June 1, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
June 1, 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
“Greetings from Annual Conference”
This week I have been in Baltimore for the 228th session of our Baltimore-Washington Conference. (That’s right, 228th. Our first was in 1784 right here in Baltimore at the Lovely Lane meeting house.) What have we been doing? Well, this is the annual time when all our Conference’s clergy and lay people from every United Methodist congregation in our Conference come together for what John Wesley once called “holy conferencing”. In this time of holy conferencing we have spent time worshiping and in prayer. We celebrated Holy Communion together. We have heard reports about the ministry of our Conference over the last year. We voted to approve a budget that further reduces our apportionment giving (the amount our church pays each year to the Conference for Conference ministry) and carved $1.4 million from our budget. We celebrated the commissioning of thirteen new people into provisional ministry, the recognition of one person to associate membership in our Conference, the ordination two new Deacons, and the ordination of nine new Elders. Each of these persons will serve as pastors in our Conference. We’re electing a nominee for bishop. And we spend a lot of time just being together- sharing meals, hugs, and encouraging conversations. In that way Annual Conference is like one big family reunion of over 800 brothers and sisters in Christ.
I also want to recognize and thank Stephan Stankewich who is First UMC’s Lay Member to Annual Conference. During the year, he serves on several of our church’s committees such as SPRC, Finance, and Administrative Board. And he has been here with me over these last several days, taking off several days from work, and doing a wonderful job representing each of you. When you see him, thank him. Soon, he and I will report back to you more of what we witnessed, did, and gleaned here at Conference.
Annual Conference does leave me tired, yes. But I almost always walk away refreshed, deeply challenged, encouraged, and re-centered to serve as your pastor for another year.
Thank you for supporting Stephan and me to be here at Annual Conference. We can’t wait to get back home to you and in time to share our blessings with you.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Worship News
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Count the Cost of Following Jesus” and the scripture is from Luke 14:25-34
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
Our Choir needs your help!
Do you love your country?
Are you willing to reach out
to your community?

On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, the choir would like to present our patriotic cantata, Land of the Free, and invite the community to come
and enjoy lunch and the music…… However, we can’t do it alone!
Do you like to sing, but can’t commit to singing with the choir all the time. If that describes you, this is your opportunity. Come to two rehearsals, June 20 and June 27, and then sing with us on July 4! It’s as easy as that. A lot of the music is familiar – “America, The Beautiful”, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. How
much better can it get?
More of a “behind the scenes” person? We need help with setting up and cleaning up, decorating, preparing the food and serving the food.

We also need people to get out and invite the community to attend. Invite your friends and your neighbors! How about the person who repairs your shoes, or does your dry cleaning? Get out and spread the word! Invite folks to come and enjoy a good meal, good fellowship and good music!

Sign up sheets are in the narthex for all of the positions mentioned above.
Show your patriotism!
Lend a helping hand!
Join with your church family and the community
for an all-star afternoon of fellowship and music!
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: Carol Arends (Jerry Burdette’s cousin), Arlene Kaslik (Adam Engle’s grandmother), Bill Burdge (Dawn King’s brother), Aubriona North (Dawn King’s Great Niece), Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Darcy, Ricky Helmick (Linda Webster Wright’s brother), Bobbi Helmick (Linda Webster Wright’s step-mother), Peyton Rhoades, Winston Hughes, Sandy Batten (Ginger Busic’s sister)

Kathryn Eye Circle Meeting – Monday, June 4th at 1:00 pm
Martha Circle Meeting – Monday, June 11th at 6:00 pm (Meeting at Olive Garden)
Edith Miles Circle Meeting – Monday, June 11th at 7:00 pm
Meeting Schedule
Sunday, 6/3/12 – Regular Meeting 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday, 6/9/12 @ 5pm – Sunday, 6/10/12 @6am – Relay forLife –Team Barracudas – McCullough Field
Sunday, 6/10/12 – No Evening Meetng
Sunday, 6/17/12 – No Regular Meeting – Father’s Day
Sunday, 6/24/12 – Game Night/Bring A Friend Night – 6:30pm-8pm

Ministry News

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation
Announces The 2012 Intergenerational
Genealogy Conference for
Grandparents and Their Grandchildren
Passing It Forward
Conference Highlights Include:
DNA testing in genealogy research
Uncovering family medical histories to shape medical futures
Exploring genealogy software
Other genealogy topics

Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 2012
Entire conference
Grandparent plus Grandchild = $100
Friday Only = $40
Saturday Only = $65
Sojourner Douglass College
Edgewater, Maryland
Check www.kintehaley.org or
email info@kintehaley.org for additional information
Outreach Ministry News
Welcome to Summer! That means VBS must be right around the corner.
Its July 8th – 12th, 6:30 to 9 PM. The registration form is available online for the first time this year, please print out a few copies and share them with neighbors, friends, and family! We are looking forward to seeing many new faces!
We need lots of help, so please reply to starringjenna@aol.com or sign up on the sign up sheets in the Narthex to let us know what you might be able to do. Please prayerfully consider this outreach ministry to the children of our community. Here’s where we stand:
ORIENTATION & CHILD SAFETY SEMINAR: Orientation meeting will be on Sunday, July 8th at 5:30 PM; followed by the First Day of VBS!! Please note, everyone who works at VBS must have attended First Church for at least six months and have taken or retaken the child safety seminar once in the past three years. The date and time for the Child Safety seminar this year will be announced soon. Please let us know if you will be attending the seminar. This seminar also applies to Sunday school teachers and anyone who works with children in any way so you get a double benefit. Amy Miller can let you know if you are due for renewal.
VOLUNTEERS: There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex! Please put your sign your name by the station at which you would most like to help. If you would like to be a guide, indicate the grade you prefer.
GUIDES: This is the fun part – you get to hang with the kids all week and get to know them very well and participate in their activities. Please let me know which grade you would like to work with:
3 & 4 Year Olds 15 Max.
5 Year Olds 20 Max.
Kindergarten 25 Max.
1st Grade 25 Max.
2nd & 3rd Grade 25 Max.
4th – 6th Gr. 25 Max.
As you can see each age group is limited so be sure to have your friends sign up early or they will have to be moved to an older or younger class where size permits. I assume all first church children who attended last year will attend this year and I will go ahead and put them in the class (although a confirmation e-mail with yes or no would be nice; starringjenna@aol.com).
CRIBBERY or 2 YEAR OLDS: If at least two people volunteer, we will keep children of workers (not a babysitting open to all). We also have materials for teaching the lessons to this age group (2’s), and crafts, snacks, games, music, etc.
Looking forward to lots of volunteers by return e-mails or sign ups in the narthex. Please also feel free to call us if you have any questions 301-854-9826.
Thank you. Jenna Ryan

Church Meetings
Thursday, June 7th – 7:00 pm Administrative Board Meeting
Thursday, June 14th – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting
Thursday, June 14th – 7:30 pm Staff Parish Relations Meeting
The Bazaar Committee would like to thank everyone who donated money to purchase new chairs for fellowship hall!!!! With your help we are now able to purchase the 150 chairs that we need!!! Thanks again for your faithful giving!!!!!!!!!!!
With the new chairs for fellowship hall coming the
Trustees are selling the chairs we currently have……
If you or anyone you know would like to purchase any please
contact Mary Hoffman or Cherilyn Hostetler

Fellowship Hall Chairs (current red chairs)
One is $15 each
10 or more only $10 each

Public Service Announcement
Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce that the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Laurel Police Department will hold a free bike decorating contest, bike parade and ice cream social on Friday, June 8th at the Laurel Armory Anderson and Murphy Community Center.
Children ages 4 to 12 can decorate their bikes and scooters inside the Armory starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at 7:15 p.m. and will travel on Montgomery Street between 4th Street and 5th Street. Bike helmets must be worn. The ice cream social will follow immediately after the parade. Bring the family for some old-fashioned fun.

Thank you to State Farm Insurance and Eddy’s/Dryer’s/Nestle Grand Ice Cream for sponsoring this event. The Laurel Armory Anderson Murphy Community Center is located at 422 Montgomery Street.

For more information, contact Danny Miller at 301-725-8088 or the Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800.
June Birthdays:
1 Tracy Bailey
Lauren Knoblett
3 Janice Crouse
5 Julia McLaughlin
6 Gregory Havens
David Preston
Diana Sansosti
Payton Welsh
10 Jonathan Armstrong
Austin Hardesty
11 Amanda Feeser
Kaile Johnson
Hamid Mansaray
Kathy Shaffer
12 Jessica Sweitzer
13 Caitlyn Frazee
14 Paige Miller
15 Emma Hardesty
Ellen Healey
17 Eleanor Hahn
Donald Preston
Jim Watlington
18 Ahmed Jean Martin, Jr.
19 Jay Eberhardt
Nancy Tardy
21 Daniel Cahalan
June Metzger
23 Trudie Myers
24 Ruth Fettkether
Matthew Turner
25 Amanda Berard
Corey Copeland
Dawn King
Fatmata Mansaray
Charlotte Wiseman
26 Vernessa Cline-Cole
LeRoy Ruby
Katerina Teasdale
Antonette Wilson
28 Jacklyn Bailey
Justin Landy
Dianna Wiseman
29 Trevor Miller
Carey Myers
Stephen Yelenik
30 Russell Wilson

June Anniversaries

11 David & Karen Bockstahler
Charles & Lisa Sympson
15 Andrew & Angela Bouie
19 Mark & Lauren Welsh
21 Jack & JoAnne Urion
24 Donald & Robin Preston
25 Robert & Michelle Holmes
29 Chris & Blairlee Owens

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