ParablesA new Bible study will start in September using the book "Parables: Stories for Life in God's World."  Join us in exploring timeless stories about the parables of Jesus (parables of growth, reversal, preparedness, decision, and treasure) that have continued to intrigue and transform people's lives for centuries, and continue to help us understand God's will for us still today.  Attend class either Tuesday mornings 10:00 to 11:30 am (starting September 12) or Thursday evenings 7:00 to 8:30 pm (starting September 14).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign-up; books available in the office.

CPR AED 2There are a few openings for the CPR/AED training and certification class this Sunday, July 30 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Friendship Center. After successful completion of the class, participants will be certified for 2 years. Cost for the class and certification is $15. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Lemonade glassDuring renovations to the parlor and welcome center in August, we will be serving lemonade instead of coffee. We hope you will enjoy the change of venue for a few weeks!

Would you be willing to host a lemonade lull outside the church doors for a Sunday in August? Lemonade mix is in the kitchen along with ice. You would provide the cookies and the hospitality! Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can host a Sunday.

Tax freeGet ready for Maryland's tax free week - August 13 through August 19.  Please purchase gift cards on Sundays from FUMC to use.  All proceeds benefit missions.

For this week's adventure at Camp Awesome, please dress your child for indoor Camp Awesome 2015games and activities as they enjoy "Minute to Win It!"

nextstep logoOne of FUMC's missions, Next Step Housing Recovery, has 8 people who are aging out of the foster care system. The following items are needed (must be clean and in good working condition):

  • Mini refrigerators
  • Room/window air conditioners
  • Fans
  • Cribs (the sides need to be stationary)
  • Small microwaves
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Floor lamps and table lamps
  • Coffee tables

If you have items to donate, please contact Rev. Carol Yocum at 410-464-2600, ext 224. Thank you.

Eagle ScoutThe Louderback family would like to thank the the congregation for their support of Alex's Eagle Scout rank achievement. You are invited to attend his Eagle Court of Honor ceremony and reception on Saturday, August 5 beginning at 4:00 pm. Please click here for more information and to RSVP.

helping hands food pantryBeginning Sunday, July 23 we will be collecting food for the Helping Hands Pantry (run by Salem United Methodist Church in Kingsville).  Donations are due by August 6.  We need the following items:

  • Pancake mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Jelly
  • Rice (brown or white)
  • Baked beans
  • Canned fruit (easy open top)
  • Healthy snack bars

Thank you for your generosity!

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!

CPR AED 2We are offering a CPR/AED training and certification class on Sunday, July 30 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Friendship Center. After successful completion of the class, participants will be certified for 2 years. Cost for the class and certification is $15 and space is limited. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.

oven mittsWe are collecting oven mitts for camp this summer.  They can be used, ugly, or old, but must be the mitten type (no silicone please).  Imagine kids trying to open Hershey kisses wearing them and you get the picture.  Please bring them to church by July 13.

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.

Blessings,
Karin

friends and family planOur Summer series, Friends and Family Plan, starts on Sunday.  Explore what the Bible says about marriage, peer pressure from a positive perspective, grandparents needed, the woes of social media and how to clean up your act, and much more!

Amazon smileDid you know that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice at no additional charge to you? Fallston United Methodist Church is one of the charities that you can support through your purchases on Amazon.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your church every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices and as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Fallston United Methodist Church, which we will use to support our missions.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may want to change your current Amazon bookmark to smile.amazon.com so that each time you start your shopping you are logged into smile.amazon.com.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. It will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?
Please click here to see complete AmazonSmile program details.

RaindropWhere is the rain? June has been a very dry month and it is anticipated that we might experience drought conditions this summer.

To counterbalance that impending “dry spell,” we are inviting all of our members to “shower” others with blessings. May they know we are Christians by our love.

All summer long, let’s focus on how we can be a blessing to someone, how we can share the love of Christ. It might be with generosity, with radical hospitality, not beeping the horn but allowing someone to merge in front of you and maintaining a smile. It might be giving a co-worker the benefit of the doubt, or taking time to have a conversation with a neighbor. It might be asking a young person about themselves and how they are doing. It might be bringing the grandkids to Camp Awesome. It might be sitting down with a friend who needs a listening ear, or helping a friend move. You never know how random acts of kindness, of peace, of mercy, of love will change the world ONE person at a time.

Then, when you come to church, you will see raindrops in the pews. Write a brief description on one and put in the blue bucket in the welcome center. We may not be able to make it rain but we can certainly shower the world with blessings. Let’s fill the bucket together.

ChangeDear Friends,

We have been researching various ways of printing our bulletins and looking at what other houses of worship use. We have streamlined our bulletin so that the order of worship is separated from the announcements. We hope you will take home the announcement piece which also includes the calendar and prayer concerns. Many folks return the bulletin to the pile or throw them in recycling after worship so we thought we’d be good stewards of our resources and rethink the bulletin. Rather than color copies that go in recycling and the large order of worship that only is relevant for an hour, we want to see how best we can communicate and think stewardship. We will continue to tweak it!

