Top 5 @ SPUMC

Our final week of “Maker Fun Factory” VBS saw 160 children (along with countless youth and adult volunteers) singing, crafting, and having fun learning about our creative God. Then, our children blessed us with their energy and singing at our 11am service, where over 400 people packed the Sanctuary for a joy-filled morning. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, donors, and especially our VBS Coordinator Extraordinaire, Erica Benjamin who pulled all the pieces together so well and seemingly effortlessly (it wasn’t!). Check out the pictures from VBS on our Facebook page, And while you’re at it, flood Erica’s inbox with a little love and thanks!

This Sunday, Rev. Carissa preached a powerful message (“The Hardest Thing”) on the story of Jacob & Esau’s reconciliation and one of our most challenging  core values, Forgive Completely. Our This Is Us sermon series for June/July concludes next Sunday with Rev. Ron talking about the call to Walk Humbly in all that we do. You can still check out the book Listening Is an Act of Love on Rev. Ron’s Hubworthy page and learn more about the Story Corps project  from his sermon on Deep Listening (7/16).

week, the Baltimore-Washington Conference is invited to pray for the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. The “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative involves every Annual Conference being in prayer for the Commission for one week. This week, until July 29, is the week set aside for the Baltimore-Washington Conference to be in prayer.

SPUMC member Todd Popham, who serves as our Staff-Parish Relations Chair, has just published his first book, Five Minutes to Lead. It’s designed to provide resources and strategies to help leaders improve team and individual performance. When he’s not busy with all the things we ask him to do here at SPUMC, Todd is a professional coach. You can check out his book here and/or congratulate him by dropping him a note. Way to go, Todd!

Maddie Clouser, one of SPUMC’s young adults, gave a powerful witness in church this past Sunday, this week at the 9:30 service. She talked about her own spiritual formation growing up at our church that was built upon by her experience with CRU while a student at the University of Maryland. For this past year, with the support of our Missions Committee and members of SPUMC, Maddie has been serving with CRU  to share the love of Christ with other students and has been especially active in the area of social justice. This fall she’ll head to Australia to continue her ministry with CRU in Melbourne. Contact Maddie if you’d like to find out how you can support her in this work.