become a member 1Interested in hearing more about Fallston UMC? Want to know about membership? There will be a gathering of folks on Sunday, August 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Conference Room next to the church office. Refreshments will be provided. Please come and join us! RSVP by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the church office (410-877-7255). If you would like childcare for the evening, please let us know when you RSVP.

blankets for veteransIn the Welcome Center on Sunday, you can pick up two pieces of fleece to make a blanket for a veteran. If you would like to buy your own patriotic fleece, 6 feet or longer is the length needed. These will be distributed to the Upper Chesapeake/Harford Memorial Hospitals. At any given time, there are 40 veterans as patients there. If you don’t know how to make a fleece blanket, there will be a blanket making day at the church, coming soon, and a video on our website explaining how to do it! We have a goal of 100 blankets by Veterans Day when we will bless the blankets. Let’s get the word out and invite the community to join us in making blankets! Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, teams—encourage all to consider our veterans. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Camp Awesome 2015Join us for Camp Awesome on Sunday! Children start in church with their families during the 10:15 service and then head to Camp Awesome after the Impact Message. It's Movie Day! Kids and teens - wear your pajamas and bring a blanket and pillow.

school backpack 2Haiti - so many with so much need. Where do you start? Who do you rescue? The benefactors of Desarmes Haiti brought home new information and a new plan! They asked the village for commitment and participation. The response: they want education for their children. Applications were handed out; 70 were returned which will be on display in the Welcome Center during June and July (including photo, age, clothing and shoe sizes, favorite color, interests, and career goal).

Our challenge is:

  • To provide tuition for 40 children
  • To fill 70 backpacks with school supplies, a set of clothes and underwear, hygiene items, and a treat or two

If we each take a share of the project, together, we can affect long-term help. Return items by July 22 for assembly July 23-24 (sign-up in the Welcome Center to help with assembly). Backpacks will be shipped August 1. Contacts are Judy Williams and Mary Alice McClintock.

helping hands food pantryThrough Sunday, July 22, we are conducting a food drive for the Helping Hands Food Pantry with Salem United Methodist Church. They are very appreciative of donations received this month!  Items still needed are: rice, instant potatoes, pancake mix, pancake syrup, jelly, tea bags, and canned juice. Please leave donations in the Welcome Center. Thank you for joining us in this mission!

Stephen Ministry new 1At FUMC, we have heard sermons based on "I am enough.  I have enough."  Prioritizing and simplifying brings us closer to this reality, and closer to God.  Clutter in our minds and our environments interferes with our deeper connection and distracts us from "enough."  If you want to know more about Stephen Ministry or want to arrange for a Stephen Minister to visit you, please email Pastor Karin.

Stephen Minister June Bond

Amazon smileDid you know that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice at no additional charge to you? Fallston United Methodist Church is one of the charities that you can support through your purchases on Amazon.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your church every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices and as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Fallston United Methodist Church, which we will use to support our missions.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may want to change your current Amazon bookmark to smile.amazon.com so that each time you start your shopping you are logged into smile.amazon.com.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. It will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?
Please click here to see complete AmazonSmile program details.

coffee house logoGoing away on Sunday? Or have kids’ sporting events Sunday morning?  Try out Saturday Night Worship.  Grab a coffee and a cookie from the coffee bar and find a comfortable couch.  Make some new friends and relax!

Sunday school teachers neededLooking for a rewarding and fun way to connect and serve? Consider joining the Sunday School team of teachers. We need: pre-kindergarten teacher (2 Sundays a month), 2nd/3rd grade teacher (1 Sunday a month), and substitute teachers. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the team.

coffeeAre you willing to serve coffee once every 6-8 weeks? You can pick the weeks that work for you. Arrive at 9:30 am and serve coffee between services and after the 10:15 worship. It’s a great way to meet people. Please email the 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. if you can help

pay it forwardFUMC has established a fund to assist needy students in our community with college. The students are selected by the school and our checks will be sent directly to the college or university on a student’s behalf. If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to FUMC and mark it “Pay It Forward Fund.”

Stephen MinistryA Quaker hymn, "Simple Gifts," reminds us:

“’Tis the gift to be simple, ‘Tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down to where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.”

If you want to know more about Stephen Ministry, or want to arrange for a Stephen Minister to visit you, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stephen Minister June Bond

make disciplesWe were graced by the presence of Bishop Mowia from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and his son this past Sunday. He shared a story of hope for young seminarians in spreading the gospel. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to "FUMC," and mark it Myanmar on the memo line.

