Westminster United Methodist Church

Westminster United Methodist Church


Thank You Jesus for this HUGE undeserved Blessing 💜🙌✝️
Our top 5 list has transformed into this weekend's top eleven!
https://bit.ly/CMCTOP5 Put a little spark back in your marriage at Marriage & Relationship Education Center's Smokin' Hot Date Night, Swing by the Westminster United Methodist Church's Annual Rummage sale to find some cool items- all to benefit their Mission Projects. Be a part of the solution by participating or supporting Running 4 Recovery's races. And if you still have some steam left, check out the River Valley Run - Maryland's Premier Trail Run Events Trail Festival. Looking for a bit of culture? Don’t miss the Tenth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition at McDaniel College, and visit Carroll Arts Center to enjoy the Opus Chamber Concert featuring faculty and students at the Opus Community Music School, or check out Memory- an improv performance at Carroll Arts Center by the Memory Lane theater troupe. The Historical Society of Carroll County will get you in the halloween spirit & share some local history with A “Death” in the Sherman Family, or visit the Eldersburg Library for Hallow-STEAM in Exploration Point! Stock up on candy, and fun, at City of Westminster Recreation & Parks Department'S Spooky Saturday Halloween Event and don’t miss Downtown Sykesville Connection's Trick or Treat on Main Street. ‪#‎carrollcounty‬ ‪#‎thisweekend
The Red Cross has an emergency need for blood. The Nation's blood supply is not sufficient enough to supply the hospitals at this time. Please consider donating blood.

We have numerous blood drives which run regularly in Carroll County. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to search for local blood drives and to schedule your lifesaving donation. Or you may call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Our garden at Westminster United Methodist Church is looking great! We had mint, lettuce and cilantro to share this week. Glad to have Corporal Flowers from Maryland State Police as a garden helper!
Will there be a Vacation Bible Study at United Methodist Church this year
Preach Pastor Malcolm!
I would love to invite everyone at Westminster United Methodist Church to visit the Winter Grace Senior Ministries Virtual 50+ Resource Fair. We have extended it one week, until April 22nd. Presentations are available from all of Community Resources and the Live Presentations were all recorded and available now 24/7 for then next week. We hope to see you at the Fair.
Interested in Sunday sunrise 🌅service??
Is it still on schedule
What is your Easter schedule??
Please keep Anne Dorwart in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. Blessings
Head over to see our friends at Westminster United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch this October to join in the fun!
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Rev. Dr. Malcolm Stranathan
10:30am Worship (onsite and online)
9am Sunday School & Education (gr6 thru adult)

eff. Nov 28 - Sunday School (3yrs-gr5 added)

Operating as usual


I wanted to share that several folks participating in worship (including myself) and some participating in adult Sunday School are testing positive today for Covid. It is difficult to say exactly the source but it is important to monitor any Covid like symptoms and if present to get yourself tested. Covid Test kits are available at the church office and are available for you to pick up. Kits will be available to collect in worship on Sunday.
Be safe and may you be well.
Pastor Malcolm


Ran into a man named Bryan in the Safeway supermarket checkout. He was a very friendly chap. Asked me about my pets ... Observant too. Turns out he's a PI and also a karate instructor. Asked me about what I did, he blessed me and shared that he had just bought the coffee for all the folks in the Starbuck line. A really kind guy and offered to buy my groceries, I thanked him but declined, and then he gave me $20 bucks to put in the church offering plate and encouraged me to pay it forward. Pretty cool huh church? He practiced kindness and generosity two of our five Lenten disciplines and he not even a member of our church. How about if we all honor Bryan's gift by paying "$20 bucks" forward in this coming week to someone in need or just for fun to watch their expression. Share the joy ... Paying it forward ... And witness to what it was like doing that here!


What a clever idea! Thanks Jacki, for sharing ...

“A lot of churches have created third spaces by starting up a coffee shop. That’s a great idea, but coffee shops tend to be a part of affluent White culture. The working poor don’t hang out in coffee shops with their Mac laptops. Nor can they afford $4 specialty drinks.

So a coffee shop isn’t going to be frequented by the working poor—White, Black or Hispanic—in our neighborhood. To be sure, a cool coffee shop would attract White hipsters, but that’s not the demographic of our church neighborhood.

