poinsettias 4Poinsettia order forms will be in your bulletin this week. Plants are $7 each and are available in red, pink, or white. Forms, along with payment, can be placed in the offering plate on Sunday. Or, you can download the form and drop it off to the office. Orders are due by Sunday, November 26. All plants can be taken home after each service on Christmas Eve.

Because of BethlehemJoin us for a 4-week Advent Bible study focusing on the journey to Bethlehem, and all who gathered for that first Christmas. Put yourself in the picture and realize the gift He has been for you. Classes start November 28 and meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 am or 6:30 pm. Sign-up in the Welcome Center; books are available in the office.

advent devotionsCheck your inbox every morning beginning November 27 for our Advent devotions. Share with family and friends and take a few minutes each day to focus on God, the give of this season.

coffee cansManna House would like to start serving 2 cups of coffee to their neighbors in need.  We are collecting cans of coffee (regular) for them.  We'll build a "tree" of coffee!

hard candy 1Adult Fellowship has hard candy for sale. They have mixed bags, as well as a few separate bags of butterscotch, grape, lemon, licorice, and peppermint. A one-pound bag is $5. See Paula Ward after church or call 410-877-1794.

Thanks for GivingFriends,
By now everyone received an estimate of giving card in the mail. This allows us to estimate offerings for the year as we go through a budgeting process. It is especially critical this year due to the storm damage. Our insurance company covers much of the damage costs, however there are several things they do not cover: 6 large trees were uprooted and needed to be removed; our deductible; and roofing damage that was not a result of the storm. While the roofers were inspecting the roof, they reported that the roof over the welcome center was in very bad condition and needed to be replaced immediately (especially in light of the fact that we just renovated the area!). The half of the roof on the sanctuary that was not damaged in the storm had enough concern that the Trustees determined it was good stewardship to replace the entire roof at the same time rather than 3-5 years down the road come back and have to replace the other half. So, our out-of-pocket expenses are approximately between $33K and $40K. We are still working with the restoration company and the insurance adjustor as we come to the end of the process. The Trustees are glad to answer any questions you have about this.
The estimate of giving cards also include this year an opportunity to make a one-time gift toward the storm damage if you would like to do so. We are grateful for your continued support and faithfulness. As a congregation, we continue to be committed to becoming more like Jesus and making disciples in His name.

safety firstNo worries! God is glad you are making the effort! If it is after 15 minutes from the beginning of the service, just come around to the front door. We are making a safe environment for everyone!


name tagThis week, check the table as you go into church or after and pick up your name tag. If you haven’t filled out a yellow card in the last year or so (LOL!), no worries. You can use a stick-on tag and by next Sunday there will be a name tag for you. We hope that folks will get to meet new people or finally know the names of those you are sitting with on Sunday.

Take your name tag with you and leave it in your car so you have it each week. It will take a while for us to get into the habit, but it will be tremendously helpful. We talk about ourselves as being a friendly, family-feel congregation so we need your help to bring that sense of community to fruition. Please put your best effort forward in remembering to wear your name tag each week.

And please—if you don’t see yours this Sunday, just print your name on the sign-up page and we will have it available next Sunday. You can imagine it is a bit of a logistical challenge to get them all right the first week. Help us make this a great success.

Help our newer folks to get to know you, and folks who may not be sure of names to be comforted! Thank you for your support of this. It’s a culture change but we can do this!

Karin

SafetyDear Friends,
We continue to be in prayer for the folks in Sutherland Springs, Texas, as they make plans to bury half of their congregation. We know that while God does not promise us that life will be without suffering or tragedy, He will be with us in the midst of it all. We pray for the people that God’s spirit of peace will provide comfort and sustenance for the days ahead.

I’d also like you to know that over the past year, we have made numerous safety adjustments, many of which you are probably not even aware:
1. As of this month, fire/smoke alert in the sanctuary and Providence Hall.
2. Usher procedures have changed regarding money, observations, and functions.
3. Emergency plan has been created and implemented.
4. Ability to lock down our facility and individual Sunday school rooms.
5. New pick-up procedures for Sunday school.
6. Communication via cell phones is happening each Sunday morning.
7. Regular testing and updates of AED, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers.
8. Installation of lock system for office wing.
9. Lock-up crew that goes through our building nightly.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please ask. The trustees and our ushers are ready to help.
Blessings, Karin

Now hiringFallston Child Care Center is seeking applicants for a part-time teaching position. This teacher would work with 25 dynamic students ages kindergarten through 5th grade. The work schedule is 6:30-8:30 am and 3:30-5:30pm. This is particularly good for a college student who wants to earn some money, gain experience, and build their resume but needs the day open to take classes! Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education majors preferred. The individual would be responsible for planning art activities, team games, service projects and holiday celebrations with the children. It is possible to divide this up into two shifts, so even if you are just interested in one shift, still apply!

