E-Tidings

E-Tidings for Thursday, May 23, 2019

“What you need to know, when you need to know it!”

Beloved,

We are coming up on Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the summer season.  All eyes are on the skies for good weather and a break from our work routines and, maybe, a little time away.  If you are traveling this weekend, please take care and know that our prayers are with you.

Next week, the Baltimore-Washington Conference will hold its Annual Conference at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.  Something like 1,500 delegates representing the UM Churches of the BWC will gather to worship God, to pray, to discern, and to vote on resolutions that speak to some of the most important issues of our day.  I don’t need to tell you we are a Church that is going through a difficult time.  Now, more than ever, we need prayers and we need God to guide us into God’s good future.  I’ve listed several ways you can follow the events at Annual Conference (below).  Please keep Catherine Pitt and I in your prayers as we attend the Conference next week.

My message this Sunday focuses on the experiences of John and Charles Wesley as they received assurance of God’s love for them.  “By Faith: The Wesleys Strangely Warmed Hearts” will tell of the anxieties they experienced before their experiences, and the joy God granted them in knowing God’s love.  Their anxieties and fears are ours too; and the joy and assurance can be ours as we open our hearts to Jesus.

There’s a lot more news about opportunities to grow and serve at Weller UMC and in our community.  (See items below).

See you in church!

Pastor Bob

“To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7) (NRSV)

FORUM ON GENERAL CONFERENCE RESULTS:  About a dozen people turned out for last Thursday’s forum to discuss the results of the February called General Conference on human sexuality Pastor Bob outlined the events that have happened since General Conference 2019, and then we had a discussion about what’s going on in the UMC.  If you would like to receive a copy of the notes Pastor Bob prepared for this event, please contact the church office at 301-271-2802 or email secretary.wellerumc@gmail.com and we will email a pdf copy to you. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP:  The Frederick Rescue Mission is running a Summer Enrichment Camp for students in grades 1-5 this summer.  The camp will be held at Thurmont Elementary School from Jul 1 through August 8.  Weller UMC is seeking volunteers for the days of July 29 through August 1 to help out with the camp.  Volunteers help the children with reading, math, games, and Bible lessons.  We have a good time helping the children to learn about Jesus and to keep up their academic skills over the summer.  If you would like to help out, contact Pat Alexander at 301-271-7164.  If you want to help with the program during some other weeks, contact Teri Kwiatek at 301-695-6633.

BOOK DRIVE FOR SABILLASVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  Each year, we collect books for the children of Sabillasville Elementary (SES) so they can keep up their reading skills over the summer.  The book drive is now on!  We will collect books for children in grades 1-5 from now through Sunday, June 2.  (Deerfield UMC is providing books for Kindergarten).  Our goal is to collect enough books so that each child receives at least three books.  The Thurmont Lions Club is providing book bags.  There is a list of suggested titles available on the bookcase in the church entryway.  Please place donated books in the bin in the hallway.  If you’d like to donate money for us to buy books instead, please mark your checks “Sabillasville Books.”  For more information please contact Pat Alexander at 301-271-7164.

FOLLOW THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The 234th meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will take place at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel next week beginning May 29 and ending on June 1.  There are several ways you can follow events during the conference:

  • Read the petitions that will be brought before the conference at this link: https://www.bwcumc.org/events/annual-conference/ac-2019-resolutions/.
  • All sessions of the Annual Conference will be live-streamed with the exception of the Clergy Session on Wednesday May 29.  Go to the Conference website (https://www.bwcumc.org) and look for the livestream link.
  • Rev. Sarah Andrews Schlieckert, pastor of Calvary UMC in Waldorf, is producing a video blog (“vlog”) with information about Annual Conference.  She’ll explain what the conference is all about and why it’s important.  Also, she will report on the separate sessions throughout the conference.  To see her vlog, go to the BWC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BWCUMC

Pastor Bob and Catherine Pitt are Weller’s representatives to Annual Conference.  They will provide feedback sometime in June on the results of the Conference.

PRAYERS NEEDED:  Karen Watson had surgery on her knee on May 22—prayers for healing and a smooth recovery.  Please pray for the annual meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, for Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, and for all the local church clergy and lay representatives who will attend the Conference this year in Baltimore from May 29-June 1—prayers for God’s Spirit to move among us, heal our brokenness, refresh us, make us whole, and make us one people of God. 

COMING SOON:

  • Memorial Day and Aldersgate Day remembered, Sunday, May 26.
  • Book Drive for Sabillasville Elementary School, Ends Sunday, June 2.
  • Confirmation, Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m. Combined Service.
  • Climate Change Film: Before the Flood, Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m.
  • Recognizing Graduates, Sunday, June 16.

CLOSE TO HOME

MINISTERIUM SEEKING NEW TREASURER:  The Thurmont Ministerium is looking for a highly motivated and capable individual to serve as its Treasurer.  This is a volunteer position that entails keeping track of the finances for The Thurmont Ministerium, the Thurmont Food Bank, the Catoctin Community Medical Fund, and a gas voucher program run by the Ministerium.  If you are interested in this position, or know someone who might be, contact Pastor Bob at 3012-271-2802, or email pastor1.wellerumc@gmail.com

GRACEHAM MORAVIAN CHURCH MUSICAL—ARE WE THERE YET?:  Graceham Moravian Church is sharing a musical dinner theater on Monday, June 3, at 7:15 p.m.  The show is a musical called “Are We There Yet?” and is based on the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt.  This is a wonderful, inter-generational musical for the entire family.  The musical will follow the church’s First Monday Free Community Meal, Served with Grace, from 5:30-7 p.m.  Graceham Moravian Church is located at 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont.

FUSE TEEN CENTER HELP NEEDED:  The Fuse Teen Center is a place for teens to go avoid some of the negative influences in their lives, and to hang out in a safe space to just be kids.  Fuse is looking for people to spend some time with the teens doing things like: helping with homework, playing games, playing ping pong, and just talking.  TGhere have been over 100 individuals who have come to the Center at least onece, with 33 official members and an average attendance of 15 to 20.  If you would like to help mentor some teens, contact Susan Crone at 301-676-1183 or email fuseteencenter@gmail.com.   Fuse operates out of Trinity UCC three days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 -6 p.m., and Fridays from 6-9 p.m.