Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week. I know all of you have been concerned about and praying for all the people who have been so devastated by Hurricane Florence. We’ll keep praying for them as they try to recover, and soon I am certain we’ll be reaching into our pockets to help them through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. I should have more to say about that on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
  • This afternoon, some of the Classic Christians will take off on a bus for Lancaster to enjoy dinner and a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Please pray for their safe travel. 
  • On Sunday, I’ll offer the third sermon in the “School Days! School Days!” sermon series. This week’s word is “Books” and we’ll be talking about the most important book of all – the Holy Bible. I chose this particular theme for Sunday because it’s Christian Education Sunday and we’ll be presenting our 2nd graders with their Bibles, and dedicating our Sunday School teachers and leaders too. We’ll also be treated to the wonderful music of Paul Humphrey on the saxophone at both services, and the Chancel Choir at 11. 
  • In the bulletin on Sunday, you’ll see again information about our upcoming Immigration Forum which takes place next Sunday, the 30th from 12:30 – 3 pm in Weldin Hall. Mike Schmook, of the Church and Society Committee, will tell you more about that Sunday morning. I hope you’ll consider being a part of this very important and informative seminar dealing with one of the most important issues of our day. Come and learn about what the Bible says about immigration, what the United Methodist Church says, and consider what this means for our lives as disciples of Christ. 
  • CALLING ALL WOMEN! In this Sunday’s bulletin you’ll find the brochure about this year’s Women’s Retreat which will take place Jan. 18-20, 2019 in Ocean City. The theme is “This Little Light of Mine.” Be sure to sign up quickly in case it sells out! All the details you need to know are on the brochure. More copies of the brochure are available near the Welcome Center. 

In the Hospitality Area on Sunday morning, you’ll see two tables calling for your attention.

  • One is the Missions Committee looking for your help with the upcoming Community Kitchen on Friday, October 5th. If you can help provide sandwiches or fruit, or help in person on the 5th, stop and sign up at that table on Sunday morning. 
  •  The other table will be filled with excited Cub Scouts from our Pack 443 selling delicious popcorn! This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to fund all of their exciting programs and outings. Our pack keeps growing and growing – the last I heard there were 45 boys involved! So they need our help. Buy some popcorn on Sunday and watch them smile! 
Finally, just a reminder that we’re still looking for persons to serve as mentors at Thomson Estates Elementary School. If you can give an hour a week to touch the life of a child, give me a call and I’ll arrange for you to meet with the school personnel and get started. We got a couple of volunteers last week, but we still need more!

Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Carve out some time for yourself, even while you work at getting your “to do” list done. 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, September 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
   Happy Friday! Hope you’ve been having a good week, and are looking forward to some welcome time off this weekend.  Right now, it’s hard to think of anything else but Hurricane Florence and the devastation it is bringing to our friends in the South (and I know we all personally know people who live in its path – including family and former members of our church). Pray that the destruction will be minimal and especially that lives will be spared. Remember especially those who work to protect others – the first responders and power crews. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from UMCOR soon after the hurricane ends about how we, as a church, can help – and I know we will!

Now, on to what’s happening in and around the church this weekend:

