OCT "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines
NOV "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves
DEC "Assemble" and send-off.
Sunday Worship Service -- 11:00 am
('Worship and Praise' style, occasional Sundays on the order of 1 per month)
Rev. DaeHwa Park, Pastor
Visit Rev. Park's website "JourneyForTheBread.net" here
Admire Russell -- Ordained Ministry Candidate
Church Secretary -- Wendy De La Roca Barrios
Hispanic Leaders -- Tony and Laura Ferro
Dr. Elizabeth Dumas Schneider -- Organist / Choir Director
Christiana Campbell -- Christian Education Team Coordinator
Peter Ayok -- Custodian
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
Some representative '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.
Xmas in April 2018 -- 16 of us from GS joined a larger work group headed by B. Frank Joy Construction and worked on a house of a legally blind woman. Built a fence and trash enclosure; installed several ceiling fans; fixed or installed new outlets; installed smoke and CO2 detectors; did weeding; trimming, repairing garden trim; cleaned a kitchen, bathrooms and storage; removed old carpet and broken furniture, and always . . . always . . . . painted!
May 2018 -- from Mobility Worldwide (c/o Penney Farms, FL) , $300 for cost of a motorized 3-wheeled cart distributed free to a wheelchair-bound elderly person in need.
Thanks to church members, and the Tabitha Circle, and Mr. Porter and Mr. Scott, for the many donations. Our neighbors have these needs: 1-lb bags dry beans (all kinds); canned milk; 1-lb bags or boxes of sugar; Ooodles of Noodles; canned chicken breast; canned tuna fish; small jars of mayo; boxes of cereal; jelly, peanut butter; single serve Mac and Cheese (just add water and microwave); Kraft (or similar) Mac and Cheese; and many are requesting Grocery gift cards to get prescriptions and personal hygiene items. No more please -- cans of: string beans, apple sauce, pumpkin, carrots, or peas.
We continue to be a great resource for neighbors in need. The Pantry hours may change due to my travel commitments. I will keep you updated -- Thanks, Paulette Brown, Coordinator
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:
--security cameras & high security light in the parking lot
--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.
What are the "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
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. )
Spring 2018 The Cottage is now a rental property
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
Rise Against Hunger! (Formerly "Stop Hunger Now" . . . if only that easy . . )
On Sat. April 14th, 2018, 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!
PRAISE! worship will occur irregularly on the order of once per month for the time being. This is a slightly more contemporary service of praise and call songs and messages. Musicians are welcome (guitar, woodwinds, etc.) If you played in a school band and are interested in helping out please contact Elizabeth. Songs will be easy and will be inclusive to your level of talent and rehearsal as you grow with us.
Volunteers Needed for Shepherd's Table-- ST provides help to the needy in the form of regular meals. This is a great opportunity to serve your Church and your community. If interested, please visit www.shepherdstable.volunteerhub.com or visit ST at 8106 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 301-585-6463.
Balt/Wash' Conf' Mission Statement: " . . to inspire and equip local faith communities to develop disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
2018 Christmas Mitten Tree Update . . .
The Hazel Black Mitten Tree Project for Native American Reservations collected 6 large boxes of hats, scarves, socks, lap robes, blankets, sweaters, baby items, and other miscellaneous items that were sent to a Reservation in Eagle Butte, SD. and the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to the buyers, shoppers, and packers who put this together. A special thanks to the Riderwood Knitters Group and Laura Kane for the beautiful hand-knit items, and to Pat and Lani McConnell for helping Janice pack and ship the boxed items.
. . . and 2018 Coat Donations
Thanks to everyone who donated coats to the Winter Coat Drive. We're pleased to report a final tally of 150 coats -- 93 for kids and 57 for teens and adults. A special thanks to whomever brought in a bag of children's boots. We're sure they were welcome when the snow storms hit!!
. . . and 2018 Advent Families
Thanks, thanks thanks to everyone who donated and took care of "mitten" needs on the Advent tree. This year's project helped 6 families in-need: four from Broad Acres and two from the Church. GS enabled toys, gifts, stockings, grocery cards, and more. One family thanked us (through BAES office) for the GS "Angels" who enabled Christmas; their kids had "the best (surprise!) Christmas ever" after concluding that their parents probably couldn't afford to provide much of anything. (What? They don't believe in Santa?!) Other families sent thank you cards, artwork, and picture-"proof" of their kids' Christmas excitement. Check the bulletin board in the hall outside of Lewis Hall. Thank you "Elves"!
2019 Acolyte Recognitions
Acolytes assist the pastor in worship by lighting the candles and serving the offering trays. They assist in other ways as needed and called upon.
2019 Acolytes: Edeline Davies; Jelan Davies; Marcus Davies; Ernest Okie; Jonis Palmer; Karina Palmer; Christian Salcedo; James Sawyerr; Jared Sawyerr; Keanen Thompson; and Mekhi Thompson.
Special thanks to Acolyte trainer Carolyn Brannon, and scheduler Abbe Ngala.
Special gratitude and thanks to the acolytes parents, and special recognition for availability and service to Edeline, Jonis, and James.
