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!

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,
Karin

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.

Blessings,
Karin

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.

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.

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.

nose smellingDid you know that aromas and smells can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in people that are life-threatening? Many public buildings these days have signs saying they are fragrant free workspaces. Here at Fallston UMC, we want to be considerate of children, youth, and adults who have allergies or asthma and so we are asking you to be “fragrant thoughtful.” Before spraying, please think twice! Thank you for your consideration.

IMG 20161105 130013194Did you see the prayer box on our driveway on the lower lot? We invite friends, members, and the community to share prayer concerns during the week by placing them in the prayer box! Put up the flag and we will know there is one to receive.

ColumbariumA new Columbarium (holds funeral urns) has been installed at the back end of the cemetery. The Columbarium will hold 20 niches (each niche holds 2 urns). We are now taking orders for niches. The price is $2,500 per niche. The engraving is approximately $750. For purchase of a niche and additional information, contact Phil Giuffrida (410-877-7630) or Peggy Johnson (410-692-2652).

gift cardsPlease help us raise funds for missions! Purchase gift cards from FUMC by check or cash and we receive a percentage back from each merchant - it’s that simple. You can use the gift cards for your weekly grocery shopping, and for other local merchants.  Order your gifts cards on Sunday and we will have them for you the following Sunday.

Check out the message from Fallston Area Pastors:

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FARMFallston Animal Rescue Movement (FARM) is a nonprofit animal rescue operated out of Feed Plus at 2725 Fallston Road. Mission FARM was begun by Greg and Barbara Bertling to find homes for some of the wonderful, loving pets abandoned, lost or given up and scheduled for euthanasia at area shelters. Thus, FARM means the difference between life and death for the pets rescued. We provide food, shelter, medical care, behavioral evaluation and affection. We take great care to find responsible, loving, permanent homes for each pet we save. The FARM has rescued and placed over 6,000 dogs and cats since its beginning in October, 2000. 

Linda Gail Meyer has volunteered to be FUMC's liaison with FARM.  Click here for the link to FARM's Amazon wishlist. They can always use sturdy and secure harnesses, collars, and leashes for small to medium sized dogs. Small blankets and towels can always be used, as well as small dog beds. They prefer no dry dog/cat food as we feed our animals all the same food.  FARM is also having a fundraiser in May and are looking for themed baskets, gift cards, or any type of donation that may be able to put together in a basket.

QR code cropped blackHave you seen the QR code cards in the pews?  Just scan the card with your phone and donate that way.  Then place the card in the offering plate as your symbolic offering.