  • Tomorrow morning, our church will have a table at Elkton’s Fall Fest downtown, so if you’re attending the event, be sure to stop by and say hi! It’s a chance for our church to let others know we’re here and that we’d love them to join us.
  • Also tomorrow morning, at 10 am the Homecoming Boutique opens (until noon). Last week, on their first Saturday open, they gave away over 20 dresses! So please let others know about it, and if you happen to have any larger-sized, short dresses, the boutique is in need of them.
  • On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in the “School Days!” sermon series – this week the theme is “notebooks” – which will help us think about our spiritual and devotional lives. Ed McKeown will be singing for both services.
  • This is the last Sunday to bring donations for the first College Care Package. You can put your donations of things like candy, cookies, granola bars, etc. in the bin near the Welcome Center.
Sunday’s bulletin will include information about three upcoming opportunities:
  • Thomson Estates Mentoring – We’re looking for people who have an hour to give each week to a child. Studies have shown that children who have mentors tend to thrive, and there is a great need for mentors at TEES. A training session will be provided. You can sign up via the bulletin insert on Sunday.
  • Elkton Community Kitchen – Our church is responsible for the meal on Friday, October 5th. Details will be included on a bulletin insert, but you can help by providing sandwiches or fruit. Sign up by filling out the insert and putting it in the offering plate.
  • Immigration Forum – Our new Church and Society Committee will be sponsoring a Forum on Immigration on Sunday, September 30th at 12:30 pm in Weldin Hall (lunch will be provided). This is a chance for all of us to look deeply into immigration and consider it from a faith perspective. To take part, sign up near the Welcome Center.
  • New Member Class – If you’re interested in joining Elkton UMC, there is a new member class on Sunday at 12:15 in Weldin Hall. Lunch will be provided. You can pre-register by emailing me at eumc@comcast.net or just show up!
  • Finally, a reminder to the men in the church that the September Men’s Breakfast is next Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 am at the Cracker Barrel. All men of the church are invited – no need to sign up ahead of time – just show up and enjoy the food, fellowship and fun!
Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a good day, and a great weekend. Even though I’m sure you have many tasks on your “to do” list, try to take some time for yourself. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday! By the way, this is only the second week of Sunday School, so it’s not too late to join a class. We have well over 100 people involved already – but there’s always room for you!

See you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Karen

Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy Friday and Fall Kick-Off Sunday!

Hi All –

   Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend, because this is one of the greatest weekends of all every year at the church – it’s Kickoff Weekend! Everything starts up again on Sunday – Sunday School, the choirs, youth group – it’s going to be great! The halls that have been quiet will be filled with people, and so will the pews which have been a little too empty this summer. I always love this Sunday in the church and I can’t wait for it to get here!

So here’s what’s happening this weekend:
  • On Saturday morning at 10 am the doors of the Homecoming Boutique will open up for the fall season. Tell all of the young women in your life about the beautiful dresses that are available for them – free of charge! – to wear to Homecoming this year! The Boutique is found in the basement of Weldin Hall, and there are plenty of people there to help find the perfect dress!
     
  •  As I said above, Sunday morning is the start of the fall season in the church. So I’ll be starting a new sermon series called “School Days! School Days!” in which I’ll use objects used in schools as metaphors for things that happen on our journeys of faith. The first object will be a Name Tag, and together we’ll look at our identity as children of God, and how sometimes the world tries to make us forget that. The Chancel Choir returns at the 11:00 service, and Steve Gilmore will add the beauty of his voice at both services. We’ll also be doing something new this year with the Children’s Time, which happens on the second Sunday of each month at both services. Instead of reading a children’s book, we’ll be having an object lesson which relates to the sermon. Come and see what Bethany Buckley will bring to help our children understand the theme of the sermon in a new way! It’s going to be fun – you won’t want to miss it!
  •  Sunday School starts back in full force on Sunday at 9:45 am. Some of our adult classes have met through the summer, but most of the other classes have not, so it will be great for everyone to be back together. Everyone is invited to visit Weldin Hall at 9:45 where tables for each class are set up for registration. Take a look at all the classes being offered and decide which one you want to try! We have a great variety of classes, and I’m sure there’s one that will be a perfect fit for you!
  •  On Sunday evening, the Youth Group will kick off its fall season with the always popular Scavenger Hunt at 5:30 pm. Before they take off to hunt down the clues, they’ll enjoy a potluck dinner together in Weldin Hall. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited and encouraged to come and take part in the fun! 

