A weekly publication of Towson Church — June 4, 2021

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Have you heard? Pastors Mark and Sandi Johnson are retiring their appointments in the Baltimore-Washington UMC Conference on June 30, 2021. And, Towson Church is celebrating their next adventure this weekend. JOIN US for 10:15 AM worship, then a Walk/Drive-by Goodbye Parade for Pastor Mark Johnson after worship around 11:00 AM. Decorate your vehicle. Bring a ‘thank you’ poster. And, drive carefully! You may also hang out in the front circle, enjoying snacks and fellowship with our Hospitality Ministry Team. NOTE: After worship ends, paradegoers will line-up vehicles at the bottom of the driveway. All vehicles will proceed UP the circle with drivers following along the curb. The church building will be on your left side and Pastor Mark will stand by the front church entrance to greet you.

Thank you for wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing indoors. Following our COVID-19 safety procedures helps keep us all safe and healthy — and ensures our church continues its vital missions and ministry work!

What’s happening this Sunday June 6, 2021?

  • Drive-by Goodbye Parade – Communion Sunday at Towson Church 
    • 10:15 AM Worship  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. Receive blessed and individually-wrapped communion during 10:15 AM in-person worship or come to the side sanctuary door and receive communion from a pastor at 11:00 AM. You may also worship via livestream from home at 10:15 AM or another time on YouTube HERE.
    • 10:15 – 11:00 AM PRAY & PLAY Bring your children, ages 4-6, to our Pray & Play group for Bible stories, activities, and movement during worship. Registration required (see info below). All teachers are safe-sanctuary approved!
    • 11:00 AM Drive-by Goodbye Parade  Walk or Drive-by the front church circle to celebrate Pastor Mark Johnson and his years of service at Towson Church. No RSVP required.
  • Youth Group Games on the front lawn at Towson Church, 5:00 PM
  • 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Maryanne Arthur


June 2021

  • PHOTO CONTEST with “Hope” and “Heroes” themes. Contest details and submission form, click this link: Youth Photo Contest Submission Guidelines 2021 FINAL   Submission deadline extended to July 30, 2021.
  • June 6: Game Day, 5:00 PM on church lawn
  • June 13: Family Hike & Hang Out, 5:00 PM Meet at NCR Trail in the parking lot off Paper Mill Road. Hike and/or bike together. Cool off afterward with outdoor refreshments at Mrs. Stephanie Kimmons’ home.  More details will be sent to Youth Group families via email. TBD We will meet a few times this summer for fun activities and learning! Check your emails for dates and times and details.
Contact Associate Pastor Christine Kumar in the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.


Call the Church Office at 410.823.6511 for information.

SUMMER 2021 — Teachers will take a much-deserved rest! Adult, Children and Youth Classes will end the last week in May and resume mid-September. Only Sunday morning Pray & Play and the Tower Class will continue to meet during summer months. Enjoy the summer!

Children/Youth Classes and Meetings  

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. Meet at the Nautilus Diner on York Road.

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.


Our church office is now open to the public again on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays each week from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. All visitors should ring the front door bell, enter by the front door, and sign in at the Welcome Desk. Face masks and physical distance REQUIRED inside the building at all times. NOTE: If you’d like to visit with a pastor or staff member, then please call the main office and make an appointment to ensure a connection. 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!

  • 6/6 Communion Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM.
  • 6/6 Drive By Goodbye for Pastor Mark Johnson, 11:00 AM in front circle
  • 6/13 Sunday Worship & Graduate Recognition in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM.
  • 6/13 Wheelie Fun & Friends FREE Children’s Event at Towson Church, 1:30-3:00 PM.
  • 6/20 Father’s Day Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM.
  • 6/27 Sunday Worship in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM.
  • 7/1 Pastor Stephanie White joins our Towson Church community
  • 7/11 Sunday WorshipPastor White PREACHES! in-person, livestreamed, and recorded, 10:15 AM.
  • 7/11 Pastor White Meet & Greet on the front lawn, 11:00 AM.
  • July & August Thursday Nights “Walk in the Light” Summer Picnics, 6:00-7:30 PM.


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.

SUMMER ’21 High Spire is HERE!

The summer issue of our print newsletter High Spire is in the mail and available for your reading pleasure. ENJOY!

summer High Spire 2021 FINAL WEB POST

Get Ready for Summer FUN!

It is never too early to plan summer activities! Mark your calendars NOW for our fun and FREE summer nights on the front lawn. Food, friendship, walking, children’s activities and dessert. What could be better?! JOIN US!!!

Click HERE for the full summer scoop.


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.


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. To donate nonperishable food items, bring your groceries to the church lobby on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 10 AM- 3:00 PM or on Sunday mornings between 10:00-11:00 AM.

Guests may call the HOTLINE at 410.823.3649 and listen to a recorded message regarding any schedule changes or cancellations.

June Moment on a Mission: Earl’s Place

Cornerstone Community Housing is a community and faith-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit with a twofold mission. The organization is dedicated to helping men experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives and to changing attitudes toward homelessness through outreach and education.  Cornerstone manages Earl’s Place in Baltimore, MD and Prospect Place in Rosedale, MD. Our church will support Earl’s Place in the month of June. 

Earl’s Place provides 17 men with a stable address, and a place to receive mail and phone calls.  Perhaps most importantly, Earl’s Place is a place to call ‘home.’  Concerns such as having a clean, safe place to sleep, shower and keep their belongings are alleviated. Case managers work with the men to develop goals and locate community services, such as housing, employment, education, healthcare and more.

Source:  www.cchbaltimore.org.

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.

Men’s Bible Study: Eat, Greet & Pray

Join the Men’s Bible Study group at the Nautilus Diner on York Road — every Thursday morning at 7:00 AM in June.

Pastor Mark Johnson is the contact. All are welcome!

Holy Humor

Children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large tray of apples. A nun lettered a note and posted it on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

Moving along the lunch line, at the other end was a large tray of chocolate chip cookies. A girl wrote a note, which she put next to the tray of cookies: “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”


Stitchin’ with the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Join our Prayer Shawl group to stitch together in-person at church twice each month: first Wednesday of the month from 6:00-8:00 PM and the third Tuesday from 10:00 AM to Noon. Bring your current project, start a new one, pick up yarn, learn a new stitch, meet creative friends, and come ready to knit or crochet. All levels of experience welcome!

Making Goodbye Less Painful

“Here’s something important to know: If you’re having a hard time with any kind of goodbye, you’re not alone,” says author F. Diane Barth, LCSW in her Psychology Today article “5 Ways to Make Goodbyes Less Painful.” With all the life changes from the past year, it’s no wonder some of us are still reeling from a sense of loss and powerlessness.

This month, Towson Church will say “Goodbye” to Rev. Dr. Mark Johnson — just one more life change after a difficult pandemic year. As we celebrate Pastor Mark’s years of service on June 6, then welcome Rev. Stephanie White on July 11, the Lord’s words can comfort us: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9

If you are still struggling with change and “goodbyes” in life, Barth suggests: “Listening to music, taking a walk, watching a movie, talking to a friend, writing about your feelings—all of these are small but important techniques for soothing painful feelings. And sometimes everything you’ve packed into your own personal suitcase has to be pulled out and used, if only briefly, to manage your feelings as you say goodbye.”

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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