October 12, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
October 12, 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
“When It Comes Down to It, Who Do We Trust?”
With Ann Messina in the hospital this week, I paused several times to reflect on some important things. I thought about things like, “What is healing, really?” “What do we pray for?” “Who is in charge?” “In situations like these who do we really trust?” In a way, there’s a common thread that runs through all these questions and it has to do with who or what we look to in times like these.
Things like Ann’s hospitalization show us how fragile life really is. One moment she’s fine, taking a trip to visit and friend. The next, she’s in a hospital a long way from home fighting for her life. When that happens, we hear a lot of talk about tests, doctors, medical predictions, and some prayer peppered in between. But I think we can look at far better things and trust in more in cases like Ann’s.
But first, a reality check: given how much doctors know and are able to do, we put much more trust and confidence in doctors and in medicine than we human beings ever have before. The more we learn about the human body and the more technology we develop, the more elevated the stature of the medical community is. We hand over so much trust and power to doctors. We spend more money on them than we ever have.We put our lives in their hands and expect them to work miracles, and indeed so much of what they do is a marvel to us.
Yet we also know that doctors are not God. They cannot prolong life indefinitely, at least not quality life. They cannot create life, and they cannot stop death. There is still so much mystery about the human body that makes the practice of medicine… well… still a practice, not mastery.
Then there is God. God is the only one who creates life, the only one who sustains life, and the only one who can grant life beyond the limited shelf life of these flesh and blood bodies we live in. The human body is truly an amazing creation of God’s. It grows, it repairs itself, it adapts to changes, and it fights diseases. Our bodies, just like the rest of Creation, have their limits. Bodies don’t last forever. They break down and eventually die, and depending on the multiple variables that make up who we are, some of our bodies will last longer than others. That’s just reality.
But the wonderful thing about God—and the thing that makes God the only one worth our ultimate trust—is that God is completely invested in our healing, even more than doctors and on more levels of healing than mere physical. The proof of that is in Jesus. Just look at Jesus’ ministry. Look at how much of Jesus’ ministry was invested in healing. He touched and healed the lepers. He gave sight to the blind. He touched and healed the sick. He raised the dead. And Jesus performed healings that only God can do, and no doctor. Jesus healed souls with forgiveness and by driving out evil.
In Jesus, we see that God cares about bringing healing to our whole being. I think of the story of Jesus healing the paralytic. The paralytic man’s friends lowered him down on a mat before Jesus inside a crowded house. This man wanted to walk again, and his friends were doing everything they could to make that happen. If you remember the story, Jesus did more than help the man walk. He first forgave him his sins. That man walked away completely healed, body, mind, heart, and soul. Now eventually this man died, just as we all do. But he died having been healed through and through by God.
Brothers and sisters, when we’re confronted by broken down bodies, either our own or those of the ones we love, who do we trust? Do we trust doctors who can do some things to bring healing to our bodies? Or do we trust God who brings healing to our whole being. When I’ve not been well physically, I am also aware that I’m not well emotionally and spiritually. I have needed God to touch and heal all of me. And even when my body finally has had enough and fails, I will know that God indeed has healed all the rest of me—the parts of me that will carry on into the life to come.
With our sister Ann, with our other loved ones, and with ourselves, I want us to pray with peace and confidence to our healing God, the one who made us and sustains us into the life to come. We’re grateful for the wisdom and abilities God has given our doctors, nurses, and those who develop medicines and techniques that lengthens and restores quality of life. But at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of our trials, we commit our health and our lives into the loving, healing hands of God. And in those holy hands we will stay.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris
Staff Spotlight – Becky Boeckman
How long have you been at FUMCL and what brought you here / to Laurel?
We began attending First UMCL September 2005, Dale had visited the church one Sunday while commuting from Virginia Beach, VA, and he liked the preacher (Pastor Dennis) and thought we would be happy at this church. Dale was working for Booz Allen Hamilton and commuted for 18 months from Virginia Beach to Maryland, when no jobs were available in the Tidewater area, we decided that I would take a leave of absence from my work as Case Manager and move to Maryland. Presently we live in Ft. Meade.

Where were you before you came to FUMCL?
We lived in Virginia Beach, VA for 21 years prior to moving to Fort Meade, MD. In our thirty-seven years of marriage, Dale and I have moved fifteen times, Some of the places we were stationed were, Newport, RI, (where Dale Attended Officers Candidate School), San Diego, CA, Vallejo, CA, Idaho Falls, ID, New London/Groton, CT X2, Kittery, Maine, Charleston, SC, Virginia Beach, VA.
Dale and I met in Oklahoma, we both attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, (SWOSU), He joined the Navy his senior year of college, soon after I joined him in Newport, Rhode Island where we were married.

