Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
   Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a great week, and especially a good Valentine’s Day.  Mine actually turned out to be pretty funny.  Earlier in the week I was at Camp Pecometh for several days conducting ordination interviews with the Board of Ordained Ministry, and one evening, on the phone with my sister, we arranged to have Valentine’s Day dinner with she and her husband, and Mom and me at Texas Roadhouse (we had gift cards to use!).  So, last evening arrived, I picked up Mom and headed off to the restaurant.  We got there and, of course, it was packed!  So, to keep from wandering aimlessly around the place looking for Susan and Bob, I texted her to see if they had arrived.  “Yes,” she said, they had.  “Where are you?” I texted back.  “Waiting out front.”  And in that moment, I had a sinking feeling, and texted back, “Please tell me you’re at the Texas Roadhouse in Middletown.”  I won’t tell you the word she texted back, but suffice it to say that she and Bob were at the Texas Roadhouse in Bear!  So Mom and I had a nice dinner in Middletown and they had a cozy dinner for two in Bear, and that’s how Valentine’s Day went for me!  Oh, the best laid plans . . .
                
Anyway, I hope you had a good day yesterday, and are having a good one today, and have plans for a great weekend.  Here’s what’s happening at the church:

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in my series about Moses, this week dealing with God’s call on his life and his reluctance to answer that call.  We’ll be treated to lots of good music as the Bell Choir, Laurie Ruth and the Chancel Choir will all offer their talents during worship. 
-          At 12:15 pm, a New Member Orientation Class will be held for anyone interested in joining our church.  We’ve got a good number of people signed up already, but there’s always room for more – so, if you’re interested in attending, just come down to Weldin Hall and join us!
-          A reminder that we’re still receiving registrations for this year’s Men’s Retreat.  The retreat will be held on Saturday, March 16th in Weldin Hall, and all men of the church (and their friends) are invited to attend.  Brochures containing all the details about the retreat are available on the Welcome Center.  Cost is $25/person and scholarship money is available, if needed.
-          Speaking of men, the February Men’s Breakfast takes place this coming Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 am at Cracker Barrel.  All men of the church are invited to take part.  There is no sign-up needed – just show up for the fun, food and fellowship.
-          Also, looking ahead further into next week, on Friday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will meet.  Their evening will start with a potluck dinner and then continue on in a night of 50s/60s music and dancing.  Sign up to participate on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.  (By the way, if you like 50s/60s music but you’re not a Classic Christian yet, come anyway – we don’t check IDs!)

I think that’s it for now.  Have a great day, and an even greater weekend!  Sounds like the weather’s going to be okay now for a few days, so enjoy it while you can.  The middle of next week sounds like it could get dicey again – oh well, spring’s going to come eventually!  Anyway, have a good weekend.  Try to find some time to put your feet up for a while, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!  Can’t wait!

                                                       Grace and Peace,
                                                                              Karen
                 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend! Before I go any further, I want to say a great big thank you to the Evangelism Committee for a wonderful Joy of Faith weekend. Wasn’t it great? It felt so good to laugh so hard that tears rolled down my cheeks! So thank you to Linda Meffley and her wonderful committee, to Jamie and Gerry Treese for their wonderful dinner, for Ina and Don Andrews, and Mabel Gary and Marge Jacobs who hosted the prayer breakfasts, and to everyone else who had a hand in making it such a great weekend! We truly felt the joy of faith through it all!

Now, on to what’s happening this weekend:
  • On Sunday, I’ll start a brand new sermon series on Moses. This week we’ll look at the start of his life, and those who made it possible, in a sermon I’m calling “This is Love.” (Seems appropriate for the week of Valentine’s Day, right?) Both the Men’s and Chancel Choirs will sing for us, and we’ll celebrate holy communion together as well. It’s going to be a great service!

