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

Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week. I don’t know about you, but all day on Wednesday, the 4th of July, I felt like it was Saturday. But then yesterday rolled around and it was back to work! Anyway, I hoped you’ve survived this unbelievable heat wave. It sounds like the weekend is going to be spectacular – so enjoy!

Here’s what’s going to be happening at church:

  • - Tomorrow night, the youth group is going to have a lock-in. It starts at 6 pm Saturday and runs through breakfast on Sunday. All youth are invited to attend, and need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, a change of clothes and pajamas. Questions? Text Sandy Wherry at 443-309-0160.
     
  • - On Sunday morning, I’ll start a new sermon series for the summer entitled “Marks of Discipleship.” This week’s “mark” is “Going Into the World.” We’ll look together at Jesus sending the disciples (and us) into the world to share the good news with others. Because we weren’t able to have communion together last Sunday, we will be celebrating it this Sunday. Jerry McNabb will sing at both services, and Rob Hazel will be sitting in at the organ while Sharon enjoys some vacation time away. Finally, we’ll celebrate our recent Vacation Bible School as we see a video with VBS highlights! It’s going to be a great morning, so don’t miss it!
     
  • - Sunday afternoon is the bus trip to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival, and there are still seats available. So if you’d like to go, even if you have not signed up already, just show up in the parking lot at 1:30. Cost is $40/person. The bus leaves at 2, arrives in Ocean Grove at 4 allowing time to walk around the Victorian town and enjoy dinner (on your own). The concert is at 7 pm and features nearly a thousand singers! Then the bus returns to Elkton immediately following the concert.
  • - Finally, I wanted to let you know that soon we’ll be videotaping a new set of greeting videos for worship, so if you’d like to make one, please let me know. Eventually, we’d like all members of the church to do a video, so why not sign up now? 

I think that’s it for now, except to say a quick thank you to all who helped give out fans from our church to the crowd at the Elkton Fireworks on the 4th of July. We couldn’t have had a more perfect giveaway, could we, given the fact that it was so blazing hot! Thanks to Lorraine Jones, the Evangelism Committee and all the volunteers for being our church’s hands of hospitality to all who came to the fireworks!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! I think once the rain moves out, it’s going to be pretty nice, so enjoy it! Take some time out for yourself even while trying to get your chores 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

PS – Happy birthday to my favorite sister on Sunday!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –
  
  Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  It has been a wonderful week for the church!  Our mission team in Kentucky has been doing wonderful work with our friends there, and will start to head home tomorrow, arriving at church just about the time we finish worship on Sunday morning (see pictures here).    And our Vacation Bible School was a wonderful success, filled with lots of enthusiastic and joyful participants, and really great leaders and helpers!  It’s been a great week!

But the week’s not finished, so here’s what happening this weekend:
  •  Don’t forget that we’re having one combined service this Sunday at 10 am.  It will be our annual Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Our Nation, and once again, we’re blessed to have The Providence Brass with us.  Their music will surely add so much to the service.  It is, of course, the first Sunday of the month, but due to the nature of the service we won’t be having Holy Communion.  Instead, we’ll have it next Sunday, the 8th, at both services.
  • On Wednesday, July 4th, our church will again be present at the Elkton Fireworks at Meadow Park, this time giving away red, white and blue fans, which, by the sounds of the weather forecast (of intense heat for many days in a row), will be welcomed by all!  If you’d like to help with the giveaway, please see Lorraine Jones on Sunday morning or just show up on the 4th at either of the two distribution sites – across from the Water Plant near the skateboard ramps, or up the hill on Delaware Avenue in front of the Norman’s house.
  • The Bus Trip to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival is a little more than a week away – Sunday, July 8th.  There are still some seats available.  The cost is $40/person.  The bus will leave at 2 pm from our church parking lot, arriving in Ocean Grove around 4, leaving you time to walk around the charming Victorian town, have some dinner (on your own), and attend the fabulous Choir Festival in the Great Auditorium at  7 pm.  To take part, please call the church office at 410-398-4440
I think that’s about it for now, except to, once again, say how grateful I am for all who made this week’s Vacation Bible School such a wonderful success.  From Katie Sparks, who coordinated it all, to the fabulous leaders – Jen Noll, Sue Ivey, Nadine Allen, Susan Zimmer, Mike Noll and the wonderful group leaders Kim Edler, Susan Starrett, Jane Kovicak and Joe Graham, to the tremendous youth helpers Andrew Noll, Colin O’Neal and Jack Kovicak, to all of the groups in the church who prepared and served the nightly meals – well, we couldn’t have done it without all of them – so to all of them we say THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LOVING OUR VBS KIDS, GIVING YOUR TIME AND SHARING YOUR LOVE AND FAITH WITH THEM!  (If I missed anyone, I apologize!)  I was blessed to, once again, work on the mission project with the kids, and they raised money to help fill the freezer at the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry.  The goal was to raise $250, and when all was said and done, through their offerings (and a little help from their parents and grandparents), they raised almost $350!!  The tremendous spirit of missions in our church surely lives in the hearts of our children.

Well, that’s really it for now.  Have a great Friday – try to stay cool!  Then I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, which hopefully includes some down time for you.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you at 10 am on Sunday morning when we give God thanks for our country and lift it in prayer.  Can’t wait to be with all of you together!  (PS – You’d better come early if you want to get your usual seat!  LOL!)

                                               Grace and Peace,
                                                                     Karen

Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –

Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week, and have plans for a great weekend!  It’s been a good week for church stuff.  The Men’s Breakfast marked their first meeting in their new location – Cracker Barrel – with a wonderful turnout and the Classic Christians had a great outing to Lancaster.  All the while, all the i’s were being dotted, and the t’s crossed for the upcoming mission trip and VBS.  (See more below about that!)
So now we turn our attention to the weekend – take a look at what will be happening!

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On Saturday, you’re invited to come to the church parking lot at 9 am to pray with the Kentucky Mission Team before they leave.  We’ll have a time of devotions with them before they load up the vehicles and head off to see our old friends in Mozelle, Kentucky.  Please pray for their mission – for safety of travel, for a good and fruitful mission experience, and mostly, that they may grow closer to Christ through it all.

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the last installment of my “I Heard an Old, Old Story” sermon series.  This week, we’ll look at the Gospel story of Jesus stilling the storm and consider how he stills the storms in our lives.  We’ll have a special treat as Ed Lynerd returns to sing for us at both services!  We’ll also be hearing from Dot Eltzroth about our church’s ministry with the Elkton Community Kitchen and how you can help.  It’s going to be a great service Sunday – don’t miss it!

