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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

New study beginning on February 9th.  We will be reading "Unafraid" by Adam Hamilton.  This is a five-week study drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight.  Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging.  He shows how we can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus' recurring counsel: "Do not be afraid."  Sign up in the Welcome Center or contact Sharon Gardner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us on Friday, January 31, 10am-Noon in Providence Hall to work on the continuing 1111 Project.  We have 6 blankets to tie, and if anyone happens to have one at home that is not yet completed, bring it along and we will do it together.  All are welcome to join us.  If you have any questions, contact Jane Giuffrida at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come one come all to the FUMC 2020 Variety of Talent Show. The show is March 7, 2020Dessert and beverage will be served at 7 pm. The Talent Show players will put on a play that is sure to delight and entertain.  And your fellow parishioners will also sing, dance and display a variety of other talents. To be in the show contact Bill Klumpp (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Joella Anzelc (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Cost is $8.00 for adults;  $4.00 for youth and kids; under six are free. All proceeds go to Church programs and missions. See you there!

We are seeking a coordinator for our help with the rotating shelter March 2-9.  We are partnering with Ebenezer Church during this week.  If you would be willing to coordinate our efforts, please email Betty Megill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or let Pastor Karin know. We will be looking for volunteers, as well, to do the meals for a day during the week and for overnights.  Details to follow!

We are so excited to travel to Ocean City with our youth for this special time to meet with other youth and encounter Jesus in a new way! Check out the website for the conference to get more information about the speaker, the band, and other fun activities!  https://www.bwcumc.org/rock/  Chaperone/Drivers are such an important part of this event for our youth. Please consider accompanying us this year. 
 
Cost is $150. Register by picking up a from church or by emailing Joy Bufano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). ALL youth are welcome. This is a great time to invite a friend! Also, if you need a scholarship, please let Joy or Karin know.  We want all of our youth to be able to attend! This year we will be taking online payments!  Please go to https://www.fallstonumc.org/ and select the “Give Now” button on the first page. Look for “ROCK” on the list of payment options and enter the amount you are paying. Please enter participant(s) names in the box on the right so that we can track who has paid. (both checks and credit cards are accepted.)

"Life changing!" "Best week of my year!

Are you interested in learning more about ASP? Are you a youth (8th-12th grade) or adult? Do you enjoy working with others to help those in need to be warmer, safer and drier? Are you available to travel with us Sunday, July 5th - Saturday, July 11th? Then join us this Sunday, January 26th from 6:30-8:00 pm for our introductory meeting and find out more!  No construction experience necessary.

Contact Annabel Lusardi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 443-655-4994) with questions or for additional information.

4 Week Study - Starting Tuesday January 28th - 8:30-10:00 am - Conference Room

This study is about a ‘way of living;’ - christian living, not just about financial giving. We will explore 'lives of generosity' - both in current times and in biblical times.  Revisit some characters, parables and scriptures with a 'new lens' like the Good Smaritan, Rich Young Ruler, Widow’s offering, Joseph, Zacchaeus, and others. And see some new examples of generous living from Tom Monaghan (founder of Dominos Pizza and prior owner of Detroit Tigers), and Bill Bright founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.  

Luke 6:38 'Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ The book and video is from Chip Ingram who is the teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. Please sign up in church or contact John Varvaris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions. 

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!  We are always looking for new faces to support our Manna House Mission. The new dates for Manna House are Monday, February 3Friday, March 13; and Monday, March 23.  Sign up in Welcome Center or by contacting the church office. Any questions, please contact Debb Mace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us on Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:15 am, for a study of the much maligned and misunderstood book, Revelation. Sign up by emailing Pastor Karin. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It's not too late to join the community Bible study as we begin the New Testament. We started Tuesday, January 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, and we will spend 17 weeks going through the whole New Testament. Contact Annabel Lusardi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in participating. 

Blessing Bags, filled with a water bottle, healthy snack, chap stick and hard warmers, are available in the Welcome Center. Take one to keep in your car to be able to give when you see someone in need. 

We are seeking volunteers to sign up to make a plate of cookies, donuts, or anything of your choice so that we can continue our offering of gluten free snacks on Sunday mornings. The Gluten free table will be the table farthest to the right as you are looking at the parlor. Sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.

