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
  • 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
  • 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 no later than April 8th. Questions? Contact Ellen at
  • 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 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,

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 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,

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy Friday --on Thursday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Actually, I’m writing this email on Thursday night because, like most of you, I just got a call from Cecil County Emergency Services telling me about how treacherous the weather is going to be tomorrow. Sounds pretty scary! So I thought I’d hedge my bets, and send this out tonight, just in case the power goes out tomorrow! Anyway, I’ll be praying for everybody that we all get through the storm in good shape!

On to what’s going on at the church this weekend:

  • On Saturday morning at 10, the Prom Boutique will be open. ‘Tis the season for proms, so don’t forget to tell all your young women friends about the beautiful dresses available for them to have FOR FREE for their proms. The boutique is open on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 pm and Saturday mornings from 10 am -12 noon.
  • On Sunday, I’ll continue my sermon series entitled “Willing to Pay the Price” with “Broken for You.” We’ll think about the Last Supper and how communion is a constant visual reminder of the price Jesus paid for us and our salvation. We’ll be treated to a piano solo from Sharon, as well as the Chancel Choir at 11. And, of course, we will share Holy Communion together. We’ll also be watching a short video clip about the United Methodist Committee on Relief ahead of being asked to make our annual contribution to UMCOR next Sunday, the 11th.
  • We’ll have a dear friend with us Sunday morning – Cathy Gohlke! She’ll be bringing copies of her new book, Until We Find Home, with her. They will be on sale at the coffee hour after both services. Paperbacks are $15, hardbacks $25 (make checks out to Cathy Gohlke). And Cathy will be delighted to sign them for you! A personal note: I have read the book and it is really, really wonderful! I highly commend it to you!
  • Our week sponsoring the Rotating Homeless Shelter begins on Monday, and we’re still looking for overnight help. Please, please pray about helping, and if you can take one shift, contact Susan Starrett by emailing her at
  • We’re still looking for donations of individually wrapped candy for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which takes place on March 25th. Please bring your donations to the bin across from the Welcome Center.
  • This Sunday, on the counter across from the Welcome Center, you can grab a copy of the March newsletter, “The Beacon.” It’s chocked full of news and information for this month, and believe me, there’s a lot going on – so pick one up (but remember, you can always access it via our church website as well – 
Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a good Friday, and that all of us weather the impending storm safely. Take good care of yourself and those you love, find some time to rest and relax even while tackling all your chores, and then, I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!

                                            Grace and Peace,