-          On Sunday night, at 5:30 pm, we’ll kick off this year’s Vacation Bible School – Rolling River Rampage!  Each night we’ll start with dinner, then the kids will move through stations of Bible learning, crafts, activities and more!  It’s going to be wonderful, so bring your kids and grandkids, even if you haven’t had a chance to pre-register them.  There will be plenty of room for all!  I’m so looking forward to working on their missions project with them each night!

-          Looking Ahead – Don’t forget that we’re having one combined service on Sunday, July 1st at 10 am.  It will be a Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Our Nation, and the wonderful Providence Brass will be with us once again to fill our service with beautiful and inspiring music!  Invite your family and friends to come to this very special service!  (By the way, we won’t be having holy communion that day – rather we’ll be having it on Sunday, July 8th.)

-          Finally, our Evangelism Committee invites you to help them with our annual “giveaway” at the Elkton Fireworks on July 4th.  This year we’re giving out red, white and blue fans for people to use to beat the heat!  We’ll have two stations – one across from the Water Plant on Delaware Avenue and the other up the hill in front of the Norman’s house.  If you can help, please email Lorraine Jones at lorraine0913@yahoo.com or see her at church on Sunday.


Well, I think that’s it for now.  I think it’s going to be a little cooler this weekend – I hope so, because I turned off the AC and opened the windows last night!  Anyway, have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.  Put your feet up and relax a while.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday.  Can’t wait!
                                                          
Grace and Peace,
                                                                                  Karen


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All,

I hope you’ve had a good week. I know there are a lot of happy EUMC kids out there who are smiling because school’s over for a while! I’ve been loving seeing all the Facebook posts about the amazing accomplishments of some of our children and youth of the church. Well done! And well done, all of you teachers and other school personnel! I know you’re not done quite yet, but please know how grateful we all are for the dedication you show every day to the children of our county!

On to what’s happening at church this weekend:

  • - On Sunday, I’ll offer the next installment in my “I Heard An Old, Old Story” sermon series, and this time, in honor of Father’s Day, we’ll be looking at the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • We’ll be treated to the music of Vanessa and Alan Foskey before they leave for Texas soon, and we’ll hear from our fabulous Chancel Choir at 11, for the last time until September. They begin their well-deserved summer break after Sunday. We can’t thank them enough for the wonderful spirit they add to our worship services every week! Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them!
  • - Sunday would be a good time to sign up your children or grandchildren for Vacation Bible School, which starts not long from now – Sunday, June 24th. VBS will run from Sunday the 24th until Thursday the 28, from 5:30 – 8 pm and each night starts with dinner. The staff is planning lots of great learning and creative activities, so don’t miss this great opportunity! You can register the kids via the church website (elktonumc.org) or pick up a registration form at the Welcome Center. I can’t wait to work with the kids on their mission project! It’s always amazing to see what they do in just 5 short days!
  • - Looking Ahead a Few Days – The next Monthly Men’s Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30 am. Due to the closing of the Elkton Diner, the breakfast has been moved to Cracker Barrel, and Dave Pugh tells me the management is very excited to welcome the group. So men, if you’ve never been to the breakfast before, this would be a great time to start coming, on the first day in the new location. There will be plenty of space available! No need to sign up – just show up and enjoy the fun, food and fellowship. Elkton Cracker Barrel, Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30 am.
  • - Just a reminder that there are still some seats available on the bus trip to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival on Sunday, July 8th. You’ll have the opportunity to hear nearly a thousand singers join together in a massed choir singing in The Great Auditorium which seats 7000 and usually fills up for the concert! Cost for the trip is $40/person. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 2 pm, it will arrive in Ocean Grove around 4, leaving a few hours for everyone to explore the lovely Victorian town and have some dinner (on your own), and then head over to the concert at 7. The bus leaves immediately after the concert ends and arrives back in Elkton two hours later – probably around 11 pm or so. Sign up sheet for the trip is on the table across from the Welcome Center. Checks can be made out to Elkton UMC with Ocean Grove on the memo line and turned into the church office.
Well, I think that’s about it for now, except that I wanted to tell you that earlier this week, I had the privilege again of teaching at the Local Pastors’ Licensing School at Camp Pecometh. This school is for brand-new pastors to be trained in the practical aspects of ministry – this year I taught the classes on baptisms and weddings. I had a wonderful, wonderful time with the enthusiastic students, and I am so excited for them as they will start work on July 1st in their churches. It is such a privilege to be a part of their journey into ministry with them.

Well, I think that’s really it for now! Have a good Friday, and a great Father’s Day weekend! Make sure to spoil all the fathers in your life! Find some time for rest and relaxation on what is supposed to be a beautiful weekend weather-wise, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday when we spend time with the prodigal Son and remember the endless grace of God our Father! See you then! Can’t wait!


                                                       Grace and Peace,
                                                                                Karen

Friday, June 8, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend! I know a lot of you have been going to graduation ceremonies and parties this week. It’s been fun seeing your pictures posted on Facebook! It’s amazing how fast time flies, isn’t it? When I look at your pictures and see some of the young people who grew up in the church, it amazes me that they’ve finished high school already and are going on to new adventures! I celebrate with all of you!
Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
- On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in my “I Heard an Old, Old Story” sermon series. This week’s installment is entitled “It’s Always Peter!” We’ll be looking at Peter and his impetuous nature, always asking questions and saying whatever things pop into his head!
Since it’s the second Sunday of the month, we’ll also have Children’s Time and the book we’ll read together this week is God’s Paintbrush – so make sure you bring the kids to worship! In addition to that, we’ll have the joy of hearing the Men’s Choir sing, and the Chancel Choir as well! It’s going to be a great Sunday in worship that you won’t want to miss!
  • - In between services, we’ll celebrate Sunday School Promotion Sunday in Weldin Hall. We’ll celebrate all of the students who took part in Sunday School this year and are now being promoted to the next class. Come on in to Weldin Hall during the Sunday School hour and join in the fun and celebration!
  • - Finally, a reminder that Vacation Bible School is just around the corner – it will take place from Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th from 5:30 – 8 pm each night. Each session will begin with dinner and then move on as the children rotate through stations of fun, learning, creativity and great activities. You can sign your child/grandchild up via the church website (elktonumc.org) or pick up a registration form at the Welcome Center.
  • - Speaking of sign-ups, there’s still room on the bus trip to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival on Sunday, July 8th. This festival features nearly a thousand singers in a massed choir performing in the Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove, which seats 7000! Cost for the trip is $40/person, plus the cost of dinner on your own. The bus leaves our church parking lot at 2 pm and returns two hours after the concert ends. To take part in the trip, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
Well, I think that’s it for now. I’m getting ready to head out to the screened-in porch at the parsonage with my laptop (and a cup of coffee) to put the finishing touches on Sunday’s sermon and admire the brand new set of steps installed this week by the incredibly gifted trio of Ted McDowell, Wayne Scholz and Ray Whiteoak. Thanks guys, they are wonderful!
Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! Find some time to put your feet up for a while, even while tackling your weekend chores. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship Sunday morning! Can’t wait!
Grace and Peace,
Karen

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Update from Kay!


