Re-Gathering Well

Two Outdoor Services Each Sunday Morning Through And Including Sunday, November 22, 2020.

Worshipers are being asked to register online, wear a mask, bring a comfy lawn chair and stay safely socially distant from persons not in your household, as we joyfully worship at 8:00 am and 10:00 am on the Back Parking Lot. In the event of inclement weather, one or both of the services would have to be canceled. Please check our Home Page for weather related updates. On Sundays starting November 29th, we will worship exclusively during the virtual 10:00am Face Book Live worship service.

Since the advent of COVID, out of concern for the health of everyone, and working in tandem with the leadership of our Bishop, our Anne Arundel County Executive and Anne Arundel County health officials, we suspended regular gatherings in our building in mid-March. Currently, all regular in-building worship, Sunday school, and meetings continue to be replaced by online experiences.

Re-Gathering Well Task Force

A Task Force of lay leaders and staff continues to meet bi-weekly to navigate and determine, as best we can, the safest and best way forward for our congregation.

In addition to our virtual worship on Sunday mornings at 10am via Face Book Live, other gatherings and meetings continue to be held via ZOOM. Check out our Home Page and Top Five for more details.

The Task Force continues to take into account the best science, the best practices of other churches, the recommendations of local health officials and the protocol that has been given by the Baltimore-Washington Conference, as we make our own decisions regarding how we can re-gather well in the safest way possible. As we continue to primarily be a virtual community, we also continue to plan for the time when we can safely begin adding small face-to-face gatherings in the church building.

Anchor Values & Core Practices

We have committed to 3 anchor values that will be part of everything we do: Patient Faith, Cautious Hope & Creative Love. Additionally, we have established 5 core practices that will help guide us in practical ways through this ever-evolving process:

1)           Care for others, especially the most vulnerable.
2)           Worship and be in community virtually, while adding in-person
opportunities for the same when safe to do so.
3)           Lean on the best science and direction from experts.
4)           Be driven by mission more than the calendar, political pressure
or financial fear.
5)           Glorify God in all that we do.

We will continue to keep you posted and want your feedback as we make important decisions for our church. If you have questions or feedback, contact Todd Popham , who is chairing the Task Force.

Task Force Members

We have a great team working on our Task Force including staff and lay leaders who represent a wide area of our church’s ministry:

Beth Smith (Lay Leader)
Gaines Johnston (Lay Leader)
Heather Kraus (Church Council Chair)
Sam Stephens (Worship Chair)
Jack Dike (Trustees Chair)
Craig Linehan (SPRC Chair)
Chris Chandler (Finance Chair)
Chip Linehan (VIM Coordinator)
Dr. Allen Egloff (retired surgeon)
Candis Wise (Worship Committee)
Dave McKinney (Facilities Manager)
Beth Frank (Office Administrator)
Erica Benjamin (Children’s Ministry Coordinator)
Carissa Surber (Executive Pastor)
Ron Foster (Lead Pastor)
Todd Popham (Chairperson)

Worship Online

Each Sunday, we gather together at 10:00am for music, prayer, and preaching through our Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch this live-streaming video, but those who are logged in will be able to interact with the pastors during worship by sharing prayers and more.

Learn more about all the events happening in the SPUMC community by visiting the Events page.

Family Resources

Family Resources: Our Children’s Ministries director, Erica Benjamin, has put together a few resources for you and your family to use while you continue to worship and foster spiritual development together. They are all listed on the Spark Family page along with each week’s online Sunday School.

Stay Connected

We want to hear from you! Your pastors are eager to talk and pray with you, even though we will not be in the office. We would love for you to reach out to us via email or by calling our cell phones directly:

  • Rev. Ron – email – 240.672.1321
  • Rev. Carissa – email – 301.642.9729
  • Rev. Byron – email – 443.924.4669
  • Rev. Lee – email – 410.562.9811

Stay in the Loop: Make sure you stay connected with our church throughout this time, so you hear about all the ways in which we are supporting one another. We are developing more opportunities to gather together virtually, so we can continue to connect through online Bible study, music, and more – don’t miss out!

Fund SPUMC’s Ministries

We recognize the financial impact that these months have had on our congregation and the people who serve, and so we invite all our members to use online and text-to-give options to continue supporting the work of our church. To learn more about these options, read about your giving options here.