Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead! Sounds like, though it might be a little rainy, it’s going to be cooler – so I’m for that! Whatever the weather, I hope you enjoy a few days off!

Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:

- The Blood Bank is setting up for donations in Weldin Hall this afternoon,
so if you’d like to donate, head on over to the church. They used to have their
monthly donation days at the fire hall, but this year moved to our church,
so on the second Friday of each month they’ll be in Weldin Hall. If you can
donate, please do – the need for blood is particularly great in the summer.

- On Sunday, I’ll offer sermon #6 in my summer series, “Marks of Discipleship.”
This week, I’ll be preaching from Ephesians again and the mark of discipleship
Is “Seeking to Build Up.” Sue Johnson will provide special music and we’ll
be baptizing a beautiful little boy at the 8:30 service. It’s going to be a great morning!

- On Sunday afternoon, we’re having a recording session of new greeting videos.
We still have a few spots left, so if you’d like to make a video, we’d love to
have you. Let me know, by emailing me at eumc@comcast.net or just show
up on Sunday afternoon!

- A reminder that we’re in the last days of collecting supplies for school teachers.
You can put your donations in the bins in the Welcome Center area. The supplies
will be sorted by the Missions Committee and distributed to elementary school
teachers in Elkton area schools.

- Also a reminder to those of you signed up to go on the “Sister Act” bus trip in
September that your payment of $90/person is now due. Please make checks out
to Elkton UMC and write “Sister Act” on the memo line. By the way, we still have
a few tickets left, so if you’re interested sign up on the sheet across from the
Welcome Center. We also have some seats left on the November bus trip to the
new Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

- Our two yoga classes will be starting up again soon, so if you’re interested in taking
part in regular yoga on Monday evenings, or chair yoga on Wednesday evenings,
please call the church office at 410-398-0933. Cost is $50/6 week session.

- The next Monthly Men’s Breakfast is next Wednesday, August 15th at 6:30 am
at Cracker Barrel. All men of the church are invited to attend. There’s no need to
sign up ahead of time, just show up for food, fun and fellowship.


Well, I think that’s it for now, but before I go, I want to tell you that last night we had our annual EUMC Staff Picnic, and it was a blast! We gathered at the home of Donna and Tom Horgan, and enjoyed good food and great conversation with each other. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful staff at our church, and I am beyond blessed to work with them all!

Hope you have a great day, and a wonderful weekend! Find some time to put your feet up, be sure to spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday morning in worship! Can’t wait!

                                                             Grace and Peace,
                                                                                Karen

Friday, August 3, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to an even greater weekend! We’re in the height of vacation season right now, so if you’re taking off for vacation this week, have a wonderful, relaxing, fun and safe time away. But many of you, like me, aren’t going away, so here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:

  • - On Sunday, I’ll offer the fifth sermon in my summer series, “Marks of Discipleship.” This week we’ll look at a passage from Ephesians about using our gifts for the unity of the church. (And don’t say, “I don’t have any gifts,” because everybody does!) We’ll be treated to the wonderful music of Kris Lewman on her violin, and Sharon will be back at the organ! Yay! I’ve missed her and I know you have too! Finally, we’ll be sharing the sacrament of Holy Communion together. It will be a special morning that you won’t want to miss!
  • - Don’t forget that we’re still trying to fill those bins in the Welcome Center area full of supplies teachers need for their classrooms. Our goal is to keep teachers from having to dig into their own pockets to supply their rooms. So help as much as you can. You can find lists of needed supplies right next to the bins. We’ll be collecting your donations of supplies until Sunday, August 19th, so that we can distribute them to teachers their first week back.
  • - A final reminder to Classic Christians (age 50 and over) that the Classic Christians’ Summer Picnic is Monday evening at 5 pm at the home of Connie Wilkinson and Wendy and Wayne Eller (38 Cynthia Court in Woodcrest Shores off of Old Field Point Road). To attend, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center. You should bring a side dish or dessert to share, a lawn chair, and a swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in their beautiful pool. Please note! IN CASE OF RAIN, THE PICNIC WILL TAKE PLACE IN WELDIN HALL!
  • - In case you didn’t know, our church offers yoga classes! A regular yoga class is offered on Monday evenings, and a chair yoga class is offered on Wednesday evenings. If you’re interested in taking part, please call the church office at 410-398-0933. Cost is $50 for a six week session.
  • - Finally, there are a few seats left on the bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre on Friday, September 21st to see “Sister Act.” The cost is $90/person which includes bus (plus tip), dinner and the show. If you have already signed up, it’s time to make your payment, so make your check out to Elkton UMC, mark “Sister Act” on the memo line and turn it in to the church office.
I think that’s it for now in terms of what’s coming up, but I want to add one more thing today. For the past week or so, I’ve been working on worship plans for the coming year ahead, and one of the sermon I’ve planned for October is thanking the heroes in our lives. As luck or fate would have it, even as I planned that sermon, one of my heroes died this week – my mentor Tom Short. I’ve known Tom since I was 18 when he was my pastor. Fourteen years later, after college and seminary, I went to be in ministry by his side, as I served for 12 ½ years as Associate Pastor at Aldersgate UMC, while he was the Senior Pastor. Tom was an outstanding pastor, and I learned so much from him particularly about preaching and administration. He was a good friend and I could always count on him for wise counsel and encouragement. He made me laugh, he made me cry, but mostly he made me a better pastor, and I’ll always be grateful for the gift he was to me and so many others. I will be offering the naming at his memorial service later this month, so I ask for your prayers because it will be tremendously emotional for me. I also ask your prayers for this Sunday afternoon when I lead the memorial service for Millie Jones’ niece and her children who died tragically a few weeks ago. Please pray for Millie and Romie, her nephew Will and all others who will be in attendance.

Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a great day, and then a wonderful weekend. Find some time to put your feet up and relax, be sure to spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning as we give thanks for all of God’s good gifts. Can’t wait!


                                            Grace and Peace,
                                                                    Karen

Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –
  
 Happy Friday!  Wow, what a week!  Remember how I said in last Friday’s email that it was supposed to rain a lot but that’s okay because we needed it – well, enough already, huh?  And while it was pretty intense here, we had it pretty easy compared to all the places that flooded, and places like Port Deposit.  We need to pray for all those affected by the floods and also all those impacted by the terrible heat in other parts of the country and the horrible wildfires out west.  What a week!

Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
  • -          On Sunday, I’ll offer the next sermon in my summer series, “Marks of Discipleship.”  This week the subject is “Seeing Possibilities,” and we’ll consider that in light of the Gospel lesson about Jesus feeding the five thousand.  Kerry Dietz will be back at the organ for one more week while Sharon continues her recovery, and Paul Humphrey will provide two musical offerings, which I know will be wonderful.  It’s going to be a great service, so don’t miss it!
  • -          Don’t forget that we’re still collecting supplies for school teachers for the fall.  The list of things we’re looking for will be in Sunday’s bulletin again.  Please give as generously as you can.  Techers shouldn’t have to buy things out of their own pockets, so let’s help as much as we can!
  • -          ATTENTION YOUTH AND THEIR PARENTS – Here’s a message for you from Sandy:  The youth group will be swimming this Sunday so make sure to wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel.  It is at Bettie Murray’s house, from 6 – 8 pm Sunday.  We’ll meet at the church at 6 pm, and return at 8.  Next week, we will be challenging North East United Methodist Church in a water balloon battle.  As always, there will be food, and you supply the fun!  Hope to see you! 
  • -          REMINDER FOR CLASSIC CHRISTIANS – Don’t forget that the summer picnic for Classic Christians (age 50 and over) is on Monday, August 6th at 5 pm at the home of Connie Wilkinson/Wendy and Wayne Eller.  It is important that everyone intending to come signs up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center, so that there will be enough food for everyone.  Those coming are asked to bring either a side dish or dessert, and bring a lawn chair and swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in their beautiful pool!
  • -          UPCOMING BUS TRIPS OPEN TO ALL!  The Classic Christians are sponsoring two bus trips this fall, but anyone in the church is invited to take part.  The first is on Friday, September 21st, and it’s a bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster to see “Sister Act.”  Cost is $90/person.  The other trip is on Wednesday, November 14th to Washington DC to visit the Museum of the Bible and later to have dinner at Jimmy’s Seafood in Baltimore.  Cost is also $90/person.    There are a limited number of seats for both trips, so if you’re interested sign up soon on the sheets across from the Welcome Center.
  • -          Finally, a reminder that we’re getting ready to record a new set of greeting videos on Sunday, August 12th, and we’d love to have more volunteers to do one.  If you’re willing, contact Nancy Crawford at yellowstone54@yahoo.com or see me or call the church office at 410-398-0933.

Well, I think that’s it for now.  I hope you have a good day today, and then a relaxing and restful weekend.  See if you can carve out time for yourself, be sure to 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, July 20, 2018

Happy Friday!



Hi All –
 Happy Friday!   Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  It looks like the weather today is going to be as beautiful as it was yesterday – yay!  Saturday and Sunday sound a little iffy – sounds like we might get rain, but oh, do we need it!  Well, whatever the weather, make the most of your time off this weekend.

 Here’s what’s happening at church –

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the third sermon in my “Marks of Discipleship” summer sermon series.  The first mark was “Going Into the World,” last week’s mark was “Rejoicing” and this week it is “Resting.”  We’ll consider Jesus’ invitation to “come away with me and rest a while” (a message I think many of us need to hear and heed!  We’ll also be treated to the music of Sid Bledsoe and Steve Gilmore.

-          The school supplies drive for teachers starts this week.  The bins will be set up in the Hospitality Area to receive your donations from now until the middle of August.  If you didn’t get a list of needed supplies last Sunday, the insert will be in this Sunday’s bulletin as well.  Give as generously as you can because teachers shouldn’t have to pay for supplies out of their own pockets, and I know they will be thrilled with our gifts to them in August!

