Youth Ministries News




Follow Him will meet on Wednesday, 1/17 from 7:00 – 8:00 in rooms 8/10. Emphasis this week will be on Sports. All students in Grades 3, 4, & 5 are invited to join in this activity.



BWC Scholarship Applications

Once again, the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be awarding scholarships for qualified students.  BWC Scholarship application process opens on January 3 and closes March 7, 2018.




Winter Basketball League

Registration begins this month for our 2018 winter basketball program for children ages 4 through 7. Registration forms are available now on the welcome center and on the church website. Our children’s basketball program has been a very popular and successful ministry. But we also need many people to help with the program each year. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help in some other way, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Skidmore at Click the link below for a copy of the registration form:




MUMC Youth Group to attend ROCK this year!

Rock is the God centered high energy retreat complete with worship, music, games, breakout sessions and more. Your teen will have an amazing weekend making memories with friends and deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Retreat will be held in Ocean City Maryland on Jan. 26-28, 2018 -Please feel free to contact Natalie Smith for more information and visit: .  Deadline for sign up will be September 30th – Put your teens name on the list today!



Parents of 6th to 12th Graders!

Get pumped for a new, exciting youth group this school year. I would like to hold a parent’s meeting on Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 right after the service, in the Outback. We will be talking about new ideas and changes, how the year is going to flow, and the ministry we hope to grow. If you have any questions or cannot make the meeting please email me, Mike Reitz, at


Youth – 6th to 12th Grade!

Coming on September 17 Fearless, Be Bold in your Faith! Our new Sunday night program is all about being fearless. Get excited to learn more about your faith, grow together as a community, and serve others. At 5pm on the 17th, middle school youth group will be held, then at 6pm both middle and high school will come together for dinner, and at 7pm high school youth group will have their turn. More information will be relayed to your parents on the 10th. If you have any questions please email me at I am so excited to see all of you!





New News




The Health Ministry Team will be available Tuesday mornings from 10 am-12 pm, and Sundays between services from 10:30 – 11 am for blood pressure checks and with help navigating the healthcare system.




There will be an Easter egg hunt for families on Sunday, March 25th from 3 – 5 pm.




The worship committee is now taking orders for Easter flowers. Hyacinths, tulips, and lilacs will be available to order for $10 each. If you would like to help decorate the sanctuary for Easter, please complete the weekly bulletin insert and return to the church office with payment. The last day to order flowers will be March 18th.



Build Your Legacy at MUMC

Did you know that by taking a distribution from your IRA, you may likely pay more in taxes and even reach a higher tax bracket? Gifting part or all of your IRA’s required minimum distribution (RMD) to the church may help reduce your tax bill. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift to MUMC of up to $100,000 this year or next year from your IRA thus converting your IRA RMD gift to a tax-free distribution. More information for an IRA legacy gift can found on a summary sheet located in the Connecting area. The Finance Team



Online Giving

You can now give to our church online. Click on the links below for an introduction and for instructions:





Supporters of Shady Grove Pregnancy Center

Make an afternoon with the Shady Grove Pregnancy Center. Come hear Irina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, speak at our Annual Benefit Luncheon – Sunday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. at the Rockville Hilton Hotel. Ms. Grossu specializes in sanctity of life issues. Have fun with our Raffles – 50/50 and more! – and enjoy a delicious seated luncheon while being inspired by what we are doing on the pro-life front. Reservations required; contact Susan Veirs or 301-963-6223.



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 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.



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 ASAP. Thank You.















Attention parents of 8th-12th Graders: On Sunday, March 18th we will begin this year’s Confirmation Class. Any youth currently in 8th – 12th grade are invited to join us in this spiritual journey into membership into our Church. Classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 9-10:15 on the following six Sundays: 3/18, 3/25, 4/08, 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29. On Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th there will be an overnight retreat for all confirmands. The Confirmation Service will be held on Sunday, May 20th at the 9 am service.

Sunday, March 4th will be a Parent Information Meeting immediately following the 9 am service. If you are interested in having your youth join us for the Confirmation class, please let the church office know (301-253-4460 or by Friday, March 2nd.



We still need teachers, helpers, and substitutes for our children’s Sunday school this fall. Please contact Margaret Olsen at

Sunday School volunteers must complete the following  short questionnaire:

Child Protection questionnaire



Sunday School for Children and Youth

Classes are held Sunday mornings 9:00 – 10:15 am

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


Sunday School Registration Form


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 8 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.




Easter Food Baskets & Giving Tree

The past few years, we have included Easter in our Holiday Food Basket mission because theses families need help all year long. Easter is April 1st this year so we are starting to collect non-perishable food now. We accept all monetary and food donations. Please see the list below for the Sunday School contributions for their specific item. All Contributions can be placed in the Coatroom in our wagon or in classroom “B”.

The Giving Tree will be out in the Connecting Place if you would like to provide a $25 Grocery store gift card or an Easter Basket for a family. The large Easter baskets should be filled with about $25 worth of gifts. Suggested gifts would be small age appropriate toys, candy, personal hygiene items and spiritual novelties. Please choose a small basket from the tree to help these families enjoy a wonderful Easter and the Good News of Jesus Christ. We need the cards and baskets by Sunday March 25th. Gifts cards can be returned to Rosa Mandich’s mailbox in the coatroom and the Baskets can be left in Classroom “B”.

The committee is always looking for people to help with the project. If you would like to assist us, please fill out the insert below, place in Rosa’s mailbox, and we will be in contact. Thank you all for your support, your prayers and your donations. We could not do this important work without you.

List of items:

Nursery                                              a box of cereal and a bottle of juice

2 year olds                                         a bag of flour and a bag of sugar

3 year olds                                         cans of fruit and cans of vegetables

4 year olds                                         can of sweet potatoes and a jar apple sauce

Kindergarten and 1st grade               spaghetti sauce and pasta

2nd and 3rd grade                              cans of soup and a bottle of cooking oil

4th and 5th grade                               cans of tuna or chicken and a box of rice

Middle High                                       salad dressing and mayonnaise

Senior High                                        peanut butter and jelly

Adult Bible Classes                           a minimum of $5 monetary donation
(please mark monetary donations as being for the Holiday Food Baskets)





Blessings in a Backpack is a new missions opportunity for everyone at Montgomery. There are several ways to serve this Frederick County organization.

1) Pack food for backpacks at one of the eligible schools. It only takes 1-2 hours each week to pack the food.
2) Volunteer to help at a Blessings in a Backpack fundraiser held throughout the year.
3) Volunteer to pick up/deliver food that has been donated.
4) Donate money and/or food when there is a specific need.

You don’t necessarily have to be available to serve every week. We are creating a list of active volunteers that can be called upon as a need arises to help.

Jen Currence will be our volunteer coordinator and BiaB contact person. When there is a need for packers, drivers, helpers, etc., Jen will call on volunteers from the list. The more volunteers we have to draw from, the more volunteers will be available to help when needed.

We would like to begin serving at the beginning of February, so please sign up TODAY!



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.