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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

 The Christmas Cantata "A Blest Messiah Born - The Christmas Story through Timeless Carols" will be performed by our own chancel choir with additional vocalists and instrumentalists this Sunday, December 16th at 10:15 am.  Come, listen and enjoy!  

 

This Sunday all gifts are due for our Adopt-A-Family outreach at ARC, Elmwood Elementary School, and local schools. Please return gifts in gift bags with the gift tags in the bag by the 16th. If you did not have a chance to "adopt" and would still like to participate, you may make a donation to the church on Sunday that will be used to purchase gift cards for the families. Thank you for our generosity with this program.  

After services, the youth group will sort gifts for delivery. Youth and adults are needed. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.  

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.

FUMC is preparing and serving on Saturday, December 29 from 10-2 at Prince of Peace church in Edgewood.   We need 13 casseroles for that day (email Jamie for the recipe).  Casseroles need to be in a disposable foil pan and brought to the church anytime December 26-28.  Casseroles should be labeled as The 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 Jamie Bobo at 443-470-2060.

Our gift card program will be discontinued. Many thanks for your support this program. The last Sunday to place an order is this Sunday, December 16.

We are collecting hats and mittens for children and teenagers in need.  Please hang your donations on the tree in the Welcome Center.

 

Join the monthly men's group on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 pm for dinner and devotions at Fisherman's Catch at Forest Hill Bowling Alley. 

We are continuing our annual tradition of providing mailboxes for our church family.  You are welcome to put your Christmas cards in the appropriate slots (below the lettered boxes) addressed to anyone within our church family.  Check to see if you have received any cards!

As members of the United Methodist Church, we have been represented by the motto: open hearts, open minds, and open doors.  Tragically, there are situations and circumstances that make it difficult for us to live out this motto because we are afraid to open our eyes.  We are afraid to see the social and economic injustice, afraid to see the devastation caused by poverty, afraid to see situations that burden people and break the heart of God.  We are confronted, yet again, with the fierce urgency of now.

Friends, we must prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.  We, clergy and laity alike, must find the courage to open our eyes so that we might be prepared to provide comfort, encouragement and support to our brothers and sisters in Christ.  During the 2019 Special Session, the Council of Bishops will examine paragraphs in the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.  This can be an uncomfortable issue to talk about – we know.  Still, we have the charge from our Bishop to “be informed, be engaged, and be pro-active.” 

Please join with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and other members of the Baltimore Region, on Sunday, December 9, (3:00 to 5:00 pm) at Fallston United Methodist Church as we look at the proposed plans for the Way Forward.  Please join in the discussion of the impact on the local church and the global church.  This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eleanor Emerick (age 90) died on October 5.  Rev. Louis Emerick is a former pastor of our congregation. He and Eleanor were married for 72 years and were partners together in ministry.  You can send cards to: Rev. Louis Emerick, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.

Each year we gather with neighbors from our community and light up Fallston for all the world to see. December 2nd was a beautiful night.  Our tree, however, is dying so it will be replaced before the next growing season. A portion of our Christmas offering will go toward the new community Christmas tree. The wood from the current tree will be crafted into a cross that is used for our community walk to bless the schools and incorporated into the Good Friday service at St. Mark's Catholic Church.   A portion of our Christmas offering will go toward the new community Christmas tree. 

If you have not had a chance see the other videos, they are available for viewing on our Facebook page.  

Youth Zone (Middle / High) - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:00-8:30 PM - Dinner, Games, Small Group!

Senior High Youth - 4th Wednesday of each month - 7:00-8:30 PM - Small Group! 

Adult volunteers needed.  Contact Joy Bufano joy.bufano.gmail.com for more info or to sign up to help!

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!  Being part of a connecting group is one of the commitments we make when we join the church. It can be a truly uplifting part of our faith experience as an extension of the community we find in worship. We have many new connecting groups starting and we would love to have you join us!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on any of the groups. 

