University United Methodist Church College Park, MD
Saturday, July 22, 2017
We are seeking to be like Christ


Summer Worship times: 10 a.m. only in the Sanctuary

 September 17, 2017 Regular worship times resume: 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel

11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Aldersgate Choir 



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.

July, 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


10:00 a.m. only June 4th-September 10th


8:30 a.m. worship resumes September 17th.


Summer Preaching Series - Great Escapes in the Bible


Old Testament

July 9 – Genesis 31:1ff Escaping Family Ties


July 16 – Joshua 2:1-24 Unlikely Allies


July 23 – Judges 16:1-3 Locked In


July 30 – 1 Kings 19:1-18 Never Alone


FYI – Not able to make it to church for worship? You can watch us on Facebook. We live stream the sermons on Sunday mornings or you can catch up on past sermons in the archives.


Spiritual Growth Opportunities


Pastor’s Small Group Class       


The Pastor’s Small Group Study will reconvene in September with a focus on 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


July Potluck Cook-Out (July 9)


The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages. We will make sure there is an alternative for persons who do not eat beef. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you are interested in serving as a grill master or assisting with set-up please contact Sarah Wakefield.


Independence Day Fireworks (July 4)


We are hosting our annual Fourth of July event on the church lawn and this year we are hoping to provide pre-fireworks music again. We will have a hospitality table for the community and are in need of assistance with set-up, clean up, and cupcake donations. If you can help, please sign up (sheet on Loaves and Fishes bulletin board) or contact Sarah Wakefield. To drop off treats, bring them to church on Sunday, July 2nd, or coordinate with Sarah to ensure that the church will be open.


Mission/Outreach Opportunities


(1)   Loaves and Fishes Café (July 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 ( 


(2)   CUCE Day Center


During the summer months, CUCE needs assistance providing meals for the guests at our Day Center housed at University Disciples of Christ Church in Hyattsville.  Hot meals are served every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.  to approximately 30 guests plus servers and workers.  Servers and meals needed. 


Men’s socks and underwear (mostly large sizes) are also needed.  Let’s have Christmas in July and provide these basic essentials for these men in our community.


(3)   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.   


Cluster Activities




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 or if you want more information, please contact Candy Fosta at


Vacation Bible School (VBS) – August 12


Our UMC Cluster will host Vacation Bible School for children, ages 2-12, at Good Shepherd UMC (Adelphi and New Hampshire Ave). This will be a one-day VBS on Saturday, August 12th, from 10 am – 3 p.m. There will be crafts, games, food, storytelling, and plenty of fun. Volunteers are needed to assist with food, teaching classes, working in the nursery, assisting with planning, and much more. Contact Pastor Sherri for more information. 


Affordable Housing Mission Project


At his installation service October 2016, Rev. Dr. Gerry Green encouraged the Greater Washington District to create, fund and support as many units of affordable housing as possible in our zip codes through The Rev. Adrienne Terry Fund for Affordable Housing. DS Green’s goal is simple: 100% of the churches, campus ministries and new church starts participating in this effort through 2020.  With generous participation from the faith communities within the Greater Washington District, the hope is to purchase at least one home in honor of Adrienne Terry for a family by the end of 2017. We would like to have at least one Adrienne Terry Home in each county in the Greater Washington District and to leverage as much church property as possible by 2020. At UUMC, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone has basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. Our goal is to provide housing for 2 months per Conference year (July – June) for the next three years. That is $2666 per conference year.


General Announcements


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 (no fees apply). 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.)


Prayer Line


UUMC has an electronic prayer line.  Persons wanting to share a prayer request or praise report can send a message to  You can also send a message to the same email address with the subject notation “ADD ME” if you would like to receive prayer line messages. THIS IS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS!! MAKE SURE TO ADD IT TO YOUR CONTACTS TO CONTINUE RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM THE PRAYER LINE. 


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,

Jeannie Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary, 

Luis Panesi: Hispanic Initiative Missionary,

Ruth Bright: Musician,
Beverly Babcock: Musician, 

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