February 10, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
February 10, 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
Other Important Items
Thoughts from Your Pastor
“Just Not Good Enough?”
In my devotional Bible reading this week, I read Moses’ story of leading the Hebrews out from their bondage in Egypt to embark towards their promised land which the Lord first told Abraham about hundreds of years before. As you can imagine, that was a monumental task laden with stress, danger, and opposition. And yet, he did it! He followed God’s call and commands on his life and became the one through whom the Lord gave Israel its rescue and law.
But the beginning of Moses’ journey wasn’t the stuff of hero worship. He had committed murder and ran away from Egypt as a fugitive. And apparently, he had a timid heart and perhaps a speech impediment, too.
One of the most famous stories of the Bible is the Lord’s calling and commissioning of Moses. Moses’ first question back to the Lord was rather telling: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” That was Moses asking, “Why me of all people? How did you choose me?” Underneath those questions was his own self doubt. He had never done anything like this before. In fact, he was a runaway coward. Moses would have to do a full 180-degree reverse course to go back and confront and people and place he quickly abandoned for fear of his own life.
After a few more back and forth questions between the Lord and Moses which further defined Moses’ mission and authority, Moses gave his final answer… or so he thought. “Please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13). Thankfully for Moses and for us, the Lord did not accept Moses’ refusal. Moses went. His obedience, even in the face of his own self-doubt was Moses’ true final answer.
In reality, that’s what serving and leading through Christ is all about. God will always call us to tasks and responsibilities outside of our comfort zones. That’s the only way we will grow and allow God to be glorified though us. How would we ever grow and how would the world see God’s glory if we only ever did what we thought we could easily do on our own?
Moses could have lived comfortably as a shepherd for the rest of his life. But then, he never would have truly encountered the Lord. His life would have never matched the full potential for which he was made. Worse yet, Israel would have remained in bondage. (Yes, our disobedience and reluctance affects lots of other people than ourselves.)
So, the next time you get an invitation to follow God into something which seems out of our lane, don’t ignore it. It could very well be the Holy Spirit calling you to God’s work through you. God will give you all the strength and resources you will ever need to accomplish his will. God will give you your version of a staff, an Aaron, and a message to Pharoah. All we need to do is move through our doubt and fear to follow God.
Then we will truly experience God’s power and grace, and the world around us will, too.
Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “The Temptation to Be Spectacular” and the scripture is from Matthew 4:1-11
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40 Days of Lent is Almost Here
Lent begins next week, and there will be several special opportunities for you to deepen your faith and devotion to Jesus as we take these forty days to prepare for the Easter celebration and the resurrection of our Lord.
? Ash Wednesday Service- February 22 at 7:30 PM (a time to begin Lent by getting in touch with our own mortality and need for Jesus Christ)
? Sunday Morning Worship- worship at 8:15 and 11 AM featuring a sermon series called “Who Do You Say I Am?”
? Lenten Suppers- every Thursday at 6:30 PM from Feb. 23-March 29 (a light dinner and devotion)
? Holy Week Worship Services- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, April 5 & 6 at 7:30 PM

When Jesus walked the earth, He touched the lives of many persons. To each of them, he asked the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Sometimes the question was asked aloud. Other times, it was implied. Jesus’ question is as pertinent to us today, as it was to the people who met Him face to face. Jesus asks each of us the same question: Who do you say that I am?

Explore with us during Lent the various answers Jesus received to His question. Search the Scriptures; walk in the shoes of His followers and prepare your heart to answer the same question: Who do you say that I am.

Then plan to join us on Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 pm for a service that brings together the many roads we will have walked during Lent.
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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 will be February 29th
Fellowship News
TOMORROW!!! First United Methodist Church
Bowling Outing
Saturday, February 11, 2011
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Greenway Bowling Alley
8426 Telegraph Road, Odenton
Admission: $5.00/ Person or $10.00/Family (Shoes included)
Discipleship News
A New Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Our Tuesday morning study is starting up again and we will be studying through the Gospel of Mark. We will begin at 9:30 AM, Tuesday February 28. Pastor Chris and Mary Constable co-teach this study. Mark is the shortest but punchiest, fastest moving of the gospels. It was most likely the earliest of the four gospels and zeroes in on our commitment to Jesus as his disciples. Mark doesn’t mince words and gets right to the essential work and teaching of Jesus. You’ll be amazed, inspired, and deeply challenged at what we find in this short gospel. We’ll meet every Tuesday at 9:30 in the parlor for 13 sessions. A sign-up sheet for this study is in the Narthex on the side tables. We hope to see you there!
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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: Hillary Walsh, Jessica Ahlquist Rhodes, Russell Amis, Denise Levitine-Walsh, Germaine Acampora, Linda and her daughter, Bill Reagan, Maria Cook (Judy Sinkovitzs’ Mother), Ida Brown, Darnell Travine, William Johnson, Mickesh Family
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CHILDREN’S EASTER SYMBOLS PARTY
COMING SOON

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

We will begin our celebration with lunch
So don’t be late – lunch will be served
promptly at 1:00 PM

We have an awesome celebration planned
including our annual Symbols Egg Hunt
and of course the Candy Egg Hunt
so bring your baskets

Pastor Mike and his Puppet Company
will be here too!