Hi All –
 Happy Friday!  Hope everyone has had a good week and you have plans for a great weekend, despite the weather forecast!  Karen, Rev. Graham and Heidi Gaultney are in Princess Anne at Annual Conference .  We send them traveling mercies for a safe trip home tomorrow.

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

                On Sunday, we’ll be celebrating with Rev. Brett Pinder and Rev. Carlos Reyes-Rodriguez.  Brett was just ordained an Elder and Carlos was commissioned a Deacon at Annual Conference.  They will be participating in the worship service and, we will be celebrating them, along with our 2018 Graduates, in Weldin Hall from 9:30-11 am.  We’ll enjoy the music of Sue Johnson and Steve Gilmore, as well as our Chancel Choir.  We’ll also celebrate holy communion together.   It will be a great day to be in worship – you don’t want to miss it!

                Tomorrow, Paige Laning will begin her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in the church parking lot. She plans to be there unless there is a torrential downpour!  If you are planning to help and need to reach her, please email her at pflaning@comcast.net.

                That’s all for now.  Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!  See you Sunday!

Blessings,

Kay

Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great holiday weekend.  I hope that, whatever your plans are for the weekend, you’ll take time out to remember the reason we have Memorial Day – and that is to give thanks for the lives of those lost in service to our country.  So many women and men have sacrificed and paid the ultimate price that we might be free, so when you’re enjoying those freedoms this weekend, lift a prayer of thanksgiving for all of them.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend at church:
- On Sunday, I’ll begin a new sermon series entitled “I Heard an Old, Old Story” in which each week we’ll look at an old familiar Bible story and see what it means for our lives today.  This week it’s the story of David and Goliath.  As I said above, we’ll remember those who have died in service to our country, and our worship will be enhanced by the music of Kyle Slayman and the Chancel Choir.
- Monday is Memorial Day and we’ll participate in Elkton’s Memorial Day Parade which takes place at 10 am.  As you know, we’re having a float in the parade which we’ll be decorating at the church before moving to the parade starting point around 9:30 am.  We can still use help decorating the float, and we welcome more people who would like to walk along with the float to hand out flag pins and candy.  You can sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center on Sunday morning, see Lorraine Jones, or just show up that morning!  If you can’t help in any of those ways, but are coming to the parade, a lot of us from church usually gather in front of the armory to watch – so come and join us!
- Next Thursday, I along with some others from the church, will be heading down to UMES in Princess Anne to attend this year’s session of the Annual Conference.  We’ll join delegates from all of the other churches in our conference to celebrate the ministries our churches and conference have carried out, and make plans for future ministry and budgets.  One of the highlights of conference is the Commissioning and Ordination Service, which will be held on Friday night at 7 pm.  It is especially wonderful for us this year as Brett Pinder will be ordained an Elder and Carlos Reyes-Rodriguez will be commissioned a Deacon.  We’ll have the chance to celebrate with them on the following Sunday.  But for now, pray for them, for Heidi Gaultney, our Lay Representative, for Rev. Graham and myself, and for Bishop Peggy Johnson who will preside over the conference.
- Finally, a reminder that Paige Laning is ready to start her Girl Scout Gold Award Project doing work on the islands in our church parking lot.  But she needs your help – especially if you’re a gardener.  She’ll have work days on Saturday, June 2 and Saturday, June 9 from 9 am to 2 pm and after worship on Sunday, June 10th.  If you can’t help her in person, perhaps you could help provide snacks for the workers.  This is a big project and I’m hoping she’s overwhelmed with offers to help!  To sign up, contact Paige at pflaning@comcast.net.

I think that’s it for now, except to offer a follow-up on something I put in last Friday’s email. You might remember that I talked about how excited I was to be traveling last Saturday to northern New Jersey to celebrate my fabulous aunt’s 100th birthday.  Well, just before we were to drive up there, we learned that she had taken ill, but since the restaurant was reserved and everything was prepared, and people had come from far distances, the lunch was still on.  It was great to be with all of the family, and then afterwards, we were able to travel to my aunt’s residence for each of us to spend a few precious moments with her.  She knew we were there, and we got to tell her we loved her.  Two days later, on Monday of this week, she died, just two days before she would have turned 100.  So we’ve traveled again to northern New Jersey.  The viewing was last night and the funeral is this morning.  While we are sad that her magnificent presence will be gone from us, we rejoice in her incredible, full and faithful life lived so well.  And we rejoice that she got to spend her 100th birthday with those she loved who had gone on before her – especially her husband Paul, and our Dad.  Thanks so much to all of you for your expressions of love and sympathy.  It means the world to all of us!

We’ll be back in Elkton later tonight, so I’ll see you in worship on Sunday.  In the meantime, have a good Friday, and then a wonderful long holiday weekend!  I’ll see you Sunday morning!  Can’t wait!

Grace and Peace,
Karen

Friday, May 18, 2018

Happy Soggy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Happy Soggy Friday of a soggy week (and a coming soggy weekend)! Oh well . . .

I hope that, in spite of the rain, you’re having a good week and have plans for a great weekend. I’m so looking forward to everything that’s going on this weekend, but I’m particularly excited about Saturday. Because tomorrow, our family is traveling up to northern New Jersey, just outside of New York City, to a party celebrating my Aunt Adele’s 100th birthday! Adele (whom we lovingly call Auntie Sis) is my father’s sister. She is an amazing woman, who has accomplished so much in her life, and battled many health struggles as well – and yet, she keeps on ticking, and I’m sure we’re going to have a fabulous time with her at her party. If you’re on Facebook, you’ll probably see some pictures!

