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In Memoriam

Timothy Alfolabi
d. Oct 11, 2020

Doris Mboma
d. June 1, 2020
Covid 19
Husband: TK, Sister: Rosaline

Garnipudi Sukumar Christopher
d. May 24, 2020
Wife: Rani  Son: Sunil

George Sawyerr
April 25, 2020
Brother of Dunstan Thomas

Abdul Magona
April 10, 2020  (age 61)
Husband of Dolcie French

Inatoma Daramy
Dec. 2019
Sister in Law of
Bintu Murphy

Lucille Kirkpatrick
Nov. 20, 2019 (age 96)
Wife of Vernon (deceased in 2010) 

Leo F.X. Prahinski.
d. Sept. 8, 2019
Husband of Glee. 

Harry B. Newman, III
d. Aug. 21, 2019  (82yo)

Sona Epie
Stepson of Peter Ayok; killed in Cameroon war
d. July, 2019

Rebecca Allie
Mother of Bintu Murphy
d. July, 2019

Former Pastor  '56-'66
Rev. Herbert Doggett
d. Sept. 3, 2018  (92yo) 

Katherine Rodeffer
Wife of B/W Conf ' Pastor
 Rev. Robert Rodeffer
d. Jan 14, 2018

Josephine Keikula
d. Dec. 9, 2017

Stalin Frazer
d. Sept  2017

Clarice Bright
d. Aug 18, 2017

Marilyn Gantz
d. Aug 17, 2017

Former Pastor Joye's Mother-- Sue Jones
d. Aug.9,2017

Wife & Husband
Christina "Chris" Areu
d. June 4, 2017
Eloy "Dino" Areu
d. July 15, 2017

Pat Mallon
d. May 22, 2017

Ronald Walker
d. Apr. 25, 2017

Sylvester John
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 

Lois Kane
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

Jean Bennington
d. June 12, 2015

Donna Jo Bennington
d. April 7, 2015

Charlotte Schaefer
d. Mar. 29, 2015 (97yo)

Joan Beck
d. March 11, 2015 (83yo)

Jestina Webber
d. Oct 9, 2014

Joe Graham. Sr.
d. Aug. 10, 2014

John K. (Jack) Bacon
d. July 28, 2014

Mary Rainey
d. June 23, 2014

Walter Sharp
d. Dec. 8, 2013
preceded by
Kay Sharp, 80
d. Feb 3, 1999

Ellen Bunyan, 92
d. Oct. 14, 2013

Odette B. Ludecke, 93
d. Oct. 13, 2013

Thelma Morgan
d. Sept. 28, 2013

Anna Mary Farris
d. Aug. 12, 2013

Delbert Gantz, 84
d. May 31, 2013

Dorothy Williams
d. May 7, 2013

John Williams
d. Feb. 19, 2013

Pat Henry, 92
d. Jan. 29, 2013

Carol Rodgers, 90
d. Jan. 13, 2013

Jean Sharp
d. Nov. 27, 2012
Missions' Items

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

JUL  "Fun things" --Small toys, cars, jacks, balls, small stuffed animals

AUG  "School" --Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, & other school items

SEP  "Teacher's supplies" --Paper, glue, scissors, pencil sharpeners

OCT  "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines

NOV  "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves

DEC  "Assemble" and send-off. 
Regular Services
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 ""  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
Prayer "Stations"

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. 
Food Pantry:
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 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

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.)

Visit Rev. Park's website   here

'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  
11;00 am
(Zoom; Facebook)

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. 

Please keep up with your tithes and offerings!

The Church needs your help in maintaining its budget and bills. You can donate online using the icon/link to the right, or drop off checks at the Church. 

Worship, Study, and Fellowship at Good Shepherd

All gatherings are offered through 'Zoom' or Facebook-Live Stream.
Facebook users , please request friends at

Celebration of Worship  NOTE: service returning to 11:00 am
-- Zoom Meeting ID 566-965-650     Password  900361

Youth Hang Out  Sunday Evenings at 7 pm
--Zoom Meeting ID  633-940-051    Password  029061

Children's Hour with Story Telling  Sunday Evenings at 8 pm
-- Zoom Meeting ID  964-1021-2427    Password  541602

Coffee with the Pastor  Monday at 11 am
-- Zoom Meeting ID  631-887-165    Password  375637

DISCIPLE  Mondays at 7 pm
-- Zoom Meeting ID  961-6016-5713    Password  716470

Into the World with the Word  Tuesday at 7 pm
-- Zoom Meeting ID  947-5619-4251    Password  024529

​High Noon Prayer  Wednesdays at 12 N
-- Zoom Meeting ID  409-666-503    Password  581382

FAITH TALK  Thursdays at 11 am
-- Zoom Meeting ID  953-5226-0028    Password  014740;
Are you ready to return to the Sanctuary? We Are!

In-Church worshiping returns!

Good Shepherd organized the “Re-Entering Well Task Force” to develop protocols and guidelines for re-opening in-persons service over the last several months. The Task Force has developed protocols and guidelines for re-opening in-persons service. Regular Sunday service is back, Sundays at 11:00 am.

One of the required steps for you to join the in-person service is to fill out “COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire”  here  at your arrival. Ushers will welcome you and ask the questionnaire to fill out and then you will be asked to go the screener to take your body temperature. Blank forms are available in the lobby area. If you want a quick entry, please fill it out and show it to one of ushers. Thank you.