Confirmation Class begins meeting on Sunday evenings with Pastor Karin, along with the Sunday morning class.  First Sunday evening is January 26 at 6pm!  If you have not signed up, please email Pastor Karin! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Would you or someone you know benefit from a deeply caring Christian conversation with a Stephen Minister? Stephen Ministers are trained to listen with a Christian ear. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

This year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. I plan to celebrate this occasion by playing different versions of "Ode to Joy", from his ninth symphony,  each month. In February, a piano four hand version will be presented.  ~ Fred

Have you ever lost something of value to you? Have you ever been lost, in a panic about where you were? Have you ever felt lost to God, to the world, not sure which direction to take? The good news is in the FOUNDNESS God has in store for you. Join us in January and February for our worship series: Lost and Found!

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.  Each church that participates prepares the meal, helps set up, serves the meal and then cleans up. Fallston UMC is scheduled to serve on April 4th, August 1st and October 3rd of this year. Information will be posted in the bulletin and e-enlightener when those dates get closer. If anyone would like more information about the Sharing Table or is interested in helping in anyway, please contact Jamie Bobo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2

We have been asked to expand our “tent” as the Bible says, or extend our hospitality into a larger arena.

A new model for suburban church renewal is being introduced in our region and we are the anchor for the project. Many small United Methodist Churches have dwindling membership and fewer opportunities to engage in Bible studies, mission projects, and small groups. We will be connecting with eight congregations in our general area in unique ways that will help the disciples in these churches grow in mission and ministry. These partner churches will continue to worship in their buildings on Sunday mornings and have a lay speaker trained by our pastor and through a collaborative workshop each month. All the churches in the parish will be worshipping with the same worship sermon series. In return, Fallston UMC will receive an associate pastor and have the opportunity to expand our mission and ministry. We already widen our tent beyond the Fallston area serving broadly in areas of need close to home and around the world, but this will give us a foothold in neighboring communities so that we increase the number of lives influenced by the love of Christ through our hearts and hands. To work alongside us in this vineyard will be folks from 8 surrounding churches who will become our partners in this work. It is the United Methodist Connectional system working at its best.

In terms of our day to day life together, you may see additional opportunities to serve in hands on ways, additional Bible study opportunities offered at various locations, an associate pastor who will be engaging with us and the community; and a lot of excitement as we take on this new adventure. There are various places around the country with similar models but none exactly like this. It’s an opportunity, an adventure, and truly I believe God’s call for us as I’ve discerned in prayer. It’s not rocket science. It doesn’t change our basic way of operating. It’s not an old model but brand new. I hope you will join me in having fun with this as we meet new people and do great new work together in the kingdom.

Blessings, Karin

I know that many of you have seen articles related to an agreement established among the various factions of the denomination which would allow the Wesleyan Covenant Churches to exit the denomination. Churches which choose to join the new denomination would find a new building and create a whole new mode of operation. Generally, these churches represent a traditional, conservative approach to the reading of scripture as the literal words of God. Many of these churches have always wrestled with the denomination around issues that have included same gender marriage, infant baptism, the ordination of women, and others. If the agreement is approved at General Conference, it would split off this segment which also includes many of the African conferences.

Fallston UMC is not a Wesley Covenant Association Church. We are a diverse congregation with people of diverse theological points of view and understanding. Within our congregation, we have folks who have come from a variety of denominations, and we have as associate members people of the Jewish faith and Hindu faith! I celebrate our different perspectives and we learn from each other.

We have folks who are conservative, folks who are liberal, and folks who are somewhere in between or who don’t fit any of the “labels.” One thing is for sure—we are focused on being like Jesus the best we can and making disciples for Him thereby transforming the world. Somehow, we have managed to agree to disagree, establish priorities, teach our children to become more like Jesus, and grow in our discipleship along the way.

If the General Conference approves the exit of the Wesley Covenant Churches, there will then be a second General Conference that would once again address the language of the Book of Discipline around same gender marriage and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.

I’m not worried about the future of the denomination. We’ve got work to do, friends to meet, people to help, a new model of ministry that requires our full attention, and the people of God to celebrate. We have open arms and hearts to all, a radical hospitality goal for all who come our way. We always have and always will.

May God provide guidance and wisdom as we continue to do what God calls us to do.

Blessings, Karin

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 church council.
  4. Serve on the LOCK UP team.
  5. Serve on our Missions Team.
  6. Go to Puerto Rico on a mission from GOD!
  7. Serve on the Parish Nursing Program.
  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. Coffee servers 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. Help with Haiti missions.
  16. Be a greeter.

Save the Date!  We hope to see everyone June 28 - July 2, 2020 for another great Vacation Bible School experience!  Watch for opportunities to sign up and volunteer! 

EFT Giving is truly a part of our future. Click the graphic for a recent video from our finance team. Find out more about the benefits of e-giving here at Fallston and how to begin to use e-giving. 

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!

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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