April 6, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
April 6, 2012
First United Methodist Church—Our Purpose: As believers in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Bible as the inspired word of God, we 1) glorify God through worship, 2) build strong relationships in the church family, 3) grow in the knowledge of the truth as revealed through Jesus Christ, 4) serve people as a reflection of the love of Jesus Christ, and 5) spread the Good News of the Gospel so that others may come to salvation through grace.
In This Issue:
? Thoughts From Your Pastor
? Worship News
? Fellowship News
? Discipleship News
? Ministry News
? Outreach Ministry News
? Church Meetings
Thoughts from Your Pastor
“I Am So Proud of First UMC”
I want to take a short break from Holy Week reflections to share some very good news we received this past Sunday. Sunday was April Fools’ Day—a day for jokes and pranks, including a bad one from your pastor! But it was also a day for a wonderful surprise.
Towards the end of our 11 AM service, Rev. Chris Holmes, our District Superintendant, came in carrying a huge platter of fruit. He said that the fruit is a token gift and recognition that First UMC has been bearing lots of fruit for God, and that we have now become an “Acts 2” congregation within our Baltimore-Washington Conference. This is a huge deal for us, and puts us in an elite tier within our Conference. Let me explain a bit more of what this means…
In the book of Acts, chapter 2, we read that the very first church, led and filled by the Holy Spirit, grew in their numbers of worshippers (v. 41), grew in the numbers of people who believed and were baptized (v. 47), performed signs and wonders that amazed all the people (v. 43) and were fully committed to serving and giving to anyone who had need (vs. 44-45). These things mark a church centered on Jesus Christ and filled by the Holy Spirit. These are marks we should expect of any church. Our Conference identifies a church like this as an Acts 2 congregation.
Specifically, our Conference says this:
Acts 2 congregations are Spirit filled, Spirit led congregations that welcome all, engage believers in the Discipleship Adventure and bear Acts 2 fruit, which include:
one profession of faith per 25 worshipers, 2 percent worship growth, engaging in mission as evidenced by 90 percent of worshipers involved in ministry and 100 percent payment of apportionments, and evidence of God’s power through signs and wonders.
Well, brothers and sisters, all the hard work, sacrifices, difficult decisions, and challenging changes we’ve worked through over the last five years has paid off and has borne fruit. Many of us have known all along that God has been doing awesome things among us. Now our Bishop and Conference fully recognizes and affirms it, too, in a very significant way.
I can’t say this enough. I am so very proud of you! You are truly a genuine, authentic people of God and Body of Christ—growing, on fire, on the move, and making a huge impact on one another and on our community. I am deeply humbled and honored to be your pastor.
The journey continues, my friends. There is always further to go with more and new ways to build and expand the kingdom of God. Up ahead on this journey, there will be hard work to do, sacrifices, tough decisions to make, and challenging changes to work through. It’s an exciting, incredible journey that can be perilous and exhausting, too. No matter what, it’s always joy.
But I believe we can now go on together with some extra confidence and spring in our step. We’re definitely on the right track. We’re headed in the right direction. We’re growing and expanding. And what else should we expect, knowing that Jesus, our Good Shepherd leads and guides us every step of the way?
Once again: well, well done, good and faithful servants. Let’s keep at it together!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, April 8, 2012 – Happy Easter!!!!!
Our message this Sunday will be “Give Us Some Good News, Mary!” and the scripture is from John 20:1-18.
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TONIGHT – April 6th – Good Friday Service 7:30 pm
Good Friday with a Meditation on the Cross
Together, we will center on Jesus’ death on the cross for us and for the world, rediscovering God’s forgiveness, grace, and sacrifice.
April 8th – Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 am with Holy Communion
Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am
Normal Sunday Services at 8:15 & 11 am
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Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Wednesday Rehearsals 7:30 pm
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
The King’s Kids – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:30 pm next practice April 11th
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Friday rehearsals have begun for the Chancel Choir’s Easter Cantata. The choir will be practicing again on April 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm in addition to their regular Wednesday night rehearsals.

