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We sure do miss our Sunday attending our church. We pray you will open soon God Bless
Celebrating Pentecost today
Maddie's peanut butter toast heart
At the Highfield home.
Happy Easter. Jesus is Risen. Hallelujah.
Jesus is Alive! He has risen from the grave. Hallelujah!
Preparing...
A past Holy Thursday drama at Westminster United Methodist Church.
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In lieu of palms Liam waved dandelions
are we doing this wrong. see nothing
Westminster UMC Advent Calendar Day One: Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience Prayer: May we experience what it is to be, not almost only; but altogether Christian; being justified freely by God’s grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus; knowing we have peace with God through Jesus Christ; rejoicing in hope of the glory of God; and having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost unto us. Amen” Question to ponder: Do I so far practice, justice, mercy and truth as even the world requires?

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Stranathan During COVID 19 Pandemic Social Distancing Requirements we will meet online Sundays 10 am each week.

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January 3, 2021 Worship @ the Church @ Center & Main

New Life In Christ Class Resumes their Study of Luke

Today, Mark leads us in a study of the close of Luke 9 and Luke 10.

January 3, 2021 Worship @ the Church @ Center & Main

[12/27/20]   First Sunday of Christmas service with special worship led by the BWCUMC.

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Welcoming Christmas!
May sweets out number the lumps of coal in your Christmas stocking.
May loved ones be safe and healthy.
May we pause to reflect the many who are no longer with us having succumbed to the virus.
May the morning be filled with joy and laughter so that when evening comes we may ponder all that this day has brought to us.
May all have a Merry Christmas and in the words of the immortal Tiny Tim "God Bless us Everyone."
-PM

9 PM #[email protected] Sponsored by Westminster UM's [email protected]&Main

Join us for our online 9PM service. Special Edition celebrates our personal as well corporate traditions.

Silent Night performed by people throughout the General United Methodist Church.

The General United Methodist Church put out two videos for this Advent and Christmas Season. This is the second of the two videos with Silent Night highlighted. Enjoy!

7PM [email protected] Christmas Eve Service sponsored by Westminster United Methodist's [email protected]&Main

9 PM #[email protected] Sponsored by Westminster UM's [email protected]&Main

Join us for our online 9PM service. Special Edition celebrates our personal as well corporate traditions.

7PM [email protected] Christmas Eve Service sponsored by Westminster United Methodist's [email protected]&Main

[12/24/20]   Day 24 Advent Meditations from Advent's Past
Read: Luke 2:15 "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go now even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."
Jesus has always been a central figure in my life so his birth holds a special place in my heart. To surround my family with the true meaning of Christmas, Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds and wise men had to outnumber Santas, elves and reindeer.
I began a collection of manger scenes when we were first married. It has grown to include the intricately carved wood of Oberammergau as well as the smoothly handcrafted sandstone of Kenya. I have Snoopy and friends portraying the Holy Family next to buckskinned and feathered Native Americans with a teepee stable. There are brightly colored wooden Hispanic figures, chiseled stone characters in rock, glass, clay, raggedy patched children, tiny church mice and even snowmen, all paying homage to the most wonderful birth of Christ.
From birth our children were told the Christmas story. During Advent they knew Mom would bring out the manger scenes. I found a pattern for a soft doll nativity set and have made them for all three children and am now working on ones for the grandchildren. They lovingly carried them about and I never knew which of the 8" characters would wind up on top of the wooden stable Spike had hammered together. Even the donkey had a tum to play angel.
Steve's boys know the true story even though they may draft the Magi into battle as Star Wars Jedi Knights. They are so like their dad.
Now, when they all come to Gramma's they see the Baby Jesus just like the one they have at home and they are witnessing that Christmas is so much more that Santa. I trust that these sets will be a reminder of time spent with family and friends and of the most wonderful gift of Jesus.
Prayer: Father, God, as we welcome your precious Son, prepare our hearts to celebrate of gift of salvation through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Merry Christmas, from Sharon Morningstar

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Greetings folks, Due to the current weather event, the Christmas Eve 6:30 Impromptu Service planned for in front of the church facility has been postponed to January 6th at 6:30pm. Join us for the 12th Night, Eastern Orthodox Christmas Eve and Epiphany Evening Sing-a-long at Westminster United Methodist's Church @ Center & Main.

PM in the PM. Getting Back to Basics in the New Year.

