From the Pastor

Mid-Week - 2015-03-18

Dear Friends,

What a weekend! Great food and great music on Saturday evening for the youth spaghetti dinner and then more great food on Sunday at the chili and potato bar “potluck” – lots of fun. I am so glad that so many of you came out to support our youth mission projects by eating spaghetti – and then we had such a great crowd for the chili event as well. What wonderful opportunities for building community and getting to know each other just a little more each time.

And while we’re on the subject, congratulations to our chili champs:

  1. Kelly Fairhurst
  2. Steve Marroulis
  3. Tom Surber

People’s Choice – Sandy Kramer

Worship this week

This Sunday’s theme from our study is the Soundtrack for The God Story, and the meditation will be a time of singing hymns and songs of the cross. I look forward to seeing all of you in worship!

You might want to know (and start inviting people you know) that we will be hosting an egg hunt for the Reisterstown Community Association on Saturday, March 28, as part of their Eggstravaganza, one of the events to promote business on Main Street.

Our own, RUMC Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 9:00 am, followed by crafts for the children and our first-Saturday Community Kitchen. Last names beginning with A – M please bring donuts, S – Z please bring a healthy snack.  We are also collecting plastic Easter eggs, filled with wrapped candy and taped shut.

I hope that many of you will join us for lunch that day and share in fellowship with our neighbors who come for a good, hot meal. Our Egg Hunt is open to the community as well, so please invite the children in your neighborhood to come and enjoy!

Blessings on you,

Vivian

Come Join Us

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Membership means taking on several responsibilities by making several promises.

We promise to pray for each other and the church, to be there — our presence, to offer our gifts of both time and money, to serve in the church and beyond the church, and to witness to our faith.

It is not necessary to be a member of RUMC to participate in pretty much all of United Methodist Church our ministries. There are a few offices that a non-member cannot hold because of our church law, but other than that, you are welcome to be a fully participating part of the RUMC faith family. We will care for you in every way (such as funerals, weddings, etc.), whether you are a member or not.

It is my prayer that many of those who visit will feel called to become members of the church, but you are welcome to be part of our faith family for as long as you wish without becoming a member.

That said, there will be 2 opportunities in 2015 to become a member of RUMC: in April and again in the fall. Our membership process requires that you commit to attend 2 gatherings before new member Sunday and then be present on the special Sunday.

The Gatherings:

Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-8 pm, the prospective new members will meet with the leaders of the church who will share about our ministries and get to know the new members.

Sunday, May 3, about 11:45 am – 1:30 pm. In the Fellowship Hall Vivian will meet with the prospective new members to talk together about being United Methodist. Lunch will be provided.

Sunday, May 17, new members will join the church at both Services (whichever one you normally attend), and a special coffee hour will be held so that new members may be acquainted with the congregation.

In the fall, the dates will be October 25, noon to 1:30 luncheon; October 27, 6:30 – 8 pm, meeting with church leaders; and November 15, New Member Sunday.

If you are interested in becoming a member of RUMC, please let the pastor know via email or the Connection Card. Or call the church office if you’d like to talk about it first!

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