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OPEN HEARTS - OPEN MINDS - OPEN DOORS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The United Methodist Women’s ABR Circle will hold their Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, at 12:00 PM in Fellowship Hall 1. The tickets will go on sale this Sunday after Café and 11:00 services through December 3. The cost of the tickets are $10 per person, and you must buy your ticket in advance. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.This year the ladies are having a catered Baked Potato Bar with lots of delicious toppings, salad and desserts. We are asking that you bring an unwrapped gift for a child or teen to be donated to the Charles County Children’s Aide Society. If you have any questions, please email Carol Sorenson at [email protected]
November Dine Out. will actually be Dine In. On Wednesday, November 29, the ASP Italian Feast fund-raiser will serve as November’s Dine Out. Please join us in Fellowship Hall 1 for lasagna, spaghetti and other Italian favorites to raise money for next Summers trip to Appalachia to make several homes warmer, safer and drier. Dinner will be served from 5 - 7 PM. No charge, please give as you can to support this Mission Trip
Dining Out Monthly - Support ASP
With three services per week, four weeks of Advent, and three services on Christmas Eve, we have a number of slots for those who would like to light the candles of our Advent Wreath this year. One slot is already spoken-for. If you would like to be one of the families, couples or groups that will help lead the Advent portion of our worship, write “Advent Candles” on the pad, or call the church office to reserve a slot.
Live Streaming on Facebook!
Out of town Sundays? No problem. With all the equipment we now have in place, we are able to to Live-Stream the whole service across the globe via a new Live-Streaming service offered on Facebook. So, if you are going away for Spring Break; or if you are unable to come in person, or you’ve moved away from southern Maryland, but you miss our church, then please just go to Facebook
on any Sunday and click on the La Plata Umc page, and you will find it going on live. And better yet, since the broadcast will be saved on Facebook, you can still see it even if you can’t make it to your computer, tablet or cell phone at just the right hour. Pretty cool, eh?
Want to Be a Bell Ringer?
Our historic bell was lifted into place in its new home atop the new bell tower, just one month shy of the 15th anniversary of the tornado that destroyed our church. It is now used 15 minutes prior to each service to announce the beginning of worship. If you would like to have the opportunity to ring the bell, contact Karen in the church office to get on the schedule.
Wednesday Night "M & M" Services - Try One
Our Wednesday evening service called “Meal & a Message” has been going on since July, and now is a good time to do some tweaking of the details. Starting this coming Wednesday, November 1, you are invited to bring your own supper. We will no longer be providing a meal. But the fellowship is important, and many of you have already been bringing your own food, so now just pick up your meal at your favorite local restaurant and eat it here as we fellowship and bond with each other. The service is going through a few changes, too. The focus will be on the intimacy of worship, on prayer and sharing what God is doing in our lives. Our prayer time will be more important, and we are adding a little more music. Plus we will be sharing a video or two each week. Scriptures will be shared and we will dialogue around what they teach us, but Sunday’s sermon will not be repeated. Some elements of the sermon may be lifted up, but reflection and application to our own lives, will be the emphasis. Come on out and give it a try.
The floor of our new Bell Tower will be made up of 300 bricks that can be engraved with up to 3 lines of 15 characters each. You may purchase a brick for your family, or in memory of someone, or in honor of someone, or in honor of an event, such as a wedding or baptism, or you may simply buy a brick with the name of your child — to leave a permanent reminder of your child’s having grown up here, or attended Blessed Lambs Preschool, or the youth group here.
Buy a Brick - Honor or Remember a Loved One
The most central bricks will sell for $1,500 apiece.There are only 8 of these. The next tier encircling the middle are $1,000 each and there are just 40 of these. The third ring of bricks will cost $500 each and 66 of these will be available, and the remainder or perimeter bricks will only cost $100 a piece and there are 225 of these. Bricks will go on sale beginning June 4. Read all about it in "The Grapevine" available on our home page.