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Emmanuel UMC in Laurel, MD

EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

10755 Scaggsville Rd. in Laurel, MD 20723
www.EUMCLaurel.org // 301-725-5200 // office@eumclaurel.org

Emmanuel Preschool can be reached at 301-725-5178 or www.emmanuelpreschool.com.
THIS SUNDAY AT EMMANUEL: NOVEMBER 28, 2021

You can find our 9am & 10:45am Worship Service Live-Stream HERE, with our bulletin HERE, and read HERE about the current sermon series!

Emmanuel is happy to welcome fully vaccinated adults & accompanied children back into the Sanctuary for 9am traditional & 10:45am contemporary worship! All attendees must wear masks that cover both mouth and nose and be safely seated. Both services will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel!

Questions? Contact Becky at office@EUMCLaurel.org.
If you would like a joy or concern shared publicly during Sunday worship, please fill out a digital joys & concerns card HERE. Don't forget to mention your name and whether you want them shared with just staff, during the service, or on our prayer list below. Alternatively, you can email Rev. Kim at RevKim@eumclaurel.org.
 
For Prayer List,
Birthdays,
Anniversaries >>>
TOGETHER AT TEN RESUMES THIS SUNDAY!

T@T is Back! Together @ Ten will resume in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Individually wrapped snacks and coffee will be served!  Masks will be worn when not eating.  Doors will be open for ventilation and social distancing will be observed. If you would like to help with T@T, there are several things we need! Donations of individually wrapped snacks can be dropped off at the church office or in the narthex (please label them "For T@T"). Monetary donations can be sent to support the purchase of items (please write "For T@T" on the memo line of your check). Volunteers are needed to wash cups and glasses at 10:35 each Sunday. Questions? Contact Becky at office@eumclaurel.org

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE
After a wonderful Consecration Sunday we are happy to report that as of Monday afternoon, we have collected: 45 pledges totaling $206,293.95 for 2022. Thank you to all of you who have already pledged! If you haven't turned in your pledge sheet, you can turn them in anytime at the church office, at a Sunday service, or even via email at office@eumclaurel.org. You can download a blank pledge sheet here or fill out an online version here. Whatever is most convenient for you! Interested in learning more about stewardship at Emmanuel in general? Just click here.
EMMANUEL IS BACK AT ELIZABETH HOUSE!
Emmanuel is once again serving as the host for Elizabeth House in Laurel on the first Saturday of each month!

You can sign up for a shift to help out by clicking here.
If you have questions, contact Patricia at Pldelkmercer@yahoo.com.

A huge thank you to our wonderful coordinators who continue to serve: Ray Mercer, Patricia Delk-Mercer, and Tina Armstrong!

Our upcoming dates to serve at Elizabeth House are:
December 4th
2021 LARS HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Once again, the EUMC family will help LARS make its Holiday Program a success. EUMC will contribute to all three parts of the 2021 Holiday program by (1) adopting 5 families and giving wrapped presents and gift cards to 12 children and their parents; (2) giving about 25 unwrapped gifts to children, and (3) donating about 25 gift cards to help families with food for the holidays.

Here is the link to the list of gifts. Please look over the list and sign-up to donate a gift or gift card. Please wrap all gifts (unless the request is for an unwrapped gift) and mark each one with the information before the specific gift, such as 106 AJR:7(F)—this is the family number and the child’s initials, age and gender. If you are donating a gift card, please put each gift card in a separate envelope and make sure the value is indicated on the card.

All gifts and donations will be due on Sunday, December 5th. Plan to drop off your gifts and donations in the Fellowship Hall at the Church from 8:30am – 11:00am on Sunday, December 5, 2021. If you need to drop off your gifts early, you can bring them to Church on Sundays from 8:30am – 10:00am or contact Becky Barbusca at office@eumclaurel.org to deliver them to the church office. Don’t forget to wear your mask when dropping off the gifts.

Also, a few more volunteers are needed to help with this program, especially with the gift collection on December 5th and the gift delivery to LARS between December 6th and December 10th. If you can help or if you have any questions, contact Carolyn Taylor at donbri12@verizon.net. Thanks in advance for your generosity and support.

