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Sunday Worship Service -- 10:30 am
Rev. Kathy Lossau, Pastor
Pastor Israel Suarez -- Bi-lingual Pastor
Norm Crarey -- Organist / Choir Director
Christiana Campbell -- Christian Education Team Coordinator
Peter Ayok -- Sexton
Wife of B/W Conf ' Pastor
Rev. Robert Rodeffer
d. Jan 14, 2018
d. Dec. 9, 2017
d. Sept 2017
d. Aug 18, 2017
d. Aug 17, 2017
Former Pastor Joye's Mother-- Sue Jones
Wife & Husband
Christina "Chris" Areu
d. June 4, 2017
Eloy "Dino" Areu
d. July 15, 2017
d. May 22, 2017
d. Apr. 25, 2017
d. Apr 18, 2017
Former Pastor '66-'72
Rev. Elgar C. Soper
d. Dec. 20, 2016 (102yo)
Avis Veli, 86
d. May 21, 2016
Dorothy Boyd, 92
d. May 11, 2016
d. April 30, 2016
Winifred (Winnie) Elam
d. Feb 28, 2016
Onna Thornton, 93
d. Feb 15, 2016
Dr. Rowland A Fergusson
d. Oct 12, 2015
d. June 12, 2015
Donna Jo Bennington
d. April 7, 2015
Charlotte Schaefer, 97
d. Mar. 29, 2015
Joan Beck, 83
d. March 11, 2015
d. Oct 9, 2014
Joe Graham. Sr.
d. Aug. 10, 2014
John K. (Jack) Bacon
d. July 28, 2014
d. June 23, 2014
d. Dec. 8, 2013
Kay Sharp, 80
d. Feb 3, 1999
Ellen Bunyan, 92
d. Oct. 14, 2013
Odette B. Ludecke, 93
d. Oct. 13, 2013
d. Sept. 28, 2013
Anna Mary Farris
d. Aug. 12, 2013
Delbert Gantz, 84
d. May 31, 2013
d. May 7, 2013
d. Feb. 19, 2013
Pat Henry, 92
d. Jan. 29, 2013
Carol Rodgers, 90
d. Jan. 13, 2013
d. Nov. 27, 2012
This is a list of items for "Shoebox for Christmas" each year for kids. Shop a little each month over the course of the year.
(All sizes should be small-to-medium travel sizes easy to pack and ship)
JAN "Health" -- bandaids, Q-tips, cotton balls, pocket Kleenex
FEB "Hair" --combs, brushes, conditioner, ribbons, ponytail holders, clips, shampoos
MAR "Hygiene" -- Toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, etc.
APR "Cleanliness" --Soap, washclothes, deodorant
MAY "Personal" --Socks and underwear
JUN "Pastimes" --Small books, hand-held games, activity books, coloring books, crayons or markers
OCT "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines
NOV "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves
DEC "Assemble" and send-off.
The congregation is invited to participate in collective prayer and reflection
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After Every Service: a 15-min gathering is available in the Sanctuary after every Sun' Service
We are so very thankful to the AGAPE SDA congregation for volunteer painting that refreshed the Sanctuary, Chancel, and Narthex back in 2016. This group also takes care of the church grounds with mowing in the summer and snow removal in winter. These and other activities are tremendous money-savers! Update: Turns out that an anonymous donor paid for the paint and supplies. The men that did the work were prompt every day and professional. To reciprocate, we'd like to freely offer their names if you need work around your house. Asuncion Benitez 301.792.3829; Alex Ortez 240.354.0501; Daniel Sense 240.882.9486; and (acting as job foreman) Manuel Lainez 202.910.8435. Thanks to all!! And thanks to Marcie Burroughs for producing this work!
A different 'thanks' to our music Minister Norm Crarey for leading the choir. He has introduced us to some wonderful anthems and he is very patient as we learn new hymns. Thanks Norm! He (and we) welcome anyone who has interest in joining the choir. Reminds me of an old Andy Griffith episode, to paraphrase: "don't the trees sound fuller when all the birds are singing!"
Some recent 'Thank You's"!!
From Rehoboth Christian School (NM) . . for 4 boxes of E.S supplies (2016)
From 'Church World Service' for donation to Miscellaneous Kits for disaster relief . . .
