January 20, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
January 20, 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
“We Are All Called to Christ’s Ministry”
You hear someone say, “I have been called to the ministry.” What do you automatically think? Most would say this person has been called to be a pastor, right? When we hear the words the ministry, we think clergy, ministers, pastors. Or you might have heard people describe God’s call to be a pastor as “a high calling.”
I want you to take these attitudes and assumptions and throw them out for good. I’m going to help you do that with a story and a Scripture.
One of my Conference obligations is serving on our Board of Ordained Ministry. Most of work is evaluating candidates for the ordained ministry. Believe me, it is a lot of hard work! Each candidate requires hours and hours of investment from a lot of people, interviewing, reading their material, praying for discernment, and making the difficult decisions about whether or not to recommend a person for the ordained ministry or not. This is highly important work because we make the decisions that determine who will pastor our churches. We only want to ordain people who have been called by God for that role, gifted by the Holy Spirit, and have the temperament, experience, and support of the Church.
This week, I spent three days examining candidates who are looking to be fully ordained as Elders or Deacons in the United Methodist Church. Throughout our time together we continually remind our candidates that our job is not to determine if they are called by God or not. They are called to the ministry. All of us who are baptized disciples of Jesus Christ are called by God to the ministry. Our job is to discern if these candidates are called and ready to take on the ordained ministry, which is one specific kind of ministry. But there is never any doubt that they along with all of us and all of you are chosen and called by God for ministry.
In the book of 1 Peter, the author reminds a group of new Christians of their identity in Christ Jesus. He says:
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
This Scripture is for you, too! You are a living stone, an important, integral part of God’s household, his Temple, his family. And you and I are a holy priesthood who offer spiritual sacrifices to God. It may seem funny to think of yourself as a priest, but a priest is someone who intercedes between people and God. As the light of God in the world (Matthew 5:14) and ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), we represent Jesus Christ and by our prayers, our service and our witness to others, we bring people to God. All this makes us God’s priesthood. We are all God’s ministers, equipped by the Holy Spirit for works of ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
I am blessed to be a part of First UMC, surrounded by so many fellow ministers and priests of God. Yes, I have my specific role and purpose as an ordained minister and Elder in our church. But I’ve always believed that my role and calling is no more precious or higher than yours. You are a powerful, essential minister of God, too. So let’s take that seriously, fully and prayerfully live into our call from God and be the ministers of our Lord Jesus God has created and called us to be.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Be Still with God…. For Longer than 30 Seconds” and the scripture is from Ephesians 6:10-20
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 practices will be February 1st and 8th
Fellowship News

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: Wilma Shober (Judy Law’s Mother), Lois Guthrie (Barb Miller’s Mother), Cathrine Gross, Tom Korth, Don Keatley (Peggy Sweitzer’s Father), Alicia Tello, Mrs. Banke Adeniyi, Wendall Headley & the Headley Family, Mabel Litchfield
General Meeting, Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall
Kathryn Eye Circle Meeting, Monday, February 6th at 1:00 pm

Meeting Schedule
LEAVING CHURCH PARKING LOT AT 4:30 PM THIS EVENING!! January 20th-22nd – Trip to ROCK in Ocean City, MD

Saturday, January 28th – MSP Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Maryland Special Olympics, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

