Top 5 @ SPUMC

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You’re invited to join us for Worship this Sunday ONLINE ONLY at 10:30am on Facebook or YouTube. Due to the exponential surge in Covid cases and the dangerously high level of hospitalizations, we are taking a pause to be good neighbors to one another and to the broader community. Our hope is that this will be short-term and that we will be back together in-person soon when it is safe to do so. Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding. Stay safe and be well!

Top 5 @ SPUMC

#1 RENEWING OUR BAPTISMS
This past Sunday, Rev. Narae preached about the baptism of Jesus and the distinctive emphases of Luke’s version of this story. There is both an affirmation from below from John the Baptizer and from above, the voice that comes down from heaven that Jesus is God’s chosen one. The words still echo in our hearts and lives that not only is it Jesus who is blessed, but we all are marked as blessed in our baptisms: “You are my son (or daughter), the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Following worship, Rev. Ron & Rev. Narae met with people on the front porch to renew their own baptisms and several people stopped by later in the day to do it on their own. You are invited to stop by to renew your baptism any time this month. There are shells and water at the Welcome Desk and you are welcome to come by anytime the church is open, 8am-4pm on weekdays or Sunday mornings, 9am-Noon when the pastors and the tech team are here for our virtual worshipIf one of the pastors is available, we’ll be happy to mark your forehead with the sign of the cross as you remember your baptism and invite you to take a shell as a year-long reminder that you are God’s beloved child. If no staff are available, please feel free to renew your own baptism by 1) Dipping your hand in the water; 2) Pausing for a moment to say thank you as you remember your baptism; and then 3) Taking a shell before you leave.

#2 TED LASSO COMES TO CHURCH!
Join us for our new sermon series, The Gospel According to Ted Lasso, beginning this Sunday, January 16 online at 10:30am. Come find out what this transplanted American football coach might have to teach us about believing, belonging and becoming our best God-given selves. Ted Lasso is the highly acclaimed Apple TV series starring Jason Sudeikis that garnered all kinds of awards in its first season back in 2020. It’s the kind of show that makes you laugh, think, cry and more. If you want to get a preview of what the show is about, check out the trailer from Season 1. Hope you will join us.

#3 GODSPEED RYAN..AND HELP!!
Godspeed, Ryan! After 6 ½ years serving as our Communications Director, Ryan Hennesy has accepted an offer to be a full-time graphic artist (his first love!) for Howard County – our loss, their gain. The staff sent him out with a farewell lunch, some gifts and lots of love and gratitude this past week. You can share your appreciation for all that Ryan brought to our church by sending him an email or a note in the mail. Contact the church office and we’ll be happy to share his home address with you.

With Ryan’s Departure, We Are Just Beginning a Search for a New Communications Director. If you have interest in the position or know someone who might be a good fit for our church and staff, please let us know. In the interim, we are in need of a few volunteers to help with pieces of the CD’s portfolio (website updates, tech team support on Sundays, word processing, etc.). Contact Rev. Ron for more information or to volunteer your talents. Thanks.

#4 PACK SOME POTATOES
The BWC United Methodist Men plan to distribute 40,000 pounds of Maine potatoes to low- income communities in Glen Burnie and Severn and to charitable organizations for their own distribution, on Saturday February 5th, 7-9am.

Our own UMM group will be part of this effort at Glen Burnie UMC helping to repack and deliver bags of potatoes. If you want to be part of this (including offering a pickup truck if you can), please contact Reid Reininger by text, phone or email. 410-979-5801 or reidr@aol.com

#5 CONFIRMATION
Confirmation Class Orientation is this Tuesday, January 18 at 7pm by Zoom. To find the link, go to the website: www.severnaparkumc.org/events, then go to Tuesday and scroll till you see Confirmation Orientation. Click on that link to join us. Confirmation classes are for youth in grades 7 and 8. Interested senior highs should contact Rev. Lee directly. lferrell@severnaparkumc.org