[12/23/20]   Day 23 - Advent Meditations from Advent's past

Read: Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
When I was a freshman at then Western Maryland College, I had the chance to be an angel. Miss Esther Smith, our dramatic arts professor, always did a program she called the Christmas Windows. Into an arched frame, a tableau would appear, scripture describing it would be read by Dr. Ira Zepp, Dean of Chapel, and music would play. The Christmas story would be told from the Old Testament through to the stable in Bethlehem.
I got to stay the hand of Abraham from sacrificing his son, to announce to Mary her selection as the mother of our Lord, and to bring glad tidings of great joy to the shepherds.
The beauty of that way of telling the story stayed with me and I thought to recreate it for our church. I contacted Miss Smith who was then retired. She told me her notes were in the college archives but that I would want to make the production "my own."
For two years, with the help of many drafted volunteers, "A Portrait of Christmas" was created for three Christmas Eve services. My favorite memory remains the balcony full of angels with their trumpets.
Prayer: Dear Lord, May the beauty and meaning of the Christmas story remain in our hearts this season and throughout the coming year. Amen From Carolyn Scott

Came into the sanctuary today and discovered that it is all decorated for the Christmas season. Special thanks goes to Sue Thomas who does a wonderful job. Thank you Sue.

PM in the PM

We know many of you will be joining us from your home this Christmas. Westminster United Methodist Church extends a warm welcome to you and your family and friends as we enter this joyous season.

No matter where you are worshipping, consider making your seasonal contribution this year online, by text or through our free mobile app. These eGiving tools are a fast and secure way to support us from the pew or in your living room.

To learn more, visit http://www.wumcmd.org/giving.html

[12/22/20]   Day 22 - Advent Meditations from Advent's past
Read: John 1:1r-.J14
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth."
Verse 14.
During my childhood we lived with my maternal grandparents. My grandmother was the focal point of the family and we never knew who would show up for a Sunday visit. Christmas was no exception.
Christmas preparations were numerous. The Lionel train set was put up by my father in the living room, which meant removing half the furniture. The tree was put up in the middle of it on Christmas Eve, as it had to last until Epiphany. Gifts were wrapped in secret by the best wrapper, my grandfather.
The kitchen was my grandmother's domain. Being the first born in the U.S. to an Italian family, she wanted Italian fare but also wanted to show she was Americanized. Christmas dinner was antipasto, soup, lasagna with meatballs ,sausage and tomato gravy and a host of side dishes such as eggplant parmigiana. Then came the American turkey or ham, potatoes and vegetables. If you were still hungry there were bowls of fruits and nuts followed by platters of Italian pastries. The house was filled with food, conversation, laughter and love.
That was my view of Christmas---warm, loving and surrounded by multiple generations off family. In adulthood I began to realize what a miracle took place in that small kitchen each holiday. All this was lovingly prepared by one woman using a 4 burner stove with one oven.

Today some traditions continue on a smaller scale. Lasagna is still the favorite meal and the fresh tree must last until Epiphany. From Dotty Stottlemyer Prayer: Lord, thank you for sharing your love through the gift of your Son and for the love shared by family and friends. Amen.

Christmas Eve Warm Up

This video was created by the General Church! I thought it was very well done and perhaps you might recognize someone who particiated in the creation of it.

[12/21/20]   Day 21 - Advent Meditations from Advent's past
Read: Hebrews 1: 1~4
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets... "
Verse 1
Ralph Sloan, age 90, has some wonderful memories to share. We all have treasured ornaments. His was an angel which he had on his first tree and continued to hang even in spite of its poor condition. The paint wore off, the hair and arms were gone and the wings were frayed. He says it wasn't even attractive in its day.
In 1925 when he was 7 he got a sled but it wasn't a Flexible Flyer, so he was disappointed and didn't get that until he was 16. He believes there was more snow then and sleds were popular.
His daughter, Nini Gibson, tells us that he used to tell them about going by train from Baltimore to Jarretsville for Christmas.. His grandfather would take them to the farm by horse and sleigh.
Ralph's mother was one of eight children and everyone returned. It was the one time they were allowed in the heated parlor with the decorated tree.
Nini still puts his angel on the tree and says that the wings formerly belonged to a moth..
She remembers going to her mother's family farm and going into the woods to cut down a cedar tree. They brought it back on a sled, perhaps a Flexible Flyer.
Prayer: Dear Father, we thank Thee for angels and sleds and memories we hold dear. Bring us into this season with hearts full of thanks_ Amen.

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[12/20/20]   Day 20 - Advent Meditations from Advent's Past
Read: Psalm 98
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth:
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."
Verse 4
Fifteen year old Jamekia Alexander tells us
about the joyful noise she made one Christmas.
"My favorite Christmas was two years ago. I had written a list and I wanted a motor scooter and shoes that I had seen at the mall which were about $165.
I knew I had to keep my grades up to get these things. So I did.
When I woke up Christmas morning and went to the tree, I saw a lot of gifts. I got excited and picked all the ones with my name on them. I looked through all the boxes until I found the shoes I had asked for.
I jumped up and down and thanked my Mom who handed me another box. It looked like a shoe box and had the same shoes in another color. I was very excited. I didn't get the scooter until a week later.
I think that was the best Christmas because I got exactly what I wanted and more, even though it was expensive."
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember the best gift of Your Son and that You always give more than we ask.. " Amen.

