March 30, 2012

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March 30, 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
“It’s Going to Be an Awesome Holy Week”
On Sunday, we begin what’s called Holy Week. Sometimes it’s also called Passion Week. On this week, we remember Jesus’ last week before his resurrection. It’s a highly volatile, emotional week because there in the balance of that week was life and death, love and hate, faithfulness and betrayal, and a crowd of people who went from praising Jesus on Sunday to demanding his death on Friday.
The week begins on Sunday, which we call Palm Sunday. That was Jesus’ grand entry into Jerusalem, riding on the colt of a donkey. That image alone awakened old prophetic visions of the Messiah for all those who saw him. They knew that Messiah would come into Jerusalem, and hundreds of years before, the prophet Zechariah predicted it would happen in this exact way (Zechariah 9:9).
From there, the gospels lay out a busy week for Jesus. Between Holy Sunday and Holy Tuesday, Jesus stormed and cleared the Temple, overturning the tables of the money changers and the sellers. He taught in the Temple courts and was challenged multiple times by the Pharisees and other Jewish religious authorities. Holy Wednesday is often called the day of rest because there is no teaching or activity for this day recorded anywhere in the gospels.
But then, the drama of Holy Week rises to new heights on Holy Thursday and Holy Friday. On Thursday, Jesus asks his disciples to prepare their annual Passover Seder meal. Anyone who has ever participated in a Seder meal knows just how much preparation that would have taken. It truly was an all-day undertaking!
For us on Holy Thursday, or what we often call Maundy Thursday, we’re going to have a truly special evening of learning and worship. At our 7:30 PM Maundy Thursday service, we’re going to be blessed to have Rabbi Doug Heifetz of the Oseh Shalom Synagogue here in Laurel with us. Rabbi Heifetz and I have been spending time lately getting to know one another and becoming friends, and I’ve asked Rabbi to come and share with us the Jewish meaning, significance, and importance of the Seder meal, especially as it relates to Passover and the Exodus. (You can read about the Passover Seder in Exodus 12:1-30, 43-51.) Then he and I will have some dialogue on the Seder, and I will bridge the Seder the ways that Jesus expanded and transformed it to become our sacrament of Holy Communion. Just as importantly, I want us to experience what it can be like for two people of different faiths to cordially dialogue, learn from one another and respect one another in our differences. I believe things like this bring us a step closer into the kingdom of God.
Then on Holy Friday, or often what we call Good Friday, it is our time to solemnly remember the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus. Personally, I like to keep this day as personally quiet and reflective as possible. This is the day that God, the Son of God, died for me, for you—indeed for the whole world. On Friday night at 7:30 PM, we will gather again for worship. With singing, prayer, and the recalling of the story of Jesus’ death, we can take an opportunity to put ourselves in the story. We can find ourselves in the crowd that demanded Jesus’ death and taunted him as he died. We can find ourselves in Mary, John, and the women who gathered around Jesus to mourn his death. We can find ourselves in the disciples who ran away in fear. Or we can even find ourselves in Judas who betrayed Jesus but then refused himself a chance at redemption.
Brothers and sisters, all of this fully prepares us for the Easter celebration. We can’t truly appreciate Jesus’ resurrection without having gone with him through his times of suffering and sacrifice. We must hear the story, and we must also allow God to show us where we must die in order to be raised with Christ.
So, I encourage you to fully participate in Holy Week. Bring someone with you. Come prepared with an open heart and mind. Come prepared for God to touch and change your heart. Of course, I’ll be there, and I would love to have you there with me and the rest of our church family.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, April 1, 2012 – Palm Sunday
Our message this Sunday will be “Crucified Under Pontius Pilate” and the scripture is from Luke 23:1-25.
April 5th – Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 pm with Holy Communion
Rabbi Doug Heifetz of the Oseh Shalom Synagogue in Laurel will be our special guest to teach about the Jewish roots and significance of the Seder. The Seder was the Last Supper Passover meal shared by Jesus and his disciples and is at the heart of our sacrament of Holy Communion.
April 6th – Good Friday Service 7:30 pm
Good Friday with a Meditation on the Cross
Together, we will center on Jesus’ death on the cross for us and for the world, rediscovering God’s forgiveness, grace, and sacrifice.
April 8th – Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 am with Holy Communion
Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am
Normal Sunday Services at 8:15 & 11 am

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
Friday rehearsals have begun for the Chancel Choir’s Easter Cantata. The choir will be practicing again on April 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm in addition to their regular Wednesday night rehearsals.


Join the Chancel Choir
on Saturday, April 14, 2012
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
as they present:

Who Do You Say I Am

Following the cantata, in Fellowship Hall, there will be a dessert potluck. Please bring your favorite dessert to share, drinks will be provided.

Fellowship News
Calling all FUMC Crafters/Hobby-ists-
Do you…..paint, knit, scrapbook, quilt, cross stitch, make jewelry, woodwork, tie flies, make Christmas ornaments, latch hook, make candy, scarves, pottery, make hair adornments, flower arrangements, something else??
Want to carve out some time to play with your craft or project, get creative, have a little fellowship and lunch, perhaps? We have the perfect morning for you…..

