Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
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Regular Services
Sunday Worship Service -- 10:30 am
('Worship and Praise' style, every 2nd Sunday)
Rev. Kathy Lossau, Pastor
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 -- Sexton
In Memoriam

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

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, 97
d. Mar. 29, 2015

Joan Beck, 83
d. March 11, 2015

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. 
Prayer "Stations"
Established









The congregation is invited to participate in collective prayer and reflection

Every Wed   
8-8:30pm
Tele-call-in
1-515-603-3157
access code 809996 
option #1

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:
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
--working on:
        -- 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.
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
March 'Monthly Day of Prayer' is 20th   
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.
Wed
20th
March 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. )
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

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. Some Doves have 'flown' back to college but the group still meets. 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. Some activities:  Labor Day = Apps after dark 9pm at Busboys in Hyattsville;  Concert Across America = Sept 30, 2018. Skiing (at Liberty) in Dec and Jan 2018, and Feb 2019.

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!
Hispanic Ministry News
In September 2018, Tony and Laura began attending 10 months of classes towards becoming Lay Ministers here at GS. They will be part of the first class offered in Spanish in the Balt/Wash Conference. Please hold them in prayer. 
Quick'nnouncements

Reminder -- The Food Pantry is open  the 3rd and 4th Tue of each month - - 10-11 am.
BTW, the FP has seen some items 'walk away' so the lock will be changed . . yet again.   

PRAISE! worship will occur irregularly on the order of once per month for the time being.  The last one was on  Mar 17.  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. Look for the next one in April. 

Balt/Wash' Conf' Mission Statement:  " . . to inspire and equip local faith communities to develop disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." 
Seeds of Hope / Seeds of Security
On Mon April 22 you are invited to 'tee it up!' at Hobbit's Glen golf course in HoCo from 12N to 5pm for the UMC Balt/Wash Conference-sponsored golf tournament, and on April 26, at 7pm, for the Gala, at the Turn House at Hobbit's Glen. Both events raise awareness and money to combat domestic violence. In 2018, the U.S. Government reported that one in three women and one in four men report domestic violence from their intimate partner. visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/sosgolf19 for info. Sponsors welcome!!
ESL Classes are a big hit. . .will continue in 2019!    Sign-up was Mar 06
'English as a Second Language' classes, conducted in partnership with the MoCo Literary Council, have been a resounding success, so much so that a 2nd teacher has been arranged. Classes meet 2x/week, sometimes 3x (if makeups are needed). 26 persons attended the first go-around. Registration was Mar 06. Classes will meet in March, April, and May usually from 6-9 pm. There are flyers in the Narthex that explain the dates, etc. Classes are free of charge! The MCLC covers all expenses and we provide the classrooms. Here are some planned dates:

-- March 4, 6 (and registration 6-9 pm) , 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
--April 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 24, 29
--May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

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"! 
GS is facing some tough decisions . . and a New Pastor      
At the All-Church meeting on Jan. 27 it was announced that we are straining financially and requesting/receiving guidance from the B/W Conference. We are facing these challenges:  1) extremely expensive building repairs or upgrades that can no longer be pushed off;  2) we still carry a $260K+ mortgage; 3) a payroll > $185K; 4) the decline over years (passing away, moving, changing churches) of some highly faithful and bountiful tithers; and 5) the loss of 2 financial business partners -- the cell tower and the summer weekly parking lot market rentals. Some options (briefly!):  a) move temporarily to a 50% or part-time Pastor for an indeterminate time;  b) get estimates for each of the major repair or upgrades and prioritize;  c) run a major pledge campaign above and beyond "normal" pledges at past-years' amounts; d) the finance and SPRC teams will research innovative ways to meet challenges and/or seek new business partners and outside income; e) form a new Evangelism team; and f) apply to the conference for a reduction in our apportioned giving

A new Worship Team is planning transition. A new Pastor will begin July 1st and a formal 'Welcome' service will occur on July 7. 
UMC votes to maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage, gay clergy  (The following is taken from the Washington Post, Feb 26, 2019, and the UMC session site)  

In a contentious meeting years in the making, the United Methodist Church (the U.S.'s 3rd largest faith community) voted today to emphasize its opposition to same-sex marriage and gay clergy -- a decision that was cheered by conservatives in the global church, especially in Africa, but was deeply disappointing to many Americans who had hoped the church would change.

Many American ministers in the UMC already perform same-sex marriages and approve of the ordination of LGBT people as clergy, although the Protestant church's rules officially forbid these. Many Methodists hoped the UMC would amend those rules this week in St. Louis, MO. Instead, a group of more than 800 clergy and lay leaders from around the world voted to affirm the church's traditional view of sexuality -- and in fact punish disobedient clergy more harshly than before. 

Presented with four options during the four-day conference, the delegates picked the "Traditional Plan." Other plan options were the "One Church Plan," the "Connectional Conference Plan," and the "Simple Plan."  The plans varied in either maintaining or removing some prohibitions, denying or allowing local churches some autonomy in serving same-sex and gay parishioners, and in either upholding or relaxing the ordination of gay clergy and in considering appointments. The final voting mostly came down to the Traditional Plan versus an 11th hour attempt to "revote" an amended One Church Plan; the latter plank failed 449 - 374.

The choice raises questions of whether some churches that are disappointed with the vote might leave the denomination. The UMC is the largest mainline (non-evangelical) Protestant church in the U.S. Most other mainline Protestant churches do perform LGBT marriages, including Presbyterian, Episcopal, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each of those lost some churches to more conservative faith groups when they decided to affirm same-sex marriage.  However, almost one-third of the UMC membership is in Africa, and speakers from outside the U.S. -- including Liberia and Russia -- were among the most vocal proponents of the traditional plan. One view is that "the old ladies and men in villages who received the Bible from missionaries will know the Bible hasn't changed, and that if the church had voted to affirm LGBT inclusion, it would have become a 'laughingstock' in Africa." An opposing view said "preaching to the 'old' is a failure of the church," adding that "the traditional plan is a misnomer; we really have nothing in our tradition to justify this sort of punitive, exclusionary mentality."