food driveWe are collecting the following food items through March 4 for the Mason-Dixon food pantry: canned fruit, canned tuna fish and meat, beef stew, healthy snacks, and gift cards for ShopRite and Walmart. Donations can be left in the basket in the Welcome Center. Please hand gift cards to Betty Megill. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help us feed the hungry.

Manna HouseWe will be serving at Manna House on Thursday, March 15, Monday, April 23, and Thursday, May 17.  We will meet at church at 6:50 am and carpool; we should return by 11:15 am.  We need 7 people for each date - sign-up in the Welcome Center.  We are continuing to collect chewy granola bars through the end of March.

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Girl Scout bronze awardGirl Scout Troop 220 is working on the bronze award and need your help. They have set-up a collection box in the Welcome Center and are asking for donations of new and gently used books, puzzles, and board games. The items should be appropriate for children ages 6-14 (1st through 8th grade). The donations will go to campers at Indian Lane Christian Camp located in Darlington.  The drive ends March 31.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Easter flowersIn your bulletin this week is an order form for Easter flowers (or click here for a copy). This year we are offering daffodils, Asiatic lilies, mums, and tulips. All flowers are in 6” pots and are $9 each. Orders are due by Sunday, February 25. Please place order form, along with payment, in the offering plate.

SAFE logoIn a continuing effort to raise awareness and empower the Harford County community to tackle the growing opioid epidemic, Fallston United Methodist Church will be hosting a breakfast discussion March 17 with Ret. Navy Admiral James Alexander “Sandy” Winnefeld.

Adm. Winnefeld rose to among the highest positions in one of the most powerful and respected institutions in the United States. Yet, in many ways and like too many parents, he was at a loss to prevent the loss of his son to addiction. Jonathan Winnefeld died in from an apparent heroin overdose in 2017. He was 19.
Adm. Winnefeld’s story is gripping and heartbreaking. Yet, Adm. Winnefeld’s story is also all-too-common, as the opioid epidemic that plagues our country claims many victims who are our sons, daughters and members of our communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In Harford County, Maryland, there were an estimated 80 deaths from heroin overdoses in 2017, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s office.

Adm. Winnefeld is coming to Fallston to share his story with the hope others can learn from his fateful and painful experience.
The March 17 event, which begins at 8:30 am, builds on an initial effort at FUMC to raise awareness and build education around the issue of opioids and the many challenges they are creating for communities like Harford County. The effort started last year with a video series that was shown during worship, with each video in the series tackling a different educational element and featuring numerous experts.

“We always are searching for new ways to engage with our community,” says Rev. Karin Walker, pastor at Fallston United Methodist Church (FUMC). “When it came to the opioid epidemic, we decided as a congregation we could no longer just sit on the sidelines.”  

The video series, which is also being used by other congregations, not only began to raise awareness, it also aimed to challenge a common misperception about addiction, which is that it affects only certain demographics.

As Adm. Winnefled wrote in a recent article for The Atlantic: “Many people have a simple understanding of addiction. They think it happens only to dysfunctional people from dysfunctional families, or to hopeless people living on the street. But our addicted population is spread across every segment of society: rich and poor, white and black, male and female, old and young.”

Adm. Winnefeld is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and served as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from August 2011 to July 2015 when he retired from the Navy after 37 years of service.  He is a heavily decorated service member who has served in Operation Desert Shield, the Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. He was a naval aviator and also served as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He and his wife Nancy formed a new organization, SAFE, to study the issue and prevent other families from experiencing a similar loss.  “One of the important things I discovered along the way is that I learned a great deal about addiction itself during Jon’s recovery, but I only really learned about the epidemic after his death,” Adm. Winnefeld writes on his organization’s web site. “And there are so many things I wish I’d known, starting when our son was in his early childhood, that could have saved his life.”

Details on the Event:
• When: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday March 17
• Where: Fallston United Methodist Church, 1509 Fallston Road, Fallston, MD 21047
• Parking is available in both lots that surround the church, with overflow parking available at the library next door, accessible by a connecting sidewalk.
• Bagels, pastries and coffee will be served. All are welcome.

