Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. Set your clocks back one hour the night before and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.
All Saints Day
(All Saints Sunday - November 3rd)
November 3th: All Saints Sunday and Communion
From the first centuries after Christ, Christians who died a martyr’s death were considered saints, who live in God’s presence forever. Every year, on the anniversary of the martyrs’ deaths, Christians would visit their tombs and celebrate the Eucharist. This practice grew throughout the centuries to include remembering other outstanding Christians on the days they died. Soon the entire calendar was filled with memorials of the saints. In the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as the day to remember all the saints living in God’s presence.
Prayer for All Saints Day:
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Holy hands used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.
November 10th is Stewardship Sunday when we will begin our annual stewardship campaign for 2020. Stewardship is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” In this case, I am referring to the giving of our time, talents and treasures to support our church and our community.
The first phase of stewardship is the giving of our treasures as we submit our commitment cards indicating our intent to provide financial support to the church. Submitting the commitment cards allows the Finance Ministry to create a budget for Consistory’s and finally the Congregation’s approval for the next year beginning in January. The budget provides each of the Ministries their budget for the year to support the various programs within the church as well as support to our wider missions locally and outside our geographical area.
The next phase is the giving of our time and talents in the form of participating in our Ministry Committees and as members of the Consistory. Without members to participate in our committees with their time and talents, it is difficult, if not nearly impossible, to provide for the church’s and the community’s needs.
Consider prayerfully what you can give in 2020 and submit your commitment cards as soon as possible during November.
This year Stewardship Sunday is also the day before Veterans Day and we will continue the tradition of taking a special offering to give to a local veterans’ project. We will once again be giving to the Carroll County Veterans Independent Project. Please use the pew envelopes indicating veterans’ donation. Make checks payable to the church noting a donation to veterans.
Chairman, Finance Ministry
Search Committee Update
Dear Member's of St. Mary's United Church of Christ,
As members of the Search Committee, we want to express our gratitude for the trust you have placed in us. These past weeks, we have concluded our prayerful search for a full-time settled pastor. With guidance from Conference Minister Freeman Palmer, Associate Conference Minister Audrey Price, the Catoctin Church and Ministry Commission, and Catoctin Association President Rebecca Shillingburg, we came to a decision as to how to proceed in an expedtied search model. In early October we conducted a two hour face to face interview with the candidate. After much contemplation and further discussion amongst the committee, we reached a unanimous decision. We are please to recommend Reverend Samuel F Chamelin for the position of full-time settled pastor at St. Mary's UCC. He will be introduced to the congregation at a meet & greet in the vestry on Saturday November 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Sam will lead the worship service on Sunday, November 17th, with a congregational vote following the service. The Search Committee wholeheartedly and unanimously agrees that Sam has been chosen to serve St. Mary's into the future.
In Christian Love,
The Search Committee
Message from Pastor Sam Chamelin
St. Mary’s! Peace and good in Christ!
My name is Sam Chamelin, and I am overwhelmed and excited to be considered for your pastorate! I wanted to write a little and let you know a bit about who I am. I am a Carroll County kid, born and raised on a dairy farm on Bachman Valley Rd. Most of my summer days were spent either playing baseball for Charles Carroll Rec, or in my grandmother’s homemade shorts making dams in the creek that ran through our farm. Most of my winters were spent sledding down our hills while avoiding the barbwire fence (not always successfully!), and working on my 4-H projects for the coming year. Growing up on a farm taught me the value of hard work, teamwork, and self-sacrifice in the service of another, because I learned very quickly that if the cows weren’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
I was a Charles Carroll Chipmunk from 1987-92, and went to East Middle School. I was in marching band and the baseball team at Westminster High School. I attended Ursinus College, where I studied biology and philosophy while I captained the hockey team. And while I was there, a local pastor said, “I think you have the gifts for ministry,” and sent me on a vocational journey of life and faith that wound through the Frederick office of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to parish ministry in the United Church of Christ, through Gettysburg Seminary, ordination in 2014, and dropped me on your doorstep! I am a serial optimist about the Church, and I believe the best days of the Church are still ahead of us. So I bring a lot of energy and creativity to the table, because I want every person to experience a bit of the faith, hope, and love that I’ve experienced through Christ and Christ’s Church.
