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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

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

       

 

Dear Friends,

This has been an awakening week in our country. People have risen to the occasion to point out the injustice done to George Floyd by a police officer who had a history of complaints against him. Men and women, black and white and brown all stood up to say this isn’t who we are as a society in this country. Peaceful protestors made their presence known in positive ways, united for the purpose of dismantling racism in our country.

Then a small group of troublemakers began looting, fighting, and causing great destruction in our cities across the country, subverting the primary message and distorting the purpose of the protests. And attacks against police officers randomly began to take place.

That’s where we come in! We, the church of Jesus Christ, stand for peace and justice. It’s who we are as people of God. If we follow Jesus’ teachings and attempt to be like Jesus, we know that racism does not have a place in our culture or in our lives. We must embrace one another, lean on each other, and trust one another to have honest conversations about our own attitudes and prejudices. Let’s make sure the world knows we are Christians by our love for one another.

There are two opportunities coming up this week to join in good conversations around racism:

  • Saturday Night Senior High Youth 6:10 pm around the fire pit 
  • Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm (4 Wednesday nights)—see article in this newsletter.

As we celebrate Peace with Justice this Sunday, let’s have the courage to say this is an important issue for our time and that each of us can learn from one another. We can continue to pray for God’s help as we seek a path forward.

Blessings,  Karin

We will have cups and wafers that are pre-packaged available for you on Saturday night.  If you would like to pick up one for Sunday morning LIVESTREAM worship, they are sitting outside the door on a table in separate baggies.  We will bless our gifts and if you can’t pick one up, you can gather bread and juice at your home.

Are you finding it hard to process current events? Are you saddened by the death of George Floyd and so many other African American men, but are unsure how rioting is a solution? Are you more comfortable saying “All Lives Matter” and believe we shouldn’t make it so much about race? Are you ready to act in ways that end racism and bring the peace of Christ to our world? Then this Bible Study is for you. We will read the book White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo and read passages of scripture that will help us to discuss issues of race, bias, and equity. Everyone is in different places on their journey and all are welcome to grapple with the hard topics that are impacting our world today. Please join us for 4 Wednesdays beginning June 10 at 7:00 via Zoom. Questions? Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study9am-10am. Join us for a study of the miracles of Jesus. Discover evidence of God at work in our world right now, and in our lives. You can join by zoom or by phone. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up if you haven’t already let Pastor Karin know you are interested!

Grab a sandwich or soup and ZOOM as we share lunch together and good conversation. Folks are eating a lot of meals alone these days! Have some company and some fun. Join the party! Starts June 10! Email Kendell to get the link sent to you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Adult Sunday School is starting a new study Sunday, June 7th by Zoom. We will be reading and discussing The Miracle and Power of Blessing by Maurice Berquist.  Maryanne Chatfield recommended this book and we are excited to read it together.  It is available as a free download using the link below. Please email Sharon Gardener (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to join us on Sunday mornings following service at 10:00 AM.  All are welcome to join us, members and friends alike!  

We are continuing with The Book of Titus as we meet again virtually this Thursday June 4th at 6.30pm.  This is a Letter from Paul to Titus, a young pastor sent to minister to the island of Crete with 3 assignments:  1) clean up the mess, 2) teach sound doctrine, 3) refute false teachings.  The Letter also demonstrates- why ‘doing good‘ matters.  

We will watch clips from videos led by Chip Ingram followed by a discussion. This week will be Part 2 on Titus  2:11-3:15.  All men are welcome. No need to have attended prior sessions.  Contact John Varvaris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join us. 

MANNA HOUSE

Manna House is seeing a surge in those needing food and we are glad we can help. They are not serving inside but are providing hot meals, specifically casseroles. Here are the next few dates (all are Tuesdays) when we are delivering sandwiches, casseroles, socks, and other food items that are of an instant variety. Please have items to the church by 9:00 AM on Tuesdays.  June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug 4 and 18

SHARING TABLE

The Sharing Table is distributing groceries and casseroles to families each week. We are collecting and distributing weekly. Casseroles are being collected as needed. Stay tuned for the next date. Casseroles for the Sharing Table are best when divided into two smaller trays so that they can distribute to as many families as possible.

