Special Announcements

Church Building Closed, Services Held Online Each Sunday, 10 a.m.
Glen Mar's building is currently closed to the public. Services are being held online. Click here to view Glen Mar's worship services streaming at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Click here to view previous services.

Ways to Serve the Community During COVID-19 Crisis
Glen Mar's Mission Board wants the community to know the local needs generated by the COVID-19 Crisis. Visit this webpage.

 

Events Currently Scheduled

Watch Relay For Life of Catonsville Online: Sat., June 6, 4 - 7 p.m.

Glen Mar Church's Angels for a Cure team participates in Relay For Life of Catonsville. The Relay raises money for the American Cancer Society, supports cancer survivors and educates people about cancer so they can reduce their risk of getting it.

The Relay will be held virtually this year because of COVID-19. Join us on Saturday, June 6, 4 to 7 p.m., on Facebook, but you do not have to be on Facebook to see it. Just go to Relay For Life of Catonsville. When a box jumps up that says “Log In” or “Create New Account,” just click, “Not Now.”

Safe Sanctuaries Training: Sun., June 14, 11 a.m.
Glen Mar will offer this opportunity to receive Safe Sanctuaries training. Please load Zoom and contact safesanctuaries@glenmarumc.org to get the link.

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. Training takes about one hour. Participants in this training are asked to provide references and information for a background check. Click here for more information.

Zoom-Based Morning Prayer Time: Weekdays, 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Glen Mar will have Zoom-Based Morning Prayer Mondays through Fridays at 8 a.m. until we can gather again in person. It will finish by 8:30 a.m. To get information to access these prayer times, email Mandy.Sayers@glenmarumc.org. A new link and password started on May 18 so email Pastor Mandy if you need it.
Special Messages Premier Online: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Tune in online for Word on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for the premiers of short messages, devotions, or inspirational reflections from retired United Methodist pastors or from lay leaders. The first one was on Apr. 15. You can access the premier broadcast on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and view re-aired broadcasts throughout the week on this website page.
An Opportunity to Learn about the Bible: Sundays Through June 14, 4 p.m.
In this season of Eastertide, perhaps you’re looking for a way to connect and meet some new Glen Mar folks. Enter Base, a revised version of Pastor Andy Lunt’s original Bible 101 class now available over the internet. Base is a six-week introduction to the Bible that assumes no Biblical knowledge and assigns no homework. It's designed for anyone who’d like to know more about how the Bible was written, how it came to us, and how we can read it today. Each Base session starts with a 30-minute overview presentation followed by group discussion.

Base started on Sun., Apr. 26. Each session starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.

If you're interested or have any questions, email eric.sayers@glenmarumc.org.

For more information click here.

Children and Youth Online Programs During COVID-19 Closing

While the building is closed, programs for children and youth continue online. Youth are gathering by Zoom and through Bible study apps for high school Rooted, Confirmation Class, and small groups. Sunday school teachers are sharing videos and do-at-home lessons for preschool and elementary-aged kids.

Don't miss out. Sign up for the Family Vine or sign up for one of the Youth Newsletters or contact Margaret Lang, Jen Rowell or Sean Danaher to get all the details.

Lunch With the Pastors
Want to learn more about Glen Mar and how to become a member? Join us for Lunch with the Pastors. This informal gathering will provide information about how to become more connected in the church. You will meet the pastors, be able to ask questions and learn the pathways to membership at Glen Mar Church.

RSVP to Kyara Kelley kyara.kelley@glenmarumc.org for details on the next meeting (most likely on Zoom).

Summer Vacation Bible School Being Planned: Registration Has Been Suspended
Summer Vacation Bible School is currently planned for July 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - noon, with an Extended Day option, noon -4 p.m., for students in Summer Vacation Bible School. Registration has been suspended. Summer Vacation Bible School may be presented in a different way this summer.

Vacation Bible School is for students in 1st through 8th grades in fall 2020. Click here for more information..

Baltimore Mission Week: July 23-31

The Mission Board is still planning to move forward with our Baltimore Mission Week (July 23-31) to provide a mission trip experience for as many attendees as possible. Information regarding mission training for the Baltimore trip is still being discussed.

For those who have already made deposits toward other mission trips that have ben canceled, please see "Important Mission Board Information" notice on this website page.

There is great need all around us. Glen Mar's Mission Board is working together with our partner organizations to extend the love of Christ through service even at this time. As needs arise in our community, we want to mobilize volunteers swiftly and safely. In order to do that, we're making Mission Ministry Participation forms available on Glen Mar's website. As we await the go-ahead to do the in-person work of mission ministry, you can do your part by completing the forms found on this website page.

