Wish Upon A Star Annual Christmas Gift Project is Underway
Glen Mar will assist about 30 families with clothes, food and toys for Christmas. Paper stars indicating age, size and gift wishes are available in the Gathering Place. Monetary contribution envelopes will be available along with additional opportunities for individuals/groups to “adopt” and sponsor a family or child. Contact: Mary McKay, firstname.lastname@example.org. All gifts/contributions are needed by noon on December 3. Learn more.
Walk to Bethlehem: Costume Selection Nov. 19 & 26, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; November 27-30, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Contact Adrienne Tayler, adrienneZtaylor@gmail.com to help. Donations of period appropriate, earth tone colored fabric (including sheets, tablecloths, & curtains) are always welcome.
What Do We Have to Gain? Faith-Based Forum & Dialogue on Racism & Patriotism, Mon., Nov. 20, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Hosted by Congressman Elijah Cummings with strategic support by area congregations including Glen Mar. Location: St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia 21045. For more information, call 410.992.6977.
Glen Mar’s turn at the Day Resource Center: Nov 25, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p. m.
One of 50 churches supporting this Grassroots outreach, Glen Mar provides lunch the 4th Saturday of every month. To contribute to the potluck menu or help serve on site, RSVP here.
FREE Mental Health First Aid Training: Fri., Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Must Pre-register
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In this eight-hour course, you will learn how to apply a five-step action plan to situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal or assisting an individual who has overdosed. This is the adult version of the training. Free to people who live or work in Howard County; $69 for others. It is a great training to anyone who volunteers for the Cold Weather Shelter or Day Resource Center programs.
Located at the Horizon Foundation, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 202, Columbia, Maryland. Register here.
You’ve Got Mail: Mon., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Room 147
Assemble packages to send to college youth and meet parents of college students. If you students would like to receive these goodie bags, email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and include the student’s name, school address and email address. If your college student is living at home, please include them as well. We need volunteers! If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please drop us an email. We appreciate candy/snack donations to put in the packages and help assembling the goodie bags.
Habitat for Humanity: Sat. Dec. 9
Come build dreams with us! Second Saturdays of every month. Meet at Glen Mar in the morning to carpool. Times vary, and will be announced right before the workday. Forms and sign up are due the Sunday prior to the work day. Contact Adrienne Taylor, email@example.com to sign up. Ages 16 and up. Learn more.
Announcements & Help Wanted
T.G.I.W. Thank God It's Wednesday Mens' Group: 2nd Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
Men Centered Topics, Food, Fellowship, Guest Speaker, Discussion. Men Centered Topics, Food, Fellowship, Guest Speaker, Discussion. Second Wednesday of every month, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
RSVP so that we know how much food to make at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054faca72ea64-tgiw.
Walk to Bethlehem: Sewing Needed
This year our focus is adding head covers, belts and ties, plus adding tunics in some sizes. Head covers are great for beginners. If you can help, contact Adrienne Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up sewing jobs at the bottom of the stairs and return finished costumes by Thanksgiving weekend.
Walk to Bethlehem: Infants Needed for Cast
Calling Baby Jesus! If you are a parent or grandparent of a baby age 6 months or younger by December 1, 2, & 3, consider joining the WTB cast for this once-in-a-lifetime family adventure. Contact Margaret Lang, email@example.com, for specific information.
Christmas Cantata: Additional voices are always welcome
Christmas Cantata will take place on Sunday, December 17 at the 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. services. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 p.m. Contact Sophie Hong for more information.
Christmas Poinsettias: Order by Dec. 6
Help beautify the Spirit Center with beautiful poinsettias from Homestead Gardens. Flowers come in 7” pots with 8 - 10 blooms in red & white. Cost is $20.00 per plant and envelopes are available in The Gathering Place. Order deadline will be December 6. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Messenger Newsletter has gone Paperless
However, if you would like to continue to receive a paper copy, email Laura Dreibelbis, email@example.com, or call the church office, 410.465.4995 to be added to the list. Or, subscribe to the full-color digital copy here and the latest edition will be emailed directly to your inbox. Current editions can still be viewed online here and paper copies will still be available in The Gathering Place.
Grassroots 'Immediate Needs' collected all year long
The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center's Family Shelter and the Rt. 1 Day Resource Center (DRC) are always in need of essential items such as toiletries, nonperishable food, or new or slightly-used clothing and blankets. Look for the blue shopping lists with specific seasonal needs that are updated and available in The Gathering Place kiosk, Welcome Center, and near the collection bin on the lower level, or download the list here.
Grassroots Meals Ministry Needs Additional Volunteers
For many years, Glen Mar servants have provided meatloaves and milk for 40 residents the 4th Tuesday monthly. The number has now grown to 50 - 60 and additional help is needed. To learn more about the Glen Mar effort contact Linda Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410.733.5255. For more information, check the Grassroots website www.grassrootscrisis.org/get-involved. Donations of money, or Giant or BJ's gift cards are also needed and checks or gift cards can be left in the mail slot near the Café in an envelope labeled “Grassroots Meals”.
Staples Shoppers: Partners Needed for Ink Recycling Program
If you buy ink at Staples, please become a recycling partner to benefit Children’s Ministries. There are many ink cartridges ready to recycle, but more partners are needed. Contact Van Beall, email@example.com for more details.
Gift Card Sales continue to return about 5% of Sales
Proceeds go to the Mission Ministry Support Fund and many other ministries. Families have also earned over $50,000 in family accounts to help offset their mission trip costs. Thank you to all the families that have helped total gift card sales surpass $4 million. Stop by the gift card table between services to learn how this free money is generated (cards are sold at face value with no fees), or learn more here.