There are a lot of other great things going on this weekend at church. Here’s what’s happening:
  • Tonight at 6:30 pm, the Classic Christians (age 50 and over), will gather for their May meeting in Weldin Hall. The night begins with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continues on in rousing games of Bingo with great prizes! All Classic Christians are welcome to attend, even if you have not signed up ahead of time – the more, the merrier! It’s going to be a great night!
  • On Sunday morning, we’ll celebrate Pentecost – the day the Spirit descended and the church was born. We’ll celebrate as we always do on Pentecost – with the confirmation of youth. Four youth will be confirmed at the 11:00 service. It is always one of the best services of the year! I’ll offer the final sermon in my “Fixer Upper” sermon series – this week entitled “New Life,” and our worship will be enhanced by the music of Laurie Ruth and our Handbell and Chancel Choirs. It’s going to be a wonderfully uplifting morning in worship that you won’t want to miss! 
A couple of reminders of upcoming events where your help is needed:
  • Don’t forget that the church will have a float in Elkton’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th at 10 am. We’ll need help decorating the float, and then volunteers to walk alongside it in the parade to hand out flag pins and candy. If you can help, please contact Lorraine Jones by calling her at 302-690-6772 or emailing her at lorraine0913@yahoo.com.
  • We’re looking for gardeners and other volunteers who can help Paige Laning on her Girl Scout Gold Award. The project she’s undertaking is rehabilitating several of the islands in our church parking lot to clean up old growth and plant new bee- and butterfly friendly plants. She’ll also be doing work in the area by the sign on High Street and placing pavers near the trash area. She’s got several workdays planned – Saturday, June 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday, June 9th from 9 am to 2 pm, and Sunday, June 10th after church. You can find more information about the project on the bulletin board just inside the hospitality area, and Paige will be on hand in the hospitality area after both services to answer questions and sign up volunteers. Paige is doing a great thing for our church, and it would be wonderful if many of you could sign up to help her! 

Well, I think that’s it for now. Oops – I forgot – there’s one more thing. The SPRC will be sharing in Sunday’s services more about the award I received last week, and because many people were not able to see the video, we will show it during the announcement time.

Well, I think that’s really it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Maybe, because it’s going to rain and you can’t do things around the yard, you’ll be able to rest and relax a little. Hope so! Anyway, find some time to spend with those you love, and I will see you in worship on Sunday when we celebrate the presence and power of God’s Holy Spirit on Pentecost! Can’t wait!

                                                 Grace and Peace,
                                                                          Karen

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and enjoyed the (mostly) beautiful weather! It’s been a really busy week for many of us and this weekend is going to be really busy as well, so let me get right to what’s going on:

  •  The Prom Boutique is winding down, but it will be open tomorrow morning from 10 am until noon for any young woman who has yet to get a dress for the prom. There are still plenty of dresses from which to choose, and they are absolutely free!
  •  On Sunday morning, we’ll celebrate The Festival of the Christian Home and Mother’s Day. I’ll continue my “Fixer Upper” sermon series, this week talking about “Good Bones,” and what that means for families. It will be a full service as we hear from the Children’s Choir, Bobby Heath, and the Chancel Choir; we’ll also be celebrating this year’s Sunday School teachers with a powerpoint and recognition; and since it’s the second Sunday of the month, we’ll have children’s time as well! This week the book is A Chair for My Mother. It’s going to be a great worship service, so you won’t want to miss it! 
  •  Don’t forget that our friends from Relay for Life will be on hand after both worship services to sell luminaria for the upcoming Relay. You can purchase one or more in memory of or in honor of someone, and they’ll be placed on the track at Elkton High School for the walk, which takes place on May 19th. Luminaria are $5.00 each. 
Looking ahead at a few things:
  • The Monthly Men’s Breakfast will be next Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 am at the Elkton Diner. All men of the church are invited to attend – no need to sign up ahead of time – just show up! 
  • The Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will meet on Friday, May 18th at 6:30 pm in Weldin Hall for a potluck dinner and a night of Bingo with prizes! To take part, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center. 
  • On Monday, May 28th, our church will have a float (truck) in Elkton’s Memorial Day Parade which begins at 10 am. We need volunteers to help decorate the truck, and then walk alongside it during the parade to hand out flag pins and candy. If you’d like to help, please see Lorraine Jones or email her at lorraine0913@yahoo.com

Turning now to denominational news – you may be aware that the United Methodist denomination is currently wrestling with issues around human sexuality. A special session of the General Conference (the only body that speaks for the denomination and sets official policy) will meet next February in St. Louis to make decisions for the whole church. A special commission called “The Way Forward” has been working for two years to propose possible solutions to our decades long struggle on these issues. They presented several ideas to the Council of Bishops, who last week issued their own thoughts on the process. I’m providing copies of that statement by the Council of Bishops, and if you’re interested in reading it, you can pick up a copy on the counter across from the Welcome Center. We’ve also provided one opportunity to discuss this a few months ago (the Wired Word discussion group), but we will be talking about it more as we move closer to the General Conference.

Finally, many of you are aware that I received a very special honor earlier this week when I was named the recipient of the Society of John Wesley Award from Wesley Theological Seminary. The award is given in recognition of “Excellence in Ministry to God, the Church and Wesley Seminary.” I received it during Wesley’s Commencement Service at the National Cathedral in Washington. It was a beautiful service from beginning to end, and it was a day I shall never forget. I was blessed to have Mom, Susan, and Damien with me, and Brett Pinder and Carlos Reyes-Rodriguez and his wife Kaylee were there too! I have been so touched by the many, many people who have reached out and congratulated me. Many people were able to watch the service which was live streamed from the Cathedral, but I know many of you weren’t, so at the SPRC meeting last night we decided that during worship next Sunday, May 20th, we’ll show a video clip of the award presentation from the service. (We couldn’t do it this Sunday because the service is already chocked full!)

Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a great Friday, and an even greater Mother’s Day weekend! Find some time for rest and relaxation even while tackling your “to do” list, spend time with those you love, spoil the mothers in your life, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday. Can’t wait!

                                             Grace and Peace,
                                                                    Karen

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Update

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Wasn’t yesterday beautiful? I was able to work on the back porch of the parsonage yesterday and the breeze was blowing through – it was heavenly! Even though the weather forecast looks a little iffy this weekend, I hope you can find some time to be outside and enjoy God’s glorious creation!