New Life In Christ Study

A special story time with our own Nancy Coates. You are truly in for a treat.

Help us make Silent Night on Christmas Eve special by send Pastor Malcolm a photo of your family lighting (holding) candles in your home (show off your decorations). Email, messenger or post them here and I will be able to add them to our Christmas Eve Service. Really need them by december 22 please. Thanks! Special thanks to Alan who sent me his already!

[12/19/20]   Day 19 - Advent Meditations from Advent's Past
Read: Isaiah 52: 7~10
"Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem." Verse 9

It is not a surprise that Barb Horneff's memories involve music.. She remembers a Christmas when the family gift was a record player.. She and her siblings each received a long playing (LP) record.
Barb's was a Ricky Nelson album and her favorite tune was "Lonesome Town."
Her father, Dick Schaeffer, received a Patsy Cline album. He played that record and sang along with "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy" long after Barb left home.
Another favorite memory is of the Christmas Concert of the Western Maryland College Choir. They always ended with the traditional "Still, Still, Still". Big Baker Chapel was lit only by globed candles in the tall windows and there was such a feeling of peace in that place, especially in December of 2001. Tears filled many eyes.

Prayer: Lord, we are so grateful for the comfort You provide that we sing for joy. Hear our songs of grateful praise." Amen.

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[12/18/20]   Join us on the Fourth Sunday of Advent at Westminster United Methodist's Church @ Center & Main

[12/18/20]   Day 18 - Advent Meditations from Advent's Past
"And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.'" Verse 9

Are they not some of the most wonderful words we could hear, "fear not"? It must have indeed been an awesome sight for those humble shepherds on the hillside.

Jackson Rau, who reports that he is now 13 years old, shares his moment of great joy with us. "My favorite Christmas moment was when I was living at my grandparents' house. I went downstairs on Christmas morning and it was snowing which made it even better.

I went to the tree and didn't have very many toys under it. I asked my mom why Santa Claus didn't bring more. She went to the back door, pointed outside and said, 'LookI I looked outside and BAM! This awesome little tykes slide was on the top of the hill, while it was snowing. Can you imagine anything better for a 3 year old? I didn't think so. That was the best Christmas moment ever."

Prayer: Dear God, we thank you that we never need fear and for the awesome joys you send." Amen.

[12/17/20]   Day 17 - Advent Meditations from Advent Past

Read: Titus 2: 11-14 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." Verse 13.

Hank Diener tells us of the confectionary shop his parents ran in their store...front row home in South Baltimore. Behind the store was a family room which was converted into a stock room a few weeks before Christmas to store vendor items and customer orders.

"On Christmas Eve while Dad remained at the store so customers could pick up their orders, Mom took by sister and me to church for the candle-light service. When all the candles were lighted we sang "Joy to the World". As soon as we got home we were sent to bed so Santa could come.
Christmas morning the stock room was once more our family room, with the shelves becoming a platform for a beautifully decorated tree and a complete train garden. There were presents and filled stockings. The old-fashioned TRF radio, with its A, B, and C batteries and three dials needed to tune a station, was tuned in and playing Christmas music.

I never understood how those two wonderful people were able to do all that. Hearing "Joy to the World" reminds me of Christmas candy being made and the conversion of the "stock room" to a place where a family could rest, celebrate and commune with God and each other."

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the Joy You sent to this world.. We sing Your praise and make joyful noise unto You. Amen.

[12/16/20]   Day 16 - Advent Meditations from Advent's Past
Luke 18:16 Read: Psalm 96
"0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness..."Verse 9
What experience during our church year can be holier or more beautiful than the Christmas Eve service, lighted by the glow of hundreds of small candles as we reverently sing "Silent Night"? It is indeed holy and for just a few minutes everything is calm and the future looks bright.
Pauline Fritz shared that her favorite memory is attending this service with her family .. Both her sons, Ronnie and Tommy, served in Vietnam, but whenever possible they made it home for Christmas.
Her husband, Francis was a member of Westminster UMC for 70 years, until his death this summer. For 70 years he worshiped in this beauty of holiness.
Candles cast a special glow. A single burning candle in a dark window can welcome the wanderer home .. Candles on a dinner table can soften the edges of a hard day. When the electricity goes out, candles come to our rescue. And in the gentle glow of a candle, imperfections fade away.
The flickering flame of a candle can be quickly snuffed out but as the lyrics of the song suggest, " .... if everyone lit just one little candle {of kindness} what a bright world this would be.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to carry our candles of kindness throughout this holy season and into the new year. Amen

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January 3, 2021 Worship @ the Church @ Center & Main
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