One other change you will notice is that we will be printing first names only for our prayer list. Churches are being advised about privacy issues and often, neighbors or distant acquaintances put information about folks without their knowledge or permission. We may not know exactly who it is that we are praying for but God seeks our faithfulness and God certainly knows the needs, even before we ask.

HC Sensory TrailWe have an opportunity to participate in an exciting new mission project being developed for children with autism by the Harford County Office of Disabilities. They are planning a Sensory Trail in the Shucks Road Parks & Rec site in Churchville. It will offer innovative ways for people of all abilities to experience nature including, but not limited to, visually stimulating puzzles and games, instruments that produce sound, and equipment to suit a wide range of needs. Sensory integration is important to all children but especially to those with autism spectrum disorder. In the Harford County Public School system there are 4,942 students with disabilities including 385 with autism.

We are joining other United Methodist churches in Harford County to sponsor one of the stations or “pods” along the trail. If you would like to contribute any amount to this mission, you may place a check in the offering plate and earmark it for "Sensory Trail," or use the online giving on our website.

summer worshipWe have a great worship experience planned for this summer!

Our summer series is Friends and Family Plan: Explore what the Bible says about marriage, peer pressure from a positive perspective, grandparents needed, the woes of social media and how to clean up your act, and much more!

Not only that—each week will be an organ piece you will likely have heard before—maybe from a movie or Broadway musical or other performances. You get a chance to guess what it is! And if you have a favorite one you would like to suggest, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will be singing your favorite hymns all summer, songs selected each year by the congregation!

Camp Awesome for Kids—each week there is a new and exciting activity, based on a Bible story, in which the kids will participate. During the 10:15 worship service starting June 11.

7:00 am Morning Glory Worship will begin July 9. Saturday Night coffeehouse will take the summer off and return again in September.

9:00 and 10:15 am - Coffee before and after each service; Lemonade Lulls when it gets really hot.

Come and relax; worship, bring the kids for a great time, and give yourself the gift of sabbath time.

Faith in actionConsider how you might jumpstart your faith by renewing your passion for serving. Review the list below and see if God might be calling you to jump in.  Simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your interest or complete out the form in the bulletin on Sunday.
1. Coordinate a team of folks for our 190th anniversary celebration later this year. We also need volunteers to serve on this team!
2. Serve at Sharing Table or Manna House - April 1 The Sharing Table in Edgewood from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; April 28 Manna House - leave FUMC at 6:45 am and carpool to East Street in Baltimore; stop for lunch on way back; return by 12:45 pm.
3. Go to Puerto Rico and help build the church: Cost is $600 plus your airfare ($450 for the August trip plus airfare); help with flooring, installing windows, cooking for the team, painting.
August 7-13, 2017 - Mission trip for young adults. Maybe you aged out of the ASP trips or have time off from school or before it starts for the semester, come and join us. Teachers welcome!
November 3-12, 2017 - work will include flooring, installation of windows, painting, plumbing.  February 2-9, 2018
4. Coordinate our group of 20 people interested in establishing a process for us to work on the addiction issue in Harford County. We have the initial draft of a plan and need someone to take the lead, with a great group of folks, and move this forward.
5. When people are recovering from surgery, or after the birth of a baby, etc. we often provide several meals to get them through the first few days. Join the group that makes a meal and delivers it to someone in need.
6. Still looking for several softball players.
7. On April 9, we will be putting together the Easter baskets at 11:30 am in Providence Hall.
8. Serve on the worship design team helping create themes and images for worship.
9. Play music and sing at our 5:30 pm worship on Saturday night.
10. Serve as a Sunday school teacher for the next school year (teach 1-2 times a month)
11. Help with Vacation Bible School the week of June 12-15 evenings. Information meeting is Sunday, April 2, 11:30-12:30 or Monday, April 3, 7-8 pm. Choose 1!
12. Help on a Sunday or two over the summer with Camp Awesome (10:15-11:15).
13. Serve as an usher at our 10:15 am service.
14. Facilitate a small group or host one at your house. Would you be willing to host 4 couples once a month beginning this fall? The 4 host couples will meet late August for a training and review of the material. Responsibility for each session can alternate among the folks that are part of your group.
15. Sign up for a couples small group! Give yourself a gift. You will be introduced to a group of 4 other couples.
16. Help with our Christmas in July project as we fill shoeboxes for Haiti. Need assistance with checking through the donated boxes and mailing them.
17. Coordinate our backpack project—contact the local schools in late May in advance of the new school year to determine how many are needed and what would be most helpful in addition (i.e. shoe gift cards, etc.)
18. Sunday school helper with 4th Sunday event—April 23 and May 28. Create games to play with the whole group along with an object lesson for the day based on a Bible passage. This is great fun and youth are there to assist.
19. We have a spot open on our finance team which meets the 2nd Sunday of each month and two spots on the Church Council which meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30pm.
20. Join our missions team as we continue to find ways to meet the needs of the least, the last, and the lost both near and far.
21. Join our Make a Meal team. Occasionally, members need a few meals to get them and/or family through a rough spot. Prepare a meal for someone and make a friend.
22. Help with office work when a mailing needs to go out—stuff envelopes and put on mailing labels.