Give us an idea of what you do in your position? (Some folks might not have as good an idea as they would for Choir Director, Organist, Custodian, etc.).
As a Director of Pastoral Care at First UMCL my priority is the holistic well-being of our congregation and our community, especially our homebound. My training as a Registered Nurse and a Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse), working with the homeless for many years has taught me the importance of listening to and meeting the needs of others by finding capable resources. I always say that the best part of my ministry is visiting with our church members whether in their homes, hospital bed, assistant living / nursing home facilities, listening to their life stories, sharing Holy Communion.

What do you do for fun? Hobbies? What is your favorite music / movies?
I enjoy walking especially in the morning, it is my time to pray, get my dose of Vitamin D and exercise. Zumba has become one of my favorites exercise activities along with water aerobics. I love to cook and try new recipes (the office staff and Dale have been my guinea pigs for food tasting). I enjoy live theater productions, as for music, I listen to Christian praise music, Latin music, oldies, folk, classical

Anything else people might not know about you or be surprised about?
I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica; I attended one of the two protestant private schools. Most of the private schools in Costa Rica are Catholic. Many of the students that attended my school were children of Missionaries. In February 1971, I met a couple from Oklahoma that was visiting Costa Rica and were in need of an interpreter, at the time I was working at the church’s daycare. They became my first American Parents after my arrival to the USA in July 1971; I lived at the farm and attended Junior College AKA Community College. My second US Family came into my life while attending LPN school, after graduating from LPN school I transferred to SWOSU where I met Dale. I completed my RN degree after moving to Virginia Beach with two children attending Middle and High School as well. We have two wonderful children Seth 35 yrs. old lives in Seattle, WA and Lesley 32 yrs. old lives in Baltimore, MD. No grandchildren just a grandcat.

Worship News
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Where Is
God?” and the scripture Genesis 1:26-31.

Calling all Kids ages 8 and up!!!!
It’s time to sign up for the Fall Acolyte Training.
Date for training to be announced soon.
Sign up in the Narthex, or
call Michele Yelenik 301-490-0376.
All Saints Day We are currently putting together the names of the Saints to be recognized on Sunday, November 4, 2012. If you have a name of someone you would like included that has passed away since All Saints Day last year, November 6, 2011 please contact the office at 301-725-3093 with their name and date of death by October 24th.

Music Ministry
Regular Practice Schedule
Chancel Choir – Practice 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Praise Team – Wednesday Rehearsals 6:15 pm
Worship Players – 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am
Kings Kids – Sing on Sunday October 14th

Fellowship News

It’s officially Fall….
you know what that means . . .

Annual Chili Cook-off and Adult Talent Show!
October 20, 2012
FUMC Fellowship Hall

The Chili Cook-off table will open for entries at 5:00pm and the eating will begin at 5:30pm.

The Talent Show will begin at 6:30pm and the winners of the cook-off will be announced at the Talent Show intermission.
So……… get your best pot of chili simmering and practice up on your talent!

This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss!
Sign-up sheets for both food and talent will be available soon in the Narthex.

Discipleship News
The Children’s Sunday School classes are collecting again this year for the troops. We will be collecting thru October 28th. Please support this ministry by bringing any of the following items:

Baby Wipes
Hand Warmers
Non-Perishable Snack Food
Long Socks
Playing Cards (regular playing cards as well as cards like UNO)
Any sports related items
Sport and Hunting Magazines
Hand Held Video Games

Please drop the gifts off at Room 215
(The Kindergarten/First Grade Sunday School classroom).

The Sunday School classes will be wrapping the gifts on the 28th after the 11:00 services

Thank you in advance for your help!

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:
Ann Messina, Margie Beatty, Pam Hudgens, Noreen Harrell, Jon Fiedler (Jan Watts brother), Marge Catlett, Alberto Moreno (Becky Boeckman’s cousin), Kim Matko, Joyce Acampora, Linda & Family, Germaine Acampora

Purpose: The organized unit of the United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

To participate in the
United Methodist Women’s Groups

Upcoming Events:
Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm Kathryn Eye
Circle Meeting in Fellowship Hall
Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:00 am Executive
Meeting in Fellowship Hall
Monday, November 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm Kathryn Eye
Circle Meeting in Fellowship Hall


Youth Group Happenings

This Sunday evening (10/14) we are going to Nightmare Screamplex in Boyds, MD. We’re meeting at the church, leaving at 6pm and will return by 9pm. If you are planning on attending, please let Blairlee Owens know by 12pm on Sunday so we can make sure that we have enough drivers.

