Grateful Giving and Pie!

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Sunday, November 23rd we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving week together with a simple meal after church. Bring bread, rolls, or pies to share! Some tasty soups and salad will be provided.

You’re also invited to bring a Metro Smartrip pass, grocery, gas, McDonald’s or other gift card ($10 or $15 cards are ideal) to add to the stash from which we can draw when people come to the church looking for help. Or bring quick-prep food to save for sharing with those in need.

Following the meal you’re invited to join in some community service as we drive over to the stretch of Kenilworth Avenue for which we’ve taken responsibility and pick up litter and trash along the road. If you have gloves, bring those, too!

Photo by Flickr user jeffreyw

CROP Walk Sunday, May 4



Join UPCOB’s group walking for this year’s Prince George’s County CROP Walk.  Part of the money raised by CROP Walk goes to Church World Service to provide food for people around the world and a portion of the money stays in Prince George’s County going to organizations that help with local hunger needs. If you would like to donate to the UPCOB CROP Walk Team online, simply go to this website and make your online donation.

We’ll be gathering beginning at 1 p.m. at Wells Ice Rink to walk around Lake Artemesia. After the walk (sometime after 3 p.m.) join us as we gather at Kim & Hooker’s house for a picnic. Bring a salad, chips or dessert to share (grill & drinks will be provided). Walkers, supporters, and others are welcome!

Here’s some UPCOB trivia from past CROP walks!

2013 – 34 walkers and 2 dogs and raised $1325.00

2012 – 23 walkers and raised $1280.02

2011 – 22 walkers and raised $1369.00

That’s nearly $5000 raised just by UPCOB members, friends and families




Youth Collecting Items for Emergency Cleanup Buckets



The youth are working on a service project to collect items for the Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) which works with Church World Service (CWS) to supply clean-up buckets and baby care kits to people around the world.

It seems like there is some kind of crisis with a tornado, hurricane, typhoon, earthquake, flood around the world at any given time. BDM and CWS always try to respond.  Our congregation has supplied BDM with buckets, baby care kits, school kits, hygene kits and other supplies through the years.

Buy any of the items listed below and give them to the youth.  Youth representatives Caleb, Joel and Mulgetta are heading up this project.

Emergency Cleanup Bucket supply list:

1- five gallon bucket with resealable lid
5 – scouring pads
7 – sponges, assorted sizes
1 – scrub brush
18 – cleaning towels (reusable, like Easy Wipes)
1 – 50-78 oz. box of dry laundry detergent
1 – 12 oz. bottle of liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol)
1 – 25 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn)
1 – package of 48-50 clothespins
clothesline, (2) 50 foot or (1) 100 foot
5 – dust masks
2 – pairs latex gloves (like Platex)
1 – pair work gloves
28-bag roll of heavy duty trash bags (30-45 gallon)
1 6-9 oz. bottle of insect repellent (pump, drops or lotion, not aerosol)

Please provide all liquids in new, unopened plastic bottles. Be sure to send only new materials. Place all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.

Clean-up Bucket value $56
Processing/Shipping Cost $3 per bucket

Cash/Check donations will also be accepted to purchase items needed to complete buckets.  Please ear-mark your check or envelope with Youth Disaster Relief Project payable to the University Park Church of the Brethren.

For more information contact the church office.