So what would be a good third space for a poor neighborhood like the one surrounding our church? A place that would serve the neighborhood but could also be a place where people would spend time talking and forming relationships?

My idea has always been for our church to run laundromat. The poor and working poor don’t have washing and drying machines. Consequently, it’s a real, real hassle to get clothing washed. What middle and upper class people seriously take for granted is taking a few steps to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine.

Can you imagine the hassle and the disruption to your day if you had to drive—or, more likely, walk or take a bus—to a laundromat? To say nothing of the lost time standing around attending your clothing as it washes and dries? And then there’s the money to run the machines, money you might need for dinner… But here’s the third space upside. Do you know what people do as they sit around waiting for their clothing to wash and dry? They talk. As neighbors. The laundromat is a local, neighborhood third space.

The acute need in my town for well-run, attended and inexpensive laundromats was highlighted this weekend for my wife. Wanting to catch up on the laundry—mostly huge stacks from two teenage boys—Jana loaded up the car and drove a few blocks to a laundromat in our neighborhood (which is very close to our church).
And what Jana experienced at that laundromat profoundly affected and disturbed her. Jana saw refugee families bring in wet clothes that had been washed in the bathtub. Why? Because they could only afford to dry them.

Laundromats are local, neighborhood third spaces, places where relationships can be formed. Plus, laundromats meet a need in a way a Carmel Macchiato cannot. To say nothing of the blessing it would be to hand out free quarters or provide an attendant so that errands could be run while clothing was being cleaned or dried. Perfect ministry opportunities for church members wanting to serve and get to know neighbors.”

--Richard Beck, "Instead of a Coffee Shop, How About a Laundromat?"

The extraordinary power of kindness - BBC Reel 03/23/2022

The extraordinary power of kindness - BBC Reel

This video is along the spiritual discipline of practicing kindness.
"What if we measured a person's success in life not by their wealth and celebrity but by their measure of spreading and doing acts of kindness?".
What a lovely reality


The extraordinary power of kindness - BBC Reel Bernadette Russell spent a whole year being kind to strangers. How did it change her? And what happens in our brains when we are kind? Based on The Kindness Test, the world's largest study of kindness, launched on BBC Radio 4 devised by the University of Sussex. Video by BBC Ideas. Follow BBC Reel o...


Chicken corn chowder Soup with rolls $12
United Methodist Women selling Sunday, March 20th at Church! Hmmm hmmmm good!


UMW takes on a new name, "United Women in Faith". Check out their new website:. https://uwfaith.org/

Baltimore-Washington Conference UMC 03/10/2022

Baltimore-Washington Conference UMC

Please take a moment and watch this video about the UM pastor living and serving in Lviv, Ukraine in this interview.


Baltimore-Washington Conference UMC Videos: Ukrainian pastor and Eurasia bishop reflect on invasion of UkraineMar 09, 2022     From the Minnesota Annual Conference  Rev. Dr. Fred Vanderwerf, Southern Prairie District superintendent, and his wife Stacy spent eight years as missionaries in Ukraine. He recently interviewed two United ...

A church under siege - Global Ministries 03/09/2022

A church under siege - Global Ministries

United Methodist Response in Ukraine https://umcmission.org/march-2022/a-church-under-siege/

A church under siege - Global Ministries United Methodist congregations in Ukraine respond to the immediate needs of people in their local areas and help displaced people trying to reach safety. United Methodists of the Central and Southern European Central Conference welcome and provide for refugees entering Poland, Slovakia, Romania and....

Photos from Westminster United Methodist Church's post 03/06/2022

Sunday School returns to Westminster UMC ... Thankful for our students e and our instructional teams and teachers. Yeah, praise God!


Thanks to Kristy Vandervalk who helped reinstall our labyrinth for the Lenten season. ....join us as we all have an opportunity to take.a way at some point during Lent.


This Tuesday will be the Shrove Pancake Dinner from 5:30-7pm. The proceeds will go towards missions and The UMYF will help serve the meal. Always a good time and good food! See you there!


