October 5, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
October 5, 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
“The Power of Your Invitation”
Think of something out of the ordinary you’ve done before. Think of something that you weren’t so sure about, but you did, and now you’re grateful for it. Chances are, you did it because someone invited you to try it.
I remember the first time I tried sushi. I assure you, there is no way I would have ever gone to a sushi restaurant on my own initiative. The thought of eating seaweed and raw fish had no appeal to me at all! But one day I had a friend who said, “Hey, let’s get sushi for lunch, and if you try it and don’t like it, I’ll take you to McDonalds.” What did I have to lose? I trusted my friend and knew he wouldn’t steer me in the direction, and he promised I wouldn’t go hungry. Why not?
Well, I went with my friend, admittedly with a bit of reluctance, and to my astonishment I was pleasantly surprised. This sushi stuff wasn’t half bad! I could make a full lunch out of that. It didn’t turn out to be my favorite cuisine, but to this day, if someone suggested we get sushi to for lunch, I could do that. I have my friend to thank for that.
Why am I sharing this story? It’s because in the same way, people have similar attitudes about church. People who aren’t a part of the church often have stereotypes about church that once they try it, tend not to be true… or perhaps not as true as they imagined. We Christians are not perfect, we’ve grown, and we have a ways to go, but by and large, we’re not the hypocritical, judgmental, boring, out of touch people that people think we are. At least our church isn’t! Yes, we have some flaws. Who doesn’t? But when people come to see us, I hear over and over again what a friendly, hospitable, open church we are.
The best way for new people to come to our church is by invitation. Just like my friend got me to try a new food that my stereotypes had previously ruled out, people best respond to a friend’s invitation when considering whether or not to darken the doors of a church. Maybe you came to our church at the invitation of a friend or a family member.
One of the best biblical invitations I know of is Philip’s invitation to Nathaniel to come see Jesus. Philip had met Jesus who invited Philip to follow him. Then Philip found Nathaniel and told him that he had indeed found the One, the Messiah. But Nathaniel wasn’t so convinced. He had heard that Jesus was from Nazareth, and for Nathaniel, that made this Jesus awfully suspect. But all Philip had to do was extend another invitation: “Come and see” (John 1:46).
Once Nathaniel met Jesus, his world changed. He came to trust and believe that Jesus was exactly the kind of man and Messiah that Philip described. Notice that Philip didn’t have to engage in fancy evangelism tactics, argue Scripture, or learn to be a salesman. All he did was to extend an invitation: come and see.
Friends, imagine how many new people we could bring to Christ if we simply extended invitations to our unchurched neighbors, friends, and family to come and see with us. What would it look like if each of us invited the people we know to experience worship with us, or to come to a fellowship event or other church activity? Someone new is more likely to come and to be comfortable when someone they know and trust (you!) has extended them that invitation.
That is my story. I began going to a church when I was almost 18-years-old at the invitation of one of my high school friends. I had casually mentioned church, and at that, she invited me to her church- Mt. Zion UMC in Lothian, MD. That church became my home church, and the United Methodist Church became my Christian tradition. I professed my faith in Jesus and was baptized in that church. I answered God’s call upon my life to the ordained ministry within that church. But it all began with a simple invitation given by a friend who is by nature a very shy individual.
I want you to think and pray about three people you could invite to church with you. Don’t worry about what you think they will say. Just extend the invitation, and if their answer is “no” or “not yet” don’t let that discourage you. Keep at it, perhaps with some different people to invite. Just imagine if all of us invited one person to come to worship with us. We would immediately double our worship attendance. Imagine that! All these folks would be coming into a church which would love them and in which they would hear and experience the Word of God!
Will you take up this challenge and invite someone to worship with you? You just never know the power of your invitation. It could mean the difference between life and death for another person. For someone like me, a friend’s invitation led to my salvation and my vocation. Think about that, and then invite someone you know to come with you!

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “We Gather at the Table – Together” and the scripture
is 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
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 – Practice again October 10th at 6:30 pm

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
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:
Dorothy Dolan, Mary, Mark & Rachel King & new baby Reid, The Unger Family

Quarterly Meeting


October 13, 2012

9:00 am

Fellowship Hall


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 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm Martha Circle
Meeting in Fellowship Hall

Monday, October 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm Edith Miles
Circle Meeting in the Parlor

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm Kathryn Eye
Circle Meeting in Fellowship Hall

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Saturday, October 6 – Side by Side Kickball Tournament, McCullough Field – 8:30am-2:30pm – Cost – $25 per person

Sunday, October 7 – No Regular Meeting

Saturday, October 13 – CCYM Meeting – Conference Center – 10am-12pm

Sunday, October 14 – Joyful Noise Mass Choir Rehearsal – Conference Center – 2pm-4pm; 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 – Joyful Noise Mass Choir Rehearsal – Conference Center – 2pm-4pm; 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; No Regular Meeting

Sunday, November 25 – No Regular Meeting

Ministry News

Outreach Ministry News

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

It’s that time again……
Planning meeting for the Ham Luncheon
October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am
In the Parlor
Questions, contact Lois Hamilton at


October 11, 2012 – 7:00 pm Trustees Meeting

October 18, 2012 – 7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting

October 18, 2012 – 7:00 pm Council on Ministries Meeting

Church Happenings
Update and reminder-Stained Glass Window Project
We have the following names, but some of these do not have the corresponding information for the book of remembrance. Please get your information to Russ Geis (fumcvets@yahoo.com) and copy Stephan Stankewich (srstankewich@cs.com), Richard Reynnells (Reynnells2@aol.com) and Shari Kornak (office@fumcl.org). Full instructions are found on the table in the narthex. If you provided information and it is not here, please forgive us and provide it again. Thanks.

Please indicate if any of these codes are appropriate:
k killed in action; d died of combat wounds; m missing in action; c combat veteran

Please indicate the service period:
1 World War 1 5 First Persian Gulf War
2 World War 2 6 Second Persian Gulf War
3 Korean War 7 Afghanistan
4 Viet Nam War 8 Other

Names we now have:
Stankewich, R J c 4 Sirks, C D k 2
Craumer, C E 2 Reynnells, R D c 2
Williams, C E 3 Reynnells, R D 4
Lee C S c 2 Reynnells, J M c 6
Stanley, L W 2, 3 Reynnells, S R c 6
Welsh, Jr, J L c 4 Reynnells, S N 1
Tansill, R F c 2 Rogers, F E 8
Bailey, Sr, E T 3 King, C c 2
Holmes, R E c 8
Keffer, Jr, J G 4
May, N R 1
Higgins, III, H A 8
Link, M W c 2
Meabon, O C c 1

Others have provided information but not in this format…e.g., no designation of combat status, or no information for the book of remembrance (not necessary; should be indicated by nominator)

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