  • You’ll find a sign-up sheet for Dinner Groups in the bulletin again this Sunday. Dinner Groups are a wonderful way to get to know people in the church, as monthly you get to gather with a group of 8 or so for a meal together. If you’re interested, fill out the form in the bulletin, put it in the offering plate, and then, when the groups are formed, you’ll be notified about what group you’re in.

  • We’re going to have a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, February 17th after the 11:00 service, for anyone who is interested in joining our church. The class includes lunch, and we can provide childcare, if needed. To register for the class, simply email eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933.

  • I’m happy to say that registrations are rolling in for the upcoming Men’s Retreat, which will take place at the church on Saturday, March 16th. Brochures containing all the details are on the Welcome Center. Cost is $25/person and scholarship help is available if needed. The committee has planned a great day, so I’m hoping that they’ll have a full house!
Looking Ahead a Few Weeks:
  • On Friday, Feb. 22nd, the Classic Christians will meet for a potluck dinner and then a night of 50’s/60’s music and dancing. It starts at 6:30 in Weldin Hall. A sign-up sheet for the event is on the counter across from the Welcome Center. 

  •  On Sunday, Feb. 24th, we’ll celebrate Boy Scout Sunday. The scouts of our Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop will assist us in worship as greeters, ushers and readers, and they will also be hosting their always-wonderful Pancake Breakfast all morning. Details about the breakfast are on an insert in this Sunday’s bulletin. 
Finally, let me ask you to pray for our Administrative Council tomorrow morning. We’ll be having our annual Visioning/Planning Retreat, so pray that the Spirit of God will move mightily in our midst and direct us to where God would have us go. Dot Eltzroth is the new chairperson for the Council, so add a special prayer for her as well, as she leads the retreat..

I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! Take some time to do something for yourself, even while tackling your “to do” list. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning! Can’t wait!

                                                       Grace and Peace,
                                                                             Karen

Friday, February 1, 2019

Happy 'frosty' Friday!

Hi All –
  Happy Friday!  I sure hope you’re somewhere nice and warm and cozy reading this.  What a few days we’ve had with this brutally cold weather!  I was so happy a few minutes ago when I looked at the weather forecast and saw that it’s going to be in the 50’s for a few days next week!  We’ll be more than ready for that, won’t we?  Anyway, praise God for warm clothes and homes in the midst of this polar vortex!  And praise God for those who cared for those without warm clothes and homes in the midst of it!
   On to what’s happening this weekend at church:
-          As you probably well know by now, either through worship, or the bulletin, the newsletter, or the commercials on WXCY, this weekend is our JOY OF FAITH WEEKEND.  This annual event is meant to remind us, in the dreariest and coldest time of the year, of the joy and warmth of faith in Jesus Christ!  I believe this is our 14th JOF weekend!    Over the years, we’ve had many wonderful speakers and entertainers, and this year is no exception.  Our entertainment this year is Ryan and Friends, a wonderful ventriloquist act who was with us a number of years ago and was wonderfully entertaining and inspirational.  Our weekend starts on Saturday morning with prayer breakfasts in three different locations – one in Elkton, one in North East, and one in the Town Point area.  Already, nearly 70 people have signed up to participate in a breakfast, but if you didn’t sign up and want to attend, email me at eumc@comcast.net and I’ll help make that happen.  Then at 5 pm we’ll have a wonderful dinner in Weldin Hall catered by Gerry and Jamie Treese.  There are still some tickets available at the door.  After that, at 7 pm, Ryan and friends will entertain us in the sanctuary.  This is a great event to which to invite family, friends and neighbors.  Young people will especially love it!  Then finally, on Sunday morning , at both our 8:30 and 11:00 services, Ryan and his friends will bring the message.  It’s going to be a wonderful, uplifting weekend that you won’t want to miss! Send this link to your friends and neighbors and invite them to join us: Joy of Faith Message
Some other things about Sunday morning:
o   Don’t forget that we’re collecting donations for the next College Care Package that will go out to our college students right after Valentine’s Day.  You’re invited to bring your donations of goodies like cookies, candy, granola bars, etc. to the CCP box in the Welcome Center area.

