Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Email for October 16, 2015
Hi All –

 Happy chilly Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  I know the kids will have a great weekend, since it’s starting today with a day off from school!  There’s lots going on all over the place, but don’t be too busy that you don’t stop and see all the beautiful colors of fall – it’s really amazing how much the leaves have changed in the past week or so!

Here’s what’s going on this weekend at church:
-          Tonight, at 7 p.m. in Weldin Hall, the Sunday School Fall Festival takes place!  It will be a great night for all families of the church.  Some of the fun activities will be games, crafts,
music, goodies, and trick-or-treating!  Children (and adults) can wear costumes if they’d like.  It’s going to be a great night, and Katie Sparks and her crew are ready to welcome you.  Come, even if you did not sign up ahead of time.

-          Tomorrow at 9 a.m. the Homecoming Dress Boutique opens up again to welcome any young women who need dresses for homecoming.  They’ll close around noon, but if those hours don’t work for you, text 443-309-0160 to make an appointment.

-          Tomorrow afternoon, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., there will be a Knit-a-Thon in Weldin Hall.  Paige Laning, one of our youth, is working on her Silver Award in Girl Scouts and this is her project, along with members of the Dorcas Circle.  Everyone attending will be knitting squares for Warm-Up America.  Come, even if you don’t know how to knit – they’ll teach you.  If you didn’t pre-register, email Paige today at, so she can have enough materials available.

-          On Sunday morning, the sermon series, “Why Go to Church?” continues – this week’s answer is “For Strength, Inspiration and Growth.”  We be blessed, also, by having the Melvin Family sing for us during both services, along with the Chancel Choir at 11.

-          Also, don’t forget that on Sunday morning, the Harvest Food Festival concludes, as you’re invited to bring your filled-up grocery bags with you as you come to church.  A truck will be parked at the back entrance to the church to receive your donations.  If you weren’t in church last week, and didn’t get one of the bags with a list on it, don’t worry, just go ahead and buy non-perishable foods to donate.  All of the food will be taken over to Immaculate Conception Church after the 11:00 service to fill their food pantry.  In the past few years, we’ve given nearly 200 bags of groceries to them – let’s try to top that this year!

-          Our “Methodists in Motion” challenge continues, and the good news is that we’re at 24% of our goal!  Of course, that means we still have a long way to go, so continue to send in your activity stats to or text 443-350-4515.

-          Finally, let me remind you that our first week of sponsoring the Rotating Homeless Shelter is drawing ever nearer, and we need lots of help to pull it off.  I’ve been putting the sign-up information in my Friday email for the past two weeks, but there hasn’t been a lot of response.  Maybe you’re one of the ones thinking that you intend to sign up, but just haven’t gotten to it.  Please do so this week.  It’s really easy.  Just go to, scroll down and click on the box that says “find a sign-up,” type in and there you’ll find the two sign-up sheets.  One of them is for active participation, and the other is for donations of food and supplies needed.  Please help in any way you can, and sign-up this week if you can.

I think that’s it for now.  Bundle up and enjoy this beautiful fall weekend!  Find some time for rest and relaxation, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday morning!
                                                                                        Grace and Peace,


Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Email Oct 9. 2015

Friday Email for October 9, 2015

Hi All –
                Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a great week, and have plans for an even greater weekend!  As I start my Friday email let me thank all of you for your love and good wishes this week as I celebrated my 60th birthday!  I had a great day, and was overwhelmed by your cards, flowers, gifts, calls, texts, Facebook and email messages!  I’m blessed to share this birthday week with my great-niece Izzy who turned 3 last Friday and my niece Megan who celebrates her birthday tomorrow – so it’s been non-stop partying!  It’s rough, but somebody has to do it!!

                Anyway, on to this weekend:
-          The Dress Boutique is open again tomorrow morning from 9 -12 for any young woman needing a dress for homecoming.  There are a ton of beautiful, barely used dresses available, so spread the word!

-          On Sunday morning, I’ll offer the second sermon in my “Why Should I Come to Church?” series.  This week the answer is “To Be with My Family (My Church Family).”  We’ll celebrate the joy of being a part of our wonderful church family and what it means to all of us.  We’ll also be blessed by having the Men’s Choir sing for us for the first time this fall!

-          As you leave worship on Sunday, you’ll be given an empty grocery bag with a list of groceries taped to it.  You’re invited to fill the bag during the week with some of those items and bring it back with you next Sunday (the 18th).  A truck will be parked back dof the church to receive your donations.  The food will go to our mission partners, Immaculate Conception Church, to stock their food pantry.  Please give as generously as you can, for the need is great!

