Sunday Worship Palm Sunday April 5

Links for gathering, worship, and studies for April 5th:

9:00am Coffee Together

9:30 am Sunday Online Worship 

10:15 am GUMC Kids Webinar 

GUMC Kids Chat (following Orange) 

11:00 am Sunday Morning Bible Study 

11:30 Youth Sunday School

6:00 pm Sunday Evening Youth Group 1 

6:30 pm Sunday Evening Youth Group 2

6:30 pm Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study 

8:30 pm Ella’s Small Group

8:00 pm Daily Evening Prayer 

           you are also welcome to dial in to the daily evening prayer by phone if you prefer. Please call +16468769923 and use meeting ID: 193 595 926

Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 5
9:00 am Coffee Together via Zoom
9:30 am Worship Service via Church Online

Wednesday, April 8
6:30 pm Journey to the Cross via Zoom

Thursday, April 9
7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service via Zoom
This is an interactive service. You are invited to bring your family. Everyone is asked to please have bread and juice (or whatever you might have handy) and a bowl (or pan) of water along with towels and lotion.

Friday, April 10
7:00 pm Good Friday Service via Church Online 

Saturday, April 11
7:00 pm Easter Vigil Service via Church Online

Easter Sunday, April 12
9:00 am Coffee Together via Zoom
9:30 am Worship Service via Church Online


All Zoom meetings and services may be accessed by phone as well as computer.
If you are dialing into a Zoom meeting, call 1-646-876-9923. You will be asked for a meeting ID, please always double check the website to make sure you have the correct meeting ID for the meeting or service you are dialing into. The meeting ID for Holy Week Services via Zoom is 224 633 8569.

You may access any of the above services by clicking on the link in blue or by going to for Zoom meetings and for any church online services 

Pastor’s Announcement March 29th

My dear Glenelg UMC family,
I write to you today with that unique blend of deep sorrow and yet joyful anticipation of opportunity and new days ahead that often accompanies times of transition. On July 1, I will begin a new season of ministry as the associate pastor of First UMC of Northville, Michigan. My last Sunday in worship with you will be June 3rd. From there, I will work to accomplish a move to a new state, change my license plates (pray that Michigan’s DMV is easier and kinder), find a new grocery store and get John Wesley and Tay settled into a new environment.

These times of pastoral transition are deeply sorrowful and come with some degree of “what will happen next.” Because of this challenging time of pandemic, I know the timing of this announcement is even more difficult to receive. I also know there is no “good or easy” time to part ways with those you love, as I have come to love you.

In spite of the inability to be together face to face, we will find times and ways to process through our final months together and to pray for God’s will to continue to be deeply found at GUMC. You are a congregation to whom much has been given and entrusted. May you continue to live into that with strength and courage, and a love for all people who find their way to you.
Yours for the journey,
Pastor Alice

2020 Easter Dedications

Even though we are separated physically, we can still feel together the spirit of Lent and the Easter season. Many around us are suffering financially due to the pandemic we face, so the need for our food pantry is stronger than ever. To that end, we are continuing our tradition of Easter dedications that are used to support the food pantry and those it serves with Walmart gift cards. Each dedication (gift card) is $10.
You have two options for transmitting the form and the money:
  1. Fill in the dedication form at the above link, including those you are honoring, and separately mail check made out to “GUMC” by April 4th, to Craig Lee at 3308 Strabane Dr., Glenelg 21737.  This option is preferred so we have time to get the list of those you are honoring into the Easter bulletin. 
  2. Print out the form 2020 Easter Dedications and mail it with your check payable to “GUMC” by April 4th to Craig Lee at the address above.  


Sunday Worship March 29

Links for gathering, worship, and studies for March 29th:

9:00am Sunday Morning Gathering

9:30 am Sunday Online Worship 

10:15 am Sunday Orange Webinar 

Sunday Kids Chat (following Orange) 

11:00 am Sunday Morning Bible Study 

6:00 pm Sunday Evening Youth Group 

6:30 pm Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study 

8:00 pm Daily Evening Prayer 

           you are also welcome to dial in to the daily evening prayer by phone if you prefer. Please call +16468769923 and use meeting ID: 193 595 926

Daily Evening Prayer 8pm

The Glenelg United Methodist Church invites you to join our community of love and fellowship as we gather together online every evening at 8pm for a short time of prayer. If you are unable to join us, but would like us to pray for you or someone else, please feel free to email a prayer request to

“No trials nor tribulations shall defeat us in our love for one another and our love for God.” Rev. Alice K. Ford

Online Evening prayer (via Zoom):

or phone: +16468769923 with Meeting ID: 193 595 926

Our doors may be temporarily closed, but our hearts and minds are always open. You are always welcome.  

