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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

 I invite you to join me in prayer and fasting through the end of August, as school gets ready to begin. Let us commit to praying for all of those living in fear in Baltimore, the families of the victims of the violence, and the first responders who provide care each time there is an act of violence.  And would you commit to fasting one meal a day through the end of August—either breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack a day, whatever makes you stop and think…as a reminder to pray, to think, to yearn for solutions for Baltimore, for violence, for the debate on gun control and violent videos and mental illness…it’s a very complicated topic but there have to be solutions and if we commit our time as disciples of Jesus to prayer and fasting around this, who knows what might emerge.

We don’t know if the public narrative will change but what will change is us.  We will be different as a result.  Let’s start tomorrow.  Pray and Fast and see what God will do with your heart!

Karin

Jesus was a healer who took every opportunity to see people’s hurts and he had compassion and empathy for them. Parish nursing is an opportunity for us to engage in health ministry that will bless our congregation members. We need your help in determining what would be most helpful to you.

Here are some of the thoughts of the team of nurses working on this:

  • Providing blood pressure screenings.
  • Coordinating education events around taking care of caregivers, depression, Alzheimer's, healthy eating, and fall prevention.
  • Clarifying medications and questions around surgery.
  • Introducing new pill packs.
  • Teaching how to flush IV’s and other procedures folks are sent home to do.

Please share your ideas with us as this ministry gets started. Coming Up Soon:  Alzheimer's Support Group—Tuesday nights.  See other articles for the CPR class and the Diabetes Workshop. 

Join us for the Nonagenarian Birthday Party after the late service on September 8WEAR PURPLE that day! It’s grandparents day and purple represents wisdom, dignity, independence, and creativity. Come and join the fun! Cake and refreshments for everyone. Cards are available!

Join Adult Fellowship on Thursday, August 22, 10am until noon in Providence Hall. We have 5 fleece blankets that are ready to tie. If you would like to add to the number, please see Lynne or Bonnie at the Project 1111 table on Sunday. They have blanket kits available to purchase.

The goal of this study is to make Revelation a book of the Bible that people are not afraid to pick up and read and study. It is the only book of the Bible that promises ‘a blessing to those who hear it and take it to heart’. 

We will use a video series led by Shane Wood, PhD that doesn’t push a theory or agenda - but attempts to simplify and demystify the book by using scripture to help understand scripture (Old Testament and New Testament).

Join us on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 for 10 weeks beginning September 10th. Please sign up in church or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have interest or any questions. 

The Sharing Table provides a free meal every Saturday to anyone in need. This meal provides nourishment for senior citizens, families with children, and anyone having a hard time making it through the month. There are no requirements and no qualifications. All in need of a good meal are welcome. Each family that visits the Sharing Table also receives a bag of groceries to take home.

Fallston UMC will be preparing and serving on Saturday, August 24th from 10-2 at Prince of Peace church in Edgewood. I am hoping that we can pull together about 14 casseroles for that day; as well as about 15 volunteers to help on that day. I can forward the recipe for what we will be serving that day to anyone willing to provide a casserole. Casseroles should be put in a disposable foil pan and brought to the church anytime on the Wed, Thurs or Fri of that week. Casseroles should be labeled as Sharing Table and placed in the freezer.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities to give back to our local community, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by email or phone at 443-470-2060. Any time you can give, whether for an hour, 2, 3 or 4 hours, is very much appreciated.

Upper Chesapeake Healthlink is offering a FREE six week program Living Well: Diabetes Self Management. We need at least 10 participants (members, neighbors, friends) to participate in order to hold the class and have it here. Sessions would be Mondays - September 16 - October 21 - 1:00-3:30 pm. Find all of the details on the flyer. Feel free to download and share! 

Many local children will be going to school this coming year who may not have the necessary supplies to help them be successful.  We have an opportunity to remedy that.  We will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for our local recipients from August 4-25.  Please place in baskets designated for ARC and Elmwood Elementary in the Welcome Center.  We thank you in advance for your generosity.  We will be packing the backpacks on August 25 in Providence Hall following the 10:15am service.  Your assistance would be appreciated!  Please contact Christina Randow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or if you can help with the backpack assembly. 

