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Join us for fun, fellowship, and growth. Bring your friends! We also have some special events planned too.
- September 24th - Youth Group
- September 24th (High School) - Social Justice Event, 3:00-4:30pm
- October 1st - Youth Group
- October 8th - Youth Group
- October 15th - Bonfire, 7:00-8:30pm
- Saturday, October 21st - Trunk or Treat, 3:00-5:00pm
- October 29th - Youth Group Costume Party
High School Event
Courageous Conversations: Social Justice Workshop
September 24, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm at Epworth UMC
Join this interactive discussion and workshop to share stories about injustice & resiliency spanning across generations. Hear personal narratives from elderly adults that may include - a Holocaust survivor, a former prisoner of a Japanese internment camp, and civil rights activists including African Americans, LGBT advocates, and Muslim Americans. Students from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts. Together, we will explore how to learn from both the past and present so that we can be proactive in our communities to combat fear & ignorance today.
Who? High School Youth. SSL hours will be provided!
Where? Epworth United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 9008 Rosemont Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Life Transitions: Navigating the Narrow Passages series
The Widow’s Might: Navigating the Passage to Emotional and Financial Well-Being
September 26, 2017, 12:30-2:00pm, Fellowship Hall
Starting this fall, Faith UMC will offer a monthly series with guest speakers who will help us prepare for significant changes in one’s life. The hope is that the talks themselves may evolve into support groups or new small group ministries. Each event will include a catered meal and panel discussion or lecture, followed by a time for questions and answers.
Our first event will be led by Laurie Halverson and a panel of Faith women who have travelled the path of widowhood. The panel will share their own “grounding tools” and practical tips for emotional and spiritual health following the death of a spouse. In addition, Tacy Paul Roby, a certified financial planner with a focus in helping women in financial transition…
Six-Week Study –
“Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet” Adam Hamilton
Mondays, September 25 to October 30, 2017
Choose from two options: 10:00am at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg or 7:30pm at the Church, Room 206. Led by Rev. Dr. Kathryn Woodrow.
Join Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness, exploring the sites of Moses’ life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of his life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.
Books ($10) will be available September 10 for purchase. Sign up online by selecting the time & location, or contact Gina Dawson.
Five-Week Study –
“Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, September 28 to October 26, 2017, Room 206
Anxiety is at an all-time high, but there is a prescription for dealing with it. Max Lucado invites us into a five-week study of Philippians 4, and the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon. The Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Christ, “Do not be anxious about anything…”
What’s he suggesting? That we should literally be anxious for absolutely nothing? Lucado says, “The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. It’s the life of perpetual anxiety that Paul wants to address. Don’t let anything in life leave you perpetually in angst.”
Books ($15) will be available September 17 for purchase. Sign up online
The Bucket Project
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00pm
“The Bucket Project” is coming back. Hurricane Harvey is expected to empty UMCOR warehouses of cleaning (flood) buckets. Last year we put together 36 buckets. Our goal this year is 72. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 29, 7:00pm to pack buckets.
You can also contribute by purchasing items or making a monetary donation. Learn more about how you can help
Five-Week Online Study –
“Fail: what to do when things go wrong” by Matt Miofsky
Sundays, 7:00-8:00pm, October 1-29, 2017 via Zoom Meeting
We all know the feeling. We take a leap, only to land flat on our face. Just when our plan appears to be perfect, it falls apart. Life’s failures and disappointments can make it difficult to move forward; how do we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off?
Author and pastor Matt Miofsky examines the life of Jeremiah, whose failed pursuits are described in more detail and depth than with any other prophet. Even though God set him apart to speak to the nation of Israel, Jeremiah’s attempts to fulfill his calling were met with ridicule, punishment, and suffering. But through it all, God never left his side.
Our group discussions will take place online via Zoom Meeting on Sunday nights. Books ($10) will be available in September for purchase. Sign up online
First Friday Film Night:
“Kingdom of Heaven”
October 6, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm, Room 205/206
Our next film in the “Embracing the Other” series is Kingdom of Heaven (rated R, 2005). Orlando Bloom leads an all-star cast (Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Eva Green, Alexander Siddig) in this sweeping adventure tale of a young knight fighting in the Crusades. But will the knight’s idealistic mission to save his people and his faith be transformed when he faces an “enemy” that may have more honor than his own army?
the Other book discussion: “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt
October 20, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm
When Wayne & Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community.