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OPEN HEARTS - OPEN MINDS - OPEN DOORS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our February Dine Out event will be at the IHOP in La Plata on February 6 from 4 - 9 pm. 10%of the proceeds will go to our building fund. You will need a coupon which is available at the church.
Dining Out Monthly - March 6
“He Chose the Nails” Lenten Study
Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails” is being offered as a six-week Lenten Bible study led by Pastoral Intern, Gwen Rodriguez. Lent is a time to focus on our spiritual journey as we reflect on the gifts of the cross. If you desire spiritual growth and a better understanding of the gifts of the cross given by Christ then we hope you will join us for this study. The study will meet on Sunday afternoons for six weeks beginning February 18 and running through March 25. It will be from 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM.
The Silent Auction Committee has already begun meeting and planning fort his year’s first major fund-raiser. The Silent Auction will be on Saturday, April 21, at 7:00 PM. People are already donating things for the auction, and if you have items you’d like to donate,please contact Joyce Dean. She will be keeping donated items at her house so the committee can price and categorize them.We will need an army of church folks to go out into the community and ask our local shop keepers, businesses and vendors for donations to the Silent Auction. A letter is being prepared that you can take to the business people you know, that will explain how our Silent Auction works and providing them with a donation statement. If you are willing to visit a few local stores or businesses, or if you are a vendor of a home business, please consider helping us with the task of gathering really good donations for this great and fun event. Contact Joyce Dean, Julie Robbins, Phyllis Coombs or Greg Starkey if you have items to give.
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.
ABR CIRCLE WILL LEARN CHARLES COUNTY HISTORY
Mary Beth Chandler, who is a member of the Antique Arts Society, will be our guest speaker at the next ABR Circle meeting. The meeting is on Thursday, March 1 at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall 2. Mary Beth’s mother was an avid photographer and Charles County historian,and took a wonderful collection of slides marking the history of our county. Since slides are somewhat outdated, Mary Beth made a PowerPoint presentation of these invaluable photos and will share this wonderful history with us! All members of the church are welcome–just call or email Carolyn Rogersif you are not a regular member of the ABR Circle so we can have adequate seating (301-934-31157;[email protected]). Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Join us and learn how Charles County evolved to be a wonderful place to live!
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.