- “Land of the Free:” A Fourth of July Celebration, will be held on Saturday, July 4th, at First UMC, 424 Main Street in Laurel. The event will include an indoor picnic at 1 p.m. followed by the Patriotic Musical, “Land of the Free,” presentation by the Chancel Choir at 2 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call the church office at 301-725-3093.
- VIDEO COMPETITION: Living Grace is a video competition, a crowd-sourced visual project about contemporary yearnings for Christ. Young adults, ages 18-30, are invited to create a compelling, Gospel-centered one to three minute video story of journey, reconciliation or community. Winners will receive $3,000. The videos should be under three minutes and tell stories that are genuine and truthful, have biblical themes be integrated in a theologically sound way. Video submissions will be accepted May 18-Sept. 1.
- UMVIM Opportunities will be coming soon as we are preparing to help REBUILD BALTIMORE:
There are five United Methodist churches within and surrounding the Sandtown/Winchester Communities of Baltimore City that need major repairs and renovations so they can better resource and serve the people in their communities. Those churches are: Ames UMC, Metropolitan UMC, John Wesley UMC, St. Luke UMC, and Sharp Street UMC. If you have any questions please contact the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Baltimore Region District Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, BW VIM Coordinator at 410-206-8737.
- There are a variety of tools for individual and church formation and community transformation at your fingertips: For example, the vision of United Methodist churches is to create disciples for the transformation of the world. But what exactly is a disciple and how are disciples different than church members? Enrich your understand by exploring these questions on the Toolbox at http://bwcumc.org/toolbox/2015/03/23/what-is-a-disciple.
- MISSION U: This year's Mission U, sponsored by the BWC's Board of Church and Society and the United Methodist Women, will be held July 31 through Aug. 2 at the Marriott Hotel in Bethesda. The dean this year is the Rev. Frankie Revell. The assistant dean is Colleen Cates. This year's studies will be on Latin America's people and faith, the church and people with disabilities, and Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God.