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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

This verse has always been one of my favorites. One of the jobs I had while in seminary was as a “stock person.”  I would meet the truck at 4:30am and unload it at a large chain drug store.  The heaviest things to lift off the belt were windshield washer fluid by the case and Prestone.  I could not lift them.  But it was just me.  I would think about that verse and ask for God’s help, but I could not do it (and probably not good for me to try). In utter desperation, I sat down wondering what to do.  The truck driver, named Pete, came into the store to see what the hold up was.  He said, oh, nobody ever lifts that stuff.  Let me show you how we do it.  So he went and a second cart and lowered the belt so that it slid right onto the cart.  It made me realize that the Lord does strengthen us but sometimes not with sheer strength but through working with others.  If you are in need of strength, reach out to others.  Join a Bible study this week or prayer time (scheduled for Friday morning at 7am).  None of us are an island and we are stronger together!!

Blessings, Karin

1. So many people have offered to help deliver groceries, make sandwiches, and help in some way.  We are really grateful for the ways our faith community always rises to the occasion.  If you would like to have groceries delivered, please give me a call!  We have people willing to help!

2. Know someone who could use a phone call, just to talk? Please let Pastor Karin know!

3. We may be assisting with necessary items for needy families over the next two weeks. If you have a neighbor in need, we have groceries. We can deliver to the doorstep. Please check with your neighbor, call us with their address and it will happen!

4. If you are laid off or going through difficult financial times, and have a concern about money, please give Pastor Karin a call. We can help.

5. If you find yourself watching the news constantly and hear the minute by minute updates, consider shutting it off for a few hours so you can clear your head and your heart. Let it go for a while and focus on important things like focusing on family; or read a book, take a walk.

Please note the times of our worship services, live streamed (if not in person by then). They can also be viewed anytime afterwards.

  • Palm Sunday 9am / Stations of the Cross (with our partner churcher) 7pm
  • Holy Thursday 7pm
  • Good Friday 7pm
  • Easter Sunrise Service 6:30am
  • Easter Glory 9am

Many thanks to those who have mailed or dropped off their giving to Fallston United Methodist Church!  Thanks also to those people who have converted to EFT giving.  We are blessed to have such a caring church family.

If you are interested in setting up e-giving, you have 2 options:

  1. You can complete the attached form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail it to the church and we will set it up for you. 
  2. You can set up online giving through our website (www.fallstonumc.org).  Go to “e-Giving” (bottom of the page) and click on “Give Now.”  From there you can setup a profile and indicate the fund, dollar amount of your giving, the frequency (one time, once a week, once a month, etc.) and start date of your e-giving.

If you have any questions, please call Carole Cover at 410-877-7255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here’s how the church is being the church during the coronavirus and how you can participate.

We are coordinating with Community Action Agency to get food to families that are in need. 

We are providing over 300 bagged lunches for Manna House.

Looking for some time out of the house?  The church is looking for mulch spreaders!  If you can help, do so at your leisure.  Mulch bags are laying in the gardens.

New small groups are being launched this week.

If you want to join one called “Unafraid” based on the book by Adam Hamilton, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The study will take place on Thursday mornings at 10am and Thursday evenings at 8:30-9:30pm beginning this week. **We will then coordinate with you about a Zoom call or conference call.

Bible studies in progress are continuing with video calls or conference calls.

Youth Pajama Party held virtually today and each week on Sunday mornings.

Adult Sunday School class met Sunday morning online at 9:30! If you would like to join this week via zoom or phone call, please email and we will connect you with Sharon Gardner who is teaching this.

Friday Morning Prayer time  7-7:30am   Sign up to be in prayer with others.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the list.  It will be a call in number—easy for everyone who wants to participate.

Veteran’s Blankets! We have 25 kits. We would be happy to deliver one to your doorstep if you find you are seeking something to do!!! .

Confirmation Class—we will meet online this week with Pastor Karin. Look for her email!

More to come—Padlet for Kids.

Golf tournament brochure will be emailed to you this week and available on our website.

The potato drop was postponed unfortunately to a later date.

For everything listed above, use this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will direct your email to the right place!

Many thanks to the Trustees for taking advantage of the down time to get some needed construction completed! Each of these projects had been supported by a private donor. Many thanks!

The renovation of Providence Hall has been started. Accessibility and an improved adult meeting room will be the end result!

New welcome center doors are in. Just push the button with an elbow and they will open automatically for you. The doors on the parlor have been repaired so that water will not be flooding the carpet any longer!

Lord we understand more and more, by and by, our frailty and dependence upon you our Lord and Savior. We are grateful that when life as we know it shifts every hour that you are the same God, always and forever, and you are forever the One upon whom we can rely.

Hear our pleas for a world that is reeling from this sickness, for folks who have contracted the virus, for those who are living in fear every day. We pray for the sick in our hearts, for those with compromised immune systems, and for everyone recovering from surgery. Bless all of them as they recover.