Here’s what’s happening at church:

  • - Tomorrow morning the Prom Boutique will be open from 10 am until 12 noon. There are plenty of beautiful dresses left from which to choose, so please let any young woman in need of a prom dress know about this great opportunity! This is the next to the last week for the boutique to be open this spring.
  •  On Sunday morning, I’ll start a new sermon series entitled “Fixer Upper.” My sister got me hooked on the HGTV show of the same name, where Joanna and Chip Gaines come in and take a fixer upper house and make it brand new. So I decided it would be fun to look at the ways we are all “fixer uppers” in God’s eyes – works in progress. We’ll start this week by looking at the foundation on which we’re built. We’ll also celebrate the sacrament of holy communion, and our worship will be enhanced by the music of both Sue Johnson and the Chancel Choir.
  •  If you have someone in your family who is graduating this spring, don’t forget that we’re looking for information and pictures of them for our graduate celebration on June 3. You can use the bulletin insert to submit the information or send it and the pictures online to eumcadmin@comcast.net. You can find a copy of the insert here:  Graduate Info.  We have a lot of graduates this year, so the sooner we get your information and pictures, the better!
  •  A reminder to all Classic Christians (age 50 and over) in the church, that the next meeting of Classic Christians is Friday, May 18th at 6:30 pm. The night will begin with a potluck dinner and continue on with the always rousing game of Bingo (complete with prizes!) To take part, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
  •  Finally, the Evangelism Committee is looking for volunteers to take part with them in Elkton’s Memorial Day Parade, which will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th. The church will have a truck decorated for the occasion, and we need volunteers to walk alongside and hand out flag pins and candy. If you’d like to help, email Lorraine at lorraine0913@yahoo.com

Well, I think that’s it for now, except to say that tomorrow morning, I’ll be joining with others from our church in attending Sarah Hemphill’s memorial service in Lancaster. Most of you know that Bill Hemphill (Sarah’s husband) was a beloved Associate Pastor here for many years, and Sarah was a precious part of our church as well. Please pray for safe travels for all traveling to her service, and most especially, please pray for Bill, his sons and their families as they mourn her passing.

Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend! Carve out some time for yourself even while trying to get all your chores done. 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, April 27, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
                Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a great week and have plans for an even greater weekend!         I sure hope you were able to be out and about yesterday in that gorgeous, warm weather – what a day it was!  I had to drive to Dover for a meeting, and for once, I wasn’t sorry that I had to drive down there.  It was such a beautiful day to drive with the windows open and look at the glorious flowers and trees!

                Now, on to the weekend.  While the weather will be a bit chillier and maybe not so sunny, things will be plenty warm and sunny at church!  Here’s what’s happening:

-          Say a prayer today for the group of Classic Christians who are in the middle of their trip to Norfolk VA.  Their four-day trip is packed with great events and I know they’ll have a great time.  If any of you on the trip are checking your emails today, say hello to everybody on the bus for me!  We’re praying for you and especially that God will grant you traveling mercies!

-          The Prom Boutique is open again on Saturday morning from 10 am until 12 noon.  Please spread the word to anyone looking for a prom gown, that EUMC is the place to visit for beautiful dresses that are absolutely free!  I learned at a meeting last night that many brand-new dresses have been donated to the boutique recently, so it’s a great time for any young woman to visit and find the perfect dress for her prom!  (The boutique is also open on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8 pm and will run for two more weeks.)

-          On Sunday morning, I’ll offer the third and final sermon in the series, “The Bible Doesn’t Say That.”  This week the title is “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It!” and in it I’ll talk about how we see scripture, and how we talk together about what we believe.  Paul Humphrey will bless us with his saxophone playing at both services, and of course, the Chancel Choir will sing at 11.  We’ll also welcome some new members at the 8:30 service – so, all in all, it’s going to be a great day and you won’t want to miss it!

-          Finally, a reminder to anyone who has a 2018 graduate in your family that we’re looking for information about them and some pictures for our June 3 celebration.  There will be a bulletin insert in this week’s bulletin about it, or you can get more information on the church website, elktonumc.org.

-          Which reminds me – don’t forget that if you can’t be in worship for some reason on Sunday, by Sunday night you can watch a video of the service via our church website.  Go to the website – elktonumc.org, click on “sermons” then click on “You Tube videos of sermons” and you’ll find the video you’re looking for!  (I’m especially including this information for all of you on the bus trip – you can come home, unpack your bags, put your feet up and watch the service!)

Well, I think that’s it for now!  Have a great Friday, and then enjoy every bit of the weekend ahead!  Carve out some time for yourself even while you tackle 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, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! Even though there was a freeze warning last night, wasn’t it a beautiful week for the flowering trees all around us? The beautiful pink cherry tree behind the parsonage is right outside my office window, and this time of year, when it’s blossoming, it’s just breathtaking! Take time to stop and enjoy all these beautiful sights with which God surrounds us each spring!

Speaking of beautiful sights on the earth, take a look at what’s happening this weekend on which we celebrate Earth Day!

  • Tomorrow morning, a team of walkers from Elkton UMC will participate in the 2018 Delaware Brain Tumor Walk on the Riverfront in Wilmington. I just checked out the website, and discovered that our team is just short of meeting their financial goal for the walk, so if you have a minute and can contribute, go to the EUMC team page at “Delaware Brain Tumor Walk 2018” website, click on “Donate Now."  Let’s help them make their goal! Thanks to all who are taking part! 
  • Also tomorrow morning, the Prom Boutique will be open from 10 am – 12 noon for any young woman looking for a dress for their prom. Spread the word! 
  • On Sunday, as I said above, we’ll celebrate Earth Day! The choir will sing a special number about God’s creation, we’ll see a video of the beauty of God’s creation through the lenses of some of EUMC’s best photographers, and the bulletin cover will be a creation of one of our Sunday School students, Danielle Rogers. (Also, the Stewardship Committee members will be visiting our children and youth Sunday School classes to help them plant seeds for herbs for their families to use in cooking.) Finally, I’ll be offering the second sermon in my “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” series, this week focusing on the phrase – “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
  • The youth group will meet on Sunday night at 6 pm as usual, but this week they’ll welcome some very special guests – Terri Lokey and Joe Tanner – who are coming to talk about this summer’s mission trip to Costa Rica and invite the youth to be a part of it. Parents are invited to come and hear about it as well.
  • Speaking of youth: We’re getting ready to recognize our graduating seniors in early June, so now’s the time to send in photos and information about your graduate. There will be an insert in this Sunday’s bulletin telling all about it.
  • Looking ahead to next week: On Thursday morning, April 26th at 8 am a group of Classic Christians and friends take off on their road trip to Norfolk VA for a great weekend of music, parades and activities. Please pray for traveling mercies for them.
  • Finally, Wednesday, April 25th is Administrative Professionals Day, so don’t forget to lift a prayer of thanks to God for our wonderful Church Secretary Kay Mortimer! She’s a blessing to all of us, and I couldn’t do what I do without her! 

