Calendar week of January 15



Sunday 15:

          8:00 am – Men’s Breakfast – Fellowship Hall

          9:15 and 11:00 am – Worship Service – Sanctuary

          9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages

          10:30 am – Women’s Sunday School- Parlor

          10:30 am – Men’s Sunday School – Memorial Room

          11:00 am – Children’s Church

           6-8 pm – Youth Group – Outback


Monday 16:

          9:30-11:30 am – Mom’s Group – Memorial Room

          7:00-8:30 pm – Troop 738 Meeting- FH

          7:00 pm – Adult Bible Study – Joyce and Tommy Rhinehart Home

          7:00 pm – Worship Committee Meeting- Library


Tuesday 17:

          9:30 am- Tuesday Morning Prayer Group – Memorial Room

          6:30 pm – Manorwood – Sanctuary, Connecting Place, Covenant Room, Rooms A&B, choir room, Parlor, Library

          7:00 pm – Trustees Work Night – Memorial Room


Wednesday 18:

           6:15-7:15 pm – Hand bell Practice – Class A & B

           7:00 pm – Boy scouts Meeting – Parlor

           7:00 pm – Band Rehearsal – Sanctuary

           7:00 pm – Mom’s Group – Library

           7:30-8:30 pm – Choir Practice – Choir room


Thursday 19:

          MMCC Staff in-service day

          6:45 – Cub Scouts- Fellowship Hall

          8:30-9:30 pm—”Iron Dome” Men’s Bible study—Mem. Room


Friday 20:

          Statistics Reports Due to the Conference 


Saturday 21:           

          8:00 am – Basketball League – Fellowship Hall

          7:30 pm – AA – Memorial Room


Sunday 22:

          9:15 and 11:00 am – Worship Service – Sanctuary

          9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages

          10:30 am – Women’s Sunday School- Parlor

          10:30 am – Men’s Sunday School – Memorial Room

          11:00 am – Children’s Church

           6-8 pm – Youth Group – Outback


**Katelyn’s Office Hours** 9:00 am- 2:00 pm – M 1/16, W 1/18, and Th 1/19



Attention all MUMC Men

We will be hosting our monthly men’s breakfast next Sunday,  January 15th at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall.   If you have never attended this is the time to join us before worship.   Invite a friend-   Hope to see you there 

In case of bad weather call Gib at 301-461-499 after 7 am if unsure if we are meeting.




The Moms Group is starting up their new year.  The special bible study program for mothers will begin meeting at the church again in September. This year there will be two different times of the week the group will meet. The regular meeting on Monday mornings from 9:30-11:00 will resume on September 12th in the memorial room. Childcare is provided at the church during this meeting. A second class has been added on Wednesday evenings to accommodate working parents. The Wednesday night mom’s group will begin meeting Wednesday September 14th at 7pm in the Library (on the Sunday school wing). No childcare is provided at this time for the Wednesday meeting. All are welcome at either meeting. Any questions may be directed to Lorraine Evans via phone or email at 240-344-5228 and




The Manorwood Café meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at Montgomery United Methodist Church.We have room for you! Our group is a safe place where women are encouraged to be who they really are. There are no masks allowed! Come just as you are. Within the circles of Manorwood women, you will find acceptance, authenticity, affirmation and accountability. We are a group of Christ-followers who are committed to applying God’s Word to our lives in order to experience growth and change. We would love for you to join in! Email us at





Sisters In Faith exists to help draw Christian women together from across every denomination for relationship with each other and to grow closer to the heart of God.

In January 2001, we began as a small day retreat for 75 women and have grown to welcome 400 women from over 150 churches. Not simply a Christian women’s event, we are an intentional ministry to women. It is our prayer that each guest will be able to remove themselves from their day-to-day activities and become refreshed from God’s Word. We are excited that so many women attend our events, but more than that, we are energized to join with girlfriends under one roof for one day, worshipping and sharing the faith together.

Youth Group  On January 15 there will be a Paint Night with Cheryl Thomas in the Outback from 6 – 8 PM. Each youth will make a personalized painting to take home. RSVP to Pastor Mary (301-253-4460, is required for this event so we can be sure to have enough supplies available.




This years IMPACT Youth for Christ Conference will be held in OCEAN CITY,MD on March 24-26.  The Conference is an inspirational and fun-filled weekend with the newest and hottest Christian musical guests, drama teams, and motivational speakers from all over the country. Leaders and students enjoy powerful assemblies, worship, and life-changing workshops, geared from leadership training to tough issues confronting today’s youth. If you are interested in attending this event Please contact Natalie Smith



Youth Group Participant Agreement

2017 Winter Basketball League Sign-up is open now. For more information or to sign up, please Click here.


New News


Vintage Music Available

There are various pieces and books of vintage music in the choir room that are available for re-homing. The church is no longer in need of these items and anyone who may be interested is asked to see the Music Director Dana Carpenter or Joyce Rhodes. Thank You.



