March 16, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
March 16, 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
? Other Important Items
Thoughts from Your Pastor
“Remembering Saint Patrick”
Over the last couple of years on or around Saint Patrick’s Day, I’ve written about Saint Patrick, who is one of my favorite ancient Christians. Saint Patrick’s Day has become a day to celebrate “all things Irish”—cabbage and corned beef, green beverages of all sorts, shamrocks, leprechauns, green clothes… you name it! Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re in on the celebration.
Well, Saint Patrick’s Day means a lot more than that, and I want to dig deeper into the day in a way that I hope gives you some encouragement and inspiration to be the saint of God whom the Lord Jesus has died for, called, and raised you up to be. Read on…
Besides a day to celebrate the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day (just like St. Valentine’s Day) is a feast day of the Church to commemorate and remember the legacy of Church’s most celebrated saints, keeping in mind that all people who claim Christ as their Lord and Savior are saints of God. The Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches have calendars in which every day of the year is set aside to remember a particular saint. These saints are lifted up for being typical men and women like you and me who lived exemplary lives as disciples of Jesus. They’re upheld as role models, showing us what our lives can look like when we give ourselves completely to Christ and allow his grace to fill us to serve and glorify God.
Saint Patrick was one of those legendary people, and ironically enough, he was not Irish. Patrick was British. That’s right! Here is Patrick’s story.
Patrick was born around 387 AD in what is now Wales. At the age of 16, he was captured and sold into slavery by Irish raiders. The Irish lived in various clans and townships and practiced Celtic forms of paganism. They were not at all like their British neighbors who lived in constant conflict. He lived in Ireland as a slave for six years and then managed to escape. After returning home, grateful to God that he survived and came home free again, he studied for the priesthood.
After several years, legend says that in a dream, Patrick received a vision from an Irish man pleading him to come to Ireland and preach the gospel. Other Christians had tried to convert the Irish in the past and had failed miserably. This was not going to be an easy task, but Patrick knew the Irish well. They were his captors, but he learned their ways, their behavior, and their spiritual beliefs and practices. Unlike others before him, Patrick was no stranger to the Irish.
So, Patrick got permission from Rome, and obediently went on his risky mission to the Irish. After several generations of following in Patrick’s methods and practices, Ireland was converted to Christianity. That’s why, in the 8th Century, Patrick was named Ireland’s patron saint, and still is to this day.
As a tribute to Patrick and as a way of inspiring us towards faithfulness to Jesus, I’d like to share with you a rendition of a prayer attributed to Patrick called “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate”. There are many renditions, but this one is my favorite. I hope it blesses you:
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s hand to guard me.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,

Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,

Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of Creation.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Even the Blind Can See the Truth” and the scripture is from Mark 10:46-52
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April 5th – Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 pm
April 6th – Good Friday Service 7:30 pm
April 8th – Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 am
Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am
Normal Sunday Services at 8:15 & 11 am
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New Members’ Class Coming Up
Have you been attending First UMC for a while and would like to make a deeper commitment to Christ and to his church? Would you like to explore what it means to be a member of our church family? Then this class is for you! On March 18, 25, and April 1, our new members’ class will meet during Sunday School in the Parlor. Pastor Chris will lead our time together. We’ll learn about each other, our church, and how to be a vital part of First UMC. Attendance at all three sessions is strongly encouraged. You will then have the opportunity to be received into membership during our Easter Day services on April 8. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office by phone or e-mail.

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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
The King’s Kids – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:30 pm next practice April 11th
Fellowship News
Pizza Night

Saturday, March 17, 2012
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
FUMC Fellowship Hall

The First United Methodist Church Fellowship Team would like to invite you to the 9th annual Pizza Night.

Bring your family & friends and join us for a fun filled evening of food and fellowship.

Enjoy the “Buffet Style”
Pizza & Salad Bar

Please sign up in the Narthex, to give us an idea of how much food we need to purchase and an idea of the time you plan to arrive so that we may better serve you.

We look forward to seeing you!!
Discipleship News
NOTICE!!! PRAYER MEETINGS
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: Nancy Warren (friend of Lois Hamilton), Bell/Mohl Family, John Fountain, Walter Dixon, Bobbie Lutz, Denise Levitine’s Mother, Tim Brennan & Family, Kimberly Evans, Germaine Acampora

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CHILDREN’S EASTER SYMBOLS PARTY
COMING SOON

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

We will begin our celebration with lunch
So don’t be late – lunch will be served
promptly at 1:00 PM

We have an awesome celebration planned
including our annual Symbols Egg Hunt
and of course the Candy Egg Hunt
so bring your baskets

Pastor Mike and his Puppet Company
will be here too!

SO JOIN US FOR A TON OF FUN!

