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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

I wish to thank all those who helped with the preparations that turned the Welcome Center into an elegant reception area on October 14.  Even though I knew about the reception, I was not prepared for the transformation that Deborah Hunsinger and her group of volunteers brought to life. 

I also wish to thank the congregation for their generosity in providing me a much needed opportunity to stay at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a precious Snow Babies “Blanketing Her World with Love” figurine (a Snow Baby wearing a shawl), a beautiful wooden carved “Jesus” cross crafted by Jack Loux, an awesome prayer shawl in the colors of a rainbow crafted by Janice Easter, and a dozen gorgeous yellow roses placed on the altar by Dot and Jim Jones.

It has been my pleasure to create a Congregational Care Ministry here at Fallston UMC and continue to expand it over the past sixteen years.  This has been a labor of love for which I was called to do.  Fallston Church is Dave and my church home and we will keep our membership here.  I will be continuing as a volunteer for the Stephen Ministry,and plan to participate in a number of Bible studies.  I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you better as we continue growing together in our faith journey. 

Thank you for your confidence in me, and especially all of your support for my time on staff here at Fallston UMC. 

Blessings, Lisa Greenlund

The video says it all!

What an amazing week in Puerto Rico in October.  Thank you for your continued support with our missions and ministries.

The Holly Jolly Christmas Bazaar is NEXT WEEK, and we need YOUR help!  We have jobs for all ages and all abilities (6th grade and up).  Help with crafts, cookie decorating, creating a winter wonderland, cleaning up. Dates and times are flexible - we need help Thursday 11/15, Friday 11/16, and Saturday 11/17.

Click Holly Jolly Holiday Bazaar to sign-up.  Thank you! 

The bake table at the Holiday Bazaar is requesting goodies and your donation would be greatly appreciated!  Please label items and note if it contains nuts or is gluten free.  Please bring items to the kitchen on Friday, November 16, or by 8:30 am Saturday, November 17.  Thank you!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Let us share our bounty with other local families in need.  Last year FUMC provided Thanksgiving dinner for 40 families.  On Sunday, please stop by the Sunday school table, take a food item slip, fill a bag with the listed item and return your donation by Saturday, November 17.

Poinsettia orders are due by November 18.  This year plants are $9 each and are available in red, pink, white, and marble.  Please download and complete the form (also available in the Welcome Center) and return it, along with payment, to the office.  Plants will be available to take home after each service on Christmas Eve.

Do you have items that could be “regifted?”  We are looking to fill a Kids’ Secret Shop at the Holiday Bazaar where the children can buy special gifts for their families for $1-$5. 

We also need new or gently used white tube socks for the kids’ craft area. 

Please bring in items by November 15.

Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak.  While not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth; in Christ, we can endure the tough times.  While we may not think we have much to learn from a successful football player – we will find we all have challenges and adversity we need to overcome. In Shaken, Tebow talks about building confidence in his identity in God, not the world - featuring practical wisdom from scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways. We’ll meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Tuesdays using short video segments and a book to enhance our discussions.  Come and join us!  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No matter why you come, you are welcome here. There's something for everyone.  Please join us! 

 

We will be assembling Fitness Totes to donate to The Samaritan Women to assist in the healing process for victims of human trafficking.  Please bring any of the following items:  athletic socks, hair ties and head bands, sweat towels, exercise bands/loops/tubes, fitness journals, reusable water bottles, ear buds, fitbit/pedometers, watches, gum, frisbees, jump ropes, 5lb handheld weights, protein snack bars or shakes. Thank you for your donations.

Please join us for Operation Christmas Child packing at the processing center. Sign up sheets are in the Welcome Center. (Remember volunteers must be at least 13 years old.) The address of the center is 9645 Gerwig Lane, Columbia MD.  

Nov 27 - 6-10 pm / Nov 30 - 6-10 pm / Dec 3 - 6-10 pm / Dec 6 - 6-10 pm / Dec 8 - 1-6 pm.  

You may leave at 9 pm any evening if 10 pm is too late for your family. 

As many folks deal with flooding from the hurricane this weekend, UMCOR has asked for flood buckets.  Any donation or whole buckets are welcome.

  • 1 5 gallon bucket
  • 1 can air freshener. Aerosol or pump.
  • 1 insect repellant spray. 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover.
  • 1 scrub brush. Plastic or wooden handle.
  • 18 cleaning wipes. Handi Wipes or reusable wipes. No terry cleaning towels.
  • 7 sponges. Remove from wrapper.
  • 5 scouring pads. Remove from wrapper. 
  • 50 clothespins.
  • 5 dust masks.
  • 2 pairs plastic gloves.
  • 1 pair work gloves.
  • 1 container dish soap.
  • 24 roll of heavy duty trash bags.
  • 2 25oz laundry detergent.
  • 1 bottle liquid household non-spray cleaner.

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. 

