July 27, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
July 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:
? Thoughts From Your Pastor
? Worship News
? Fellowship News
? Discipleship News
? Ministry News
? Outreach Ministry News
? Church Meetings
Thoughts from Your Pastor
Pastor Chris is on vacation this week. Here is the Sermon Series which will begin on Sunday, August 5th.

August-September 2012 Sermons
“An Abundant Life with God”

August 5 God’s Will and Our Lives
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-8
John 5:17, 19-20
Message Title: “How to Become an Authentic Servant of God”
August 12 God is Already at Work around Us
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-20
Matthew 6:25-34
Message Title: “God Already Has an Awesome Plan and Purpose”
August 19 God’s Love Relationship with Us
Scripture: Genesis 16:1-15
John 15:9-17
Message Title: “God First Loves Us and Calls Us”
August 26 God’s Invitation to Join His Work
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Message Title: “When We See God at Work, Step Up!”
September 2 How God Speaks and What God Reveals, Part 1
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-21
Message Title: “God Does Still Speak to Us, Part 1”
September 9 How God Speaks and What God Reveals, Part 2
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Ephesians 4:1-16
Message Title: “God Does Still Speak to Us, Part 2”
September 16 Moving through the Crisis of Belief
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-17
Message Title: “Faith in God’s Word When Facing the Impossible”
September 23 Adjusting Our Lives to God and God’s Will
Scripture: Acts 9:1-19
Message Title: “Going on with God Never Leaves Us the Same”
September 30 Experiencing God through Obedience to God’s Will
Scripture: Luke 10:1-24
Message Title: “Obedience: Our Ticket to Fully Experiencing God”
Worship News
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Angry Christians” and the scripture is from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. Ron Feeser will be preaching this week while Pastor Chris is on vacation.
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
Sunday, August 12th, 2012
Immediately following 11 am service

Directly after the second service, we will provide a light meal. Come and enjoy the company of your fellow Christians. We know that it can be difficult to make it to the church during the rest of the week to attend our events, so take a moment to relax before heading out into the world and have a lunch on us!

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: Sheila Dubais, Julie Dixon, Vicki Walters, Funke T’Olugbile

Meeting Schedule
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
Laurel Regional Hospital &
Laurel Lions Club
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
J Russell Jones Room
7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel, MD

Please contact Annette Brown at 240-568-2932
Or 1-800-RED-CROSS
To schedule you life-saving donation!

Outreach Ministry News

This fall, Side by Side will be hosting a series of 6 evening workshops for Preschool and Kindergarten parents in 6 of the Prince George’s County Laurel area schools. First United Methodist has been asked to partner with St. Philips Episcopal Church to help run these workshops at Laurel Elementary School. On 3 evenings in September/October, FUMC volunteers are needed to set up, serve and clean up the simple meal and supervise the children of the parents attending the workshops. Activities will be designed and ready to use, so volunteers will work with other SBS “regulars” to help make the evening a success. Contact Jane Hanfman at 410-772-8424 or by e-mail at jane.hanfman@gmail.com or see her in church if you would like to help on one or more of our FUMC nights.

On Sunday, August 12th, Side by Side’s Executive Director Joe Murchison or Assistant Director Valerie Nicholas will speak to us at our services about Side by Side and it’s “Wish List”. A special offering will be collected that Sunday to help defray costs. Please continue to bring school supplies for our Laurel & Paw-Paw kids through the remaining Sundays in August to support the School supply drive. Side by Side is very appreciative of the strong leadership and financial support of our church!

Side by Side is excited about expanding our outreach to the families of our Laurel schools, and we hope you will want to join with us in some fashion this coming school year. Just as many of us promised to uphold the Methodist Church with “our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service” and saw real evidence of just that in our wonderfully attended FUMC Vacation Bible School this July, we hope you’ll keep reaching out to show Laurel that FUMC loves them and wants them to see Jesus in all we do. Thanks for supporting us!

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, August 9th – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting
Thursday, August 9th – 7:30 pm Staff Parish Committee Meeting
Monday, August 13th – 7:00 pm Vision Team Meeting (Parlor)


Recently, my daughter and I jumped out of a perfectly good flying airplane at 12,000 feet. Yes we went skydiving. I’ve been fretting about this activity for several months prior and asked First Church to pray for God’s protective hand over us. Pastor Chris prayed that I might learn something spiritual from this activity.