When people ask me what my particular calling is, my best answer is, “I believe in the rural church. So I have one foot in the rural church that is, and one foot in the rural church that could be.” This is why I love established churches, as well as new ministry projects like The Keep & Till. I’m really energized to unite a sense of tradition and history with entrepreneurial passion and courage to keep dreaming about what the church can and ought to be in the 21st century, and bringing people together to share good news!
I met my wife, Jennie, through the Carroll County 4-H program, and we have been married for *almost* 15 years. She is a dedicated pastor’s wife and homemaker, and she loves to bake and can food from our garden. She’s also the world’s best waitress! We have 3 kids we think are pretty cool. Brenna, age 8, loves baseball (not softball!) and our dog Pumpkin. Charlotte, age 9, is a fashionista and macaroon connoisseur. Caleb, age 11, loves his pigs, baseball, and hockey. We homeschool our kids, which means we are tight-knit bunch who are used to sharing life together.
So on behalf of my family, we look forward to meeting you all, getting to know you and your families, and walking through this journey together as we discern God’s will. Be sure of my prayers for you all. Peace and good, my friends!
Pastor Sam Chamelin
First Sunday of Advent
All Church Christmas Decorating - Following Worship
This is the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar, the church year. On this Sunday, we celebrate that Jesus is the risen Christ who reigns over heaven and earth. The following week begins the season of Advent, the time of the Church year where we prepare ourselves to hear the story of Jesus’ birth anew. A light meal will be served while we decorate the church for Christmas.
December 2019 Save the Dates
December 8: Children’s Christmas Program
December 14: Cookie Walk 9 am – 2 pm
December 15: Christmas Cantata during the 10:30am worship service
December 24: -7pm: Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols
-11pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion
Christian Education and Spiritual Formation News
NOVEMBER SUNDAY SCHOOL
Hello Parents of Sunday School Students!
This Fall, we have been studying the Bible story of Noah’s Ark and the Rainbow Promise. So far, we have read multiple versions of the story; considered what we would have seen, smelled, and heard on the Ark; made multiple art projects inspired by rainbows and animals; and played different games to learn more about this story and God’s promise to us and all creatures on Earth.
We will continue our studies of Noah’s Ark and the Rainbow Promise by focusing on missions, science and spiritual lessons in the coming weeks. We will culminate in a “cooking” (food) lesson on November 3rd. During this Sunday School lesson time, we will create multiple foods inspired by the Noah’s Ark story – animal and rainbow themes. Then we will share these food creations with the congregation during Fellowship time following church service on November 3rd.
For November 3rd, we are asking families to bring their children to Sunday School to prepare the food and then to stay through church service so the children can help serve their creations to the congregation at Fellowship time.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Brown.
Sunday School Teachers
Sunday December 1 beginning after the close of the worship service, help us decorate the children’s area for Christmas. Crafts, snacks, caroling, and lots of fun as we prepare for the most wonderful time of the year!
Lunch provided afterward
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Calling all child actors!!
Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 8th during the worship service
Rehearsals during Sunday School (9:30 – 10:15 am) held on December 1st and 8th.
Please contact Miss Stacy or Miss Emily if you’d like an assigned role.
Each year, the children and youth Sunday school classes support Shepherd's Staff with mittens/gloves, hats, scarves, and socks. We need your help to fill our Mitten Tree found in the Vestry. Hang your items during the month of December.
December 8th 2019
When: Following worship
Purpose: to review and vote on the proposed 2020 budget
Copies of the proposed budget will be available starting December 1st
EASTER CANDY SALE—Orders taken from March 8 through March 20. Delivery on April 5 (Palm Sunday)
DESIGNER BAG BINGO—April 18, 2020 at NCCS(More details to follow later)
Time to Order ~ DEADLINE IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
Order poinsettia to beautify the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas Season. Please use the order forms at the back of the sanctuary.