The most requested item among the homeless is socks. Athletic socks are preferable. Look for the bin outside the church that says SOCKS. You can donate anytime and know that a grateful soul living on the street is glad to get a dry pair. Men’s sizes are especially needed.

Join us for a great ceremony that celebrates a wonderful achievement.  All graduates welcome!

June 14 at 7:00 pm 

Pomp and circumstance, and a great worship/ceremony that you won’t forget. Social distancing policies will be observed and further details sent later. Send names of the graduates to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Our confirmation class will join the congregation on Sunday, June 7 with a service at 6:00 pm outback in our outdoor worship space. We will be recording for the congregation to watch from home. Watch for a link on Sunday.

Our prayer shawls and blankets are being packaged in plastic bags! If you would like prayers for someone and/or a blanket, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen ministers are actively working during COVID 19 by continuing to connect with their care receivers. If you would love to have someone to talk to during this tumultuous time, Stephen Ministers are practicing social distancing and are available to connect through phone, text, email, face time, Zoom or Skype. Stephen ministers will provide Christian encouragement through scriptures, prayers and a listening ear. What a great way to bring God and his Word into our everyday life during COVID 19. Please email Pastor Karin to receive support from a Stephen Minister. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pastor Danny and Anastasia will move into the parsonage of the Presbury UMC on June 15. Help us welcome them with socially-distanced open arms! We are collecting cards and notes to share with them, and some gift cards for various restaurants. Their first Sunday with us will be July 5th.  You can drop off cards in the drop off bin at church!

 August 31 at Winters’ Run. Come and join us for a great time. Click the picture to access and download the brochure.

 

 

Vacation Bible School is coming! Some things will stay the same and other things will be different. We will still have a lot of fun as we learn different bible verses, songs and lessons.  But, we will not be having dinner and we will be in smaller groups with more outside stations so we can spread out.  This is a work in progress! Please contact Michele Louderback (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you’d like to help with planning or during VBS.  

Pickleball courts have been drawn outside on the lower parking lot.  Contact Lynda Deck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Savannah is one of our own! If you would like to help Troop #2165 as they work to help our earth, please leave plastic in the marked bin in the lower parking lot.  Thank you! 

Did you miss a service? Did you want to re-watch a favorite part? Did you want to share with a friend? Click the date for a link or contact Tonya Chandler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) other services.

Everyone is welcome even if you are not a member of FUMC. You are most welcome!  All small groups are currently using Zoom or a call number. 

  • Men’s Group - Thursday nights! 6:30-7:45 pm Contact John Varvaris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    Pastor Karin's Study - Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 am.  Contact the church (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Morning Small Group - Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 am. Contact Deb Sugg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Wednesday Lunch Bunch - 12:00 pm (every other Wednesday). Contact Kendell Daly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Prayer Group - 7:00 am on Fridays. Contact Pastor Karin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Adult Sunday School - 10:00 am Sundays. Contact Sharon Gardner for details (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Youth Zone - Wednesdays; Youth Sunday School Pajama Parties - Sundays. Contact Joy Bufano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Many thanks to those who have mailed or dropped off their giving to Fallston United Methodist Church!  Thanks also to those people who have converted to EFT giving.  We are blessed to have such a caring church family.

If you are interested in setting up e-giving, you have 2 options:

  1. You can complete the attached form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail it to the church and we will set it up for you. 
  2. You can set up online giving through our website (www.fallstonumc.org).  Go to “e-Giving” (bottom of the page) and click on “Give Now.”  From there you can setup a profile and indicate the fund, dollar amount of your giving, the frequency (one time, once a week, once a month, etc.) and start date of your e-giving.

