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Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 
Associate Pastor: Rev. Danny Breidenbaugh

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

       

 

Did you see the NEW platform for outside worship in Friendship Meadow? Thank you to Mike and Jamie Wirtanen for all the work, and the Trustees to help our Saturday services be even more compelling.  Electric was also wired out to the platform.  Just imagine the winter wonderland we can create with lights and more all year!!

NO SATURDAY WORSHIP this week!  Enjoy the 4th of July and watch us live-stream on Sunday morning at 9:00 am. The same link will work to watch any time during the week!   

Manna House is asking for meats, cheese, and loaves of bread, but not put together, casseroles, socks, and snacks this time. We will take these to Manna House on Tuesday, July 7.  If you would like to help, please bring to church on Monday this week before 2 pm or Tuesday before 9 am.

We are in need of someone to deliver food on Tuesday to Manna House, leaving church at 9:30.  You drive up and folks come out and take it from the car.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you could deliver!

*Recipe for casserole:  2lbs ground. beef, 1 lg onion chopped, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper, 2 - 1lb cans green beans (drained), 1 – 12 oz. can carrots (drained), 1 – 12 oz. can corn (drained), 3 cans tomato soup, 1 box cooked pasta.  Cook onion and beef together; drain fat.  Add remaining ingredients.  Pour into a large greased disposable aluminum pan(s).

A BIG THANK YOU to our staff for all of the extra work to produce worship, keep things running, and for the innovations that have helped us stay connected.  The finance team and PPR provided a token of appreciation to them.  If you see our staff, please say thank you.

Join a small group of adults and older teens who want to learn more about racism! July 15, 22, 29, and August 5 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. One of the best books out there right now around racism is called White Fragility.  It is a great book which helps folks see their blind spots. Be part of a great conversation around these important issues for our time. Email Joy to join.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are starting Movie Club for our youth in order to continue our conversation around racism so that we can be pro-active. First Discussion: July 11! "The Hate You Give" Available on Netflix. Watch before you come! Every other Saturday night through the summer! 6:15 after the Saturday night service! See you there! Bring a friend! Email Joy for more info.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Start your mornings with God and conversation!  We will be reading - Psalm 91: Real-Life Stories of God's Shield of Protection And What This Psalm Means for You & Those You Love. We will meet by Zoom from 7:00-8:00 AM for 7 weeks.  Contact Deborah Sugg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

It's not too late to join the Tuesday morning small group, The 3 Great Faith Blockers - Fear, Doubt, Reasoning. You've only missed one session!  Email fallstonumc@fallstonumc to participate! 

Thursday, 7/9 the Men’s Bible Study Group will continue with a new topic based on “The End of Me” by author, pastor, and award winning presenter Kyle Idleman.  Kyle unpacks many counter-intuitive truths within the Sermon on the Mount: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness.

All men are welcome. No need to have attended prior sessions. Contact John Varvaris at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get the Zoom meeting information. See you Thursdays at 6:30pm!

Grab a sandwich or soup and ZOOM as we share lunch together and good conversation. Folks are eating a lot of meals alone these days! Have some company and some fun. Join the party! Email Kendell to get the link sent to you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Adult Sunday School just started a new study Sundays at 10am by Zoom. We are reading and discussing The Miracle and Power of Blessing by Maurice Berquist.  It is available as a free download using the link below. Please email Sharon Gardener (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to join us on Sunday mornings following service at 10:00 AM.  All are welcome to join us, members and friends alike!  

August 10 - August 13 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

I'm so happy we are offering an in-person VBS this year!  It will be different than previous years, but just as fun and meaningful. It's an outside, family-style VBS.  Each family is asked to bring chairs and/or blankets so families can safely participate in activities, bible stories, games and sing/dance in their own space. For safety reasons, we will not rotate stations or provide dinner.  We also will not have youth volunteer crew leaders, but Joy Bufano will have Youth Zone one night during VBS for our middle and high schoolers.  Even with the changes, it's going to be a fun week as we learn about God's amazing power.

Once again, VBS is free, but it's very important to register early!  We will be preparing activity/craft kits for each family and need plenty of time to order supplies and organize the materials. The other benefit to registering early is I will deliver the Rocky Railway CD so your kids have plenty of time to learn the fun songs. I also hope to share some videos as well.

Register today!  Each family group needs at least 1 adult to register as a participant.  This does not have to be a parent, but someone who can be within your child's "social bubble" and will be responsible for your child each night of VBS.

registration link - vbspro.events/p/fumcvbs2020

Hope to see you in August!  Contact me, Michele Louderback for more information! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Last chance to sign up for Spanish!  Fridays July 10, 17, Aug. 7, 14, 21 with conversations on Zoom in between. Class will meet 8:00AM - 2:00PM at FUMC, outside as often as possible. Bring a bag lunch!  Cost is $150; materials provided.  Come ready to really learn!