Join us Sunday, February 27 - 9am. Children's Sunday School where we Wonder, Imagine, Sing and Celebrate. Second Floor of the Tower Building, enter through the back of the church. Parents can chill in the Wonder Café

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Prayer for Peace. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 02/26/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Prayer for Peace. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Prayer for peace service Feb 26 at noon


Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Prayer for Peace. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Join us for a prayer service sponsored by the Love Your Neighbor Coalition

Be Still My Soul (jazz instrumental version) 02/26/2022

Be Still My Soul (jazz instrumental version)

Sue Thomas shared this video created by her son David. The tune "Finlandia" appears in our hymnal to "Be Still My Soul" and also to the hymn "This is my Song." The lyrics to both hymns are quite appropriate to the circumstances taking place in Ukraine. In the hymn "This is my Song" the lyrics state,
"This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine."
This is my home, the country where my heart is, here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine."
Sue shared that David set this tune and images to show the journey from birth, to childhood, to adult and older. It is a beautiful rendition. I hope you enjoy it!


Be Still My Soul (jazz instrumental version) Here's a video that uses a recording of an arrangement I did of one of my favorite hymns, "Be Still My Soul." The footage shows the journey of life- from chi...

Appeal for peace in Russia-Ukraine conflict - Global Ministries 02/25/2022

Appeal for peace in Russia-Ukraine conflict - Global Ministries

The United Methodist Committee on Relief statement. https://umcmission.org/news-statements/appeal-for-peace-in-russia-ukraine-conflict/

Appeal for peace in Russia-Ukraine conflict - Global Ministries Global Ministries joins many Christian organizations worldwide in deploring the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and ardently prays for diplomacy and peace.

A call for peace in Ukraine 02/24/2022

A call for peace in Ukraine

Dear Friends,

On Sunday the scripture lesson was a challenging one. Jesus challenges us to love our enemies for in doing so we become peacemakers as God's beloved children. Jesus' intent is that by loving our enemies we may see all as our neighbors and ultimately encourages us not to sin even though there are people who live by different motivations from us. This morning many of us awoke to terrible news of the decision by the president of Russia to invade the sovereign nation of Ukraine.

Let us be in prayer for all involved and that a peaceful settlement may yet come to be.

Click here

to read a letter that has been passed on to us from the Council of Bishops.

Pastor Malcolm

A call for peace in Ukraine Having trouble viewing this email? Click here February 24, 2022 | A Message from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling Beloved, Our hearts break today as we learn of the war being waged on the people of Ukraine.

Photos from Westminster United Methodist Church's post 02/19/2022

Our new Celebrate Wonder Elementary Sunday School kicking off this Sunday, Feb 20, at 9am. Register your child here: http://www.wumcmd.org/education-ministry-registration.html

Sharing my story of Jesus 02/06/2022

Sharing my story of Jesus

On Sunday, February 6th, Pastor Malcolm encouraged us to consider how we came to faith. Many of us have stories of how we were brought to church as a child, maybe we remember our Sunday School teacher. All these experiences help to form us as people of faith. Who were these people? What did you learn? Have you had a very powerful experience of coming to faith in Jesus and would be willing to share that here. If you are comfortable, we will share these stories with our church family.

Share your story by clicking here:

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McDaniel College hosts inaugural Black History Month Convocation | McDaniel 02/03/2022

McDaniel College hosts inaugural Black History Month Convocation | McDaniel

An interesting opportunity, please consider participating!


McDaniel College hosts inaugural Black History Month Convocation | McDaniel The inaugural Black History Month Convocation at McDaniel College features human rights activist Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The hour-long event takes place at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) in WMC Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public. A livestream via Zoom will also....


Applications are open for our newest homeowner opportunities!
Visit cchabitat.org/homeownership-program to learn more!


Hello folks, the Youth Vigil scheduled for this evening at church will be postponed until
23 January at 630pm.


Please come and support the family and friends of Stephany Erin Seargeant today . Visitation today is from 2-6pm at Westminster UMC.


Today's excerpt from our congregation's Advent and Christmas Devotional:

January 6th, 2021 – Epiphany of our Lord
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Discipleship Involved Praising and Giving

When I first read this, I thought of the word, “Motive.” Herod was afraid and selfish. Though he accomplished some amazing feast of civic duty during his reign he was always afraid, of someone who would usurp him, so much so that he murdered his own wife and sons. He was about self-preservation.

