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 https://zoom.us/j/2246338569 for Zoom meetings and http://glenelgumc.churchonline.org for any church online services
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,
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
“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): https://zoom.us/j/193595926
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
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:
- Click here -OR- go to glenelgumc.org, click and click on Online Giving
- That takes you to VANCO’s secure website. (VANCO is recommended by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church)
- 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.
- Follow the prompts to enter credit card information (or bank account) and authorize.
- You can set up recurring weekly or monthly giving (which simplifies giving) and can be stopped at any time.
- 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:
- Place your check in your offering envelope and mail your offering to the church at:
13900 Burntwoods Road
Glenelg, MD 21737
- 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 http://glenelgumc.org/. 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
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.2 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
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.”
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
March 29, 2018
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; I Corinthians 11:23-26;
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
Remember. . .
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Lent is the Bible story of Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days, and other stories. He was tempted and said no. He was obedient to God.
Fasting is giving up something. I know some people who give something up for the 40 days of Lent. Fasting by itself means nothing. Fasting should bring you closer to God. But, why not do something new, not give something up? Do something in remembrance of God to bring you closer to God. Do something that you might not usually do, like helping in a mission project.
Become closer to God and remember.
Prayer : Loving God, help me be closer to you. Amen.
In conversation with Rev. Lynn Nulton
March 25, 2018
Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16;
Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3
Hooray . . .
“A parade!” “Let’s make a parade!” “Me first!” Children are so easily motivated – much like, I suspect, the first people that formed Jesus’ Palm Sunday parade were. Everyone joined in the celebration without being fully aware of all the working pieces. Coming from one direction, the Romans astride horses, the source of power. Coming from another direction, Jesus on a donkey, the source of quiet authority. The Romans were bringing fear, the threat of war. Jesus was bringing peace and joy. Players in a scene that has been played out time and time again. The passion of Christ – his last week.
Palm Sunday, a day to remember when Jesus entered Jerusalem, obedient to his Father, thus fulfilling the prophets’ visions. It started so happily, so joyously, who could not participate in a parade? This was the beginning of a series of events that would end with Jesus’ death – and his resurrection! Thus we begin the week that was, the week that causes us to cling to the empty cross, the empty tomb, Christ resurrected. Our reason for joy, Christ resurrected!
Prayer: We love you, God. Thank you for loving us. Amen