University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Friday, May 26, 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.

May, 2017 Announcements 

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
Special Services

May 14 – Mother’s Day Celebration 

May 28 – Ascension Sunday
Spiritual Growth Opportunities 
Children’s Church 

Children’s Church is held the 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. Our focus for the month of May will be stewardship. 

Stewardship Testimonies 

Stewardship is a matter of spiritual formation. It is about giving of ourselves – our time, our talent, and our financial resources – to display love of God and love of neighbor. There is a stewardship board in the hallway. Please take time to leave a stewardship note.

Fellowship Opportunities 

Muffins for Mom (May 14) 

THERE IS NO POTLUCK IN MAY. We will celebrate Mother’s Day with Muffins for Mom. Moms, grandmas, godmothers, aunts, village moms, special friends, and all women will be celebrated on Mother’s Day, May 14th, immediately following worship. This event is sponsored by the Men of University UMC. All men are asked to contribute a dozen muffins. 

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. 

Cluster-Wide Initiative – Hour of Power  Thursdays – June 15th through September 14th (noon to 1:30 p.m.)


As a community outreach opportunity, the churches within our cluster will be offering an Hour of Power worship experience every Thursday (noon – 1:30 p.m.) this summer at First Hyattsville UMC. This initiative will be completely laity-driven with volunteers from all of the cluster churches. Speakers, greeters, and food preparers are just a few ways to volunteer.  If you are able to volunteer any Thursday (June 15 – September 14) or if you want more information, please contact Candy Fosta at  Please take a moment to prayerfully consider how you can help make this initiative successful! 

Mission/Outreach Opportunities 

(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (May 21) 

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 ( 

(2)   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
Annual Conference

The 233rd session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be held from May 31 to June 4 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. This annual event is an opportunity for United Methodists from 631 churches in Washington, D.C., Maryland, the panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda to gather for worship, fellowship, learning, and holy conferencing as they conduct the business of the church within this Annual Conference. Pastor Sherri and Kenny Theodos will attend on our behalf.  

Go Electronic 

It is always a good time to go electronic. Just think, you can stay informed and financially contribute wherever your travels or schedule may lead you.    

-       Get your weekly bulletin announcements on Thursday and be ahead of the game. All you have to do is send an email to You will also receive important reminders and be informed of church cancellations or delays. 

-       Give electronically through your bank or by using Vanco. It is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Step 1 – Go to your banking website. Step 2 – Sign up for bill pay. Step 3 – Add University United Methodist Church as a payee. Another option is to use the Vanco bill pay by going to the church’s website ( and clicking the “donate online” button on the home page. (Vanco charges a nominal service fee.)

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,




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