July 13, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
July 13, 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
“I Saw God at Work through You”
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16-17
I’m writing this at the end of yet another Vacation Bible School week. If you were working with our VBS this week, you know how tired we feel at the end of the week. But it’s a good tired, knowing that God was with us, just as Jesus promised he would be (Matthew 28:20), and equipped us to be the Body of Christ this week (1 Corinthians 12:7), as God has already promised he would. It’s always awesome and affirming to see God’s promises like these on full display during a week of VBS.
But I also want to point out specific ways I saw God at work among you:
• I saw the gifts and contributions of many of our members to provide the supplies, food, and funding we needed to provide this free service to our community.
• I saw the patience and persistence of our group guides. Some had very large groups of kids. Some had kids with special challenges. All in all, these volunteers carried on in love and strength to care for the kids God entrusted us to teach and serve.
• I saw the little things many of you did—a smile, an extra word of encouragement, doing something a little extra to convey to a kid how much he’s loved, the extra time you took to explain a biblical truth in answer to a child’s question, and more.
• I saw the dedicated leadership of Jenna Ryan that started months ago and all the people who stepped up to help her carry out this VBS week.
• I saw the generosity of God’s people to give $1,000 this week to purchase 100 malaria nets. Those bed nets have the potential to save the lives of about 300 people (since people in developing countries, especially children, often share a bed).
I am just so proud of you, First UMC! Together we served 130 children and over 30 adults. Most of the children we served were not a regular part of our church family. They come from the community. Some have church homes, and some do not. For example, I encountered an 11-year-old boy in the group I helped guide who was not a Christian, had very little church experience, and didn’t even know what a pastor was! He was only with us one night, but I saw him listen, ask questions, and take in the lessons that were taught him by our hard working VBS leaders, teachers, and guides. I know that the seeds of God’s Word were well planted into his heart.
Every year during VBS among all the energy, activity, creativity, and passion, I always say to myself, “I wish church was always like this!” As you can imagine, many people would laugh that off! Imagine the energy and expense if Vacation Bible School became something like “Weekly Bible School”… Then again, I can’t see why we couldn’t harness that same degree of Holy Spirit-driven excellence, creativity, and passion for teaching about Jesus to people who don’t yet know him and infuse all of that into everything we do. Why can’t we? We see the results: impacted lives for Jesus Christ. That’s our joy and reward for all of our hard work!
In the meantime, I want to thank you all again for allowing God to so powerfully have his way with you yet again. We really did fulfill the teaching from Colossians 3:16-17 through our teaching, singing, games, snacks, crafts, and joyful service. We did it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we thank God our Father for it. Thanks be to God!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Worship News
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Jesus – Better than the Best GPS” and the scripture is from John 14:1-14
Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Off for the summer, If you would like to provide special music please sign up in the choir room.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am

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: Karl Huber, Germaine Acampora, Nathan Self, James Gourdine, Russell Wilson, George Frazee, Janet Bryant
Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 7/15/12 – Helping out with VBS Celebration at both morning services; No regular meeting
Sunday, 7/22/12 – No Regular Meeting
Sunday, 7/29/12 – No Regular Meeting
Sunday, 8/5/12 – Game Night/Bring A Friend Night 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 8/12/12 – Attending Church Social @12:30 pm and then going to Monster Mini Golf in Jessup (bring $15 for cost of golf and arcade games)
Sunday, 8/19/12 – No Regular Meeting
Sunday, 8/26/12 – Regular Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Ministry News

Outreach Ministry News

Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House and
Side by Side School Supply Drive
Sponsored by: First United Methodist Church

School supply lists for the Fall are very extensive and costly in these current economic times. Please help these children with your donation. Donations can be left in the tub located in the Narthex marked School Supply Drive.

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

All school supplies collected will be divided between the Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House (PAW PAW, West Virginia) and Side By Side (Laurel). Our church will be taking school supplies to PAW PAW on August 11th (donations need to be given by August 5th) and Side By Side will receive donations supplied from August 5th through September 1st.

Thanks in advance for supporting the children of Laurel and PAW PAW with your donations.
The Elementary Sunday School Classes

Church Meetings
Thursday, July 26th – 7:00 pm Lay Leadership Development

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, MD. This week Mt. Zion is celebrating its 150th anniversary and we would like our fellow churches in the community to celebrate with us. On Saturday, July 14th we will be hosting a Carnival from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be games, crafts, entertainment (several local bands), old time photos, pony rides, petting zoo, food, and fun for all ages.
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 – 4 August, 2012
The Jazz Ambassadors – 11 August, 2012
The Volunteer – 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 www.armyfieldband.com

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