August 24, 2012

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August 24, 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
“Praying for Serenity”
Lately my father’s physical and mental health has been sharply declining. It’s been a difficult time for my step-mother, my siblings, and my aunt (my father’s sister-in-law). I know that many of you have walked through those hard days of watching your parents’ ailing health. It gives me comfort that many of you understand what it’s like, and that you also made it through those days, too.
But I’ve also learned and re-learned how to trust God and find peace through this time, too. Peace doesn’t come from burying our heads in the sand, pretending that the problems don’t exist. Peace doesn’t come from running away from the problems we face. I’m learning again in this situation that peace comes from trusting God. Trusting God and soaking in God’s grace has been the one thing that has kept my head clear, my focus where it belongs on my family and ministry, and my blood pressure down.
One of my all-time favorite prayers is the Serenity Prayer. Serenity is the state of being calm, unruffled, undisturbed by the storms around us. Serenity does not mean we are unaffected by the storms and challenges we face. However, serenity is the grace to remain still and settled. Many of you have probably heard the first part of the Serenity Prayer. Here is the full text of the prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that God will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

As you can see, serenity is wisdom. Serenity is an attitude. Serenity comes when I think like Jesus, seeing the things I can change and taking responsibility for those things. Of course, the one factor I can always change is myself and my attitudes. Often the way we look at things and react to them makes up most of the equation. Then there are things I cannot change—the things in the future, the decisions of others, the attitudes of others, and behavior of others. I can’t change or manipulate people and situations to be the way I want them to be. However, I can do what I can, trust the rest to God, behave towards people and sitations like Jesus and look to God who will accomplish his purposes in them and in me.
In my situation, I cannot control my father’s health. I can’t make decisions for him or my step-mother, manipulate things to get better, or live in denial of what is happening. But I can trust his health to God, remain confident in God’s good will, and enjoy the time we do have. That is enough. Anything else is an additional gift from God.
It’s my prayer that you and I will learn to approach everything we face in the wisdom and way of serenity. The Serenity Prayer is a beautiful way to adjust our attitudes to find the serenity we hunger for. But ultimately, our peace is in God, through whom all things are possible!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “When We See God at Work, Step Up!” and
the scripture is Luke 19:1-10.
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
A note from Warner & Ida Brown
To: First United Methodist Church Family,
It was no accident… being here, we were a seed planted here by God. You watered the seed with love, prayer, caring, laughter, and with the Holy Spirit, sending praises to the father, we were welcome and the music was peace to our ears and soul.
Thank you!
It has been a mission and ministry, growing and learning God’s laws and obeying with gladness in our heart. We have passed through tribulations together and seen many brighter days. Being called Grandma and Grandpa was an absolute joy.
Thank you!
We are blessed to have you as friends, whom we’ve grown so close, and you mean a lot to us. Soon our feet will be on another mission. Let it be said, never-never will we forget you. We will miss you, they are just words and our hearts are sad. The sadness of goodbye won’t last, joy will come in the morning, blessings and good memories!
Thank you Sisters and Brothers for accepting us as being a part of your daily contact in prayers.
From our Heart…….God Bless you all in our prayer today! We’re honored to call you friend. We pray God will keep you all safe until we meet again!

Ida Mae & Warner Brown

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:
Warner & Ida Brown, Blairlee Owens, Lizzie Jarrell, David Bockstahler, Janet Bryant, Gabriel Marini, Trudie Myers, Jerry Burdette
September 16 – November 11, 2012
Teen Girls and their moms are invited to participate in a Bible-based curriculum based on the book, And the Bride Wore White, by Danna Gresh. The purpose of the study is to provide practical “how to” skills for developing and maintaining purity in a world stained with sexual immorality. The class is most appropriate for girls 6th grade and above and all girls attend with an adult female mentor (their mom, grandmom, aunt, etc). Each class includes a different special activity along with the study. We will also hear insights from girls who have previously participated in the class and how they have used the information and skills from this class to help them throughout high school, college, and beyond.

The class will meet on Sundays from 9:45AM-10:45AM starting September 16 and completing on November 11. There are also two special gatherings, one the evening of Friday, October 19 and lunch on Sunday, November 11.

Friends and their moms are welcome to attend along with you. Please contact Debbi Schneider for more information or to register (

There will be a lunch today Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 to give everyone a chance to review the schedule, see the material and ask questions. Hope you will join us!
Every Young Man’s Battle
September 16 – November 11, 2012

Can any young man escape the lure of temptation in today’s world? All junior high and senior high young men are invited to attend a study based on the book, “Every Young Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. The study shows you how to rise above today’s self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training your eyes and your mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a plan. The class will be led by Chaplain Ron Feezer and Dale Boeckman. Due to the nature of the material, we ask that each young man attend with a male adult mentor (dad, granddad, uncle, etc).

Friends and their mentors are welcome to attend along with you. Please contact Debbi Schneider for more information or to register (

There will be a lunch today Sunday, August 26 at 12:30 to give everyone a chance to review the schedule, see the material and ask questions. Hope you will join us!


