Calendar week of October 23


Sunday 23:

          8:30am – Adult Sunday School

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

          9:15 am – Sunday School for all ages

          11:00 am – Children’s church and Adult Sunday school


Monday 24:

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

          1:00 pm – Heritage Circle – Sanctuary

          7:15-8:30 pm – Troop 738 Meeting- FH

          6:30 pm – Worship Work Group meeting – Memorial room

          7:00 pm – TLT Meeting – Classroom A


Tuesday 25:

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

          6:00-9:30 pm- Manorwood – Fellowship Hall


Wednesday 26:

          6:15-7:15 pm – Handbell Practice – Classrooms A& B

          7:00pm – Mom’s Group – Library (Open to all mom’s group participants)

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

          7:00-8:00 pm – 3rd -5th Grade Event – Fellowship Hall

          7:00 pm – Caregivers Group – Memorial Room

          7:00 pm – Music Practice – Sanctuary


Thursday 27:

          7:00 pm – L&C Meeting – Memorial Room

          8:30-9:30 pm – Iron Dome- Mens bible study- Memorial Room


Friday 28:

          Nothing Scheduled


Saturday 29:      

           6:00-8:00-pm – Youth Group Service rehearsal & Dinner – Sanc. & Fellowship Hall

           7:30pm- AA – Memorial Room



Katelyn’s office Hours: M (10/24), W (10/26), and Th (10/27): 9:00am- 2:00pm

A New Adult Bible Study to Began October 17, 7-9 pm.

The bible study will take place at Tom & Joyce Rhinehart’s house, 3618 Kemptown Church Rd. Monrovia, MD. 240-994-3378. Light Snacks will be available.




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.


11-Sep 7:00-8:30 pm Parent & Youth Orientation Meeting Outback
18-Sep 6:00-8:00 pm Meeting Outback
25-Sep 1:30-3:00 pm Ice Cream with Pastor John Jimmie Cone, Damascus
2-Oct 6:00-8:00 pm Meeting Outback
9-Oct 2:00-4:00 pm CropWalk – Service Project Damascus Regional Park
16-Oct 6:00-8:00 pm Planning Meeting for Youth Service Outback
22-Oct TBD Gaver’s Farm Corn Maze Gaver’s Bonfire
23-Oct No Youth Group Meeting
29-Oct 6:00-8:00 pm Youth Service Rehearsal & Dinner Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall
30-Oct 9:15-11:00 am Youth Sunday Services Sanctuary
6-Nov 6:00-8:00 pm Meeting Outback
12-Nov TBD Rake & Run Service Project TBD
13-Nov No Youth Group Meeting
18-Nov 4:00 PM Alive/Middle High Outback/DC
19-Nov TBD Senior High Bowling Terrace Lanes
20-Nov No Youth Group Meeting
27-Nov No Youth Group Meeting
4-Dec 10:30 AM Parent/Youth Advisory Meeting Outback
4-Dec TBD Youth at Woodworking Event Fellowship Hall
11-Dec 6:00-8:00 pm Meeting Outback
17-Dec TBD Christmas Caroling/Party Outback
18-Dec No Youth Group Meeting
25-Dec MERRY CHRISTMAS      /No Meeting
27-Dec No Youth Group Meeting

Youth Group Participant Agreement

Something new for 3rd-5th graders!

Coming this fall! Follow Him!!! To fun, fellowship, fitness and fine arts (including music, drama and dance) for kids in grades 3-5.


Time: 7:00-8:00

Dates and Program:

      Sept 14 – Sports

      Sept 28 – Art

      Oct 12 – Music

      Oct 26 – Sports

      Nov 9 – Art


For more information contact: Karen Skidmore 240-446-2118



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


New News


A New Picture Directory is coming!!! Updated!


What do Mary Frances Roberts, Curtis and Melissa Warfield, Eric Stancliff, Alan Hawk, and Cheryl Thomas all have in common? They will all receive a 20% discount on all their portraits!  Re:Member gives a 20% discount to persons 60 years or older, active and retired military, Police, firefighters, and teachers. Our photo days are November 17-19 and 29-30. All of these dates are early enough that you will have photos delivered in time for use at Christmas. Sign up your family today! There is no obligation to purchase portraits, just have a photo taken for the directory, and receive your free 8×10 and a free copy of the directory. These are professional photographers taking the pictures, and there is NO SITTING FEE.


