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In Memoriam

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

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
Prayer "Stations"

The congregation is invited to participate in collective prayer and reflection

Every Wed   
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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 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
--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.
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!

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.  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  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"! 
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 (finished Jr. year at Temple Univ.); Jeremy Solo, 19 (finished Freshman year at Univ. of MD); and Theodore Atticus, 11 (will move to Redland M.S. this Fall)

Visit Rev. Park's website   here

Tony and Laura Ferro to receive certification

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. 

New Time Change!!

We now start at     11:00 am   for regular service.

This is necessary due to Pastor Park's need to travel 
between his two church appointments. 

Good Shepherd mourns the passing of Harry Newman, 82 yo

Harry Beekey Newman, III    (obit from

Harry was born on October 13, 1936 and passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. He attended Penns Grove High School in New Jersey, where he met the love of his life, Eleanor, when he was 16 years old. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant third class and received an honorable discharge in 1958. A Masonic Ceremony will be conducted on Wednesday during the 7:00 pm viewing. A funeral service was held on Thursday, August 29th at 10:30 AM here at Good Shepherd. Viewing was held at the Ambrose Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on August 28, 2019. Prayers to his wife Eleanor, and family. 
Some things we're working on . . 

Air conditioning -- 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? 

B/W Church 'Charge Conference' -- Sat. Sept 28  2 pm
Open to all members, the Conference defines the direction, mission, and resources necessary to operate the Church in the coming year, including to endorse candidates for the ordained ministry, lay servants, and committee leadership. The location is University United Methodist Church, 3621 Campus Drive, College Park, MD  20740