Sunday, January 29th – Youth Sunday at both services; No Evening Meeting

Ministry News
NURSING HOME MINISTRY……The Evangelism Team is seeking a small group of people to bring a short worship service to two local nursing/rehab. homes this Sunday afternoon—at 2 PM at Patuxent Rehab Center (across from Laurel Regional Hospital) and at 3 PM at Morningside House (near Laurel High School). This is a great opportunity to share God’s love with those who aren’t able to attend church. Come share a smile, a greeting, and sing some hymns (singing voice not required). If you can participate, please email or call Dave Myers at myers2263@comcast.net or 301-490-0979.
First UMC’s Special Needs Ministry
Join us for an evening of Tex-Mex spice at Tampico Grill on Tuesday, January 24th from 4pm-10pm to warm your church’s Polar Plungers before our upcoming Plunge into the Chesapeake Bay next Saturday, January 28th. 17% of all checks (eat-in and take-out) will go towards FUMCL’s Special Blessings Team. Just remember to tell your server you are there for the Polar Bear Plunge/Special Olympics fundraiser! Tampico Grill is located at 42 Washington Boulevard (Rt. 1 South), Laurel, MD 20707, (301) 490-5200, http://www.tampicogrill.org
To help FUMCL Special Blessings meet our goals, you can visit our team website at http://plunge2012.kintera.org/fumclspecialblessings. On our site, you can join the team or make a donation. Or you can write a check to “SOMD” and write FUMCL Special Blessings in the memo. If you have any questions, please talk to Blairlee Owens. Thanks in advance for all of your help!

Outreach Ministry News
Side by Side Job Announcement

Side by Side, a faith-based nonprofit growing out of the Laurel Clergy Association and ministering to local schools, their students and parents, is seeking a part-time assistant director. The job entails developing a volunteer base from local churches and coordinating our Great Start and Family Academy programs. The programs provide events at seven Prince George’s elementary schools in Laurel that include a meal, parent workshops in English and Spanish, and activities for children. The position is half-time with a salary of $12,000. If interested in learning more, contact Executive Director Joe Murchison at 202-710-5555 or sidebyside@sidebysidelaurel.org. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.
General description
Part-time: minimum average of 20 hours/week
Hours: flexible (evening and Saturday duties included)
Salary: $12,000
• Lead Side by Side’s Family Academy and Great Start team. The team plans Side by Side’s monthly Family Academies and its fall series of Great Start workshops for kindergarten and pre-K families at seven elementary schools.
• Develop Great Start schedule with elementary school principals and identify workshop leaders from each school’s staff
• Coordinate compilation of handbooks for Great Start parent workshop presenters and children’s activity supervisors
• With team and executive director, develop and implement 42 Great Start sessions (six sessions in each of the seven elementary schools) in fall 2012
• Develop and implement follow-up Great Start surveys and seven spring “reunion” sessions
• With team and executive director, plan Family Academy dates, workshops, meals and children’s activities; and recruit and coordinate Family Academy workshop presenters, children’s activity leaders, and volunteers for serving meals and supervising children
• Increase Side by Side volunteer base to support Great Start and Family Academy programs through recruitment of a point of contact and a team of volunteers from local churches
• Attend monthly board of directors meetings (second Saturdays 9:00-10:30)
• Attend weekly meeting with executive director
• Attend monthly Laurel Clergy Association meetings

Committed follower of Christ
Proven leadership and administrative abilities
Passion for growing this mission of strengthening Laurel elementary schools and their families
Also desirable:
• Knowledge of early childhood development or experience in the education of young children
• Program management experience
• Experience in recruiting and coordinating volunteers
• Computer skills, including familiarity with websites and social networking
• Proficiency in Spanish

To apply
Send cover letter and resume to Executive Director Joe Murchison at
Joe Murchison
Executive Director
Side by Side, Inc.
15808 Kerr Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707

by Jan. 31, 2012.

Church Meetings
COM Meeting – Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 pm
Lay Leadership Development – Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 pm
Administrative Board Meeting – Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Other Important Items
Stained Glass Window Honoring Veterans
The organizing committee for the veteran’s stained glass window project will meet February 1, 2012 in Room 210 (Breakfast Club) at 7:00 p.m. We will start collecting donations for the window on February 8, 2012 with installation in late fall of this year. We prefer individual donations not exceed $50.00 so more members may participate. Make a check out to First United Methodist Church and indicate Veteran’s Stained Glass Window in the memo line. We currently plan to ask each donor to choose one person to be honored on a plaque to be located on the wall near the window. We plan to offer three or four designs to the congregation so they may indicate their preference. We also solicit volunteers to be part of the committee. If you are interested, contact Russ Geis or Richard Reynnells, Co-Chairs.

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