June 8, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
June 8, 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
“Faith and Hope in the Face of Hopelessness”
Let’s look into a book of the Bible that almost always gets skipped over: the book of Habakkuk. (I’d venture to say that most people have never even heard of this book of the Bible, let alone read it!) Habakkuk is one of the twelve “minor” prophets in the last part of the Old Testament. The minor prophets get that unfortunate title, not because they are less important, but because their books are so much smaller compared to the “major” prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
There are several verses from this little forgotten book that you’ve probably heard before. For example, there is, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14) or verse 4 of the same chapter, “…the righteous will live by his faith”.
Habakkuk was a prophet living during a very dark, uncertain time for Israel. He lived in the southern kingdom of Judah surrounded by political and religious corruption and evil. Idolatry was rampant. God’s people had all but abandoned God’s Law. The poor and the vulnerable were being trampled underfoot. And the temple had become a hollow, shallow sham of all the traditional sacrifices and rituals led and carried out by people whose hearts were far from the Lord.
Habakkuk was one of the few remaining righteous men of God. His book is a series of two different complaints to God, followed by God’s answers. Habakkuk first asked the Lord how long he had to look at unanswered evil and corruption in the land. The Lord responded with his promise to unleash the Babylonian empire who would attack Jerusalem and Judah, bring down the king and temple, and bring an end to the unrighteousness there in Judah. But there was only one problem. Babylon was notoriously evil and ruthless, even worse than Judah! How could they possibly be God’s instrument? That was Habakkuk’s second question. The Lord answered with an assurance that Babylon, too, would meet its end. Their evil and corruption would be their undoing, too. And then the Lord God and him alone would be glorified in his holy temple and all the earth would be silent before him (Habakkuk 2:20).
In the face of God’s assurances, Habakkuk responds with a beautifully moving, powerful prayer of faith. His prayer concludes with these verses:
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Like Habakkuk, we often don’t get to choose the circumstances we find ourselves in. We have some responsibility, yes, and we make decisions that impact ourselves and those around us. But we never have control of the entire picture. When things go badly, when life seems to stack up against us, when Murphy’s Law kicks in, we do choose how to look at it and how to go forward.
Poor Habakkuk… His news went from bad to worse, even after talking to God about it! Things were already bad. Now they were going to get worse at the hands of the most villainous people of the ancient world. But God kept promising that the righteous would be vindicated and that God and his true people will win.
Habakkuk had a choice to make. He could either go on wallowing in fear, anger, and sorrow. Or he could take a clear look at the things around him and keep going trusting in God’s promises and in God’s strength. Habakkuk chose to go with God and God’s strength, and the result is a life and legacy we still read about all these thousands of years later.
How will you go forward? Let’s go on together, one day at a time, trusting in God’s promises, God’s Word and God’s strength!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Worship News
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Don’t Go Hungry!” and the scripture is from John 6:35, 44-59
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: Bridget Worrill (Sheri Bell’s daughter), Florence Akinrosotu & Family, Debbie Goodwin, Richard Lacy (relative of Mary Johns), Dorothy Dolan, Linda (friend of Germaine Acampora), Alice Taylor & Family, Germaine Acampora
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
Executive Meeting – Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 am
General Meeting & Covered Dish – Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 am
Meeting Schedule
TOMORROW!!! Saturday, 6/9/12 @ 5pm – Sunday, 6/10/12 @6am – Relay for Life –Team Barracudas – McCullough Field
Sunday, 6/10/12 – No Evening Meeting
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 14th – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting
Thursday, June 14th – 7:30 pm Staff Parish Relations Meeting
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

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.

Thought this might interest someone…….
Laurel Cable Network
8103 Sandy Spring Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-725-5300 ext. 2316

Lights. Camera. Action! Laurel Cable TV is always looking for volunteers and new programming produced by YOU! If you’ve ever wanted to learn television production, be in front of the camera or behind it, attend this free 6-week Producer Training class at Laurel Cable TV. The class is open to individuals from 14 years and up.

Classes will be on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm starting June 20th – July 25th with one Monday class. The schedule is as follows: WED. June 20 (week 1); WED. June 27 (week 2); No class on WED. July 4 (week 3); MON. July 9th (week 4); WED. July 18 (week 5); WED. July 25 (week 6).

Laurel Cable TV is located in the Laurel Municipal Center at 8103 Sandy Spring Rd., Laurel, MD 20707. To learn more about Laurel Cable or to register for the class, you can “Like” us on Facebook at Laurel Cable TV. You can also check out our government meetings and productions on YouTube as well. Just visit http://www.youtube.com/LaurelCableTV.

If you are interested and wish to speak with someone, please call Oliver Wilford, Program Manager at 301-725-5300 x2110 or email Kelsie McCall at k_mar2000@hotmail.com.

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