From UMC Board of Child Care for donation . . . (2016)
From UMCOR for donation to General Board of Global Ministries for direct donation to Babyfold at Old Mutare Fairfield Children's Home, Zimbabwe . . .
From Shepherd's Table, Silver Spring . . . (continuing)
From Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference for Native American Children's Fund . . .
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless for clients, and for Back-to-School fair . . . (2016)
From Rehobeth Christian School, New Mexico, for 6 boxes of elementary school supplies, hygiene items, and backpacks (Mr. Jim Holwerda, Principal) . . . (2017)
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless: "We did it!" With your help 11 veterans ended their homelessness through 'Operation Homecoming' . . . . (2016)
From Enemy Swim Day School, South Dakota . . for supplies, socks, hygiene items, etc.
From Broad Acres E S kids: " . . for the 112 backpacks!" (Sept 2017)
2017 Mission Tree . . hats, scarves, mittens, etc to WI and SD
2017 Holiday Shop and (5) Advent Families' Christmas . . . from L to L at JLES at Br Acres
2017 Coat Drive -- 220 coats collected for families of Br Acres ES. Thanks to Valerie Campbell,
Denzel Maddy, and Jasmine Maddy for organizing! Wow! Thanks from
Linkages to Learning at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres.
April 2018 - A group of GS angels helped pack 'Hunger Kits' at Colesville Presbyterian Church.
You are generous but are asked to stick to the plan. The preferred items are generally Latin American staples for making dishes, like canned and dried red and black beans, rice, flour (2-lb bags), cornmeal (2-lb), canned tomatoes, canned meats and fish, soups, corn, and oatmeal. Please -- no more Ramen noodles as we are overstocked with these. Things that are not-much preferred are cake mixes, pickles, beets. (Do you want pickles and beets?!) Pick items that you would want if trying to feed/extend meals on a limited budget, and not always just single-serve heat-and-eat items. Those might feed one but shouldn't be the only daily choice meal after meal.
What do the Trustees Do? Like a building superintendent, the job of a Trustee is to be a steward of the property. In theory, ALL members are trustees! Here are some typical activities and/or needs that this group has tackled:
--broken floor tiles
--burnt-out bulbs w-a-a-y up high . .
--a roof leak above the Parlor
--stewardship of fees by outside groups to offset our costs
--kitchen hood and elevator inspection and rehab
--electrical repairs to parking lot lights
--the church secretary's computer problems were sourced and fixed
--the Sanctuary closet and Sacristy were cleaned and organized
-- repairing water damage in both bell towers; repairing leaking toilets; repairing leaking and broken gutters; fixing church sign on NHAve; painting doors and cabinets in Lewis Hall and corridor; ADA accommodations for Pastor Kathy.
Missions' Mitten Tree
Over the 2017 Holidays the Hazel Black Mitten Tree collected 43 hats, 25 scarves, 70 pairs of socks, 14 pairs of gloves, 19 sweaters, 5 baby sets (booties and hats), 2 baby blankets, 3 turtlenecks, 4 sweatshirt-jackets, 1 shawl . . and a partridge . . in . a . pear . tree!! We sent the packages to the Gerald L Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, WI, and a reservation in Eagle Butte, SD. Thanks to all the elves!!
(No partridges were actually harmed in this endeavor!)
What are the "2016 Book of Resolutions" adopted by United Methodists?
The book and the 'UM Social Principles' are statements approved by the denomination's General Conference. They address six areas; the natural world, and the nurturing, social, economic, political, and world communities. Read more here
May 'Monthly Day of Prayer' is 16th
The monthly day of prayer (pray for you, your family, social
issues, etc.) and fasting is yours (and ours) time to meditate, reflect,
and fast. There are no hard and fast rules . . you are welcome
to participate a lot or a little. Know that as you are practicing
self-sacrifice so are others in your church family. We recommend
from 15 to 30 min of prayer and reflection and the consideration
to 'fast' from one or more from sunup to sundown: food,
meat, TV, cursing, personal social media, or other. (Sorry,
we can't endorse that you 'fast' from your job today!)