Stephen ministers are actively working during COVID 19 by continuing to connect with their care receivers. If you would love to have someone to talk to during this tumultuous time, Stephen Ministers are practicing social distancing and are available to connect through phone, text, email, face time, Zoom or Skype. Stephen ministers will provide Christian encouragement through scriptures, prayers and a listening ear. What a great way to bring God and his Word into our everyday life during COVID 19. Please email Pastor Karin to receive support from a Stephen Minister. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pickleball courts have been drawn outside on the lower parking lot.  Contact Lynda Deck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Did you miss a service? Did you want to re-watch a favorite part? Did you want to share with a friend? Click the date for a link or contact Tonya Chandler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for links to services not listed.

Congratulations to all of our graduates. Please click the link to download and see the full list along with a poem written especially for them this year.  Please be in prayer for all of them as they begin the next adventure of their lives!  

You may have seen the blue polo shirts with the Fallston UMC logo that the band, production crew, and staff have been wearing! Folks have loved them so much that we ordered a few extras!  We have them available at the Saturday Night service for $20. Or you can call the office and we will get one ready for you to pick up.

Our prayer shawls and blankets are being packaged in plastic bags! If you would like prayers for someone and/or a blanket, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Savannah is one of our own! If you would like to help Troop #2165 as they work to help our earth, please leave plastic in the marked bin in the lower parking lot.  Thank you! 

 

 

MANNA HOUSE

Manna House is seeing a surge in those needing food and we are glad we can help. They are not serving inside but are providing hot meals, specifically casseroles. Here are the next few dates (all are Tuesdays) when we are delivering sandwiches, casseroles, socks, and other food items that are of an instant variety. Please have items to the church by 9:00 AM on Tuesdays.  July 7 and 21, Aug 4 and 18

SHARING TABLE

The Sharing Table is distributing groceries and casseroles to families each week. We are collecting and distributing weekly. Casseroles are being collected as needed. Stay tuned for the next date. Casseroles for the Sharing Table are best when divided into two smaller trays so that they can distribute to as many families as possible.

Friends and Members of Fallston,

Our covid task force has been busy creating a plan for us to once again be together in our building. Your responses to the survey was an important part of the decision-making process.  Here is a brief synopsis of the data from the surveys:

  • 98% of respondents have found the live stream worship and/or Saturday Night Outside worship to be a mainstay and did not feel that they wanted to be back in the building in July. Most indicated a fall opening to be desirable.
  • Families with young children under 4th grade did not feel inside worship is for them until fall.
  • 20% indicated they would not feel comfortable inside again until a vaccine is created.
  • 2% prefer to be inside in July.

In light of these results, the task force has set an opening date for August 9 with proper protocols in place. On the 9th, we will have one blended service at 9:00 am as we have been doing which also will be live-streamed.

Vacation Bible School is being planned outside for August 10-13 in small groups or family groupings. Camp Awesome is set to start August 9th with events that allow the children to be socially distanced, all taking place outside. Our small groups are meeting on zoom and please note there are other options: including the numerous picnic tables at the outside worship area.

As we get closer to August 9th, we will communicate all of the protocols needed. So that you have an appreciation for the complexity, here are a few:

  1. Nothing can be passed (bulletins, offering plates, communion elements)
  2. All surfaces between services need to be sanitized (which is why we are starting with one inside service)
  3. Bathrooms have to be sanitized by user after each use (we are limiting services to 45 minutes so folks have an adequate time to get home if they prefer)
  4. Masks are necessary.
  5. We cannot have self-serve coffee, donuts, etc. (still working on how we can do this)
  6. Bibles and hymnals must be removed from the pews.
  7. There cannot be any congregational singing. Singers must be distanced from each other (makes choir very complicated!!).
  8. Assuming social distancing is still in place, folks will be seated from the front to the back and dismissed back rows first to the front. Every other pew will be roped off so that there is 6 feet between pews. Tape will identify where to sit on the pews so there is 6 feet between family/individuals.
  9. We can be seated only at 50% capacity according to CDC guidelines, but we cannot do that if we are 6 feet apart. It is therefore more like a third.

Here is the good news! We will continue to have Saturday Night worship outside in our lovely space outback. We will continue to livestream worship on Sunday mornings at 9am. These are very different services with different elements, music, and sermon. You can watch the livestream service anytime after 11am on Sundays if you miss it at 9!

Things may change by August. Protocols identified by the Governor and our Annual Conference are being followed but may lighten over the summer. Our task force is doing a great job keeping up with what is the best practice so everyone can stay healthy. I know some folks have set aside the fear and anxiety of the covid-19 virus; however, when we think about each other, it gives us pause and encourages us to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have vulnerable folks in our congregation. We have lots of children for whom it is not reasonable to wear a mask (too young) and for whom it is not feasible to socially distance.

Here are ways right now you can help!

  1. We are seeking several volunteers to be trained in August to join the tech crew. We will need 5 volunteers each week!
  2. Beginning in July, we are doing a series on journeys and the lessons we learn. Please share unique pictures of journeys you’ve been on in the past or while you are out and about now. We will be continuing daily devotions all summer long.

I know you will join me in making the most of it, in working for the good and well-being of all, and doing what you can to encourage each other.

Blessings, Karin

Many thanks to those 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 click, download and 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..

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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