The list of school supplies needed are:  Backpacks, College-Ruled Paper, Wide-Ruled Paper, Marble Composition Books, School Glue, Glue Sticks, Protractors, 3-Ring Binders, Highlighters, Compass, Soft Pencil Cases, Pencils, Pens, Dividers, Erasers, Rulers, Colored Markers, Colored Pencils, Pocket Folders, Crayons, Index Cards, Scissors for Small Children, Scissors for Middle and High Schoolers, Dry Erase Markers, Post-It Notes, Spiral Notebooks

Have you ever wanted to read the whole Bible?  Ever wonder how it all came together and how it sticks together? Do you wish you understood it better and how to use it as a resource?

Here’s your chance!  The churches of the Fallston Ministerium are jointly hosting DISCIPLE Bible study.  It is a 34-week course that will change your life.  Learn about the Bible and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Know what each book is about and where to find what.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • *No previous Bible study experience necessary.
  • *Home reading in between class sessions.
  • *Great conversations with neighbors who will become friends on the journey.
  • *Pastors from different perspectives sharing leadership, engaging in the conversation, and eager to share.
  • WHEN:  Tuesdays, beginning September 10,  7-8:30pm.
  • WHERE:  Will rotate monthly among the churches.
  • COST:  $30 for your workbook (if a hardship, we’ve gotcha covered)

SIGN-UP:  Today in the welcome center or by calling or emailing the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need to order the books.

Please join us this October in a trip to Puerto Rico.  We are seeking 10 people to go for a week and work on the church building.  Dates are October 12-13 to 18-19 (working on best airfare).  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.asap if you are interested.  Time is of the essence to book the flights!

The house we stay in has beds, air conditioning, a pool in the back yard, and is only a quarter mile from the work site.  It is an absolute joy to be with these folks, spend time with them, and support them in this effort.  Please know that there are things to do for every skill level!  Dwayne Kregel is our lead for the trip.  RSVP your slot asap.  Cost: $500 (money that goes with us for materials) and the airfare (you pay directly).

Gently used men's casual clothing (sizes S,M,L) is needed and may be left in the basket marked Manna House in the welcome center. Thanks for your generosity in helping the homeless of Baltimore. 

As individuals when we join the church we agree to witness by inviting someone to come with us! Sunday, September 1 is a great opportunity to do that with Community Day. Invite a friend to church and to our annual end-of-summer picnic. Bring a dish to share and join in the fun. We will have a moon bounce, inflatable hungry hippo, giant twister game, cotton candy, face painting and more! 

It's been 2 years since we’ve offered CPR and AED training and our certifications are about to expire!  Attend this training to get certified for the first time or to get recertified$30 includes course materials, cost for trainers and certification paperwork.  Sign up in the Welcome Center or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  Limited spots, so register today.

Join us Sunday for The Wonders of Magic – How does he do that? You’ll be amazed by Mr. Bill’s sleight of hand, card tricks and magic stunts. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Special thanks to the many volunteers and families that helped to make VBS an incredible success. We hope you had a great time. Get comfy, turn on your ROAR CD (or your favorite music), and journey with us through our week using the power of pictures using the LINK.  

Would you or someone you know benefit from a deeply caring Christian conversation with a Stephen Minister? Stephen Ministers are trained to listen with a Christian ear. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Dear Friends,

We lifted up in prayer on Sunday the families and victims of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. The depravity of the human condition which leads young people to such horrendous action impacts us at our core. As fall arrives and school is back in session, let us keep in prayer our college students, young adults in trade schools, and those working in various fields. Let us pray that there would be room in their hearts and space in their lives for worship and a yearning for Jesus in their lives. Maybe God has placed someone in your life who could use some coaxing or guiding or mentoring. Maybe we can all step up in our outreach to young adults.  It beats feeling helpless. And it’s what I think Jesus would do.  Remember our vision is to become more like Him.

Blessings,

Karin

The 1111 Project is creating a VIDEO montage of veterans and active duty military in our lives. 

Here's what to do ... Bring a photo of veterans or active duty family members, friends or neighbors on Sunday mornings in July and early August. We will take a snippet of video of you and/or your family with your photo - telling us about that person. No one to bring a photo of .... no worries!  We can record a video clip of you saying thank you! If you prefer, you may take a picture on your own and email that to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or email her to schedule a time other than Sunday mornings to take your photo/video. We will put it all together for a video tribute! 

Thanks for helping us with as many pictures and voices of thank you as possible. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to join the team working on this project.

Ready to do something fun, exciting, that makes a huge difference to the reign of God in the world? Just email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the team you are interested in and we will be in touch!  