Purpose: The organized unit of the United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

To participate in the
United Methodist Women’s Groups

Upcoming Events:
Monday, September 10th at 6:00 pm Martha Circle
Meeting & Covered Dish in Fellowship Hall

Monday, September 10th at 7:00 pm Edith Miles Circle
Meeting in the Parlor

Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 am General
Meeting with Special Membership Brunch in Fellowship Hall

Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 8/26/12 – Regular Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 9/2/12 – No Meeting – Labor Day
Sunday, 9/9/12 – Fun Fair @ Church – 12:00 pm; No Regular Meeting

Ministry News
No time for exercise? Learn how to take 10!!
You found your keys. You found the motivation to clean out your closet. Now you’ve got to find 30 minutes in your day to get physically active — and there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.
Think you don’t have time? You don’t have to do all 30 minutes at once. You’ll get the same benefits if you divide your time into two or three 10 to 15 segments a day.
“Building physical activity back into our daily lives is one of the great public health challenges of this century,” said Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Exercise at the University of South Carolina. “Our bodies were designed to be physically active, and they don’t do well with long-term exposure to sedentary living. Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”
Here are some of Dr. Pate’s tips for getting active:

1. Get out the leash and walk your dog. It’s a great activity for both man and man’s best friend. Your heart — and your pooch — will thank you!
2. Take your child for a brisk walk. It’s an excellent way to get some one-on-one time (or one-on-three, depending on the size of your brood.) Spice up your routine by exploring new neighborhoods or turning your walk into a scavenger hunt.
3. Mall walk. Are you sweating (or shivering) at the idea of walking outside? Take a brisk stroll around your local mall instead. Window shop, people watch and give your heart a workout in a climate-controlled environment.
4. Join a team. Pick an activity you love and round up some friends. Team sports can be fun — and keep you motivated and accountable.
5. Walk and talk. Even if you’re glued to your phone for work calls, you don’t have to be glued to your seat. Make it a habit to talk and walk. Some workplaces have walking paths to make it even easier to burn while you earn.
6. Tune into fitness during TV time. Reject your inner couch potato. Walk, jog in place or use the treadmill at the gym while you watch your favorite 30-minute show.
7. Park and walk. How many times have you circled the parking lot to find “the” spot? Spare yourself the stress and gain more energy by parking far away (or even in a remote lot) and walking farther to your destination.
8. Take the stairs. The elevator may go up — but it doesn’t make your heart rate climb. Take the stairs instead. You may huff and puff at first, but over time, your body will thank you.
9. Dance! Do it in a ballroom, at a club or even in your living room. You’ll burn calories and gain a new hobby.
10. Skip the cake, say goodbye to pie and take a walk after dinner. You’ll get a reward that’s sweeter than dessert: more family time.
If these ideas don’t work for you, find something that you enjoy. Ditching the excuses can be the first step to a healthier you. Of course, if you have an injury, talk to your doctor first to see if there’s a low-impact exercise you can do or find out if you should wait until you’re healed.
And here’s more food for thought: “Our culture no longer requires us to be hunters and gathers, but our bodies still need the physical activity that is required by that way of life,” Russell said. So check out these tips to get moving today!

Learn more:
• Learn more Easy Tips to Get Active! At home, at work or at play!
• Find out the American Heart Association Guidelines for Physical Activity
• How Can Physical Activity Become a Way of Life?
_ September Birthdays:
2 Wayne Cotten
Charles Freeman
Brandon Miller
3 Gayle Snyder
4 Lauren Campbell
Katrina Kosatka
5 Brandon Frazee
6 Samantha Freeman
Janet Russillo
7 Christian Gourdine
Kathy Hersey
Laura Offenbacher
Linda Wright
8 Charles Rand
Joe Sansosti
9 Matthew Myers
11 George Anderson, Jr.
12 Theresa Metzger
14 David Grimes
15 Michelle Holmes
17 Anna Lee
18 Joe Mickesh, III
19 William Burdge
Barbara Miller
20 Darlene Hook
21 Gertrude Poe
23 Andy Lee
Bev Raynor
24 Mabel Litchfield
Mack Statham
25 Christine Atwell
Judy Lance
Nathan Nelson
26 Sophia Falk
Dave Jackson
Sheila Preston
27 Jesse Easton
28 Joel Gascot

September Anniversaries

1 Jim & Mary Watlington
2 George & Bonnie Frazee
3 Vincent & Joyce DeThomas
7 Francis & Lisa Hardesty
11 Bill & Jan Watts
17 Bill & Ingrid Loukota
24 Dave & Becky Jackson
27 Dale & Becky Boeckman

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
Saturday, September 1st – 9:00 am – Noon, Discipleship Meeting
Thursday, September 6th – 7:00 pm – Worship Team Meeting
Thursday, September 13th – 7:00 pm – Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 13th – 7:30 pm – Staff Parish Comm. Meeting

Update and reminder
to nominate a veteran(s) for the
Stained Glass Window Honoring Veterans

The organizing committee for the veteran’s stained glass window project has collected donations for the window sufficient to cover all costs of the window, plaque, book of remembrance and stand for the book.

We originally requested donations not exceed $50.00 per nomination. While not necessary, if you wish to make a donation, make a check out to First United Methodist Church and indicate Veteran’s Stained Glass Window in the memo line. Excess funds will be given to the Memorial Committee for maintenance and new names to be added to the plaque or for an additional plaque.

Instructions and the nomination template are available in the
Narthex or any committee member. You may submit the
nomination electronically or as a hand written document. We
now offer the option for you to provide a picture of the person
being honored, which will be added to the back of the one page
narrative of the person’s service.

DEADLINE: To allow all material to be processed and the draft provided each nominator for review, we request you provide the information by September 1 so a complete package is available for the dedication date. However, there is no actual deadline because names will be accepted after the dedication and into the future.

Dedication will be on the Sunday prior to Veteran’s Day this fall (November 11).

For additional information contact any committee member: Russ Geis, Stephan Stankewich or Richard Reynnells

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)

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

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