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Join the Chancel Choir
on Saturday, April 14, 2012
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
as they present:

Who Do You Say I Am

Following the cantata, in Fellowship Hall, there will be a dessert potluck. Please bring your favorite dessert to share, drinks will be provided.

Fellowship News
Calling all FUMC Crafters/ Hobby-ists-

Do YOU…. paint, knit, scrapbook,
quilt, cross stitch, make jewelry,
woodwork, tie flies, make Christmas ornaments, latch hook, make candy,scarves, pottery,
make hair adornments,flower arrangements, something else??

Want to carve out some time to play with your craft or project, get creative, have a little fellowship and lunch, perhaps?
We have the perfect morning for you-

Please come Saturday, April 21st ,
9-11:30am
Catered lunch to follow (optional) 11:30-12:45pm
Bring your craft-hobby-project to work on. Don’t forget to invite a friend.
-Sponsored by the FUMC Fellowship Team-
Please sign up in the narthex

Discipleship News
NOTICE!!! PRAYER MEETINGS
Our church holds prayer meetings every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We need supporters for this valuable mission so if at all possible, please join us.
Prayer concerns this week: Larry Weyer (Lois Hamilton’s brother), Mary Cohen, Linda, Terry Hawkins (Spring Easton’s Uncle), Germaine Acampora, Mr. & Mrs. Ford, The Miranda Family, Kristin Culver, Priscilla McAdory & family, Debbie Ryan (friend of Dave Jackson), Linda Simmel & Family, Danny Boeckman (Dale’s brother), Peyton (Jessica Ahlquist’s son), Bo Oliver, Cary Krenk (Laura Offenbacher’s step-father), Wilma Shober (Judy Law’s Mother)
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UMW
April 9th – 7:00 pm Martha Circle Meeting
April 9th – 7:00 pm Edith Miles Circle Meeting
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UMYF
Meeting Schedule

Sunday, 4/8/12 – No Meeting – Easter Sunday

Sunday, 4/15/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Game Night/Bring A Friend Night

Sunday, 4/22/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Discussing 30 Hour Famine Lock-In Details

Sunday, 4/27/12-4/28/12 – World Vision 30 Hour Famine Lock-In

Sunday, 4/29/12 – Youth Sunday – Both Services – 8:15 am & 11 am; No Evening Meeting

Ministry News

Caregivers’ Support Group

We will have our first
Caregivers’ Support Group meeting
Monday, April 16, 2012

7:00 pm

In the Parlor
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

First United Methodist Church of Laurel
424 Main Street – Laurel, MD 20707

Join the LPC!
5K Race or Walk for Life
Dear FUMC,
Please join us this year as we raise money and celebrate 25 years of ministry at the Janet Lynn Dick 5K Race/Walk for Life!
Join the celebration at
Centennial Park in Ellicott City on
Saturday, May 5th. The 5k Race kicks off at 8:30am followed by the walk. The event ends at 11:30 am.

Create your webpage!
• promote yourself or your team on your own web page.
• post photos, a video or your own personal message.
• spread the word through facebook and twitter! You can register and even log onto your web page with your Facebook!
• watch a tutorial that will guide you through this simple process…really, it is….we promise!

Here’s How to
Get Started!
1. Click on the LPC leaf logo on the right to register now!
2. Complete the registration form to either Run in the 5K Race or join the ‘fun’ walk.
3. Now follow the prompts to set up your own fund raising web page for this event just hit the button “Set Up Your Web Page”.
4. Customize your page and send emails to family and friends to inviting them to sponsor you.
5. If you can’t make it out that day, click the “Sponsor” button to make a donation to help the LPC today.

Get Involved!
• Build your team and win our “Team Spirit” award! Click Here To View Teams Video!
• 5K entrance fee is $35. Fee is $40 after May 2nd when registration closes.
• Collect sponsors and help the LPC exceed our $60,000 goal!
• Contact Teri for materials or for help. Click here!

Register Now!

