A weekly publication of Towson Church — April 1, 2021

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MAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

No April Fools’ Day pranks here!  The inSPIRE is available one day EARLY because it’s Holy Week 2021! And, Towson Church has many exciting opportunities for meditation and worship beginning Maundy Thursday, through Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Scroll through the news today so you don’t miss anything.

Also, a special welcome to our many members and friends who are worshipping in the church sanctuary with us on Sundays or hosting group meetings and activities on church campus. Thank you for following our COVID-19 safety procedures to keep us all safe and healthy — and to ensure our church continues its vital missions and ministry work in the community!

Holy Week Schedule 2021

  • Maundy Thursday – April 1, 9:00 AM Maundy Thursday signifies the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus. Partake in communion (with blessed elements from church or bread and drink from home) led by our pastors on pre-recorded video. Tune into our YouTube channel for the release of the Maundy Thursday Worship service any time after 9:00 AM.
  • Good Friday Self-Guided Prayer Journey – April 2, noon-7:30PM  You are invited to come to church for a reflective, self-guided journey of Jesus’ last hours. Follow the scriptures, pictures, and meditation suggestions in the sanctuary to guide your walk. Most folks complete the journey in 30-45 minutes; but you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Drop in between noon and 7:30 PM. Be sure to wear a face mask, maintain physical distance, and complete the online Save-a-Seat or in-person check-in process. Our pastors and staff will meet you at the front door!
  • Easter Sunday – April 4, 10:15 AM Worship & Communion  Join us 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 face mask and maintain physical distance. You may also worship via livestream from home at 10:15 AM or another time on YouTube HERE.  *** Pick up communion elements at church by appointment before 4/4.
  • NO Youth Group on Easter
  • Weekly Offering Donate any time by using our easy, secure donation site HERE. Or, send contributions through the U.S. Mail to Towson Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.
  • Monday Holiday – April 5, church closed The pastors and staff are on Easter Holiday and will not be available for email correspondence or individual appointments until Tuesday, April 6 at 10 AM.
  • Vacation Week — Rev. Mark Johnson is on vacation the week of April 5. For all pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Christine Kumar.

View the full church calendar HERE.

YOUTH GROUP GRADES 6-12

April 2021

  • 4/2      Good Friday The youth are encouraged to come and experience the 24 hours leading to Jesus’ crucifixion that we studied in our Bible study. The church is open from noon to 7:30 PM. Pastor Christine will be at the church from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • 4/4       NO Youth Group—Easter Sunday
  • 4/11      Outdoor games and pizza, 5-6:30 PM on front church lawn

  • 4/18     Bible Study on Forgiveness with Pastor Christine, 5-6 PM via Zoom

  • 4/25      Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson from the Baltimore Washington Conference will speak on social justice issues and how we can be involved. 5-6:15 PM via Zoom

Contact Associate Pastor Christine Kumar in the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.

EDUCATION

Call the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.

NEW RETREAT in APRIL!

  • Restorative Retreat on Julian of Norwich hosted by Pastor Christine Kumar, 4/24 from 10:00 AM-noon OR 4/29 7:00-8:00 PM

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.

Women’s Read & Relate

The Women’s Read and Relate Group is meeting by Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM.  We would love to have you join us! For current book titles and more information, call the church office for group leader information. 410.823.6511

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.

Calling all Campers (and Parents)! The United Methodist Baltimore-Washington Conference is hosting Summer Camp at Manidokin and West River this year. Does your child enjoy playing games, splashing in the pool, singing around a campfire, making crafts, paddling on the river and roasting s’mores? If so, then camping might be a great summer getaway. Yes! The camp sites will look a bit different due to COVID-19 precautions. But, safety is a top priority! Check out the possibilities on the conference website HERE. Contact Pastor Christine Kumar HERE if your child or youth is interested in camping and if your family is seeking a needs-based scholarship. Pastor Christine has all the details to apply!

Call for Quack-ups

Did you know… April 18 is Holy Humor Sunday? Well, we are ALL IN!

Who can refuse a good, clean joke that tickles the punny bone or quacks up everyone in a room? We dare you to submit your favorite church humor for us to share during worship on April 18. Other clean, polite jokes may be acceptable; using them during worship is at the discretion of the pastors and staff. Send jokes to leadpastor@towsonumc.org by Sunday, April 11. Go ahead! Try not to laugh.

Ha! Ha! Printed in a Church Bulletin

“This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.”

source: https://www.memesforjesus.com
  • 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
  • 4/5 Church Closed pastors and staff are on Easter Holiday until 4/6 at 10:00 AM
  • Restorative Retreat on Julian of Norwich hosted by Pastor Christine Kumar, 4/24 from 10:00 AM-noon OR 4/29 7:00-8:00 PM

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.

KUDOS to Education Work Area & Youth Group

THANK YOU   Youth Group members for packing fun-filled Easter bags for the HOP THRU event!

THANK YOU! Education Work Area Team for coordinating and hosting a safe, creative Easter event for our youngest church friends. With your outreach efforts, we welcomed church members and community families last weekend to share Jesus’ Easter story, festive treats and hare-raising fun!

Bloomin’ CHURCH NEWS

The spring 2021 High Spire newsletter is HERE! Click the link to access the digital version.

MISSIONS

Emergency Food Pantry Monthly

Our Food Pantry continues as a monthly DRIVE-THRU from 9:00-10:30 AM on the third Saturday of each month. (NOTE: November 13 and December 11 dates later this year are the second Saturday.) 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.

April Moment on a Mission: Araminta Freedom Initiative

Araminta focuses on the sex trafficking of minors within the United States, with the mission to mobilize entire communities through the use of volunteers to overcome trafficking. For more specific information, check out www.aramintafreedom.org. And, watch for more details about our Towson Church RACE team for this spring — Registration info is COMING SOON!!!

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 monthly communion offering. Mail your check to Towson Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

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. 410.823.6511

Prayer Shawl Gathers Twice a Month

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is resuming meetings this month — twice a month via Zoom. Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00–8:00 PM and the third Tuesday of 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! 410.823.6511

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.

Sing to the Lord

This Easter weekend, watch as hundreds of United Methodists from across the globe join together to sing Thine Be The Glory (#308 United Methodist hymnal) – proving that even in the midst of a pandemic we are still united. WATCH HERE!

Source: www.umcdiscipleship.org

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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