White Gift Sunday
In support of Homewood at Plum Creek, we are asking you to bring signed Christmas cards, complete with a special message, if you like. The envelopes may be left blank, as Homewood will add residents’ names to personalize them. Our greeting cards will be hand delivered to skilled care and personal care residents before Christmas. Please place your cards in the basket at the front of the church.
2019 COOKIE WALK
Countdown to Cookie Walk! We are a little over a month away from the 2019 Cookie Walk on December 14. Doors open at 9 a.m. and we will stay open until we run out of cookies (which in past years was less than 2 hours!) So come on all you bakers, sign up to participate in this year’s event. Dust off those secret recipes, fire up the ovens, and get your bake on! This year we are focusing on Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! (And More Cookies)! We are also accepting small craft or gift items (candles, jars of candy, holiday themed items, etc.) for Santa’s Room.
If you aren’t a baker, come out and join in the festivities. Music, hot beverages, beautiful music, a chance to catch up with your neighbors, and loads of cookies. Visit Santa’s Room for some last minute Teacher Gifts, Secret Santa Presents, or a little something, something for you! Oh and there may be a special guest if he gets all of his chores done on North Pole so get your list ready.
Sign-up sheets will be in the Vestry beginning November 3rd. Join us for what has become an annual event for many of our visitors. After you finish the Cookie Walk, stroll on down to St. Mary’s Lutheran Church and enjoy their Christmas Bazaar. They offer crafts, lunch, and other goodies.
Support both churches supporting the community! If you have questions, call Debbie Hahn, Carla Smith, or Lisa Brown for more details. Thank you for your support.
Transformation Team Update
A Congregational Vote conducted on October 27, 2019 passed the Building Transformation Team’s proposal which had already received the approval of Consistory on October 8th
Pastoral & Congregational Care
Pastoral Care During the Transition: Please call the church office if you are in need of pastoral care or a hospital visit for a serious illness. The office maintains a list of local pastors to call until an interim or settled pastor can be called.
The Congregation and your pastor would like to be available to visit and help during times of personal stress, loss, and hardship in ways that are most beneficial to you. Pastoral and Congregational care can be provided in many ways, but here some common ways:
Visits (hospital, nursing home, home)
Placing your name on the prayer chain and prayer list
To help us provide excellent care, we kindly ask that you consider the following:
Hospitalizations: if you or a loved one are taken to the hospital or having surgery, hospitals will no longer call churches and pastors to inform us. They also cannot reveal personal information to us. We kindly ask that you reach out to the Church office.
Nursing home/Home visits: Please let the Church Office know directly if you or a loved one would like to have a visit. It is our goal to visit shut-ins regularly every few months.
Deaths/Funerals: We recognize the death of a loved one is very stressful. We kindly ask that you let the Church/pastor know as soon as possible. If you would like to have a funeral at the church or a funeral luncheon, we kindly ask that you coordinate with the Church Office or Tommie Mayo while you are making arrangements to ensure the church and volunteers are available to help.
Pastoral Care: An important part of pastoral ministry is soul care. If you or a loved one are experiencing a time of personal stress, loss of a loved one, or hardship, and would like to speak with someone, please reach out to the Church Office. Strictest confidences are kept.
Congregational Meals: If you know someone who might benefit from a few meals or you might benefit from a few meals during a period of hardship, please contact St. Mary’s meal coordinator, Bonnie.
Prayer Chain: if you would like your name placed on the prayer chain, please contact Belinda, St. Mary’s Prayer Chain Coordinator.
We recognize that stressful times are that, stressful. But we kindly ask that you consider the above to help the Church and Pastor serve each of our members in loving, caring, and beneficial ways.
When the weather outside is frightful, enjoy the convenience of Electronic Giving
We’d like to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular offering. Electronic giving offers convenience and consistency and has been proven secure. You may choose direct debit giving from your bank account or use a credit or debit card. The plan is flexible; ranging from a 1-time gift to a regularly recurring transaction at your discretion. Online giving allows you to access our church website – www.stmarysucc.org – at any time to set up a donation plan, change an existing plan, make a 1-time donation or view your donation history. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Additional information is available by contacting Sabrina, financial secretary.