September 14, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
September 14, 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
“God Speaks through the Church”
Let’s take a moment to review… In the message over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing about how God speaks to us. We’ve been learning that God speaks by the Holy Spirit through Scripture, prayer, the church, and circumstances to reveal himself, his ways, and his purposes. Over and over again in my life and in my reading of Scripture I’ve found this to be true.
I want to come back to revisit for a moment how God speaks to us through the church. For some of us, that may be a given. For others, that may be something we’ve never considered before. Either way, the reality is this: without the church, we cannot properly hear from or relate to God. To put it another way, it is near impossible to be a disciple of Jesus outside of the fellowship of the church. That’s because God designed the church to be the living body of Jesus Christ and has made each of us an indispensible part of that body (1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27). Just like a thumb is pretty useless on its own—ever heard the expression “you’re all thumbs”??—imagine living life without your thumbs. You’d have a really hard time holding or controlling anything with your hands.
It’s been my experience that the church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, have a tremendous role in speaking the truth of God into our lives. God’s Holy Spirit moves and speaks through our siblings in Christ to reveal who God is, how God operates, and what God’s purposes are in our context and in our lives. So how does this happen? Practically speaking, God speaks through the church in a number of ways:
• We listen to one another and move to consensus with one another to discern where God is leading our church.
• Pastors, leaders, and teachers have a job to do in teaching us God’s Word, speaking for God, sometimes in prophetic ways, and discerning God’s lead for our church.
• We each discern our gifts and role in the body through the encouragement, wisdom, and leadership of others in our church.
• We re-present and embody the Lord Jesus Christ to one another, becoming a model of Christ’s ways, self, and purpose.

Let me just say that I would not be who I am and where I am today without God’s speaking through the church. The church has helped me understand in a very physical, real way who God is through Jesus Christ. The church has continually helped me discover who I am in the kingdom of God and as a child of God. The church has helped me identify, discern, and live into God’s call upon my life and the gifts God has given me. And the church has nourished me and held me accountable, all in the grace and truth of God.

I would not be able to hear God’s voice and God’s will without the church’s surrounding and embrace. The same goes for all of us!
Lastly, I want to thank you, First United Methodist Church, again for the ways in which God has revealed himself, his ways, and his purposes through you. In the 5-plus years we’ve been together, you’ve done so much to mature me as a Christian and as a pastor. You’ve shown me a deeper picture of who Jesus Christ is. All of that has left an eternal, indelible mark on my life for which I will always be grateful.

So let’s continue to speak the truth of God into each other’s lives. Be Jesus Christ to one another. Encourage each other. Point out to each other God’s call and gifts as you see them in each others’ lives. Speak your heart as to God’s will and listen to others’ hearts, too.

Thank you for being a faithful family of God and body of Christ!
Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Pastor Chris
Get to Know Your Staff
Meet your Church Organist
Dr. Mack Statham
Dr. Mack Statham is a remarkably talented musician and composer whose very special gift has filled our sanctuary with the most beautiful music for the last 10 years. Dr. Mack plays organ, piano, and keyboards for primary and special worship services, including weddings, funerals, cantatas, and more, and he accompanies our choir and special music groups on numerous occasions throughout the year. Of course, this also includes many, many hours of rehearsal time. The warmth and feeling of his music is only rivaled by his large smile and friendly handshake whenever you greet him. Dr. Mack lives in Laurel, less than a mile away from church, with his lovely wife of 52 years, Loretta.

Dr. Mack (Mack Caldwell Statham) was born in Sparrows Point, Maryland, the fifth of seven children born to Tas and Bettie Statham. He graduated from Sollers Point High School (Dundalk) in 1951, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Hampton Institute (Hampton, VA) in 1956, and began his career as a music teacher for the North Carolina public school system. In 1957, he was commissioned as a Missile Officer in the United States Army, where he served for four years, and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Over the following 4 decades, he taught music for the Delaware and Maryland public school systems, advanced his music studies, served Washington and Baltimore church musical ministries as organist and director, and toured as a concert performer with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. In 1984 he received an Honorary Dcotorate of Music Degree from Virginia Seminary and College. Starting in 1995 and for the next 17 years, Dr. Mack served as an instructor at the Laurel School of Music.

Did you know?

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke proclaimed Sunday, September 20, 1998 as “Dr. Mack Statham Day in Baltimore.”

His many compositions include the enduring “Trilogy of Dreams on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

He performed the organ postlude at the National Prayer Service for President Clinton’s Inaugural Celebration.

