Mission Trip #1 Training: Sat., Mar. 23, 9:15 a.m. - noon
All youth and adults participating in any summer youth mission trip are required to attend. Meet other participants and hear specifics about each trip. Officially register and pay a deposit for scheduled trips. Mission trainings are critical for individual preparation and team unity.
Glen Mar’s Turn at the Day Resource Center: Sat., Mar. 23, 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.
Courageous Conversations: Tue., Mar. 26, 7 p.m.
The next Courageous Conversation on Race and Religious Bias will be held on Tue., Mar. 26, 7 p.m. Participants will be assigned to one of three locations: St. John Baptist Church, Beth Shalom Congregation, or Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center. Conversations will follow on consecutive Tuesdays through Apr. 9 at 7 p.m. The wrap-up event will be held on Mon., Apr. 15 at 6:30 p.m. with keynote speaker Rep. Elijah Cummings. For information and registration www.HoCoCourageous Conversations.com.
You've Got Mail: Mon., Apr. 1, 7 p.m.
Assemble packages to send to college youth and meet fellow parents of college students in Room 146. If you have a college student, either away at school or living at home, whom you would like to receive these goodie bags, please email the student's name and school address to youvegotmail@glenmarumc.org. Volunteers are needed to assemble the packages and donate candy/snack items for college students.
Forms Due by Sun., Apr. 7 for Habitat for Humanity: Sat., Apr. 13
Come build dreams with us! This ministry is normally held the second Saturday 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, habitat@glenmarumc.org to sign up. Ages 16 and up. Learn more.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza: Sat., Apr. 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza is for families with children in 3rd grade and younger. Bring a basket and a friend. Fun activities include face painting, lawn games, petting zoo, moon bounce, crafts and an egg hunt. Parents with kids in 4th and 5th grades can serve together running different booths and helping with set up and tear down.
Serve a Hot Breakfast to the Homeless in Baltimore: Sun., Apr. 14, 7:15 a.m
Serve a hot breakfast to a homeless population at Manna House in Baltimore. Glen Mar’s team works on the second Sunday of the month. Leave the church at 7:15 a.m. and carpool to the site. Adults and youth 13 and older can participate. Contact Ellen Burns at 410.203.2921 or mannahouse@glenmarumc.org if interested.
Safe Sanctuaries Training: Sun., Apr. 14, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Glen Mar will offer another opportunity to receive Safe Sanctuaries training on Sun., Apr. 14, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in room 146. Anyone who works with or comes into contact with children, youth or vulnerable adults in Glen Mar's ministry settings is required to complete Safe Sanctuaries training prior to serving. Participants in this training are asked to provide references and information for a background check. Click here for more information.
Vacation Bible School: Online Registration Continues
Glen Mar will offer two sessions of Vacation Bible School for kids entering kindergarten through 7th grade in the fall. One is July 8-12 and the second is July 15-19. Both are 9 a.m.- noon. An extended day option is offered noon - 4 p.m. for both sessions at no additional cost. The theme is "Roar" Life is Wild and God is Good. Click here for more information. Contact Margaret Lang margaret.lang@glenmarumc.org directly.

 

Help Wanted

Help College Students Receive Treats: Mon., Apr. 1, 7 p.m.
Assemble packages to send to college students and meet fellow parents of college students in Room 146. Also, donations of small candy and snack items to put in these packages are welcome. If you have a college student, either away at school or living at home, whom you would like to receive these goodie bags, please email the student's name and school address to youvegotmail@glenmarumc.org.
Beautify the Spirit Center for Easter
Hydrangeas, lilies, and azaleas are available for $20 per plant. Order forms or envelopes are located near the flower chart on the literature shelf in the Gathering Place. Contact Laura Dreibelbis at laura.dreibelbis@glenmarumc.org.
Greeters and Ushers Needed For Holy Week and Easter Services
Sign up now to greet or usher at services on Maundy Thursday (Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m.), Good Friday (Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m.), Saturday Service (Apr. 20, 5 p.m.) and Easter Services (Apr. 21, 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m.). Sign up here.
Numerous Ways to Help with Golf Classic
Help with 2019's Glen Mar Golf Classic by registering a four-some, becoming a sponsor, or soliciting a sponsor from your employer (company matching may be available). Email golfingforgrassroots@gmail.com.. The Glen Mar Golf Classic will be held Mon., May 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Timbers at Troy. This event will benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention of Howard County.
Looking for Leaders for the Joyful Noise Singers
The Joyful Noise Singers, Glen Mar's choir for children in second through fifth grades, is looking for new leaders to start in September 2019. A music degree is not necessary. The leader can choose the music, rehearsal time, and singing dates. Music ministry will provide support, including a piano player and music budget. Email sophie.hong@glenmarumc.org. if interested.
Vacation Bible School Prep Day: Sun., Apr. 28, 12:15 - 3 p.m.
Join the fun as we begin to create an African forest complete with animals, rocks, a waterfall, and more. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Sign up downstairs in the Kids' Wing or contact Margaret.Lang@glenmarumc.org .
Volunteer at Vacation Bible School
It's not too early to sign up as a Vacation Bible School volunteer. Adults and youth in 8th grade and higher may volunteer. Youth should sign up for an interview outside Youth World or in the Kids' Wing. There are still some interview times left on Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. - noon.

