General Announcements

» Wednesday Prayer and Communion During Lent

The Sanctuary will be open every Wednesday during Lent from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. You may come by yourself or with a friend for prayer and communion during that time.

» 30 Hour Famine Update

The GSUMC Youth raised $2595 for World Vision to use to meet the needs of children around the globe living in poverty and facing the deadly affects of food shortages. This will enable World Vision to provide for 68 children for 1 month. Thanks to the GSUMC family for your support of this mission project! We hope you will join us in praying for the multiplication of these resources as they are joined with those provided by other Famine groups and that they will bring life sustaining blessings to children. If you would like to know more about offering ongoing support for children, please visit The youth also raised almost $1200 for the Our Place Waldorf Soup Kitchen which helped provide an ex-tra meal prepared by the students and will help fund their regular Monday & Thursday dinners served at GSUMC.

» Wattenford Scholarship

The Mary Wattenford Scholarship was established as a service-based scholarship to award the youth of Good Shepherd for their acts of service to the church, community, and most of all to God. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who plan to go on to college or some other form of higher education. First-year college students who were not previously awarded this scholarship and are planning to continue their higher education are also eligible to apply. Interested students should pick up an application form at the Welcome Table in the lobby. Applications are due by Sunday, April 8, 2018.

» Help Wanted

We are in need of a Social Media Coordinator. If you are interested please contact Rev. Laurie at or call the church office 301-843-6797.

» Amazon Smile

Turn your online shopping into support for Good Shepherd UMC through SmileAmazon! its is easy to link your existing Amazon accounts to AmazonSmile - just follow the directions on the website. Choose Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of St. Charles City as the charity of your choice and then start signing on to amazonsmile.oom to do your shopping. A portion of what you spend will be sent to GSUMC. Thanks!

» Wanted: Wednesday Night Child Care Givers

We are seeking one adult (or two willing to "job share") and one or more teens (also willing to "job share") to provide child care for the children of our Men's and Women's Bible Study participants. The care givers need to be in the Nursery from 5:55 pm - 7:10 pm. Please contact Carol Wunderlich if you are interested (240-446-1136) for information about the position and the pay.

» Fellowship Hour Support

In order to keep our Fellowship Hour between services available, we require the help of our Congregation for two Sundays a month. The other Sundays have been faithfully covered by the United Methodist Men and the Saturday Night Live group. We need your help. The sign-up sheet is the Fellowship Hall every Sunday and in the church office during the week. Questions or require help with regard to the process, please contact Cathy Lavoie at 301.645.2717 or email at

» Meals On Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program is currently seeking volunteers for the Waldorf/St.Charles route who can donate 2 hours of their time, one day a month. If you are interested in working with this special organization that helps those in need/homebound, please contact Kathy at (301)-843-8295.

» Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found items in the church office to see if you may recognize any of the items. Within the next couple of weeks, whatever is not claimed will be donated.

» Pastoral Care and Appointments!

Rev. Laurie is available for pastoral care needs or for appointments each week simply by calling her at 443-831-1469 or e-mailing her at Our Church Administrator typically is aware of Rev. Laurie's schedule during the week as well and can help you make contact. Friday is Rev. Laurie's Sabbath Day. If you need to get a message to Rev. Laurie, please do so on the number above via voice or text.

» Interested in Lay Reading?

Interested in reading scripture on Sunday Mornings? Please contact Rev. Laurie ( or Somer Crout (

» Prayer Ministry

If you wish to receive prayer concerns or to submit a prayer concern, email our coordinator, Dan Sansbury ( Be sure to request permission to post personal information about others on this prayer chain. To have a joy or concern lifted in prayer during Sunday worship, please write your re-quest in the Prayer Book located on the counter on the back wall of the narthex before worship. If you would like to be a part of a weekly prayer group, to pray for the needs of our church, please contact Rev. Laurie at

» When Parking At Church

Please make sure your cars are LOCKED, WINDOWS UP and SUNROOFS CLOSED. Leave no valuables within sight, i.e. on the seat or floor of your car. Place them in your trunk or completely out of sight.

» Free Wi-Fi

We would like to invite our members and guests to use our guest access network. Network Name: GSUMC-Guest Password: TheFlock! (case sensitive)

» New Texting System at Good Shepherd

We are starting a new texting system at Good Shepherd that will be one of several tools that we use to contact people with updates and important information. We are asking you to participate. In order to start receiving texts you need to send a text that will register you with the system.

We would like all members to register by texting the word Member to (301) 685-1283. You will receive a text and be prompted to fill in your information. Once you have submitted your information, you will be able to receive text messages aimed at the whole congregation.

We truly appreciate you being willing to be a part of this important communication tool. I would also ask that you encourage others who might be tentative about newer technology to try this system. Literally all they have to do is send the initial text and the rest will come from us.
Rev. Laurie

» Altar Flowers

To donate altar flowers for the week, please call Anne at Creative Expressions Florist. The number is 301.645.8755. We have used her for years and she does a wonderful job. You must call her by Noon on the Wednesday before the Sunday you would like flowers for. She will deliver for $10 extra. If you would like to donate the flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, call Michele (or e-mail in the church office by Noon on that same Wednesday. Michele will put it in the bulletin who the flowers for that Sunday are in honor or memory of. At the end of the service you can take home the flowers or donate them to a shut in. For additional information, please call Linda Graham at 301-645-5136.

» Contribution Statements

Quarterly Contribution Statements are available upon request. Statements are available electronically or paper copy. Stop in the Parlor on Sundays to see Brian Cook or Joyce Dinello or send an email to Joyce, You many leave a message for Brian or Joyce in the church office as well.

» Southern Maryland Food Bank

The Southern Maryland Food Bank needs between 15,000 and 18,000 pounds of food each Monday to meet the demand of its members (food pantries, shelters & soup kitchens). Due to demand and lack of vendor supplies, they have an immediate need for DRY food goods - canned food items, rice, pasta, etc. in order to keep serving the community. The United Methodist Women (UMW) and United Methodist Men (UMM) are working together to collect canned and dry food goods. We will have a box in the Fellowship Hall for you to drop off your donations. If you have any questions, please contact David Lindley, Nancy Bennett or Dottie DiPoli. For more information about the Southern Maryland Food Bank visit their website at

» Room Reservations

Please be aware that Good Shepherd is a very busy place. We ask that written room request applications be made to the church office to reserve meeting space and times. ALL applications require approval prior to the scheduled event date. Reservation forms are available from the welcome table, from the church office, or can be downloaded here. Please submit your request at least three weeks prior to your event. Thank you.


United Methodist Committe on Relief (UMCOR)

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering - whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster - with open minds and hearts to all people. They partner with people to rebuild their livelihoods, health and homes. In times of acute crisis they mobilize aid to stricken areas - emergency supplies, fresh water and temporary shelter. They stay, as long as it takes, to implement long-term recovery and rehabilitation. Donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) response can be made online through's secure server. Visit for more information.