The people of Glenelg UMC


Your Tithes and Pledges During a Pandemic

We hope you are well during these challenging times.  As you all know, we are strongly encouraged by both the governor and our bishop to distance ourselves physically from people to slow the rate of infection of the Coronavirus. Thus, face-to-face worship and fellowship at Glenelg United Methodist Church are postponed until further notice. We all have our own unique personal concerns during this time so if you have any challenges you would like to bring to Pastor Alice, please contact her. We understand that some may be impacted financially by this pandemic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you. The church is willing to support you in any way it can. Giving from the heart of our treasures is one of the key elements of Christian discipleship, so if you are able to continue your tithes and offerings, you are encouraged to give in one of the following ways:    
To give electronically:

  1. Click here  -OR- go to, click and click on Online Giving
  2. That takes you to VANCO’s secure website. (VANCO is recommended by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church)
  3. Enter your contribution amount in General Operating, fill out Donation Frequency (One Time, Weekly, Monthly), and Fill Out Donation Start Date.   You do not have to create a profile unless you want to.  Hit the Continue button.
  4. Follow the prompts to enter credit card information (or bank account) and authorize.
  5. You can set up recurring weekly or monthly giving (which simplifies giving) and can be stopped at any time. 
  6. This charges your credit card (or bank account), initiates a deposit directly into the church bank account, and updates your giving record. 

To give by check:

  1. Place your check in your offering envelope and mail your offering to the church at:

Glenelg UMC
13900 Burntwoods Road
Glenelg, MD 21737

  1. Or drop off your offering envelope directly in the mailbox near the church entrance.

The temporary notification states on GUMC’s homepage “The doors are temporarily closed but never our hearts and minds!”   As Pastor Alice and others have recommended, we should reach out to friends and family and offer encouragement and aid, especially for those who live alone and/or are at higher risk.  There are online prayer, bible study, and worship opportunities indicated on the church’s website    We pray for health for you all and look forward to seeing you soon.

Peace and Blessings,

Don Cornwell                                                      Bruce Benner, Jr.
Treasurer                                                              Financial Secretary


Devotion for Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; I Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” John 20:1-2

And the message is . . .

In the Disciple class I have the privilege to lead, we’ve just completed the Old Testament, and one of the lessons we’ve learned is how God called unlikely messengers to carry his Word – Moses thought himself a poor speaker and tried to argue God out of being His instrument.  Jonah refuses God’s call and tries to take ship to the opposite end of the known world.  In John 20 verse 18 God again chooses an unlikely messenger to convey his Word as Jesus commissions Mary to be the first to share the glorious news that He has risen. Mary became the first evangelist in Christian history. This at a time when women were not considered reliable witnesses in court, and Mary’s past as one possessed of demons made her even less credible. Why did He choose Mary (and all those reluctant prophets of the Old Testament) to carry the Message? I think because it is always about the Message, and never the messenger. It is about the majesty, authority and the love of God who sends the Message, and not the authority of the one delivering the message. God so often works through the weak, the unlikely, and the meek, and thus His Love shines through all the brighter.  We are all God’s unlikely and sometimes reluctant messengers, yet we, too, can carry His Message of love through His Grace.  God’s love triumphs over all the woes of this world, even death. I pray we all have the opportunity to share that message.

Prayer:  Ever living God, inspire our witness to Jesus Christ, that all may know the power of His forgiveness and the hope of His resurrection.   Amen

Brian Henderson

Devotion for Good Friday

Good Friday

March 30, 2018

Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19,42

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 52:5

Obedience . . .

To read the account of Jesus’ crucifixion, it becomes painfully clear that our understanding of obedience and Jesus’ understanding of obedience aren’t really in the same ballpark. To be truthful, they aren’t even in the same solar system. Our earthly understanding is certainly well intentioned, but there are “catches” that often go unspoken, but we know they are there. Putting ourselves in harm’s way is one of those catches. Conversely, Jesus’ understanding of obedience is laser-focused. There are no catches, no stipulations, no “as long as …” And putting himself in harm’s way is not only accepted, but Jesus demands it. Jesus said, “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.” For Jesus, it is crystal clear. The scriptures provide the blueprint, the Father reinforces His Divine plan, and Jesus’ task is to fulfill those expectations. Whatever the cost. We dabble in obedience, but we won’t take it too far. We listen for God’s voice, but we’ll only act on that voice if it fits into the neat little box we have constructed for ourselves. But, true obedience does not recognize boxes or boundaries. True obedience is extravagant. May we all find the strength to be extravagant.

Prayer  Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.  Amen

Doug Burian