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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

We would love for the entire congregation to participate in helping us to say THANK YOU to Veterans with a video montage!

Here's what to do ... Bring a photo (if you have one) of veterans or active duty family members, friends or neighbors on Sunday mornings in July and early August. We will take a snippet of video of you and/or your family with your photo - telling us about that person. No one to bring a photo of .... no worries!  We will also record video clips of others saying thank you. We will put them all the clips together for a video saying thank you from us to ALL who serve or have served

Thanks for helping us with as many pictures and voices of thank you as possible. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to join the team working on this project.

Invite a friend to church and to our annual end-of-summer picnicCamp Awesome will have a moon bounce, inflatable hungry hippo, giant twister game, cotton candy, face painting and more!  Look for more details in a few weeks!

It's been 2 years since we’ve offered CPR and AED training and our certifications are about to expire!  Attend this training to get certified for the first time or to get recertified$30 includes course materials, cost for trainers and certification paperwork.  Sign up in the Welcome Center or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  Limited spots, so register today.

We are collecting supplies for the Haiti backpack program through, July 28. Download by clicking the list of suggested items to include in the backpacks.

We are still in need of 12 tuition sponsors to enable children to attend school at the mission. Talk with the Haiti Mission Team at their table in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings for more details. 

We’ve created our t-shirts, heard stories from and created balloons with the Balloon Man, and been amazed by Creepy Creatures. What could be next at Camp Awesome?  WATER!  WATER!  WATER!

Wear your suit and your watershoes, bring your towel, and join us for LOTS of fun!

Help us to SPREAD THE WORD!!  Invite family, friends and neighbors and help us to make this year's VBS a HUGE success!!  

  • free dinner with family and friends
  • engaging activities, songs and games for pre-k and elementary students
  • fun volunteer opportunities for teens and adults
  • meaningful information sessions for adults

Easy online registration for participants, volunteers and adults - vbspro.events/p/fallston-umc-vbs-roar or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!  

Thank you for helping us spread the word for "Free Coffee Fridays"!  Tell your friends and share our post on Facebook.  See you Friday morning 6:00-8:30!

Come and serve breakfast with us at Manna House. Volunteers are still needed:  Friday, August 9, Friday, September 13, or Friday, September 27th.  We meet at church at 6:45 and are back before lunchtime. Sign up in the Welcome Center.

Unable to volunteer? Cans of coffee donated by us are used so that the homeless may have a larger and/or second cup of coffee. Coffee may be brought Sunday mornings and left in the Welcome Center for us to take when we volunteer. Thanks for your generosity. Question? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Confirmation class for 7th graders and older begins in September. We will learn about faith, have some fun, and be involved in community service. Pick up an information packet in the Welcome Center under the mailboxes. Please return the information page to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A 91 year old neighbor resident of Fallston is looking for assistance. She doesn't need medical care or want a complete stranger through an agency. She needs someone during the week for a few hours a day to do light housekeeping, easy meal prep, etc.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. 

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.  

There will be no Saturday Coffeehouse Worship Service from June 29–July 27.  It will start up again on Saturday, August 3.

This week we start our new series on the Sermon on the Mount: the teachings of Jesus. Of course we will also have your favorite songs, lemonade lulls, Camp Awesome, and much more. Come, relax, enjoy fellowship, and experience the love of the church in the summer!

There’s still time to join us for a 4-week study on Prayer, July 9-30 from 10-11:15am.  Ever wonder why we pray, what difference does it make, who hears them, and what happens to unanswered prayer?  Using the book of Psalms as a backdrop, come and see! Sign up in the welcome center or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Matthew 6: 25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and drink and clothing?”

This is one of the teachings of Jesus which was in the sermon on the mount. This summer, during July and August, we are talking about those teachings from Jesus’ sermon. Jesus has some simple yet powerful statements that prove to be life-changing for us when we heed them. As you enjoy the 4th, or vacation over the next several weeks, or just the summer heat and humidity, think about these teachings of Jesus. We will include his whole sermon in the bulletin on July 14. 

As you travel and meet folks at the airport or restaurants, at the beach or hotels, let’s make sure they know we are Christians by our kindness, our peacefulness, our humility, and graciousness. You will be so glad you chose the high road!

Have a book you’d recommend for our summer reading list? Please send it and we will include it in next week’s E-Lightener. I’ve been reading the Detective Gamache series by Louise Penny. They are murder mysteries and she clearly is a Christian—occasionally there is a Bible verse or music mentioned that gives you a clue. Book 8 takes place in a monastery and about music—called the Beautiful Mystery.

I also am loving a new Bible which is a Chronological Bible—it puts everything in the historical order it was written.