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UMW
April 2nd – 1:00 pm Kathryn Eye Circle Meeting
April 9th – 7:00 pm Martha Circle Meeting
April 9th – 7:00 pm Edith Miles Circle Meeting
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If you RSVP’d for

IT STARTS TONIGHT!
March 16 & 17, 2012
A two day (Friday evening and Saturday morning)
Women’s Spiritual Enrichment Weekend

“Beautification of body” Friday 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Come pamper yourself & enjoy!
“Beautification of soul” Saturday, 8:30 – noon
(Breakfast at 8:30 am)
Then a Challenging seminar speaker at 9:00 am
Mrs. Flossie Dryden
Graduate of Lancaster Bible College
Former missionary to Barbados

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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UMYF
Meeting Schedule

Friday, 3/16/12 – Helping with UMW Women’s Retreat – 6pm-9pm

Saturday, 3/17/12 – Helping with UMW Women’s Retreat – 8:30am-12pm

Sunday, 3/18/12 – No Regular Meeting

Sunday, 3/25/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Discussing Talent/No Talent Show

Ministry News
Saturday, April 14, 2012

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

First United Methodist Church of Laurel
424 Main Street – Laurel, MD 20707

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Save the Date!!!

Vacation Bible School 2012
Sunday, July 8 – Thursday, July 12
6:30 pm
Celebration Sunday, July 15
Registration and Volunteer Sign-Ups Starts May 12th!!!
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Mom was right; eat your peas and carrots (and grapes and oranges).

The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. An average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day

Tips to boost fruits and vegetables to your diet
• Keep it colorful. Challenge yourself to try fruits and vegetables of different colors. Make it a red/green/orange day (apple, lettuce, carrot), or see if you can consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables during the week.

• Add it on. Add fruit and vegetables to foods you love. Try adding frozen peas to mac’n’cheese, veggies on top of pizza and slices of fruit on top of breakfast cereals or low-fat ice cream.

• Mix them up. Add fruits and vegetables to food that’s cooked or baked, or mix vegetables in with pasta sauces, lasagnas, casseroles, soups and omelets. Mixing fresh or frozen berries into pancakes, waffles or muffins is another great way to make fruits and veggies a part of every meal.

• Roast away. Try roasting vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, tomatoes or eggplant. Long exposure to high heat will cause these foods to caramelize, which enhances their natural sweetness and reduces bitterness.

• Use healthier cooking methods. Steaming, grilling, sautéing, roasting, baking and microwaving vegetables are ideal preparation methods.

• Use fats and oils low in saturated fats sparingly; don’t use trans fats.

o Enjoy vegetable dippers. Chop raw vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Try bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and celery, and dip your favorites into low-fat or fat-free dressings. Dip tip: Read the food label of sauces and dressings to make sure they are not overloaded with saturated fat and salt.

o Sip smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to increase the amount of fruit you eat and they’re really easy to make. A basic smoothie is just frozen fruit, some low-fat or non-fat milk and/or yogurt, and 100% fruit juice all processed together in a blender until smooth. Experiment with different fruits to find out what you really like. Note that some cholesterol-lowering medications may interact with grapefruit, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and pomegranate juice. Please talk to your health care provider about any potential risks.

o Try fruit pops. Put 100% fruit juice in an ice tray and freeze it overnight. You can eat the fruit cubes as mini-popsicles or put them in other juices. Frozen seedless grapes make natural mini-popsicles and are a great summer treat.

o Enjoy fruit desserts. Fresh or canned fruit in light syrup or natural fruit juice, gelatin containing fruit and dried fruit are good choices for a dessert.

o Check out recipes featuring fruits and vegetables at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Recipes_UCM_001184_SubHomePage.jsp .
Helpful websites: For
“Healthy cooking methods” – http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyCooking/Healthier-Preparation-Methods-for-Cooking_UCM_301484_Article.jsp#.T2IYlBFDuO4
“Fats and oils” – http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats-Oils_UCM_001084_SubHomePage.jsp
American Heart Association

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Outreach Ministry News

It’s BARRADUCA time! The BARRACUDA’s are those people who would like to join the church’s team for RELAY FOR LIFE for the American Cancer Society. Our church created a team in order to have an active role in the fight against cancer. The RELAY FOR LIFE of Laurel is a group of teams that raise money and awareness about the fight against cancer. The monies raised go to the American Cancer Society for research and support services for cancer survivors. The final event occurs in June at McCullough Field with an all night relay (we walk around in circles!) with fun events, fundraising, and a ceremony that helps honor and remember cancer survivors.

If you are interested in joining the BARRACUDAS team – please contact Bev Raynor at (301)604-0909 or email at : bevanray@juno.com.

Please visit the RELAY FOR LIFE of Laurel’s website for more information. www.relayforlifelaurel.org If you would like to make a donation, please click on the BARRACUDAs team name or see Bev Raynor for more details.

WE NEED YOU TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER!
June 9, 2012 at
McCullough Field

Church Meetings
Lay Leadership Development – Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30 pm
Other Important Items

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