"In person" Safe Sanctuaries trainings will also be taking place via Zoom in the following months. Look for updates on this website page.

Throughout the history of the Church, Jesus followers have endured many hardships to love and serve the least, the last, and the lost. In fact, many New Testament writers describe hardship as a unique opportunity to know and love God more deeply. As we endure this present hardship, we join the saints who have gone before us, rising to the call of living faithfully in this moment... for Our Growth, Others' Good, and God's Glory. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, Jesus has overcome the world!

 

Canceled or Postponed Activities

2020 Summer Concert Series: Canceled
Glen Mar’s Summer Concert Series Committee regrets to announce that it will not hold summer concerts in 2020 due to COVID-19. The committee hopes to continue the tradition of holding free summer concerts in 2021.
Glen Mar Early Learning Center: Temporarily Closed But Enrollment is Open
Follow the Glen Mar Early Learning Center on Facebook. If you are interested in information about current openings or wish to enroll your child in Summer Camp, email elc@glenmarumc.org.
Important Mission Trip Information
Out of an abundance of caution, with careful consideration for the well-being of our congregation and of the communities we plan to visit, Glen Mar's Mission Board has decided to cancel the following mission trips:

Tarboro, NC (May 31-June 6)
Hurley 1 (June 28-July 4)
Hurley 2 (July 5-11).

The Mission Board is still planning to move forward with our Baltimore Mission Week (July 23-31) to provide a mission trip experience for as many attendees as possible. For those who have already made deposits toward mission trips, the following options are available:

1) You may transfer your mission trip deposit to secure your participation in the Baltimore Mission Week.
2) You may donate a portion of your mission trip deposit to the Mission Board to be distributed to host organizations and local needs.
3) You may request a refund.

To move forward with any of these actions, email Sean Danaher Sean.Danaher@glenmarumc.org.

Information regarding mission training for the Baltimore trip is still being discussed.

Although we may not be able to be present in Tarboro, NC and Hurley, VA this summer, Glen Mar is committed to ministering to our friends and neighbors in these communities. As we communicate with our contacts in Tarboro and Hurley, we are discerning how we might be able to serve them from afar. We will be keeping you up to date with every opportunity to serve these communities that we love.

In the meantime, however, there is great need all around us. Glen Mar's Mission Board is working together with our partner organizations to extend the love of Christ through service even at this time. As needs arise in our community, we want to mobilize volunteers swiftly and safely. In order to do that, we're making Mission Ministry Participation forms available on Glen Mar's website. As we await the go-ahead to do the in-person work of mission ministry, you can do your part by completing the forms found on this website page.

"In person" Safe Sanctuaries trainings will also be taking place via ZOOM in the following months. Look for updates on this website page.

Throughout the history of the Church, Jesus followers have endured many hardships to love and serve the least, the last, and the lost. In fact, many New Testament writers describe hardship as a unique opportunity to know and love God more deeply. As we endure this present hardship, we join the saints who have gone before us, rising to the call of living faithfully in this moment... for Our Growth, Others' Good, and God's Glory. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, Jesus has overcome the world!

Glen Mar’s Turn at the Day Resource Center: Postponed
Glen Mar is one of 50 churches that provides lunch for this Grassroots outreach. Glen Mar contributes to the potluck menu and helps serve on site the 4th Saturday of every month, but will not be able to help at our regularly scheduled time. For more information, visit our Day Resource Center page.

 

Can We Help You?

Make Your Own Mask - With Our Help
Adrienne, who coordinates Glen Mar’s extremely prolific mask-making effort, is able to give mask materials to Glen Mar folks who want to make a mask. Adrienne is also available to show mask samples and answer questions on Fridays, May 29, June 5 and 12, 3 - 5 p.m., in the Glen Mar parking lot. Some masks can be made with a glue gun and materials. For more information, email mask@glenmarumc.org.

Mask-making videos are available at on Glen Mar's COVID-19 Crisis webpage.

Pastoral Care
Even though we are not meeting in person, be assured that your pastors, staff and church family are with you in prayer, in spirit, and if you need us. If you need pastoral care, or want to talk, email our pastors, mandysayers@glenmarumc.org or anna.schwartz@glenmarumc.org.
Delivery of Groceries or Necessities
If you need groceries, medications or other necessities delivered to you, contact caring@glenmarumc.org or call the pager at 410-748-1320.
Join a Growth Group or Get Help with Tech for Remote Meetings
Growth groups leaders and folks with meetings scheduled are encouraged to use technology to meet remotely. Groups are using all kinds of online resources to meet remotely, to study and to share and to pray for one another. If you need help doing this or getting hooked up via Zoom with a group, Pastor Anna Schwartz can help you. Email her at anna.schwartz@glenmarumc.org.
Prayer Concerns
If you have a prayer concern for our prayer team, pleased send it to marti.windram@glenmarumc.org or to any pastor who will forward it to our prayer team. Or, submit it online here.