Well, I think that’s it for now. Have a great day, and an even greater weekend! I hope you have some fun things planned, or at least, have some times of relaxation scheduled into your “to do” list! Make 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

Link to EUMC Brain Tumor Walk Team:
http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR/TeamraiserEvents/DelawareBrainTumorWalk?team_id=81924&pg=team&fr_id=2980

Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
    Well, I’m back in the saddle again after having the week after Easter off. Though sadly we didn’t go to the Outer Banks this year, I was able to have a lot of down time that week and even managed to get productive things done around the parsonage. But now, it’s back into the swing of things!

I sure hope you enjoyed yesterday’s warm weather, and really hope that you get to spend some time outside today when it’s supposed to hit the upper 70’s! Yay! Finally!

Here’s what’s happening around the church this weekend:
  • On Saturday morning, the Prom Boutique will be open from 10-12 noon. Please remind anyone who might be going to the prom about this wonderful place filled with nearly-new (and in some cases brand new) prom dresses, which are absolutely free! The boutique is also open on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8 pm.
  • On Sunday morning, I’m starting a new, relatively short (3 week) sermon series entitled “The Bible Doesn’t Say That.” The series is loosely based upon a book written by Adam Hamilton entitled Half Truths. This week the topic is the saying “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” We’ll be treated to the music of the Handbell and Chancel Choirs as well.
  • This Sunday morning is also our Blood Drive. It will take place in Weldin Hall from 7:30 am until noon, and a lot of people have signed up already to donate. If you haven’t signed up, but are interested in donating, stop into Weldin Hall and they’ll try to work you in the schedule. Many thanks to all who will be giving this lifesaving gift for others!
  • At 9:45 am, there will be a presentation about Camp Pecometh in the sanctuary for all Sunday School students, their parents, grandparents and anyone else interested in hearing about Pecometh’s summer programs. A representative from Pecometh will speak at that presentation and also briefly at both worship services. Don’t forget that each EUMC child who attends Pecometh gets a $100 scholarship toward the cost!
  • Finally, at noon on Sunday, we’re having a New Member Orientation Class in Room 1 for anyone interested in joining the church. Lunch will be served. Please come even if you haven’t signed up ahead of time!
  • Just a reminder that we’re looking for donations for the final College Care Package of the year. Bring your donations of goodies (granola bars, gum, candy, chips, pretzels, etc.) to the box near the Welcome Center.
  • Also a reminder that our church is putting together a team to walk in the 2018 Delaware Brain Tumor Walk on the Wilmington Riverfront on Saturday morning, April 21st. They’d love to have you walk with them, and if you can’t, they’d welcome your financial support. To sign up or to financially support them, go to the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk website, type in the team name, EUMC, or an individual participant’s name (like Mike Foster, for instance) and you’ll be instructed in how to make a donation.
  • Calling all men! The monthly Men’s Breakfast is next Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 am at the Elkton Diner. All men of the church are invited to take part in this hour of food, fellowship and fun! No sign-up is necessary – just show up!


I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday – enjoy the warm weather, and then enjoy a wonderful weekend. Though I’m sure you have a lot on your “to do” list to get done, try to take some time to rest and relax. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning! I missed you last week!

                                                     Grace and Peace,
                                                                         Karen

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Friday!

Good morning!

Happy Friday! Since Karen is taking a well-deserved week off, she has left the awesome duty of the Friday email to her secretary! I hope she is having a wonderful, relaxing week!

Here’s what’s happening at church: 
  • On Sunday, we welcome back Rev. Sheryl Allston who will be our guest preacher. Rev. Allston serves as Staff Chaplain at Christiana Care Health System. She will be preaching, “Fulfilling the Law”. We’re excited to have her with us! The choir is also taking a well-deserved break so Jerry McNabb will treat us to music. You don’t want to miss it! 
  • The Prom Boutique will be open tomorrow from 10 am until noon. 
  • Our college outreach team is collecting goodies for the final college care packages to go out this year. Please bring all donations to the box at the Welcome Center before Sunday, April 22nd. 
Sign-ups continue for:
  • Our next Blood Drive on Sunday, April 15th. Please see a Mission Committee member in the Hospitality Area. 
  • The Brain Tumor Walk will be held on Saturday, April 21st. If you would like to participate, please see or email Mike Foster at fostemi520@gmail.com

If you’re interested in joining the church, a new member orientation class has been set for Sunday, April 15th at 12:30 p.m. in Weldin Hall. To sign up, please email Rev. Bunnell at eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933.

Also, on Sunday, April 15th, a representative from Camp Pecometh will be with us to discuss summer camp opportunities for children and youth. A presentation will be given at 9:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

I think that’s all for now! Have a great Friday and weekend! See you on Sunday!

                                               Blessings,
                                                         Kay

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Good Friday Message

Hi All –

I greet you on this Good Friday with hopes that you’ve had a good week and are having a good day. Today is the day on which we remember Jesus going to the cross and dying for us and our salvation. I pray that in the midst of all the busyness that surrounds the Easter holiday weekend, you will find some quiet time today to pray and remember Christ’s sacrifice for you. We had an incredibly moving Maundy Thursday service last night, and today, at noon, we’ll have a service remembering Jesus’ last words from the cross.

Here’s more about that service and other things going on this weekend:
  • Today’s Good Friday service is an ecumenical service sponsored by GEMA (the Greater Elkton Ministerial Association). Preachers from seven churches will each be preaching on one word of Jesus from the cross for about seven minutes, so the service will be about an hour and fifteen minutes long. We so rarely get to worship together, and so rarely get to hear preachers from so many churches, so I hope you’ll make time to come and be a part of it. Noon today in our sanctuary.
  • On Easter Sunday, we’ll have two identical Festival Worship Services at 8:30 and 11 am. They will be filled with music – wonderful Easter hymns, offerings by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Men’s Choir, and music by a trumpeter and of course, Sharon on our wonderful organ! It’s going to be a great morning that you won’t want to miss!
  • From 7:30 – 10:30 on Easter, Gerry and Jamie Treese will be offering their always-wonderful Easter breakfast in Weldin Hall, so make plans to come and enjoy it either before or after worship!
  • The church office will be closed on Monday in observance of the Easter holiday and to give all of the staff a well-deserved breather!

Let me just say a word of thanks to all who have offered their gifts to make this Lent and Easter season so wonderful this year. I especially thank our Chancel Choir for their phenomenal cantata last week, which was all the more phenomenal considering the fact so many of their rehearsals had to be cancelled due to bad weather! As always, Steve’s and Sharon’s leadership helped pull it all together, and it was truly wonderful.

