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..

Love one another 1Friends,


The week has been filled with images that may surprise us or open our eyes to conflicts we may not have thought much about until now. There is confusion, misunderstanding, and frustration among people at the workplace, in our communities, even at home.


As Christians, our moral compass firmly informs us that there is no place for hatred, bigotry, or intolerance of one another or for groups that espouse values diametrically opposed to Christ and what He died for. The Christian doctrine of “love one another” sets the bar at a high standard.


Not all people share our Christian values but because we do, we have a mandate to make an impact in the world. As a faith community, we can do our best to be like Jesus, and live the values that glorify the God of us all. When we show patience and kindness to strangers and neighbors, when we let another driver go first at a four-way stop instead of blowing the horn, when we smile and say thank you to the mail deliverer and the clerk at Wal-Mart, and when we offer grace and forgiveness to a friend or family member, we honor God.
When we refuse to be part of jokes about another group of people, when we refuse to engage in conversations that gossip about others, when we will not discriminate against someone because they are different than us, then we honor God.


As we continue to see the confrontations and the hatred and violence that seems to be continuing, let us be in prayer for peace, for hope, for dialogue and understanding of each other, and for the love of Christ to shine through. And when we have a chance to stand up for what is right, what is true, what is pure, let’s do so. Paul says, in Philippians 4:8-9, From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.


May God’s blessings be with you and yours,
Karin

clothing drive 1Time to clean out your closets!  We are collecting men’s casual clothing (in good condition) for Manna House - warm clothing is especially needed.  Please leave donations under the screen in the Welcome Center.

pickleballThe Pickleball group now meets Monday evenings in Friendship Center (the gym) from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Beginners welcome!

youth prayingDear Friends,

Joy and I have watched much of the NetFlix series called “13 Reasons Why.” In it, a teenager commits suicide in the 13th episode, having reviewed relationships and all the reasons why there was no hope in life. While neither of us believes this should we watched by anyone, we know that it is what teenagers are watching, and it would be hard to prohibit it. I highly recommend that children do not watch it. The show is graphic and has little regard for the millions of viewers who will see it and not be able to make sense of their own lives.

Teenagers may have one rotten thing happen in their lives and they feel like it is the end of the world as they know it. Helping them to understand that there are obstacles along the way, and that they are not traveling in the world alone is of huge importance. As parents and grandparents, you might encourage them to turn to their faith, to reach out to you, during those times and that you will help them through. Perhaps even give them an example of a difficult time for you growing up and how you overcame it.
We will be talking about the life journey and the road we travel, and suicide, with our young people to counterbalance this series. Joy will be sharing with you prior to that time just when we will do so.

It is a tough time to be a parent yet more than ever, your teens and young adults need to see how you cope. If they see you leaning in on God, perhaps they will too. If they see you doing the best you can, and not giving up hope, perhaps they will too. If they see you struggle and persevere, and rely on your faith, perhaps they will too.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me the strength. Philippians 4:3

Together, we can make a difference in our families and in the lives of our young people. Join me as I pray daily for all of our young people, and for families, that we might make an impact on the world.

Blessings,
Karin

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.

Faith in actionConsider how you might jumpstart your faith by renewing your passion for serving. Review the list below and see if God might be calling you to jump in.  Simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your interest or complete out the form in the bulletin on Sunday.
1. Coordinate a team of folks for our 190th anniversary celebration later this year. We also need volunteers to serve on this team!
2. Serve at Sharing Table or Manna House - April 1 The Sharing Table in Edgewood from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; April 28 Manna House - leave FUMC at 6:45 am and carpool to East Street in Baltimore; stop for lunch on way back; return by 12:45 pm.
3. Go to Puerto Rico and help build the church: Cost is $600 plus your airfare ($450 for the August trip plus airfare); help with flooring, installing windows, cooking for the team, painting.
August 7-13, 2017 - Mission trip for young adults. Maybe you aged out of the ASP trips or have time off from school or before it starts for the semester, come and join us. Teachers welcome!
November 3-12, 2017 - work will include flooring, installation of windows, painting, plumbing.  February 2-9, 2018
4. Coordinate our group of 20 people interested in establishing a process for us to work on the addiction issue in Harford County. We have the initial draft of a plan and need someone to take the lead, with a great group of folks, and move this forward.
5. When people are recovering from surgery, or after the birth of a baby, etc. we often provide several meals to get them through the first few days. Join the group that makes a meal and delivers it to someone in need.
6. Still looking for several softball players.
7. On April 9, we will be putting together the Easter baskets at 11:30 am in Providence Hall.
8. Serve on the worship design team helping create themes and images for worship.
9. Play music and sing at our 5:30 pm worship on Saturday night.
10. Serve as a Sunday school teacher for the next school year (teach 1-2 times a month)
11. Help with Vacation Bible School the week of June 12-15 evenings. Information meeting is Sunday, April 2, 11:30-12:30 or Monday, April 3, 7-8 pm. Choose 1!
12. Help on a Sunday or two over the summer with Camp Awesome (10:15-11:15).
13. Serve as an usher at our 10:15 am service.
14. Facilitate a small group or host one at your house. Would you be willing to host 4 couples once a month beginning this fall? The 4 host couples will meet late August for a training and review of the material. Responsibility for each session can alternate among the folks that are part of your group.
15. Sign up for a couples small group! Give yourself a gift. You will be introduced to a group of 4 other couples.
16. Help with our Christmas in July project as we fill shoeboxes for Haiti. Need assistance with checking through the donated boxes and mailing them.
17. Coordinate our backpack project—contact the local schools in late May in advance of the new school year to determine how many are needed and what would be most helpful in addition (i.e. shoe gift cards, etc.)
18. Sunday school helper with 4th Sunday event—April 23 and May 28. Create games to play with the whole group along with an object lesson for the day based on a Bible passage. This is great fun and youth are there to assist.
19. We have a spot open on our finance team which meets the 2nd Sunday of each month and two spots on the Church Council which meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30pm.
20. Join our missions team as we continue to find ways to meet the needs of the least, the last, and the lost both near and far.
21. Join our Make a Meal team. Occasionally, members need a few meals to get them and/or family through a rough spot. Prepare a meal for someone and make a friend.
22. Help with office work when a mailing needs to go out—stuff envelopes and put on mailing labels.

nose smellingDid you know that aromas and smells can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in people that are life-threatening? Many public buildings these days have signs saying they are fragrant free workspaces. Here at Fallston UMC, we want to be considerate of children, youth, and adults who have allergies or asthma and so we are asking you to be “fragrant thoughtful.” Before spraying, please think twice! Thank you for your consideration.