We pray for families with loved ones in nursing homes and the hospitals where visitation is not allowed right now. Provide comfort and hope for them and for their care givers each day. Surround them with loving help. We do indeed pray for these health care workers, nurses and doctors, our first responders, and those working in hospitals as aids, housekeepers. We understand how they put their own well-being at risk every day. We are grateful for them, Lord, and are grateful for their spirit of doing what they can for their neighbors.

So, Lord, help us to do our part as well. Help us to play by the rules that have been instituted for our own well-being and for that of others. Help us to be able to help neighbors in need and to continue to find ways to be the church even in days of tumult. Use us for your kingdom work.

Lord, we know that in you there is hope and that this too will come to an end. Give us patience and encouragement for the journey. We know this will change us. May it change us for the better. Help us find ways to embrace our current reality to realize the blessings that can be counted. May we spend extra quality time with family. May we write nice notes to people, cook food for our family with love; may we spend more time reading the Bible, engaging in study, and more time to smell the flowers. May we acknowledge our stress, read a Psalm, and offer it all to you.

And Lord, by your grace, may we shine brightly in the world, to our neighbors, family and friends, that all might be reassured that even though darkness came into the world, the Light of Christ will always overcome it. In the name of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Friends,

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

I know that it might be a little tough rejoicing through the whole day…but as one of our members said, when I called him today.  It’s a good day when I can get up and see the sun shining and know God’s got my back!

I pray that you and your family are doing well.  So much of life has changed in such a short time.  Remember that Chinese symbol for crisis and opportunity, meaning in the midst of hard times, there are opportunities or blessings. 危机与机遇

We have very little control over what is going on with the virus and yet we can do our part to mitigate the outcomes.

Here are a few constants though that we can rely on:

  1. God is in control.  God will fight for us (exodus 14:14)! So we just need some patience in the meantime.
  2. Helping others forces an outward mindset and then you feel better!  Find a way to reach out to neighbors.  Plant some flowers; send the kids to rake leaves for a neighbor who might need some help. 
  3. Put up some Christmas lights!  We want to make sure the world remembers that there is hope and that the light of Christ shines through us.  We are asking everyone to dive into the attic, grab some strings and light up the world that is plunged into darkness right now.  (Might be a good project to occupy the kids.)

Catch up with us on FB, our webpage, and for worship. We will again provide a worship message, kids’ message, special guest, songs with words on the screen and scripture on the screen.  Just click on the link to watch.

Here are a few things that we are doing that might be helpful for you to know.

  1. If you need assistance with grocery shopping, please call the office and we will have someone give you a call and go get groceries for you!  If you are fearful about the virus, let us help you!
  2. Know someone who could use a phone call, just to talk?  Please let me know!
  3. We may be assisting with necessary items for needy families over the next two weeks.  If you have a neighbor in need, we have groceries.  We can deliver to the doorstep.  Please check with your neighbor, call us with their address and it will happen!
  4. If you are laid off and have a concern about money, please give me a call. We can help.
  5. If you find yourself watching the news constantly and hear the minute by minute updates, consider shutting it off for a few hours so you can clear your head and your heart.  Let it go for a while and focus on important things like focusing on family; or read a book, take a walk.

FOOD DELIVERED

Many thanks for the food you delivered to the church.  It was amazing.  See the picture below.  We were able to assist families in our neighborhoods, the Sharing Table, and connect with others.  Thank you for your generosity in a time of turmoil.

What’s GOING ON at church?

Things are happening at our building.  When you come to church via the welcome center door, you now can push an accessibility button to open the door so that those with walkers or wheelchairs can easily enter and leave the building. The work on the Providence Hall renovation begins this weekend!  No one is meeting in the building for a bit so it’s a great time to get it rolling.  This area will also be made accessible for all.  Click the image to see and hear all the details. 

Our Puerto Rico Team is home!  Click the image below to watch a video to see pieces of the trip.

Our confirmation class had a wonderful retreat the first weekend of March. Click the image below to watch a video of their experiences.

Our Giving

We want to thank you for your continued faithfulness.  We know that some folks are going through difficult financial times.  If you need some help, please let me know.  For those who are not in that situation, and can forward your tithes and offerings, super!  It would be greatly appreciated.  If you have been thinking about giving electronically, and want to start EFT giving, it would be very helpful.  Just go to our website, and follow the directions or use this link

You can drop off groceries or your tithes and offerings at the church 9-3.  Our mailing address again is 1509 Fallston Road, Fallston, MD 2104

Blessings,

Karin

The Sharing Table provides a free meal every Saturday to anyone in need. This meal provides nourishment for senior citizens, families with children, and anyone having a hard time making it through the month. There are no requirements and no qualifications. All in need of a good meal are welcome. Each family that visits the Sharing Table also receives a bag of groceries to take home.