  Moms and Grandmoms in Prayer - Tuesdays – 9am

A new ecumenical group is meeting weekly to pray for our children and grandchildren in school, college, and in the world.  Join this power packing group on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am in the parlor.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   Men’s Book Study - Tuesdays – 7pm

Men – are you tired of a status quo Christian life?  Or, do you long for a spiritual breakthrough or the “next level” of spiritual growth?  We are starting a men’s study based on biblical principles of how to go from “Good to Great in God’s Eyes”.  We’ll discuss several practices that “Great Christians” have in common.  We’ll meet from 7pm-8:30pm using short video segments and a book by Chip Ingram to enhance our discussions.  Come and join us!  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Women’s Book Study - Thursdays – 10am

Women - how would you answer the question, "Is it wrong to want to be great?" Join the  conversation as we examine our attitudes towards greatness, how they've evolved from our childhoods to our current day lives as 2018 women. Using Chip Ingram's book Good to Great and scriptures as our guide, let's explore the often precarious middle ground between "being" and "doing" in order to discern what God desires for us as women to make His greatness known.   Child care provided.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Early Morning Study - Wednesdays – 7am

This is a new early morning group (finishing by 8am).  We will read the book “Rest – Living in Sabbath Simplicity”. We will learn how living a nonlegalistic, sanely paced, God-focused life leads us to freedom and grace, joy and connection. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Men’s Burger Crawl - 2nd Wednesdays – 6:30pm

Once a month, on the second Wednesday, join us at a different local eatery for devotion, conversation and fellowship.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Pastor-led Bible Study - Wednesdays 10am & 6:30pm

Join in this engaging study of Genesis and how the relationship with God got initiated in the first place.  Adam and Eve, Creation and Evolution, Abraham and the move from nomadism to a settled existence, to the establishment of God’s people in the world.  All are welcome. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Coffee & Conversation at IHOP - Monthly - Fridays – 10pm

Calling all young adults (senior high, college and beyond).  Join Pastor Karin and Ms Joy Bufano for late night conversation and fellowship.  Come join us for some low-key reflection on what it means to be a Jesus follower at this stage of your life.  Bring your friends too!  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Adult Sunday School - Sundays – 9am

Join us in the Conference Room, for a 12-week video study from author Max Lucado, called Unshakable Hope.  This is a study about how the heroes in the Bible came from all walks of life and yet the one common denominator that united them was that they all put their faith in God’s promises.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Mom2Mom - 2nd Tuesdays – 6:30pm

We know we mother better together, so all moms are welcome at Mom2Mom. From the time you get pregnant to when your kiddo is in Kindergarten and beyond, our doors are open.  Come for the food and faith, and leave with the friendships.  Child care is provided.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 Youth Zone (Middle / High) - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:00-8:30 PM - Dinner, Games, Small Group!

Senior High Youth - 4th Wednesday of each month - 7:00-8:30 PM - Small Group! 

Adult volunteers needed.  Contact Joy Bufano joy.bufano.gmail.com for more info or to sign up to help!

 Dear First Responders,

 On behalf of the folks at Fallston Church, I want to thank you for your service to the community.  As people who count on you   to respond in times of fire or medical emergency, or domestic situation, we are grateful.

 I understand that, now, in this opioid crisis, that the majority of calls often are related to drugs and overdoses.  I’ve heard and shared with the congregation the kinds of horrors that have been shared with me, although muted because they were just too awful to share in church. We cannot imagine the tragedy of a twenty year old woman, paralyzed, because she had no oxygen for so long after an overdose; and first chance she gets, she does it again.  Or a dead mother with needles everywhere and her children begging her to wake up.  We cannot imagine the horror of finding in the back of a van, 3 young women from Malaysia, who thought they were coming to the US for a college education, only to be drugged and trafficked in the sex trade, until they are now heroin addicts.  We do see in our own families and among friends, the scourge of addiction.  Every family, it seems, has been impacted in some way as a young person gets hooked, or arrested, or in a car accident, or caught up in drugs.  So we see some of the horror of this crisis.

But for you, day after day, call after call, you see the depravity of the human condition and the ravage it wreaks upon families and human life.  You might even wonder where God is in this opioid crisis because it sure feels like evil is winning.

Throughout history, the world has experienced the wretchedness that humans inflict upon each other, be it war, slavery, or genocide. And good people have always risen to the occasion to end it.

Those good people this time include people like you—our first responders who respond to drug overdoses, hunt down buyers and sellers of drugs, and rescue people from themselves after driving under the influence.

God is present every time you go on a call.  This epidemic is shattering families but God is at work and good will win out as a result.  We have trusted that through the centuries and even now, we know it to be true.

We need you to take care of yourself and to trust your faith that God has this--for your own sake and that of your families.  We want you to watch out for each other, to see signs of PTSD in yourself and others and get the help you need.  You went into this business because you have a heart for service and I am sure it has been tainted by the opioid crisis.  But that servant’s heart can be rekindled.  Talk with your peers about the good calls, the times and places where people help each other.  Be reminded of the best of humanity and rekindle some spirit of optimism.

Remember those words from Jesus in Matthew, chp 11: 28-30. “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

You are not carrying the burden alone.  We commit to praying for you every day; and we are grateful for all that you do for us. Here at FUMC, we also will continue to educate people about the horrors of this crisis and what parents and grandparents can do.  Maybe it will save, or has saved a life.

Godspeed and God’s protection be with you every day.

Rev. Dr. Karin Walker

Fallston United Methodist Church

We have a great mix of teachers who are excited to meet your children and teach them about God’s grace and love

At 10:15, children pre-k through 5th grade will begin in church with their families and then go to Sunday school after the children’s Impact Message.  Middle and high schoolers go directly to their classrooms at 10:15.

Thanks to the parents that have already updated or completed registration and photo consent forms. If you have not already do so (this includes middle and high school students), please take a moment to stop by your child's classroom and update or complete the required forms. 

4th graders!  Don't forget to bring your bibles to class every Sunday.  When else are you encouraged to write in your books with pens and highlighters?

This past summer we used pups from our congregation to share our theme of Shipwrecked.  Check them all out on our YouTube Channel.  The link is at the top of this page.

  

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