-          When you come into church on Sunday, you’ll notice a “Demolition Derby” car sitting in the parking lot.  Once again this year, our own John Sparks will be driving in the derby at the county fair.  This year, Erin and Mark Rogers donated a car in memory of her grandmother Faye Farley for John to drive in the derby.  And though it’s already decorated, you’re invited to stop by and sign your name on it with a Sharpie to remember Faye and wish John the best!

 Just a couple of other bits of information:

-          We’ll be recording a new set of greeting videos for worship soon.  If you haven’t recorded one yet, we’d love to have you participate.  Eventually, we’d like everyone in the church to make one.  If you’re available on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th and would like to record a video, please let Nancy Crawford know at yellowstone54@hotmail.com or let me know or call the church office at 410-398-0933.
-          A reminder to all Classic Christians (age 50 and over) that the date of our summer picnic has been changed to Monday, August 6th at 5 pm at the home of Connie Wilkinson and Wayne and Wendy Eller in Woodcrest Shores off of Old Field Point Road.  There’s a sign-up sheet on the counter across from the Welcome Center that we need everyone intending to come to sign so we can have the appropriate amount of food.  Those who are coming are asked to bring either a side dish or dessert, a lawn chair, and swimming suit and towel if you want to swim in their beautiful pool!

-          This coming week is my study week when I plan my sermons for the coming year (September through June).  If you have an idea for a sermon or sermon series, or would like to hear me preach on something in particular, please send me an email at eumc@comcast.net.  I’d love to hear from you!

-          Finally, a big thank you for the members of our Cub Pack 443 and Scout Troop 443 for the great job they did spreading mulch all around the church!  It looks great!

-          Thanks also to Linda McNabb for filling in for Kay in the church office while she enjoys a well-deserved vacation!  Linda’s been great, and we didn’t skip a beat with her at the helm this week!

-          Lastly, please say a prayer for our fabulous organist Sharon Williams.  Instead of being away enjoying a relaxing vacation, she’s been at home under the weather battling shingles.  She’s getting better, but will still be off a couple of weeks until she’s good as new.  I was lucky to be able to get a friend of both of ours, Kerry Dietz, a fabulous organist who recently retired from Ebenezer UMC in Newark, to sit in for Sharon for the rest of the month.

Well, I think that’s it for now.  Have a good Friday, and a great weekend.  Do something fun for yourself, 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, July 13, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead. A lot has happened this week – both good and bad – so I know all of us are ready for some down time! I’m hoping I can find some time to be at my favorite place in the parsonage – on the beautiful screened-in back porch – although, last night, when I went out there to do some work and enjoy the nice evening, that happened to be the exact moment that the neighbor behind me decided to power wash his house and deck – for three hours! Oh well . . .

Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
  •  On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in my summer series, “Marks of Discipleship.” Last week, we learned again that disciples are called by Christ to go into the world. This week the mark of discipleship is “rejoicing.” We’ll look at that by way of a story in II Samuel when King David rejoices over the return of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. We’ll be blessed to have Brian Gilmore with us as accompanist, while Sharon enjoys her second week of vacation, and even more blessed when more members of the Gilmore family share their musical gifts as well – I think that will include Steve, Krista and even Joe! It’s going to be great!
  •  In Sunday’s bulletin, you’ll see an insert from the Missions Committee outlining this year’s school supplies drive. We’ve done this for many years, but this year we’re changing it up a little. Since all of the elementary schools in our area are Title I schools (which means that the students are given all the supplies they will need), our drive this year will be for supplies teachers need for their classrooms, that they usually buy from money out of their own pockets. So make sure you pick up the list in Sunday’s bulletin before you go out to buy anything – the list is very different from previous years. You can put donations into the bin in the Hospitality Area starting on July 22, and it will run until August 19th. Thank you in advance for helping with this! I know the teachers will appreciate it!
  •  The next Monthly Men’s Breakfast will take place next Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 am at Cracker Barrel. The first meeting there last month was a great success with a wonderful turnout. As is always the case in a new place, a few tweaks are needed, but the good news is that there is plenty of room for more men to attend, so if you’ve never come, why not give it a try on Wednesday? No sign up is necessary, just show up and enjoy the food, fellowship and fun!
     
  •  Attention Classic Christians (age 50 and over) – please stop by the counter across from the Welcome Center on Sunday because there is updated information on three coming events – the picnic on August 6th, the bus trip to see “Sister Act” in September, and the bus trip to the Museum of the Bible in November. Please take a copy of the flyers and if you’re interested in either of the trips, sign up soon, since there is a limited number of tickets for each one.
  •  Finally, if you are one of the people in the church who is going to see “Jesus” at Sight and Sound in August and you have not paid for your ticket ($56.05) please bring the money on Sunday and turn it in to the church office. Payment is due to the theater this coming week. 
I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! Find some time for yourself even while taking care of your “to do” list. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday morning when, as fellow disciples of Christ, we will rejoice together! I can’t wait!

                                                    Grace and Peace,

                                                                        Karen