March 2, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
March 2, 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
“Lent: A Time to Wake Up and Breathe”
I really do encourage you to come out to First Church on Thursday nights during Lent for our Lenten suppers. The food, the fellowship, and the special times of devotion are just awesome. I want to give you a taste of our devotional from this week.
In the sanctuary, we watched a video teaching from Rob Bell who created the Nooma series, which a couple of our Sunday school classes have used in the past. In each DVD, Rob uses an image or a tangible concept and builds a biblical teaching around it that deepens our discipleship. It’s great stuff!
This time around, Rob Bell centered on the word “breathe.” He said that in the New Testament, the word for Spirit is the same word used for breath or for breathing. How often do we think about our breathing throughout the day? For the most part, breathing is an involuntary action. We can’t forget to breathe. Yet we can intentionally control our breathing, too. It’s in the act of breathing that we take in potentially 90% of our total energy. That might explain why relaxation and meditation techniques center on concentrated deep breathing and why in many sports, there is such an emphasis on proper breathing before and during a competition.
Many places in the Bible teach that God made us from the dust of the ground. In fact the name of first human, Adam, comes from the Hebrew word adamah, which means “ground” or “earth”. Into the dust and dirt from which God molded and shaped Adam, God breathed the breath of life. That breath gave Adam life. In fact, breath is the fundamental thing that gives us life.
Ages and ages later, the resurrected Jesus appeared before his frightened disciples. He said to them, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them the Holy Spirit.
Years later after that, the Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Rome, said, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:1). When we acknowledge, trust, and fully receive the breath of God’s Holy Spirit into us—when we breathe in God himself—we have a powerful, eternal life which death cannot touch. Indeed the very power of life which raised Jesus from the dead lives in you right now.
We live with such phenomenal life giving power every moment of every day. We live surrounded by and filled with God’s Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit which swept over the deep of primordial earth, who empowered God’s prophets, who came to rest on Jesus as a dove, who filled and empowered the apostles to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to the entire known world, and now resides in you.
I think Lent is a perfect opportunity to wake up to this reality. Let us breathe out all that is unholy, all that robs us of life, burdens us, and holds us back. And let’s breathe in and live out the gracious, life-giving power of God’s Spirit. Imagine how different our lives would be, the more intentionally and deeply we breathe…
Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “What It Means to Call Jesus the Christ” and the scripture is from Mark 8:21-9:1
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 corner house (427 Prince George St) adjacent to the parking lot. 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.

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
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
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: Germaine Acampora & friend, Linda (co-worker of Mark Welsh), Lois Guthrie, Wendee Dunlap


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!


March 5th – 1:00 pm Kathryn Eye Circle Meeting
March 12th – 7:00 pm Martha Circle Meeting
March 12th – 7:00 pm Edith Miles Circle Meeting
Ladies!…..Have you made your reservations yet for……

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

Please respond/RSVP by doing one of the following by March 11th:
1. Call Ann Marie Miller at 301-498-3397, (leave a message on the answering machine if no one is home)
2. Call the Church Office at 301-725-3093
3. Email the Church at; or
4. Sign up in the church narthex on the clipboard

“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

No cost Babysitting provided

Meeting Schedule

Sunday, 3/4/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Discussing Talent/No Talent Show

Sunday, 3/11/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Game Night

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
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Holy Cross Hospital
Professional & Community Education Center
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD
Fee: FREE!
Breakfast & lunch provided
Cultural Performances
Free Parking: Dameron Drive Garage

Conference Agenda:
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome – Wendy Friar, RN, MS, Vice President, Holy Cross Hospital Community Health
ABC’s of Breast Cancer – Eric A Oristian, MD, Medical Director, The Breast Center at Holy Cross Hospital
Community Testimonies to Public Officials
Free to Me and You: A Panel Discussion on Local and Free Community Resources. All Shades of Pin, Reverend Karen Beasley; Holy Cross Hospital’s Cancer Institute, pat Malik, LCSW-C, CCM; American Cancer Society, Dr. Sonia Nieves, and MORE!
International Lunch
Cultural Performances

To Register please call 301-754-8800 or visit

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Presented by
Toni Benton, ADC, CMIS
Executive Director

Join us for an informative seminar that addresses many common concerns regarding dementia.
Common forms of dementia
What to look for
When to get help
Resources and tools provided

2505 Musgrove Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904

RSVP by Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
by phone 301-847-3051
or e-mail

Adult Day Care provided upon advanced request.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
(Early Registration begins at 8:00 am)
Location: Holy Cross Hospital Professional
Community Education Center
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Metro Accessible)
Free parking in the Dameron Employee Garage
Come & learn about health topics for the entire family – infants to seniors! There will be health education exhibits, as well as FREE screenings. Early disease detection screenings include diabetes glucose (A1C) and lipid panel (cholesterol) tests; prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, digital rectal and prostate examination for men; and clinical breast examinations and Pap tests for women.

Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) to detect breast disease or breast cancer
Pap Test to detect cervical cancer – age 21 and over

Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) to detect rectal and prostate cancers
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) to detect prostate cancer – age 45 and over

FOR ALL (age 18 years and older)
Glucose and Cholesterol Screenings (must be fasting 9-12 hours prior)

Our interactive health fair will also be taking place! Come visit our health education booths to learn about a variety of health topics.

To register call 301-754-8800 or visit
Outreach Ministry News

March 4th-March 11th

We still need volunteers for the following:
Sunday, March 4th – 1 Person for registration
Monday, March 5th – 2 People for overnight
Tuesday, March 6th – 1 Person for overnight
Wednesday, March 7th – 2 People for overnight
Thursday, March 8th – 1 Person for overnight
Saturday, March 9th – 1 Person for registration
Sign up sheets are available in the Narthex. We will have between 8 and 10 Women with us for the week. They need to see Christ’s love for them through the volunteers of this program.
If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex . If you need more information, please contact Bev Raynor for more details. (301) 604-0909 or email at : bevanray@

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 :

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

June 9, 2012 at
McCullough Field

Church Meetings
Staff Parish Relations Committee Meeting – Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 pm
Other Important Items
Stained Glass Window Honoring Veterans
We are currently collecting donations for this window with installation in late fall of this year. We prefer individual donations not exceed $50.00 so more members may participate. Make a check out to First United Methodist Church and indicate Veteran’s Stained Glass Window in the memo line. We are asking each donor to choose one person to be honored on a plaque to be located on the wall near the window. We plan to offer three or four designs to the congregation so they may indicate their preference. If you are interested, contact Russ Geis or Richard Reynnells, Co-Chairs.
An update from
our Finance Committee
Weekly and YTD News
Our weekly budgeted amount for each Sunday in 2012 is $8,765. As you can see from our YTD numbers below through the end of February, 2012 we are already behind by $5,100 dollars.
Our YTD numbers thru February 29, 2012
$78,885.00 Budgeted Amount YTD
$73,771.76 Amount Received YTD
($ 5,113.24) Shortfall

Thanks to everyone for your faithful giving!

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