This year's VBS theme is "Roar," Life is Wild and God is Good. Session 1 will be held July 8-12, 9 a.m. - noon and Session 2 will be conducted July 15-19, 9 a.m. - noon. Free childcare is available for the siblings and children of on-site volunteers if the children are too young to take part in our program. Email margaret.lang@glenmarumc.org if interested.

Be Part of Our College and Career Prep
Be the bridge to opportunity for one of our youth in Baltimore on Tuesday evenings or other times that work for you. Join us and bring the unique abilities that God gave you. It works. Contact John Stapleton at 240.463.8620 or email collegeprep@glenmarumc.org.

 

Collections, Donations, and Loaned Items

Bless Our Neighbors By Providing Food
Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Eva Johnson Foundation in Ellicott City and Ames Methodist Church in Baltimore through Sun., Apr. 7. Pick up a grocery bag with a list of needed items in The Gathering Place and return the filled bag to labeled collection boxes in The Gathering Place on Sundays. During the week, place filled bags in the lower level.
Support Families in Need
The non-profit organization Help End Homelessness Howard County needs items for families with children. If you can donate family-friendly DVDs or board games drop them in the collection box downstairs by Sun., Mar. 31. Adrienne Taylor will pick up donated items.
Drop Off Egg Cartons
The Easter Egg Hunt will use egg cartons (12 or 18 count) for a cute craft project. Drop cartons off downstairs by Sun., Apr. 7.
Help Youth During Their 30-Hour Famine
Glen Mar youth will fast (or do a modified fast) for 30 hours while learning about injustice around the world, connecting with God and each other, and raising money to make a difference Mar. 23 - 24. They are going hungry because they hunger for justice for children around the world who die from hunger-related causes. Donate to Glen Mar's team who will participate in this fast by texting 30HFGIVE to 44888 or stop by the Gathering Place table Mar. 23 - 24 and make a donation.
Could Use Electric Golf Cart: July 7 - 19
A working electric golf cart is needed July 7 - 19 for Vacation Bible School. Call Margaret Lang at 410.465.4995 ext. 204.
Your Trash is Vacation Bible School's Treasure
Please donate these items and drop them off downstairs so they can be used during Vacation Bible School: round laundry baskets, empty oatmeal cylinder containers with lids, empty clean 10- to 20-oz. soup cans, large pieces of cardboard and appliance boxes, water bottles with lids (15 oz. or so) and empty wrapping paper rolls.

 

Ministry Updates

Glen Mar Provided a Warm Environment
The area at Glen Mar Church called Youth World turned into a safe, warm haven for 24 overflow clients of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Mar 4 - 11. Church volunteers provided three meals a day, overnight accommodations, activities for adults and children, clean laundry, and transportation to guests who were people experiencing a shelter crisis.

Thank you to our many volunteers and church staff who made it possible for Glen Mar to host the Cold Weather Shelter. Thanks also to Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Tino's Italian Bistro for providing food. Glen Mar and numerous other area faith communities provide this Cold Weather Shelter from November through March every year, with each congregation hosting it for one or two weeks.

Sleep is Heavenly
Glen Mar's annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, held on March 5, was a huge success not only because of the delicious food and hospitality at the event, but also due to the $1,500 raised from dinner donations and the sale of two dozen pieces of artwork. The proceeds will support Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a mission that builds and provides beds to children in need. This event was hosted by the Mission Board.
Our Cup Overflowed With People to Serve
As it usually does on the fourth Saturday of the month, Glen Mar provided and served lunch to disadvantaged people, some of whom are homeless, at the Day Resource Center in Jessup. Normally about 70 people along the Route 1 corridor benefit from this free lunch served every Saturday at this location. On Feb. 23, a whopping 130 people arrived to enjoy a meal. Meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans were on the menu, but the unusually large number of diners necessitated a last-minute trip to a nearby fast-food restaurant to buy 30 hamburgers. Thanks to 12 Glen Mar volunteers, including Lead Pastor Mandy Sayers, all diners enjoyed nourishment and warm hospitality.

Glen Mar is one of 50 churches that support the Day Resource Center, which is an outreach of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

 

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