August 17, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
August 17, 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
“Knowing God’s Love Makes All the Difference”
What’s the difference between a so-so, mediocre, average relationship with God and a really deep, powerful, life-transforming relationship with God? I think it comes down to one thing: being open to God’s passionate, consuming love for you. People who know they are loved have the confidence and the faith to soar to new heights.
Think about a time you felt loved by that someone special. Perhaps it was the first time you felt loved by your spouse or by a significant other. Being loved, you got that “Cloud 9” feeling, didn’t you? You probably felt like you could go out and do anything or face anything. I remember the first time I knew that Blairlee loved me. At that time, I felt like nothing would take me down. I felt like I could take on the world and that nothing could take me down. I often still feel that way.
Just imagine then how much more meaning, depth, and power our lives would take on knowing that the Lord God Almighty, our Father, loves us even more. Knowing that we’re loved by God increases our faith, deepens our devotion, injects passion into our worship, and truly makes us alive and joyful children of God’s.
Read with me what the Apostle John wrote about experiencing God’s love for us:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3
Being loved by God makes us his children. And as God’s children we have so much hope that life will get better. We’ll be made to be like Jesus completely when he comes again and raises us up to be with him. In the mean time, we are held in the tender embrace of God which keeps us, blesses us, and sustains us with abundant life that sin and death cannot take away. Why? It’s simply because God loves us enough to give us all of this.
I have to admit that the times in my life when I am not as faithful or committed are the times I’m not in touch with God’s love for me. When I’m distracted by sin or by any lesser things, I get out of touch with God’s love, and the result is a diminished life and a shallow faith. I’m sure you know what that’s like, too. In short, faith problems and obedience problems are love problems…
But when I take the time to read, breathe in and claim the promises of God’s love for me, then I become more whole and complete. I just feel more alive! And that life compels within me the faith and joy to keep pressing on, no matter the circumstances I face.
I pray that you would find the same for yourself. Allow yourself to be loved by God. Don’t let self-image or self-esteem or the distractions of this life keep your heart from being opened to the awesome love God has for you. That love is your life and mine…

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “God First Loves Us and Calls Us” and the scripture is
from Genesis 16:1-15 and John 15:9-17.
Music Ministry

Like to sing?
Play an instrument?
Have a child that likes to?

If so, plan to join us for the
2012 – 2013 Music Ministry Kick-Off Event
on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
at 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

This event includes all current and potential new members and their families of:
The Chancel Choir
The Praise Team
The Worship Players
The King’s Kids

A head count is requested, so please contact Judy Law at 410-521-2346 if you plan to attend.
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Practice will begin again at 7:30 pm on September 5th.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
Kings Kids – Practice will begin again at 6:30 on September 5th.

Fellowship News

THIS SUNDAY….August 19th is
Sundae Sunday!!!!
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Fellowship Hall

Come on out and join us for all the ice cream and toppings you can eat while supplies last!!

Discipleship News
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:
Germaine Acampora, Carla Tjarks, Solomon Wilson, Faliesha Corporal (Kalla Noble’s mom)

Bride Wore White / Every Young Man’s Battle

Calling all middle school & high school students and their parents/guardians:

Starting September 16, we will be running a special series (during the Sunday school hour) for our junior and senior high students.

For our young men, we will be going through “Every Young Man’s Battle”.
For our young women, we will be going through “The Bride Wore White (Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity)”.

The classes are open to any student (friends welcomed!) sixth grade and above.

We encourage all students and their parents/guardians to join us Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 for a luncheon as we gather to discuss the details with both the parents & students.

Please R.S.V.P for the luncheon to:
Debbi Schneider (

Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 8/19/12 – No Regular Meeting
Sunday, 8/26/12 – Regular Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Ministry News

Washington Redskins Blood Drive
September 1, 2012 from
8am – 2pm

Holy Cross Hospital has the opportunity to
work as a sponsor with the American Red
Cross for a major Washington Area
Blood Drive Campaign.

Holy Cross Emergency Blood Drive will
be on September 1, 2012 from 8 AM- 2 PM
in the Holy Cross Auditoriums in the
main hospital.

CALL 1- 800-448-3543 to schedule a time.

Outreach Ministry News

Side by Side School Supply Drive
Sponsored by: First United Methodist Church
Please continue to bring school supplies (listed below) for our Laurel kids through September 2nd to support the School supply drive. Side by Side is very appreciative of the strong leadership and financial support of our church!

Requested school supplies:
Book bags Elmer’s school glue
#2 Pencils with erasers Child’s safety scissors
Blue and black ink pens (some red) Compass
College and wide ruled notebook paper Protractors
Single subject spiral notebooks Plastic school boxes
Pocket folders Pencil pouches
Three ring binders (1”- 3” inches) Backpacks
Dry erase markers Box of tissues
Markers Bottles of hand sanitizer
Box of 16 or 24 crayons Packages of baby wipes
Colored pencils Organizers
Pencil boxes Pencil sharpeners
Index cards Rulers
Composition books Calculators
Gift cards to Wal-Mart

Church Meetings
Thursday, August 23rd – 7:00 pm Lay Leadership Development
Saturday, September 1st – 9:00 am – Noon, Discipleship Meeting
Thursday, September 6th – 7:00 pm – Worship Team Meeting
Community Happenings
The United States Army Field Band – Summer Concert Series at Fort Meade
Free Concerts – All Concerts are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Constitution Park (Just off English Avenue, across from the Parade Field)
The Volunteers – 18 August, 2012
Concert Band, Soldiers’ Chorus, The Volunteers, and the Jazz Ambassadors – 25 August, 2012

All Concerts are held outdoors and attendees may bring blankets or lawn chairs.
In the event of inclement weather, the first three will be canceled, but the final concert on 25 August will take place in the McGill Training Center and feature a variety of selections from The Volunteers. The most up-to-date inclement weather information will be posted on
September 23, 2012
3 PM—7 PM
The American Legion Laurel Post 60
2 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
For Tickets Contact:
Brian Jenkins—301-412-8304
Carolyn Parker—301-490-9588
Pat Hall—301-386-3698
Peggy Hall—301-725-9897
Wanda Green—301-362-7402

#1 Male Crabs
Maryland Crab Soup
Corn on the Cob
Assorted Fried Chicken
Bar-b-Qued Pulled Pork
Assorted Desserts
Pink Lemonade
Sweet Iced Tea

$45 per person
$50 at the door
Catering By
Captain Dan’s Crabhouse
Eldersburg, MD 21784

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