Attention all Sunday Servants

We will begin to create a schedule up through May for all the Scripture Readers and Worship Leaders. If you are currently serving and no longer wish to serve, or if you are not and would like to be added to the schedule or would like more information please contact the church office via email at: or Via phone at: 301-253-4460. All currently serving scripture readers and worship leaders will be put onto the new schedule unless we are otherwise notified.


Helping Families Heal

A seven-week series of programs offering information and support for families and friends with loved ones who struggle with addiction. As we read in the local papers, addiction is no longer an inner city problem. It has come in a big way into our community, neighborhoods and schools. These programs are being offered free of charge at Calvary UMC, Mt. Airy, 403 S. Main Street. Childcare is available. The kick off event is on January 7 at 4:00 PM at Calvary Church. For more information or to register, go to or call 301-829-0358.



Youth Sports

The Sports Ministry Team needs to grow.  We need new members in order to continue providing our toddler basketball program and to develop new and exciting sports oriented activities to our kids and church family.  Sports experience is not required, and you don’t have to join the team to help out – volunteers are always welcome.  If you simply enjoy working with kids and groups, or are just looking for new ways to meet other members, please contact Karen Skidmore.  240-446-2118 or



Volunteers needed:

The audio-visual team is looking for help operating the sound system during Sunday morning services.  You can choose the service to work and training will be provided.  Please contact Dennis Babb at 301-524-0314.


Volunteers are needed to help with the nursery during the 11:00 service. If you can help, please contact Amy Burkey (240-674-2419 or ASAP. Thank You.












The history of the Montgomery congregation dates back to 1846 when an acre of ground was purchased from Nicholas Watkins for the construction of Brown’s Chapel, a log cabin near the border of Montgomery and Howard counties. Laymen conducted on-denominational Christian services, with occasional visits by circuit riders. In 1860 Brown’s Chapel was deeded to Brown’s Chapel Methodist Protestant Church.


At the site of the chapel on Brown Church Road a stone bearing the words “Brown’s Chapel – Founded 1846” was dedicated at the site in 1903. The stone represents the historical location of a log cabin church that served a rural community of dedicated Christians as the center of their religious, cultural and social lives during Civil War times.


A building to replace Brown’s Church was dedicated in 1871 at the intersection of Buffalo and Quaker Roads, now known as Route 27 or Ridge Road, and Route 80 or Kemptown Road, respectively. The church was renamed Montgomery Chapel Methodist Protestant Church.


In the early 1940’s Sunday school rooms were added to the renamed Montgomery Church, along with brick facing. In 1960 the steeple was replaced with a bell tower and in 1962 the church became a station church. With the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, the church took on its current name of Montgomery United Methodist Church.


During the 1960’s the church’s plans to build a new facility on the opposite side of Route 27 were stymied by a proposed Damascus bypass due to be built in the next 10 years.  The road was never built but because of this setback the church changed its course and purchased land on Route 80, where ground was broken in 1972 for the first section of the current structure.


In 1973 special services were held to consecrate the new Educational Building and Fellowship Hall, where services and other church functions were held. In 1979 the church at the intersection was sold to the First Church of God.


A new sanctuary was added and dedicated in 1992. As the congregation of Montgomery United Methodist Church moves and grows, the traditions of Christian love and service continue as they began so long ago in a simple log cabin.



40 Days of Love

On January 9, Montgomery will begin 40 Days of Love.  It is a program similar to the 40 Days of Purpose, mostly because it was also developed by the Saddleback Church and Pastor Rick Warren.  It is a series designed to infuse new love into all of our relationships.  What a great way to start the New Year.

You can jump in at many different levels:

On Sunday mornings, we will discuss the weekly topic during our worship time. Upcoming sermons are:

          January 15-
                    Love is a Decision
                    1 Corinthians 13: 1-14

          January 22-
                     Loving Like Jesus Loves Me
                     Luke 11: 5-13

          January 29-
                     Loving with Words
                     James 3: 1-12

You also might want to purchase the text for the series, titled The Relationship Principles of Jesus, which will add another level of depth.

You may want to be part of a small group, which will see a short video by Rick Warren, and then have time for discussion.  If you do, it might be helpful to have a small group participant guide.

Classes are being led Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 9:15.  The Iron Dome Men’s Group is also participating in the study on Thursday evenings at 8:30.



