Top 5 @ SPUMC

It was a bittersweet day in worship this past Sunday. We consecrated prayers shawls, had a grandmother sing and sign “I Can Only Imagine” with two of her granddaughters (an SPUMC first) and Rev. Byron preached a timely message on Jesus’ challenge to love and forgive our enemies. That was the “sweet” part. We also made the “bitter” announcement that Chris Dillard has accepted a position at Kingwood UMC outside of Houston, TX and will only be with us until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity that came looking for Chris and we wish him nothing but blessing and success in his new (much larger!) ministry setting back in his home state and closer to mom!

Our Volunteers In Mission team just returned from a week of serving in southern Costa Rica where they were working at Gulfito Methodist Church. Our team of 20 included 10 college students who brought so much life and energy to the group. They completed the expansive ceiling renovation in the church sanctuary, renovated two large rooms on the second floor for recovery ministry outreach, did repairs at the parsonage and built new stairs from scratch. What a productive and fun week!

The Parlor is getting an update this summer with with some new lighting, carpeting, tables, and renewed ceiling. This week we are planning to do some painting of the walls and trim over the course of several days before the carpet is installed. If you can help out, daytime or evening, even it’s just for an hour or two, contact Dave.

The United Methodist Women sponsored 100 children as part of the Anne Arundel County Back-to-School Backpack project. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to fill a backpack for a child from Park or Brooklyn Park Elementary Schools. The backpacks were to be returned to Fellowship Hall this past Sunday but if you haven’t brought it in yet, please bring it by the church as soon as possible. Thank you.

Yes, Elvis will be in the building on Tuesday, August 28 for the Adults Loving Life luncheon! Join us in Fellowship Hall for a patriotic indoor picnic if you want to be “All Shook Up” by Jed Duvall as he delivers gospel favorites. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall for a great lunch from Mission BBQ ($10 at the door). Email ALL for more information.