SAVE THE DATES
September 23 from 4-6pm for the Fall Kick-Off Potluck Dinner for all Fellowship Club members, and those still thinking about joining the clubs.
RSVP Now for our Fellowship Clubs Kick-Off Dinner: This tasty Sunday afternoon gathering in Fellowship Hall celebrates beginning a new year together and will make it easier for members to meet each other and to set up their first small group gathering date/time. Cost: only $3 per person to cover expenses. (See suggested bring-a-dish side dish menu grouped alphabetical by last-name below.) Please sign-up/RSVP for the Kick-Off Dinner online or watch for sign-up table in Fellowship Hall entrance area, so we can prepare plenty of the main dish.
Are We Pleasant Strangers or Christian Community?
This past year, we have been exploring just who we in the Severna Park UMC congregation are, where we come from, what we love to do. Similarly exploring who we are, the Fellowship Clubs are small mixed gatherings of 6 or 8 adults (singles and couples) who grow to appreciate each other’s commonalities and differences by sharing brunch, lunch or dinner and conversation 4 to 6 times each year, either in restaurants, food trucks, picnic spots or in each other’s homes. Yes, you heard right — This year, in addition to our traditional models, we’re also exploring interest in Saturday morning, afternoon or weeknight groups that might like to share their favorite casual dining spots, whether it’s their favorite Food Trucks, farmer’s market or pizza spots, as another alternative to hosting at home or Sunday brunch out. After all, it’s the company, not the setting that matters most.
SAVE THE DATE: Please put the Fellowship Clubs Kickoff bring-a-dish September 23rd, 4-6 pm on your calendar. Childcare and children’s activities can be arranged for Kickoff – just ask. Kickoff can be a time to first meet your small group. We also celebrate Christmas together in December and plan a fun Spring picnic with all the small groups and families.
Step out in faith and sign up in Fellowship Hall by September 16 or email Dixie. Even if you can’t make it to Kickoff on September 23, we hope you’ll sign up to join in with Fellowship Clubs this year and let us get to know you better.
You might be wondering, “Is Fellowship Club for people like me?” Our suggestion to those new to the group: You may come to the Kickoff dinner September 23 and then decide. One thing you’ll learn is that the group is diverse. The Bible shows us that breaking bread together has special significance, especially among Christians who speak about “Radical Hospitality,” which seeks to welcome and treat others as we believe Christ would. Like the early Christians, who came from different walks of life but shared a passion for Christ’s message that strengthened their faith communities, sharing these meals and conversations together over time offers us a chance to deepen relationships, strengthening our SPUMC community. Join the Fellowship Clubs or help to form new small groups… share your God-given light and, by doing so, help your small group and our congregation to better love, serve and follow.