Glen Mar’s Turn at the Day Resource Center: Sat., Dec. 22, 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
Experience God Through Music and Drama: Sat., Dec., 22 and Sun., Dec. 23
Hear from several characters in the Christmas story in a dramatic service of lessons and carols on Sat., Dec. 22, 5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 11 a.m. An expanded choir and instrumental ensemble will perform "Canticles in Candlelight," a Christmas cantata by Jospeh M. Martin on Sun., Dec. 23, 8 and 9:30 a.m.
Special Christmas Eve Services: Mon., Dec. 24, 2:30, 4, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.
Your favorite superheroes will reunite in Bethlehem for A Super Sequel, this year's Family Christmas Eve services. Join us on Mon., Dec. 24, 2:30 and 4 p.m. for a dramatic worship celebration especially for families and children. Candlelight services will be conducted on Mon., Dec. 24 at 7 and 9 p.m. A candlelight and Communion service will be held on Mon., Dec. 24 at 11 p.m.
Joyful Christmas Service: Tue., Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Make a new Christmas memory by joining us at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day for a casual service of singing, bell ringing and joy as we celebrate our Savior's birth. Bring the whole family and your favorite bell to ring.
Sweet Hour of Prayer: Wed., Jan 2, 12:00 - 1 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m.
Come to the Chapel for First Wednesdays, a time of prayer and fasting. Take an hour to rest, recharge and lift your joys, cares and concerns before the Lord. Contact Marti Windram Marti.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Forms Due by Sun., Jan. 6 for Habitat for Humanity: Sat., Jan. 12
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, email@example.com to sign up. Ages 16 and up. Learn more.
Lunch With the Pastors: Sun., Jan. 13, 12:15 - 2 p.m.
This informal gathering will provide more information about how to become more connected in the church, meet the pastors, ask questions, and learn the pathways to membership at Glen Mar. RSVP to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare is available upon request.
Day of Service: Mon., Jan. 21: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The public is welcome to Glen Mar's free annual Day of Service on MLK Jr. Day. This event allows families to serve together via multiple hands-on activities that will positively impact communities. Children ages 5 and older can volunteer. Free child care is available for ages 1 to 4. Come for one hour or all day. Most of the events are at Glen Mar, but a few are off-site. Click here for more information.
Day of Service Requires Volunteers Galore: Mon., Jan. 21
If you like working with people and serving the Lord, volunteer to be part of the fifth annual Day of Service on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019. Youths and adults can lead or co-lead one of approximately 18 different on-site activities or a couple of off-site activities. You can volunteer for an hour or the day. Approximately 75 volunteers are needed throughout the day to work at the sign-in table, pizza-order table, hospitality table (making lemonade and refilling the ice water dispenser), or just filling in whereever needed. Be part of a great opportunity to work with approximately 1,300 participants, package over 100,000 meals, and serve the world. Training will be provided and service hours are available. Email email@example.com with questions or to volunteer.
Calling Ushers and Greeters for Special Duty: Mon., Dec. 24, Various Times
Adults are needed to serve as ushers and greeters at Family and Candlelight Christmas Eve services. Family services are at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Candlelight services are at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. Sign up here. Wear your favorite super hero t-Shirt.
Corporate Sponsors and Partner Organizations Needed for Day of Service
Glen Mar's Day of Service will provide a wide range of family-friendly short-term service activities for all ages that will positively impact the community. If interested in being a corporate sponsor or partner organization email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be held Mon., Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Honor a Loved One, Beautify the Spirit Center For Christmas and Beyond
Those who would like to honor a loved one or a special occasion are invited to sponsor one or two altar flower arrangements each weekend. Sign up for an available weekend (two per weekend) on the altar flower chart, then complete an envelope (available in the Gathering Place) with sponsorship information. Cost is $40 per arrangement. Sponsors can contact The Flower Basket at 410.465.5588 to customize their arrangements if they wish. The 2019 dates are available on the chart across from the church reception area on the main level. Help beautify the Spirit Center with poinsettias from Homestead Gardens. Flowers come in 7-inch pots with 8 to 10 blooms in red and white. Envelopes are available in the Gathering Place. Poinsettia order deadline is Dec. 16. Questions? Contact Laura email@example.com.
Deliver Meals to Families with New Babies
Do you love making other moms and dads feel loved and welcomed into parenthood? Then the Stork Bites Ministry is for you. This ministry delivers meals to families who have just welcomed new babies. A group email is sent to people who volunteer when a baby is born and a new meal schedule is created. Volunteers sign up if they can provide a meal (no obligation to sign up every time). If you are interested in helping others in our church community or have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searching for Nurses and Doctors
RNs, LPNs, nurse practitioners, and physicians can become volunteers in Glen Mar's Parish Nurse Program. Volunteer parish nurses provide blood pressure screenings before and after the 9:30 a.m. service in the ELC kitchen space behind the reception office on the third Sunday of the month. Interested candidates should contact email@example.com for more information.
Collections & Donations
Contribute to Day of Service's Many Needs
Glen Mar's Day of Service has the following needs: 10,000 pony beads for kits, 400 clean used T-Shirts to make jump ropes for children, and 500 clean recycled medicine bottles for fishing kits. Place items in the large Day of Service cardboard box downstairs. This event will be held on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Glen Mar.
Thousands Awed by the Biblical Christmas Message
Glen Mar shared the wondrous story of the first Christmas with 2,500 visitors at its annual Walk to Bethlehem on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2. The experience included visiting several outdoor settings where readers and actors, blessed in period costumes, portrayed the story of Jesus' birth. In addition, visitors spoke to first-century travelers, saw an indoor Temple scene where baby Jesus was blessed, and visited a first-century marketplace.
We Spread Christmas Joy and Fulfilled Needs Through Our Generosity
Glen Mar’s Wish Upon a Star program is assisting 27 families (125 family members), along with 10 youth from the Baltimore Campus of the UMC Board of Child Care, with clothing, food, new toys, and other needs this December. The families have gone through a selection process at Ames United Methodist Church, Eva Johnson Foundation, the Judy Center of Howard County, Hope Works of Howard County, or the Howard County Public School System. In addition to generously donating gifts for these families and youth, the congregation also provides gift cards for families identified by the Grassroots Homeless Shelter and for soldiers at Ft. Meade who will not be able to be with their families over the holidays.
Families Provided Disaster Relief
Fifty-nine families donated more than $6,500 from their gift card family accounts to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and their disaster response in California.
Jewelry and Scarves Did Much More Than Make People Look Good
In November, the Glen Mar fundraiser Jewels for Hope turned gently used jewelry and scarves into more than $14,500 for HopeWorks, the local nonprofit that is dedicated to eliminating domestic and sexual violence.
Nurturing Faith through Operation Christmas Child
Glen Mar donated more than 250 gift-filled shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child in November. Many of the children who receive these shoeboxes will be offered a discipleship experience by their local churches.