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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

Are you ready for a Summer filled with FUN? Camp Awesome begins this week and every Sunday is uniquely different! Camp Awesome starts in the sanctuary at 10:15am for our children pre-k thru 5th grade. Then we're off to experience "awesomeness"!  You won't want to miss a week! 

We kick off summer with Tie Dye Shirts and Games this week! Dress for mess so you can create your own personal Camp Awesome t-shirt to wear on Sundays this summer. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details or to make arrangements to volunteer this summer.  

If you are considering becoming a member please join us to learn more. We will meet this Sunday in the conference room after the 10:15 service. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you can attend. Childcare will be provided if requested.

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 9 or 10:15am
  18. Be in charge of our landscaping!
  19. WEEDING!!
  20. Provide hospitality at conference event at FUMC Oct. 26.

Disciple Bible Study will be offered this fall.  It is a 32 week course of reading the Bible all the way through.  It is a great experience and one you won’t want to miss.  More details forthcoming! 

"Free Coffee Fridays" practice run tomorrow, Thursday from 7-8am.  If you're passing the church, please stop in and get a free cup of coffee as we put our system into practice before starting the real thing on Friday. 

We could still use a few more people to help with the Free Coffee Friday ministry.  If you can help from 5:30-8:30am on 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19 or 7/26 please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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..

June 12 to July 7. The following items are needed:  rice, instant potatoes, pancake mix, syrup, jelly, tea bags, canned juice, canned fruit and protein energy bars.  The deadline is July 7. Thank you for your generosity!

Come and serve breakfast with us at Manna House. 5 additional people are needed each day: Thursday, June 20, Monday, July 15, Monday, July 22, Friday, August 9, Friday, August 23, Friday, September 13, or Friday, September 27th.  We meet at church at 6:45 and are back before lunchtime. Sign up in the Welcome Center.

Unable to volunteer? Cans of coffee donated by us are used so that the homeless may have a larger and/or second cup of coffee. Coffee may be brought Sunday mornings and left in the Welcome Center for us to take when we volunteer. Thanks for your generosity. Question? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

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.

Registration is open for participants in pre-k through 5th grade and for volunteers entering 6th grade and up (including adults).  There’s something for everyone!

  • free dinner with family and friends
  • engaging activities, songs and games for pre-k and elementary students
  • fun volunteer opportunities for teens and adults
  • meaningful information sessions for adults

Easy online registration for participants, volunteers and adults - vbspro.events/p/fallston-umc-vbs-roar.  All participants who sign up by June 30 will get a free ROAR CD. Those who sign up after June 30 will receive a CD while supplies last. So be sure to sign up today!

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.  

We have a great series planned for this summer on the Sermon on the Mount: the teachings of Jesus. Your favorite songs, lemonade lulls, Camp Awesome during the 10:15 service for kids, and much more. Come, relax, enjoy, love the summer!

Friends,

June is a time of transitions! There are graduations, weddings, shifting from the school year to summer-time, and vacations.

Lots of people are on the move and making plans they hope will come to fruition. In the book of Joel, God says, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

God desires for us abundant life but we know that sometimes life seems less than good. But our future is secure in the Lord. Because of Christ, there is always hope and always a future. Sometimes it takes hindsight to fully understand how God is present and at work, but that’s the promise. And God’s promises are good.

Enjoy the summer,

Karin

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.  

We've had many requests for additional blessing bags that can be handed out to the homeless.  Our kindergarten through 4th grade classes assembled over 60 bags last Sunday.  The blessing bags are available in the Welcome Center after all services.  
 
 

Friends,

It was a joy to have Richard Jean Baptiste in worship with us this Sunday.  He leads the missions we support in De Sarmes, Haiti.  As he was speaking, he shared a little about the child slavery trade that happens in Haiti.  When you are vulnerable (ie. poor or lack family structure), you are a potential target to become restavek. Children are essentially taken from their homes, and forced to work, sometimes far away from home, and parents never see them again. We don’t hear much about this on the news just like we don’t hear about the street children in Brazil, or those forcibly enscripted into the army, as children, in El Salvador. When you have a chance today to hug your children, tell them you love them and the lengths to which you go to protect them.

Since there were some questions about what a restavek child is, these three links offer good explanations: 

The two children in the photos have been in our school program since 2014 until they suddenly disappeared this year.  They have likely been sold. 

What Richard didn’t share in church was that his mother was not a maid, but a restavek and was 18 when he was born.  If it had not been for the chance to go to a mission school, he would never had the opportunity to become an MD. 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.

Karin

Join us each Sunday in June as we hear about the escapades of Peter, Jesus’ go-to man, and yet he failed countless times. Still, God used him to be the cornerstone of the church and flawed though he might have been, he was crucial to the church of Jesus Christ. God calls each of us into service, flawed though we might be. What’s God up to in your life?

A new email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been set up for announcements you wish to be placed in the Bulletin, Enlightener, Newsletter, etc. This email address will automatically distribute your information to Tonya Chandler, Carole Cover, Alison DeVack and Pastor Karin.  No more guessing who to send your information to.  Please make certain to have all bulletin and e-Enlightener information in by Tuesday of each week and all newsletter information in by the 24th of each month.  Thank you!  

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. 

  • Men’s Book Study - Tuesdays – 6:30pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Early Morning Study - Wednesdays – 7am - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pastor Karin's Book Study - Tuesdays 10am & 6:30pm - 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.
  • Moms and Grandmoms in Prayer - Mondays - 10am - 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.
  • Men’s Burger Crawl - 2nd Wednesday Monthly – 6:00pm - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adult Fellowship - Monthly - Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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