January 1 Happy New Year!
January 2 Children’s Basketball Program Begins 9:00-12:00, Fellowship Hall
January 13 Community Get-Together and Dinner
January 16 United Methodist Men Kick-Off Breakfast 7:37am, Fellowship Hall
January 25 Heritage Circle Meeting, 12:00 in the Memorial Room


February 9 Strove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Community Get-Together
February 10 Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
February 14 Happy Valentines Day
February 20 UMM Breakfast 7:37am
February 22 Heritage Circle Meeting, 1:00 in the Memorial Room

SISTERS IN FAITH SPRING 2016 | Valorie Burton 



We hope you can join us as we welcome Valorie back to Sisters In Faith. She is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach and has appeared on the TODAY Show, Dr. Oz, CNN and HLN to name a few. You can read more about her at www.valorieburton.com.

Successful Women Think Differently

Scientific studies prove what the ancient wisdom of Scripture has shown all along: successful women think differently. They make decisions differently, set goals differently, and bounce back from failure and adversity differently. In this presentation, Valorie combines solid research with spiritually-grounded truth to help you:

» Sleep better at night feeling peace about your decisions.

» Step out on faith to pursue a long-held dream.

» Change your mindset from “I’ll do that someday” to concrete goals with realistic action steps.

» Renew vision for your life that makes your heart sing!

Sisters In Faith offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to maximize your time in a one-day format. The day will feature praise and worship, a dynamic and inspirational message and small group time over a delicious boxed lunch from Renaissance Chef. Continental breakfast will be served between 8:00 and 8:45 am. Doors will open for Sanctuary seating at 9:00 am.

Cost is $35 (non-refundable) which includes lunch.

Registration opens on January 11 at 9:00 am. You have two ways to register:

1. Register online and pay with your credit card: https://sistersinfaithspring2016.eventbrite.com

2. Download this registration form and pay by check: ValorieBurtonRegistrationForm. The mailing address is on the form.

Register early as this event will sell out. We hope to see YOU on April 16th!



MANORWOOD CAFE BIBLE STUDY | As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a moral majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. Nominal Christianity isn’t working anymore. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to embrace the distinctiveness of the Christian faith and to be marginalized for the sake of the gospel. We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let’s do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down. The signs of the times tell us we are in for days our parents and grandparents never knew. But that’s no call for panic or surrender or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let’s act like it. Let’s follow him, onward to the future.


January 3 No Youth Group
January 10 Meeting in Fellowship Hall/Outback 6:00-8:00pm
January 17 Snow-tubing at Whitetail 6-10:30pm
January 24 Meeting in Fellowship Hall/Outback 6:00-8:00pm
January 30  Youth Group Dinner and Youth Sunday rehearsal 5:00-8:00pm
January 31 Youth Sunday, 9:30 service only, Youth arrive at 9:00
January 31 No evening Youth Group


February 6 Laser Tag at Adventure Park
February 7 Youth Group planning meeting, no evening youth group.
February 14 Winter Jam concert, Eagle Bank Arena, 5:00-10:00pm
February 21 Stratosphere 4:00-6:30pm
February 28 Youth Group Meeting 6:00-8:00pm in the outback/Fellowship Hall

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2016 Youth Basketball League

4 to 7 years olds • 8 game season • no practices • starts January 4, 2016

For more info and to register, download this form: MUMCYouthBBForm2016



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.


Sunday School for Children and Youth

9:30 – 10:30 am

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

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

10:45 – 12:00 noon

  • A multi-level class is available for children preschool – 5th grade

Adult Education

9:30 – 10:30 am and 10:45 – 12:00 noon

  • 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.

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.



The Christmas Cottage Project

This Christmas, Montgomery UMC will be sponsoring a cottage of 10 youth who are residents at the Board of Child Care in Baltimore. These are children who have been unable to be cared for in their own homes for various reasons, so the BCC provides them with a safe, structured and caring environment at a time of need.  

The BCC is a Methodist organization that provides residential care at several facilities throughout Maryland and West Virginia. The Baltimore campus houses as many as 110 youth, ages 9 to 20 in cottages of 10 or less. We are collecting donations now through September with the hope of raising $1000 so that when we receive each child’s wish list in October, the Missions Team will be ready to purchase, wrap and deliver them in time for Christmas. You can help make a difference by providing some joy to these children during Advent, the season of Jesus’ birth.

Checks should be made out to MUMC with “Christmas Cottage Project”on the memo line and mailed to our church office or placed in the offering plate..

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.

Rev. Ken McDonald |  Senior Pastor