About SAFE:
SAFE stands for “Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic.” The organization was founded by Sandy and Nancy Winnefeld, and SAFE’s genesis comes from the fact that they lost their 19-year old son Jonathan to an overdose on September 7, 2017, after a long period he spent in recovery. The Winnefelds’ hope is to help other victims and families avoid the same fate. SAFE’s vision is to support action that will prevent fatal opioid overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate opioid addiction’s impact on our society. More information on the organization can be found on their website.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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!

furnitureNext Step Housing founder, Rev. Carol Yokum, is looking for a kitchen table and chairs, a trike, a 26" boys bike, and a hide-a-bed.  If you can help with any of these items, please contact Rev. Carol Yokum at 410-464-2600, ext. 224; text 301-788-6446, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you.

no hand shake flu seasonJust bring your smile! Due to the concerns folks have about the flu, we will encourage folks not to shake hands while at church but instead to smile, wear your name tags, and greet one another by name. We can continue to be friendly, meet new people, and help folks stay healthy!

MosesBeginning February 5, we will meet Monday mornings at the Fallston McDonald's at 6:15 am for a 6-week study using the book “Moses.” Books are available in the office; sign-up in the Welcome Center or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MosesStudy the history of Moses and the people of God as they labored in Egypt and as God delivered them. This is an Adam Hamilton study and will have a video segment. The final several weeks of Lent after this book, we will shift to the Last Words of Christ. This is a great way to deepen your knowledge of the Bible and make new friends. This 6-week study begins January 30; classes are on Tuesdays at 10:00 to 11:30 am, or 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Books are $14 and are available in the office. Sign-up in the Welcome Center or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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).

scholarships announcedThe Baltimore-Washington Conference will once again be offering college scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester. Students can apply January 3 – March 7, 2018 through an online application system. Scholarships are available to students attending or enrolling in accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Students must be an active member of a church for at least one year and be attending (or will attend) an accredited college or university within the United States full-time. Students will need to provide their official transcript (high school or college) and contact information for two church references (pastor and another member of the church). In addition, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  For additional information and to apply, click here. For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 410-309-3446.

Clueless in FallstonOn Saturday, March 3 the Talent Show Players (not to be confused with the Friendship Players who possess true acting talent) will present “Clueless in Fallston,” a mystery spoof based on the characters of the beloved board game “Clue.” We encourage the congregation to take the stage for song, dance, comedy, magic, etc. If you have a church-appropriate act under 5-minutes, 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.. This year we will serve beverages and dessert for 30 minutes and then start the show. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and under 6 are free. All proceeds support church programs and missions. The Variety of Talent Show is always a hoot and we need you there!

coffee cupOn Sundays, we serve coffee in the parlor between services.  We need volunteers to help with this ministry; openings are available beginning January 21 (you will receive training).  This is a great way to meet new people!  Sign-up on Sundays in the parlor, or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

coffee cansManna House would like to start serving 2 cups of coffee to their neighbors in need. We are collecting cans of coffee (regular only) for them. Help us build a “tree” of coffee!

Stephen MinistryNow that the holidays are upon us we wanted to raise awareness within our congregation about Stephen Ministry, a new ministry that is available to our church community.

For several weeks information about Stephen Ministry was included in our bulletin, e-Enlightener and our monthly newsletter. Our congregation now has 12 commissioned Stephen Ministers who are trained to listen, be available to people who have a need, and provide distinctively Christian care in a confidential environment. As many of us are well aware, sometimes the Holiday Season is challenging for those who have lost a loved one, are dealing with sickness, divorce, deployment, unemployment or just family dynamics. Stephen Ministers are trained to be there. They are great listeners and can provide support during challenging times. If you think this ministry could be of help to you, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see a Stephen Minister who can elaborate about this Ministry. Stephen Ministers are easy to identify as they have gold colored metal name tags.

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!