POINSETTIAS FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

You can now place orders for Christmas Poinsettias and Advent gifts. Just fill out this downloadable form or give online at www.eumclaurel.org/donate-now/ before December 5th!

Contact Becky (office@eumclaurel.org) with any questions.
CLIMATE & COMMUNITY

Church and Society Announces 
2021 Winter Webinar Series 

As people of faith, we have a special calling to honor all of creation and establish justice.

Climate & Community: A Faithful Action for Climate Justice 
Held on Zoom December 6-9, 2021
Hear from experts and assemble toolkits to help us take the next steps in climate justice, 

Register for each session below! 
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL CONCERT & CELEBRATION ON SUNDAY, DEC. 12TH!

"A Sunday Kind of Love" Concert Dec. 12 6:00-8:00

Join us to celebrate the Ministry of Reverend Kim Capps!

Listen to some great music, reconnect with old friends, make new ones and savor the taste of community in a coffee-house atmosphere. Singer Songwriter Laura Baron, on guitar and vocals, will be joined by Pat Baron Quinn on vocals & bass, and Dave Yivisaker on keyboard. Laura is known for her Jazz-tinged world music, infectious pop and soulful acoustic performances. Bring some cookies or an appetizer to share, and we'll provide tea & hot chocolate. For more on Laura Baron, or to hear her music go to laurabaronmusic.com.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS @ EMMANUEL
Interested in reading more about Emmanuel's Advent & Christmas services & activities?

Read about the full schedule by clicking here.
EMMANUEL BLOOD DRIVE UPDATE - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
 
The donations from Emmanuel's September 28 Red Cross Blood Drive already have been used to help our neighbors.  The donations were used at the following hospitals:
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • George Washington University Hospital
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Hospital
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital

Our next blood drive is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  To schedule a donation:
1. Go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results... or
2. Go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter Sponsor Code: Emmanuel UMC.

Please contact Chris Bryant at 240-460-8536 with any questions.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S SERVICE

 

There are three ways for children to volunteer at the 4:00 Christmas Eve service!



 

Participate in the virtual children’s choir, or participate in the children’s choir live at 4pm on Christmas eve, or you can participate in the service in the service itself – we need both actors and readers!

Please contact Donna Meoli at EUMCYouth@eumclaurel.org to volunteer.

 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

   

789 pounds of food donations from Bond Mill Elementary School were delivered to LARS on Friday, Nov. 19th thanks to Becky Harding, Frank Greenlee, Bob Kerr, and coordinator Rod Sams. Way to go!
RAIN GARDEN MAINTENANCE - THANK YOU!


A special thanks to Don Scruggs for helping transform the rain garden by raking the cuttings, taking them home, shredding into mulch and spreading back into the rain garden. 

Many thanks to Bob Kruz for picking up 50 free plants from EcoWorks' nursery in Jessup and to Peggy MacDonald for gardening advice.  

The rain garden transformation:

 
If interested in helping in the spring and summer, please contact Liz at eumcgreenteam@gmail.com

NOTES OF THANKS
Did you know that Emmanuel recently donated $150 to UMCOR and $1,000 to Bridges to Housing Stability? You can read more about these donations by clicking the links above.
 CLASSES & GROUPS NEXT WEEK @ EMMANUEL

Monday 11/29: Monday Book Study with Pastor Edgardo @ 9:30am & 7:00pm

Wednesday 12/1: Zoom Lunch w/ Rev. Kathleen Charters @ 12:15pm. This week's featured question: What is Advent? What do you do to prepare for Christmas?


Wednesday 12/1: Prayer Line Call w/ Emmanuel Prayer Ministry @ 7:30pm - For information on how to join the Prayer Line, click HERE.

Visit www.eumclaurel.org/online-gatherings for a full list of classes and links to the Zoom meetings!
WE ARE EMMANUEL
 
Emmanuel UMC embraces Jesus’ message that God loves everyone and we affirm that all persons are of sacred worth. We believe that every human being is created and gifted by God; therefore every human being is invited to be part of our church.

We welcome into our fellowship, membership, and leadership, all people, regardless of age, economic reality, education, ethnicity, faith history, family structure, gender identity, nationality, disability, race, sexual orientation, and life experience.
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