If you have any questions, please call Carole Cover at 410-877-7255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trust in God at all times, oh people; pour out your heart before Him; for God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

When you are watching the news or catching it on your ipad or phone, clearly there are those whom we trust to provide for us the information we need during this crisis. Let’s always remember too that we can lean on God, and trust that God will see us through. So, when you are frightened or anxious, trust in God to hear your prayers. When you are doing everything you can to stay safe and still not sure where this is all going, lean into God and ask for God’s spirt of comfort. Just like you rely on medical experts for accurate intel about how to deal with the virus, we can rely on God to help us deal with our spiritual well-being.

And in God’s service to that end, our Stephen’s Ministers are ready to help. Maybe you would like a companion for this journey, someone to give you a call each week, and reassure you. Let me know and I will set that up for you. They are very willing to help right now! It’s totally confidential and for the 20 something folks who already have utilized our SM program, it works. Give it a try!

Blessings,

Karin

This verse has always been one of my favorites. One of the jobs I had while in seminary was as a “stock person.”  I would meet the truck at 4:30am and unload it at a large chain drug store.  The heaviest things to lift off the belt were windshield washer fluid by the case and Prestone.  I could not lift them.  But it was just me.  I would think about that verse and ask for God’s help, but I could not do it (and probably not good for me to try). In utter desperation, I sat down wondering what to do.  The truck driver, named Pete, came into the store to see what the hold up was.  He said, oh, nobody ever lifts that stuff.  Let me show you how we do it.  So he went and a second cart and lowered the belt so that it slid right onto the cart.  It made me realize that the Lord does strengthen us but sometimes not with sheer strength but through working with others.  If you are in need of strength, reach out to others.  Join a Bible study this week or prayer time (scheduled for Friday morning at 7am).  None of us are an island and we are stronger together!!

Blessings, Karin

1. So many people have offered to help deliver groceries, make sandwiches, and help in some way.  We are really grateful for the ways our faith community always rises to the occasion.  If you would like to have groceries delivered, please give me a call!  We have people willing to help!

2. Know someone who could use a phone call, just to talk? Please let Pastor Karin know!

3. If you are laid off or going through difficult financial times, and have a concern about money, please give Pastor Karin a call. We can help.

4. If you find yourself watching the news constantly and hear the minute by minute updates, consider shutting it off for a few hours so you can clear your head and your heart. Let it go for a while and focus on important things like focusing on family; or read a book, take a walk.

Lord we understand more and more, by and by, our frailty and dependence upon you our Lord and Savior. We are grateful that when life as we know it shifts every hour that you are the same God, always and forever, and you are forever the One upon whom we can rely.

Hear our pleas for a world that is reeling from this sickness, for folks who have contracted the virus, for those who are living in fear every day. We pray for the sick in our hearts, for those with compromised immune systems, and for everyone recovering from surgery. Bless all of them as they recover.

We pray for families with loved ones in nursing homes and the hospitals where visitation is not allowed right now. Provide comfort and hope for them and for their care givers each day. Surround them with loving help. We do indeed pray for these health care workers, nurses and doctors, our first responders, and those working in hospitals as aids, housekeepers. We understand how they put their own well-being at risk every day. We are grateful for them, Lord, and are grateful for their spirit of doing what they can for their neighbors.

So, Lord, help us to do our part as well. Help us to play by the rules that have been instituted for our own well-being and for that of others. Help us to be able to help neighbors in need and to continue to find ways to be the church even in days of tumult. Use us for your kingdom work.

Lord, we know that in you there is hope and that this too will come to an end. Give us patience and encouragement for the journey. We know this will change us. May it change us for the better. Help us find ways to embrace our current reality to realize the blessings that can be counted. May we spend extra quality time with family. May we write nice notes to people, cook food for our family with love; may we spend more time reading the Bible, engaging in study, and more time to smell the flowers. May we acknowledge our stress, read a Psalm, and offer it all to you.

And Lord, by your grace, may we shine brightly in the world, to our neighbors, family and friends, that all might be reassured that even though darkness came into the world, the Light of Christ will always overcome it. In the name of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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.  

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