 

Help Wanted

Help Feed the Five Thousand
If you would like to help feed five thousand people in Howard County by July 4, 2020, please visit www.feed howardcounty.org, email Feed Howard County or call Pat Curran of First Presbyterian Church at 443-695-0756 to volunteer. Volunteers are needed to distribute hot meals prepared by local restaurants to people in need.

The time commitment is one hour. Feed Howard County will be holding hot meal distributions each week until July 4. This week there are opportunities on Wed., June 3 at 4 p.m.; Thu., June 4 at 4:30 p.m.; and Sat., June 6 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Join Dancing Needles From Home

Glen Mar’s Dancing Needles are knitting prayer shawls (shawls that are prayed over) and baby blankets from home. These items are given to people who are convalescing from illness or surgery or who have newborns. If you would like to knit from home with the Dancing Needles, email dancingneedles@glenmarumc.org.
Volunteers Needed to Help With Pop-Up Food Pantries
Volunteers are needed to help with Pop-Up Food Pantry opportunities at a senior resident apartment complex in Columbia. Glen Mar's Pop-Up Food Pantries are usually held on Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. We usually meet at the Howard County Food Bank at 9:30 a.m. to pick-up food and then take the food to the front door of each residence. We also have been sharing letters and pictures created by Glen Mar’s Sunday School kids.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and layoffs, the number of families with food insecurity is growing in Howard County and Baltimore. A Pop-Up Food Pantry is the distribution of food and the sharing of God’s love on a designated date and time and at a place for a specific group of people (such as low-rent apartments or health care workers) or for a broad community (such as Ames Memorial United Methodist Church or the Sandtown community of Baltimore).

If interested in assisting, please email missions@glenmarumc.org.

Shop for Food Supplies for Grassroots
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center's Freetown Road location continues to provide shelter for homeless guests and is serving three meals per day to about 50 people.

As it has been doing for many years, a small team of Glen Mar members provide meat loaves and milk on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Many of Glen Mar’s team are in the 60+ age category which is considered an “at risk” group. While they want to continue to help, they are limited in their ability to shop.

Glen Mar needs volunteers under age 60 to help with this ministry by shopping for supplies prior to the 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact Linda Hunt grassroots@glenmarumc.org.

Sewers and Non-Sewers, Help Make Face Masks
Glen Mar is making countless homemade face masks to help with the current shortage. Jobs include sewing, laundering, ironing, folding and cutting.

A collection bin for finished masks will be located on the trailer on the church parking lot on Fridays, through June 12, 3 - 5 p.m. This collection is only for completed masks. Please place masks in a new sandwich bag with the appropriate Mask Label, and place the bag(s) in the designated bin. You can also drop off materials in process and donations of needed materials. NOTE: We will not be handing out materials to make masks on Fridays at church unless you have contacted Adrienne in advance (before noon Friday) to make arrangements. See notice about making face masks on this webpage for more details.

Mission-Minded Folks are Asked to Fill out Volunteer Forms

As needs arise in our community related to the effects of COVID-19, Glen Mar's Mission Board would like to mobilize mission-minded people as quickly as possible, all while adhering to the recommended CDC guidelines and state requirements. While we await the opportunity to be physically present to the needs of our neighbors, you can do your part by completing the following forms ahead of time:

All participants: Mission Trip Permission Form 2020
Youth Participants (under 18): Code of Conduct, Power Tool Agreement

Completed forms can be submitted via email to: sean.danaher@glenmarumc.org

Or submit by mail to:

Glen Mar UMC
Attn: Sean Danaher
4701 New Cut Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

View Glen Mar Employment Opportunities
Are you or someone you know looking for a job? We have a few openings. To apply, visit our website page.

 

Collections, Donations, and Loaned Items

Support American Cancer Society Through Glen Mar's Relay For Life Team

Glen Mar Church's Angels for a Cure team participates in Relay For Life of Catonsville. The Relay raises money for the American Cancer Society, supports cancer survivors and educates people about cancer so they can reduce their risk of getting it.

If you would like to donate or dedicate luminaria and support our team, you can do so online at
www.secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/RelayForLife/RFLCY20NER?team_id=2494515&pg=team&fr_id=95983.