Please come Saturday, April 21st, 9-11:30 am
Catered lunch to follow (optional) 11:30-12:45 pm

Bring your craft-hobby-project to work on. Don’t forget to invite a friend.
-Sponsored by the FUMC Fellowship Team – Please sign up in the narthex!!
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: Wilma Shober (Judy Law’s Mother), Florence Akinrosotu & Family, Becky Maticic & children, Lila & Tim Brennan, Linda & family, Germaine Acampora, Linda Wright, Mary Lennon, Family of Brad Neisser (friend of Jeremy Newkirk’s), Katie Turner & son, Ron Turner (Linda Turner’s brother)


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!


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
Meeting Schedule

Sunday, 4/1/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Discussing Talent/No Talent Show

Sunday, 4/8/12 – No Meeting – Easter Sunday

Sunday, 4/15/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Game Night/Bring A Friend Night

Sunday, 4/22/12 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Discussing 30 Hour Famine Lock-In Details

Sunday, 4/27/12-4/28/12 – World Vision 30 Hour Famine Lock-In

Sunday, 4/29/12 – Youth Sunday – Both Services – 8:15 am & 11 am; No Evening Meeting

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

Join the LPC!
5K Race or Walk for Life
Dear FUMC,
Please join us this year as we raise money and celebrate 25 years of ministry at the Janet Lynn Dick 5K Race/Walk for Life!
Join the celebration at
Centennial Park in Ellicott City on
Saturday, May 5th. The 5k Race kicks off at 8:30am followed by the walk. The event ends at 11:30 am.

Create your webpage!
• promote yourself or your team on your own web page.
• post photos, a video or your own personal message.
• spread the word through facebook and twitter! You can register and even log onto your web page with your Facebook!
• watch a tutorial that will guide you through this simple process…really, it is….we promise!

Here’s How to
Get Started!
1. Click on the LPC leaf logo on the right to register now!
2. Complete the registration form to either Run in the 5K Race or join the ‘fun’ walk.
3. Now follow the prompts to set up your own fund raising web page for this event just hit the button “Set Up Your Web Page”.
4. Customize your page and send emails to family and friends to inviting them to sponsor you.
5. If you can’t make it out that day, click the “Sponsor” button to make a donation to help the LPC today.

Get Involved!
• Build your team and win our “Team Spirit” award! Click Here To View Teams Video!
• 5K entrance fee is $35. Fee is $40 after May 2nd when registration closes.
• Collect sponsors and help the LPC exceed our $60,000 goal!
• Contact Teri for materials or for help. Click here!

Register Now!

LPC Partners Website

Vacation Bible School Opportunities to Serve!!!
It’s already April and this means preparations are underway for Vacation Bible School 2012. VBS is July 8-12, Sunday through Thursday. We will be learning through Bugs and Butterflies how we can be “Transformed by our BIG God!”
We will look at five characters from the Bible whose stories illustrate this transformation. We are looking for members of the congregation who are interested in the opportunity to share these stories with the children by getting into character! Mrs. Debbi Schneider will help facilitate this station and you will have many opportunities to meet with us and discuss your role!
? Day 1: Moses- Moses, Burning Bush/God
? Day 2: Gideon- Gideon
? Day 3: Naomi & Ruth- Naomi, Ruth
? Day 4: Doubting Thomas- Thomas, Jesus
? Day 5: Saul of Tarsus- Saul
Please email me directly at if you are feeling called to be a Leader or Co-Leader for one of the stations at VBS. These leaders help the children understand the connection between the activity and the theme for the night.
? Crafty Critters Team Leader
? The Very Hungry Caterpillars Snacks Team Leader
? Science Lab Discovery/Memory Verse Team Leader
It takes a team of about 60 people to pull off the whole week! Registration, Guide, and Activity Area Assistant sign-ups will start May 12th. First United Methodist Church VBS will have a table at the Main Street Festival. We will have a free craft project for children under the age of 12. If you would like to volunteer an hour of your time that Saturday, sign-up sheets for that day will be out at the end of April. Please prayerfully consider where the Lord may have you serve this summer!
Contact Jenna Ryan by e-mail:
Eat Right
Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the American Dietetic Association
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.
Easy, Tasty (and Healthy) Snacks
You may need an adult to help with some of these snacks.
1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
6. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries.
7. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
8. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
9. Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.
10. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
11. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.
12. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.
13. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
14. Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.
15. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
16. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain crackers.
17. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
18. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
20. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
21. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
22. Mini Pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
23. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
24. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
25. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.

Outreach Ministry News

Empty Bowls
Benefits FISH of Laurel
April 20, 2012
5pm – 7pm
Cost of Dinner $10.00
All proceeds donated to FISH of Laurel
to help fight hunger.
Each attendee will receive a ceramic bowl made by
Laurel High School Ceramic’s classes
Laurel High School Cafeteria
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707


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
Thursday, April 12th – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, April 18th – 7:00 pm Administrative Board Meeting

Thursday, April 19th – 7:00 pm Council on Ministries Meeting

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