SO JOIN US FOR A TON OF FUN!

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UMW
Martha Circle Meeting, Monday, February 13th at 7:00 pm
Edith Miles Circle Meeting, Monday, February 13th at 7:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting, Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 am
General Meeting & Program, Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 am
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Ladies, Mark your calendar!

March 16 & 17, 2012

“Beautification of body” Friday 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Come pamper yourself & enjoy!

“Beautification of soul” Saturday, 8:30 – noon
(Breakfast at 8:30 am)
Then a Challenging seminar speaker at 9:00 am

Mrs. Flossie Dryden
Graduate of Lancaster Bible College
Former missionary to Barbados

Watch for more information and sign up sheets. Don’t miss this blessing!

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

No cost Babysitting provided
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UMYF
Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 2/12/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm

Friday, 2/17/12-Sunday, 2/19/12 – Youth Retreat – West River Church Camp; No Regular Meeting

Sunday, 2/26/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm

Ministry News

February 19, 2012

Red Dress Sunday
We all need to be aware of heart disease ~ how to recognize its symptoms, how to treat it, and how to prevent it in the first place.

Red Dress Sunday is an innovative faith-based health education and outreach program designed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease.

Statistics show that each year more African-American and Latina women die from heart disease than breast cancer, stroke and lung cancer combined, making it the number one killer of African-American and Latina women in this country.

We invite our congregation to wear red as a powerful visual and reminder to take care of their hearts on Sunday, February 19th (snow date will be the following week, February 26th)

Our Hearts are not only important spiritually, but physically as well!
American Heart Association

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Outreach Ministry News

You are cordially invited to
Side by Side’s Breakfast Celebration & Fundraiser
Free Breakfast by IHOP Laurel
Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 8:30 -10:30 AM
**Silent Auction will be held during breakfast.
Guest Speaker: Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive
Bethany Community Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road, Laurel, MD.
RSVP Required by February 28, 2012 to
sidebyside@sidebysidelaurel.com or 202-710-5555
Free breakfast with a chance to donate to Side by Side
This event will highlight Side by Side’s third year’s successes, including Family Academy Programs, apartment homework club, community–wide tutoring programs, Spanish translation services in schools, computer loan program, and our new program, Great Start. Proceeds and donations will help sustain these important programs.

**BREAKFAST SILENT AUCTION ITEMS RECEIVED TO DATE—MORE TO COME
? Ocean-front beach house (sleeps 10) in North Carolina; 5 days, fall 2012; date to be mutually agreed upon by winner and owner
? First-edition Audubon print
? Homemade pies from Grammy’s Pie Factory; 6 pies
? Horseback riding lessons at Reddemeade Equestrian Center, Silver Spring, MD; four 1-hour group lessons
? Pendant and earring set, custom-designed
? Christmas basket – various Christmas items
? Hand-crafted quilt—68” x 82”
? Alex Ovechkin-autographed Washington Capitals game puck
? Season family pool pass for Laurel City Pool
? D.C. United—two premium-level seats to one 2012 game
? Two tickets to Olney Theatre Center’s performance of “Sleuth” ( July 13th-July 23rd)
? One-month fitness pass at Fairland Sports and Aquatic Complex
? One –month recreational swim pass at Fairland Sports and Aquatic Complex
? Two Six Flags tickets
? Two hand-crafted red stained-glass Christmas light boxes
? Several baskets of Boyd’s Bears, various sizes and themes
? Craftsman tool bag, 6” pull saw, 50’ orange safety cord, Craftsman robo-grip wrenches (3-piece set), Craftsman work light with 25’ cord, 2 strap wrenches
? Two original framed nature photographs by Steve Noyes
? Week-long stay at a three-bedroom vacation house near Montpelier, Vermont, with a beautiful view of farmland, hills, and mountains. Available in July 2012. Must set up specific time with owners.
? One NRA basic pistol or shotgun or rifle class (8 hours) taught by certified NRA instructor. Completion certificate provided that satisfies the Maryland Police Training Commission’s firearms safety training requirement necessary for purchasing a handgun in Maryland.
Church Meetings
Finance Committee Meeting – Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm
Other Important Items

UPDATED ADDRESS:

Mary Ellen May
Ellicott City Health and Rehab
3000 North Ridge Rd Room 206B
Ellicott City, MD 21043-3311

Lois Guthrie
Patuxent River Health Rehab
14200 Laurel Park Drive, Room 405
Laurel, MD 20707-5201

Condolences’ cards, notes for Mickesh family can be sent until February 22nd to:
Susan Mickesh
Casa Alegre – Apt 478
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Condolences cards for Harry Hardingham family can be send to:
Barbara Parisius
1006 Fairway Valley Lane
Lincoln, CA 95648

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