Sunday School for Children and Youth


9:30 – 10:45 am

Click on the link below to download our Sunday School Registration Form:


2016-17 Sunday School Registration


Classes available for toddlers, preschoolers, each elementary grade, middle school and senior high



Adult Education


  • Ongoing classes and a variety of short-term electives are offered each week.
  • Topics include such things as: studies on individual books of the Bible, faith issues (spiritual gifts, discipleship, contentment, etc.), and life issues (marriage, stress, parenting, etc.).
  • Current class listings are posted in the lobby of both the sanctuary and education wings.


Confirmation Classes

  • Youth in grades 7 and up are invited to join in the Confirmation Journey in preparation for full membership within Montgomery United Methodist Church.
  • Confirmation classes begin in February and continue through May.
  • Confirmation activities are coordinated by the Pastor, the Youth Coordinator and the Christian Education Director.


Youth and Adult Small Groups

  • Various small study and discipleship groups are available, meeting at different times throughout the week.
  • Some meet in the church building, some in homes
  • Some are for women only, some men only, youth or couples.
  • Study groups meet for a few months up to a few years – depending on the needs and interests of the group.


Vacation Bible School

  • VBS is offered during one week each summer, usually in July
  • This half day program features worship, age level classroom activities, drama, music, crafts and recreation
  • VBS is open to the entire community, with registration beginning in April.
  • 2016 VBS Registration

Montgomery Methodist Children’s Center

An accredited Christian preschool for children ages 2-5.

  • Sessions of 3 or 4 hours are offered in combinations of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days a week. Tuition is charged.
  • For information or to register, contact the school directly at (301) 253-4884 or click below to access the school’s website.



“Stop Hunger Now” Pie Social

Everyone had a great time preparing 10,000 food packets for “Stop Hunger Now” last year.  The Mission team would like to do it again this Spring.  In order for that to happen, we need to raise $3,000.  To help us raise the money, we are holding a Pie Social after the Unity Service on Sunday, January 29th.  Service will be at 9:15 with the social starting around 11am.  It should be great fun but we need everyone’s help.  We are looking for people to make homemade pies to donate for sale at the social.  We will also be auctioning off the ability to pie someone in the Congregation.  Names of those individuals to be announced at a future date.  If you would like to donate a homemade pie, please sign up at the Welcome Center. Please contact Sue Lake or any other member of the Missions Team.  Please include a list of ingredients with your pie when you drop it off before service for consumers’ information.   Hope to see everyone there.



Caregiver Support Group

Started in 2008, the group is open to members and non-members of Montgomery UMC.

The group discusses difficulties as well as positive experiences while caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, cancer or any other illness that renders their loved one incapable of caring for themselves. Each member receives valuable feedback that is helpful to all in attendance. The group also invites outside speakers to come and speak about topics related to caregiving for a loved one.

If you have a family member or friend for whom you are a part-time or full-time caregiver, please plan on joining us. We would love to have you join us whether you want to participate or just listen to the helpful discussions that take place during each meeting!

For more information, please contact the group’s facilitator, Bill Bugg at 301-831-9779 or call the church office at 301-253-4460.



Outreach Ministries that we support:


Damascus HELP provides assistance to needy persons and families in the upper portion of Montgomery County and adjacent areas in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts.  Transportation, furniture and emergency financial assistance are also available.



Faith Connections with the help of a part-time community social worker and partnering with Damascus HELP, area churches, organizations and individuals, is providing assistance to area families facing homelessness by helping to prevent evictions and foreclosures. Faith Connections also provides mentoring and life skills training to single mothers and after school programs for at-risk youth in the community.



Youth for Christ as a part of the body of Christ, vision is to see every young person in every people group in every nation have the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become a part of the local church. In the Frederick area, YFC engages with Middle and High School youth in addressing the problems and concerns facing today’s teens.



Good News Jail and Prison Ministry attempts to meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.



Chinese Outreach Ministries is giving Christ to China’s future leaders through committed staff and volunteers sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America.



Grace Covenant International Ministries with Ken and Cathie Metz, are partnering with local churches in Peru and are helping towns and villages gripped by drug and violent cultures transform into healthy and productive societies.



Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. This program is supported by the offerings received in the children’s Sunday school program.

Since our founding in 1846, the people of Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus, Maryland have sought to be faithful followers of Christ in the community and around the world. We believe that the heart of the community has been, is, and will be – the Church.

We welcome all people in search of God’s teaching and love to visit and become part of our church family. We hope to build upon our great heritage of the love of God and service to our community and the world. Please join us for one of our celebration services.

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