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Confirmation Class 2014-2015 moves to Sunday School Hour

Confirmation is a significant event in the faith journey of our youth grades eight and up. Confirmation classes will begin on September 7th with the kick off of our annual Sunday School Classes. There are firm requirements for participation in confirmation such as weekly participation in worship, a youth group activity, and an occasional business meeting of the church. Parents, please discuss the importance of enrolling in this learning experience.

Orientation Class for youth and parents will be held on August 24th at 10:05 am in Conference Room 1.

RSVP to Pastor Malcolm at mstranathan@verizon.net or 301-854-2324 x11.

Announcements

UM 101 Sermon Series Field Trips

In conjunction with the UM 101 sermon series in September, the Small Groups Ministry Committee is
 sponsoring field trips to historic sites related to our heritage in the Methodist denomination.  The field trips are as follows:
9/14 at 11am - Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, formerly known as First Methodist Episcopal
Church, is a historic United Methodist church located at Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was designed by renowned architect Stanford White (1853–1906) in 1884, built in the Romanesque Revival style. As the continuation of the former Lovely Lane Chapel or Meeting House, the scene of the Christmas Conference, it is also known as the Mother Church of American Methodism (The site of the original chapel was abandoned in 1786, being replaced (first) by the Merchants Club and by the present-day Baltimore International College.)
9/20 at 10am - Asbury Chapel, now Asbury United Methodist Church, was organized in 1836 when a group led by Eli Nugent left Foundry Methodist Episcopal Church to form its own congregation. The first church was a small, white frame structure. Since its genesis, Asbury, formerly Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, has occupied the same site, TBD - United Methodist Building who's purpose was emphasized as being that of a "sentinel" and a supporter for social reform in the Capital; a voice for the religious community, a visible witness. Speakers for the dedication were the famed orator William Jennings Bryan and Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, who emphasized the need for reform efforts to be working all the  time, not spasmodically. Newspapers of the time noted the loyalty of Methodists to the nation's political form and social tradition with "civic righteousness as the true foundation of sane progress."

Hancock, Md – Apple festival/Bike Ride

September 20th:  All are invited - Sponsored by the Mt Zion UMM group -Join us for family day in Hancock, Md during their “Canal Days/Apple Festival”. Hike, ride or walk the Western Maryland Rail Trail, the C&O canal path, explore local history, watch the parade go thru town ( with a praise music float ) attend the apple festival at the local park. Bring a bike, rent a bike, walk or hike, hang with the group, or plan your day at your own pace. We'll be meeting at church at 8 am for the ride up to Hancock so we can get into town before the parade starts.

Digital Delivery of the Pointer Starts September 1

The Pointer is moving to digital delivery September 1, 2014.

With more and more people dropping mail delivery of the Pointer in favor of email, we are now well below the threshold required to maintain bulk mail rates. In addition, with the annual and per item fees for bulk mail continuing to rise, it is rapidly becoming cost prohibitive to continue to deliver the Pointer via mail.

By the end of the year, paper copies of the Pointer will no longer be delivered primarily by mail. Paper copies will be available at the beginning of the month in both the East and West Narthexes for pickup. Anyone unable to attend church may elect to receive a paper copy by mail. Over the next several months the office will collect names of people who still wish to receive a paper copy of the Pointer.

Please let the office know if you would still like to receive a paper copy of the Pointer but are unable to pick it up from the church directly and arrangements will be made to mail a Pointer to you monthly. You may contact the office by phone at 301-854-2324 x10 or email at mtzionhighland@verizon.net or gale.stanford@verizon.net. Our members who are in nursing homes or shut in will automatically continue to receive a paper copy of the Pointer.

If you are currently not receiving an email copy of the Pointer but would like to begin to, please let Gale Stanford know by sending an email request to gale.stanford@verizon.net or mtzionhighland@verizon.net.