Grandma lunch bunchCalling all grandmothers! Bring your lunch and join your peers for fellowship and discussion every Thursday from 11:30 to 12:30 (childcare will be provided). The initial meeting on October 5 will be in the parlor; the group will decide the location for subsequent meetings. Sign-up in the Welcome Center or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

pray for Puerto RicoPlease pray for the people of Puerto Rico who experienced devastation and loss. Contributions can be made to FUMC and marked Puerto Rico project. Our team is planning to go there November 3-10 depending on the level of devastation.

youth zoneYouth Zone is tonight, September 20 from 6:00-8:30. All middle and high schoolers are welcome! Please bring a friend. We will be playing a new game and talking about how we can be a true light to the people in our lives who need it!

We are still collecting items for Flood Buckets and Health Kits (click here for the list). These things are needed even more in light of the hurricanes last week. Please bring your items to church Sunday or to Youth Zone. There's no need to pack a whole bucket, but let's see if everyone can pick up a container of laundry soap or some clothes pins or trash bags! We will assemble them later this month to help make a difference in the lives of people we may never meet. If you would like to give a donation, please make your check payable to FUMC and put UMCOR in the memo line.

paper shredding 1Boy Scout Troop 899 is sponsoring a Community Shred Day in the lower parking lot on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The cost is $10 per box/bag (10-ream paper box size); $5 for smaller boxes/bags. All proceeds benefit the Troop. Scouts will be available to retrieve paper from your vehicle. Limited pick-up of paper available for an extra donation - send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paint NightHave you always wanted to learn how to paint a picture?  Here's a great opportunity to learn with lots of good friends!  FUMC is sponsoring another Paint Night on Sunday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The cost is $30 per person; proceeds benefit our mission projects.  Sign-up in the Welcome Center.

stephen ministryStephen Ministries is coming to FUMC at the end of November. The ministry is named for Stephen who was a man of God full of faith and the Holy Spirit. This Ministry, while new to FUMC, has been around since 1975.

The purpose is to provide one-to-one Christian care for our congregation as difficult life situations present. Stephen Ministry is not counseling but it is distinctively Christian Care. Stephen Ministers listen, are present, and journey with those experiencing difficult times. Those requesting care and the care they receive is completely confidential and private. Stephen Ministers go through extensive training, supervision and continuing education so that the best possible care can be offered to someone in need. More information will follow in the monthly newsletter and future e-Enlighteners about Stephen Ministries. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  If you would like to learn more click here.

Manna HouseWant to make a difference? Come and help feed 200 folks at this soup kitchen in Baltimore on Monday, October 16 and Monday, November 13. We will meet at church at 6:50 am and carpool. We will stop for lunch and return by 12:30 pm. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign-up in the Welcome Center. Experience a change in worldview, a humble heart, and a compassion for others.

Sunday school teachers neededIt's exciting to see our Sunday school classes growing. With increased registration, we have a need for additional teachers during our 10:15 Sunday morning classes. We are looking for an adult interested in co-teaching/assisting our Youth Coordinator Joy Bufano with our high school small group. We are also looking for an additional teacher for our 2nd/3rd grade class to co-teach 1-2 times a month. No experience necessary! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

No More Faking FineThe Wednesday morning small group will be starting our fall session on Wednesday, September 20. Together, we will be discussing the book "No More Faking Fine" by Esther Fleece (copies of the book will be available at our first meeting - no reading necessary ahead of time). If you are a "morning person" this could be the group for you. We meet in the conference room from 7-8am for lively discussion, fellowship and mutual support for our faith journey. We welcome new members and look forward to you joining us - it's a great mid-week boost! Sign up in the Welcome Center, or if you have any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ChildcareFallston Child Care is off to a wonderful start to our 2017/2018 school year!  There are still some child care spaces available. Come join the fun! If you or someone you know is in need of child care, please call today at 410-879-4399 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a tour of our school. We would love to show you what we are all about!

baby girlNew Pathways, an affiliate of Next Step Housing, needs clean, used (in good condition) items for a baby girl - clothing, bottles, blankets, etc.  We will collect items through September 24.  Please leave donations in the Welcome Center.  Thank you.

Common GroundsThe Saturday evening coffeehouse worship resumes on Saturday, September 9.  This 45-minute worship service begins at 5:30 pm.  The Morning Glory worship (Sundays at 7:00 am) has ended for the summer.

basketballEvery Tuesday evening, an adult men’s group gathers for basketball in Friendship Center. You are invited to join them from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an evening of fellowship and fun! For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UMCORHurricane Harvey has caused mass devastation and continues to wreak havoc.  We have several ways we can help to ease the suffering of the victims of Harvey.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently accepting financial assistance. You can help by making your check payable to FUMC.  In the memo line of your check, please indicate it is for "Hurricane Relief."  Or you can make a donation on our website, by clicking on "Give Online."  All funds will then be sent to UMCOR ;100% of your donation will go to help the hurricane victims.

