University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Thursday, September 21, 2017
We are seeking to be like Christ


Summer Worship times: 10 a.m. only in the Sanctuary

 September 17, 2017 Regular worship times resume: 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Aldersgate Choir 



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.

September 2017 Announcements 

Mission Statement


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


Worship Opportunities


Worship Schedule


10:00 a.m. through September 10th


8:30 a.m. worship resumes September 17th.       


Our Sunday schedule will be as follows:


8:30 a.m.  Worship (chapel)


9:30 a.m. Spiritual Growth Small Group


11:00 a.m. Worship (sanctuary)


Noon Fellowship


FYI – Not able to make it to church for worship? You can watch us on Facebook. We live stream the sermons on Sunday mornings or you can watch past sermons from the archives.


Spiritual Growth Opportunities


Pastor’s Small Group Class       


The Pastor’s Small Group Study will reconvene September 17th. We will spend 7 weeks discussing FAQs, Frequently Asked Questions with a Christian interpretation. Week 1, we will discuss, “How can we address racism in America?”


Stewardship Testimonies


Stewardship is a matter of spiritual formation. It is about giving of ourselves – our time, our talent, and our financial resources – to display love of God and love of neighbor. There is a stewardship board in the hallway. Please take time to leave a stewardship note.


Fellowship Opportunities


Welcome Sunday Potluck Cook-Out (September 10)


On September 10th, we celebrate Welcome Sunday at University UUMC. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages. We’ll make sure there is an alternative for persons who do not eat beef. Members are asked to please bring a side dish or dessert to share. This will be a wonderful time of food, fun, and fellowship – rain or shine. If you are interested in serving as a grill master or assisting with set-up please contact Sarah Wakefield.


Mission/Outreach Opportunities


(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (September 17)


Each month, after the 11 a.m. worship service, 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)   University of Maryland Student Welcome Bags


Below is a list of some of the most forgotten items on the UMD Move-In List. Let us be instrumental in preparing the way for these students to survive away from home by gifting them with these items. Please drop off items in the box in the narthex through August 27thMonetary donations can also be made by placing cash or a check in an envelope and notating UMD on the outside of the envelope. 


Surge Protectors   Umbrellas   Tissues/Kleenex   Air Fresheners  Hand Sanitizers   All Purpose Cleaning Wipes        


(3)   CUCE Day Center


Volunteers are always welcome to serve at the PG Plaza Day Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. UUMC is one of the congregational sponsors. Please take time to visit, serve, or donate items. The day center is housed at University Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


(4)   Affordable Housing Mission Project


The Greater Washington District has been presented with a challenge to fund and support as many units of affordable housing as possible in our zip codes through The Rev. Adrienne Terry Fund for Affordable Housing. DS Green’s goal is simple: 100% of the churches, campus ministries and new church starts participating in this effort through 2020.  With generous participation from the faith communities within the Greater Washington District, the hope is to purchase at least one home in honor of Adrienne Terry for a family by the end of 2017. We would like to have at least one Adrienne Terry Home in each county in the Greater Washington District and to leverage as much church property as possible by 2020. At UUMC, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone has basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. Our goal is to provide housing for 2 months per Conference year for the next three years. That is $2666 per conference year


(5)   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. 


Cluster Activities




As a community outreach opportunity, the churches within our cluster will be offering an Hour of Power worship experience every Thursday (noon – 1:30 p.m.) this summer at First Hyattsville UMC. This initiative will be completely laity-driven with volunteers from all of the cluster churches. Speakers, greeters, and food preparers are just a few ways to volunteer. If you are able to volunteer or if you want more information, please contact Candy Fosta at


Cluster Church Conference (October 7)


Save the Date


Every year, the congregation meets with the District Superintendent to present highlights from the previous year and address concerns. The Upper Prince George’s County Cluster Church Conference will be held on Saturday, October 7th, at 1 p.m. EVERYONE is strongly encouraged to attend, especially persons holding leadership positions.


General Announcements


Leadership Nominations


At our Church Conference on October 7th, we are required to present our slate of officers to serve for 2018. The Church cannot operate without persons serving in leadership positions. UUMC NEEDS YOU! Stop by the Church Council Board in the hallway for more information and leadership openings.


UUMC Picture Directory


It has been at least 7 years since UUMC updated its membership directory and even longer since it has published a picture directory. UUMC is teaming up with Lifetouch Photography to publish a picture directory. Stay tuned for information on when and how to schedule your photography session. Lifetouch will provide a free 8x10 portrait to each family and there is no obligation to purchase anything, but who can resist buying a portrait package for pics to share with family and friends.


TNB – Tuesday Night Basketball


The gym is open Tuesdays between 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for co-ed, pick-up basketball games for persons 18+. For more information, contact Doug McNamara ( or Tim Snyder (


UUMC Recycling


We have a new paper recycling company, Hanna Paper Retriever Company. You can still 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.


Go Electronic


It is always a good time to go electronic. Just think, you can stay informed and financially contribute wherever your travels or schedule may lead you.   


-       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 (no fees apply). Another option is to use the Vanco bill pay by going to the church’s website ( and clicking the “donate online” button on the home page. (Vanco charges a nominal service fee.)


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. THIS IS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS!! MAKE SURE TO ADD IT TO YOUR CONTACTS TO CONTINUE RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM THE PRAYER LINE.


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.


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor,


           Stephanie Brewer: Director of Nursery School,


John Wakefield: Director of Music,


                                                                                           Kim Cramer: Office Manager,


Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,


Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,


Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,


Ruth Bright: Musician,


Beverly Babcock: Musician,


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.