University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Sunday, April 23, 2017
We are seeking to be like Christ



University United Methodist Church 
3621 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740 
301-422-1400  -
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Pastor Sherri can be reached after hours at 301-963-1459  It is better to contact Pastor Sherri by email when possible.

April, 2017 Announcements 


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: Decisions will be made as soon as the situation has been assessed and the building manager/trustees can advise based on the condition of the property. We will make every effort possible to make decisions at least one hour prior to worship or an event. Please tune in to Channels 7 and 8 or check your UUMC email messages for delay or cancellation notifications. If at all possible, Pastor Sherri will NOT cancel 11 a.m. Sunday worship. PLEASE make decisions based on your safety and your personal situation. 

Mission Statement 

To make disciples for Christ for the transformation of the world 'by uniting the two so long divided - knowledge and vital faith'.

Worship Opportunities


Worship Schedule 
8:30 a.m. worship resumes September 17th
Theme: Lent and Other Four-Letter Words


April 2 – Fifth Sunday of Lent (Sing)

Pre-Easter Cantata – “The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Josef Haydn 

April 9 – Passion Sunday (Turn) 

Passion Drama – “St. Peter’s Story” 

April 13 – Maundy Thursday (Wash) 

Cluster Maundy Thursday Worship with Foot Washing and Communion  

Good Shepherd UMC, 9701 New Hampshire Avenue (corner of New Hampshire and Adelphi) 7 p.m. 

April 14 – Good Friday (Amen!)

The drama continues at 7 p.m. 

April 16 – Resurrection Sunday (Rise) 

April 23 – Second Sunday of Easter (Rest)

Easter Hymn Sing

Receiving New Members into the UUMC Fellowship 

April 30 – Third Sunday of Easter (Send) 

Sending Forth of Interns  

Spiritual Growth Opportunities 
Children’s Church

For the month of April, Children’s Church will be held the first, second and third Sundays. After the passing of the peace, the children (ages 2-10) will be dismissed for Children’s Church. This will be a time for the children to sing, learn Bible stories, and have crafts associated with the lesson for the day. The children will return to the sanctuary before worship concludes. 

Pastor’s Small Group Class       

All are welcome to join the Pastor’s Small Group Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. During the month of April, we will continue with the theme, “Lent and Other Four-Letter Words.”  

Lent Lunch Devotion

Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, we will offer an opportunity for you to call-in and participate in a Lent Prayer Devotion. Monday through Friday, at 12:30 p.m., take 15 minutes out of your day to spend time in cooperate prayer and focused on your spiritual health.  Dial (712) 770-4740 and enter Access Code: 313709# when prompted.

Lent Online Bible Study 

Do you want to attend Bible Study, but can’t seem to make it to church by 9:30 a.m. on Sunday? Maybe you can’t commit to the long-term Disciple Study. Here is an opportunity for you. During Lent, we will offer an on-line Bible Study designed for the person who wants to participate in a group study, but is constrained by their schedule. Just go to our website ( and click on the Lent Devotion Link on the homepage. There you will find the scripture and study material, along with a comment box for you to share your thoughts with others. This opportunity will also be available through Facebook and Google+. Go to our pages (information at the top of this page) and locate the Lenten Study material, then post comments. New posts will be available each Wednesday of the Lenten Season.

Fellowship Opportunities

Community Easter Egg Hunt (April 2)

All children ages ten and under are invited to the UUMC Annual Easter Egg Hunt following worship on Sunday, April 2nd. Join us in fellowship hall (downstairs) at 12:30 p.m. to find cleverly hidden eggs, play games, enjoy crafts, have your face painted and picture taken.  

Spring Rummage Sale (April 7-8) 

The Rummage Sale is fast approaching and now is the time to begin filling a bag or box with items you no longer want or need. Please place your donations on the stage in the gym. Contact Sarah Wakefield (301-262-7262) or Bob Roberson (301-779-0623) to schedule item donation drop-offs. Set up for the Rummage Sale will be Sunday, April 2nd, in the gym. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up all week. Sarah Wakefield and Bob Roberson can provide daily set up times. The sale will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7th, and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th. Volunteers are also needed on Saturday after the sale for break down and clean up.  