A couple of reminders:
  •  Don’t forget we need addresses for all of our college students. You can email the address to the church office at eumcadmin@comcast.net, or send it in.
  •  Also, don’t forget that we’re currently collecting goodies for the first College Care Package that will go out at the end of September. Bring your donations of things like candy, cookies, granola bars, microwaveable mac ‘n cheese, etc. and put them in the bin near the Welcome Center.
  • Both of our United Methodist Women circles are starting their fall season this week too, and they welcome all women to join them. The Ruth/Sarah Circle meets on the second Wednesday of every month at noon in Weldin Hall (bring a bag lunch), and the Dorcas Circle meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm in Weldin Hall. No need to sign up ahead of time for either group – just show up and join in the fellowship with other women of the church!
  •  Finally, we’ll be having a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, September 16th at 12:15 pm in Weldin Hall for those who would like to join our church, or just simply learn more about it. Lunch is included and childcare will be provided, if needed. To register for the class, email eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933. 

Well, I think that’s it for now. Make plans now to jump back into the church with both feet this fall, especially if you haven’t been able to be here much during the summer. We’ve missed you and can’t wait to have you back!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend – and I’ll see you on Kickoff Sunday morning! Can’t wait!

                                               Grace and Peace,

                                                                   Karen

Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy "long weekend" Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Better yet, happy Friday on the cusp of a long holiday weekend! I hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend with family and friends. As most of you know, I took ten days of vacation recently, and I want to say a big thank you to all who carried on in my absence – particularly Jim Hawkins and Ivan Mehosky who preached in my stead. It was great to watch the worship services on our church website!

Sharon and I were the last ones to take our vacations this summer, so now everyone on the staff is rested, refreshed and ready to kick off a new year! Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

  • On Sunday, I’ll preach a sermon entitled “Can’t See the Forest for the Trees.” In it, I’ll talk about the Pharisees attacking Jesus and his disciples for breaking rules, and how Jesus dealt with that. We’ll welcome Sharon back at the organ and be treated to the music of Bobby Heath. And we’ll also be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion together. It’s going to be a good service, so you won’t want to miss it! 
  • We’re in the process of collecting addresses for all of our college students, so if you have a student in your family, please remember to turn their address in to the church office. You can email it to eumcadmin@comcast.net, drop it by the office in person or by a note, or call it in, to 410-398-0933. Please don’t forget to send this information, as we want to be sure your student gets one of our fabulous college care packages. 
  • Speaking of those packages, we’re starting to collect donations now to fill them by the end of September. So please bring donations of things like candy, cookies, granola bars, microwaveable popcorn/macaroni and cheese, etc. and put them in the bin in the Welcome Center area. These packages mean so much to our students, so help as much as you can. 
  • Looking ahead a bit – There will be a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, September 16th at 12:15 pm in Weldin Hall for those interested in joining the church, or simply learning more about it. Lunch is provided, and childcare is available when needed. To sign up for the class, email eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933. 
  • I want to thank you again for all of the donations of teacher supplies you gave. We distributed them to teachers at Thomson Estates, Gilpin Manor and Cecil Manor Elementary schools as we served opening day breakfasts this week to the faculty and staffs as well, and there were big smiles all around, and a great sense of appreciation for what we had done. What a wonderful way for us to show the community that we care! Thank you so much! 
  • As we move into next week, please remember to include students, teachers, all staff and all administration of our schools in your prayers. Tuesday will be a big day for all of them, as they start a brand new school year. Pray that they will feel God’s presence with them and our prayers for them! 
  • Finally, I want you to know that I went down to Havre de Grace this week to record a back to school/back to church commercial on WXCY. It will run all next week during drive team. During the commercial, I encouraged people to make a new beginning by coming back to church, just like children were going back to school. So if you know someone who is not currently attending church, please invite them to join you at EUMC. I’ll remind you again of something I’ve told you over and over – people don’t come to church for the first time because of a preacher or a program, they come to church for the first time because someone they know invited them! Be that someone in the coming week! 


Well, I think that’s it for now. Have a good day, and a great holiday weekend! Sounds like the weather’s going to be a bit cooler, so that will help! Sit back and relax, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning! I’ve missed seeing you for these past two Sundays, so I can’t wait to see all of you!

                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                        Karen

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