Contact the Church office for more info on how you can
participate at home or here in the church building either
informally (on your time and at your pace) or formally
with Pastor Kathy, who always sets aside some prescribed
times (e.g. before work, lunch, afternoon, etc.) here in the Sanctuary.
Confirmation Class is forming
Pastor Kathy is now forming a Confirmation Class for students beginning the 7th, 8th, or 9th grades in Fall 2018. (i.e., School year '18 - '19) If your child falls in this range and is interested in Confirming please contact Pastor Kathy @ 301.433.3331 or email the church office at email@example.com with name/age/contact #, etc. The class would run through the school year and Confirmation Sunday is targeted for Pentecost Sunday in 2019.
Where do Communion offerings go?
The first Sunday of each month is communion, and we receive a voluntary gift up front in the basket. Jan/Feb -- Christmas in April; March -- Red Bird Mission; April -- Ordained Ministry Candidate Admire Russell; May -- Pastor's discretionary fund; June -- PET project of Florida; July -- Food and Friends; August -- CASA of Md; Sept -- Bread for the World; Oct -- UMCOR; Nov -- Pastor's discretionary fund; and Dec -- Day-shelter for P.G. Co. (housed at Univ. Christian Church on Adelphi Road. )
The Cottage is now a rental property The Uranga family has transitioned out and has moved into another home. So we have refurbished and reworked the cottage as a rental property to two professional persons and their pets. Thanks to Pat McConnell, Marcie Burroughs and others for the upgrade. Silver River Realty Management Firm will oversee the rental.
By the way . . do you know the 'Cottage Story' and history? Go here
Young Adult Ministry "Doves (of Good Shepherd)"
The DOVES began on Oct 21, 2017 and meet at 2 pm every Sunday. It is a product of our Hispanic Ministry outreach. The group is open to young adults -- single or married -- ages 18 - 25 (but that is soft!). The group mission and service will evolve over time. This is a Methodist "Safe Space" which means that the leadership is vetted for background and what is said at group STAYS at group, so that conversation is unfettered. If interested, contact Pastor Kathy by text (217.341.2181) so we know you are coming and we can have enough food. (Methodists can never have enough food!) Bring or invite friends.
Children's Sign Choir will perform day-of Choir Jubilee!
Sunday May 13th
Interested in Liturgical Dance?
Pastor Kathy is seeking interested persons in K - 12 grades to be part of a Liturgical dance group that would perform periodically. She is looking to form the group in May so if you are interested . . . well, . . contact her. (Or Church office, whatever . . ) Don't just assume the group will form and you can join later; she would like to gauge interest soonest. Call.
Summer Sermon Series . . and Sign Language
Pastor Kathy will preach a sermon series through most of the Sundays in July and August on the New Testament Epistle of Paul to the Church at Philippi (i.e., the book of Philippians.) Contact the Church office with your interest to participate.
She also will be teaching a basic sign language class beginning in June. Sign-up (pun intended) on the sheet in the hallway outside the Sanctuary, or just call/text her your interest. She will work out times and dates that fit all or most.
Rise Against Hunger! (Formerly "Stop Hunger Now" . . . if only that easy . . )
On Sat. April 14th, eight persons from GSUMC plus 2 friends and family joined a "hunger packing event" at Colesville Presbyterian Church. They packed > 20,000 rice/soy-fortified RTE meals. Great job, gang!
Pastor Kathy on VaCay!
Pastor Kathy will be on vacation Wed June 13 thru Sunday July 1st. She will be heading back to Springfield, Ill. to see family and friends, and maybe see the Cubs play the Cardinals in St. Louis. Pastor Israel will be covering for her in her absence in case of Pastoral emergency.
The Spanish Worship Service will now be held on Sundays at:
-- Pre-Worship/Prayer 1:30 pm
--Worship Service 2-3 pm
Goodbye's to . . .
Music Director Norm Crarey will be moving back to "Sweet Home Al-a-bam-a" at the end of the school year. His last Sunday will be June 17.
Office Admin' Tiara Suarez will leave July 5th. Her family is moving to FLA.
Best wishes to both!!
Congrats to Admire Russell on Graduation from Wesley Theological Seminary on May 7th. Proud of You!