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La Plata United Methodist church

La Plata

United Methodist Church

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La plata united methodist church

3 Port Tobacco Road La plata MD

301-934-2288    [email protected]

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?

College Scholarship Opportunity

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.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference will once again be offering college scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester. Students can apply January 3 – March 7, 2019 through an online application system. Scholarships are available to students attending or enrolling in accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Students must be an active member of a church for at least one year and be attending (or will attend) an accredited college or university within the United States full-time. Students will need to provide their official transcript (high school or college) and contact information for two church references (pastor and another member of the church). In addition, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For additional information and to apply, visit resources/scholarships/. For questions, please email Cheryl Cook at [email protected] or call her directly at 410-309-3446.

I have had a number of folks inquire about purchasing an engraved brick for the floor of the Bell Tower. Right now I have four forms on my desk waiting for the magic number of 25. If you have been thinking about getting a brick, now is your chance! Give me a call in the church office and I will get your information to add to the stack. Once we have 25 bricks, I will send them out to the engraver and have them installed once they are done. There are a number of $100, $500 & $1,000 bricks remaining for purchase.

Christmas Cookies - Safe Nights

Calling All Disciples

Bricks - a Second Chance

This holiday season, as you begin your holiday baking, consider putting aside a few cookies to share with our guests in Safe Nights. We would love to share a taste of home on Christmas with a variety of interesting and tasty Christmas cookies and sweets. Donations can be put into Freezer Ziploc bags/foil trays, labeled "Safe Nights" with your name, and placed in the kitchen freezer. We will keep the platters filled through-out the week. Thank you!

Calling all Disciples….-NEW By Angie BarnesHave you ever wanted to begin a new Bible study? Is there some Biblical study or subject that you have had a yearning to explore? Have you felt the tug on your heart to lead a Bible Study?Well…. If the answer to any one of the above questions is “yes”, then please contact me, Angie Barnes on [email protected] or 301-751-7881 to discuss the vast possibilities.Remember, the rewards are boundless…

La Plata UMC is committed to supporting our young adults and several events are coming up that are geared for them. A Sunday School class geared toward young adults and issues that are relevant to them will begin January 6 in the parlor. Then, on January 13, young adults are invited to gather at Panera in La Plata at 5:30 PM. Come, purchase a meal or snack, and fellowship with other young adults. Conversations will continue about the needs and desires of our young adults. All young adults, and friends, are invited to these events, your input is valued. Our Young Adult Ministry is being overseen by Corrie Roberts, please contact her with any questions.

In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles - Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. “Names for the Messiah” ponders each title and how the people of God understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title. Pastor Susan will begin her Advent Study “Names for the Messiah” on Monday, November 27 at 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall 2. The book, by Walter Brueggemann, is available for purchase on Amazon in Kindle format for $8.00 and paperback for $11.04, or at in paperback for $10.99. Please sign up by writing Advent Study on the attendance pad. If you would like Karen to order your book, please call the office no later than Monday, November 19.

New Young Adult Class