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 in October on a mission from GOD!
  7. Develop a Parish Nursing Program.
  8. Help with FREE COFFEE Fridays!
  9. Join one of our choirs this fall (Kids, Youth, Handbell, Chancel)
  10. Help with back pack collection.
  11. Be trained to occasionally lead the kitchen crew for various church events.
  12. Coffee servers on Sundays.
  13. Serve at one of the soup kitchens.
  14. Join the team at Hart Heritage on a First Tuesday.
  15. Help create our videos.
  16. Help with Haiti missions.
  17. Be a greeter at 10:15am
  18. Be in charge of our landscaping!
  19. WEEDING!!
  20. Provide hospitality at conference event at FUMC Oct. 26.

Disciple Bible Study will be offered this fall.  It is a 32 week course of reading the Bible all the way through.  It is a great experience and one you won’t want to miss.  More details forthcoming! 

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.  

Have you been looking for a regular way to serve the church? Do you have 1 Sunday a month from 8:00-11:30 free? Our tech booth is in need! We are looking for 2 high school youth and 2 adults to help on Sunday mornings! You are never alone and we promise to train and work along side you! Please consider joining us! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or come up and observe what we do on a Sunday morning.  

Looking for a way to get involved? We currently have 4 humanitarian projects for the 2019-2020 school year with The Haiti Project. 

The backpack program

The backpack program provides school supplies and gifts for Haitian children.  We start assembling the backpacks in June and July; so we can shop for and send them in time for the start of school. Right now I don’t have the names/gender/ages of the students who will be returning this fall. Those that would like to participate in this project, should start thinking about the generic items, like hygiene and school supplies. The gifts would be based on information we receive about returning children. 

Tuition program

There are no public schools near the small rural town where the children live. Our students attend a school, sponsored by the local small church.  All students rely on sponsorship to attend school.  The tuition is $30 per month and the school year is 10 months long (September through June).  Many of our sponsored children literally,  have been saved from a Restavec situation.  Jean Rolain Marc was provided tuition starting in 2014 when I started the program; He was 14 years old and had never had the opportunity to attend school; He is now in the 6th grade and doing well.  The difference between servitude and illiteracy or at least a high school education is a sponsor.  If you have previously sponsored a child and wish to be a returning sponsor, please let me know.  New sponsors are always welcomed.  We provided sponsors for 73 children in the 2018-2019 school year. Richard says there are already additional student applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

School shoes

School children must wear black oxfords or Maryjane type shoes to school.  Each year we collect new or very gently used shoes for the school children.  Some of the kids walk 45 minutes to an hour one way to school; so shoes need to be sturdy. (See second picture).  I asked Richard, that they include the shoe sizes, for sponsored children this year so we can plan better;  shoes that are donated can be US shoe sizes. The children range from Pre-K to high school. Our oldest student is a fellow, that is 24!

Medical clinic

We just completed a medical clinic in Desarmes, Haiti,  the rural community that we serve.  Richard Jean Baptiste, the coordinator for all of our projects, is a newly minted MD.  The finishing touches still need to be completed, but Richard has already started to provide some minimal medical assistance to the community.  (Third picture)  He is the first person in his local area to achieve higher education.  We hope that through our mission to educate the younger children, he will not be the last.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the table in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.  

Friends,

It was a joy to have Richard Jean Baptiste in worship with us this Sunday.  He leads the missions we support in De Sarmes, Haiti.  As he was speaking, he shared a little about the child slavery trade that happens in Haiti.  When you are vulnerable (ie. poor or lack family structure), you are a potential target to become restavek. Children are essentially taken from their homes, and forced to work, sometimes far away from home, and parents never see them again. We don’t hear much about this on the news just like we don’t hear about the street children in Brazil, or those forcibly enscripted into the army, as children, in El Salvador. When you have a chance today to hug your children, tell them you love them and the lengths to which you go to protect them.

Since there were some questions about what a restavek child is, these three links offer good explanations: 

The two children in the photos have been in our school program since 2014 until they suddenly disappeared this year.  They have likely been sold. 

What Richard didn’t share in church was that his mother was not a maid, but a restavek and was 18 when he was born.  If it had not been for the chance to go to a mission school, he would never had the opportunity to become an MD. He is the first person in his local area to achieve higher education.  We hope that through our mission to educate the younger children, he will not be the last.

Karin

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!  Being part of a connecting group is one of the commitments we make when we join the church. It can be a truly uplifting part of our faith experience as an extension of the community we find in worship. We have many new connecting groups starting and we would love to have you join us!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on any of the groups. 

  • Men’s Book Study - Tuesdays – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Early Morning Study - Wednesdays – 7am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pastor Karin's Book Study - Tuesdays 10am & 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adult Sunday School - Sundays – 9am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Moms and Grandmoms in Prayer - Mondays - 10am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mom2Mom - 2nd Tuesday Monthly – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Men’s Burger Crawl - 2nd Wednesday Monthly – 6:00pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adult Fellowship - Monthly - Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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