FUMC will be preparing and serving on Saturday, April 4th from 10-2 at Prince of Peace Church in Edgewood. I am hoping that we can pull together about 14 casseroles for that day; as well as about 15 volunteers to help on that day. I can forward the recipe for what we will be serving that day to anyone willing to provide a casserole. Casseroles should be put in a disposable foil pan and brought to the church anytime on the Wed, Thurs or Fri of that week. Casseroles should be labeled as Sharing Table and placed in the freezer.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities to give back to our local community, please contact Jamie Bobo at 443-470-2060 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any time you can give, whether for an hour, 2, 3 or 4 hours, is very much appreciated.

Looking for a fun way to get involved, meet new people, reconnect with old friends and make a difference? Join the Vacation Bible School team! There are many ways to serve including lead the GAMES station, help with decorations, join the kitchen crew, work behind the scenes with advance registration or shopping. We need youth and adults to work before the week, and/or from 5:30-8:30 6/29-7/2! No matter what your talent, we have a place for you. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

FRIENDSHIP PLAYERS’ 2020 DINNER THEATER - THE HITCHIN’ POST By Pat Cook Eldridge Publishing Company

We will be holding auditions for "The Hitchin’ Post" on Sunday, April 19th at 12:00 or 4:00 (choose one). We will meet in the choir room, downstairs, of Fallston United Methodist Church 1509 Fallston Road.

The Hitchin’ Post is a rural general store that sells “whatever you need”. It carries a wide variety of items and attracts some mighty strange folks. Plenty of action and “groaners” contributre to a fun experience for both the cast and audience. Pat Cook wrote several of the plays we have performed in the past.  If you are interested in auditioning, contact June Bond, producer and director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-206-2312.  No preparation necessary.

Double Entendres confuse the hearer and sometimes the true meaning is hidden behind a veil.  Jesus was clear that his journey included the road to the cross. Join us for a Lenten series that helps us clarify how and why we are included in the unfolding drama of our salvation.  Put yourself in the story and draw closer to the cross so that you are renewed and reborn! There is just one purpose for the cross and that is our salvation!

The new date to volunteer to serve breakfast for Manna House is Monday, May 18.  Sign up in Welcome Center or by contacting the church office. Thanks to our very generous congregation for your continued prayers, clothing donations as well as all the cans of coffee donations throughout the year. Please keep the coffee coming! Any questions, please contact Debb Mace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

YOUTH ZONE = 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month! 6:00-8:30 pm. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome!  You are ALWAYS encouraged to bring a friend!  Dinner, Games, Activities, Service, Conversation and FUN! Senior High Youth Nights meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30pm.  All youth in grades 9-12 are welcome!

Ready to do something fun, exciting, that makes a huge difference to the reign of God in the world? Just email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the team you are interested in and we will be in touch!  

  1. Be part of our tech team.
  2. Be part of our worship team.
  3. Serve on the LOCK UP team.
  4. Serve on our Missions Team
  5. Go to Puerto Rico on a mission from GOD!
  6. Serve on the Parish Nursing Program.
  7. Teach Sunday School (1-2 times per month).
  8. Join one of our choirs.
  9. Help with collections for local families.
  10. Be trained to occasionally lead the kitchen crew for various church events.
  11. Serve coffee on Sundays.
  12. Serve at one of the soup kitchens.
  13. Join the team at Hart Heritage on a First Tuesday.
  14. Help create our videos.
  15. Be a greeter.

Dear Friends,

We announced on Sunday that beginning July 1, there are two things that happen! First, Danny Breidenbaugh will be joining our staff as the associate pastor. Danny served here as a student intern for several years, and also worked with our youth and as our choir director for a while.

Also, Fallston UMC will become part of the Mission Central Parish. Our two pastors have been appointed to also pastor 6 additional churches. These churches will have Parish Speakers on Sunday mornings including Jim Ditto, Betty Megill, and Diane Crider! You know them quite well. This new model of ministry provides Fallston with an opportunity to expand our mission field and serve as a teaching congregation around vital discipleship, a culture of generosity, and an outward approach to church life. We will no doubt learn some things as well from our partner churches.

Our Sunday morning life will not change drastically. Pastor Karin will be speaking most weekends with Pastor Danny preaching once a month. He will be in worship 2 additional weekends with us and out in the parish speaking on another Sunday.  

The churches joining us in this new endeavor are: Cranberry, Presbury, Frames Memorial, Poplar Grove, Texas, and Providence. It is certainly a time of transition and opportunity for these churches to thrive and for us to “enlarge our tent” as Isaiah says. It also provides us with additional pastoral support to encourage our discipleship ministries and young adult ministries as we continue to grow.

I hope you will join me in praying for this endeavor as we see what God is up to!

In Christ’s Love, Karin

Thank you for continuing to use the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email for announcements you wish to be placed in the bulletin, on the website and in the weekly e-Enlightener. This email automatically distributes to Carole Cover, Alison DeVack, Tonya Chandler and Pastor Karin. Thank you for having all bulletin and e-Enlightener information in by Tuesday of each week.  

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