The Relay will be held virtually this year because of COVID-19. Join us on Saturday, June 6, 4 to 7 p.m., on Facebook, but you do not have to be on Facebook to see it. Just go to Relay For Life of Catonsville. When a box jumps up that says “Log In” or “Create New Account,” just click, “Not Now.”

Major Food Drives for Several Organizations: Fridays through June 12, 3 - 5 p.m.
Glen Mar's Mission Board will hold food drives June 5 and 12, 3 - 5 p.m., in the Glen Mar parking lot. The food will be donated immediately to ARC of Howard County, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Grassroots Day Resource Center, Manna House, My Sister's Place, Our Daily Bread, Howard County Food Bank, Help End Homelessness Howard County, and Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

The most requested items are canned chicken, tuna, salmon, Vienna sausages, Spam, 16 oz. containers of pork and beans, canned soups (low-salt), prepared meals (i.e. Dinty Moore, spaghettios with meatballs) macaroni & cheese, large containers of oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, bread, lunch snacks and Granola bars, canned fruit and individual snack packs of fruit, canned vegetables (all types), pasta and pasta sauce, kidney beans, baby wipes, laundry detergent pods, cleaning supplies, deodorant, body wash and toilet paper.

Need Zipper Sandwich Bags: Drop off on Fridays Through June 12, 3 - 5 p.m.

Volunteers are making cloth masks for area medical facilities and community organizations. These masks are transported in various stages of completion from home to home. The masks are stored in zipper sandwich bags to reduce the risk of COVID-19 so please drop off zipper sandwich bag donations to Adrienne in the church parking lot any Friday through June 12, 3 -5 p.m.
Drop off Food and Supplies at Day Resource Center at Set Times
Help the most vulnerable in the our community by dropping off food and supplies at the Day Resource Center, 10390 Guilford Road, Suite A, Jessup. Items must be dropped off from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. Please do not leave donations at the door when no one is there. The staff will put together packages and deliver them to guests.

Needed Items are:

  • 16 oz. canned baked beans
  • canned meats-tuna, chicken, salmon, Vienna sausage, Spam
  • canned fruit/fruit cups/applesauce cups
  • canned vegetables-all kinds
  • men's underwear-any type, all sizes (they are not able to accept other types of clothing at this time)
Go to www.daycenter.org for more information about the Day Resource Center.
Donate Food, Household Supplies and Grocery Gift Cards
All of the Help End Homelessness Howard County families would be grateful for donations of food and household supplies. When you live on a low income, you do not have the money to stockpile for emergencies, and that is the situation our families currently are in.

If you are interested in donating food, household supplies, or grocery gift cards to these families, Adrienne is willing to deliver them to the families we serve. Limited pick-up is available or you may order online and have the items delivered to Adrienne's house. Please email Adrienne hehhc@glenmarumc.org to make arrangements.

Give to Glen Mar Online
Many already give through online giving or electronic funds transfer. In this unusual season, if you would normally put your offering in the plate in person, please consider using our online giving option. It's safe and easy. Your continued giving will play a crucial role in helping keep our financial commitments to mission and ministry during this unusual time. You can set up online giving here.

 

Ministry Updates

Collecting Food and Other Necessities for Nonprofits

Beginning on Apr. 17 and continuing every Friday through June 12, the Mission Board is collecting food and essential supplies from 3 to 5 p.m. in Glen Mar’s parking lot.

The food and supplies are being donated to ARC of Howard County, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Grassroots Day Resource Center, Manna House, My Sister's Place, Our Daily Bread, Howard County Food Bank, Help End Homelessness Howard County, and Ames Memorial United Methodist Church.

Volunteers are Cranking Out - Story Updated and Picture Added on May 26

With the Mission Board’s blessing, 25 volunteers joined forces to assemble much-needed masks, which are part of the personal protective equipment that health care workers on the COVID-19 front line need. The masks are donated to area hospitals and community service organizations as well as Navajo Nation and the National Guard in Arizona.

These masks, in varying degrees of completion, travel from one home to another in plastic bags to curtail the spread of the virus. At each stop volunteers perform different jobs – washing, cutting, ironing and folding. These prepping functions free up time for the sewers to complete the last phase of production. Then transporters spring into action to take the homemade fabric masks to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center or Sheppard Pratt where they can’t be scooped up fast enough.

Production started on Apr. 4. By May 26, more than 1,700 homemade masks had been delivered to their final destinations and many more were in the pipeline.

These volunteers know these masks can mean the difference between life and death to health care workers so they are very motivated to keep the washing machines spinning, scissors clicking, irons fired up and sewing machines humming. “We’re going to run out of fabric before we run out of energy,” said this mission’s coordinator, Adrienne (last name withheld by request).