As we waited to enter the plane for our fateful jump a man noticed how nervous I was and came by to rescue me with words of encouragement. Yes, Tom was my partner on the tandem jump. I shared with him my fears, he countered with safety features that would prevent each concern from happening. If the main chute won’t open, a secondary chute will be the backup. If he passes out the instant we leave the plane, a computer-altimeter will automatically open at the proper altitude. I will be wearing a harness and prior to the jump he will attach himself to me via that harness. I asked him to keep the straps tight because I don’t want to fall out of my harness. He accommodated my every request. He also told me that about 5 seconds after we jump a small chute will open to slow our free fall decent to 125 mph, otherwise we would be dropping at a rate of over 200 mph. More speed than we would be able to handle. I won’t see the chute and will not be aware it’s there, but it will be controlling our fall anyhow. I felt assured and that I could trust him. With this trust, I decided I could free fall the 8,000 feet and enjoy the ride and felt I would land and live to tell this story. But then he said that I was required to do something during the “dive” to make the fall as safe as possible. I needed to cross my arms across my chest, hold my head back, and arch my back at the time of the jump. Otherwise we will spin during the fall and he will have a difficult time controlling the jump. I practiced the moves in my head continually in an effort not to mess up my part.

The time has come. I squat-walked to the exit door, I looked down to the vastness of the ground below, and then, closing my eyes, I jumped. I didn’t quite do my part correctly and so we spun head over foot until Tom regained control and then all was going as planned. I was still trembling as we were falling back to earth, but I felt safe with Tom tightly attached to me as he safely controlled our descent back to earth.

Some of us at First Church are currently experiencing some pretty frightening event in our lives. Some of us have lost our jobs, or our marriage is at risk, or has recently lost a loved one, or is in a health or financial crisis. Some of us are near the end of our life on earth. Though we may stumble in our Christian walk, daily scripture reading and prayer, putting our trust in Jesus, holding close to Him may not remove the anxiety of what we’re going through, but He will manage our ride so that we won’t have to endure more than we can handle and we will land safely home.

Dale Boeckman
Community Happenings
Montpelier Summer Concert Series
Free – 7:30 – 9:30 pm
The Annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series is a figt for the citizens from the South Laurel Rec4reation Council volunteers.
For further information, call (301) 776-2805

You are invited to bring a friend, picnic, blanket and/or chair to enjoy free performances on the west lawn of the Montpelier Mansion grounds (9652 Muirkirk Road at Route 197, ¼ mile west of the BW Parkway in Laurel.

Reservations and tickets are not required. There is no admission or parking fee.

In the event of heavy, prolonged rain at the time of the concert, the performance will be cancelled. Call (3-1_ 953-7882 after 5 pm the day of the concert for verification.

Friday, July 27th – Riseband and Show (Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Jazz)

Friday, August 10th – 1+1 Riddim (Caribbean: Reggae, Soca, Calypso)
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
August Birthdays:
2 Earl Bailey, Jr.
Mike Malone
3 Elizabeth Fadika
Matt Lydick
Daniel Smith-Thomas
4 Gilbert Crouse
Diane Grant
5 Zoe Miller
7 Laudis Turney, Sr.
8 Constance Brown
Jacqueline Tilford
9 Vaylah Clinton
Caroline Lowe
Megan McCreedy
10 Rodney Burley
12 Kennedy Gourdine
Mary Hoffman
Jim Ryan
Sean Sellards
15 Evan Becraft
Jesse Easton
Courtney Falk
16 Brandy Copeland
Linda O’kai
19 Zachary Alexander
Becky Jackson
20 Rachael Kornak
Julie Miller
23 Spencer Becraft
24 Ann Messina
25 Maggie Frost
Fred Landy
Marissa Yelenik
29 Gary Miller
Jacqueline Ricks
30 Ken Hersey
Rebecca Jameson

August Anniversaries

1 Wayne & Nancy Becraft
4 Jeffrey & Linda Oliver
7 Stephen & Sandra Cawood
Brandon & Amy Miller
8 Nathan & Erica Nelson
15 Gilbert & Janice Crouse
24 George & Theresa Anderson
Jeffrey & Suzette Becraft
Tom & Essie Jarrell
30 Gary & Melissa Miller
Marvin & Deborah Schneider
31 William & Marlene Carr
Greg & Peggy Sweitzer

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