 Moms and Grandmoms in Prayer - Tuesdays – 9am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Men’s Book Study - Tuesdays – 7pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Women’s Book Study - Thursdays – 10am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Child Care Provided.

 Early Morning Study - Wednesdays – 7am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Men’s Burger Crawl - 2nd Wednesday Monthly – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Pastor-led Bible Study - Tuesdays 10am & Thursdays 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Coffee & Conversation at IHOP - Monthly - Fridays – 10pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Adult Sunday School - Sundays – 9am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Mom2Mom - 2nd Tuesday Monthly – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

We have a great mix of teachers who are excited to meet your children and teach them about God’s grace and love.

At 10:15, children pre-k through 5th grade begin in church with their families and then go to Sunday school after the children’s Impact Message. Middle and high schoolers go directly to their classrooms at 10:15.

It’s that time of year where we’d all like to be a little warmer.  Manna House is running low on cans of coffee and we need donations.  We are serving at Manna House on December 10 and an extra cup of coffee to those in need goes a long way!

The video says it all!

What an amazing week in Puerto Rico in October.  Thank you for your continued support with our missions and ministries.

No matter why you come, you are welcome here. There's something for everyone.  Please join us! 

 

 Dear First Responders,

 On behalf of the folks at Fallston Church, I want to thank you for your service to the community.  As people who count on you   to respond in times of fire or medical emergency, or domestic situation, we are grateful.

 I understand that, now, in this opioid crisis, that the majority of calls often are related to drugs and overdoses.  I’ve heard and shared with the congregation the kinds of horrors that have been shared with me, although muted because they were just too awful to share in church. We cannot imagine the tragedy of a twenty year old woman, paralyzed, because she had no oxygen for so long after an overdose; and first chance she gets, she does it again.  Or a dead mother with needles everywhere and her children begging her to wake up.  We cannot imagine the horror of finding in the back of a van, 3 young women from Malaysia, who thought they were coming to the US for a college education, only to be drugged and trafficked in the sex trade, until they are now heroin addicts.  We do see in our own families and among friends, the scourge of addiction.  Every family, it seems, has been impacted in some way as a young person gets hooked, or arrested, or in a car accident, or caught up in drugs.  So we see some of the horror of this crisis.

But for you, day after day, call after call, you see the depravity of the human condition and the ravage it wreaks upon families and human life.  You might even wonder where God is in this opioid crisis because it sure feels like evil is winning.

Throughout history, the world has experienced the wretchedness that humans inflict upon each other, be it war, slavery, or genocide. And good people have always risen to the occasion to end it.

Those good people this time include people like you—our first responders who respond to drug overdoses, hunt down buyers and sellers of drugs, and rescue people from themselves after driving under the influence.

God is present every time you go on a call.  This epidemic is shattering families but God is at work and good will win out as a result.  We have trusted that through the centuries and even now, we know it to be true.

We need you to take care of yourself and to trust your faith that God has this--for your own sake and that of your families.  We want you to watch out for each other, to see signs of PTSD in yourself and others and get the help you need.  You went into this business because you have a heart for service and I am sure it has been tainted by the opioid crisis.  But that servant’s heart can be rekindled.  Talk with your peers about the good calls, the times and places where people help each other.  Be reminded of the best of humanity and rekindle some spirit of optimism.

Remember those words from Jesus in Matthew, chp 11: 28-30. “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

You are not carrying the burden alone.  We commit to praying for you every day; and we are grateful for all that you do for us. Here at FUMC, we also will continue to educate people about the horrors of this crisis and what parents and grandparents can do.  Maybe it will save, or has saved a life.

Godspeed and God’s protection be with you every day.

Rev. Dr. Karin Walker

Fallston United Methodist Church

This past summer we used pups from our congregation to share our theme of Shipwrecked.  Check them all out on our YouTube Channel.  The link is at the top of this page.

  

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