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“We believe that healthy growing congregations have a balance of masculine and feminine spirit, reflecting our triune God. We envision female and male believers, lay and clergy, serving Christ as co-laborers and partners in Christ. This is a unity issue, not a gender issue. We must become ONE in Christ.”
“Women and men must stand side-by-side as co-laborers in Christ. The difficult challenges facing ministry to men must be enjoined by men and women in genuine partnership. We need each other, more than ever.”
~ from UMC Men’s Ministries Guidelines
“The alienation of many men from the femininity of Christian spirituality has created grounds for an enormous misunderstanding about men and religion that every pastoral care-giver must recognize and confront. The absence of so many men from so many churches, their lack of involvement, their diffidence and even hostility to Christian piety, has created a mostly unconscious assumption in our culture that men are not naturally religious. It is widely assumed that prayer and spirituality are basically female enterprises, and that all but a few unusual men can relate to religion in only a peripheral way.
“A trip outside the bounds of American Christian culture, a journey into the temples, monasteries, and shrines of the world’s religions, would quickly shatter such a misandrist illusion”
“Our religion-alienated American men represent neither a wave of the future nor a rational advance over centuries of superstition. They are an anomaly, a quirk, an oddity in the community of all the men who ever lived, who ever wondered at the Unspeakable Mystery, sought alignment with the Eternal Tao, burned with affection for the Great Holy, or trembled before the Totally Other. And all of this ancient affinity for God – every bit of it – still lies buried deep in their unconscious, waiting to be called forth into a spiritual life that will make them a little less mad and a little more human. It waits there, this penchant for the Holy, drowned out by Muzak and numbed by the dreariness of shopping malls, paralyzed by stress and enervated by neglect, until something wakes it. Who will call religiosity fully to life in men, invigorate it, and nurture it in the face of the death-dealing boredom of modern secularity? That is the task of the church in its care of souls.”
~ from “The Crisis of Men and the Church” in Masculine Spirituality and the Bible, by Patrick M. Arnold
Dear Brothers in Christ:
Well, Super Bowl time again. Regardless of who is playing, it’s always an opportunity to enjoy a game with friends and families. But when the game is over, think about this. What gifts do you have that can help others? Think Christmas in April and Appalachian Service Project. How about working with our youth or mentoring students. Think of activities within the church hat need your help. The church waits for you for her strength is unequal to her task without you. God expects us to share our gifts with the world.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Teen Mentors Needed: Volunteers are needed for the City of Bowie’s Youth & Family Services Teen Mentoring Program. Spend one hour a week with a Bowie High School student and make a tremendous impact! You can help by contacting Program Coordinator Rhonda Simon at 301-661-0573 email@example.com.
- Shrove Tuesday: Easter is fast approaching and its time to stuff ourselves with pancakes and sausages before we begin fasting on AshWednesday. This year Shrove Tuesday is on February 9 and we will be serving pancakes and sausages from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dan Blades will be preparing our delicious meal and the youth will be serving. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 12 and under, and 2 year olds and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in the church office during the week. Proceeds will help send a group of our youth to Appalachia for a week this summer for the Appalachian Service Project.
- It’s not too late to help out for the Shrove Tuesday dinner. We will be setting up the Fellowship Hall Tuesday afternoon beginning around2:00 and can use your help. Also, we can use your help during the dinner either in the kitchen or to help coordinate service to our customers. Come out and help,.
- Join the Usher Team: Be the one who helps others have a meaningful experience with God by providing a warm, friendly atmosphere for growth, comfort, and meditation during worship. Join the team. See any usher about signing up.
- The Bowie Food Pantry needs cereal, jelly, and tomato and cream soups.
- Help a Church Member: If you know of any church member who has not attended worship services lately, or who may be sick and in need of prayers, please contact the church office at (301) 262-1408. You can make a difference in a person’s life by letting us know about anyone’s absence. Their absence could be caused by illness.
CONNECTING IN CHRIST
- Jesus doesn’t intend for us to just attend church. He wants us to BE THE CHURCH.
- Church Wide Lenten Study: 6 Ways We Encounter God: On Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m., February 14 – March 20, and Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., February 17-March 23. Please register with Sharon Heidenreich by February 5 via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 301-262-1408 and let her know which class (Sunday or Wednesday) you will attend and if you want a participant workbook ordered for you. Participant e-books are available at Cokesbury.com and Amazon.com for the Kindle. Led by Pastor Daniel and team.
- Alternative to Sunday Worship: If you are unable to attend a Sunday worship service, please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.for our Simple Prayer service. We sing hymns, read Scripture, and pray. All this in just 30 minutes.
- Visitation/Grieving/Healing Workshop: Join with others as they discover the grieving and healing process on Saturday, February 20, 2016at Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church, 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, 20772. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Cary F. Montgomery at either Cman77all@verizon.net or 240-381-5914.
- Citizens’ Police Academy: The Bowie Police Department will host its second Citizens’ Police Academy beginning March 1. The ten-week training session is a way to open up the lines of communication between the Police Department and the community it serves. Participants will learn from police officers and other members of the criminal justice system through interactive classes and facilitated discussion. There will be a variety of topics covered, including, but not limited to, internal investigations, tactical training technique, judgment enhanced training, citizen/police interaction and media relations. The sessions meet at the Bowie Police Department once a week on Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9 p.m., March 1 – May 3, 2016. To apply, please visit www.cityofbowie.org/police. Participants must be Bowie residents and 18 years of age or older. For more information, email email@example.com.
- UMM Gathering 2016: The Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Men will be holding its annual gathering March 11-12, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. The topic is “Be Bold and the Growth Will Be Told” with special guest speaker Bishop James W. Swanson, Jr.
- UMM/UMW Retreat: The United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women of the Baltimore-Washington Conference have joined hands in sponsoring a Spiritual Retreat on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The topic for the retreat is Domestic Violence, a subject important to all Christian men and women. The retreat will take place at the Conference Center at 11711 Market Place, Fulton, MD.
- Despite the weather and/or the season, the Men’s Wednesday Morning Breakfast is always in session and open to all. If you ever have aWednesday morning off, please join us at Rip’s at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and good fellowship.
Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. Prayer Call-dial 712-775-7031 and enter access code 111-576-270#.
Monday NO GLORIA RINGERS THIS WEEK
Tuesday NO BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK
11:00 a.m. Angel Gang – Room 126
5:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner – Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Board of Trustees – Room 126
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Group – Rip’s
10:30 a.m. Bible Study for Health – Room 125
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service – Sanctuary
Thursday 9:15 a.m. Jesus In the Gospels – Room 223
` NO CHOIR OR SPIRITMOVE THIS WEEK
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Church School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service – Sanctuary
2/17/2016 6:00 p.m. Soup and Salad Dinner – Fellowship Hall
3/11-12/2016 UMM Gathering 2016 – First United Methodist Church, Hyattsville, MD
4/30/2016 9:00 a.m. UMM/UMW Spiritual Retreat on Domestic Violence – BWC, Fulton, MD
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Bowie, MD 2071