A weekly publication of Towson Church — February 19, 2021

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MAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

This Week’s Schedule: February 21, 2021

  • 10:15 AM Worship Service + Boy Scout Presentation in the Sanctuary (in-person, livestream, and recorded) To attend in-person worship, save your seat HERE. Or, stop at the Welcome Desk upon arrival. Wear a facemask and bring a jacket; the church windows are open! You may also worship via livestream from home at 10:15 AM or another time on YouTube HERE. 
  • Weekly Offering Donate any time by using our easy, secure donation site HERE. Or, send contributions through U.S. Mail to Towson Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

**** In case of inclement weather, watch our Facebook page for Sunday morning worship updates and cancellations! Be safe. ***  

COMING SOON: Easter Flower Order Forms

Click HERE to view the full church calendar.

Reminders

The Save-A-Seat link is the SAME link each week, so you may consider setting it as a bookmark in your browser or on your desktop for easy access.  Or, simply connect from the main page of our website. To reserve your seat for in-person worship, follow this link each week: Save-A-Seat.

Easter HOP THRU Celebration for Children – Saturday, March 27

Join us at 11:00 AM for a DRIVE THRU Celebration of Easter with our youngest church members and guests. Bring the whole family! Wear a facemask and stay in your vehicle as you visit the church to receive a bag filled with the Easter Story and Egg Treats. This event is hosted by Education Work Area and Youth Group. Invite friends! Contact: Pastor Christine Kumar 410.823.6511

God Delights in Us! 

This Lenten season, let’s spend some intentional, quiet time unplugging, creating, healing, listening, remembering.

Refer to your printed Lenten booklet “Wendell Berry and the Sabbath Poetry of Lent” (we mailed a few weeks ago) for weekly scripture, meditations, and activities to grant you much-needed rest and to draw you closer to God.

Or, watch our Facebook page for spiritual inspiration each Monday during Lent.

Prayer Shawl Gathers Twice a Month

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is resuming meetings this month! Beginning this week, Prayer Shawl Ministry members will meet twice a month via Zoom. Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday each month from 6:00–8:00 PM and the third Tuesday each month from 9:00–11:00 AM.  Call the church office for contact information and the Zoom links. Can’t wait to see you (and all your handmade projects) soon!

How Does a Snowman Travel to Work?

By icicle

source: funkidsjokes.com
  • 2/21 Sunday Worship + Boy Scout Presentation in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 2/28 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 3/7 Sunday Worship with Communion in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM. Meet a pastor at the side sanctuary door for communion at 11:00 AM if you are not worshipping in-person. All communion elements are individually-wrapped. Face masks and physical distancing required.
  • 3/13 Daylight Savings Time turn clocks one hour forward on Saturday night
  • 3/14 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 3/21 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 3/21 Easter Flower ORDERS DUE send $20 check to the church office or click HERE to order online
  • 3/27 Easter HOP THRU Celebration for Children drive by church event on Saturday, 11:00 AM
  • 3/28 Palm Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 4/1 Maundy Thursday Meditation Video on YouTube, 9:00 AM
  • 4/2 Good Friday Self-Guided Prayer Journey in Sanctuary, noon-7:30 PM
  • 4/4 Easter Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 4/24 Virtual Women’s Retreat Mark your calendar for this all-day restorative retreat! Details soon.

MISSIONS

Streets of Hope

Join Towson Church to feed the homeless of  eastern Baltimore County during cold months at an overnight shelter in Essex. We are supporting this worthwhile  initiative, in partnership with 30 other area churches, supplying dinners for approximately 20 men on a rotating basis. Our next scheduled date is in March. Due to the coronavirus, we only need to drop off the meal at the center…so much easier than in past years.  Many thanks for your assistance in the past and thanks for your consideration this winter. To volunteer, call the church office for contact information.

February Moment on a Mission: Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC)

The Assistance  Center of Towson Churches (ACTC) hails back to a study in the early 1980s conducted by the Towson Area Ministerial Association exploring an effective and efficient way to better meet the needs of people coming to churches for help. The center opened its doors in 1985 with 14 churches providing emergency help, including food, eviction and utility cutoff prevention, payment for prescriptions, and lunches for the homeless. Currently, with the support of 50 churches and other generous donors, its service area incorporates 21 zip codes in central Baltimore County extending up to the Pennsylvania line. The center is located at 120 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, MD. www.actconline.info

To give now, click HERE to use a credit card or online payments. Or, make a monetary donation via check payable to Towson Church and indicate it’s for the communion offering. Mail your check to Towson Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

Emergency Food Pantry February 20, 2021

Our Food Pantry continues as a monthly DRIVE-THRU from 9:00-10:30 AM on the third Saturday of each month (except November 13 and December 11 later this year). Thanks to everyone who maintains this mission as a safe, physically-distant, Drive-By Pantry. Our church has been blessed with several incredibly-generous community donations in recent months. During these winter months, guests may call the HOTLINE at 410.823.3649 and listen to a recorded message regarding inclement weather changes or cancellations.

YOUTH GROUP*

February 2021

  • 2/21    Bible Study via Zoom with Pastor Christine, 5:00 PM
  • 2/28   Card-Making Service Project for homebound members, 5:00 PM
Contact Associate Pastor Christine Kumar in the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.

