June 15, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
June 15, 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
“A New Adventure”
I want to take a moment to share with you some personal news. I have just been hired by our Conference as a part-time Guide in addition to my appointment here at First UMC as your pastor. This is an unexpected honor and privilege for me and an opportunity to try out some different kinds of ministry.
As a part-time Guide, I will be assigned to coach and guide a group of 12 pastors and their churches here in our Annapolis District. As their Guide, there are several ways I will interact with them.
First, we meet monthly in what’s called a Discipler Group. In our Discipler Groups, we begin with worship and devotions, watch a prepared DVD featuring topics that serve to enhance and build our leadership as pastors, then share in a small group time which I will now facilitate that invites us to discuss and share what we’ve learned, how we could apply what we’ve learned, and how we can encourage and challenge each other to be better pastors.
Second, I will conduct a monthly 30-minute coaching phone call with each of these 12 pastors. During this phone call, I will be asking questions designed to encourage their ministry, deepen and broaden their thinking, set goals for their ministry, and follow up with those goals.
Third, I will conduct the yearly Charge Conference for each of these churches. These are typically scheduled in the October-November months. Along with that, I will make myself available to conduct ministry workshops in these churches, as requested.
Last night, our District Superintendent, Rev. Chris Holmes, and my former District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Ianther Mills, to whom I will be reporting in my role as a Guide, came to our Staff Parish Relations Committee meeting to share about the Guiding ministry and to answer any questions and concerns. It was a great conversation, and as a result, our SPRC enthusiastically supported my new role as a part-time Guide. I am deeply grateful for both this opportunity and for our SPRC’s support.
A couple of things to keep in mind, just for clarification:
• This is only a part-time position, averaging 3-5 hours per week. It will not diminish my role as your pastor here at First UMC. In fact, in order to accommodate this new position, I’m resigning from our Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry which I’ve served on for the last four years.
• By Conference protocol, I am permitted to hold a part-time position in addition to my full-time appointment, as approved by SPRC and my DS. This position fits well within those criteria.
• My role as a part-time Guide does make me a contracted Conference employee, but my first priority is my appointment here to First UMC. This is in addition to—not in replacement of—any of my functions and responsibilities with First Church.

Since 2006, the Guiding ministry and Discipler groups have been in place, and I have been a regular participant within this program. It has been a central place of learning, growth, and encouragement for me. I have had some wonderful Guides and have loved the interaction of the Discipler Groups. It will be a huge honor for me to now give some of that benefit back—investing in the lives and leadership of some of my fellow clergy and their churches. Please pray for my effectiveness and for God to use this experience to shape us all. And thank you for your support and encouragement of my ministry, too. Over these past five years you have helped me to significantly grow as both a Christian and a pastor. The lessons you have taught me will be well placed within the lives of other clergy now. That’s one of the wonderful things about our United Methodist Connection!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Get to Know Your Staff
Let me tell you about Shari Kornak, our faithful Office Administrator.
Shari Kornak and her family first attended our church in 1991 and have been actively involved ever since. She started working for the church in October of 2004. In the beginning, she worked alongside Jim Welsh, learning the ropes of running the church office.
You can find Shari in the office Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on Friday’s from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Shari greets everyone that comes into the office with a smile and cheerful attitude. In her position as Office Administrator, Shari handles our Sunday bulletin, compiles all the information for the e-Revelations and distributes it to the congregation, manages the church calendar, answers the telephone, sends out various emails out during the week with prayer requests and special announcements, etc… Shari is always willing to help in any way she can and is known to go above the call of duty. When Shari was asked what the favorite part of her position was, she stated, “I really love working with people of the church and getting to know everyone better and actually becoming a part of their family.”
Here are a few tidbits of information that you may not have known about Shari:
–Shari’s favorite restaurant changes all the time, however, at the moment you can find her at On the Border.
–Shari’s favorite musical group is Bon Jovi and her favorite singer is Barry Manilow.
–Shari loves hanging out with her friends in her leisure time.
–Shari is active in the Martha Circle and helps out with the UMYF as needed for chaperone support.
Whenever you have a chance to visit the office during a week day or see Shari on a Sunday be sure to thank her for all the hard work she does for our church. We would be lost without her help at church. (Written & submitted by Ingrid Loukota, SPRC)
Worship News
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “A Light in the Blinding Darkness” and the scripture is from John 8:12; 9:1-11
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
Fourth of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
424 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
1:00 pm Luncheon…
Pulled Pork, Beef Hotdogs, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Chips, Dessert, Beverage

2:00 pm Patriotic Musical
Presented by the Chancel Choir
“Land of the Free”
Judy Law – Choir Director
Dr. Mack Statham, Accompaniment
Donations Accepted
All Welcome!!

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: Kamille Kreger, Tom Orem, Emily & Family, William Gourdine, Santiago Miranda, Delores Holmes (Barbara Corporal’s mother-in-law), Hassan Mansaray, Kim Alcaraz (friend of Jamie & Shari Kornak)

Executive Meeting – Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 am
General Meeting & Covered Dish – Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 am
Meeting Schedule
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

Outreach Ministry News

It’s Paw-Paw time again!!
SAVE THE DATE!! Saturday, August 11, 2012

Don’t forget to bring school supplies and cleaning supplies in for our trip to the Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House in Paw-Paw, W.V., scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2012.

You can also make a monetary contribution if you would prefer by making your check out directly to “Rev. Nancy Ward Mission House” (your cancelled check will be your receipt). Feel free to place your check in the offering plate or give to the office directly.

Donations should reach the church no later than Sunday, August 5, 2012.

We will need drivers and people to sort the donations. Please watch the bulletin for more details. Any questions, please call Richard Reynnells at 301-776-4154.
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
Monday, June 18th – 7:00 pm Caregiver Meeting (Parlor)
Thursday, June 21st – 7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 21st – 7:00 pm Council on Ministries Meeting
Thursday, June 28th – 7:00 pm Lay Leadership Development
Church Job Opportunity

Paid Part-time Job Opportunity:
Nursery Attendant

The FUMC-Laurel nursery is in need of a part-time nursery attendant. Minimum age: 16 years old. Hours: mostly Sunday from 1045 – 1230 (or until all of the children have been picked up). Trained, or willing to be trained, in basic first aid. Must have completed the child safety course within the last 3 years. NO DIAPER CHANGING REQUIRED. For additional information, contact our Nursery Coordinator (Diana Sansosti). Those interested should submit a short paragraph about why you would be a good candidate for this position to the church office (ATTN: SPRC). Position is currently available. Thanks for your support to this important ministry.

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