Palm Sunday Potluck (April 9)

Everyone is invited to our Palm Sunday Potluck as we share a time of fellowship and enjoy a potluck meal. Please bring a dish to share (if you are able). If you are not able to bring a dish to share, do not let this preclude you from this time of food and fellowship. Volunteers are always needed to assist with set up and we thank everyone for their willingness to assist with clean up. See Sarah Wakefield for more information. 

UMD/UUMC Student Dinner (April 23)

All UMD Students attending UUMC are cordially invited to join Pastor Sherri, the clergy staff, and the young adults for dinner on Sunday, April 23rd, following 11 a.m. worship. This will be a great time of fellowship. Please confirm your attendance by responding to the electronic invite or signing the sheet in the narthex when you pick up your student bag. 

Spanish Classes (Mondays) 

Spanish classes are Mondays at 11:00 a.m. in the parlor. Please contact Jeannie or Luis Panesi at for more information.

Mission/Outreach Opportunities

(1)   Lent Mission Opportunity

Each Lenten Season a mission project is identified for us to support.  In light of the current crisis in our immigrant communities, particularly with our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters, we will be raising funds to support the College Park/Hyattsville Hispanic Ministry led by Pastor Israel Suarez.  Our goal is to raise $1000.  The Lent Offering Containers can be picked up from the table in the narthex.  If you received a box of offering envelopes, you can use your Easter donation envelope.  There are also Easter envelopes in the narthex that can be used for your donation.  

(2)   Immigrant Plan Petition

Mission Projects can take many different forms.  In addition to raising funds to support the College Park/Hispanic Ministry, we have an opportunity to let our voices be heard by our elected officials.  There will be petitions available during Lent to let our elected officials know we are not in support of the actions the President is taking against certain immigrant populations.  Sign on and show your support.  Petitions will be in the narthex, on the mission’s board, and in the parlor. 

(3)   Easter Loaves and Fishes Café (April 16)

Each month, after worship on the third Sunday, we share a hot meal with the community. Volunteers are always welcome to visit with our guests, help serve, or assist in the kitchen. Set up and clean up assistance is needed also. Questions? Contact Ellen Brown (, Susan Howley (, or Sarah Wakefield (  

(4)   Help-by-Phone Food Bank

We can “make a difference” in our community by continuing to support Help by Phone, Ltd.  Our eight food pantries, open five days a week, continue to meet needs of large numbers of people who simply do not have enough food on any given day.  Pantries need the following canned or dried food donations in sealed containers to meet health department requirements.  Please confirm that the expiration dates have not passed.   

grits                  pancake mix & syrup                 baby food                    beef stew          pudding & jello 

dry milk            coffee & tea                              cocoa                          cold cereals      macaroni & cheese 

rice                   peanut butter                            jelly                            tuna                 pork and beans 

pasta                canned fruits & veggies               pasta sauce                 oatmeal            soups                

Donations can be placed in the wooden box in the narthex. 

General Announcements 
Coffee Hour Hosts 

Do you enjoy the refreshments and the fellowship each Sunday after worship? Do you know how easy it is to serve as a host for coffee hour? All you have to do to sign up is put your name on the lines for the Sundays you desire to host. Maybe you want to host during your birthday month or anniversary month? You can host to celebrate or honor a special occasion in your life? Let’s all volunteer for at least one Sunday this year.

Fragrance Allergies 

Allergens are everywhere!! Please be respectful of persons in the congregation with fragrance allergies and strive to limit the amount of fragrances you bring into the sanctuary. Fragrances can be found in lotions, perfumes, hand sanitizers, shampoos, and many other items. Persons extremely sensitive to fragrances may want to consider sitting near the front or in the sections just to the left or right to try to prevent an allergic reaction.

TNB – Tuesday Night Basketball 

The gym is open Tuesdays between 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for pick-up basketball games. For more information, contact Doug McNamara (


Rev. Sherri E. Wood-Powe: Pastor, 

           Stephanie Brewer: Director of Nursery School,

                                                                                       John Wakefield: Director of Music,

                                                                                            Kim Cramer: Office Manager,

Kenny Miller: Building Engineer,

Doug McNamara: Lay Leader,

Veronica Beckley: Ministry Intern,

Renee Richardson: Ministry Intern,

Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Ruth Bright: Musician,
Beverly Babcock: Musician,