September 28, 2012

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First UMC | eRevelations
September 28, 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’s Google”
It’s something I take for granted. I’m talking about Google. Think back to fifteen years ago (that would be 1997). Who would have ever thought back then that if you had a question about anything (getting directions, facts and trivia, instructions, news, etc.) that you could type your topic into a search engine like Google and find any information in the world on your topic in just mere seconds? If you have a smart phone, you can do all this within the palm of your hand from wherever you are. Worldwide information right at our fingertips… That’s simply astounding!
And yet information never equates to wisdom. Information is a list of facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do with the facts we have. For example, if I’m looking for a job, I can have a listing of job openings pretty quickly and easily. But which job do I choose? Which one would be the best opportunity? Which one would be the best use of my gifts and talents? Which job holds the best prospects for my future? No search engine in the world could answer those questions.
The good news is that the Holy Spirit is the source of all the wisdom we need! The Apostle Paul writes,
“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us… The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, 15)
If you have given yourself to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and have received him into your life, then the Holy Spirit dwells in you, too. Having the Holy Spirit is like having the inside scoop on the will and mind of God. The Holy Spirit’s job is to teach us everything that Jesus has taught us in order to bring us fully into the life of God (see John 14:26).
Listening for the Spirit within you happens when we read Scripture, pray, and watch for God’s activity around us. But the common thread that weaves it all together is just intentionally listening and watching for God. Listen for God. Wait for God’s Spirit to teach and prompt you. Then you will have the wisdom that created the universe. You will have, as the Scripture says above, the very mind of Christ.

Yours in Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Chris

Worship News
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Our message this Sunday will be “Obedience: Our Ticket to Fully Experiencing God”
and the scripture is Luke 10:1-24.
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:
Powell Family, Kim Alcaraz & family, Dana Small & kids, Sparkle, Marie, Derby & kids, Sherre Burton, Nettie Tenebruso, Bill Young (friend of Jesse & Spring Easton)

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

Youth Group Happenings

The 2012-2013 Officers have been elected. They are:

President – Katrina Alexander
Vice President – Tabitha Geis
Secretary – Haley Kornak
Treasurer – Kathryn Hawes

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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

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

Calling all Youth of First UMC (Grades 6-12) – ROCK 2013 (January 11-13) 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 contact Blairlee Owens at (301) 725-6722 or and give a $25 deposit to Blairlee by Sunday, September 30. The tickets will be purchased at that time. Full payment needs to be received by January 1.

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 have 8 players and could use a few more, which would also lower the per person cost. 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 by Sunday, September 30 at (301) 725-6722 or

Ministry News
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

Speaker Series and Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
First United Methodist Church of Laurel
424 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707
Join us for our kick off meeting of a
Support Group for individuals and their families living with epilepsy in the Laurel area.

Please RSVP to Sarah Pinsker at or call 410-828-7700 ext. 1259

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 to register!
Contact LARS at (301) 776 – 2330 if you would like to sponsor or participate!

Church Meetings

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

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

Church Happenings
This young man just left for basic training. He is Kaili Offenbacher’s boyfriend and he participated in our Adult VBS Class this year. Many people at church asked for his address……..

PV1 Johnson, Michael
Echo 1/31st FA 2nd PLT Crusaders
6007 NE Rothwell St.
Ft. Sill OK 73503

Birthdays & Anniversaries

1 Ingrid Loukota
2 Darlene Cotten
David Myers
3 David Fent
Carole Knoblett
Gregory Sweitzer
4 Michael Woodruff
5 Gregory Anderson
Beverly Lee
Harrison Newkirk
6 Barbara Corporal
Ethan Frost
Wayne Rouse
8 Elizabeth Jarrell
Mark Teasdale
Mark Welsh
9 Sandra Cawood
Frances Haynes
10 Karen Bockstahler
William Davis
Emily Mount
Stephanie Mount
11 Kathryn Hawes Owens
15 Ann Meixner
Samuel Sellards
16 Joyce DeThomas
Sarah Hensley
Erin Shaffer
Judy Sinkovitz
18 Cameron Bouie
John Tardy
19 Eva Mae Black
20 Tyler Offenbacher
21 Kenneth Altman
Jacob Bailey
Sheri Bell
Bobby Rippeon
22 Kathryn Bowen
23 Stephen Noyes
24 Lucas R. Friend
26 Sara Smith
27 Brian Knoblett
Julianne Knoblett
Judy Law
Joe Robertson
Susan Woodruff
28 Katie Doukas
Julie Lowe
29 Vincent Turner
30 Payton Bouie
Daniel Brieck, Jr.
Susan Mickesh
Kelly Miller
31 Jennifer Schneider Hennessie

1 Sheila & David Preston
5 Ann & Daniel Messina
6 Nancy & John Tardy
Katie & Jeffery Weston
9 Carol & Wayne Driver
10 Betty & David Cutlip
Ellen & Jim Healey
Winifred & Bill Smith
17 Christine & Denny Atwell
20 Virginia & Kenneth Busic
23 Julie & Nathan Lowe
31 Katie & James Doukas

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