LPC Partners Website

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Vacation Bible School Opportunities to Serve!!!
It’s already April and this means preparations are underway for Vacation Bible School 2012. VBS is July 8-12, Sunday through Thursday. We will be learning through Bugs and Butterflies how we can be “Transformed by our BIG God!”
We will look at five characters from the Bible whose stories illustrate this transformation. We are looking for members of the congregation who are interested in the opportunity to share these stories with the children by getting into character! Mrs. Debbi Schneider will help facilitate this station and you will have many opportunities to meet with us and discuss your role!
Characters:
? Day 1: Moses- Moses, Burning Bush/God
? Day 2: Gideon- Gideon
? Day 3: Naomi & Ruth- Naomi, Ruth
? Day 4: Doubting Thomas- Thomas, Jesus
? Day 5: Saul of Tarsus- Saul
Please email me directly at starringjenna@aol.com if you are feeling called to be a Leader or Co-Leader for one of the stations at VBS. These leaders help the children understand the connection between the activity and the theme for the night.
? Crafty Critters Team Leader
? The Very Hungry Caterpillars Snacks Team Leader
? Science Lab Discovery/Memory Verse Team Leader
It takes a team of about 60 people to pull off the whole week! Registration, Guide, and Activity Area Assistant sign-ups will start May 12th. First United Methodist Church VBS will have a table at the Main Street Festival. We will have a free craft project for children under the age of 12. If you would like to volunteer an hour of your time that Saturday, sign-up sheets for that day will be out at the end of April. Please prayerfully consider where the Lord may have you serve this summer!
Contact Jenna Ryan by e-mail: starringjenna@aol.com.
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Outreach Ministry News

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Empty Bowls
Benefits FISH of Laurel
April 20, 2012
5pm – 7pm
Cost of Dinner $10.00
All proceeds donated to FISH of Laurel
to help fight hunger.
Each attendee will receive a ceramic bowl made by
Laurel High School Ceramic’s classes
Laurel High School Cafeteria
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
301-497-2050

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2nd Annual……”No Mom Alone”
Community Baby Shower &
Health and Wellness Fair
(completely free & lunch is provided for all in attendance)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Laurel
15000 First Baptist Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
Sponsored by the First Baptist Laurel Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Group and many other major healthcare providers in the Greater Baltimore-Washington Region

We are inviting moms in need in the Laurel area to a baby shower. At the shower, we hope to give away diapers and wipes to all families of children who attend. You will also be able to pick up gently-used baby/toddler items. Free childcare will be provided for children newborn through kindergarten, and limited transportation is available to those in need.

If you would like to help
(donations should be taken directly to First Baptist Church):
? Your prayers for the event and those who will be in attendance
? Donations of diapers/wipes in all sizes
? Donations of gently used baby/toddler items
? Monetary donations which will be used toward the purchase of diapers/wipes (please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church of Laurel” with “DES544” in the memo line)

If you know of a mom in need or have any questions, please contact: Melissa Jones, FBCL MOPS Service/Outreach Team Leader at 301-725-1688 to register for the event.
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It’s BARRADUCA time! The BARRACUDA’s are those people who would like to join the church’s team for RELAY FOR LIFE for the American Cancer Society. Our church created a team in order to have an active role in the fight against cancer. The RELAY FOR LIFE of Laurel is a group of teams that raise money and awareness about the fight against cancer. The monies raised go to the American Cancer Society for research and support services for cancer survivors. The final event occurs in June at McCullough Field with an all night relay (we walk around in circles!) with fun events, fundraising, and a ceremony that helps honor and remember cancer survivors.

If you are interested in joining the BARRACUDAS team – please contact Bev Raynor at (301)604-0909 or email at : bevanray@juno.com.

Please visit the RELAY FOR LIFE of Laurel’s website for more information. www.relayforlifelaurel.org If you would like to make a donation, please click on the BARRACUDAs team name or see Bev Raynor for more details.

WE NEED YOU TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER!
June 9, 2012 at
McCullough Field

Church Meetings
Thursday, April 12th – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, April 18th – 7:00 pm Administrative Board Meeting

Thursday, April 19th – 7:00 pm Council on Ministries Meeting

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