-          Next Friday night, October 16th, we’re going to have a Fall Festival for our families.  The Sunday School Fall Festival begins at 7 p.m. in Weldin Hall.  All families are invited to come out for a Friday filled with fun!  Play some games, do some crafts, listen to music, enjoy a snack, decorate a trick-or-treat bag and then go trick-or-treating in the Wesley Wing for some cool surprises.  Children may even come in costume.  Katie Sparks and her crew hope to see you next Friday for a Fall-tastic time!  Please sign up for the festival on the Sunday School bulletin board across from my office.

-          Sign-ups continue for those wanting to help with the Rotating Homeless Shelter the week after Thanksgiving.  We need lots of help in many areas, including service and/or donations.  To sign up, go to, find the box at the bottom that says “find a sign-up,” click on that and then enter  That will direct you to the two pages where you can sign up to help.  I clicked on it just now and was delighted to see that we have some sign-ups already – but a lot more help is needed – so check it out and do what you can!
-          Our Methodists in Motion challenge continues – so we’re looking for your activity stats.  Be sure to send in the information regarding the time you’re active (walking, running, marching band, sports, etc.) to or text 443-350-4515.

I think that’s it for now, but before I end let me say a great big thank you for all of you who helped and/or participated in last Sunday’s events in any way.  We had a tremendous turnout for the Blood Drive – donating nearly 40 units of blood; we sent a huge number of college care packages out to our students, and have already seen pictures and words of thanks for them on Facebook from some of our students; and we had a wonderful, enthusiastic turnout for the Blessing of the Animals – lots of dogs, a few cats, a guinea pig and a hermit crab.  What a Sunday it was!
                Have a great Friday, and a great weekend!  Find some time for rest and relaxation, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship Sunday morning!

                                                                                                                Grace and Peace,


Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday email Oct 2, 2015

Hi All –

 Happy Friday!  Hope you have had a good week, and have plans for a great weekend!  It’s been an interesting week watching Hurricane Joaquin develop, and not knowing what it held in store for us.  I guess we’re still not sure what these next few days will bring, so just be ready for anything.  I’m saying a prayer for the people in the Carolinas (especially my brother and sister-in-law who just recently moved to SC).  Let’s pray that no one is badly hurt as this tremendous storm moves through!
Though storms may come, life still goes on, and there’s lots of things going on this weekend at church:
-          On Saturday morning, the Homecoming Dress boutique will be open from 9 – 12 for anyone looking for barely used beautiful dresses.

-          Sunday is crazy busy for all of us!  In worship, we’ll celebrate World Communion Sunday and I’ll start a new sermon series called “Why Go to Church?”  I’m reflecting on the recent research study that shows that so many people are choosing not to go to church these days.  This first sermon is centered around the fact that we go to church because we love God.

-          All morning long on Sunday, we’ll have the Blood Drive for the Delmarva Blood Bank.  Thanks to everyone who signed up to donate blood, as well as the wealth of people who signed up to help serve refreshments, and hold hands.  It’s going to be a great event!  If you didn’t sign up ahead of time to donate blood, but still want to, go ahead and head into Weldin Hall – there should still be a few spots available.  Also, a reminder to those who attend Sunday School in the Wesley Wing – we’re asking you to enter and exit for SS through the Conference Room door off of the parking lot – that will keep people from strolling through the blood donation area. 

-          At 5 p.m. we’ll have our wonderful Blessing of the Animals service.  On this day which is closest to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (a great lover of animals) we’ll celebrate the wonderful pets in our lives by blessing them!  So bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier to the lawn in front of Weldin Hall.  It might not hurt to bring a lawn chair or blanket as well.  If it’s raining, we’ll have the service in Weldin Hall.  It will last no longer than 30 minutes (that’s about all the pets can take!).

-          On Monday night, we’ll have our church’s annual Charge Conference.  It’s kind of like an annual business meeting with the District Superintendent, during which time we review the accomplishments of the past year, look toward next year, and nominate leadership for the coming years.  It will take place at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, and all members of the Administrative Council are required to attend – but anyone who wishes to do so can attend as well.

-          Finally, before we know it we’ll be hosting the first week of the Rotating Homeless Shelter (the week after Thanksgiving).  As you probably know, it takes a lot of people to pull this off, and this year, we’re trying to make it easier to sign up to take part.  You can do it on-line..  Please help as you can.

I think that’s it for now.  Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend.  Find some time for rest and relaxation, even while you get your “to do” list completed.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on our busy Sunday morning.  It’s going to be a great day!

                                                                                                        Grace and Peace,