University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
We are seeking to be like Christ



Ministry Leaders for 2015



2015 Leadership

Card Making & Scrapbooking

Carla Clemons,

Candy Fosta


Rachel McNamara (Wesley Foundation Liason)


Ryan McCulley,

Donna Hoyert,

Carla Clemons

Football Parking

Kenny Theodos,

David Notley


Sarah Wakefield


Julie Ponting

Lawn & Landscaping

Richard Kidwell,

Bob Roberson

Missions & Outreach

Susan Howley


John Wakefield


Megan McCulley


Alice LaRusso

Prayer Line

Alice LaRusso


Frances Notley


 Card Making and Scrapbooking

Leadership: Carla Clemons and Candy Fosta
  • Create monthly bulletin boards with calender and highlights for the narthex and the bulletin board
  • Create cards for various events (i.e Veteran's Day and Christmas)
  • Provide the Pastor with cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc


Leadership: Rachel McNamara and Candy Fosta
  • Assemble gift bags to be given to the students every Sunday
  • Plan graduate recognitions during worship service
  • Collect items to give to UMD students on move-in days
  • Assist the Wesley Foundation with their annual Back-to-School cookout
  • Organize the Welcome Sunday potluck
  • Continue to find ways to connect with students in the church and on campus
  • Create better organization and involvement with the Wesley Foundation
  • Find better ways to meet student needs and reach out to more students.

Football Parking

Leadership: David Notley, Kenny Theodos
  • Provide a  safe and welcoming, family friendly environment for football fans to park and tailgate
  • Volunteers can donate trash bags , wheelbarrows, money or their time
  • Purchased a new sign
  • Plans for a new "Lot Full" sign have begun
  • Purchased recycling bins
  • Most tailgaters follow outlined rules
  • Profits have increased

Google Discussion Group

Leadership: Doug McNamara and Rachel McNamara
  • Hosted two book clubs using Google Hangouts last year
  • Recruited 6 regular attendees (3 were church members)
  • Met weekly for two 12-week periods
  • Rekindle the book discussion
  • Grow membership
  • Meet once per once to maintain regular membership


Leadership: Sarah Wakefield
  • Coordinate weekly coffee hour
  • Coordinate monthly potluck meals
  • Add decorations for special themes
  • Provide hospitality for special events ( meetings, conferences, and special requests by the Pastor)
  •      Plan for more "special" occasions to ensure coffee hour hosts ( birthday or anniversary sponsors)


Leadership: Julie Ponting,
  • Recruited 8 members who meet twice a month
  • Knit shawls and lap robes for any one who needs comfort or prayer
  • Give items for celebratory occasions such as new births
  • Pray over each shawl  and blanket and its recipient
Visit for more information

Missions and Outreach

Leadership: Susan Howley and Rachel McNamara
List of Missions:
  • Advent Service Opportunity, fulfill Angel-tree wishes
  • Africa University, raising money
  • Buck Lodge Middle School, collecting clothing, groceries, etc for students in need
  • Imagine No Malaria, raising money
  • Loaves and Fishes Cafe, feed the hungry once a month
  • Safe Haven, host the homeless for one week
Visit the Mission Opportunities page for more information.

Music and Choir

Leadership: John Wakefield
  • Aldersgate Choir provides ministry through music in the Advent and Lent Cantatas
  • Provide ministry through much every Sunday
  • Solicit musical accompaniments for special Sundays
  • Bring back the "super" chor in an effort to recruit more choir members

Nursery School Liaison

Leadership: Megan McCulley


  • Several nursery school families attended  some services
  • A nursery school parent volunteered at a church event
  • Several nursery school parents donated items to our rummage sale
  • Fixed some issues the Director of the school was having issues with
    • Internet in her office and some classrooms
    • Helped get answers on fence purchase
  • Gave director the names of committee members to contact if there were problems
  • Contacted committee members on director's behalf when she needed answers
  • Church members attended UCNS fundraising event
  • Fix building issues that affect the school
    • Long playground grass
    • Hanging courtyard light fixture
    • Leak in storage closet
  • Pre-schedule lawn maintenance to correspond to nursery school needs such as first day of school and open houses
  • Encourage trustees to vote on issues that need to be fixed right away
  • Give director a list of issues she can fix without trustee approval
  • Involve church and nursery school families in joint parenting and running Fall Fest
  • Continue to invite nursery school families to our kid friendly events

Prayer Requests (Joys and Concerns)

Leadership: Alice LaRusso


  • Share the joys and concerns of the congregation and friends so that we may pray for and encourage one another

Sunday School Clemons

Leadership: Alice LaRusso
  • Coordinate Sunday School every third Sunday and on special occasions at the request of the Pastor
E-mail if you'd like to ask for prayer.


Leadership: Carla Clemons
  • Solicit worship leaders for 8:30 and 11:00 am services and 10:00 am summer services
  • Ensure banners and drapes changed accordingly for the season and/or specific services
  • Hanging of the Greens- prepared early for special service
  • find greeters fot special times
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Review bulletins/announcements weekly for accuracy; other documents as needed
  • Help prepare/setup for special worship events (i.e Maundy Thursday services, All Saint's Sunday)
  • Review existing church banners for wear, usability and need

Young Adults

Leadership: Megan and Ryan McCulley, Doug and Rachel McNamara, Alison and Mark Wakefield
  • Coordinate the grilling for the monthly  meals in the summer months

Ongoing Ministries

UUMC offers a number of opportunities for us to help our community and our church – many of these are ministries in which we can participate on either a one-time or an ongoing basis. Please help as you are able!

  • Help-by-Phone Food Bank  

Due to rising food prices and the state of the economy, our local Help-by-Phone food bank is seeing increased demand.  The food bank is in dire need of meat products, especially canned stew.  They also welcome donations of oatmeal, grits, cold cereal, pancake mix and syrup, baby foods, rice, pudding and jello, dry milk, coffee and tea, cocoa, peanut butter and jelly, vegetables, fruit, tuna, macaroni and cheese, pork and beans, spaghetti and pasta.  All foods must be canned or dried and in sealed containers to meet health department requirements.  Please leave your donations in the wooden box in the sanctuary gathering area (narthex).  

  • Altar Flowers
The flower chart is located on the bulletin board in the old narthex (just inside the wooden double doors). Sign up if you’d like to donate the altar flowers for a Sunday. The cost is $40 for two arrangements.
  • Coffee Hour
UUMC is looking for volunteers to bring light snacks for our coffee hour following the 11 a.m. worship service. If everyone volunteered for just one Sunday your commitment would only be once per year. We are looking for cookies or donuts or bagels with cream cheese. Coffee and lemonade will be provided. (You do not have to make the coffee.) Please check the sign up sheet located on the bulletin board next to the kitchen outside the gym. Thank you!