*At this time, due to coronavirus restrictions/precautions, all Youth Group gatherings are via Zoom, unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

Last Valentine’s weekend, there were 40 women residing safely at the House of Ruth in Baltimore. To help make their stay cozy, members of the Towson Church Hospitality Ministries Committee donated more than 85 pairs of snuggly warm socks, plus a variety of other socks. Each resident received two pairs of festive footies wrapped with a Valentine’s ribbon; and, they were so grateful for the generosity! Thanks to all committee members who continued this annual giving tradition in the midst of pandemic restrictions. Great job!

The Upper Room Devotionals AVAILABLE

Looking for ways to create a daily life with God? Check out the popular devotional, The Upper Room. Towson Church has purchased and distributed paper copies of this gem through the years. Now, the publication is available online for our congregation members to read and share. This is particularly helpful during the pandemic. Click HERE to access the latest issue of The Upper Room. Or, contact the church office to receive a paper copy via U.S. Mail.

EDUCATION

Call the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.

Children/Youth Classes and Meetings  

  • Religious Education Grades Pre-K to Kindergarten. Monday nights 6:30-7:30 PM via Zoom.
  • Religious Education Grades 1-5. Tuesday nights 6:30-7:30 PM via Zoom.
  • Youth Group Grades 6-12. Sunday nights at 5:00 PM

Adult Classes and Meetings

  • Tower Class. Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM via Zoom.
  • Christians Under Construction. Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM via Zoom.
  • Coffee & Conversation with a Pastor. Wednesday Mornings at 9:00 AM. Join the weekly gatherings via Zoom.
  • Men’s Bible Study. Thursday mornings at 7:00 AM via Zoom

NEW Lent Bible Study!

Rev. Fred Crider is teaching Lent Bible study on “24 Hours that Changed the World.” Contact the church for login details.

Winter Book Study

The Women’s Read and Relate Group will begin a special four-week discussion of the book Why? Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam Hamilton. The book addresses questions that many have about suffering, unanswered prayer, God’s will, and more. The group will meet by Zoom Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM on 2/24, 3/10, and 3/24. The book is available on Amazon. We would love to have you join us! Call the church office for group leader information.

Towson Church Cares About YOU!

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing hardship or hospitalization, then please contact our Church Office ASAP to notify the pastors and Congregational Care Team. During this time of physical distancing, we are doing our best to stay connected with everyone – which is definitely a challenge! Also, our Congregational Care Committee will confidentially help with prayers and any other individual needs as coronavirus physical-distancing guidelines allow. Note: we are not visiting any members at this time. CALL 410.823.6511 (select option #3) and we will respond promptly.

BEWARE of Scammers

  1. Our church recently learned about a gift card scam that is circulating the Internet via email. Please know, if you receive ANY email notes that request you purchase and send gift cards to anyone, including Towson Church, delete the message immediately. We will never solicit gift cards in this manner.
  2. If you are contacted by anyone who promises to give you the COVID vaccine in exchange for cash or other items, please ignore this request and notify your local police department.

GIVING 

Help us spark and sustain the missions and ministries of Towson Church with these easy ways to GIVE.

  • Shop Online at Amazon SMILE  
    When you shop at Amazon Smile and select Towson UMC at checkout, our church receives a donation from Amazon for every single purchase. This passive income significantly contributes to our church’s general fund. Click on the link and try it today!
  • Mail Your Offering, Fundraiser Payments, and Other Checks
    Send your offering checks and other financial correspondence to the Church Office at Towson Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286 and we will process them swiftly.
  • Donate Online 
    Visit the new Shelby online giving site HERE. Select from the named options or choose “Other” and write the activity/donation/event name you want to support in the memo line next to the amount.

The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing. –Isaiah 14:7

The word ‘Lent’ comes from an old English word for ‘lengthen,’ and refers to the lengthening days of spring. Anticipating Easter, the church prepares with 40 days of fasting and reflection, the better to celebrate the great feast when it comes.

The word ‘sabbath’ comes from an old Hebrew word for ‘to stop’ and refers to pausing secondary activities (like work or indulgent habits) to clear space for primary ones (like relationships, study, delight, and restoration).

During the Lenten season, Christians set aside ‘sabbath’ time for stepping away from work and busy-ness to rejoice in the soul-full rejuvenation that springs forth after deliberate rest. How appropriate that Lent is also a harbinger of spring when gorgeous seasonal blooms burst through the soil only after a long winter’s rest? We could all benefit from the same.

How are you resting? Connecting with nature? Being gentle with yourself? Feeling more joyful at the day’s end?  Carve time from your daily schedule to design a personal sabbath day or hour to grant a much-needed seasonal rest!

Source: “Wendell Berry and the Sabbath Poetry of Lent”  — the Salt Project

Thank you for making Towson Church your church home. We’re glad you are here! 

Welcome Statement: Towson United Methodist Church is a community of Christ-followers growing in love of God and neighbor. This is what we, at Towson UMC, believe Christian discipleship is, what we are to be, and what Jesus meant when he sent his followers to “make disciples”— We believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We commit to Jesus’ example of inclusive love, care, and intentional hospitality with persons of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, faith story, physical or mental ability, economic status, or political perspective. We respect our diversity of opinion and expressions of faith. Therefore, as God loves us, so let us love and serve in the name of Christ. — adopted by the Towson UMC Church Council February 2, 2015

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