Donors are making sure that volunteers don’t run out of fabric or other supplies. One woman was so anxious to donate that among her contributions were two pillowcases she had just pulled off the pillows on her bed. Volunteers happily washed those pillowcases.

Each completed mask contained a note that it’s from Glen Mar Church in Ellicott City, and that many people are praying for health care workers’ safety. Recipients are given the opportunity to send testimonials to Glen Mar. Health Care Worker Chris K. responded, “We had been given one paper mask, which had to be reused, and several ripped the first night we used them. Then we got a mask each in our mailboxes today from your church. Thank you so much. One co-worker saw it and said, ‘Aw…somebody loves us.’”

For the latest information and the next group drop-off time and place, check Glen Mar's "Ways to Serve" website page or email mask@glenmarumc.org.

Medical Staff Wear Masks
Health care workers in Harford County sport the masks they were thrilled to receive from Glen Mar volunteers.

Supporting HEHHC Families

With the four houses it owns, Help End Homelessness in Howard County provides “below-market rate housing for families who are either homeless or face the prospect of homelessness with market-rate housing,” according to its website. But more resources are needed to help HEHHC families get back on their feet, particularly during dire times.

One person who attends Glen Mar said that she bought groceries with her own money for four HEHHC families (all single moms) with 12 children on Mar. 31 because low-income people don’t have the money to stockpile for emergencies. “I have a pantry full of food. They do not. They live paycheck to paycheck,” commented this kind-hearted donor who prefers not to give her name.

In addition, Adrienne, a Glen Mar volunteer who prefers her last name be withheld, uses money that others, including Glen Mar parishioners, have donated to HEHHC to purchase grocery gift cards. Adrienne also delivers items she purchases with those gift cards to HEHHC families. “I get the pleasure of going around and handing this all out,” said Adrienne. “They are so grateful for the food and household items. But they are also grateful for the caring shown to them.”

Email Adrienne at hehhc@glenmarumc.org if interested in donating money or gift cards to HEHHC families. To donate to HCHHC online visit to www.hehhcinc.wordpress.com.

Glen Mar Wins Faith Partner of the Year Award
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake named Glen Mar Church Faith Partner of the Year for its outstanding commitment to building homes, communities and hope in Central Maryland. Representatives of the church are scheduled to receive the award at a special reception at Brown Advisory in Baltimore on June 25. This is Habitat For Humanity of the Chesapeake's fourth year giving out the Faith Partner of the Year award. Glen Mar is one of 14 organizations/individuals that will be honored at the reception.

"Glen Mar is receiving this award this year, because for years, they have been a dedicated Faith Partner of Habitat Chesapeake," noted Commuity Relationships & Legislative Relations Manager Diane Kean. "They truly embrace our mission of putting God’s love into action every second Saturday of the month by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Glen Mar is truly one of our most respected partners and we view them as change makers in the community."

There are over 100 people on Glen Mar’s crew, but each work session is limited to 10 volunteers to assure proper safety, coordination and supervision. Don Wecker and Adrienne Taylor co-chair the crew, and both are at almost every monthly work session. Some members of the crew attend Glen Mar and some do not.

The group will do whatever it is asked and has a positive attitude, according to Adrienne. If there is a tough or complicated task, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake knows it “can count on us to do it, do it right and do it safely,” commented Adrienne. Many workers are highly skilled while others are eager to learn. The crew has worked on several homes in Baltimore, including starting projects from practically rubble. Several crew members serve as Red Hats (skilled leaders who volunteer at times that are not regularly scheduled work days).

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that works in local communities across all 50 states and in more than 70 countries. According to its website, “Habitat for Humanity extends the dream of homeownership to low- and moderate-income families.” Habitat homeowners are selected on their ability to pay, need for better housing and willingness to volunteer and complete homebuyer education.

Supporters for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake have built more than 770 homes over the last 37 years.

www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/cng-ho-glen-mar-faith-partner-20200420-qqgqqvccojg3rituebfojk4okm-story.html Click here to see another story about Glen Mar being named Faith Partner of the Year by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.

Habitat Crew 2020

Our Church is Sponsoring Six Pop-Up Food Pantries

Each Thursday from Apr. 23 through May 28 Glen Mar is sponsoring pop-up food pantries for low-income people at designated locations in Howard County. At each drive, 50 people receive enough free food to supply an average-sized family for about four days. Glen Mar also supplied several volunteers at each event to pick up, set up and distribute food.

Glen Mar also supplied a volunteer at two pop-up pantries sponsored by the Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster.

 

Quick Links

The Glen Mar Church building is currently closed to the public. We will have worship online Sundays at 10 AM. Click for more information