Come and join us for worship service on Sundays at 10:30 AM.
To attend in person, visit us at 8397 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, MD.
The YouTube link will also be posted directly to the church’s Facebook page:
We hope to continue and even expand our online ministry through this forum into the future to provide not only for those folks at high-risk for COVID-19, but also for shut-ins, out-of-state travelers and those who prefer online access to God’s word.
Announcements and Prayers
February 14th, 2024
February 14th: Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 PM
February 21st: Mid-Week Lenten Meal (6:00 PM) and Service (7:15 PM)
February 28th: Mid-Week Lenten Meal (6:00 PM) and Service (7:15 PM)
March 6th: Mid-Week Lenten Meal (6:00 PM) and Service (7:15 PM)
March 13th: Mid-Week Lenten Meal (6:00 PM) and Service (7:15 PM)
March 20th: Mid-Week Lenten Meal (6:00 PM) and Service (7:15 PM)
March 28th: Maundy Thursday, 7:00 PM
March 29th: Good Friday, 7:00 PM
Thrivent Choice Dollars
A reminder that Thrivent Choice Dollars need to be directed by March 31st!
For the next few weeks the children will be exploring the season of Lent and the events that are included during that time.
Thanks to everyone who helped make our “Souper Bowl & Subs” event a success! We appreciate the support. We made just over $700 to send to support the Augsburg Home. As of Tuesday night, there are still a few quarts of soup and a few subs. Contact the church office if interested. The Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner was well attended! We appreciate the support of this last celebration as we move into the Lenten Season. Hope to see you at the Lenten dinners and services!
The season of Lent is a time of fasting and repentance. A customary practice during Lent is to fast from something during the 40 Days of Lent. Some fast from sweets, sodas, different foods, and so forth. The purpose of our fasting is to step away from those things which take our time and attention away from God. Therefore, we invite you and encourage you to participate in a Lenten Challenge for this year. First, we encourage you to fast from those things which takes up your time from spending it with God is prayer, devotion, and worship (i.e. T.V., Social Media, etc.). Second, we invite and encourage you to fast from those things where you might spend a little extra money, and consider giving what you save back to the church above and beyond your normal contributions. You can also designate your funds if you desire to go toward the repairs of the digital sign or toward some other area of ministry or project that is being considered. We ask that you prayerfully consider joining us in this Lenten Challenge as we seek to be the best stewards of what our Lord has given to us.
The Lenten Season of the Church Year will begin on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 beginning with Ash Wednesday and our Ash Wednesday Service at 7PM! As we enter this season of penitential reflection, we invite and encourage you to join us for all of the opportunities to worship with us during this time. We will also be having a Drive-Thru Imposition of Ashes from 7AM-10AM on the 14th of February (Ash Wednesday) for those individuals who desire to receive the imposition of ashes earlier in the day. This is a great way to witness to others about the faith that we have in Christ Jesus. Following Ash Wednesday, we will have 5 midweek Lenten services beginning at 7:15PM in the sanctuary with a meal to be served beforehand at 6PM in the fellowship hall. Our theme for the midweek Lenten services this year is: “Where In The World Is God?”
The Ladies Auxiliary will be serving meals, in the Fellowship Hall at 6 PM, just prior to the Lenten service at 7:15 PM. There are ways you can support these meals. By signing up to bring a salad, side dish, bread/rolls, or dessert. It will help serve others so that, due to timing issues, they can still eat dinner and make it to the service too! Sign-up sheets will be on the table in the narthex with a list main dishes planned. You can choose how you would like to add to it. Please include your name and number on the sheet in the event we need to contact you. We always appreciate your support! If you have any questions about what to bring, you can ask Ursula, Margie, Denise, or Donna. Thanks! We hope to see you there!
Journey to the Cross
FELC is starting to plan another joint community event with Nichols Bethel UMC and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 30th. There will be an Easter egg hunt and other activities/food at NBUMC and St. Josephs. We will plan to hold a “Journey to the Cross” experience. Through activities based on Scripture, participants experience the joy of Palm Sunday, the disappointment of Judas’ betrayal, the devastation of the crucifixion, the jubilation of the resurrection, and so much more. This family program invites children and adults to walk the path that Jesus walked. Small groups of people walk to 13 sites for activities that relate to the Passion event. At each station, their senses are engaged through experience-focused activity that teaches the biblical Passion account. Each station offers participants the opportunity to interact with a biblical character who adds new dimension to this familiar story.
Site activities include:
- Tasting Passover foods and learning about the Lord’s Supper.
- Praying with an olive garden owner who tells about the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Touching a crown of thorns and seeing a whip to imagine the true pain of Jesus’ trials and suffering.
- Listening to an angel and Mary, wife of Clopas, report about Jesus’ resurrection.
- Petting a real live donkey
and much more.
We are asking that you prayerfully consider helping at one of the following stations:
- Station 1: Customs station
- Station 2: Perfume
- Station 3: Donkey
- Station 4: Palm branches
- Station 5: Silver coins
- Station 6: Washing feet and hands
- Station 7: Passover Foods
- Station 8: Praying
- Station 9: Whip and thorns
- Station 10: Hammer and nails
- Station 11: Vinegar
- Station 12: Empty tomb
Interested? Please contact Margie Mallary or the Church Office (410-672-3352 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mark your calendar! Our next blood drive is April 12th, 10AM-4PM in the Fellowship hall. Walk-ins are welcome, but if the schedule fills up, you may be turned away. So, if you plan to donate, please schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: FELC or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Denise Bach. Safe the following dates for future blood drives: June 24, August 23, and October 25.
Join the men the fourth Saturday of the month at 8AM for breakfast and fellowship. The next men’s breakfast will be February 24th in the Fellowship Hall. BYOB – Bring your own breakfast! Please contact Mike Mrozek if you plan to attend.
Shut In Visitation Ministry
If you would like to be visited and/or receive Communion, please contact the Church Office (410-672-3352 or email@example.com.
Young Adult Small Group
If you are between the ages of 20 and 30 and would be interested in joining our Bible Study, we meet on Wednesdays from 8-9pm. We are currently studying Job. If interested please contact John Pinckney for more information. We look forward to discussing God’s word with you!
Updated Contact Information and Call Request
We now have an online form to help keep our information current. If you would like to have your contact information updated, you can do so via the following link. You can also make a request for a phone call.
There are currently two ways to give. One way to give is by mailing your offering directly to the church office (8397 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, MD 21113). Only a few months ago we installed a secure mailbox with a lock to keep our mail safe. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to consider another way to give online. It is one easy way to be faithful in financial stewardship.
For online giving:
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