A weekly publication of Towson Church — April 30, 2021

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It’s Spring Fling weekend! Scroll through the news today so you don’t miss a single minute.

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!

Weekend of May 1, 2021

  • Saturday – May 1, 9:00-11:00 AM Spring Plant Sale & Pop-Up Fundraiser on the front walk
  • Sunday – May 2 Spring Fling 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Towson Church
    • 10:15 AM Worship & Communion Join us for in-person, livestream, and recorded worship. 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. Want to receive communion outdoors? Meet a pastor at the side door at 11:00 AM for individually-wrapped communion elements. Face masks required.
    • 11:00 AM Refreshments on the Front Lawn, hosted by the Hospitality Ministry Team
    • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Plant Sale, hosted by the Community Events & Outreach Team
    • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Pop-Up Fundraiser, hosted by the Springer Family
    • 11:30 AM Araminta Team 1 Mile FUN Walk/Unrun, hosted by the Youth Group
  • 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.

View the full church calendar HERE.

YOUTH GROUP GRADES 6-12

May 2021

  • 5/2   Araminta FUN Walk/Unrun at Towson Church Parking Lot, 11:30 AM. Lace up your sneakers and join the team!
  • May PHOTO CONTEST with “hope” and “heroes” themes. Contest details announced on Sunday May 2 in-person and online.
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.

Children/Youth Classes and Meetings  

  • NEW! Pray ‘n Play RETURNS May 16, in-person program during 10:15 AM Sunday worship. Registration required for ages 4-6. Submit these two completed forms to kayres@towsonumc.org Children Registration Form — Summer 2021Fillable and PARENT REGISTRATION FORM 2021 fillable
  • 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.

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.

CHURCH OFFICE RE-OPENING

Beginning Monday 5/3, our church office will open to the public again on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. If you’d like to visit with a pastor or staff member, then please call the main office to make an appointment. All visitors should enter by the front door and sign in at the Welcome Desk. Face masks and physical distance REQUIRED inside the building at all times. Questions? 410.823.6511.

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!

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.

May Moment on a Mission: UMCOR 

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is a series of six churchwide Special Sunday offerings in The United Methodist Church. UMCOR Sundays call United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Your gifts to UMCOR Sunday lay the foundation for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to share God’s love with communities everywhere. The special offering underwrites UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not administrative costs.

What is UMCOR?
UMCOR is the humanitarian arm of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities cannot recover on their own. Learn more at www.umcor.org.

Don’t forget! In April, we are supporting Araminta Freedom Initiative. Donate or join the Towson Church RACE team. Register HERE! Join us on church campus on May 2 for a FUN WALK or Unrun. OR, Run/Don’t Run anytime at home the week of May 2 to May 8, 2021.

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.

  • 5/1 Spring Plant Sale & Pop-Up Fundraiser on church lawn, 9:00-11:00 AM
  • 5/2 Sunday Worship & Communion  in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 5/2 SPRING FLING ’21 — Plant Sale, Araminta FUN Walk, Pop-Up Fundraiser, and Refreshments on the lawn, beginning at 11:00 AM
  • 5/2 Spring Plant Sale on church lawn, 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
  • 5/2 Refreshments on the Front Lawn after 10:15 AM worship at 11:00 AM
  • 5/2 Araminta Freedom FUN Walk/Unrun in Church Lot walk or sit with our annual Towson Church Race Team, 11:30 AM
  • 5/3 Church Office OPEN to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week, 10:00 AM -3:00 PM
  • 5/9 Sunday Worship & Mother’s Day in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 5/16 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 5/16 Pray ‘n Play RETURNS during 10:15 AM in-person worship for ages 4-6
  • 5/23 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM
  • 5/23 Refreshments on the Front Lawn after 10:15 AM worship at 11:00 AM
  • 5/30 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM

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.

Spring Fling — May 2, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

SPRING FUN! Meet at church for 10:15 AM worship & communion then stay for a burst of activities on the front lawn!

Dress casually. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic lunch! Remember to wear a face mask and maintain physical distance so everyone can enjoy time together. Questions? Call the church office at 410.823.6511.

  • 10:15 AM Worship & Communion plus Blessing of the Araminta Runners/Walkers/Unrunners. Wear your athletic gear and team t-shirt to worship!
  • 11:00 AM Refreshments on the lawn Enjoy light, wrapped treats from our Hospitality Team or pack your own picnic lunch and a lawn chair.
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Spring Plant Sale Buy gorgeous spring plants to give as gifts or keep for yourself! Cash, check, text $ or credit accepted
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pop-Up Fundraiser Purchase gorgeous crystal and china pieces for your home. All proceeds benefit Towson Church.
  • 11:30 AM Araminta Fun Walk/Unrun Join church team members for a 1 mile fun walk around the parking lot OR bring a chair and cheer us on!

Walk Against Human Trafficking

Join our Towson Church Araminta Freedom Initiative’s Race Against Traffick Team as we host our very own FUN Walk/Unrun in the church parking lot! Register online to support Araminta https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/57798/Groups/917655. Walk with us or run/walk at your own time and pace.

Wear your team race shirt on May 2 to the 10:15 AM worship for a special blessing, then walk with us OR bring a lawn chair and cheer for the team!

Walk begins at 11:30 AM. All walkers, runners, and unrunners are invited to participate! More info: 410.823.6511

GOT GRADS?

It’s that time of year when we celebrate ALL the graduates of our congregation!

If you (or a family member) are a 2021 graduate, then please send your graduate information and photo to Maryanne Arthur, Marketing & Communications Director, by May 16. Be sure to include the graduate’s full name, current school, degree/specialty, and next steps in your email note.

We can’t wait to celebrate YOU during worship on June 13!

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.
  • Questions? Contact Kim Ayres, our Business Office Manager.

Be a Gardener. Dig a ditch. Toil and sweat. And turn the earth upside down. And seek the deepness. And water plants in time. Continue this labor. And make sweet floods to run, and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink, and carry it to God as your true worship.  — Julian of Norwich 1342-1413

NOTE: “Julian was a Christian mystic in 14th Century England. She lived as an anchoress – a vowed religious person rooted in one place, living next to one parish church – providing spiritual guidance and prayer for those under her care. We actually don’t even know her real name; she was referred to as Dame or Lady Julian of Norwich because she was the anchoress at Saint Julian Church in Norwich. She is best remembered for her powerful and insightful Meditations, the oldest extant book written by a woman in the English language.” Quote Source: https://www.julianfarm.com/who-is-julian-of-norwich

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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