattsville, Good Shepherd, Grace, Ager Road, Mowatt, College Park, Cheverly, and University) will gather at UUMC at 10:00 a.m. on October 11. EVERYONE is welcome to attend.
Catching Fire – A Concert for Inclusion and Equality (October 17)
UUMC is one of the sponsors of a benefit concert to mark the 30th anniversary of the Reconciling Ministries Network to be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m., at Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, D.C. There will be a book signing and reception with special guest Rev. Frank Schaefer at 6:30 p.m. The artistic director for the concert will be Dr. Eileen Guenther. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Book signing and reception only $10 (no advance purchase), Concert-preferred seating $50, general admission $25, student $20.
Fall Rummage Sale (October 25)
This is an early reminder that our fall rummage sale is fast approaching, and now is the time to begin filling a bag or box with items you no longer want or need. We are expecting a larger than usual turnout of shoppers this year, due in part to the Red Cross blood drive that will be held in Fellowship Hall on the same day, and in part because of new advertising strategies. So, we would like to have an especially good supply of housewares, linens, clothing, books, small appliances…all the usual catagories….to offer. Questions? Call Sarah Wakefield at 301-262-7262 or Bob Roberson at 301-779-0623. Thank you!
Red Cross Blood Drive (October 25)
UUMC will be hosting a blood drive in the fellowship hall (in the basement) on Saturday October 25th from 8 am to 1:30 pm.  This is the same day as the fall Rummage Sale so we are hoping for a big turnout from workers and shoppers!  We are looking for donors to fill all of the time slots.  As long as you are over 14 years of age you are eligible to donate blood.  For those of you who committed to donating earlier in the summer, Tim Snyder and/or Sarah Wakefield will be reaching out to you to get you a donation slot.  If you are interested in donating please reach out to Tim Snyder at 202-359-0663 or  This is a great way to help out UUMC, the College Park community, and your neighbors.  If you have any questions please contact Tim or Sarah. 
Fall Fest is Quickly Approaching (October 26)  
Fall Fest is October 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed! This event is one of many outreach events UUMC runs to welcome the community.  We'd like to fill our gym with kids in costumes and reach out to families young and old.  We plan on sharing a meal and hosting games and crafts. Help is needed first to plan the event and then to set up and run.  Please let Megan McCulley know that you can help! email: phone: 937-219-8859.
Other Announcements
Science and Religion Retreat (September 19-20)
WesleyNexus is holding an overnight retreat for all interested in conversations and discussions on science and religion at West River Conference Center, September 19-20. The retreat will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, and finish at 4 p.m. Saturday. The retreat will address topics like: What does "created in the image of God" mean in the 21st century? How do new discoveries re: DNA impact our thinking about humanity? What does brain science have to say about our self-identity as humans? How is our witness as Christians impacted by our taking science seriously? For more information and registration, visit the WesleyNexus website at
5th Annual Health and Wellness Fair (September 20)
First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville is having their 5th Annual Health and Wellness Fair on September 20.  In addition to the usual booths and demonstrations, they are also holding their first poetry reading.  For more information see the flyer posted on the community bulletin board as you come in the main entrance.
(1)   Childcare Volunteers Needed for 11 a.m. Service
Are you being called to “make a difference” in the lives of young children at UUMC. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to work with our young people ages 4 and under during 11 a.m. worship. This ministry will allow parents to worship knowing their children are in a safe, caring and friendly environment. All who are interested should contact Mark Wakefield in person or at We hope you can be a part of this important ministry.
(2)   Greater Washington District Youth Initiative
WE NEED YOU to “make a difference” in the lives of our youth!!  The Greater Washington District is launching a new youth initiative with the purpose of taking an active role in developing middle school aged youth to lead.  This is a great opportunity for us to work with our district and our partner school - Buck Lodge Middle School.  If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or volunteering to participate with this initiative please contact Pastor Sherri.
(3)   Help the Help-by-Phone Food Bank
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                                      tuna                      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. 
(4)   Imagine No Malaria
Our Change for Change Campaign total donations to date are $1407.29. Let’s work to raise $1500 by the end of 2014. Less than $100 is needed to reach our goal. There is a jar in the narthex for change (and dollars) or you can place a check in the offering plate with the notation “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Thanks UUMC for “making a difference” in the lives of those threatened by malaria.
(5)   Africa University
The world is our parish and we are called to “make a difference” at home and abroad. It currently costs $5,400 for a student to attend Africa University with the hopes of returning home to make a difference in his/her community. So far UUMC has raised $380. Let’s see if we can increase donations to support this fully accredited United Methodist-related educational institution located in Zimbabwe and established by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.   Donations (cash or check) can be put in an offering envelope with the notation “Africa University” on the outside and placed in the offering plate. 
LIVING DIFFERENT - Learning & Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Pastor’s Class Begins October 5 at 9:30 a.m. (Robinson Room)
We will explore four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism - and compare the beliefs of each with Christianity using Adam Hamilton's book, Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask.  It is recommended that participants purchase and read the book to enhance the class discussion. Books can be purchased online. If you need Pastor Sherri to order the book for you, the cost of the book with shipping is $15. Payment will need to be received by September 21st to ensure timely delivery.
Mary’s Sunday School Class
 This quarter 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 if you are not in a Sunday school class. No one is too old to learn more.
Cluster Disciple Classes
For additional information or questions about the Disciple classes contact Douglas A. Mangum of College Park UMC by email ( or by phone (301-474-7874). You can also speak with Candy Fosta or Carla Clemons of UUMC who participated in the Disciples I Class last year at College Park UMC and will be sponsoring the Disciples II Class this year at UUMC.
Disciple I (Begins September 22)
This class will convene on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel at College Park UMC. The class will meet for 34 weeks ending June 1st with a two week break around Christmas/New Years.
Disciple II (Begins September 25)
This class will convene on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor at University UMC. The class will meet for 32 weeks ending June 4th with a two week break around Christmas/New Years.

Faith, Fall, Fellowship, Fun, and Football (electronic only)
Information about volunteering for football parking is available on the University United Methodist Church homepage ( under the "UMD Football Parking Visitor & Volunteer Info" link. If you have any questions about volunteering for football parking, please contact Kenny Theodos (203-437-5610or Thank you!! 

United Methodist Campus Ministry (Wesley Foundation)  
For more information about the campus ministry, please visit their website at or contact You are welcome to email the chaplain, Brett Pinder at



Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Senior 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.