Thanks also to Krista Gilmore and all who helped with last night’s Maundy
Thursday service and the soup and bread dinner that preceded it.

And a huge thank you goes out from me to Kay Mortimer, who goes above and beyond the call of duty at times like these. The number of bulletins she has to produce, not to mention the monthly newsletter – all at the same time – and while answering calls and doing all of the other parts of her job – well, it’s incredible, and she does it all incredibly well. I’m so glad she’s my partner in ministry! We are blessed to have her!

Finally, I want to thank God for the opportunity I had yesterday to, for the sixteenth year in a row, offer the opening prayer for a session of the Maryland Senate. But what made it so very special this year was that the Tuskegee Airmen were there and being honored. What a thrill it was to be in the presence of these men who made history in World War II! True American heroes!

Well, I think that’s it for now. I’m so looking forward to being with all of you throughout this Easter weekend! So have a good day, and a great weekend. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, try to sneak in some rest and relaxation, and then, please be sure to come and give God thanks on Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday. I’ll be looking for you!

                                          Grace and Peace,
                                                                  Karen

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Beautiful sunshine is filling my office as I sit down to write this morning. Quite different from two days ago, huh? What a week it’s been! I don’t know if you realize Wednesdays have been the unlucky days this winter. I know that because of the number of times that we’ve had to cancel Lenten Lunch and Learn, Yoga, Choir Rehearsal and Communion. It’s been crazy! Having said that, I hope you enjoyed the snow day on Wednesday as much as I did. It was great to stay in, to stay warm and cozy, and to get a lot of stuff accomplished. (By the way, I know that I am blessed to stay in and stay warm and cozy because the Trustees make sure my driveway and sidewalks are cleared! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Trustees and to John Fetterolf who actually does it!)

Anyway, now it’s on to the weekend, and a busy one it is! Here’s what’s happening:
  •  Tonight at 6:30 pm the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will gather in Weldin Hall for their March meeting. The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share), and then continue on with a program about Milburn Orchards. Evan Milburn will be our guest speaker. All Classic Christians are invited to come, even if you haven’t signed up ahead of time. 
  •  Tomorrow morning, the church will be buzzing as the Chancel Choir meets to rehearse and make up for all those Wednesday rehearsals cancelled due to weather. At 10, the Prom Boutique will open to help young women find beautiful dresses to wear to the prom. They’ll be open until noon, so spread the word! 
  •  Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday, and we will focus in worship on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then the journey to the cross. The Chancel Choir will lead us as they present their cantata, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” at both services. They always do a wonderful job, and I know it will be very moving, so please invite others to come with you Sunday morning. (I want to add a special note here: Several times over the past few years, after the choir has presented a Lenten cantata, I have received complaints that the congregation did not have the opportunity to applaud after it ended. People felt like the choir didn’t know how appreciative we were. As you know, Lent is a season of quiet contemplation, during which we don’t applaud in worship. That is particularly appropriate after the cantata which reflects the depth of Jesus’ suffering. So I want to suggest that instead you make a special effort to see the choir members after worship in the coffee hour and thank them in person for their musical offering, or better yet, send them a card or write them a note to thank them.) 
  •  At noon on Sunday, our children will enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt. They’ll start out in Weldin Hall with a potluck lunch (please bring a side dish or dessert to share), and then the hunt for eggs will be on. I’ve been afraid to look at the weather forecast for Sunday, but be assured the hunt will go on, rain, snow or shine! There are tons of eggs, so please bring your children, grandchildren, neighborhood children with you! It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

As Holy Week continues, our schedule is full:
  •  On Wednesday, at 11 am, our Lenten Lunch and Learn class will have a special extended final session. The group will meet from 11 – 1:15 to try to complete the study which had to be cancelled twice due to bad weather. 
  •  Thursday is Maundy Thursday. Our evening will begin at 5:30 pm in Weldin Hall with a Soup and Bread dinner being offered by our Missions Committee. Worship will take place at 7 pm in the sanctuary, and will feature a very moving service of symbols of the passion and holy communion. 
  •  I’ll mention what will be happening on Good Friday, even though I’ll be sending next week’s Friday email that morning. We’re not having a crosswalk this year, instead the members of the Greater Elkton Ministerial Association will be having an ecumenical worship service at 12 noon in our sanctuary. Seven pastors from seven churches in Elkton will be offering their thoughts on the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. 
  •  That’s pretty much it for the week’s schedule. Just a few more things to mention: 
  •  If you’re interested in joining the church, a new member orientation class has been set for Sunday, April 15th at 12:15 in Weldin Hall. To sign up, email eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933. 
  •  The next Blood Drive will be held on April 15th from 8-12 noon, and you’ll be able to sign up to donate during the coffee hours on April 1st and 8th. 
- Well, I think that’s it for now, in terms of what’s coming up. But before I sign off, I have to celebrate with you something wonderful that happened this week. Both Brett Pinder and Carlos Reyes appeared before the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry, and they both were approved! Which means that Brett will be ordained an Elder at the Annual Conference in May, and Carlos will be commissioned as a provisional Deacon (which means he has to serve two years before final ordination). I am a member of the Board, but wasn’t part of the interviews because of my relationship with them. However, I was in the room when they both received the news that they had been approved, and I cried tears of joy! They are both wonderful men whom God is using in powerful ways, and both of them have expressed to me and to the board how much our church helped to make them who they are today. I’m working with them to arrange a day for them to be with us in worship so we can celebrate with them. I’ll keep you posted!

- Speaking of what a great church you are, I want to close by letting you know that, as of today, you have given over $11,000 to UMCOR for the UMCOR Sunday offering! That is incredible! You are an incredibly giving church, both in love to and for people, and in giving so that others might find help in time of need. I am so blessed to be your pastor!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! Carve out some time to relax and put your feet up even while trying to get all your chores done. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Palm/Passion Sunday.

                              Grace and Peace,
                                                      Karen

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend. I just looked down at my list of things I need to tell you, and there’s a ton! So let’s get right to it!

