The Plague 

Next week we will again erect the Memorial to the Lost in the church yard. Some describe it as a t-shirt graveyard, and it feels that way. Each shirt marks one of the 205 lives lost in our region during 2016 to gun violence. They were young and old — from Maryland and DC and northern Virginia- every loss a sudden end to life given by God.

The plague is violence in our culture.And the plague is the use of guns to kill other human beings.

This is the third year we have partnered with Hyattsville Mennonite Church to host the Heeding God’s Call Memorial. Days after we put it up in 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at a Bible study in Charleston. Shortly after we erected the Memorial in 2016, Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

And this week in 2017, we grieve yet another mass shooting, as the entire country laments the senseless deaths in Las Vegas.

So we will erect the Memorial and will remember and pray and pledge ourselves to making change…again.
Because we believe that there is another way of living.
Because we think that there are connections to be made between reliance on guns in private and in national and international arenas.
Because we have known a reality in Christ that reminds us of the value of every person.
Because there are sensible gun regulations for which we must advocate that will protect life .
Because symbolic action leads us toward hope!

Mark Your Calendar for the Valentine Spaghetti Supper

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Saturday, February 11
5-8pm

Come share in the work and the fun of hosting friends and neighbors for a special evening of delicious food, live music by Kindred Spirits, and great fellowship with one another.

Invite your friends and neighbors!

All proceeds from the dinner go to support local needs in our community through the programs of Help by Phone, the PG Plaza Day Center (CUCE), and others.

There’s lot of ways to help! Make sauce, help set-up, serve, clean-up. Call the church office to sign up or learn more.

Faith Imagination: Healing Prayer

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“Faith Imagination is a way of praying in which we specifically invite God to enter into our experience in a way that we can perceive God’s work in us. We do this in the faith that God want to meet us at our growing edge, or where we are most vulnerable, hurting or scared.”  (Consenting to Grace, Tilda Norberg)

Mini – Retreat

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Leader – Darlene Meyers, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister Intern
Complimentary lunch will be provided
Retreat will be held at University Park Church of the Brethren
4413 Tuckerman Street, University Park, Maryland

Please RSVP to
upcob2@verizon.net or call 301-864-4328

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What will happen at the Retreat?

An introduction to faith imagination healing prayer

An exercise in increasing awareness

A guided meditation drawing upon our faith imagination

An exercise in identifying our individual preferred modalities of perception

Discovering our symbols for the Holy One

Time for silence, sharing and writing about your experience

An opportunity to “work” using faith imagination healing prayer

Join us!

Mulch Sale: April 2

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We’re selling and delivering shredded hardwood mulch to neighbors and friends again this year. Orders can be made by calling the church office (as long as supplies last) at 301-864-4328 or better yet stopping by the church parking lot early Saturday morning! We’ll be delivering by 8am.

Proceeds from the mulch sales go to various church projects. In recent years, these have included:

*sponsorship of Rwandan university student Venuste Gatabazi

* assistance for children attending camps and conferences

Christmas Sharing Fair: Alternative Gift-Giving for the Holidays

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Saturday, December 5
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A marketplace of craftspeople, non-profits, and artists supporting justice, peace, and the good of the earth:

SERRV – global handcrafts
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL – passing on the gift of food
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE – helping refugees around the world
ON EARTH PEACE – building justice and peace
ECO CITY FARMS – promoting sustainable local agriculture
NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT – supporting women and girls
EQUAL EXCHANGE – offering fairly traded coffees, teas, and chocolates
KOINONIA PARTNERS – cultivating community (and pecans)
CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND – protecting life in the wild
…and more


JOIN US TO

Find creative gifts…
Sample the grilled brats or burgers…
Take something home from the baked goods table
Savor some roasted almonds…

Cookie-baking and decorating for children will also take place throughout the day!

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Valentine Spaghetti Supper

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Invite Your Friends!
Bring Your Sweetheart!
Join Us as We Transform Our Social Hall into an Italian Bistro for the Evening
for the annual Valentine Spaghetti Supper

Saturday, February 14, 2015
5 – 8 pm

Our menu includes
Delicious Meat Spaghetti Sauce and Vegetable Sauce
Regular and Gluten Free Spaghetti Noodles
Never Ending Salad Bar
Warm and Buttery Garlic Bread and Gluten Free Garlic Bread
Assorted Cookies and Ice Cream Sundaes!

All donations received will benefit crisis services in our area.