Wednesday Night Outdoor Worship Begins July 8
We are excited to begin our first in-person re-gatherings with outdoor Wednesday Night Worship beginning July 8th. Worshipers are being asked to register, wear a mask and keep safe social distance as we come back together. Visit our Wednesday Night Worship page for all the information about our new midweek in-person outdoor gathering!
Out of concern for the health of others and following the leadership of our Bishop, we have suspended gatherings in our building since mid-March. Currently, all in-person worship, Sunday school, and other activities have been replaced by online experiences. We are actively working on a plan for re-gathering in person beginning in July.
Regathering Task Force
A Task Force of lay leaders and staff is meeting weekly to determine the safest and smartest way forward for our congregation as in-person gathering restrictions have begun to be lifted for religious communities by Governor Hogan and County Executive Pittman.
We are working on final plans to begin limited face-to-face gatherings during the month of July. In addition to our virtual worship on Sunday mornings and other online gatherings, we’ll be holding small mid-week worship services (up to 50 people) on Wednesday nights in the parking lot near Fellowship Hall beginning July 8 at 7pm. In July, we’re also planning to open the Church Office on a limited basis, hold one or two small group meetings in our building (like the Faith & Race Group, book study, etc.) and the Task Force itself will meet in person, too. Your feedback through the survey has been really valuable and we’ll be following up with some targeted phone calls to members and friends of SPUMC this week. Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks about RSVPing, safety protocols, hours, etc.
The Task Force is taking into account the best science, best practices of other churches along with the protocol that has been given to us by the Baltimore-Washington Conference as we make our own decisions about how to re-open well and in the safest way possible. We will continue to be primarily a virtual community for the next several months even as we begin adding smaller face-to-face gatherings.
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
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.You can stay abreast of all that the task force is us up to by checking back on this page regularly. If you have questions or feedback, contact Todd Popham who is chairing the group.
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)
Each Sunday while we are closed, we will gather together at 10am 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: 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.
Vacation Bible School will be online this year! Check the VBS page for more info on how to register and get everything you need.
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!
- Sign up for the e-news to get all church-wide emails
- Text LOOP to 410.983.3507 to get all church-wide texting updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
Fund SPUMC’s Ministries
We recognize the financial impact that these weeks will have 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 how these options work, read about all of your giving options here.