  1. Be part of our tech team.
  2. Be part of our worship team.
  3. Serve on the church council.
  4. Serve on the LOCK UP team.
  5. Serve on our Missions Team.
  6. Go to Puerto Rico in October on a mission from GOD!
  7. Develop a Parish Nursing Program.
  8. Help with FREE COFFEE Fridays!
  9. Join one of our choirs this fall (Kids, Youth, Handbell, Chancel)
  10. Help with back pack collection.
  11. Be trained to occasionally lead the kitchen crew for various church events.
  12. Coffee servers on Sundays.
  13. Serve at one of the soup kitchens.
  14. Join the team at Hart Heritage on a First Tuesday.
  15. Help create our videos.
  16. Help with Haiti missions.
  17. Be a greeter at 10:15am
  18. Be in charge of our landscaping!
  19. WEEDING!!
  20. Provide hospitality at conference event at FUMC Oct. 26.

Have you been looking for a regular way to serve the church? Do you have 1 Sunday a month from 8:00-11:30 free? Our tech booth is in need! We are looking for 2 high school youth and 2 adults to help on Sunday mornings! You are never alone and we promise to train and work along side you! Please consider joining us! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or come up and observe what we do on a Sunday morning.  

This month, we have been reminded that it was 50 years ago that humanity first walked on the moon.  If you have seen any of the footage and heard any of the reporting, you will remember that one of Buzz Aldrin’s first act was to partake in Holy Communion and recite those words of our Lord and Savior there in that place.  It is a powerful testimony to the transcendence of faith especially at that moment when you realize just how small earth really is.  Imagine the experience of seeing earth from the moon and the realization that our Creator is so much greater than our imagination can even comprehend. But in these most powerful words is an even deeper understanding—that this Creator God loved us so much that he sent His only Son to make sure we got it right, that He loves us unconditionally, with a love so extravagant that it is incomprehensible.  Try that for a mind-blowing day dream!

Blessings,

Karin

Join us this August for a series on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.  From Commandments Jesus’ Way to Don’t Worry, Be Happy—he was on a roll with powerful images that undergird us with strength and encouragement.

Confirmation class for 7th graders and older begins in September. We will learn about faith, have some fun, and be involved in community service. Pick up an information packet in the Welcome Center under the mailboxes. Please return the information page to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for continuing to use the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email for announcements you wish to be placed in the bulletin, on the website and in the weekly e-Enlightener. This email automatically distributes to Carole Cover, Alison DeVack, Tonya Chandler and Pastor Karin. Thank you for having all bulletin and e-Enlightener information in by Tuesday of each week.  

Looking for a way to get involved? We currently have 4 humanitarian projects for the 2019-2020 school year with The Haiti Project. 

The backpack program

The backpack program provides school supplies and gifts for Haitian children.  We start assembling the backpacks in June and July; so we can shop for and send them in time for the start of school. Right now I don’t have the names/gender/ages of the students who will be returning this fall. Those that would like to participate in this project, should start thinking about the generic items, like hygiene and school supplies. The gifts would be based on information we receive about returning children. 

Tuition program

There are no public schools near the small rural town where the children live. Our students attend a school, sponsored by the local small church.  All students rely on sponsorship to attend school.  The tuition is $30 per month and the school year is 10 months long (September through June).  Many of our sponsored children literally,  have been saved from a Restavec situation.  Jean Rolain Marc was provided tuition starting in 2014 when I started the program; He was 14 years old and had never had the opportunity to attend school; He is now in the 6th grade and doing well.  The difference between servitude and illiteracy or at least a high school education is a sponsor.  If you have previously sponsored a child and wish to be a returning sponsor, please let me know.  New sponsors are always welcomed.  We provided sponsors for 73 children in the 2018-2019 school year. Richard says there are already additional student applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

School shoes

School children must wear black oxfords or Maryjane type shoes to school.  Each year we collect new or very gently used shoes for the school children.  Some of the kids walk 45 minutes to an hour one way to school; so shoes need to be sturdy. (See second picture).  I asked Richard, that they include the shoe sizes, for sponsored children this year so we can plan better;  shoes that are donated can be US shoe sizes. The children range from Pre-K to high school. Our oldest student is a fellow, that is 24!

Medical clinic

We just completed a medical clinic in Desarmes, Haiti,  the rural community that we serve.  Richard Jean Baptiste, the coordinator for all of our projects, is a newly minted MD.  The finishing touches still need to be completed, but Richard has already started to provide some minimal medical assistance to the community.  (Third picture)  He is the first person in his local area to achieve higher education.  We hope that through our mission to educate the younger children, he will not be the last.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the table in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.  

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