o   You’ll see an insert in the bulletin this Sunday offering you the opportunity to sign-up to be a part of our church’s Dinner Groups.  Dinner groups are small groups of 8-10 people who go out to dinner once a month.  It’s a wonderful way to get to know other people in the church.  Sign-ups will continue for three weeks, and then the new groups for 2019 will be formed.

o   Calling All Men – Brochures about this year’s one-day Men’s Retreat can be found in the Welcome Center area.  The retreat will take place on Saturday, March 16th at the church.  Full details about the day can be found in the brochure.  Scholarship money is available, if needed.  The cost of the retreat is $25/person.
o   A reminder that there will be a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm in Weldin Hall.  If you’re interested in joining the church, or simply learning more about it, you’re invited to attend.  Simply register by emailing eumc@comcast.net or calling the church office at 410-398-0933.

 ATTENTION WOMEN’S RETREAT PARTICIPANTS – If you ordered one of the calendars we created at the retreat, you can pick it up on Sunday morning in my office after the worship services.  If you haven’t paid in advance, just a reminder that the cost is $15 and checks can be made out to Elkton UMC.
Well, I think that’s it for now.  Stay warm and bundled up until this cold spell breaks, and then enjoy the warmth that is to come!  Even though there’s a lot going on this weekend, try to find some time for yourself, for a little rest and relaxation.  Spend time with those you love, and then I hope to see you at one or more of the Joy of Faith events this weekend.  
And oh, yeah, there’s a football game being played Sunday night – a little thing called the Super Bowl.  I don’t really care who wins, but I’ll watch it for the commercials!
Have a good day, and a great weekend!  Take good care of yourselves.  See you soon!
                                                                                                        Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                        Karen 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Happy Friday!


Hi All,
   Happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend.  I missed being with you in worship last Sunday, but I heard (and saw via the video) that Nancy Crawford did a wonderful job in my absence.  As you know, I was with 80 other women at our annual Women’s Retreat in Ocean City and it was a wonderful, uplifting time.  We focused on joy and laughter this year and we experienced a lot of both!  Many thanks to the retreat committee for all their hard work in making it happen!  Also, a reminder to the women to mark your calendars for next year’s retreat – the same weekend – Martin Luther King weekend.

Now, on to what’s happening this weekend at church:

-          Tonight at 6:30 the Classic Christians will gather in Weldin Hall for their first meeting of the new year.  The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and will continue on with a program presented by Anne Humphrey about the Synchronized Ice Skating Team in Delaware that she’s been a part of for a long time.  All Classic Christians (50 and over) are invited to come and take part!

-          On Sunday morning, we’ll have the great privilege of having our District Superintendent, the Rev. Joe Archie, with us in worship.  Joe is a great leader, and I’m sure he’ll have a powerful message for us.  The youth choir will be singing, Paul Humphrey will play his sax, and the Chancel Choir will sing as well.  It’s going to be a great morning in worship that you won’t want to miss!

-          Joy of Faith dinner tickets will be on sale in the Hospitality Area after both services on Sunday.  Be sure to buy them Sunday, because we might sell out and not have tickets available at the door on February 2nd.  Just as a reminder, the Joy of Faith weekend is next weekend, February 2nd and 3rd, and this year’s entertainers are Ryan and Friends, a wonderful ventriloquist act.  They will perform on Saturday night at 7 and at both services on Sunday, the 3rd.  Be sure to invite others to come along with you for this great event – especially those with children.  They’ll love it!

-          Don’t forget that we’re in the midst of collecting goodies for our next College Care Package, which goes out just after Valentine’s Day.  You can bring your donations of things like candy, cookies, chips, gum, etc. to the College Care Package box in the Welcome Center area.

