Conversation Circle #3: Tue., Apr. 24, 7-8:45 p.m.
Conversation Circles, a countywide effort to bring the community together for courageous and difficult conversations about race. Circles will meet the fourth Tuesday monthly through May 22, 7 - 8:45 p.m. at six Howard County places of worship including Glen Mar. Trained facilitators will work with each group. Flyers are available in The Gathering Place. To register or learn more, go to Download the flyer.
April Safe Sanctuary Training: Fri., Apr. 27, 5-6 p.m.
This training is for Vacation Bible School volunteers and mission trip participants. Minimal paperwork and three references are needed to complete the mandatory training. Another option is to attend Sat., Apr. 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Glen Mar’s Turn at the Day Resource Center: Sat., Apr. 28, 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.
Stole Making Sunday, Apr. 29,12:15 p.m.
Confirmation parents and Friends in Faith gather in the Youth Lounge to decorate stoles for the Confirmation Service.
Teacher Appreciation Sunday, May 6, 10:30-11 a.m.
Thank you to all the teachers, helpers, behind-the-scenes and up-front types who make Sunday morning programs for kids rock. Sean Danaher, Jen Rowell, and Margaret Lang want to thank you with a heart-felt brunch downstairs.
Register Now for Vacation Bible School
July 9-13 is full but July 16-20, 9 a.m. - noon, is still accepting registrations. Theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Click here.
Habitat for Humanity: Sat., May 12
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, to sign up. Ages 16 and up. Learn more.
Register Now for Glen Mar Golf Classic: Mon., May 14
Ready for warm weather? Mark your calendar for the 7th annual Glen Mar Golf Classic on Monday, May 14 at Timbers at Troy. Shotgun start at 8:30 with lunch provided by George & Sally Dohner. Register for golf or to become a sponsor at Sponsorships are available ($250 buys a hole sponsorship) and Grassroots is eligible for matching gifts from employers. All proceeds go to Grassroots. Learn more.
Attend the Ceremony Where Pastor Anna Schwartz will be Commissioned as a Provisional Elder, Thu., May 31, 7 p.m.
This Ordination Ceremony will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna Street in Baltimore.
Sign Up Now for Summer Mission Trips
Interested in a summer mission trip? This year's trips include West Virginia; Hurley, Virginia; and mission camp in Baltimore city. Download the flyer. Learn more.


Help Wanted

Vacation Bible School Prep Day: Sat., Apr. 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stop in anytime and join other VBS fanatics who love assembling "over-the-top" decorations, meaningful lessons, crazy crafts and much more. We have the supplies and ideas. You bring a smile and willingness to work.
Calling All Grant Writers
Ames Shalom and Ames Memorial UMC in Baltimore are seeking grant-writing assistance for five, six and seven figure amounts to fund the Resurrection Sandtown project, a multi-purpose, community-focused campus near the existing church. Please contact Van Beall, or 443-286-7421.
Sign Up to Provide Refreshments
Families and small teams of individuals are needed to serve the coffee, lemonade, donuts and veggies that are available on Sunday mornings. Sign up here.
Help Needed at Welcome Center
Do you have the gift of hospitality? The Glen Mar Welcome Center needs additional help in this key position. Training will be provided. Please contact Joan Marshall, for this or any Welcome Ministry position.
Funerals and Memorial Services Reception Volunteers Needed
When a loved one dies, those who serve as reception coordinators and helpers, ushers, and greeters bring God’s love, peace, and comfort during a difficult time. Many servants are needed to assist the staff with these crucial elements of funeral services. Help is needed for reception set-up, food preparation, serving, and clean-up, and volunteers are welcome to participate as much as individual schedules allow. When a service and/or reception occurs, an email request is sent and you can respond as you are able. Please consider these important ministries. Contact: Nancy Pirritano,
Interested in Service Opportunities with the UMC in Russia?
If you are interested in exploring ways Glen Mar can partner with the UMC in Russia - financially, kids ministry, mission trips, more? Please contact D.C. Veale, Minister for Missions,


Collections & Donations

Food Collection for the Eva Johnson Foundation
Items can be dropped off at Glen Mar through Apr. 29. Suggested items are canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and fish, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta, rice, beans, flour, soups, chili, beef stew, packaged meals such as Hamburger Helper and Mac and Cheese, juices (bottles, cans, boxes), hot and cold cereals, pancake mixes and syrup, bakery mixes, desserts (Jell-O, puddings, cookies), sugar, artificial sweeteners, honey, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, cooking oil, aluminum foil, plastic wraps, plastic bags, personal care items, paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue, soaps (facial, laundry, dish), infant care items.
Donations for the American Cancer Society
Glen Mar's Angels for a Cure team is collecting donations for the American Cancer Society. Luminaria are also available. They will be displayed at Relay For Life of Howard County on Sat., Jun 2 starting at 3 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds. For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290.
VBS - Your Trash is our Treasure! Collection Underway
Help us make cool decorations, fun, crafts and a memory of a lifetime for the kids this summer. Please leave these donations downstairs in the VBS bin: carpet tubes, large pieces of cardboard, wooden crates, boxes, thick nautical rope (will be returned), netting, clear plastic bottles -any size, clean with lids. VBS also needs medium-size Christmas tree stands to hold palm trees. Put your name on the underside with a permanent marker and drop it off in or outside the children's ministry office located downstairs in the Kids' Wing.
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.
Donate to Glen Mar Missions through Amazon Smile Program
Glen Mar is Now Registered with Amazon Smile. Donate with Every Purchase! Please register at and search for Glen Mar. A small percentage of every future purchase is returned to Glen Mar’s mission ministries.


Ministry Updates

Easter Eggstravaganza for Children was a Success
The Easter Eggstravaganza drew a larger crowd than ever before. Youth helpers brought tons of positive energy and a heart for service to this event.
$14,000 was raised at the Soup'r Sundae Event
All proceeds went to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Thank you to all who gave baskets and donations.


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