Spaghetti and song

Spaghetti and song

We’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day by welcoming our community to a candlelight spaghetti dinner on Saturday, February 9.

Live acoustic music, bistro-style dining and good conversations mark the evening. Stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. for dinner and relaxing.

Whether coming alone, with a special person, or with friends and family, all are welcome!

Donations help meet needs in our neighborhood and support the work of Sanctuary DMV, which reaches out to immigrants

Christmas Sharing Fair – Dec. 1



Find creative gifts from craftspeople, non-profits and artists working for justice, peace, and the good of the earth


Every purchase serves not only as a present for a friend or loved one, but also supports a worthy cause


Find out more about groups working to meet the needs of the earth and its people

SERRV – marketing global handcrafts
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL – passing on the gift of food
OCEAN CONSERVANCY –protecting & advocating for the ocean & its wildlife
BEAD FOR LIFE – helping women artisans break out of poverty
AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY – saving native birds and their habitats



Stop by & enjoy grilled brats and burgers, baked goods, and children’s activities

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.

Share Christmas with Needy Children in the Area


This year we, as a church, are again providing gifts and meals for some of those in need from Riverdale Elementary School.  I will have a little tree with first names, age and gender on little cards which you can take and sign for and purchase a gift between $15 and $30 for the child. The tree will be at church Sundays December 1st, 8th and 15th and also at the Christmas Fair on Saturday Dec 7th. If you buy something at the Christmas Fair I will have wrapping paper there for you to wrap the present otherwise please bring the wrapped gifts to the church by Sunday December 15th or deliver them to the church before December 19th. Call the church office (301-864-4328) first to make sure someone will be there to accept the gifts. I will be taking them down to the school on December 20th, the last day of school for Prince George’s County. Extra gifts would be welcome, put an age range and gender on the wrapped gift.

For the family meals we will be accepting non- perishable contributions on December 1st, 8th,15th and 22nd or a cash donation would also be welcome as we will be buying some perishable goods too before we deliver them to the families (we have 6 families from the school) probably on December 23rd. Any questions, call me Jenny Prince at 301-864-1071.



(Photo by Flickr User colemama)