Congregational careThere are a variety of opportunities available within the Congregational Care Ministries where a helping hand from you would be greatly appreciated by our congregation. Take a look at the below list. If you see something you are interested in, or would like to know more about, contact Lisa Greenlund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 443-866-2449.
• Communion Steward Ministry – Helping serve communion (training provided)
• Prayer Chain – Requests are forwarded to all volunteers as they are received
• Prayer Shawl Ministry – Coloring pamphlets, crafting shawls, and delivering shawls

usher ministry 1We are compiling the new schedule for the Usher Ministry. There is an opportunity for volunteers at both the 9:00 and 10:15 services. If you have been thinking about finding a place to serve and meet folks, this is it! You get to choose how often and what Sundays best work for you. Training will be provided. Contact Lisa Greenlund at 443-866-2449 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ChildcareWe are now offering child care for all children through 5th grade from 11:30 to 12:30 every Sunday so children can have fun playing while their parents attend meetings after church.  Child care staff will be in the gym to supervise your children.  No need to sign-up - if there's a Sunday meeting scheduled, child care will be offered.

Stephen Ministry new 1Stephen Ministers are the ‘after care’ people. They are ready to come alongside you and provide comfort and support …
• after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve been holding in, come crashing in on you;
• when you receive a pink slip with your final paycheck
• after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away – and the house suddenly seems empty
• when the birth of your precious baby makes you feel overwhelmed because you didn’t know how hard it would be to recuperate and take care of your new little one
• when you are juggling a job and providing around the clock care to a loved one

The care received is distinctively Christian. It is not counseling. Training is provided to our Stephen Ministers and all care receiver relationships are confidential and private. Stephen Ministers listen and support our congregation during difficult times in life. For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

church directory 2Updated copies of our church directory are available at the information desk in the narthex. Please let the office know of any changes in address, phone number, or email, or if you would like to be added to the directory. Thank you!

stephen ministryFUMC has commissioned 12 members to provide one-to-one Christian care for our congregation as difficult life situations present. Stephen Ministry is a licensed program where care givers receive 50 hours of training via Stephen Leaders. Stephen Leaders attended a training program from Stephen Ministry in St. Louis. You can go online to find out more about this ministry that FUMC has decided to dedicate time, money and talent as a way of meeting the needs of our congregation. Stephen Ministry is not counseling but it is distinctively Christian Care. Stephen Ministers listen, are present, and journey with those experiencing difficult times. Those requesting care and the care they receive is completely confidential and private. Stephen Ministers go through extensive training, supervision and continuing education so that the best possible care can be offered to someone in need. More information will follow in the monthly newsletter and future e-Enlighteners about Stephen Ministries. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

FUMC frontJanuary brings with it a shift in responsibilities and committees at the church. We are very grateful to everyone who serves so faithfully in a lot of different ways. If you have rotated off a committee, we hope you are affirmed in the service you have provided. We always invite folks to join us in the various missions and ministries of our congregation and truly are dependent on volunteers responding to God’s call upon their lives. Here is a list of the chairs of each of our committees and groups or a contact person if you would like to participate (this not an exhaustive list—we will keep adding to it). Is there something you think we could do to serve God? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your idea.

Adult Fellowship: Jane Giuffrida
Appalachia Service Project Team: Jamie Bobo, Annabel Lusardi, Charlie Phillips
Cemetery Committee: Tom Deck, Peggy Johnson
Chancel Care: Jane Zinkhan
Church Council: Phil Giuffrida
Coffee Ministry: _____________________
Communion Steward: Kristie West
Drug Task Force: Gavin Daly
Fallston Child Care Director: Val Imperiale (staff)
Finance Team: John Wright
Friendship Players: June Bond
Funeral Luncheons/Hospitality: Helen McCann
Meal Train: Jackie Schnell
Greeters: Lisa Greenlund (staff)
Lock-Up Crew: Trustees/Jim DeVack (staff)
Manna House Coordinator: _____________________
Men’s Burger Crawl: Howard Bond
Missions Team: Betty Megill
New Hope: Debbie Eiler
Nominations Committee: Pastor Karin Walker (per Book of Discipline)
Pastor-Parish Relations Committee: Dale Hunsinger
Pickleball Coordinators: Tom & Lynda Deck
Prayer Chain: Lisa Greenlund (staff)
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Lisa Greenlund (staff)
Puerto Rico Coordinator: John Varvaris
Sharing Table: Jamie Bobo
Small Group Coordinator: Annabel Lusardi
Stephen Ministry Coordinator: Jody Varvaris
Stewardship Team: Jim Crane
Sunday School: Michele Louderback (staff)
Tech Crew: Tonya Chandler
Technology Coordinator: Bill Saltzer
Treasurer: Debby Lawrence (staff)
Trustees: Tom Sheckells
United Methodist Women: Tracey Evans
Ushers: Dale Hunsinger
Vacation Bible School: Michele Louderback (staff)
Webmaster: Matt Shoultz
Wee Care Ministry: Lisa Greenlund (staff)
Worship Design Team: Kim Bradley (staff)
Youth Council: Carolyn Wright

We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate several ministries including our Coffee Ministry (inventory and coordinate calendar), Lock-Up Crew (send reminders, calendar), Manna House Coordinator (select dates, coordinate volunteers).