-          On Sunday afternoon, from 12:30 – 3:30, we’ll be having another forum on the upcoming UMC General Conference dealing with human sexuality issues.  This forum will be different from the others in that there will be a good amount of time for dialogue with others.  We already have a good number of people signed up to take part, but if, at the last minute, you want to attend, just come on down to Weldin Hall at 12:30 and we’ll make a place at the table for you. 
-          The next New Member Orientation Class will be held on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm.  If you’re interested in joining EUMC or in simply learning more about the church, you’re invited to take part.  Simply send an email to eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933 and let us know you’re interested.

-          Plans are being finalized for this year’s Men’s Retreat which will take place on Saturday, March 16th in Weldin Hall.  A brochure about the retreat will be available this Sunday in the Welcome Center area.  The cost of the one-day retreat is only $25 and scholarship help is available, if needed.


Well, I think that’s it for now.  Like I said above, I really missed being with all of you last Sunday, so I hope to see a lot of you this week as we welcome our District Superintendent in worship.  In the meantime, have a great weekend.  Find some time for rest and relaxation, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday.  Can’t wait!
                                                     
                                           Grace and Peace,
                                                                Karen

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy 'Frosty' Friday


Hi All –

     Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend.  Anybody out there as tired as I am of watching weather forecasts?  Oy vey.  One day they say one thing and the next it changes.  Well, whatever the weather, I hope you stay safe and warm over the next few days.  I’m heading off soon with 80 other women to be a part of our annual Women’s Retreat in Ocean City MD.  So please pray for all of us for safe travel down and back, and a great experience with God in between!

     But there’ll be lots going on at the church, so here’s a look at what’s happening this weekend:

-          On Sunday morning, worship will be led by our Lay Leader Nancy Crawford.  She designed the service and wrote a wonderful sermon (I’ve already read it!), so please be sure to come to worship.  Sid Bledsoe will sing at both services, and the Chancel Choir, of course, will sing at the 11:00 service.  It’s going to be a good morning at EUMC, you won’t want to miss it.  And won’t it be nice to see all your friends after we were not able to be together last week because of the snow!

-          You’ll have the opportunity to buy Joy of Faith dinner tickets on Sunday as well.  Just to remind you – our Joy of Faith weekend is February 2nd and 3rd and the featured entertainer is Ryan and Friends, a wonderful ventriloquist.  There will be prayer breakfasts on Saturday morning and you can sign up to take part in one of them via the bulletin insert.  Then we’ll have our ever popular buffet dinner Saturday at 5, catered by Jamie and Gerry Treese.  And finally, Ryan and Friends will be with us at both services on Sunday, Feb. 3.  This is a great opportunity for you to invite family, friends and neighbors to come along to church with you.  I know that sometimes people might feel awkward about inviting people to come to church for a worship service, but coming for entertainment is easier.  Try to think of someone in your life who could use some laughter and joy, and invite them this year.

-          You also have the chance Sunday to sign up to take part in The Way Forward Forum which will take place on Sunday, January 27th at 12:30 in Weldin Hall.  You’ll be able to learn more about the issues facing General Conference and to dialogue with others about them.  To participate, please sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center so we can make adequate arrangements for the lunch.

-          Don’t forget that we’re now collecting goodies for the next College Care Packages which will go out on February 17th.  Bring your donations of things like cookies, candy, chips, granola bars, etc. to the bin in the Welcome Center area.

-          Finally, a reminder that Wrights AME Church has invited us to join them for their annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration this coming Monday morning.  The worship service takes place at 9 am in their church which is located on Booth Street.  It’s always a wonderfully uplifting service that I enjoy attending, and I’d love to have some others from EUMC join in on Monday.

Well, I think that’s it for now.  I’ll miss being with you this weekend, but I know I’m leaving you in capable hands with Nancy!  We’ll be praying for all of you at the retreat, and we hope you’ll pray for all of us as well.  Have a great weekend, and please try to find some time for rest and relaxation.  Be sure to spend time with those you love, and then head over to church on Sunday morning for worship!
                                    Grace and Peace,
                                                          Karen