All members of Christ's
universal church are called to share in the ministry which is committed to
the whole church of Jesus Christ. Therefore, each member of the
United Methodist Church is to be a servant of Christ on mission in the
local and worldwide community. This servanthood is performed in
family life, daily work, recreation and social activities, responsible
citizenship, the stewardship of property and accumulated resources, the
issues of corporate life, and all attitudes toward other persons.
Participation in disciplined groups such as covenant discipleship groups
or class meetings is an expected part of personal mission involvement.
Each member is called upon to be a witness for Christ in the world, a
light and leaven in society, and a reconciler in a culture of conflict.
Each member is to identify with the agony and suffering of the world and
to radiate and exemplify the Christ of hope. The standards of
attitude and conduct set forth in the
Social Principles shall be considered as an essential resource for
guiding each member of the Church in being a servant of Christ on mission.
Members of the congregation offer prayers and devotions. Take time every couple of days to view our TOWSON PRAYS BLOG.
We have an active prayer vine responding to the concerns of our members and friends, with its participants receiving the prayer requests by telephone or email. Requests, and for those who would like to join our Prayer Vine, please call Jennifer Mergerian at 443-567-3317
TUMC's Prayer Shawl Ministry
How can you contribute to our Prayer Shawl Ministry?
We welcome all who are interested in participating in this ministry. No special skills are required - instruction in knitting and crocheting can be provided for novices. Gatherings are scheduled three times monthly for your convenience - the group meets on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday from 6-8 PM in the church Parlor AND the 3rd Tuesday morning from 9-11 AM -- every month year-round.
Make and donate shawls even if you cannot attend the meetings. (Brochures are available with instructions.) Need a "shawl-in-a-bag" to get started? See below.
Distribute "shawl-in-a-bag" kits for anyone who would like to make a shawl for our ministry. Each bag has instructions, a set of needles, and enough yarn for one shawl.
Donate yarn, knitting needles, and/or crochet hooks, as well as coupons to local craft stores (e.g., JoAnn's, Michaels, A.C. Moore). Look for collection bin in the church lobby.
Start a knitting/crocheting group within your neighborhood, family, or work community. We will provide support in getting small groups started in retirement communities, senior centers, or other locations, if you contact us.
Volunteer to teach others how to knit/crochet.
Pray for the ministry and those who receive our shawls.
A NEW sign directing walkers to the path of the labyrinth has been “planted” at the edge of the woods. The labyrinth, constructed by Dan Matlin in 2005 as an Eagle Scout project, is a spiritual walk to the cross in the center. Enjoy some quiet time with God in our “sanctuary in the woods.”
Many thanks to Bud Rough for constructing the sign, to Dave Turlington for “planting” the sign, and to the Sojourner Sisters for planting spring bulbs along the path.
If you haven’t walked the TUMC Labyrinth, Spring and Fall is a nice time of year to try it. Located in the Cassen Memorial Park in the wooded area next to the church parking lot, this peaceful path offers a unique and special way to connect with God. You can take as much time as you’d like to walk along the stone-lined circuits of the labyrinth. The same path that takes you into the center brings you back out. There are no “dead ends” and no wrong turns. Spend time in the labyrinth in prayer or meditation. It might give you peace in a hectic world, respite from the worries of your daily life, or a chance to be with God in a way that you have never before experienced—or maybe all three!
After walking through the woods, make sure you check yourself for deer ticks, many of God’s four legged creatures live in the Park.
UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONALS
The latest issue of the Upper Room daily devotionals in regular and large print are available in the main lobby of the church. Look for them on the counter under the stained glass window display. The suggested donation is $1.00. If you are unable to come to church to pick one up, call the church office and we will gladly send one to you. 410-823-6511
THE CRIBBERY: CARING FOR OUR LITTLE ONES -- Did you know...
-- We have wonderful paid
caregivers in the Cribbery (Nursery) every Sunday
Niches are available for purchase by contacting Judy Hobbs at 410-337-9013.