January 27, 2012

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January 27, 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:

v  Thoughts From Your Pastor

Worship News

Fellowship News

Discipleship News

Ministry News

v  Outreach Ministry News

v  Church Meetings

Other Important Items

Thoughts from Your Pastor

“Prayer Made Simple”

Have you ever wondered how many books there have been written on prayer, books that explain how to pray, why to pray, and what to pray? I don’t think there’s any way to get an exact number, but I think we could safely assume that we could fill a whole library with them all!

Prayer is a very deep subject because we’re dealing with our personal interactions with none other than the Lord God Almighty. But I think we can also overlook the fact that prayer is a very simple, quiet thing to do as well. Could it be that we can complicate something as basic to our existence as prayer? I think we do, yes. And Jesus would most likely agree. Consider what he taught his disciples about prayer:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

   “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”
(Matthew 6:5-13)

I love the simple, direct, to-the-point way that Jesus clarifies how we are to pray. Prayer is not pretentious, but humble. It’s not a showy thing, but largely a humble, simple thing. Prayer is not meant to manipulate God, but to open our hearts to him and his heart to us. And of course, prayer is meant to praise God, confess our sins, give our thanks to God, and to give him our concerns and needs. Those last four things we see in the Lord’s Prayer itself.

As you engage God in prayer every day, just be yourself. Don’t try to be “super holy” and use fancy words and techniques to pray. Just talk to God and make room for God to speak to you through the Bible, through those nudges God can give us, and how God might be speaking to us though other people or in the situations we find ourselves.

Bottom line: just pray, pray more, and don’t stop.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,

Pastor Chris


Worship News

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our message this Sunday will be “The Will to Make Hard Choices” and the scripture is from Matthew 6:19-24


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

First United Methodist Church

Bowling Outing

Saturday, February 11, 2011

1:00 pm

(Details to follow)

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: Bell-Wilson Family, Jinna Boonchern, Maria Cook (Judy Sinkovitzs’ Mother), Tammy Palladino, Catherine Gruss, William Shrader (Dawn King’s Uncle), Sharon Bullie (Friend of Marlene Carr), Gene Hoffmaster (Bonnie Frazee’s Father)



TOMORROW!!  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

TOMORROW!!  Saturday, January 28thMSP Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Maryland Special Olympics, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD


Sunday, January 29thYouth Sunday at both services; No Evening Meeting


Sunday, February 5thMeeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


Sunday, February 12thMeeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm



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


First UMC’s Special Needs Ministry

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, a 501 © (3) organization, will hold its Fundraising Breakfast on March 3, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:30a.m. at Bethany Community Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road in Laurel. It will be a fun event with free food by IHOP and a silent auction! Please mark that date on your calendar. More details to follow next week.





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

Administrative Board Meeting – Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Trustees Meeting – Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 pm in the Parlor

Staff Parish Committee Meeting – Thursday, February 9th at 7:30 pm in Christian Fellowship Classroom

Other Important Items

Thank you notes:

Dear Members and Friends,

The family of Stanley Bice, Jr.  acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy… In His Love, Churalene Bice


First Church made the funeral for Stanley a service of celebration and ministry.  He treasured the seven years at Laurel.  Our family is grateful for all the prayers, cards and many acts of kindness.  Stanley always expressed he was blessed, even during his physical challenges.


To the Church Family,

Thanks for all the care while I was convalescing from my broken ankle.  It has been a long haul and many people from the church made it a little easier by bringing meals, sending cards and visiting.  Thank you all so much.  I am able to walk more now and hope to see you in church soon.  Thanks again, Linda Turner


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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