Also, if you have registered for ROCK 2013, please let Blairlee know what your t-shirt size is, if you haven’t already. Thanks for all who have already done so. I would like to order the shirts this coming week.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
Saturday, October 13 – CCYM Meeting – Conference Center – 10am-12pm

Sunday, October 14 – Outing to Nightmare Screamplex @ MD Soccer Plex in Boyds – 6pm-9pm – $20 per person

Sunday, October 21 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Mrs. Ann Marie Miller & friend coming to talk about Drugs & Alcohol

Thursday, October 25 – Trunk or Treat – Main Street – 6pm-8pm (Meet in the church parking lot at 5:30pm)

Sunday, October 28 – Regular Meeting – Game Night – 6:30pm-8pm

Saturday, November 3 – CCYM Meeting – Conference Center – 10am-12pm

Sunday, November 4 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm

Sunday, November 11 – Regular Meeting – Game Night – 6:30pm-8pm

Sunday, November 18 – Pizza Lunch at church followed by Laser Tag at XP Laser Sport in Laurel – 12pm-4pm – $30 per person; No Regular Meeting

Sunday, November 25 – No Regular Meeting

Sunday, December 1 – Helping with Church Bazaar – 8:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, December 2 – Helping with Potluck Dinner and Chrismon Service – 5pm-8pm; No Regular Meeting

Saturday, December 8 – CCYM Meeting – Conference Center – 10am-12pm

Sunday, December 9 – Symphony of Lights @ Merriweather Post Pavilion and then Ice Cream at the Double Dipper – 6pm-8pm; No Regular Meeting

Saturday, December 15 – Helping with the Christmas Symbols Party – Fellowship Hall – 12:30pm-3:30pm

Sunday, December 16 – Christmas Caroling & Christmas Party – 6pm-8pm

Sunday, December 23 – Regular Meeting – Plan Youth Sunday – 6:30pm-8pm

Sunday, December 30 – Youth Sunday – 8:15am & 11am Services; No Regular Meeting

Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Watch Night/Game Night – Fellowship Hall – 7:30pm-12am

Ministry News

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
10 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Pallotti High School – South Lobby
113 Saint Marys Place
Laurel, MD 20707-4098
For further information contact
Josephine Saunders 301-725-3228
Ext 247
Outreach Ministry News
Thank you from Paw Paw, WV
Dear Brothers and Sisters of First United Methodist Church of Laurel, MD.

Greetings and much love from your brothers and sisters in Paw Paw, WV. We are always very happy to see you and to welcome you here.

Your mission works are truly a blessing and very much appreciated. Your kindness and generosity is much more than donations. They help us to meet the needs of our community. This year was no exception; over 94 students were helped with school supplies; six college students were helped with supplies, towels, hygiene products and a gift card to Wal-Mart.

Students started back to school on August 20th with smiles on their faces with new book bags and supplies to get the year started off right. Your love helped make this possible. Again, we thank you and know we pray and love you all everyday and we are proud to serve God with brothers and sisters like you.

In His Name,
Donna Twigg


Get your trotting shoes ready!
The 8th Annual
Thanksgiving Morning
5K Turkey Trot & 1 Mile
Walk to Benefit LARS

Thursday, November 22, 2012
8:00 am
The First United Methodist Church of Laurel
424 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Registration fees are $25 per runner/walker until November 10th and $30 if you register after November 10, 2012.

Wednesday, 11/21
Pre-registration & packet pick-up at race location
from 3-7pm

Thursday, 11/22 (RACE DAY)
7:00am – Late registration
7:40am – Warm up
8:00am – 5K Run begins
8:05am – 1 Mile Fun Walk begins

Please bring non-perishable food donations to packet pick-up and on race morning for the LARS food pantry!

* USATF certified course *
Visit www.laureladvocacy.org to register!
Contact LARS at (301) 776 – 2330 if you would like to sponsor or participate!

Church Meetings


sponsored by the United Methodist Women….

Thursday, November 8th
Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Includes ham, green beans, homemade potato salad, apple sauce, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Carry out meals will be available. Please SIGN UP on the sheets in the Narthex to help and/or bring a dessert. You can buy tickets in advance. Call Lois Hamilton at 301-498-9736 or the church office at 301-725-3093. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Church Happenings & Meetings
Monday, October 15th – 7:00 pm Caregivers Meeting (Parlor)

Thursday, October 18th – 7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 18th – 7:00 pm Council On Ministries Meeting
Annual Church Bazaar
Saturday, December 1st
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fellowship Hall/Narthex
? We are taking craft donations from anyone who would like to make something and donate it directly to the church’s table for us to sell.

? We also need donations for the “New to You” table. These would be gently used unbroken items such as glassware, jewelry, knick knacks etc., (No Clothing will be accepted). Items can be placed on the stage in the designated area AFTER, NOVEMBER 4TH.

? We will also need baked goodies donated for our bake sale table.

If you would like to donate something or volunteer your time the day of the bazaar please call Shari Kornak at the office at 301-725-3093 and tell us how you can help out!

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