We are also collecting flood buckets (cleaning kits) and hygiene kits - you can find items needed and preparation steps by clicking here.  You can complete a full flood bucket, or bring in individual items.  The youth group will assemble the individual items to make complete buckets.  UMCOR is very strict and exact regarding packing the buckets and on the size of the items.  Larger sizes than those requested will not fit in the buckets and cannot be used.  Note: The Dollar Store carries the specific sizes needed for the buckets and hygiene kits.  You can drop off filled buckets and hygiene kits in the conference room.  Please be in prayer for all those affected by the hurricane.

Love one another 1Friends,

The week has been filled with images that may surprise us or open our eyes to conflicts we may not have thought much about until now. There is confusion, misunderstanding, and frustration among people at the workplace, in our communities, even at home.

As Christians, our moral compass firmly informs us that there is no place for hatred, bigotry, or intolerance of one another or for groups that espouse values diametrically opposed to Christ and what He died for. The Christian doctrine of “love one another” sets the bar at a high standard.

Not all people share our Christian values but because we do, we have a mandate to make an impact in the world. As a faith community, we can do our best to be like Jesus, and live the values that glorify the God of us all. When we show patience and kindness to strangers and neighbors, when we let another driver go first at a four-way stop instead of blowing the horn, when we smile and say thank you to the mail deliverer and the clerk at Wal-Mart, and when we offer grace and forgiveness to a friend or family member, we honor God.
When we refuse to be part of jokes about another group of people, when we refuse to engage in conversations that gossip about others, when we will not discriminate against someone because they are different than us, then we honor God.

As we continue to see the confrontations and the hatred and violence that seems to be continuing, let us be in prayer for peace, for hope, for dialogue and understanding of each other, and for the love of Christ to shine through. And when we have a chance to stand up for what is right, what is true, what is pure, let’s do so. Paul says, in Philippians 4:8-9, From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.

May God’s blessings be with you and yours,

FCCC now hiringFallston Child Care Center is in search of two wonderful, dynamic people to work with our kids this year:
1. Housekeeper: 9:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. This individual would be responsible for cooking and cleaning for our students. This is great for an empty nester who loves caretaking and being around children! Must have a clean criminal background and be a motivated, self-starter.
2. School Age Teacher: 6:30-8:30 and 3:30-5:30 Monday through Friday before and after school. This individual would be responsible for up to 30 students ages kindergarten through 5th grade, with the help of an aide. Must be school age certified. This is ideal for a college student who wants to take classes in the middle of the day. Must have a clean criminal background and be extremely punctual and responsible. This job may be filled by two individuals, so feel free to apply if you are able to do one of the time slots.

If you, or anyone you know, would be a good fit for these positions, please send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

West Wing Follies logoPlease join us for the Friendship Players 21st Annual Dinner Theatre - "West Wing Follies" -- By Burton Bumgarner.  Produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.

A hysterical, non-partisan look at our fearless (and not so fearless) U.S. Presidents, their achievements, their failures, and their idiosyncrasies. This play offers a flexible, kazoo-playing cast the opportunity to portray history as never before! From newscasts, game shows, reality TV, talk shows, beach movies, the Grand Ol' Opry, and Shakespeare soliloquies, a cast of 12 actors presents all of the United States Presidents in twenty brief scenes.

Show times (Saturday, October 7th at 6:00PM, Sunday, October 8th at 2:00PM, Saturday, October 14th at 6:00PM, Sunday, October 15th at 2:00PM)

Tickets are $27 each (includes dinner), with a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.buyticketsbutton

clothing drive 1Time to clean out your closets!  We are collecting men’s casual clothing (in good condition) for Manna House - warm clothing is especially needed.  Please leave donations under the screen in the Welcome Center.

pickleballThe Pickleball group now meets Monday evenings in Friendship Center (the gym) from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Beginners welcome!

youth prayingDear Friends,

Joy and I have watched much of the NetFlix series called “13 Reasons Why.” In it, a teenager commits suicide in the 13th episode, having reviewed relationships and all the reasons why there was no hope in life. While neither of us believes this should we watched by anyone, we know that it is what teenagers are watching, and it would be hard to prohibit it. I highly recommend that children do not watch it. The show is graphic and has little regard for the millions of viewers who will see it and not be able to make sense of their own lives.

Teenagers may have one rotten thing happen in their lives and they feel like it is the end of the world as they know it. Helping them to understand that there are obstacles along the way, and that they are not traveling in the world alone is of huge importance. As parents and grandparents, you might encourage them to turn to their faith, to reach out to you, during those times and that you will help them through. Perhaps even give them an example of a difficult time for you growing up and how you overcame it.
We will be talking about the life journey and the road we travel, and suicide, with our young people to counterbalance this series. Joy will be sharing with you prior to that time just when we will do so.

It is a tough time to be a parent yet more than ever, your teens and young adults need to see how you cope. If they see you leaning in on God, perhaps they will too. If they see you doing the best you can, and not giving up hope, perhaps they will too. If they see you struggle and persevere, and rely on your faith, perhaps they will too.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me the strength. Philippians 4:3

Together, we can make a difference in our families and in the lives of our young people. Join me as I pray daily for all of our young people, and for families, that we might make an impact on the world.