He has performed hundreds of concerts for charity over the years, many accompanied by his son Robert, also an accomplished musician. Just this past year: Mission and Masterworks (FUMC), Laurel Rotary Club (Patuxent Greens Golf Club), Sing for King (First Baptist Church).

Favorite hobby (besides music)? Attending good movies (particularly dramas) and enjoying good dining at well known restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington Area.

Favorite sports teams? Ravens, Redskins, Nationals, Georgetown, Maryland

Favorite food and/or dessert? Steaks, seafood. ALL kinds of desserts.

Favorite other things? When time and schedule permit, attending concerts and artistic performances, i.e., good plays, shows, etc.

Anything else you would like to share with your church friends that they might not already know about you? In case not one knows, I love FUMC, its leaders and its people, I feel like part of a big family and all together as we have each other.
Worship News
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Faith in God’s Word When Facing the Impossible” and
the scripture is 2 Chronicles 20:1-17.
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 3rd at 6:30 pm

Fellowship News

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manage the 1021-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. This natural area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including an impressive list of about 150 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals, and numerous amphibians, reptiles, fishes, butterflies, plants and other wildlife.
Dogs are welcome, but are required to remain leashed. The MEPA trails are fairly level, but not paved. Areas can be muddy after rains.
What should I bring?
1. If you have a handheld GPS, bring it, but I will have two.
2. Wear boots or other good hiking shoes.
3. Water and trail snacks.
4. Insect repellant.
5. Look up “Hiking Ten Essentials” for other suggestions.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is, essentially, a high-tech scavenger hunt. Players hide “caches” (weather proof containers) in a wide variety of locations. Others seek them, using handheld GPS units or smartphones, after downloading coordinates and other information from one of a number of geocache listing websites.
Where is MPEA?
Near RT’s 32 & 108 @ 5795 Trotter Road Clarksville, MD 21029. Or use these coordinates for your GPS: N 39 12.750 W 76 55.120
We will meet at the trailhead parking at 9 AM.

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:
Bernice & James (Gale Gladney-Andersons Parents), John Edward Miller (Gale Gladney-Andersons Uncle), Bill Young, Betty Johnson, Bill Todd, Kaitlyn Summers, Kimberly Basil Jarrell, Faith Whampole (Dawn Kings Aunt), Hesson and Shryock Families, Charner Williams (Herman Higgins’ Uncle)
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Please join our Tuesday morning Bible Study which is held every Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 11:00 am. We are studying “Experiencing God” Knowing & Doing the Will of God

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:
Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 am General
Meeting with Special Membership Potluck Brunch in Fellowship Hall

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

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

Youth Group Happenings

Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15 – Back to School Lock-in –

Saturday, September 15 – CCYM (Conference Council on Youth Ministries) Meeting (Conference Center) 10am-12pm

Sunday, September 16 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm – Elections

Sunday, September 23 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm

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

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; Halloween Outing to Bennett’s Curse (3 Haunted Houses) – Blob’s Park, Jessup – 6:30pm-9pm – Cost – $30 per person

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

Sunday, October 21 – Regular Meeting – 6:30pm-8pm

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

Calling all Youth of First UMC (Grades 6-12) – ROCK 2013 in Ocean City is fast approaching. This year’s theme is “Transformed from the Inside Out” and the theme verse is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The speaker will be Reggie Dabbs and the Praise & Worship will be led by Jeff Deyo and Urban Street Level. There will also be a Mass Choir again which each youth can participate in. There are rehearsals each month at the Conference Center leading up to ROCK. The registration has opened and we need to secure our spot. The cost for attending ROCK 2013 is $125. This will include your ticket to ROCK in the Main Hall, a ROCK t-shirt and two nights lodging, as well as breakfast both Saturday and Sunday. Each youth will still to bring money for other meals and incidentals. To reserve your spot, please give a $25 deposit to Blairlee Owens by September 28. The tickets will be purchased at that time. Full payment needs to be received by January 1.

Ministry News

Did You Know You Can Make a Difference in Your Health?

Blood Pressure Screening
and Educational Guidance available on
Sunday, September 16, 2012
after 8:15 Service in the Nursery

Stop by and find out your blood pressure reading.

? To identify individuals undiagnosed with an elevated blood pressure.
? To monitor the blood pressure of persons currently taking blood pressure medications.
? To provide health education on the prevention of or management of elevated blood pressures.

Update and reminder
to nominate a veteran(s) for the
Stained Glass Window Honoring Veterans

The organizing committee for the veteran’s stained glass window project has collected donations for the window sufficient to cover all costs of the window, plaque, book of remembrance and stand for the book.