  • Just a reminder to all CLASSIC CHRISTIANS that we’re not meeting tonight. We changed our March meeting to a week later, on Friday, March 23rd, because our guest speakers aren’t available tonight. So mark your calendars for next Friday night!
  • The PROM BOUTIQUE will be open tomorrow morning from 10:30 until noon for any young woman looking for a beautiful, no-cost, prom dress. Spread the word!
  • On Sunday morning, I’ll offer the fifth installment in my Lenten sermon series, “Willing to Pay the Price,” entitled “Extravagant Love.” We’ll look together at the story of Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, anointing Jesus with priceless perfume. We’ll be treated to the music of our Handbell and Chancel Choirs. And I can’t tell you what the last hymn will be, but it’s a favorite of a lot of people in the church, so don’t miss it!
In the week ahead:
  • On Wednesday, March 21st the men of the church will have their Monthly Men’s Breakfast at the Elkton Diner at 6:30 am – all men are invited!
  • On Thursday, March 22nd, our Cub Scout Pack 443 is having a “Dining Out Day” at Cuzino’s (formerly Nino’s). A flyer for the event will be in Sunday’s bulletin, and you’ll need to present the flyer (whether you eat in at lunch or dinner, take out, or have something delivered). A portion of the proceeds of the day’s business will go to the Pack. 
Looking further ahead:

- Sunday, March 25 is Palm/Passion Sunday. That day, at both services, our Chancel Choir will present their Lenten cantata. At noon, our children and their families will enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt after lunch in Weldin Hall (sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board across from the church office). And our church cookbook will be on sale after both services in the hospitality area ($12).

Looking way ahead!
  • We’ll be having another BLOOD DRIVE. It will take place on Sunday, April 15th, from 8 am until noon in Weldin Hall. You can sign up to donate, or help with the drive, on Sundays, April 1st and 8th during the hospitality hour after both services.
  • If you’d like to learn about Camp Pecometh and the opportunities your child could have there this summer, you’re invited to a presentation on Sunday, April 15th at 9:45 in the sanctuary. A representative from Pecometh will be with us that day.
  • Our church will have a team walking in the Brain Tumor Walk on the Riverfront in Wilmington on Saturday, April 21st. If you’d like to participate with the team, email Mike Foster at fostemi520@gmail.com.
  • If you’re interested in joining Elkton UMC, there will be a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, April 15th in Weldin Hall at 12:30 pm. To sign up, email eumc@comcast.net.
  • The Stewardship Committee needs a favor from you. They’re looking for pictures of creation to use on Earth Day. We know the congregation is filled with wonderful photographers, so please send your pictures to eumc@comcast.net no later than April 8th. Questions? Contact Ellen at ellieg7@aol.com.
  • A new committee is being formed in our church around social justice issues. It will be called “The Church and Society” Committee. If this is an area of interest to you, and you’d like to serve on this new committee, please send an email to me at eumc@comcast.net. The nominating committee is meeting next Thursday night, so if you can email me before that, that would be great!
  • Finally, a great big THANK YOU to all of you for your generous giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief last week on UMCOR Sunday. In just one day, you gave over $7000! If you didn’t get a chance to give, it’s not too late. Simply make a check out to Elkton UMC and write UMCOR on the memo line! 

Phew! I think that’s it! I warned you ahead of time there was a lot to say, so thanks for bearing with me. It’s an exciting time in the church with lots going on!

Have a great day today! And have a really great weekend! I hope you have plans to do something fun, or at least you’ll take time to put your feet up for a while. 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, March 9, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
 Hope you’ve had a good week in spite of the weather, and that you’re looking forward to a great, relaxing weekend.  I looked back on old Friday emails and I can’t believe how many times over the past few months that bad weather appears in them!  Speaking of bad weather – I think last weekend’s wind storm was one of the most incredible things we’ve gone through.  I was afraid to look out my back window for fear that one of those gigantic trees in the backyard of the parsonage would come down.  Thanks be to God that didn’t happen, but I know many of you endured a lot – like downed trees, and no electricity, etc.  And then, of course, came the snow on Wednesday, and now, I can’t believe it, they’re calling for more snow Sunday night into Monday.  Spring can’t come soon enough, right?

  Oh well, enough of the whining!  On to what’s happening this weekend at church:
-          We’re in the midst of our church’s week hosting the Emergency Rotating Shelter, and I want to say a word of thanks to everyone who has stepped up and helped – either by being at the shelter in person or by providing supplies.  I want to say a special word of thanks to Susan Starrett for coordinating it all, for spending many, many hours there this week, and for working tirelessly to try and get all the tasks covered.

-          The Prom Boutique will be open Saturday morning from 10 am – 12 noon for any young woman looking for a practically-new dress for their prom.  Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity!  The boutique is also open on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 pm.

-          DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins in the wee hours of Sunday morning, so don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night.  Move them ahead one hour or you’ll be late for church on Sunday morning!

-          Sunday morning is the fourth Sunday of Lent, and I’ll continue my sermon series entitled “Willing to Pay the Price,” with a sermon called “Righteous Indignation!”  We’ll look together at the day Jesus overturned the moneychangers’ tables in the temple, and what that means for our lives today.  Since it’s the second Sunday of the month, we’ll also have Children’s Time, and the book that will be read to the children will be Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?  It’s a wonderful book with great lessons for children, and for everyone else as well.  So please make a special effort to bring children to worship this week.  Our services will be enhanced by the music of Paul Humphrey on the saxophone, and by our Chancel Choir.

-          This Sunday is also UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing).  It is our opportunity to give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for their administrative costs, so that when disasters arise and offerings are taken in response to them, those monies go 100% to disaster relief.  Our church has a strong record of very generous giving to this offering – last year we gave nearly $10,000 – so I’m hoping we’ll give that or more this year.  We passed out the offering envelopes in last Sunday’s bulletin for you to use, but if you didn’t get one, or lost yours, the ushers will have extras on hand on Sunday.  Please give as generously as you can to this special offering!

-          Just a reminder that we’re still looking for donations of individually wrapped Easter candy for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt.  You can place your donations in the bin across from the Welcome Center.

Here is a video to remind you of all UMCOR provides throughout the year:


-          On Tuesday evening, March 13th, the Cecil County Choral Society will present their Spring Concert in our sanctuary at 7:30 pm.  It’s going to be a great night of music, and you’ll recognize many of EUMC’s choir members in the group, as well as Sharon at the piano and organ.  Invite your family and friends for what promises to be a wonderful night of beautiful music!

-          Finally, we’re getting ready to videotape the next round of greeting videos to be used at the start of our worship services.  If you haven’t already made a video, and would be willing to tape one, please give me a call or email me at eumc@comcast.net asap.  The taping will be on the 18th of March in the afternoon. 

Well, I think that’s about it for now.  I hope you have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend.  Try not to watch the weather forecast, and just enjoy the days.  Carve out some time for rest and relaxation even while you try to get your “to do” list done.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning (but only if you remember to change your clocks Saturday night!!!)
                              Grace and Peace,
                                                            Karen