Call Valeree Imperiale at 410-879-4399 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested!

Sharing TableThe Sharing Table Volunteer Opportunities:

• Looking for anyone who might be interested in becoming part of The Sharing Table board.
• They are looking for anyone who can help unload supplies every Friday evening around 4:30 pm. This is unloading canned goods at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church (2600 Willoughby Beach Road in Edgewood) in The Sharing Table's shed.
• They are still looking for anyone who can be a driver on Saturdays. This is a desperate need. Drivers go around the area picking up clients who want to attend The Sharing Table.

For additional information please contact Wendy Weyant at 410-575-3858 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

stephen ministryWhy did FUMC choose Stephen Ministry as a program to implement for our congregation?
• Stephen Ministry multiplies the number of caregivers by equipping laypeople to provide high-quality Christian care to our members in need
• Christians in need receive quality Christian care and deepen their relationship with Christ when a Stephen Minister walks along side of them during their time of need
• Stephen Ministers listen to our members in need in a one-to-one caring, confidential relationship
• Stephen Ministers are trained to let Christ, the cure giver, work through the caring relationship thus providing distinctively Christian Care
• Stephen Ministers in our congregation will walk along side of our pastor, Karin Walker, to provide care to our members. Stephen Minister will never replace the care that Pastor Karin provides. Think of it as an extra set of hands
• Stephen Ministers have powerful tools that they will use to help those in need. These tools include showing up to listen, prayer, scripture and supervised direction to make sure the experience for the care receiver is of the highest quality.
For more information about this valuable ministry contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

stephen ministryOver the past several weeks you have been reading about a new ministry coming to FUMC in early November. The ministry is call Stephen Ministry. In June, FUMC sent 2 representatives to receive Stephen Ministry leadership training in Orlando, Florida. Our twelve Stephen Ministers have almost completed the 50 hours of training required to adequately train Stephen Ministers for work in our congregation. Stephen Ministers are committed to serving those in need.

Our soon to be commissioned Stephen Ministers have worked very hard during the training process. Through training, they have learned how to provide distinctively Christian Care to members of our congregation who need to have someone to listen during challenging times in their lives. We will commission our Stephen Ministers on November 12 and are very excited to launch this program here at FUMC.

ASP1It is time to register for next year's ASP youth mission trip, which will take place from Sunday, July 1 to Saturday, July 7, 2018. The trip is open to all youth who have completed 8th grade through 12th grade (and who turn 14 before July 1, 2018). The cost is $300 per person (two installments of $150 due in February and March), with a discount for two or more family members. Please email 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. to register or for further information.

stephen ministryWhat does a relationship with a Stephen Minister look like?

Stephen Ministers:
• Care
• Pray
• Encourage
• Listen
• Visit faithfully
• Bring Christ’s love and care with spiritual support

The relationship is one-to-one Christ Centered Care to people in our congregation. Stephen Ministers “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

We are excited about introducing this ministry to our congregation. For more information click here.

Stephen MinistryWhat do Stephen Ministers do and how can they help our congregation?

Stephen 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;
• you receive a pink slip with you final paycheck;
• the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away – and the house suddenly seems empty.

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.

For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

womens retreat 1Be more creative, bold, passionate, fun, and service-focused!  As you live into the new year, what would you like to be more of?  Come and engage in great conversation, fellowship, and lean into what God has in store for you.  The 2018 Women's Retreat (in conjunction with Salem UMC) is January 19-21 at Black Rock Retreat Center in Quarryville, PA.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pastor Karin to save a spot for you.  The retreat begins Friday evening with dinner, and ends 10:00 am on Sunday.  The cost is approximately $150 per person.

pray for Puerto RicoPlease pray for the people of Puerto Rico who experienced devastation and loss. Contributions can be made to FUMC and marked Puerto Rico project. Our team is planning to go there November 3-10 depending on the level of devastation.

stephen ministryStephen Ministries is coming to FUMC at the end of November. The ministry is named for Stephen who was a man of God full of faith and the Holy Spirit. This Ministry, while new to FUMC, has been around since 1975.

The purpose is to provide one-to-one Christian care for our congregation as difficult life situations present. 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.  If you would like to learn more click here.

basketballEvery Tuesday evening, an adult men’s group gathers for basketball in Friendship Center. You are invited to join them from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an evening of fellowship and fun! For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..