We originally requested donations not exceed $50.00 per nomination. While not necessary, if you wish to make a donation, make a check out to First United Methodist Church and indicate Veteran’s Stained Glass Window in the memo line. Excess funds will be given to the Memorial Committee for maintenance and new names to be added to the plaque or for an additional plaque.

Instructions and the nomination template are available in the
Narthex or any committee member. You may submit the
nomination electronically or as a hand written document. We
now offer the option for you to provide a picture of the person
being honored, which will be added to the back of the one page
narrative of the person’s service.

DEADLINE: To allow all material to be processed and the draft provided each nominator for review, we request you provide the information ASAP so a complete package is available for the dedication date. However, there is no actual deadline because names will be accepted after the dedication and into the future.

Dedication will be on the Sunday prior to Veteran’s Day this fall (November 11).

For additional information contact any committee member: Russ Geis, Stephan Stankewich or Richard Reynnells

Outreach Ministry News
Sing for King
Calling Choral Singers! Singers are invited to join a community choir for the 6th annual performance of “Trilogy of Dreams”, a major musical work to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. next January. The piece, composed by Dr. Mack Statham, organist of First United Methodist Church of Laurel, will be performed on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. in a celebration honoring Dr. King sponsored by the City of Laurel and Laurel Clergy Association. The event will take place at First Baptist Church of Laurel, 15000 First Baptist Lane (off Cherry Lane West of Van Dusen Road).

Rehearsal dates have been set as follows with frequency set on the basis of newly anticipated singers and the supplemental music repertoire necessary for the overall performance. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at FUMCL–424 Main St – 10 – noon
Saturday, October 27, 2012 at FUMCL–424 Main St – 10 – noon
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at FUMCL–424 Main St – 10 – noon
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at FUMCL–424 Main St – 10 – noon
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – at FUMCL–424 Main St – 10 – noon

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at First Baptist Church (Time TBD)
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church
Dress Rehearsal (Time TBD)

Performance – Sunday, January 20, 2013

Singers should attend most of the rehearsals and dress rehearsal. New
singers must buy a score for $15 at the first rehearsal.
Our director for this year’s performance will be Mr. Gregory Elliott Lewis, a renowned soloist, choral director, and teacher in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Our goal this year is to finally attain an ultimate of 100 to 150 singers. We will look forward to
seeing all of you soon.
To reserve a place in the choir, please e-mail Becky Boeckman at For questions, call Mack Statham at (301) 490-4569. Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Sincerely, Dr. Mack Statham

First United Methodist Church is looking to defend it’s Side by Side Kickball Tournament Trophy on Saturday, October 6 at McCullough Field. The tournament is from 8:30am-2:30pm. The cost of a team is $250, so we are looking for 10 players who would each pay $25 to be a part of our winning team. We also welcome donations. All of the proceeds of the tournament will go to Side by Side. If you are interested in playing, please contact Blairlee Owens at (301) 725-6722 or


Epilepsy Community Forum for
Parent and Family Networks
Saturday, November 3, 2012
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: First Methodist Church of Laurel
424 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707

Come meet other families and learn about
epilepsy, treatment options and community resources.
Networking activities will be planned for youth ages 8 to 16. Child care will be provided for youth ages 3 to 7.
Light breakfast and lunch provided.
Please RSVP by October, 20th to Sarah Pinsker at
410-828-7700 ext. 1259, or e-mail
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $5.00 per person which includes meals and the conference.
A limited number of scholarships are available.

This activity was made possible with
funding from the Epilepsy Foundation
and the Health Resources and Services
Administration/Maternal and Child Health
Bureau under award number U23MC19824

Side By Side
Community Kickball Tournament….
Three ways you can participate: join our church’s defending champions’ team; help sponsor the church team ($25 per player) or a school team; volunteer to help out on tournament day, October 6, 2012 (volunteer sign-up sheets are in the narthex). Any questions, contact Dave Myers at 301-490-0979.

Church Meetings

Caregivers’ Support Group
The Caregivers Support group will meet on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Parlor. If you have any special needs, questions or concerns please call Becky Boeckman at 301-725-3093.
Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Vision Team Meeting (Sanctuary)

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee Meeting (Parlor)

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:00 am
Rosie Meeting (Fellowship Hall)

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Lay Leadership Development Meeting

Church Happenings
Church Bazaar!!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The church bazaar committee has a question for you…..

What would you like to see at the church bazaar? Attendance has been falling off over the past several years so we want to hear from you!!! Please tell us what you like, what you don’t like, what you would like to see, what would bring you out…..………………
Please send an email to the church office with your suggestions at
Bazaar Committee
Community Happenings

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