Nominations Needed:  On November 12 our youth group will be going to homes of shut-ins or others who cannot rake their own yards to rake leaves and run on to the next house. It will be our first annual Rake-N-Run activity. To nominate people to receive this service, email Pastor Mary at with the person’s name, address, their relationship to you and/or the church, and the reason that you are nominating them. Nominees must live within a 15 mile radius of the church so that we may serve the largest number of people possible. We welcome the support of adults from the church who have equipment (blowers, mulchers, ect.) that will assist us in this ministry of service to the community.



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.




Would you like to start a new Sunday School Class or small group? See Pastor Mary to discuss the possibilities and resources to support your ministry.






The National Christian Choir, the Children’s Christmas Choir, and full orchestra, will perform “The Glory of Christmas” on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The concert will be held at the International Community Church located in Frederick, Maryland, at 123 Byte Drive.

The concert will be performed at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.

Ticket pricing for Glory of Christmas, December 3, 2016:

General Admission ticket price is $20, however, we are offering an “early bird” special of “2 for $35” on all general admission tickets sold before October 16. The special applies only to tickets sold in pairs; for example, if someone buys three tickets before October 16, you would collect $35 for two tickets and $20 for the third.

Director’s Circle ticket price is $25 for preferred seating.

A limited number of Chairman’s Circle tickets are available at $50 each.  This is premium seating with early admission to the auditorium AND reception before the concert with Kathy Bowman, Music Director/Psalm 95 Host, and Board Chairman, Terry Tierney.



Get to know Pastor John

Pastor John would like to begin get-acquainted sessions with the church family. These will be in-home sessions where different families have agreed to host a group of 8-10 people.  Please sign-up in one of the already established host groups any Monday from 1-3pm or Thursday 7-8:30 pm between September 12 and October 27 (only 10 slots are available for each session).  If you would like to host your own session in your home, please contact the church office or 301-253-4460. Pastor John is looking forward to getting to know our church family in these casual settings! 


Click the link below to view and sign up for the Get-Acquainted sessions.


Sign Up!





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 – 10:45 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


A New Adult Bible Study to Begin October 17, 7-9 pm.

The bible study will take place at Tom & Joyce Rhinehart’s house, 3618 Kemptown Church Rd. Monrovia, MD. 240-994-3378. Light Snacks will be available.



New Adult Learning Opportunities on Sunday Morning:

Adult SS

We are sad to say the two 11:00 course offerings have been canceled do to low enrollment


Additional Adult Classes

  • 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.





Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets


The Holiday Food Basket Committee is in the process of collecting non-perishable foods (see below for possible donations) for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We will provide a basket of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Gift Cards for Christmas presents at Christmas to a minimum of 12 families.  Please bring a non-perishable item to donate each Sunday during September, October, November and December, and place in the box in the coatroom or classroom “B”.  We will also need monetary donations to supplement the baskets with perishable food items.  Monetary donations can be placed in the offering plate or placed in Rosa Mandich’s box in the coatroom, please note that it is for the “Holiday Food Baskets. If you feel inspired to help, please fill out the form located on the welcome center, place in Rosa Mandich’s box in the coatroom and a committee member will be in contact.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rosa Mandich or Sue Lake.


Items to donate:

Apple Sauce                Cake or Muffin Mix           Canned Fruit

Canned Meals             Canned Meat                   Canned Sweet Potatoes

Canned Vegetables     Cereal                              Cereal Bars    

Flour                            Frosting                            Hamburger Helper

Juice                            Mac and Cheese             Mayonnaise 

Pancake Mix                Pasta                               Rice   

Salad Dressings          Soups                              Spaghetti Sauce

Sugar                           Syrup                              Tuna Helper 

Vegetable Oil                                        



Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Ministry


There is a display at the Welcome Center with detailed information about our participation in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Ministry. Shoeboxes are available in the coatroom for you to fill. The Shoeboxes will be due on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Please place the shoeboxes in the front of the sanctuary so that they may be blessed during the morning services.


Items to be included in the boxes are school supplies such as crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, paper, small note books, calculators, etc. Personal care items such as bar soap, toothbrush, brush, comb, wash cloth, etc. Small articles of clothing – socks, shirts are good too. Of course, small toys are always welcomed. There have been changes as to the items NOT allowed and they include all liquids, items that can leak or melt, playdough, shampoo, batteries, food, candy, toothpaste, no war related toys, toy knives or guns, no gambling related items including playing cards, dominoes or play money, no religious, racial or political materials.


Please consider participating in this ministry. It’s a great way to share God’s love before the Advent Season starts and schedules become so hectic. Please contact Lynn Zebroski at 301-831-6040 or with any questions or concerns.




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.

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