The second word that I thought of was “discipleship.” The magi were foreigners, but they observe the star realizing its sign. When they arrived, they were overcome with joy, they praised Jesus and give him gifts. They also listened to the warning in the dream and returned to their home by way of another road.

We who are believers are reluctant to share the word and yet this is what we are called to do. Our faith wavers because we don’t practice discipleship. As believers we have work to do, and we ought to be thinking about this kind of work. Sharing the word that Jesus is Born. We need to praise more, praising God through every means that we can. Being overwhelmed with joy, praising God, and giving our gifts.

Prayer: Give us courage to be disciples for you, Lord Jesus. Amen

Prayer focus: For all of Jesus’ followers to practice discipleship

Action: Share your faith with someone today.


Today's excerpt from our congregation's Advent and Christmas Devotional:

January 5th, 2021 – 12th day of Christmas
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6
"Welcome Home"

We had just stepped off of the airplane and were walking through customs and all over the Dublin International Airport were signs "Welcome Home! The Gathering!" Throughout the airport were posters of people who hailed from the Emerald Isle and who were participating in The Gathering Project, inviting the dispersed descendants of Irish ancestors to return home. It had been over two hundred years since my ancestors left these shores for a new world, my ancestors like many others dispersed around the world. Returning, I felt as if I had come home.

Isaiah calls out to the nations, "Arise Shine for Your Light Has Come" and giving praise for the one who God sends, he then beckons an ingathering of the dispersed people of God. The prophet resplendently rejoices, "Look all around as they gather in, your sons from far away, your daughters come with children in their arms." It is a beautiful image of people being openly welcomed. As we depart the Christmas season and enter into the seasons of Epiphany let’s join in beckoning and gathering people into God's presence with joy.

Prayer: Lord God, help us to see and welcome those who are so far away from their homes and make them welcomed guests! Amen

Thought for the day: People who are far from home.


Today's excerpt from our congregation's Advent and Christmas Devotional:

January 4th, 2021 – 11th day of Christmas
Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-12
Grace, Freedom, and Confidence

Reflection: GRACE! Paul writes that although he is less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given to him – that he preach of the boundless riches of Christ and make plain to everyone this great mystery previously kept hidden in God. God wants it made known to all what he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord: In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Wow! Oh, what a God have we!! With GRACE our God dissolves, absolves, and forgives our sin. With GRACE our God lifts us to the heights he designed for us. His GRACE took form in a baby in the womb, a baby in a manger, a destiny with a cross – not because we earned it, but because his GRACE deems us worthy and we are HIS.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your abundant and abounding grace; grace not earned, yet freely given and forever flowing through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer focus/Thought for the day: Is the world holding you captive; breaking your confidence? Lean into God and feel that GRACE EMBRACE.


Today's excerpt from our congregation's Advent and Christmas Devotional:

January 3rd, 2021 – 10th day of Christmas
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6a
A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Reflection: In these verses John gives us his vision of the realization of the promise of Christmas. Borrowing images from Isaiah and Ezekiel he describes the glorious New Jerusalem brought down from heaven, so that God may dwell with us eternally. He promises an eternity free from pain, death and sorrow for those Christians who hold fast to the faith.
In earlier chapters, John has described the ways in which churches under his care can fail, along with the path for churches to stay true. He has said that the time of tribulation is not over, and that they must stand firm against severe trials to come. And he has affirmed that God will overcome the evils of this world.
For us, these words remain true. Our lives are not free from tumult and tribulation, from temptation and disease, though they may differ from those of the first century CE. We, too, are called to stand firm, to always love God and our neighbor through it all. And the promise of Christmas remains ever before us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, lend us your Spirit that we, too, may hold fast. That we may not be led astray by despair or temptation. Hold us close that we may hold to love, and to receive the promise of eternal life with you. Amen

Changing Lives @ Center & Main

Welcome to the vibrant community at Center and Main! We are a Christian community that is intent on loving God with all that we are and loving our neighbors. We are actively changing lives at Center and Main, beginning with ourselves and then reaching out beyond the walls of our facility where we seek to see Christ in all that we meet! If you are interested in vital worship, being part of a rich tradition that is intent on being relevant to a contemporary culture or joining in mission and service to the downtown area of Westminster, MD and beyond then we invite you to Come and Check us out!

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