New acolytes are needed to replace graduating ones. Please contact Abbe Ngala @ 240.501.9369. (Middle school and H.S. ages)
Rev. DaeHwa Park
A native South Korean, and an ordained elder in full connection of the B/W Conference. His father, Rev. KookWon Park, is a Korean Methodist Pastor. Rev. Park (DaeHwa) studied theology at Yonsei University, SK, 1985-1989, and studied graduate work thru 1995. He served at several Korean Methodist churches in the Seoul metropolitan area. He worked as youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, program director, theological intern, and young adult pastor. He eventually made his way to Fairfax, VA, where he worked at several churches. He has also worked or pastored in Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Oakdale, and West Friendship. The National Metropolitan Memorial UMC in Washington, DC, is his home church, and also where he started the ordination process.
Rev. Park lives in Olney, MD, with wife YoungHoon Park (music teacher at Springhill Lake E.S.); Gideon Thory, 21 (Temple Univ.); Jeremy Solo, 19 (Univ. of MD); and Theodore Atticus, 11 (Redland M.S.)
They are being recognized as being part of the first class to complete the First Component of Lay Leadership and Ministry Classes offered in Spanish in the Balt/Wask Conference. The training was a year-long course. The Second level is not taught in B/W C so they will travel to New Jersey with some other students beginning in the Fall, 2019.
'Eye in the Sky' . . . Security Increased
The church has (or will soon) acquired 8 new security cameras to
overlook the parking lot, patio doors, and main entry. They will be
installed by Stuart Coxic and will have video monitoring in the Church office.
Some things we're working on . .
HVAC -- Some (expensive!) repairs have been made. Other upgrades and/or a part-on-order are still pending.
Parking lot lights -- Trustees are working on this fix, which requires rental of a cherry-picker truck.
Illegal truck parking on our lot -- While some trucks have permissions (permits, rental) others are illegal. Trustees are working to address this, which will involve hiring a tow truck company that has certification and compliance to do this.
Security cameras -- still a plan to do this. Stuart has not yet had time but it is on his to-do list. The church office needs a computer monitor for this. Anyone want to donate a Samsung monitor in the price range of $150 - $200?
Coffee with the Pastor
Monday mornings, 11 am, in the Pastor's Study. Come and share your story, your family, and your faith with the Pastor. Coffee is "on him!"
Faith Talks Thursday mornings, 11 am. Guided by FaithLinks online resources; a study of UM beliefs and positions on social issues.
Religion and Science
Thursdays, 6 pm, in the Pastor's Study. 30 minute presentation series on Religion and Science, facilitated by Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH. The series will focus on science that deepens our faith.
High Noon Wed's Prayer
Come to the Sanctuary, Wednesdays at 12 pm for a group prayer, led by Pastor.
Stewardship Campaign"Made for More: Our Joyous Work Toward the Year of Multiplication"
Sunday Worship Service
(Virtual for the time being)
The Seven Ministry Initiatives
Sunday Morning -- start the week with faithful ordinance of Worship.
Assimilation -- Call, equip, and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Intergenerational -- Honor each generation and pass along discipleship and mission to new generations.
Technology -- take advantage of IT to enhance delivery of the Word.
Third Place -- a "City of Refuge" (Numbers 35:6); a house of prayer, where everyone is welcome. "Home" is our first place, and our "Work" is our second place. "Church," then, is our third place; an oasis of prayerful refuge.
Glo'cal - literally "Global and Local," pertaining to outreach and community outside our walls.
Accommodation -- We accept you just as you are; with sin, with ailments, with disabilities, . . all.
The United Methodist Church is expected to split into two denominations in an attempt to end a years-long, contentious fight over same-sex marriage, church leaders announced Friday. The historic schism would divide the nation’s third-largest religious denomination.
Leaders of the church said they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, which would continue to oppose same-sex marriage and to refuse ordination to LGBT clergy, while allowing the remaining portion of the United Methodist Church to permit same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history.
The plan would need to be approved in May at the denomination’s worldwide conference.
Youth Shoe Drive for children in Sierra Leone
The Church is having a shoe drive for children in Sierra Leone. Any donations can be dropped in the collection box located in the upper room. We are collecting shoes in all sizes, either gently used or new. (No boots or heels.)
GS Celebrates Baptism
On January 26, 202, GS celebrated the baptism of Osazee Jason Ikechukwu Agho during the service. Congratulations to Osazee and family!
Adult Sunday School
at Wesley Parlor Sundays 10 am
Children (K - 5th) and Youth 6-8 & 9-12)
Immediately after children's message in 11 am Service
2nd Sunday, Holy Club "Young People's Fest"
(Ages 18 - 30) meet in Shepherd's Nook
Per B/W Conf' all Churches are closed thru Apr 26
For more info go to: "You Are the Church Scattered" here
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Meeting ID: 878 179 913
'Good Friday' Service April 10 7:30 pm service
Easter Service April 12 NOTE: Combined with Savage UMC at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 566 965 650
Easter Service Apr 10 will be combined with Savage UMC and held at 10:30 a.m.